O’Bannon Prevails Over NCAA

Friday afternoon proved to be an important day in sports law, as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of the class of plaintiffs led by former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon.  In short, Judge Wilken held that the NCAA must eliminate its rules that prohibit college athletes from receiving compensation for commercial use of their names, images and likenesses.  […]

Friday Sports Briefs

O’Bannon Lawyers Argue for Class Certification Curtis Eichelberger and Karen Gullo of Bloomberg Businessweek wrote an excellent article on the O’Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit.  One of the important distinctions made in this article is that athletes aren’t arguing for “pay for play” - rather, athletes are looking to be compensated for the use of their likeness and images, […]

O’Bannon v. NCAA Update

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.  I wrote a piece for the Connecticut Law Tribune on O’Bannon last spring, which can be […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2011 - Part II

Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2011, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. 2.  Ed O’Bannon leads a class action lawsuit against the NCAA concerning the use of the images and likenesses of former players.  This case, which recently spurred a similar lawsuit by the legendary Bill […]

Thank You to the Central Connecticut Paralegal Association

On Thursday afternoon, I was the guest speaker at the Central Connecticut Paralegal Association’s (CCPA) Employer Appreciation Luncheon.  The topic was O’Bannon v. NCAA,  what I described as the most important case in amateur athletics.  I truly enjoyed my visit with the members of the CCPA.  My sincere thanks to Sharon Spinella, CCPA President, and Lisa Voorvaart, CCPA Vice President, […]

Poll: Should Student-Athletes Receive Compensation for Use of Their Likenesses?

As a follow-up to yesterday’s article about O’Bannon v. NCAA and student-athletes’ right of publicity, I wanted to get the thoughts of Connecticut Sports Law readers as to whether student-athletes should be paid for the commercial use of their likenesses, and if so, when?  Please take a few seconds and cast your vote.

O’Bannon v. NCAA Shines a Light Upon Student-Athletes’ Right of Publicity

I am pleased to announce that the Connecticut Law Tribune has included an article that I wrote on NCAA v. O’Bannon in its special section on intellectual property law, which was published today.  Here is an excerpt from the article: Sixteen years after starring in the NCAA tournament, O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in O’Bannon v. NCAA (also referred […]