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Court decides Ed O’Bannon case against NCAA will go to trial


The athlete likeness case headed up by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon has been scheduled to go to trial. That means it is go-time for the NCAA legal team.

The lawsuit was being asked to be decided out of a court room by the NCAA and the group of plaintiffs led and organised by O’Bannon. Because the case is too complicated to be settled in a summary judgement, a federal judge decided it will have to go to trial later this year.

“We believe strongly in the merits of our case and will continue to defend the interests of the hundreds of thousands of student-athletes not recognized by the plaintiffs,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. “For them and for all student-athletes, the current model of college sports provides opportunities for success during college and beyond. We believe the arguments presented show that the plaintiffs’ claims are not supported by the facts or the law.”

Even if the lawsuit does not hold up in court, it has already had an impact on the NCAA to some extent. The popular NCAA Football video game franchise published by EA Sports was put on the disabled list and is out indefinitely after schools and conferences chose to take their brands out of the game. The video game franchise is just a part of the case supporting the case for the plaintiffs after using similar looking players for years as technology advanced.

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6 Responses to “Court decides Ed O’Bannon case against NCAA will go to trial”
  1. Professor Fate says: Feb 20, 2014 9:26 PM

    “… (F)or all student-athletes, the current model of college sports provides opportunities for success during college and beyond.”

    You just gotta love how lawyers can twist the language into something completely different. The players experience no financial “success” in college. It is simply preparation for a possible pro career, one necessary because the NCAA has illegally colluded with the NBA to keep players from exercising their right to gainful employment.

    The NCAA signs deals with companies to profit from players’ likenesses while raking in further millions from the games featuring those players. All the while the NCAA claims that a scholarship is more than enough payment for all those profits. And folks decry labor conditions in other countries.

    The judge should rule against the NCAA based on Remy’s self-serving statements alone. You either believe in a free-market or you don’t. The NCAA (and by extension the NBA) obviously does not.

  2. jmg4au says: Feb 20, 2014 10:34 PM

    No disrespect, because the majority of the players who are involved were great in college. With that being said a vast majority of them just didn’t pan out and couldn’t sustain a pro career and it’s in my opinion that this is why we’re even discussing this matter.

  3. onbucky96 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:44 AM

    Drop dead Ed O’Bannon. You were a failure in the NBA, no you’re looking for a new cash flow. That’s all this is about, straight cash hommie.

  4. mogolfman says: Feb 21, 2014 11:14 AM

    The fact is that very few NCAA athletes ever make it to the pros. If the NCAA is using their likeness to promote any activity and profiting from this action, the players should be rewarded for their efforts. A football player goes to gollege and plays football and very few graduate or even get a good job because the courses they are led to take do not prepare them for the real world. I hope the NCAA loses this case.

  5. mogogo1 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:42 PM

    Hard to believe ANYBODY would have felt any differently than O’Bannon had it been them in his place. You’ve been out of college for like a decade, you’re working a normal job just trying to pay the bills, then one day you notice you’re in a video game. No payment for using your likeness…not even a courtesy phone call to let you know what they were doing.

  6. lew24 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:53 PM

    What video game is O’Bannon in? Who is making money off of Ed O’Bannon now…a Vegas car dealership?

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