Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us here at Statefans Nation! Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend, that you get to spend time with loved ones and friends and of course get to watch some of the great sports action. Chat about it here! If you are driving long distance this […]
Get it while you can.
On Thursday, both EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company announced settlements in cases involving more than a hundred thousand current and former student athletes whose names and likenesses have been used without permission or compensation.
While not all of the terms, nor the consequences thereof, of such settlements are yet clear, two of the immediate issues are that the NCAA now stands alone in its ongoing fight for its now much embattled “rules of amateurism”; and there will be no longer be an NCAA Football video game produced by EA Sports.Â At least not next year.
Terms of the settlements are confidential until presented to the court for preliminary approval, the filing said.Â ”This settlement does not affect Plaintiffs’ claims against Defendant National Collegiate Athletic Association,” the court filing stated.
EA, which earlier today announced it won’t produce its 2014 college football video game, reached similar settlements in cases brought byÂ former Rutgers football player Ryan Hart and former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston.
More than 100,000 athletes will be eligible for compensation at varying amounts depending on each class members’ claims, said Rob Carey, an attorney for Keller, the former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback.
“This is a big day and it’s nice to get one big piece of it resolved,” Carey said. “It’s like you’re already in Vegas and still gambling because we still have the NCAA portion of the case that I think everybody on our team likes better than EA because of the hypocrisy.”The NCAA, EA and the lead attorney for the O’Bannon antitrust plaintiffs declined to comment about the settlement. An attorney for CLC referred questions to the company, which could not be immediately reached for comment.
Earlier today, the NCAA told USA Today Sports it will fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. Also,Â EA said its popular college football video game won’t be produced next year and may be gone for good.
EA drops football in ’14, settles cases as NCAA fights (USAToday.com)
The NCAA’s resolve seemed almost welcomed by lawyers representing the plaintiffs, who said they are looking forward to being able to concentrate their efforts on one case and one target.
“Fantastic,” Robert Carey said. “We’ll see them in court.”
Said Michael Hausfeld, another lead attorney for the plaintiffs: “The NCAA now stands alone in its hypocrisy. When you hire a new firm to deal with a trial and a firm to deal with an appeal, it doesn’t say a lot about your confidence in your position.”
Warren Zola, who teaches sports law at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, said Thursday’s settlement leaves the NCAA in a difficult position.
“You are the last defendant standing in a case where everyone else felt that settling was the best solution,” he said.
EA Sports: No NCAA Football 15 video game, series possibly done (CBSSports.com)
“We have been stuck in the middle of a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes who seek compensation for playing college football. Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA — but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes.
“For our part, we are working to settle the lawsuits with the student-athletes. Meanwhile, the NCAA and a number of conferences have withdrawn their support of our game. The ongoing legal issues combined with increased questions surrounding schools and conferences have left us in a difficult position — one that challenges our ability to deliver an authentic sports experience, which is the very foundation of EA Sports games.”
Discuss amongst yourselves….