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Current athlete can now join the O’Bannon case


The class-certification hearing in the Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA case was held last month. While current athletes still have a while to wait before a ruling is made regarding their right to seek compensation, one of them can at least join the plaintiffs’ complaint.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Friday that a current, unnamed athlete can be added to the list of plaintiffs in the case. Attorneys for the plaintiffs will have two weeks to adjust their complaint against the NCAA and co-defendants Collegiate Licensing Company and Electronic Arts.

Contrarily, the defendants will not be allowed to amend their arguments until a future summary judgment. Wilken hinted during the June 20 hearing that she was leaning toward allowing plaintiffs to add a current athlete to their group. The most recent ruling — it’ll be huge news when the athlete is identified — also suggests Wilken could be leaning toward certifying at least part of the case.

Plaintiffs in the case are seeking damages for the defendants’ use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses.

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7 Responses to “Current athlete can now join the O’Bannon case”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Jul 6, 2013 9:26 AM

    Enjoy college football and Men’s basketball now because once the ruling goes against the NCAA, the joy of March Madness is gone forever.


    The Haves and the Have nots. The elite top tier programs will go their own way, pay the players with either cash or a college education, have insurance out the kazoo to protect themselves from medical and disability costs, and eliminate entire programs to control costs.

    Forget about a Virginia Commonwealth or a Butler
    making a Final Four, it’s going to be all about the Ben Franklins. The true losers will be the kids who play a college sport to obtain a college education, all 600,000 of them.

    Men’s college sports will be eviscerated to comply with Title IX and the women’s sports will explode. Forget about greyshirting and over recruiting, the premier programs will go through athletes like Skittles. Money will flow like water.

    and college sports will be poorer for it.

    P.S. I wonder if Johnny Manizel is the unnamed athlete?


  2. southernpatriots says: Jul 6, 2013 9:35 AM

    If Judge Wilken certifies even part of the O’Bannon case, it will be huge.

    There seems to be consensus among attorneys that O’Bannon and all others who will included with receive some amount for use of their “names, images, and likenesses.”

  3. thraiderskin says: Jul 6, 2013 10:53 AM

    say bye to amatuer sports…

  4. Anoesis says: Jul 6, 2013 1:53 PM

    Took me a moment to compose myself enough to type this after reading comments from folks who think there is such a thing as “amateur sports” outside of Little League. Thanks, I needed a good lung clearing.

  5. mvktr2 says: Jul 6, 2013 3:39 PM

    ncaa football & baseball are multi-billion dollar sports leagues which haven’t been ‘amateur’ in decades. It may or may not be good for the game but truth should always be embraced.

  6. mvktr2 says: Jul 6, 2013 3:40 PM

    meant basketball not baseball

  7. collegenumber19 says: Jul 7, 2013 2:13 AM

    Anybody that thinks college football and basketball are amateur sports needs to wake up. The ncaa made march madness a professional business a long time ago and college football is the main business that funds most college athletic programs nationwide. Ncaa is the most hypocritical organization in the world. It is time for college athletes to be included in the wealth.

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