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Conference commissioners will be deposed
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 9, 2013 @ 10:20 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports
An attorney helping to represent former and current college football and men’s basketball players in an anti-trust lawsuit told USA TODAY Sports a U.S. magistrate judge is allowing their legal team to take depositions from a college president and two conference commissioners who had made statements in the case saying that some schools and conferences might exit Division I or the Football Bowl Subdivision because of the financial and legal burden that would result from needing to share revenue with football and men’s basketball players.
Speaking after a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins on Wednesday in San Francisco, plaintiffs’ attorney Renae Steiner said Cousins allowed depositions of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone and Fresno State president John Welty.
Cousins also allowed the plaintiffs to take a deposition from NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances Mark Lewis about various aspects of how the college sports governing body approaches its broadcast rights contracts for NCAA championships, Steiner said.
Steiner said the plaintiffs will not be allowed to depose Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds, Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and NCAA managing director of research Todd Petr. The plaintiffs’ lawyers agreed before Wednesday’s hearing to drop their request to depose Pacific-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott, after discussions with counsel for the Pac-12, Steiner said.
All of this is part of maneuvering in advance of a hearing June 20 before U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on whether the case should be certified as a class action.
The suit, initially filed in May 2009, is against the NCAA; video-game maker Electronic Arts and the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing and marketing firm, Collegiate Licensing Co. Its named plaintiffs include former basketball stars Ed O’Bannon, Oscar Robertson and Bill Russell.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendants violated anti-trust law by conspiring to fix at zero the amount of compensation athletes can receive for the use of their names, images and likenesses in products or media while … [For more on Big Ten, Horizon League commissioners will be deposed, click here.]
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