The NCAA and Student Likenesses in EA Games

Tracy Lien for Polygon:

Court documents unsealed this week have revealed that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was aware that EA made its games using characters that “match as closely as possible the real-life characteristics” of actual student athletes, USA Today reports.

The documents were unsealed this week during court proceedings where 15 named plaintiffs who are former and current football and basketball players on college teams claimed that the NCAA illegally used their names, images and likenesses in their collaboration with EA for its now-defunct college basketball game franchise.

You’re telling me that the NCAA knew of something that was basically exploiting student athletes and did nothing about it?

I find that shocking. Shocking, I tell you.

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