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DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? NCAA SUED OVER ANTITRUST CLAIM
Published December 22, 2000
NJ-based The Gazelle Group, Cincinnati-based Worldwide Basketball & Sport Tours, VA-based Sports Promotions, Milwaukee-based Sport Tours Int'l and NJ-based The Black Coaches Association have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Columbus, OH, against the NCAA for being in violation of federal antitrust laws -- restraint of trade and monopolization -- as well as other anticompetitive practices. The suit claims that the NCAA, Division I-A conferences and commissioners in particular, have imposed anticompetitive rules and restrictions to maintain a monopoly over Division I college basketball events. The NCAA Division I Management Council stated that it will eliminate preseason certified basketball events and will not recognize tournament contracts signed after July 25, 2000. The immediate effect of the Management Council's act has been what the plaintiffs call an inability of the plaintiffs to obtain future contracts for sponsors, venues and Division I colleges in their events (The Gazelle Group).