N.C.A.A. Fails to Stop Licensing Lawsuit

New York Times:  “A district court judge in San Francisco on Monday

[February 8, 2010] denied the N.C.A.A.’s motion for dismissal in a class-action lawsuit headed by the former U.C.L.A. basketball star Ed O’Bannon.  The ruling leaves the N.C.A.A.’s licensing contracts open to discovery.  O’Bannon’s lawyers filed the antitrust suit in July, claiming that former athletes should be compensated for the use of their images and likenesses in television advertisements, video games and on apparel. They said Monday’s ruling was an important first step.”


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