Ed O’Bannon took the stand on Monday to face questioning on his beliefs of whether student-athletes should be paid for their likenesses. One of the more interesting snippets from the examination was when O’Bannon extended his argument of payment beyond simple college athletics. He feels that high schoolers should receive compensation if they generate revenue for their institutions, and the same with little league players.
Obannon says he knew some of his high school games were on TV. Says HS athletes should be compensated if generating revenue for schools
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) June 9, 2014
NCAA lawyer asks O’Bannon if he thinks Little Leaguers should receive money when their games are on ESPN. “Absolutely.”
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 9, 2014
For more quotes and a running commentary of today’s proceedings, both Steve Berkowitz and Stewart Mandel have excellent info on their Twitter timelines. If you are looking for background information on the lawsuit, this piece by USA Today offers a very boiled-down, easy to digest explanation.