This is what free market value looks like.

Jim Brown, one of the all-time greatest players in American football, today settled with video games maker Electronic Arts (EA) to the tune of $600,000, after he alleged that the company used his likeness in its Madden NFL games series without his consent.

Quite a bit more than the college kids got.

(Via one of my favorite h/ts ever.  He ought to know.)


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

15 responses to “This is what free market value looks like.

  1. Walt

    His image has to be worth more than lot of college players, and he’s undoubtedly got better lawyers.

  2. Don in Mar-a-Lago

    Jim Brown I’ve always heard was a better lacrosse player than football player,

    • JCDAWG83

      I guess Jim Brown didn’t have a legal contract that kept him from being paid for his likeness.

      • DawgPhan

        Didnt one of the court rulings basically strike down the “legal contract” for likenss rights?

        • JCDAWG83

          I thought that was the reason college players couldn’t be paid, their scholarships don’t allow them to be compensated for their likeness. If the EA game showed Brown as a pro, he certainly had the right to be paid.

          • DawgPhan

            The contracts covering their likeness rights for the video games was deemed to be illegal, which is why the players in the games were paid a settlement. I think that comment from the senator is about the difference between those checks.

  3. Russ

    EA could always just put him in a Syracuse uniform and not pay him at all, amirite?

  4. Hogbody Jefferson

    You young whippersnappers need to watch The Dirty Dozen. Jim Brown had the greatest death scene EVAH!

  5. The other Doug

    I’m glad he got paid.

  6. Mark

    I am not sure that as a nation, we love freedom, especially economic and religious freedom as we once did.