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Department of Justice Joins Lawsuit Over NCAA Transfer Restrictions

Jan 19, 2024

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division announced that it had joined a lawsuit against the NCAA over transfer restrictions. The timing could not be more concerning for the NCAA, which spent Thursday morning advocating for antitrust protections in a hearing on Capitol Hill.

The lawsuit, first filed in December in West Virginia federal court, was brought by seven attorneys general who accused the governing body of violating antitrust law by forcing athletes to sit out a year if they wanted to transfer more than once. The parties agreed to a preliminary injunction that would suspend this rule for the rest of the 2023-24 academic year, though a trial will determine its ultimate fate.

“NCAA Division I institutions compete with each other not just on the playing field or in the arena, but to recruit and retain college athletes,” Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division said. “College athletes should be able to freely choose the institutions that best meet their academic, personal, and professional development needs without anticompetitive restrictions that limit their mobility by sacrificing a year of athletic competition.”

Source: Front Office Sports

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