NCAA Nearing Approval for New Transfer Rule

The NCAA Division I Council may soon approve a new transfer eligibility rule, granting undergraduate athletes immediate playing rights if specific academic conditions are met.


Under the proposed legislation, undergraduate athletes can transfer without restrictions on the number of times, provided they meet academic criteria.

Proposed Legislation

This move comes in response to a West Virginia judge's ruling challenging the NCAA's previous bylaws on transfer regulations. The ruling prompted the NCAA to reconsider its stance.


Previously, the NCAA enforced a one-time transfer rule, allowing immediate eligibility for the first transfer but requiring a year of ineligibility for subsequent transfers, unless a waiver was granted.

Previous Rule

The NCAA's transfer regulations faced legal scrutiny, with the U.S. Department of Justice joining the lawsuit. The argument centered on the restrictions limiting athletes' ability to transfer freely.

Legal Challenges

Allegations claim that the NCAA's transfer bylaw unjustly restricts athletes' market opportunities as Division I college athletes, potentially violating antitrust laws.

Antitrust Allegations

An amended complaint for injunctive relief filed in January highlighted the NCAA's transfer rules' detrimental impact on athletes' ability to engage freely in the labor market.

Amended Complaint

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