Newsom alleges that "the NCAA has unreasonably and illegally restrained trade
in order to commercially exploit former student-athletes." What's more, the NCAA's Bylaws contain further provisions allowing
for-profit third parties to benefit financially from the commercial
exploitation of former student-athletes. Refusal to sign the forms
described herein precludes student-athletes from participation on his
or her respective team."
The complaint continues: "This exploitation lasts a lifetime as student-athletes are perpetually banned from benefiting from the use of their images. The NCAA's conduct is blatantly anti-competitive and exclusionary, as it nullifies any future ownership interests of former student-athletes in their own likeness--even long after student-athletes have ceased attending a university or participating in intercollegiate athletics"
Newsome's is the latest in a series of lawsuits challenging the NCAA's ability to control revenue from college sports. Last year, the NCAA agreed to pay $10 million to athletes to settle a suit that alleged NCAA rules restricting the amount of college athletic scholarships amounted to restraint of trade.
Other lawsuits challenged limits on payments to players,
on the number of players receiving payment, and the rights of
players to profit from their images.
Newsome attended Arizona State University before being drafted by the Packers in 1995. He was a mainstay of Green Bay's defense until a 1999 trade to the 49ers. Injuries curtailed Newsome's career after that single season in San Francisco.