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NCAA Lawsuit: Ex-Players want to be compensated

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, May 27, 2010.

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Should ex-players be compensated?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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    77.8%
  3. I've got no clue but wanted to vote anyway

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2010/05/26/ncaa-facing-its-own-erin-brockovich/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    The key issue of the lawsuit is this: Should the NCAA compensate former players for the right to sell products -- like video games, highlight videos and jerseys -- that use their likeness, image, names and other intellectual property?

    The NCAA, naturally, believes it should not, arguing that it does not actually profit from players' likenesses, and furthermore that all college athletes sign a form that forfeits their right to receive payment from the NCAA or its business partners.

    On the other side, of course, are athletes such as O'Bannon, Keller and a growing list of others, including former Michigan and NBA center Eric Riley and Alex Gilbert, who played alongside Bird at Indiana State, who have never seen a penny as the NCAA has morphed into a behemoth that generates huge sums -- reportedly $4 billion annually -- from licensing and media deals. O'Bannon was the lead plaintiff in a case that focused on the NCAA's use of former players' images and likenesses to sell DVDs, "classic" photos and jerseys, while Keller's suit was focused primarily on the video game industry, and in particular how Electronic Arts, the video game titan, utilizes players' likenesses in their games.

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    The courts have combined the O'Bannon and Keller cases and there's a decent chance this will go class action. Thoughts?
     
  2. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    Nope. They signed on agreeing to play football for their school for a full ride scholarship, which is a hefty chunk of change. I don't have a problem with them fighting for future player's rights, but this is just another lazy way to try to get a payday.
     
  3. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    Doh! it double posted even when it said it errored out!
     
  4. AlferdJasper

    AlferdJasper Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying talented walk-ons, who receive no compensation other than the glory of playing college ball, are NOT featured in the video games and highlight videos?
     
  5. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    if you are a talented walk-on you earn a free scholarship.
     
  6. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    Oh no. We're going to get into the discussion of whether their education is free or not. Run for the hills.
     
  7. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    No way, no how.
     
  8. 96 Buff

    96 Buff Resident Commie Bastard Club Member Junta Member

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    If the NCAA is using their likeness AFTER the player is no longer playing, then yes.
     
  9. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    This is a road we don't want to travel.
     
  10. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    they signed an agreement... end of story
     
  11. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    I agree with you whole heartedly.

    Does anyone know what happens to those royalties paid to the NCAA? are they redistributed to member institutions?
     

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