The saga known as “the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit” took a major turn yesterday when the former NCAA basketball player and his lawyers sought to change the terms of the suit to that of a “class action”. This strategy was predicted by those following the case and kick-starts the process that could change the landscape of college athletics.
In more simple terms — all hell is about to break loose in college sports.
The suit asks the court to rule that the NCAA must compensate those athletes they use in advertising, marketing, video games, etc.
(Here’s where you can use your one-liner: “Wait, don’t USC and Alabama already do that with their football players?”)
The case is a long way from hitting a court room. First, the judge has to rule in favor of O’Bannon asking for a “class action” ruling. If that happens, though, players who have had their likeness used in the past would be in position to receive perhaps as much as $750 million from the NCAA.
This has been in the works for a long time, as prominent NCAA athletes have long complained that the schools they represent make enough money off of them that some sort of revenue-sharing should take place. O’Bannon just happens to be the guy who decided to challenge the system.
It sets up to be a landmark case for the NCAA and its athletes.
In our lifetime, there probably won’t be anything more significant as it relates to college athletes and the subject of compensation for their services.
The Heat won the NBA title last night, 95-88.
The spread on the game was Miami — favored by 6.5 points.
So, LeBron gets his second title. This one was well-earned. San Antonio put up a major fight. The whole thing wasn’t decided until the final minute of the final game.
James is a terrific basketball player.
And the fact he’s carried his life in a positive way is one of the reasons I admire the guy.
He’s a great ambassador for the game and a legit role model for kids who follow him.
I’m happy for the guy.
I was at the new Towson Arena last night to check out the Harlem Globetrotters.
The facility is outstanding.
It’s bright and spacious and “looks” like a real sports arena, rather than a college gymnasium.
Trust me, you’ll be impressed beyond belief when you get over there.
The Globetrotters put on a great show, by the way.
Anyone offended by even the remotest of remote whispers about Chris Davis and his home run prowess thus far in 2013 hasn’t really been paying attention to baseball over the last 15 years.
I’ve been watching it day in and day out and every single time someone does something “out of the ordinary”, I assume there’s a fair chance they’re getting some sort of – *ahem* – “assistance” to reach their new heights.
I didn’t do that to baseball.
Baseball did that to me, with their rampant steroid use, lying to the fans, the media, their teams and, most importantly, STILL using PED’s and getting caught doing so even after testing was put in place.
I’m not saying Chris Davis is involved in anything of that nature.
What I am saying, though, is that nothing at all would surprise me with Davis or any other player in the league.