Seems to have broken about an hour ago.
In a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that EA had used the images in its video games of several ex-NCAA athletes without their permission in its NCAA football and basketball series. The decision comes two weeks after EA lost the rights to put the NCAA logo and name on its games beyond this year.Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, writing for the majority of the court, said EA's game "literally recreates [Arizona State University quarterback Samuel] Keller in the very setting in which he has achieved renown."Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas dissented, however, arguing that the games' creative elements "predominate over the commercial use of the athletes' likenesses" and that "Keller's impressive physical likeness can be morphed by the gamer into an overweight and slow virtual athlete, with anemic passing ability".The decision could open up additional legal action against the video game publisher from other former college athletes who have been unhappy with their likenesses being used in the games without compensation.
Interesting ARTICLE on ESPN today about uniformz and their impact upon recruiting. Quotes DB. Kind of like what Sarkisian said, that though uniformz are impactful and important to consider in getting young recruits excited about the program, if they have that much of an impact on a kid, he might not be the right kid for their program.
While everyone has a varying opinion here, I'd hazard the vast majority agree that uniform 'swag' does impact brand marketability of programs - something near and dear to us at Michigan since after all, we've clearly had the best helmets and uniforms in all of sport for decades.
One could also conclude that the more other teams jump on the uniformZ bus, inevitably some do hit home runs with their new branding, thus slighly closing the visual brand gap of which Michigan still remains clearly the leader. Thus, while everyone can vary in terms of what they think DB should or shouldn't do re uniformz, it would be safe to conclude that it should be something he should monitor for opportunities to unveil occasional alternative uniforms that are extraordinary.
On a personal note, for which I expect to get the negs, an excellent alternative uniform I would like to see would be to honor our successes in the days before color picture, with black and grey uniforms, akin to what our modern uniforms would look like in black and white film. Neg away on that one, but regardless, uniformZ are clearly here to stay.
Former Gator / current Eagles WR Riley Cooper being a fine representative of Urbz at a Kenny Chesney concert -
Just came across the wire.
NFL eliminated traditional AFC-NFC Pro Bowl matchup; will be replaced with Pro-Bowl fantasy-like draft, per ESPN sources.
Now players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft (really). Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will be draft captains.
No more kickoffs in Pro Bowl. Rosters will consist of 43 players per squad. Game will be played Jan 26 in Honolulu.
Title pretty much say it all. Wonder what effect this might have on others in similar situations. And I hope athletes begin to realize they dont have to sign the NLI to be on scholarship.