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The National Collegiate Athletic Association is hard for its players: they have busy schedules, top-level competition and very little compensation. Though they are given scholarships for the schools they play for, their training leaves little time for education. Worst of all, an obscene amount of money is earned by the colleges, their staffs, advertising, basically everyone but the “amateur atheletes.”
Fortunately, there will be some justice for those players. A suit was brought by players back in September of 2013 who felt their names and likenesses were illegally used in NCAA games developed by EA Sports. Student athletes reached a settlement with Electronic Arts, the Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA for an undisclosed amount, revealed in May 2014 to be up to $951 per player, per year they were featured in the games. The settlement was estimated then to cost up to $40 Million.
That amount was raised to $60 Million yesterday by U.S. District judge Claudia Wilken. Any player that appeared in those games between May 2003 and September 2013 are eligible for cash payments of up to $7,200 and over 20 thousand claims are already in.
Hopefully, this victory will pave the way for student athletes to be properly paid for their work, but for now at least there is some small compensation to those players.