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EA Settles in the NCAA Football Lawsuit for $60 Million

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EA Sports have finally decided to end the ongoing dispute within the NCAA players and decided to pay $60 million as settlement for its current lawsuit. EA Sports, one of the largest and most affluent sports video game companies in the world, has finally broken its silence and just made a decision to make up for the controversial issue by providing compensation.

The lawsuit was filed by a number of current and former NCAA athletes, claiming that EA Sports did not pay the collegiate athletes to use their names, images and likeness in their NCAA football and NCAA basketball franchises from the year 2003 to 2014. That is quite a long time and to think EA Sports kept their silence on it, adding salt to the wound.

UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart and former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller, as the main people who filed the case, are going to receive an amount around the sum of $15,000. There will be 21 other people who will receive $5,000 for being “class action representatives?. This is somehow a very small amount compared to all the damage that was done. Everyone else will receive an amount of money to appease them of their grievances. However, considering the main people only get $15,000 to $5,000 as compensation, we will expect them to receive less than that. They are only expected to be paid around $500 to $2000 which isn?t really a big amount of money compared to the case filed.

$60 Million is actually a huge amount when you really think about it. But it is quite a bummer if you divide it among 24,819 people. You won?t really be receiving much at all. This settlement is actually still a loss for the current and former collegiate athletes considering the main plaintiffs in this case may have actually paid a lot of money to hire lawyers and pay for the case?s legal fees. EA Sports dodged a massive bullet on this one. Even though they spent a huge sum of money, they only had to pay players between $1,000-$15,000 for years using them in their games without their permission.

 

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/ea-sports-settles-with-college-athletes-for–60-million-203005134.html

 

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