In the antitrust class action House v. NCAA, former and current Division I athletes seek compensation for not being given the right to use their NIL (name, image, and likeness) for commercial purposes. The potential $1.4 billion lawsuit alleges the NCAA deprived them of media rights and sponsorships, and the NCAA’s subsequent use of the athlete’s NIL’s, has awarded the NCAA and its membership billions of dollars.

The defendants allege in a 50- page opposition to the class certification motion that there are differences in NIL value and so class members claims are not proper for a class action. They state that some athletes have accumulated millions of dollars of economic value tied to their NIL, where others yield a negligible value. These differences can be tied to certain sports being broadcast to a larger audience or having more media coverage.

If class certification is granted, class members may consist of competing Division I athletes from June 15, 2020, to January 27, 2025. Additional Division I athletes who from 2016 in football, men’s and women’s basketball and additional sports may also be eligible.

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A federal judge in Illinois granted final approval to a $75 million settlement in a class action involving concussions in student-athletes. The settlement between the NCAA and millions of student-athletes establishes a $70 million medical monitoring fund that will pay for assessments of self-reported concussion symptoms and medical evaluations, if necessary. The monitoring will be available for 50 years, but class members can bring individual and class claims for monitoring if the fund depletes before the end of that time frame.

The deal calls for the NCAA to change its concussion management and return-to-play policies to reflect best practices. It also requires the organization to contribute $5 million within the first 10 years to concussion-related research that it otherwise would not have funded without the settlement.

The case is In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation, case number 1:13-cv-09116, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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After more than a year of negotiations, a $208.7 million settlement has been reached in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) antitrust multi-district class action.

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football-injuryAn Illinois federal judge has rejected a $75 million settlement to resolve lawsuits brought by ex-NCAA athletes claiming they have suffered long-term damage from concussions, telling parties to resume negotiations because he has concerns about the fairness of the deal.

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Fotolia BasketballSeveral former college football and men’s basketball players have filed an antitrust class action against broadcasters and others. 

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football-injuryThe NCAA has agreed to pay $70 million to set up a concussion-screening framework under a proposed settlement with former student-athletes this week, but the deal would keep the organization’s future litigation exposure low by requiring players to bring individual suits, rather than class actions, in order to seek recovery for treatment or injuries. Continue reading “NCAA concussion settlement bars future class actions”

EA_Sports_LOGOFormer NCAA players have settled a portion of their claims under terms that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames.

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Fotolia FootballIn a stunning ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first union of college athletes.

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Fotolia FootballThe Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion litigation refused to preliminarily approve the $760 million settlement agreement between the league and its former players, saying she was concerned there wasn’t enough money to properly compensate all class members.

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Fotolia FootballA California federal judge has certified a class of Division I men’s basketball and football players accusing the National Collegiate Athletic Association of using their names and likenesses without compensation, ruling there was no intra-class conflict between high-value and lesser-known athletes.

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