Sam Keller, former quarterback for Nebraska has sued EA Sports and the NCAA saying that the names and likenesses of college athletes are being used illegally in its products. The class action suit contends that EA Sports is profiting from these names and likenesses. Keller and his lawyer, Rob Carey, seek to bar EA from using names and likenesses and are looking for pay for those athletes who have already been portrayed in the games.
The suit alleges that EA contracts with the NCAA’s licensing company to replicate logos, uniforms, mascots, and stadiums. The NCAA bylaws prohibit using players’ names and likenesses in for-profit games. NCAA spokesman stated Thursday that no such use occurred here and that the case will likely be thrown out.