Posts Tagged ‘player likeness lawsuit’
  • The O’Bannon lawsuit now moving towards possible Supreme Court hearing
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    Posted March 15th, 2016 at 2:00 pm 6 Comments
    An appeals ruling last September in the Ed O'Bannon vs NCAA class action lawsuit complicated the potential return of college sports video games. District judge Claudia Wilken had initially ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, finding that the NCAA violated antitrust laws and that college athletes should be able to receive up to $5,000 a year in deferred payments. The District Court ruling had made it possible for the likes of EA Sports to pay into a trust that would have been dispersed to pl...
  • Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t properly grasp why the NCAA Football series is gone
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    Posted January 19th, 2016 at 12:15 pm 18 Comments
    ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who appeared as a commentator in the NCAA Football series from 2001-2013, is upset that the NCAA Football series no longer exists. In an interview that has just gone out he places all the blame on Ed O'Bannon, and expresses the belief that the series should return under the same conditions from the past. Check out a summary of his comments and why he is off-base with them over at Sporting News. O'Bannon is the face of the class action suit that led to the can...
  • 9th Circuit ruling on O’Bannon complicates potential return of college games
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    Posted September 30th, 2015 at 4:00 pm 12 Comments
    When Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Ed O'Bannon vs NCAA class-action lawsuit, there was reason for optimism that college sports video games would be able to return in a few years. That was pending appeals however, and the 9th Circuit today turned in its response, reaffirming that the NCAA violated antitrust laws, but striking down the part where a trust would be set up for players to be paid for the use of their likenesses.  (more…)...
  • The Situation with College Sports Video Games Examined
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    Posted June 9th, 2015 at 9:45 am 15 Comments
    Though the developments related to college-based video games have been covered extensively here over the years, the reasoning for their disappearance and the potential of their return remain the most inquired about subject from readers. It's difficult to summarize everything that led to their downfall or the chances of another being made without going through the entire history behind it all and how we got to where we are now. With that in mind, one of the launch articles I put together a...
  • O’Bannon Wins Case Against NCAA
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    Posted August 8th, 2014 at 3:45 pm 21 Comments
    The judge in O'Bannon v. NCAA has ruled that the NCAA violates anti-trust laws by preventing players from being paid for their name and likenesses. This does not appear to be a ruling however that threatens the core of the NCAA - one in which some surmised a more devastating ruling could bring down the organization entirely. It's certainly far from the worst case scenario for them. That could be a good thing for the future of college sports video games depending on how the NCAA attempts t...
  • College Football 15, Having Lost The NCAA License, Would Have Released Today
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    Posted July 8th, 2014 at 9:45 am 29 Comments
    Under normal circumstances today would have been all about the release of the latest edition of NCAA Football. Unfortunately the series was cancelled last September in the midst of player likeness lawsuits that scared the NCAA, several conferences, and even some schools into abandoning EA Sports. Were it not for the loss of actual schools (which would have gotten much worse as others wanted to drop out) the plan was for the franchise to continue with this year's title named College Football...
  • O’Bannon Case is Over; Resolution and Ramifications Still A Long Ways Away
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    Posted June 28th, 2014 at 1:15 pm 3 Comments
    The case that could change the landscape of college athletics, and was the catalyst that led to the cancellation of the NCAA Football series, has come to a conclusion. The decision in Ed O'Bannon v. NCAA is now fully in the hands of U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken who is expected to make the ruling in August. Throughout the trial observers noted the plaintiffs were dominating the proceedings, and that it seemed as though the NCAA was more concerned with cultivating arguments for appea...
  • EA Sports Hopes To Make College Football and Basketball Games in the Future
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    Posted June 19th, 2014 at 5:15 pm 24 Comments
    In testimony earlier this week in the Ed O'Bannon case vs the NCAA, an Electronic Arts representative expressed the desire the company has to develop college-based video games in the future. Joel Linzner, EVP of Business & Legal, stated EA would be "very interested in acquiring the rights" of players to use in the games. Of course this would require the NCAA to remove most if not all restrictions on the "amateur" status of athletes which is what the class action suit is attempting to...
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