Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
August 29, 2016
arrowPress Releases
August 29, 2016
PR Newswire
View All

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

NFL Players Union Settles For $26 Million With Retirees In  Madden  Suit
NFL Players Union Settles For $26 Million With Retirees In Madden Suit
June 8, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander

The NFL Players Association has settled for $26 million in a legal battle with a group of retired members who claimed the union improperly licensed their likenesses in products including Electronic Arts' Madden NFL games.

The settlement reduces the Association's payout from a total $28 million ordered. Earlier this year, a San Francisco court awarded $21 million in damages to the players, compounding the $7.1 million in royalties the Players Association was ordered to pay in November 2008.

According to a report in the New York Times, the Players Association's executive director, DeMaurice Smith called the settlement a "step forward in our effort to become one team," and the move will help achieve better relations with retirees after past conflicts over disability and pension benefits.

The settlement does not affect the other outstanding conflict around licenses in Madden, however; in April 2009, retired Cleveland Browns defensive back Bernie Parrish said the group would pursue Electronic Arts and John Madden himself for royalties, claiming they, too, exploited players' likenesses without payment.

Parrish claims Madden has collected "over $100 million in royalties while paying the retired NFL players used in those games absolutely nothing."

Related Jobs

VRnam — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

3D/VR Developer/Generalist
Sucker Punch Productions
Sucker Punch Productions — bellevue, Washington, United States

Camera Layout Artist
Cignition — Palo Alto, California, United States

Gameplay Programmer
Shiny Shoe
Shiny Shoe — San Francisco, California, United States

Gameplay and Engine Programmer

Loading Comments

loader image