Retired NFL players suing EA and Madden for putting them back in the game

Monday, 20th April 2009 08:50 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Old people play videogames now, EA. You’re going to have to find a new place to break the law. That is, if a lawsuit — headed up by NFL retiree Bernie Parrish — succeeds in landing the mega-publisher firmly on its hindquarters.

According to the jilted ex-player, John Madden has pulled in “over $100,000,000 in royalties” from the ungodly successful pigskin-tosser, while retired NFL players haven’t seen a single cent, even though the games allegedly use their likenesses. Parrish and co. plan to sue in response.

Last year, retirees scored $28 million in a similar suit against the NFL Players Association. EA and Madden are probably having one final, excessively passionate makeout session with their money before saying goodbye.

Thanks, GamePolitics.



  1. Omroth

    Retired NFL players often have no skills to do anything else and bodies which are breaking down. Madden should have seen this coming and given 20% of his proceeds to an NFLPA charity every year.

    We talked about this on the games-and-industry podcast Visiting The Village ( this week.

    #1 6 years ago

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