Quote of the Day
"The NCAA has exploited its ex-players and student-athletes, and it's about time everyone sees that."
-- Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, on his motive for filing a lawsuit against the NCAA over the use of his likeness (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/22).
Former All-American O'Bannon Upset With NCAA Using His Image
In the latest challenge to the NCAA's use of student-athlete likenesses, former UCLA hoops star Ed O'Bannon files a class-action lawsuit alleging the organizing body has illegally deprived athletes of "myriad revenue streams," including DVDs, videogames and memorabilia. O'Bannon does not expect large payments if he wins the case, saying his actions are “about going after what's right.” O’Bannon: “It's almost like, 'How dare they put us out there and not compensate us?'" Interestingly, Sonny Vaccaro approached O'Bannon about filing the suit. Meanwhile, the NFL also faces a legal case with potentially historic ramifications, as the Supreme Court currently considers the American Needle case.
Silence Speaks Volumes?
ESPN's decision to continue not reporting the Roethlisberger story has some calling into question the net's credibility.
Supply & Demand
Bowman says wireless traffic to MLB.com now accounts for 30% of visits to site, up from 8% two years ago.
Scratch & Play
Bengals, Browns and Seahawks all sign deals for state lotteries to use team marks on tickets.
Turning On The Tube
USOC, IOC open talks about USOC's planned Olympic network.
Living In The Future
Renderings for joint Cordish-Comcast Philly Live project officially unveiled.
ESPN's syndicated package of SEC games feels national with markets in 23 states.
Board Room Mentality
Ryan Sheckler featured in new 30-second Axe body spray spot set to debut during X Games.
Phil Mickelson part of group bidding to buy Waffle House franchisee.