On Thursday, EA Sports announced that it would not be producing a college football video game for 2014. Whether or not there is one in the works beyond that remains to be seen.
The video game goliath has been battling lawsuits for the unauthorized use of players’ likenesses in the game, and the move was undoubtedly a reaction to those suits.
Just a few short hours after the initial announcement, we learned that Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company have settled all lawsuits brought against them by former and current college football players.
The NCAA is now on its own to fight former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, as well as an increasing number of lawsuits working to get student-athletes paid for the billions these young men and women generate for their schools.
“We learned of this notional settlement today,” said Donald Remy, chief legal officer for the NCAA. “We have asked for, but have not yet received, the terms so we cannot comment further.”
The settlement is substantial in regards to student-athletes and how they are compensated for the revenue they generate for their institution.
“Today’s settlement is a game-changer because, for the first time, student-athletes suiting up to play this weekend are going to be paid for the use of their likenesses,” said Houston-based attorney Eugene Egdorf in a statement. Egdorf represents Hart, who sued EA Sports in 2009.
“We view this as the first step toward our ultimate goal of making sure all student-athletes can claim their fair share of the billions of dollars generated each year by college sports,” Egdorf said.