Student Athletes Case Study

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In a decision that is reverberating throughout the nation’s colleges, U.S. District Court Judge Kevin H. Sharp in Nashville dismissed the proposed class-action lawsuit that had been brought against several TV networks and college conferences by 10 former college athletes. The football and basketball players contended that the networks and the conferences had profited by using their names and images without their permission.

The big win for ESPN, CBS, Fox, ABC, NBC, and certain agencies means the entertainment industry is not legally obligated to share with the athletes any part of the revenues the broadcasters receive from broadcasting college athletics. However, Sharp made it clear that this case in no way addresses whether student athletes

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