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ESPN.com reports video game mogul EA Sports has reached a $40 million settlement with college football and basketball players. Even though players’ names were never used in any of the NCAA video games created by EA, their likenesses were unquestionably used. The settlements will pay former and current college athletes for the use of their images in the video games, and players’ pay will depend on how many games they appeared in. Attorneys estimate that players who appeared in the video games from 2003 to 2005 will receive between $96 and $517 per roster year appearance, and players who have appeared in the video games since 2005 will get $166 to $951 per roster year appearance. If players only appeared on a roster and not in a video game from 2005 to 2014, the range for them will be $48 to $276 per roster year.
Most people are happy that the players will be compensated for their images being used in the games. Most. The NCAA still does not want college athletes to be compensated for playing college athletics, so much so that it’s ready to take this case to the Supreme Court. The NCAA is, predictably, being a boner, and the trial date is set for June 9.
[via Think Progress]