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NCAA settles video game lawsuit for $20 million

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The college sports world is focusing on the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit now in the trial stage starting today. Before that lawsuit officially opened, the NCAA announced it had settled another lawsuit, which was slated to get started after the conclusion of the O’Bannon trial.

The NCAA reached a settlement in the video game lawsuit led by former Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller by agreeing to pay former college football and basketball players a total of $20 million. This lawsuit was split from the O’Bannon lawsuit and is not related to the $40 million settlement previously reached by EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company. Though not directly tied together, the outcome of that settlement was something the NCAA felt inclined to act on.

“With the games no longer in production and the plaintiffs settling their claims with EA and the Collegiate Licensing Company, the NCAA viewed a settlement now as an appropriate opportunity to provide complete closure to the video game plaintiffs,” said NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy.

The NCAA will split the settlement money to an undetermined number of former college athletes at division one schools that may have been tied to the video games. Not every football or basketball player will end up seeing a cut, but odds are prominent players will definitely be expecting a check at some point in the future. The final details of the settlement still need to be determined.

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8 Responses to “NCAA settles video game lawsuit for $20 million”
  1. mogogo1 says: Jun 9, 2014 1:26 PM

    Pretty amazing that the NCAA actually believed that using players likenesses in video games years later without compensation was fair.

  2. cappa662 says: Jun 9, 2014 2:56 PM

    20 million and the game has been around for 20 years. That’s 1 million a year divided by 10000 players + lawyer fees. The players will be lucky to get $100 from it. Great deal for the lawyers, good deal for the NCAA, waste of time for the players.

  3. derekgorgonstar says: Jun 9, 2014 7:17 PM

    Thank you players, for screwing over millions of gamers so you could all get a 74 dollar check.

    All of your lawyers made 10,000 times what you did, you meathead jock dumbasses.

  4. icallbs81 says: Jun 9, 2014 8:03 PM

    A bunch of busts and guys that didn’t amount to crap who didn’t take their education seriously and got 100 bucks.

    I hope the ncaa football crew that got laid off were able to find work, I am sorry a bunch of broke ass punks got you fired.

  5. bostonfrogs says: Jun 10, 2014 8:22 AM

    Yes, these players have every right to be furious. To make amends, I personally offer to be offended by EA Sports putting my likeness in a video game that people all across the world play, thereby turning me into a campus legend. To experience the exact same unspeakable horror that these poor, innocent players endured at the hands of the evil video game industry is the very least I can do.

  6. rponciano says: Jun 10, 2014 5:52 PM

    Really Remy? now was the oppropriate time?
    So it takes lawsuits for the NCAA to take steps of integrity? People like you , Emmert and Hosty will never get full closure for your misdeeds, only real men hold themselves accountable!

  7. rolltide510 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:40 AM

    rponciano says:
    Jun 10, 2014 5:52 PM
    Really Remy? now was the oppropriate time?
    So it takes lawsuits for the NCAA to take steps of integrity? People like you , Emmert and Hosty will never get full closure for your misdeeds, only real men hold themselves accountable!

    (Bro, this article is about video games, not war crimes)

  8. rponciano says: Jun 11, 2014 3:25 PM

    Dear Rolltide 510
    I read the article, and yes I understood it. I was commenting on Remy’s Statement, which was in the artical. Say hello to Mr Marsh for me. I’m sure you know he is being such a big Rolltide guy.

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