Ohio State star sues

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

One of Ohio State’s most fa­mous foot­ball stars sued the univer­sity Fri­day over a mar­ket­ing pro­gram he says used ath­letes’ images with­out per­mis­sion and robbed them of com­pen­sa­tion. Line­backer Chris Spiel­man filed the an­titrust law­suit in fed­eral court in Colum­bus on be­half of cur­rent and for­mer Ohio State foot­ball play­ers. The com­plaint tar­gets Ohio State mar­ket­ing pro­grams and con­tracts that pro­mote the univer­sity us­ing like­nesses of ath­letes, in­clud­ing a Honda-spon­sored pro­gram of 64 ban­ners hung around Ohio Sta­dium fea­tur­ing pho­tos of for­mer play­ers. The law­suit names Ohio State and tal­ent man­age­ment gi­ant IMG as de­fen­dants and names Honda and Nike

as co-con­spir­a­tors. Nike is tar­geted for its “Leg­ends of the Scar­let and Gray” vin­tage jersey li­cens­ing pro­gram and other ap­parel con­tracts with Ohio State. The law­suit ac­cuses the univer­sity and the com­pa­nies of “un­just and mo­nop­o­lis­tic be­hav­iors” and asks for com­pen­sa­tion, while not­ing Ohio State makes mil­lions in rev­enue from mer­chan­dis­ing pro­grams in­volv­ing ex-ath­letes. The fil­ing comes af­ter eight months of un­suc­cess­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions with the univer­sity, ac­cord­ing to Brian Dun­can, a Colum­bus at­tor­ney who rep­re­sents Spiel­man.

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