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Bernie Parrish on John Madden’s ‘Retirement’

Apr 18, 2009

Bernie Parrish

4/17/2009
Subject: Madden not paying retired players while collecting over $100 million in royalties off the retired players’ backs – Did Madden scramble your identity to keep from paying you?

The retired NFL players who were used in Madden EA video games will be suing Madden and EA for using us in those games without compensating us. Madden’s agent Sandy Montag boasts he and Madden collected over $100,000,000 in royalties while paying the retired NFL players used in those games absolutely nothing. Madden knows that the ugly truthful litigation is coming and is probably factoring that into his retirement. I doubt he wants to answer all those fans who will be asking, “Why, John Madden? Why did you screw all those retired players over, you seemed like such a friendly, good-natured buffoon?”

We probably won’t use Manatt Phelps and Phillips and McKool Smith, the attorneys who obtained a $28.1 million verdict for us against the NFLPA for “scrambling retired players identities” in those video games. The jury found it a “grossly fraudulent” action taken so they wouldn’t have to pay the retired players. That case Parrish v NFLPA Case No. 07 0943 WHA carries $21 million in punitive damages and is being appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which doesn’t mean the decision has been overturned nor does it lessen the verdict found by the jury. In my opinion, Madden should have been included in our licensing suit against the NFLPA and so should Electronic Arts.

Irregularities in the trial may even bring about a retrial that will allow the award to be in the $100+ million range where it should have been instead of only $28.1 million. The case is already being retried in the media by Richard Berthelsen and Jeffery Kessler. Regardless of their propaganda, the case has nothing to do with the issue of the number of high profile players not signing what the Judge William Alsup calls a “masterpiece of obfuscating.” That “masterpiece of obfuscation” is the Group Licensing Agreements (GLA) drafted by the NFLPA’s Richard Berthelsen and Jeffery Kessler. The “grossly fraudulent obfuscation” – that GLA – is the issue that lost the NFLPA the $28.1 million. Our side of the trial was warned by Judge Alsup that if we talked to the press about the case he would hold us in contempt. On the other hand, Berthelsen and Kessler seem to be exempt from spinning their previously defeated arguments to try to win them in media articles before the 9th Circuit Court hears the case. Worse yet, they’re now using publications where they have spent over $281,000 over the last several years for NFLPA advertising. So they’re not only retrying the case in the media, they’re actually paying the media to retry the case as an advertisement in the court of public opinion to try to influence the 9th Circuit Court. Are those actions contemptuous? It seems to me that most of what they do is contemptuous. Rigging a union election is contemptuous and it is also illegal.

2,062 retired NFL players participated in our lawsuit with only 12 retired players opting out, 10 of whom work for the defendant – the NFLPA. That’s an amazing vote of endorsement by the retired NFL players.

I am asking each of those 2,062 retired players to leave $1,000 apiece of their now estimated $13,000 settlement from Parrish v NFLPA Case No. 07 0943 WHA in a litigation War Chest to pursue all of the legal issues still exploiting the retired players from the Retirement Disability Plan for its abuses of discretion and Aon Corporation and conflicts of interest, to NFL Ventures and its CEO, the Commissioner, NFL Films showing vintage era games, and individuals like Condon, Berthelsen and Kessler and numerous other issues. All of the retired players – 13,000 of them – will be participating, not just those who signed the “masterpiece of obfuscation,” except for the 12 who opted out. (Normally 20% or 400 out of 2,000 would opt out of any class action suit, so with only 12 opting out, that was a landslide of approval: 2,062 out of 2,074.) I believe the whole 13,000 are standing behind my plans to get justice for them now and will be in the future. They stand to recover $100′s of millions of dollars over the coming years for their children and grandchildren.

We are just now at the beginning of the appeals. No deals were made at the Katz/DeMaurice Smith meeting the Thursday before the Sunday 3/15/09 election and no deals are going to be made with DeMaurice Smith (who has been installed via a rigged Union election) to settle our case for less than $28.1 million for any reason, not because he and our attorney, Ron Katz, are old buddies and their law firms (Patton Boggs and Manatt Phelps & Phillips respectively) have such “mutual respect” for each other. And no deals are going to be made because John Madden is moving his act to his home office where he will continue to screw over the retired players without having to face the fans around the country. Madden and Montag plan to continue licensing Madden Football without compensating retired players but advertisers may not find the “dog food” quite so tasty once the suit is filed because those advertisers will probably be included in the suit.

Bernie Parrish - Cleveland Browns

Bernie Parrish Retired Players Advocate

(202) 386-6400 Retired Players for Justice (click for link)

NOTE: Patton Boggs is Washington D.C.’s largest lobbyist law firm, having passed out over $312 million to lobbyists in 2008 alone. Rep. James Moran is one of Patton Boggs’ recipients of contributions and Rep. Moran is NFLPA Human Resources Manager Mary Moran’s  father, who now has Patton Boggs indebted to him for helping maneuver Patton Boggs’ DeMaurice Smith into the NFLPA’s Executive Director’s position by dumping political mud on candidate Troy Vincent.

Bernie Parrish
Cleveland Browns, Houston Oilers 1959 – 1966

67 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Bob Grant
    April 18th, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Bob Grant
    I’m riding with Bernie, boys. To date, he’s the only one who has won a major victory for a large group of retired players. Are you going to support him upfront this time or will you be one of those “Jump on the wagon” guys once he has done all of the heavy lifting again?

