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Suit targets NCAA, conferences

NEWARK, N.J. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association and its five dominant conferences are an "unlawful cartel" that has illegally restricted the earning power of football and men's basketball players while making billions off their labor, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday that seeks to paint big-time college athletics as being in blatant violation of antitrust laws.

The lawsuit also targets the SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12 and seeks monetary damages as well as a declaration that the defendants' practices violate federal antitrust laws.

"As a result of these illegal restrictions, market forces have been shoved aside and substantial damages have been inflicted upon a host of college athletes whose services have yielded riches only for others," according to the court filing.

The suit seeks triple damages for the four plaintiffs — Rutgers basketball player Johnathan "J.J." Moore, Clemson football player Martin Jenkins, Texas-El Paso football player Kevin Perry and California football player William Tyndall — based on economic harm they say they suffered.

MISSOURI ARRESTS: Four Missouri athletes were arrested Saturday night on suspicion of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana during a traffic stop in Columbia. Guards Wes Clark and Shane Rector of the basketball team and defensive backs Aarion Penton and Shaun Rupert from the football team were pulled over at 11:32 p.m. after police noticed an expired rear license plate tag on Rupert's car, police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said. Officers detected the smell of marijuana and found a package of cigarillos containing a substance that tested positive for marijuana, Stroer said.

Utah State: Center Jarred Shaw was sentenced to 10 days in jail after pleading guilty earlier this year to possession of a controlled substance.

Virginia Tech: Coach James Johnson was fired after going 22-41 in two seasons. The Hokies were 9-22 this season, their worst since 1955, and were last in the ACC for the third straight season. Johnson spent five seasons as Seth Greenberg's associate head coach, leaving in 2012 for a similar job at Clemson. His departure helped convince then-AD Jim Weaver to fire Greenberg, the former USF coach, and hire Johnson back as head coach. But Dorian Finney-Smith transferred to Florida and Montrezl Harrell asked out of his commitment and went to Louisville.

Suit targets NCAA, conferences 03/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 7:36pm]

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