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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 10:44 am  |  17 responses

Class of Athletes, Led by Ed O’Bannon, File Suit Against NCAA

In a move that’s been a long time coming, a class action lawsuit was filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on behalf of a class consisting of thousands of former DI athletes who are alleging the NCAA violated and is continuing to violate federal law by not cutting them in on profit gained from the use of their likenesses. Representing the class is the 1995 MOP of the Final Four and one of UCLA’s finest players, Ed O’Bannon. According to reports: “The Complaint seeks injunctive relief that will enjoin the NCAA from its alleged anticompetitive practices and protect students in the future.” It’s worth mentioning that Sonny Vaccaro, mentor to a generation of amateur athletes, has been brought in as a consultant by the plaintiffs.

NOTE: Farmer Jones will have MUCH more info for you about this later…

Update: Farmer has spoken.

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    YES!
    Looking forward to Farmer Jones. It’s been a while.
    Hoping someone can address jersey sales of college players etc too.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Ed O’Bannon making SLAM headlines again?!

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    It is pretty bogus all the $$ made off of these guy’s backs. Not to mention all the video game $$ – there names might not be in the games but their likenesses sure as hell are.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    This should be fun. This WILL be fun.

  • Blue

    I’m not a big fan of slavery either, Ed…

  • rav

    FINALLY!!!! the NCAA are at long last going to have to put up with current and former students suing their backsides off – lets hope that the whole amateurism sham is eradicated and the world sees the NCAA for what they are – a multi billionaire industry who uses slave labour

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Farmer better not disappoint….

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Best case scenario is really getting a Union going or as strange as the acronym is, NCAA-PA (Player’s association, like NFL-PA MLB NBA etc.), or NCAA-Student Union maybe? College kids sure are smart enough to get the ball rolling and its a shame they have to do so, standing up to some million dollar lawyers that the schools will easily afford as well as the runaround of the NCAA organization on rules/changes/suspensions/bans/et al.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    I didn’t even know that Ed O’Bannon was still alive…

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    What?
    No way?
    RYAN JONES IS ALIVE?!?!

  • donovan

    Sam Keller, former Arizona State and Nebraska QB, recently brought a somewhat similar suit against the NCAA.

    The NCAA could pay for players’ masters degrees, or put the money in trust funds…

  • Felix

    ok… they don’t get paid… but slavery? one involves being a celebrity at a local institution, possible lifetime of opportunities for networking and education, housing, books, stipend… not to mention the fringe benefits… girls like you, and you can get some cheesy booster job where you don’t have to work… the other is slavery- where you will find none of these benefits…to say the least… I know lots of college students who work for almost nothing at billionaire owned businesses- they are called interns

  • Josh D

    What happened to this guy to get him out of the league if he was MOP in ’95( I’m British and i didn’t follow the NBA or Basketball back then)

  • rav

    josh – some players are great in college but not so in the pro’s which pretty much explains ed o bannon

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Pssshhh, the NCAA should be sueing Ed O’Bannon for being such a failure.

  • that dude

    ^ stupidity this way

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    wayno Posted: Jul.22 at 12:03 pm
    I didn’t even know that Ed O’Bannon was still alive…
    ___
    That was in poor taste – you realise Ed O’Bannon lost his brother (twin?) a few years back?

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