• Fri. Mar 24th, 2023

Ivy Athletes Sue Over Coverage Prohibiting Sports activities Scholarships


Mar 17, 2023

On Thursday, 15-seed Princeton males pulled out an exhilarating upset over No. 2 Arizona. 

The Tigers, who will advance to the Spherical of 32 on Saturday, are the one staff within the males’s match with none gamers on athletic scholarship. Ivy League colleges prohibit sports activities scholarships and solely provide athletes “need-based” monetary help. 

As if March couldn’t get any madder, two basketball gamers filed a lawsuit in opposition to Ivy League colleges over this coverage simply two weeks in the past. 

  • The lawsuit, which is searching for class certification, was filed by present Brown girls’s basketball participant Grace Kirk and former males’s participant Tamenang Choh. 
  • The gamers argued in a grievance that the coverage violates the Sherman Antitrust Act by illegally price-fixing the worth of athletes’ athletic competitors. 
  • Whereas the go well with acknowledges that gamers obtain monetary help, it usually doesn’t cowl the price of attendance — which an athletic scholarship may.

“The Ivy League Settlement, in brief, has stymied competitors that might have lowered, and would decrease, the web price of attendance,” the grievance learn. “These accidents are notably unfair given what’s required of Ivy League Athletes and the way their companies profit their colleges and the Ivy League model.”

The grievance additionally referenced two different current antitrust circumstances associated to varsity sports activities, O’Bannon v. NCAA and NCAA v. Alston — which each discovered that sure compensation restrictions within the NCAA had been unlawful.

“The Ivy League athletics mannequin is constructed upon the foundational precept that student-athletes must be consultant of the broader pupil physique, together with the chance to obtain need-based monetary help,” the Ivy League stated in a press release.