Monthly Archives: August 2010

Should EA Sports have to pay for a player’s likeness?

Another player is suing Electronic Arts for using his retired likeness in the Madden video game franchise.

via the Orlando Sentinel:

Retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Tony Davis isn’t a fan of the EA Sports Madden NFL video games.

A player on one of Madden’s historic teams looks just like he did when he played in 1979 — same height, weight, age and years of experience. The only difference is the game’s jersey number is 37 instead of 27, according to court records.

Earlier this month, Davis filed a federal lawsuit against Electronic Arts Inc., which develops the popular Madden games at its Tiburon Studios in Maitland. The video-game giant launched Madden 11 on Tuesday with a lot of celebrations, including a concert in New Orleans.

Davis claims EA, which has its main office in Redwood City, Calif., has made millions over the years by using avatars that look like him and 6,000 other retired players without their consent. He wants the court to declare the case a class-action suit and is seeking more than $5 million in damages.

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Sports agent laws and doubleheaders

The Associated Press penned a piece stating sports agent laws are rarely being enforced. Rick Karcher, director of the Florida Coastal School of Law Center for Law and Sports program, added his thoughts at the end.

Inside Higher Ed tackles the question as to whether or not the girls and mens teams should switch time slots in scheduled doubleheaders.

A sports conference that always scheduled weekday basketball doubleheaders in which women’s teams played the first game — letting the men play in the later time slot — has altered the practice, after an anonymous sex discrimination complaint charged that this made the women’s games appear to be a “warm-up” act for the men’s games.

Now, hoping to avoid possible gender equity suits, other athletic conferences are considering similar scheduling changes.

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Hogshead-Makar responds to Quinnipiac decision

A recent decision at Qunnipiac University has created some national Title IX buzz to which professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar has lent her expertise.

via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Thirty-eight years after Congress passed Title IX, women fill fewer roster spots and earn fewer athletic scholarship dollars than men both locally and nationwide.

At the five Division I schools in the area — the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Duquesne and Robert Morris universities — 46.9 percent of all undergraduate students in 2008-09 were women, but just 41.2 percent of all athletes were women, according to Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act filings. At each school, women accounted for a smaller percentage of athletes than they do undergraduate students.

Hogshead-Makar provided her own insight at ESPN.com:

Critics of Title IX, the federal law that requires gender equality in education, have gone apoplectic over a recent federal court ruling that Quinnipiac University engaged in numerous violations by manipulating female sport rosters and artificially inflating sports team sizes for women. Some sing the tired, old canard that Title IX is an “absurd” law that results in “legal and bureaucratic nonsense” and “ridiculous” results. Others claim the law has worn out its welcome because, as we all must surely know, women no longer need legal protection in the athletic departments.

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