On the eve of the men's Division I basketball tournament, the NCAA has been slapped with a federal lawsuit that claims it should allow college football and basketball players to get some of the money they make for their schools.
The lawsuit calls the NCAA an "unlawful cartel." Among those suing are Rutgers basketball player Jonathan Moore and Clemson defensive back Martin Jenkins. The lawsuit also names as defendants the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12.
Through a spokeswoman, the NCAA declined to comment. The suit seeks monetary damages and a declaration that the NCAA's practices violate antitrust laws.
The Syracuse Orange basketball team (27-5, 14-4 ACC) was selected as a 3-seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Orange is in the South region, and will play Western Michigan on Thursday in Buffalo at 2:45 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS 5.