A new federal lawsuit claims the National Collegiate Athletic Association should allow college football and basketball players to get some of the money they make for their schools.
The suit filed Monday in Newark comes on the eve of the NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament, its most prominent showcase.
The lawsuit calls the NCAA an "unlawful cartel" that makes billions of dollars from exploiting football and men's basketball players by limiting their compensation to scholarships.
Through a spokeswoman, the NCAA declined to comment.
Among the plaintiffs are Rutgers basketball player Jonathan Moore and Clemson defensive back Martin Jenkins. The lawsuit also names as defendants the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12.
The suit seeks monetary damages and a declaration that the NCAA's practices violate antitrust laws.