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Saturday, September 01, 2012
New Sports Illustrated column: Ed O'Bannon wants to include Current Players in massive class action v. NCAA

As Warren Zola discussed earlier this morning, Ed O'Bannon's class action lawsuit against the NCAA could grow dramatically. O'Bannon has asked a federal judge to expand the purported class to include current D-I football and men's basketball players. Through a trust, these players would be paid, in all likelihood thousands of dollars. Put more bluntly, college players would be paid. You heard that right.

I have a column for Sports Illustrated on this and what it means for college sports. Hope you have a chance to check it out.


While I agree that it's a shrewd move by the O'Bannon camp, I don't see how their plan of paying players for all television revenue is feasible (or would hold up under questioning as a legitimate alternative).

As McCann pointed out, the system as described invariably leads to kids at larger, powerhouse teams making more money than say a kid at Bucknell (just pulled Bucknell out of a hat - no offense to the Bisons).

By expanding the breadth of his lawsuit beyond getting paid for a likeness on a video game, his case is starting to look like it may implode because he brought in too many complex issues that will distract from his original complaint.

Anonymous Myles Solomon -- 9/04/2012 10:55 AM  

Do current or former college coaches receive money from the NCAA or the video game companies for using their likeness?

Blogger Ben Long -- 9/12/2012 12:27 PM  

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