Pay to (electronically) play

This didn’t get much attention, but I think it’s worth noting that the O’Bannon suit against the NCAA and EA survived a motion to dismiss filed by the latter.  And this doesn’t sound like things bode particularly well for the defendants:

The judge says this doesn’t distinguish between former and current student-athletes and “can fairly be read” as evidence of a “meeting of the minds” between the defendants to not compensate ex-collegiate athletes. The judge also points to other terms in the contract where CLC and the NCAA have written approval over all licensed products containing student-athletes’ likenesses and the broad authority to inspect EA’s financial records related to the products, “allowing them to see that payments were almost never made to former student-athletes,” says the judge.

It’s hard to defend amateurism to the grave as a business model, it seems.  At least as half a business model.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

3 responses to “Pay to (electronically) play

  1. TennesseeDawg

    The real beef is not so much with EA as it is the NCAA and the member schools. They allowed the likenesses to be used and they got the payday for it. Any money won should come directly from them.


  2. Cojones

    I didn’t see where the NCAA signed an agreement to share profits, only tacit agreement to monitor EA’s contribution to players. They found that player’s weren’t receiving the monies. The court agrees and found no evidence that player’s rights were sold, only that they didn’t receive money for their images. EA tried to hide behind current editorials claiming compensation should be paid by NCAA to athletes when playing amateur in college, but the judge disagreed that was what the agreement with the NCAA and EA said.

    Could you lawyers wisen us up on this matter? What the hell are you doing on this site if you aren’t going to give free law opinions to the grasping nonlaw minions? The Senator didn’t sign you up for this kind of crap. Ex: See Agreement for posting on gtp and note implied consent to avail this site with your free advice. If not, why are you here? The courts are going to see some crap from here!


  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The NCAA needs to settle this case before there is a really bad ruling that basically destroys what the NCAA has been doing altogether.