NCAA motion denied in Ed O'Bannon case

Monday May 12th, 2014

 Ed O'Bannon The NCAA had one motion that could push the Ed O’Bannon antitrust lawsuit trial denied. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

A U.S. District Judge denied a motion made by the NCAA attempting to delay the trial in a lawsuit over the use of college athletes' names and likenesses, according to USA Today.

The NCAA had requested that U.S. Judge Claudia Wilken reconsider an original ruling from April 11 against a summary judgement, which was refused. 

The NCAA wanted the court to reconsider a ruling that said the NCAA can't defend itself by saying that money from sports like football and basketball is used to fund smaller sports and women’s sports.

Former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon sued the NCAA saying he was portrayed in a video game when he was a member of the 1995 UCLA national title team. He also claimed that the NCAA used and profited off of his image without his consent.

Wilken wrote that “by restricting the benefits that schools may offer recruits in high-revenue sports, the challenged rules necessarily have a greater impact on certain recruits than others, even if the rules technically apply across all sports.”

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The trial is scheduled to start June 9.

More from USA Today:

The NCAA still has three pending motions that could alter the complexion or timing of the case brought on behalf of a group of former college athletes headed by UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon.
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