This week, college basketball teams from across the country will take part in the NCAA’s biggest showcase. While the tournament can mean national exposure and big money for the schools, none of the players get paid. A new federal lawsuit is aimed at changing that.

Calling the NCAA and its five dominant conferences an “unlawful cartel”, three football players and a basketball player say their compensation was limited to scholarships, while universities, conferences, and the NCAA made billions off their labor.

According to the lawsuit, “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.”

An NCAA spokeswoman didn’t immediately comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit follows a move at Northwestern University where football players are trying to form what would be the first union representing college athletes. and other challenges of NCAA rules dealing with compensation for student athletes.

Do you think college athletes should get paid for their work? Or are scholarships and education fair ways to compensate them? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.


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