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Old 09-26-2013, 03:57 PM  
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EA Sports settles suits, thousands of players eligible for money

EA Sports settles suits, thousands of players eligible for money

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Dennis Dodd
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EA Sports settles suits, thousands of players eligible for money
September 26, 2013 5:23 pm ET

Electronic Arts Inc. and Collegiate Licensing Co. have settled a series of wide-ranging class-action lawsuits on Thursday afternoon regarding college players' likenesses for an undetermined amount, CBSSports.com has learned.

The settlement will affect more than 100,000 current and former college players who have appeared in the basketball and football versions of EA Sports' video games since 2003. It was not immediately clear if the eligibility of current players will be affected by accepting settlement checks.

Prior to the settlement filing, EA announced earlier in the day it would no longer manufacture the popular football game.

“I'm disappointed in that because there should be a game,” said plaintiffs' attorney Eugene Egdorf. “All that has to happen is the NCAA allow players to be paid and there would be a game. This is Step 1 to players being paid that should.

“There will be players who play Saturday who should be paid [for their services] as they should be.”

The settlement affects lawsuits brought by former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart, former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller and former UCLA basketball star O'Bannon. The settlement does not include the NCAA's ongoing battle with O'Bannon and other plaintiffs in the fight over the rights to player likenesses.

Essentially each player who has appeared in the football and basketball games marketed by EA in the last decade – approximately 125,000 men – are eligible for settlement money. According to court documents filed Thursday and obtained by CBSSports.com the settling parties are in the process of preparing documents for the court to approve in order to disburse the money.

CBSSports.com is in the process of asking the NCAA for a rules interpretation. In other words, would the NCAA view that money as jeopardizing current players' amateur status? In such class-action settlements, the monies awarded can range from very little to very large. It depends on how the money is disbursed. But those players will now be compensated by EA using their likenesses in the game without their permission. It is not known yet from the formal settlement if EA is admitting any guilt.

EA annually manufactured the popular college football game which includes the numbers – but not the names – of at least every school in FBS.

EA has maintained throughout that any none of the players' attributes or physical qualities or likenesses is based on an actual player. However, one SB Nation reader found former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's name in Florida's playbook in the 2010 version of the football game.

As a condition of eligibility, the NCAA requires players to sign a document that guarantees the rights to their likenesses in perpetuity to the association.

Here is some background on the three main plaintiffs – Ryan Hart, Sam Keller, Ed O'Bannon.

The Hart case was filed in New Jersey. O'Bannon and Keller were consolidated in California.

In related news, CBSSports.com confirmed the NCAA is headed to mediation in a landmark concussion case.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefoot...ible-for-money
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:50 AM   #16
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It isn't them, this is someone with a different name and one that really does NOT look like you. The only thing that makes them your likeness may be the number they wear. This shit is really retarded.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:52 AM   #17
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I've played these games and I have seen what these computer models look like and they aren't even close to a likeness. They don't bear the same names nor features. Are you saying if they have similar stats that constitutes a likeness? Also of note i'm not a fan of EA at all, but this is beyond ludicrous.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:07 AM   #18
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I've played these games and I have seen what these computer models look like and they aren't even close to a likeness. They don't bear the same names nor features. Are you saying if they have similar stats that constitutes a likeness? Also of note i'm not a fan of EA at all, but this is beyond ludicrous.
So you think race, height, weight, handedness and playing attributes are coincidental and are purely things EA made up?
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:15 AM   #19
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I think they go through painstaking detail to make sure they aren't alike. I haven't scrutinized the football version like I did the basketball but the NCAA BB game models were way off on everything but stats.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:27 AM   #20
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This shouldn't be the death of college football video games.

Sure, it affects the person who wants to buy it out of the box and play it that way, but everyone I know who plays NCAA football always downloads a roster file from someone that updates the rosters, adds names, changes player grades, etc.

There are enough online freaks obsessed with college football that a smart company would realize they can put out a product (with the licensed stuff from the University - stadium, team names and traditions, fight song, etc.) with generalized and random information about players (autogenerate random names AND numbers for players in the 'box' version), and people will still buy it.
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I think they go through painstaking detail to make sure they aren't alike. I haven't scrutinized the football version like I did the basketball but the NCAA BB game models were way off on everything but stats.
They're strikingly similar until you get to the bottom of the roster players. And even then those players are off by only one attribute usually.
http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...all-14-players

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Old 09-27-2013, 07:33 AM   #22
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They're strikingly similar until you get to the bottom of the roster players. And even then those players are off by only one attribute usually.
http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...all-14-players

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So what is the solution? Kill off the video game? The NFL doesn't have a problem because they own the players rights. I know EA does pay the NCAA to use the team names, so shouldn't they be suing the NCAA?
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So what is the solution? Kill off the video game? The NFL doesn't have a problem because they own the players rights. I know EA does pay the NCAA to use the team names, so shouldn't they be suing the NCAA?
EA should sue the NCAA?
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I consider this karma for ea releasing crappy versions of madden ever since they bought exclusive rights.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #25
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No I meant shouldn't the players be suing the NCAA and not EA?
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I consider this karma for ea releasing crappy versions of madden ever since they bought exclusive rights.
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Not that I feel strongly about it or anything.
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This shouldn't be the death of college football video games.

Sure, it affects the person who wants to buy it out of the box and play it that way, but everyone I know who plays NCAA football always downloads a roster file from someone that updates the rosters, adds names, changes player grades, etc.

There are enough online freaks obsessed with college football that a smart company would realize they can put out a product (with the licensed stuff from the University - stadium, team names and traditions, fight song, etc.) with generalized and random information about players (autogenerate random names AND numbers for players in the 'box' version), and people will still buy it.
Problem #1.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/...-football-game

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The Southeastern Conference, Big Ten and Pac-12 have joined the NCAA in announcing they will no longer license their conference trademarks in the EA Sports NCAA football video game.

The development comes a month after the NCAA said it would not license its trademarks, either. That ruling, however, allowed each individual institution and conference to license its trademarks with EA Sports for future college football games.

"Each school makes its own individual decision regarding whether or not to license their trademarks for use in the EA Sports game[s]," the SEC said in a statement. "The Southeastern Conference has chosen not to do so moving forward.
NCAA Football games are dead.
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He was on the 94-95 UCLA Bruins and he originated this lawsuit.
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