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NCAA gets rid of name-likeness release form for student-athletes

Jul 18, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

Mark Emmert AP

Facing mounting pressure from a federal class-action lawsuit, the NCAA on Friday opted to get rid of the name-and-likeness release that student-athletes sign before competing in Division I sports.

According to a report from Dan Wolken and Steve Berkowitz of the USA Today, athletes who signed the release gave the NCAA or an associated third party, permission to use his or her name or picture to promote events such as NCAA championships without being compensated.

These sorts of things often happened in promotion of an athlete directly through the student-athlete’s school or conference.

With the class-action lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon looming, the NCAA is doing the best they can to distance itself from future legal issues that could arise if a ruling goes against them.

How will this affect college sports? That’s hard to say. If you regularly watch sports channels or channels that air NCAA programming, you’ve probably noticed that players are promoted in the ads by using their face or name.

Without the use of this student-athlete release, it will be interesting to see how those types of promotions could change.

  1. smackingfools - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    NCAA are a bunch of crooks.

  2. nextmanup81 - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Just pay the darned players like you should!!

  3. ducksk - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    NCAA are indeed crooks and self serving creepy puked who do nothing but exploit college sports for their own good. Led by their president, knocking down 1.5 mil plus Benny’s. I hate everything about the NCAA at all levels. We need to start over putting Athletes and academics first. Not themselves or AD’s. I despise this “non profit organization.

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