NCAA to end agreement with EA Sports

Know some of you guys have been following this case, so thought this was an interesting development. The NCAA is ending its relationship with the video game maker EA Sports. The NCAA and EA Sports are co-defendants in the Ed O’Bannon anti-trust lawsuit concerning the use of athlete’s names and likenesses in the game. It’s a case that could have myriad implications in the realm of student athlete compensation.


  1. Ed O’Bannon needs to be sued for this….How dare he take my NCAA football video games away!!!??

  2. Thanks for the info DD- And, we should both thank Davis …
    No doubt the NCAA knows that going to court in this law suit, at best, meant it would have to open up its operations, policies, policy making process, its books, staff and compliance enforcement. And, most important, its interest holders, whether it is the more powerful universities or the NCAA leaders who are, no doubt, cashing in to a much greater degree from the programs it purports to promote and regulate. Good lawyers and thorough journalists (DD) digging must scared the hell out of them.

    If the O’Bannon (and possibly, a class action suit joining hundreds of other athletes in the complaint) case still goes forward, they also faced an examination of much of its inner workings, finances, staff and its political interests as well. Their getting out of the partnership with EA is probably an attempt to take distance from their role as a monopoly and may be force a re-examination of its not-for-profit status.

    Wow Dustin! Any good investigative journalist who continues to dig further could win themselves a Pulitzer. Wouldn’t that be a big a crown for the HT? Not only do you have access to the players ‘down the road’, the University’s administration’s point-of-view, a major athletic program’s administration, a Board of Trustees of a major State institution, athlete/victims, coaches (many of whom are probably complicit)… And, from my understanding there has been a lot of internal frictions and in-fighting, especially involving the investigative staff of the NCAA (many of whom probably still live in Indianapolis but have to be worried future careers….wow! Perfect! Opportunities all over the place for a young, aggressive, intelligent, open minded, tireless Westbrook Pegler-type who believes in the profession and does not like the b.s. handed out in press conference dog and pony shows and releases.

    No more not-so-subtle smirks that earn you spankings and lectures. Bite!!!

    Plus, you have access to a great and curious legal mind who may have actually scared the hell out of the NCAA …who knows if this is not exactly the fear that drove them to taking this action while trying to ‘innocently’ whistle their way out of this mess. Davis, a deep bow of respect!

    … (to be continued?)

  3. Continue !

    (like the smirk connection

    Once he gets into the big leagues will he be know as; “Smirkey”. Could be a feature at Starbucks…..”Would you like a little Dustin Smirk with the Crean and Sugar sir”

    Who’s the guy on ESPN….”AND-HE-GOES-ALL-THE-WAY”
    Osomething like that. 1975 he was working a small TV market in Ft. Myers, Fl doing high school sports. Most thought he was crazy to leave a real job for something new called ESPN.

  4. Saw a clip of this report this this morning. Two Arizona football players are among the first to join the lawsuit. One of them is the kicker. Of course, their stance was that it isn’t about the money. Sure it isn’t.

    I’m not a huge fan of the NCAA in many respects. And I get O’Bannon’s position. You tell me a star on a Championshiop basketball team should be compensated for the use his likeness once his amateur status has expired? I’ll buy that. But a no-name kicker on a mediocre football team claiming the same slice of the anti-trust settlement pie? That’s a bit harder to swallow. Some people should just be happy they got a free ride through college because of a singular, god-given athletic skill. I can’t wait to see the final list of former players with no particular accomplishments or notoriety who feel they’ve been swindled out of their due compensation– you know, other than that free college education…

  5. Not sure if I need to remove my foot from my mouth. That AZ kicker, as it turns out, was a walk-on who missed last season due to injury. He was paying for his own tuition, so that doesn’t really apply. But it makes the claim that he should be entitled to compensation even more dubious.

  6. I think the point is that the NCAA is making money, a whole industry’s worth of it, off the labor of the scholarship athletes, not paying anywhere close to an hourly wage minimum (the value of the education is an estimate and in many cases in the case of athletes at schools where there is little concern for their academic progress,dubious dubious. Part of the argument is that the athletes are not only being exploited while in school; but, from what I can tell, the more important (legal) claim is that after the NCAA loses its jurisdiction over them, they continue to exploit their name and image by using both in games and products that reproduce their image (I guess O.J. Simpson could have a right to an OJ knife and not have to pay the NCAA a percentage).

    That’s the issue. The irony is that I see much more of an (ethical) argument in your ‘unknown’ punter’s case than in a Dwayne Wade look-alike, numbered alike game. Marquette shirt figure.

    (I also guess someone could make the same argument if the DOD came out with a game that somehow has a figure that resembles you and markings from your units in a computer simulation game). It’s all legal, but you get the point. On the surface I used to take the same they are ‘paying for their education) at the point that I believed the exchange was fair. That was 30+ years ago. The NCAA now makes tons of money, pays million dollar salaries to quite a few people, protects the interest of the commercial/marketing side of university athletics that also spend tons of money paying several million dollar salaries to coaches in public universities that are continually asking for more money from the taxpayers and get very little in return in terms of NCAA contributions to the educational/public interest side. I’m one of those thoughtless buffoons who play the game and let the NCAA have little, if any. accountability.

    That’s why I would like to see the case go forward. And that’s why I thought our friend Davis’ interest in it (and his knowledge for the court process) was a plus. Not necessarily on the narrow issue of the suit itself; but on the fact that it might open up a window into the racket I suspect is the NCAA (and by extension- Big Interest college athletics). I suspect that the NCAA’s withdrawal from its partnership with EA Sports is tied to that. (They were probably right, if I were one of their execs, I’d be puking in fear at the thought of our friend Davis wanting to take a look inside too- and that is fact). Now, the question is to not drop it just because EA Sports and the NCAA don’t take showers together anymore.)

  7. Old saying something about ‘if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging…’

    Report in the ‘& about the on-going ncaa fraud investigation of UNC. Seems a UNC advisor requested a couple of lines be changed in a ncaa report.
    Involves 39 bogus no-show classes and possible as many as 167 classes. Two interesting points…1) If you have more non-athletic students than athletes taking a bogus class, the ncaa may not investigate….2) Quoted in the article is an expert of college athletic scandals, who is a professor at University of Kentucky. Ironic..?

  8. Observation… When your transportation is usually a motorcycle, you tend to stay away from erratic & unpredictable drivers.

    And everytime, not once in awhile, but everytime I have had to take an evasive action, it’s always a car with IU specialty plates. 70 in a 55, it’s an IU car. Waiting till the last possible moment to merge right it’s an IU car. Doing 55 in a 50 zone and the car behing is honking, flashing lights and giving the finger – It will have IU specialty plates. The old fat guy in the big SUV who cuts you off going into McDonalds, IU plates.

  9. I only had motorcycles during my college days except for a brief period when I had a Pontiac with no emergency brake or ‘park’. I had to carry wheel chocks for when I parked on any sort of incline. Mostly it was just bikes.

    In western North Carolina it’s always a car with Florida plates (except, when they have South Carolina plates). We refer to them as the “Deadly Florida Blue Hair” or, more simply, Floridiots.

    If the speed limit is 45 mph and there is a one degree curve in the road, they nail the brakes and slow to 15mph. If, God forbid, there is actually some sort of dropoff on the side of the road (as it’s the mountains, such things happen) they slow to a speed that can only be detected through time lapse photography.

    The most despised phrase a person can use around here is, “We just moved here from Florida.”

    They’d be more widely accepted if they said, “Hi, we’re Nazi pedophile terrorist church arsonists and we have a reality show.”

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