INDIANAPOLIS – One day after six current college football players joined a closely watched antitrust case against the NCAA, attorneys on both sides swapped fresh jabs Friday.
Current and former athletes believe they are owed billions of dollars, saying the NCAA allowed their likenesses to be used in video games without compensation. NCAA chief legal counsel Donald Remy made it clear Friday that the governing body has no intention of changing the amateurism policy that has been a bedrock principle since the NCAA was founded.
“The plaintiffs’ lawyers in the likeness case now want to make this about professionalizing a few current student-athletes to the detriment of all others,” Remy said. “Their scheme to pay a small number of student-athletes threatens college sports as we know it.”
“It’s apparent to us that the NCAA’s decision to end its long and hugely profitable relationship with (video-game maker EA Sports) is tied directly to the pressure our litigation is bringing to bear,” said Steve Berman, the lead counsel for the plaintiffs and managing partner at Hagens Berman.