During last year’s NCAA Division I basketball tournaments, the National College Players Association launched a campaign advocating for NIL rights. This year, they’re making a push to get schools to pay their players beyond scholarships.
On Tuesday, the NCPA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging Division I schools’ athlete compensation limits violate Black students’ civil rights. It asks to abolish these caps.
The complaint, reviewed by Front Office Sports, argues that Black FBS football and Division I basketball players in particular receive far less than their market value. “Because a high percentage of Black students are also college athletes,” the NCPA said, “the industry-wide compensation limit causes a disparate impact on Black college students.”
The complaint estimates an athlete is denied the following amount every year:
- Division I women’s basketball player — $24,000.
- Division I men’s basketball player — $164,000.
- FBS football player — $185,000.
Another 2021 study found that between 2005-19, Black Power 5 football and basketball players could have made $17.3 billion.
There are currently several other efforts to help athletes get salaries.
The Third Circuit is also considering whether athletes are employees.