For the second time, a federal appeals court has struck down a key defense Electronic Arts has used in its long-running legal fight against college athletes who say their likenesses have been used in EA Sports video games without their permission.
EA Sports' former executive producer on NCAA Football testified that the game "generally tried to make the players perform as their real life counterparts, short of their name and likeness." EA and the NCAA are defendants in a potential class-action suit over the unauthorized use of college players' likenesses.
For many sports fans, a number is as identifiable as a name. Growing up far away from a professional team, those numbers didn't really imprint on me until I covered football for four years at college. Ever since, I remember uniform numerals not with a name, but as a name.
A federal judge on Monday threw out former college athletes' claims against EA Sports, regarding the use of their likeness in past versions of NCAA Football and the now canceled NCAA Basketball. While the ruling clears Electronic Arts in a legal sense, the claims still will proceed against the NCAA and the Collegiate…
No NCAA basketball title releases this year, but that doesn't mean people can't sue over ones made last year. A former Tennessee player is joining the legal action against the NCAA and EA Sports over their use of his likeness.