NCAA Reaches Ten­ta­tive Set­tle­ment in Re­im­burse­ment Case

The Washington Post - - Thursday Morning - — From News Ser­vices

The NCAA plans to ease re­stric­tions on ed­u­ca­tional ex­penses for cur­rent stu­dent-ath­letes while set­ting aside $10 mil­lion to re­im­burse for­mer ath­letes as part of a ten­ta­tive class-ac­tion law­suit set­tle­ment.

The agree­ment, which a judge must ap­prove and both sides re­view be­fore be­com­ing fi­nal, stems from a fed­eral an­titrust law­suit filed in Fe­bru­ary 2006 by two for­mer foot­ball play­ers and a for­mer bas­ket­ball player from Cal­i­for­nia.

Ini­tially, NCAA of­fi­cials said the case had no merit. The pro­posed set­tle­ment in­cludes the gov­ern­ing body’s de­nial of wrong­do­ing, but the NCAA also ac­knowl­edged it sought a set­tle­ment to avoid more ex­penses and dis­trac­tion from lit­i­ga­tion.

“It does pro­vide greater flex­i­bil­ity for stu­dent-ath­letes who meet some of the qual­i­fi­ca­tions for ex­penses that weren’t oth­er­wise cov­ered,” NCAA spokesman Bob Wil­liams said yes­ter­day.

While ath­letes at­tend­ing school through 2012-13 will find fewer re­stric­tions used to de­ter­mine re­im­burse­ment for ed­u­ca­tional ex­penses, re­sume prepa­ra­tion and ca­reer coun­sel­ing, the 12,000 for­mer stu­dent-ath­letes who joined the class ac­tion suit would have ac­cess to a new $10 mil­lion fund for prior ex­penses. Those claims must be filed within three years.

In ad­di­tion, the NCAA has agreed to let Di­vi­sion I schools pro­vide year-round health in­sur­ance for ath­letes and ac­ci­dent in­sur­ance to cover the costs of in­juries suf­fered on the play­ing field.

The plain­tiffs ar­gued NCAA lim­its on schol­ar­ships, which cover tu­ition, books, hous­ing and meals, are an un­law­ful re­straint of trade be­cause of the bil­lions of dol­lars gen­er­ated from TV, ra­dio, li­cens­ing and other agree­ments through ma­jor col­lege foot­ball and bas­ket­ball.

They be­lieve the lim­its “deny a le- giti­mate share of the tremen­dous ben­e­fits of their en­ter­prise to the stu­dent-ath­letes who make the big busi­ness of big-time col­lege sports pos­si­ble,” the law­suit con­tends.

COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: Sus­pended Syra­cuse guard Scoop Jardine knew that a stolen stu­dent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card was be­ing used to or­der more than $100 worth of food, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Jardine didn’t eat any of the food but helped carry it in when it was de­liv­ered to his apart­ment on Jan. 13, then tried to cover up his in­volve­ment, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments, which are based on a state­ment from Jardine’s cousin, Robert Wash­ing­ton, who was charged in the case.

Wash­ing­ton was ar­raigned Tues­day in Syra­cuse City Court on felony charges of sec­ond-de­gree forgery and fourth-de­gree grand lar­ceny and a mis­de­meanor count of third-de­gree iden­tity theft.

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