A quick update on In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name and Likeness Litigation, better known as O’Bannon v. NCAA, the class action lawsuit concerning the use of the likenesses of former college basketball players in video games produced by EA Sports.
Here are a few recent developments in the case:
- The NCAA was recently ordered to disclose certain information relating to television revenue. Eric Gardner of Hollywood, Esq. has the story.
- NBA2K13 will include all members of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team (“The Dream Team”), with the exception of Scottie Pippen. Michael McCann of Sports Law Blog writes that this development demonstrates the ability of individual players to negotiate deals for the use of their likenesses, an issue at the forefront of O’Bannon v. NCAA.
- Although not necessarily recent, back in January the Court ruled that the plaintiffs were entitled to take the deposition of NCAA President Mark Emmert. The NCAA argued that Emmert’s deposition was inappropriate because he did not have “unique, non-repetitive knowledge of facts relevant to ‘the allegations in plaintiffs’ complaint.'” In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name and Likeness Litigation, 2012 WL 174834 at *2.
Stay tuned for more updates on this case.