Use of college players’ likenesses under court scrutiny

 Class-action suit could affect larger issue of athlete exploitation

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

An anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA to compensate former and present college athletes for using their likenesses without

Ramogi Huma
Photo courtesy of NCPA

their consent is moving forward after a judge recently ordered ESPN to hand over to the plaintiffs its television and licensing contracts.

Former Nebraska football player Sam Keller filed suit in 2009 against the NCAA for using former and current college players’ likenesses in archival footage, video games, photographs and promotions. Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon later filed a class-action lawsuit, and a U.S. District Court in California joined the two cases in 2010, along with other similar claims against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing Company and Electronic Arts, Inc.


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