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Game-changing sports lawsuit starts tomorrow

O’Bannon was POY for UCLA in 1995

If you like sports, law, or even video games, you need to pay attention to this court case if you aren’t already. Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA continues a step further tomorrow¬†with a certification hearing. Tomorrow, June 20th, Judge Claudia Wilken will begin the certification hearing to see if this case will proceed further as a class action lawsuit that pertains to all NCAA student athletes.

This incredibly important case stands for a specific and (hopefully, for players’ sake) legally justifiable principal: that college athletes have the right to commercially benefit from their likeness. The case, nor class certification, will likely not be decided for sometime, but the lawsuits status as a class action is crucial for the effect to be truly felt by the NCAA.

We’ve all had plenty of complaints with the NCAA as UK fans, but this one is pretty universal. For what seems like forever, the NCAA has profited off of student athletes image and likeness via video games, TV broadcasts, etc. If O’Bannon wins, a lot of former and current athletes will be owed some money (it could cut the NCAA’s current $6.4 billion revenue in half).

Keep an eye out as this case moves forward. For a breakdown of the legal principals, check out this legal primer from SI’s Michael McCann.

Article written by Chris Thomas

7 Comments for Game-changing sports lawsuit starts tomorrow

  1. ukfastcat
    5:15 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    The Penn State overreach was egregious, the Miami investigation a debacle and everything they touch favors their homeys (Duke, UNC) and punishes their perceived bad guys (Cal/ Kanter). All of those and more are the beginning of the end of the NCAA as we know it.
    I’m very hopeful this is the dagger that brings them down.
    Go Ed!

  2. B
    5:34 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I just want to play a college basketball video game again. I don’t care who gets paid or why.

  3. Denny Crums Lettuce
    5:36 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Its called “IM BROKE NOW AND NEED DOUGH CAUSE I WAS STUPID WITH MY MONEY.” Not Darryl Griffith though. It WAS the NCAAs fault with him!

    7:17 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink


  5. shields eyes
    11:19 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Dude, those copies of EA NCAA College Basketball 2010 are ridiculously high. It is time to start paying these kids. This should include all the tshirts at Fan Outfitters that use the likeness of the players.

  6. sigh
    4:11 am June 20, 2013 Permalink

    some time
    athletes’ images and likenesses
    Maybe you should have Matt write about legal cases?

  7. Dee W.
    7:00 pm June 20, 2013 Permalink

    Mostly beneficial for the trial lawyers in a large award – they get a huge chunk while the rest get chicken feed split among them.