Judge denies NCAA's remaining motions; Ed O'Bannon trial set to begin on June 9
The Ed O'Bannon antitrust case against the NCAA will begin on June 9 as previously scheduled, Steve Berkowitz of USA Today reports.
On Friday, U.S. district judge Claudia Wilken denied the NCAA's remaining motions in the case that surrounds the use of college athletes' names and likenesses. Wilken's decision cemented the start date of the case, which the NCAA wanted to be delayed until Feburary 2015.
Wilken also denied the NCAA's request to "sever all evidence and claims related to video games" from the O'Bannon case, which is named for former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. That ruling could allow the O'Bannon plaintiffs to discuss evidence related to Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company. EA and CLC were originally co-defendants in the case. They settled last fall, leaving the NCAA as the lone defendant. Wilken also separated the O'Bannon case from another case focusing on college sports video games. The latter case is being pursued by former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller and is set to go to trial in March 2015.