The settlement hasn’t yet been approved in court, meaning the terms haven’t been released, but attorney Steve Berman, leading the team that represents the former athletes, said his team is “extraordinarily pleased.”
The lawsuit claims that the NCAA and EA Sports conspired together to cash in on the likenesses of the student athletes, which Berman is wrong both in a legal sense and morally.
“These guys were busting their butts on the field or the court trying to excel at athletics, oftentimes to help win or maintain scholarships so they could get an education,” Berman said.
“Students agreed that by being student-athletes that they could not exploit their personal commercial value, an agreement they lived up to. The same cannot be said about the NCAA or its partner Electronic Arts.”
EA settled after the US Court of Appeals rejected its motion to dismiss the case.
The attorneys representing the student athletes will now turn its focus on the NCAA, who they claim “looked the other way while EA commercialized on the likenesses of students.”
“We are looking forward to presenting our case against the NCAA to a jury at trial. We believe the facts will reveal a startling degree of complicity and profiteering on the backs of student athletes,” Berman said.