Posts Tagged ‘player likeness lawsuit’
  • College Football 15, Having Lost The NCAA License, Would Have Released Today
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    Posted July 8th, 2014 at 9:45 am 28 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...
  • NCAA Ordered to Talk Settlement in O’Bannon Case; Eventual Resolution Will Determine Future of College Sports Video Games
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    Posted March 3rd, 2014 at 1:30 pm 21 Comments »
    Last week the judge in the Ed O'Bannon class-action case vs the NCAA ordered the two sides to enter settlement talks. Naturally questions have started to come in about whether this could accelerate a return of college football (and other sports) video games. There is no longer a video game element to the case - although Sam Keller has continued to argue that he was not a part of the earlier settlement that got Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company out of it. A conclusion to lit...
  • Now The NCAA is Suing EA
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    Posted November 21st, 2013 at 12:45 pm 20 Comments »
    Electronic Arts' legal troubles relating to the alleged use of player likenesses in college football and basketball video games did not come to an end with the settlement in the Ed O'Bannon led lawsuit. The NCAA is now challenging the company, along with the CLC, regarding the $40 million settlement they reached in late September.  (more…)...
  • EA and CLC Only Out $40 Million in Player Likeness Case Settlement
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    Posted September 27th, 2013 at 12:15 pm 20 Comments »
    When the settlement to the likeness case was announced yesterday many wondered what it was about the agreement that resulted in the shuttering of EA Sports' college football series. With the dollar amount of the settlement now known it has become clear that it wasn't the money involved but rather the avoidance of future litigation and terms that made the series no longer a viable product going forward.  (more…)...
  • EA and CLC Settle Player Likeness Lawsuit
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    Posted September 26th, 2013 at 3:45 pm 38 Comments »
    Soon after the news broke that EA was ending their college football series a release was made regarding the settlement of the player likeness lawsuit that was at the center of the entire situation that threatened the future of college video games and still could take down the NCAA as it remains as the lone defendant. Games were just a small part of the claim in which players believe they are entitled to a share of broadcasting and merchandising revenues.  (more…)...
  • NCAA and EA Will Get Opportunity to Argue for Dismissal from Likeness Lawsuit
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    Posted September 12th, 2013 at 2:00 pm No Comments »
    The judge in the potentially monumental antitrust case regarding college broadcasting, merchandising, and video game revenue through the use of unpaid player likenesses will allow both the NCAA and Electronic Arts to seek dismissal as defendants. The two parties felt they had a right to this due to the plaintiffs continuing to amend their claims (the latest by bringing in current players) and judge Claudia Wilken will grant them that opportunity in order to prevent a potential point for an ...
  • NCAA Looks Even Worse Today Regarding Misappropriated Use of Likenesses
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    Posted August 6th, 2013 at 5:15 pm 8 Comments »
    The continued hypocrisy of the NCAA shone through today as Jay Bilas exposed on Twitter how names are linked to jerseys at the official NCAA shop. Players can't profit off their own names but the NCAA sure does and it couldn't have been made any clearer. Searching the names of both current and former players returned results with the jersey number they wear/wore on apparel. The search functionality on the site has now been completely disabled.  (more…)...
  • Major Defense for EA in Likeness Suit Struck Down by Appeals Court
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    Posted July 31st, 2013 at 11:15 am 17 Comments »
    A federal appeals court turned in a split decision today overruling the argument by Electronic Arts that the First Amendment gave them protection as free expression and artistic works in the representation of players in college video games. The 2-1 ruling prevents the company from using the First Amendment as a defense against collegiate athletes who feel their likeness has been misused but it does not represent closure on the subject by any means.  (more…)...
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