Attorneys representing student-athletes who claim Electronic Arts illegally used their likenesses in the company’s popular NCAA Football, Basketball, and March Madness videogames filed a motion on Friday to approve a settlement. The settlement, if approved could award thousands of dollars in settlement payments to affected players, according to law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.
Steve W. Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and co-lead attorney, noted in the announcement revealing its plans on Friday, said that this is the "first time in history that the NCAA’s commercial partners will reimburse student-athletes for using their likenesses." The settlement covers claims made in the Keller and O’Bannon case against EA along with the Alston and Hart cases. Depending on the response and claims rates for the class, class members could receive up to $951 for each year they were featured in the videogame, according to the firm.
"We’re incredibly pleased with the results of this settlement and the opportunity to right a huge wrong enacted by the NCAA and EA against these players and their rights of publicity," said Steve Berman. "We’ve fought against intense legal hurdles since filing this case in 2009 and to see this case come to fruition is a certain victory."
For more comments from Steve Berman on this class action lawsuit, check out this YouTube video.
For more information on the case, check out www.hbsslaw.com.
Electronic Arts no longer makes college sports games and no longer licenses from NCAA or other college level sports organizations.