Judge Clears Way For Ed O'Bannon Vs. NCAA Case To Reach Trial
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on Friday "cleared the way for the Ed O'Bannon vs. NCAA lawsuit to reach trial on June 9." She "provided opinions on the case that set the stage for a trial or settlement." Wilken determined that the First Amendment "does not guarantee media organizations unlimited rights to broadcast entire college football and basketball games, a defense used by the NCAA to justify not paying players for use of their names, images and likenesses." The judge in a 48-page ruling "denied both the plaintiffs' and the NCAA's motions for full summary judgments in their favor before a jury trial" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 4/12).