Cureton v. National Collegiate Athletic Association

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  • Equal Educational Opportunities
  • Racial Justice
  • Joined Amicus Brief
1999

Determined whether the NCAA is covered by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This case was brought by African-American students challenging certain academic requirements for participation in varsity sports.  The students alleged that the NCAA’s minimum test score requirement has a disparate impact on African-Americans.  The Third Circuit ruled that the NCAA is not covered by Title VI, at least with respect to disparate impact claims. 

Legal Momentum joined an amicus brief filed by the National Women’s Law Center in support of the plaintiffs.  Our brief focused on why the NCAA is covered by Title IX, an analogous statute.