Prohibiting Pay: Top Colleges Accused Of Violating Black Athletes' Rights

NCAA rules prohibiting schools from compensating athletes disproportionately impacts Black students.
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A group that advocates for college athletes has filed a federal complaint that claims NCAA Division I schools are violating the civil rights of Black basketball players and major college football players by prohibiting compensation.

The National College Players Association announced Tuesday it had submitted a complaint to the Office for Civil Rights in the Education Department. The NCPA says NCAA rules prohibiting schools from compensating athletes disproportionately impacts Black students.

“I believe it’s important to first acknowledge the reality of the business that is college football," Stanford football player Elijah Higgins said in a statement through the NCPA.

Citing a 2018 study by the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center, the complaint said “Black men were 2.4% of undergraduate students enrolled at the 65 (Power Five conference) universities, but comprised 55% of football teams and 56% of men’s basketball teams on those campuses.” Read more.

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