NCAA Settles Publicity Claims Over Video Games

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it has reached an unspecified deal with some of the athletes who sued it over their publicity rights.
     The Monday deal comes on the heels of a $40 million settlement that Electronic Arts reached with college athletes on publicity and antitrust issues.
     EA’s settlement had been more thorough, releasing the video game maker from three tiers of claims.
     Samuel Keller, Bryan Cummings, Lamarr Watkins and Byron Bishop represented the first group of “right of publicity plaintiffs,” and there was another group with similar claims led by Shawne Alston and Ryan Hart. Ed O’Bannon Jr. led the third group involved in the May 30 settlement, alleging antitrust claims.
     Though neither Collegiate Licensing Co. nor the NCAA were parties to the May 30 settlement, the filing described CLC as a “released party.”
     The NCAA’s filing Monday notes that it has settled only with Samuel Keller, Bryan Cummings, Lamarr Watkins and Byron Bishop. The antitrust claims O’Bannon leads against it remain pending, and a trial in the case kicked off before U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on Monday.
     Wilken must still approve the settlements.

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