NCAA Student Athlete Compensation Complaint Takes ‘Aggressive’ Next Step

A new government entity has intervened in the growing movement to make athletes employed.

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) could soon begin what one legal expert describes as a “rigorous investigation” into whether unpaid college athletes are discriminated against for not being fairly compensated. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was recently referred to an employment and civil rights complaint that the National College Players Association (NCPA) filed with the Department of Education in March.

The complaint asserts that all 350 NCAA Division I schools are violating the civil rights of black students by complicity in setting a cap on reparations. The NCAA limits what schools can offer to athletes in terms of scholarship money and largely prohibits any direct payment to players.

The debate about the hiring of athletes has gained momentum over the past several years as revenue growth in the college sports industry continues to expand in various ways, mostly due to men’s basketball and soccer. For example, in the latest revenue windfall, the Big Ten struck a TV deal to earn $1.1 billion annually, and the leaders just agreed to an expansion for College Football Playoff that could bring in $2 billion annually.