Northwestern University

Basketball player sues NCAA, Northwestern over transfer

A Northwestern University basketball player is suing the school and the NCAA in federal court, claiming the association's transfer regulations violate antitrust laws.

In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, John Vassar said Northwestern harassed him and made other efforts to force his transfer and take away his athletic scholarship. Vasser's lawsuit is seeking class-action status and wants the NCAA to change rules preventing players from transferring to other Division I schools without losing eligibility to sit out for a year.

Vasser said he received offers but only if he could play right away, which he couldn't due to NCAA rules.

Vassar's attorney, Steve Berman,...