$60 million lawsuit for college athlete’s right to compensation
College athletes are tired of having their likeness used in video games without receiving pay, now the NCAA, Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company are facing lawsuits.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken received documents requesting her approval of a combined $60 million in settlements of claims against the three companies. Over 16,000 college basketball and football players submitted paperwork to take part in the legal action.
In order to make a claim, the players had to be on the roster of a team in a NCAA video game published or distributed from May 2003 through September 2014. If the athletes win the suit, many of them are estimated to receive around $74 to $6,700.
The hearing will take place on July 16. After the hearing, Wilken will decide whether or not she will be granting her final approval. The result of this case may be an important one for student athlete’s right to receive compensation for more than just their video game likeness.
The NCAA has rules against paying student players. College athletes bring in large sums of money during football games and they sacrifice many hours to train with their teams. Why is it that the NCAA has rules against paying players?
The NCAA says that they “disagree that student-athletes are participating in athletics as employees. Student-athletes have a passion for their sport and a commitment to their teammates that can’t be equated to punching a time clock.”
Students may not play for the money, but the NCAA is profiting off of these player’s actions and video game portrayals. Some players are even showcased on the cover of NCAA video games, making them the the first thing customers see before making the purchase.
If Wilken decides that college athletes have a right to get paid for their likeness being used, it could be the first step in making changes to the NCAA student compensation rules.
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