Hearing today in student-athlete pay lawsuit
OAKLAND, Calif. - Lawyers for former student athletes are seeking to turn their lawsuit against the NCAA over compensation into a class action representing thousands of collegiate competitors.
A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments in Oakland this afternoon. If the lawsuit is turned into class action and the athletes prevail, the NCAA could face billions of dollars in liability.
The athletes argue that it is unfair that the NCAA is unfairly profiting from their likenesses and images in marketing deals with video games and others.
The NCAA argues many of the athletes receive scholarships in exchange for playing sports and to pay student athletes would ruin amateur athletics.