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07:21 AM ET 09.27 | And then there was one. After announcing Thursday that it will not release its college football game next year and may not do so in future years due to litigation regarding the use of the athletes' names and likenesses, Electronic Arts Inc. -- along with Collegiate Licensing Co. -- announced it had settled class-action lawsuits on the matter. One of the cases in which EA has settled includes one filed by a group of former and current college football and men's basketball players led by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon. ... Thus, the NCAA is left as the lone defendant in the case surrounding the use of athletes' names and likenesses, and it appears that the governing body is ready for a fight even if it goes to the Supreme Court, as it announced that it has beefed up its defense team.

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Ed O'Bannon, Icon Sports Ed O'Bannon, Icon Sports
September 27, 2013  07:53 AM ET

It's sad that self-centered people think the whole world has to change to fit them.

I'm talking about you Ed O'Bannon.

September 27, 2013  08:07 AM ET

I side with O'bannon on this. The NCAA is wrong here. I applaud him for not taking the payoff and deciding to fight the good fight. And in my legal opinion, the NCAA does not want this going to the Supreme Court.

September 27, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I side with O'bannon on this. The NCAA is wrong here. I applaud him for not taking the payoff and deciding to fight the good fight. And in my legal opinion, the NCAA does not want this going to the Supreme Court.

The proper pronunciation for the word "lawyer" is "liar"

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September 27, 2013  09:45 AM ET

The last thing the NCAA wants, ever, is for the Supreme Court, or any prudent body of competent jurisdiction to rule on how they do business..

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September 27, 2013  10:08 AM ET

I think the people posting above that dislike O'Bannon would feel differently if it was their image, number and likeness making money for these game companies and the NCAA. I applaud him and hope he wins big time. You can have the games without the likeness and stealing the actual college players identity. But maybe the NCAA and game companies thought no one would buy the game without "the players". Pic of my future wife in our master bathroom is on the right. I picked the wallpaper.

September 27, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I think the people posting above that dislike O'Bannon would feel differently if it was their image, number and likeness making money for these game companies and the NCAA. I applaud him and hope he wins big time. You can have the games without the likeness and stealing the actual college players identity. But maybe the NCAA and game companies thought no one would buy the game without "the players". Pic of my future wife in our by CouponDropDown">master bathroom is on the right. I picked the wallpaper.

Ed O'Bannon could have toiled in obscurity if not for donning the UCLA uniform and the prestige/exposure that came with it. The university issued him a uniform and a number, and they are not "his" to capitalize from.

September 27, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"...the Supreme Court, or any prudent body of competent jurisdiction ..."

Implying such an equation is remarkable. My hat's off to you, sir, for your optimism.

September 27, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I picked the wallpaper.

Not something you should be posting about. Just friendly advice.

September 27, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The university issued him a uniform and a number, and they are not "his" to capitalize from.

Plain spoken truth posted to FN once again. What's going on, here?

September 27, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Implying such an equation is remarkable. My hat's off to you, sir, for your optimism.

Did anyone else hear the rim shot and cymbal crash while reading this?

September 27, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Quick quad.

September 27, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Dang...Ed O'Bannon looks like Karl Malone's younger brother.

September 27, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Ed O'Bannon could have toiled in obscurity if not for donning the UCLA uniform and the prestige/exposure that came with it. The university issued him a uniform and a number, and they are not "his" to capitalize from.

then they should use a different height, weight, and skin tone for UCLA #31.

September 27, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Ed O'Bannon could have toiled in obscurity if not for donning the UCLA uniform and the prestige/exposure that came with it. The university issued him a uniform and a number, and they are not "his" to capitalize from.

To me, the question now is does EA have a claim against the NCAA?

Don't know the specifics, but would guess that EA signed and paid a licensing agreement with NCAA. Now that they have to pay 250,000 players some type of compensation, they could now say they were damaged by the representations made to them by the NCAA during licensing.

September 27, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The proper pronunciation for the word "lawyer" is "liar"

Have you any idea what you're talking about? I suspect that you don't and are simply regurgitating that which you've heard other intellectually ill equipped say so often that you believe it is the right thing to cosign to?

A word to the unwise. While the majority may sometimes rule, it doesn't make them qualified to do so.

September 27, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Ed....you dont deserve ****.

Just for the sake of argument, if you are right (and you're not), why doesn't he?

 
September 28, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I side with O'bannon on this. The NCAA is wrong here. I applaud him for not taking the payoff and deciding to fight the good fight. And in my legal opinion, the NCAA does not want this going to the Supreme Court.

I think the fair settlement of all this is THE NCAA pays O'bannon for using his likeness when he repays UCLA for the free education he received.

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