- The excitement is building in Tennessee, and rightfully so, about Bishop Sankey‘s potential impact as rookie.
- Here’s a good interview with Sankey from SB Nation’s Dan Rubenstein.
- This is significant: The NCAA has reached a $20 million settlement former football and basketball players who had their images and likenesses used in video games. From the AP:
Hours before the O’Bannon trial began in California challenging the NCAA’s the authority to restrict or prohibit payments to athletes, the largest governing body in college sports said it had settled another potentially damaging lawsuit scheduled to go to trial next March. Keller’s attorneys filed the class-action suit in May 2009 and contended the NCAA unfairly deprived college players of revenue.
“It wasn’t until after I was done playing football that the light turned on in my head about what was really going on. When you’re a student athlete you kind of become like a robot,” (Sam) Keller said in an interview with The Associated Press.
He added: “Friends would share with me, ‘Hey bro, I won the Heisman Trophy with you.’ … Meanwhile, we couldn’t sell a jersey or do autographs or anything to profit from our likeness. It was all big corporations.”
The deal came a little more than a week after Electronic Arts agreed to a $40 million settlement of similar allegations.
Here’s a good rundown of Day One of the O’Bannon trial in Oakland.
NCAA seemed to convince the judge that plaintiffs aren't allowed to introduce ongoing reform measures as evidence of antitrust violations.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 10, 2014
NCAA's Donald Remy on whether Mark Emmert will definitely testify: "He will. That is the plan."
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) June 9, 2014