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Lawsuit seeks to end NCAA's 'unlawful cartel'

Newark, N.J. (AP) -- A new federal lawsuit claimed 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 came on the eve of the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Championship, its most prominent showcase.

The lawsuit called 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 were Rutgers basketball player Jonathan Moore and Clemson defensive back Martin Jenkins. The lawsuit also named as defendants the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12.

The suit sought monetary damages and a declaration that the NCAA's practices violate antitrust laws.

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