Latest on NCAA legal battles: EA Sports & CLC settle lawsuit by Ed O'Bannon plaintiffs

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Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Fans take photos in front of a giant NCAA logo and championship trophy before the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports


Electronic Arts Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company have settled all claims brought against them by plaintiffs in the Sam Keller and Ed O’Bannon lawsuit over the use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses, according to a court filing today

“This is as profoundly disappointing to the people who make this game as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year,” Cam Weber, the general manager of American football for EA Sports, wrote on the company’s website.

“Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA — but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes.”

And this from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd:

Essentially each player who has appeared in the football and basketball games marketed by EA in the last decade – approximately 125,000 men – are eligible for settlement money. According to court documents filed Thursday and obtained by the settling parties in the process of preparing documents for the court to approve in order to disburse the money.

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