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Bobby Maze, a former NCAA basketball player for Tennessee, has brought a suit against EA Sports and the NCAA in a California federal court. He claims that EA and NCAA used his likeness in EA's NCAA basketball series.While no actual player names are used in NCAA sports games, EA does present very specific likenesses of individual players, using the same "height, weight, ethnicity, uniform numeral, position, and year in school," according to the suit. For fans, it's usually not too hard to tell who these supposedly anonymous players are. Usually, the generic player will have the same physical attributes, skill set, position, and even number as a real-life college star. Using EA's Locker Room features, users can also edit the player names themselves and then share them with other users. For example, here's a forum post where complete rosters for every NCAA basketball conference were being shared by users.Maze is not the first player to bring a suit of this type against EA and the NCAA. Former football player Sam Keller also has a case pending in the court system.
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dude trying to score some cash, if i saw my looks on a game i would freak out and enjoy the game even more, knowing that im in a game *** i would love it.
And do you know why they do this? COLLEGE ATHLETES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ACCEPT MONEY SUCH AS THIS!!! Why do you think they can't have shoe deals or accept gifts from agents? College athletes are not supposed to make money off of their abilities! Bobby Maze is just mad he never made as much as Lebron or Kobe so he figured he would just take it from EA.
this is just an attempt to get some money out of EA, cause the man ain't makin any money elsewhere. When your down and out, you can always sue...it's the American way of life, don't ya know
You Bobby's a pretty nice guy. I sat next to him in class my freshman year. He made decent grades, and generally wasn't a ***. I never really thought he was lazy either. I don't know if the University owns his likeness while he is a player or not, that doesn't mean Coach Pearl will tell the truth about it to officials...
I don't get why you'd sue. EA is one of gaming's mega-corp's, so it's not like their legal defense is going to be the JV squad. They have the money for the A-Team of lawyers (or whatever letter is above A. I know there is none, but I'm using hyperbole to make a point. Anyhoo...). Also, making an "appearance" in one of their franchises is like free publicity; subtle publicity, but publicity nonetheless.
i think you guys are kinda misreading this story...maze was a great college player. maybe went out a year too early...was drafted i believe and i think is in the d-league...
if EA is trying to basically "use" people's likenesses without paying them, that's a legal issue...i'm not sure what the resolution should be, but it's a point worth discussing..
i get a little tired of the idea that every time someone sues anyone they are "money grubbing"...BELIEVE ME, college basketball is a huge business (and football is even bigger)...the NCAA and EA make plenty of money off unpaid kids as it is...
Seems Maze wants some money :)
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is he some sort of golf player or something? what? who?
Oh come on guys. Just let this stuff go.
I wish i could call BS on this but i cannot. It makes sense that he should wanna be paid for them using his likeness. so what if he didn't make it into the NBA or whatnot. i can't stand when people take pictures of me without asking.