NCAA removes name-likeness release from student-athlete forms

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

With a federal judge deliberating about how to rule in a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA concerning the use of college athletes' names and likenesses, the association has eliminated a much-debated name-and-likeness release from the set of forms Division I athletes sign annually, USA TODAY Sports has learned.

Athletes who signed the release had granted permission for the NCAA or an associated third party, such as a school or conference, to use his or her name or picture to promote NCAA championships or other events without being compensated. The NCAA's removal of that component from what is known as the Student-Athlete Statement, which includes a series of other releases on disclosure of personal information and eligibility, is yet another indication that the NCAA is trying to distance itself from legal entanglements that have arisen as a result of growing questions about who owns college athletes' names and likenesses.

NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn was not immediately available for comment.

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