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Just in time for the NFL season to begin: A California District Court has rejected the National Football League Players Association’s attempt to escape a class action suit filed by former players who are angry over the lack of licensing revenue they got for video games produced by Electronic Arts.
The players are upset that the player’s association, through a licensing arm, Players Inc., signed a group licensing agreement with EA, paying active players an “equal share” and stiffing former players. Lawyers familiar with the case say Players Inc. is accused of diverting millions of dollars from the EA contract to also pay large executive salaries. The NFLPA tried to cite other ad hoc agreements and royalties paid, and tried to decertify the former players as a class, but the judge wasn’t very gracious in rejecting the argument as nonsense. A trial date has been set for October 20.
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