A group of current and former college athletes will finally start receiving settlement payments stemming from a 2009 lawsuit against video game giant Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Co. (EA Sports) for using players’ likenesses in games.
The checks, ranging from $100 to nearly $9,300 before taxes, will begin being mailed this week, Leonard Aragon, one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, told USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz. The $60 million settlement was reached in June 2014.
Aragon’s firm represented the contingent of plaintiffs led by former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller. Current athletes who are scheduled to receive checks will get an exemption from the NCAA, go figure, so that they can accept the payments without it affecting their eligibility.
Around 15,000 checks were mailed out Wednesday, according to the report, and former UGA and current Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green is among the notable NFL players expected to receive one.
“For the very first time in history student-athletes are getting paid something equal to market value for the use of their name, image and likeness,” Aragon told Berkowitz. “I didn’t think it was going to take seven years, but I did think we were going to get there.”