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Appeals court refuses to dismiss ex-NCAA athlete suit against EA

  • The court affirms a ruling by a district judge that the use of ex-athletes' likenesses in Electronic Arts' (EA) NCAA football and basketball games isn't protected as free expression by the 1st Amendment.
  • The ruling upholds a suit filed by 9 former NCAA athletes demanding compensation for EA's use of their images/likenesses.
  • An antitrust suit filed by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon also remains outstanding.
  • Earlier this month, the NCAA opted not to renew its licensing deal with EA. But while EA will no longer make use of the NCAA's name and logo, it plans to continue making college football games, courtesy of a deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company.
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