NEW YORK — The NCAA is now on its own in the legal battle over whether athletes should share in the money made from the use of their likenesses.
Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Co. have settled all lawsuits brought against the companies by former and current college athletes over the unauthorized use of the players' images and likenesses in video games and other merchandise.
The NCAA is not part of the settlements, which include the O'Bannon case. Brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, that lawsuit was asking for the NCAA, EA Sports and CLC to share billions of dollars in revenues, including those made from massive television-rights deals, with college athletes.
The settlement was submitted for approval to the U.S. District Court in Northern California, and the terms were confidential.
Donald Remy, chief legal officer for the NCAA told USA Today that the NCAA was prepared to take the O'Bannon case and others like it to the Supreme Court.
"We view this as the first step toward our ultimate goal of making sure all student-athletes can claim their fair share of the billions of dollars generated each year by college sports," said attorney Eugene Egdorf, who represents former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart, who sued EA Sports in 2009.
Seattle-based lawyer Steve Berman, who is the lead attorney on the case of former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller, said: "We hold that the NCAA intentionally looked the other way while EA commercialized the likenesses of students, and it did so because it knew that EA's financial success meant a bigger royalty check to the NCAA."
It is against NCAA rules for college athletes to profit from their names and likenesses.
Earlier Thursday, EA Sports announced it wouldn't make a college football video game next year because of the legal issues.
Va. Tech 17, Ga. Tech 10: Logan Thomas overcame an abdominal strain to pass and run for touchdowns in the first half and the Hokies shut down the host Yellow Jackets' running game.
Thomas threw for 221 yards and ran for 58 yards as Virginia Tech (4-1, 1-0 ACC) earned its fourth straight win over Georgia Tech (3-1, 2-1). The Yellow Jackets' fourth-ranked rushing offense was held to 129 yards, more than 200 yards below its average.
"That's something we wanted to do, and we took pride in that," said linebacker Kyle Fuller, who had two tackles for losses and a forced fumble.
"I've told you all along we're not very good with the option," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said of his spread-option offense. "We're terrible, in fact, and it showed. We're not going to throw the ball 24 times and win very many games. That's not us."
Iowa St. 38, Tulsa 21: Sam Richardson threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and Aaron Wimberly ran for 137 yards as the Cyclones beat the host Golden Hurricane. Jeff Woody had for three short scores, and the Cyclones took advantage of four Tulsa turnovers to improve to 1-2. Tulsa dropped to 1-3. Tulsa quarterback Cody Green lost control twice on exchanges with a running back in the first half.
USF Hall of Fame: Former quarterback Marquel Blackwell, the Bulls' all-time leading passer, and three others will be inducted into the school's sports Hall of Fame at 6:30 tonight in the T. Pepin Hospitality Center on campus. The 2013 class also includes Bobby Paschal, the Bulls' all-time winningest men's basketball coach; former All-American and major-leaguer Chris Heintz; and Dayana Octavien, who holds school records in three track events.
West Virginia: Quarterback Clint Trickett, who transferred from Florida State, will start against No. 11 Oklahoma State in place of the injured Ford Childress (torn chest muscle).