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NCAA Football: lawyers in the case against EA never intended for the games to stop being made

Saturday, 5th October 2013 21:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Lawyers in the class-action lawsuit over EA using college players likeness in its NCAA Football games have said they never intended for the company to stop making the games.

Speaking with Polygon, co-lead counsel Leonard Aragon said the players and the legal team would be “fine” with the company continuing to publish the games.

“If the NCAA would allow student-athletes to receive some compensation for appearing in video games, that’s something that we would be amenable to and would certainly listen to as part of a settlement but we haven’t heard anything yet,” he said. “That’s not us. We didn’t tell them to do that. “We would be fine if they published a game.”

EA plans to settle the on-going lawsuit after the US Court of Appeals rejected its move to dismiss the case. Now that it has made an offer, the former students’ lawyers will focus on the additional claims made against the NCAA, which it believes conspired with EA.

In the past, attorney’s have said EA and the NCAA’s recent split, which has resulted in no new college football game from EA Sports next year, was a deliberate attempt to evade responsibility.

The debate over whether college athletes should be paid has become a hot topic again of late, with many sides claiming it turns them into “stars” while others claim it’s not allowed because it would cut into the profits made by the NCAA and the colleges more popular players attend.

Others feel is money is eventually paid out, it should go into a trust that the players could only access upon completing their college career, because not all players “go pro” and are dependent on sports scholarships to be able to attend the schools in the first place.

The lawyers in the case against EA, NCAA and the CLC believe the players should be paid for their likenesses – in part – because a video game will linger much longer than a college career.

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2 Comments

  1. MrWaffles

    Butthurt lawyers whining over the damage they caused, beautiful.

    Guys, you know EA, they’re like teenagers.

    Now, the NCAA is just showing their belly and EA might as well just ask THEM for money now and they’ll probably will…

    This is just extremely sad.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. DSB

    The real problem is that the NCAA makes no sense. It’s in complete denial of being an elite sports league.

    The official reason is that college athletes should be “protected” from the pressure and hype that NFL players face, and that there also has to be room for the athletes who may not have draft potential (who would be paid considerably less than a “star” if they were getting paid) and that’s cute, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the real reason is that the NCAA is a lot cheaper to run when you don’t have to pay your players at all.

    Simply call them “amateurs” and save money, while pretending to serve their interests.

    It’s a fucking sham. The NCAA is probably one of the most hated sports associations in the world and that’s saying a lot, when you have shitty corrupt organizations like FIFA or the NFL to compete with.

    Of course EA has to play by the rules, but it’s obvious that the rules are completely fucked.

    #2 11 months ago

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