Forget about LaDainian Tomlinson. Longtime NFL watchers still maintain that Jim Brown is the best running back to ever play the game.
And now Brown is suing EA and Sony over what he says is the inclusion of his likeness in EA’s best-selling Madden series. According to a report on Bloomberg
Brown, who left the National Football League to become an actor and starred in the movies "The Dirty Dozen” and "Any Given Sunday…" [alleges that] the character, part of the "Real Old School Teams and Players” series, is a muscular, African-American running back wearing the number 32 jersey who is featured in the game’s "All [Cleveland] Browns Team,” Brown said in a complaint filed yesterday in state court in New York.
Brown, who was number 32 for the Cleveland Browns, said in the complaint that he "never signed away any rights that would allow his likeness to be used…” Brown said in the complaint that, when he played football, "the NFL had league wide policy that players shall have no lawyers or agents when negotiating compensation. Video games were not invented yet and no union to obtain rights from existed.”
Active NFL players are covered – and receive compensation – under licensing agreements with the NFL Players Association. Some retired players have received funds as well, but the numbers are typically smaller than for active players.