E.A. Sports and Collegiate Licensing to pay $40 million to compensate athletes

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E.A. Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company are set to pay $40 million to settle their roles in a high-profile lawsuit seeking compensation for college athletes.

The parties in the case notified the United States District Court in Northern California on Thursday that they had come to an agreement, but the terms were not disclosed and needed the approval of the judge.


The settlement leaves the N.C.A.A. as the lone defendant in the suit, filed by the former U.C.L.A. basketball player Ed O’Bannon more than four years ago. The case focuses on the rights of college athletes, how their likenesses should be used and whether they should be paid.

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