Two former student-athletes for Villanova University have filed a lawsuit against the university and the National Collegiate Athletic Association that could lead to NCAA colleges paying their Division I student-athletes an employee wage, writes Mike Jensen for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Former Villanova defensive back Trey Johnson is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit filed in United States District Court. He’s joined in the suit by ex-teammate Poppy Livers.
The suit argues the athletes should receive a minimum wage from the schools because Division I college athletics benefits the schools more than the athlete.
“They say you’re a student-athlete, but I think it’s really athlete-student,” Johnson said in a recent interview. “The game comes first.”
Livers had been a lead plaintiff in an earlier lawsuit alleging the NCAA’s compensation limits violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.
“I was there to be an athlete,” Livers said in a separate interview. “Without being an athlete, I probably wouldn’t have been there. … I was there to take whatever class I needed to continue to play.”
The NCAA argues legal precedents run against athletes being employees.
Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about a lawsuit involving Villanova University and compensation for college athletes.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the issue of compensation for student-athletes.