Former NCAA Athletes React To EA Sports Finally Sending Them Checks For Using Their Likeness
SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!
EA Sports did just that as they finally started to send money to current and former college football and men’s basketball players for previously appearing in NCAA-branded video games.
“The checks come from the 2009 Sam Keller and Ed O’Bannon lawsuits against the NCAA, Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company. The likenesses and characteristics of college athletes were used by EA in football and men’s basketball video games without their permission or any payment — and with NCAA officials aware of the use behind the scenes.
The case was settled in June 2014 for $60 million with lawyers receiving 30 percent of the settlement. Now the checks are finally reaching players who made successful claims for appearing in games between 2003 and 2014, when the NCAA video games ended due to the litigation.”
Average NCAA/EA video game check to players is $1,237. High is $7,622 and low is $58. Many of the athletes took to Twitter, excited about their checks:
Former Florida State defensive lineman Travis Johnson:
When u realize the mailman has Dropped that EA sports check in the mail box! Now when is the next game coming out? pic.twitter.com/ij7aK47fen
— Travis Johnson (@trapj99) April 12, 2016
Former Notre Dame basketball forward Jordan Cornette:
My NCAA/EA Likeness Settlement. Not a lot, but I will take anything I can from NCAA. Sorry gamers. pic.twitter.com/3VDAJ7oH7t
— jordan cornette (@jordancornette) April 12, 2016
One-time New Mexico State cornerback Darien Johnson:
Grandma just called me & told me the NCAA just sent me a check for 3k. Lol didn’t think that settlement ish was real, but thanks EA Sports
— Darien Johnson (@DarienJ4) April 11, 2016
Former Kansas basketball guard Jeff Hawkins:
In the mail today, came a check from the EA/NCAA settlement. A tiny bit more than the cost of all those games I bought back then
— Jeff Hawkins (@Jeff_Hawkins_KU) April 12, 2016
Noah Hartsock (BYU basketball, 2008-12):
Got my NCAA/EA check. My brother who played at UMKC got 2500% more than me. Oh well, it’s free money. Thanks O’bannon.
— Noah Hartsock (@noahartsock) April 12, 2016
Channing Crowder (Florida football, 2003-05):
Got my NCAA/EA likeness Settlement payment today. I was only at UF 2 yrs, so that’s bout $243/yr. ??? Well… ???? pic.twitter.com/NLG17yiPOe
— Channing Crowder (@OfficialCrowder) April 11, 2016
Dan Mulrooney (Boston College football, 2008-10):
— Dan Mulrooney (@Coach_Mul) April 11, 2016