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Blast From The Past: Upshaw Denies NFL Retirees’ Allegations
Published February 16, 2007
|NFLPA’s Upshaw Denies
Retirees’ Claims In Lawsuit
SEEKING REPAYMENT: Adderley said that he had “never been sent royalties” for a deal allowing his name to be included on a line of Reebok apparel. But Upshaw noted that Reebok had “decided not to use Adderley and, therefore, no money was due him.” NFLPA outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler said that Parrish “never signed the group licensing agreement and so was not due royalties from Players Inc. licensing deals.” Parrish noted that some video games feature past NFL players’ likeness without using their names, and Ronald Katz, attorney for the retired players, argued that even if names of past players are not displayed, Players Inc. “behaves in the marketplace as if it represents all former players” (N.Y. TIMES, 2/16).