    I will be advocating his positions at the upcoming Summit without apology. Where will you be?

    To the men included in the class action suit that he personally organized, funded and promoted, will you make the contribution to the War Chest for future Action that he is asking for or will your memory be as short as some are saying it will be?

    Bob Grant
    Summit Coordinator

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  35. Bob Christel
    April 20th, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    I know this won’t be published, but please, unless one is a current or former professional athlete, no one could possibly find sympathy for the “victims”. I cringe at typing the word. Nor, of course, could, or should, we have sympathy for John Madden.

    In the sports world, it’s obvious that we fans cannot relate to the “woes” of players who don’t make what they feel is fair, or get compensated appropriately, etc. So when we read of baseball, basketball or football players suing over contracts and the like, our eyes fuzz over when we read the numbers. If we all made 4 or 5 million/year, we’d probably relate to the injustices which I’m sure exist. The only problem is, we don’t.

    Bob Christel

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  37. Robert
    April 20th, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    To Bob Christel and all the other fans who are just getting some of the bits-and-pieces of this dirty side game -

    I’ve gone to a lot of different blogs and websites to answer fans’ comments about “those poor rich athletes who shouldn’t be crying over their fat bank accounts.”

    But first, I wanted to extend a thanks to you for at least reading this far as well as posting a comment. It means there are more of you reading about all of this stuff today. Before the Internet became a major force in communication and dissemination of information, much of what you read or learned was more controlled or even covered over by the those with the power to control the media and the stories. These days, news travels much faster and with a whole lot less in its way. As such, I encourage you and other fans to continue reading and following these new events as they break.

    The best example of the greed and thievery that’s been going on for well over 25 years was this recent court victory against the NFLPA by the retired players in a Federal courtroom in San Francisco. A judge and jury found the NFLPA and its subsidiary, Players Inc., had clearly conspired – with definitive evidence – to bilk the retired players out of their royalties from using their images and statistics in video games. They were awarded $7.1 million in fees as well as $21 in damages. That was awarded by a jury of your peers who first had to be educated about the inner workings of how the deal was supposed to work and how it was actually used against them to avoid paying them anything. This was won in a court of law where clear evidence had to be presented to a judge and jury. If some people still feel it wasn’t enough to show them how it all happened, they may never get it.

    What you may not realize are a couple of other things: One is that this first case – which finally made it to court after several years of behind-the-scenes fighting through the single-minded determination of Bernie Parrish – is simply the tip of the iceberg in uncovering the systematic theft of money that clearly belongs to the retired players themselves. It was THEIR money, plain and simple and the NFLPA not only DIDN’T pay them but actually went out of their way to find ways NOT to pay them as documented in the correspondence presented as evidence. There’s a huge difference between people simply whining about something they thought they deserved and didn’t get and people fighting for what they were supposed to get as confirmed by contract but got screwed instead. That’s the difference in a nutshell. You’ll be seeing and hearing about more covert – and overt – theft in the future.

    Secondly, a large majority of these retired players were paid a total of $500,000 – or even less in the case of the players in the 50′s – 70′s – over their entire careers for getting their bodies brutalized to make the game what it is today. The majority of these guys never made big bucks for building this game up to what it is today. Ever. Most players like Dave Pear have spent much more than that monetarily and emotionally for the damage that’s been done to their bodies even as their Union, the NFLPA, continued to find ways to deny them their benefits and pensions. One example was Herb Adderley who had a pension of something like $129 a month and was “generously” given a boost to $179 a month when it finally got publicized ( my numbers may be a little off but you get the point). I also need to emphasize that much of this ill will and greed was perpetuated by the culture created under the dictatorship of the late Gene Upshaw (I call it a dictatorship because that’s exactly how Upshaw ran the entire organization during his entire 25-year tenure: all without free and open elections for the entire membership and with no lieutenants). If new NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith is to change this organization for the better, it will have to be driven from the top down with a firm hand, as much of the current organization of old-timers and hangers-on are holdovers from the Upshaw regime and are likely to fight his actions behind his back in order to maintain the status quo. We haven’t figured out what most of these people do to earn their big salaries other than be Friends-of-Gene. Where else would a young lady fresh out of college get a cushy job as Director of Human Resources paying $250,000 a year salary because she’s the daughter of a Congressman with big lobbyist ties?

    A better example that you and other fans might be able to grasp more easily: Social Security is supposed to benefit everyone fairly in their retirement years. Everyone who works is expected to contribute their share into the fund with the expectation of receiving a predetermined pension after you retire. Imagine if you hit 65 after paying into what you thought was YOUR pension plan and then were told, “Hey, the rules changed and you don’t qualify now.” Or imagine some younger people saying, “Well, I think you made plenty of money over your lifetime, so therefore you shouldn’t be whining and crying about not getting a pension. Besides, I’m paying in more than you are so you shouldn’t get that much of a Social Security check.” Everyone pays into the system with a reasonable level of expectation in receiving fair benefits later. Unfortunately with the NFLPA, each time something else was pointed out, the Union would make up a new rule to disqualify people or simply dismiss them as unqualified to receive benefits. What other business or industry or union do you personally know of that has such brutal physical injuries, yet out of over 8,000 retired players, only around 300 have been approved to receive any benefits of any serious economic significance? (Yes, that’s the actual number!) If the UAW had those kind of stats, there would be a rank-and-file walkout.

    Oh – and one other thing: Did you know that the retired players have never even been given a vote in their own “Union,” the NFLPA? Ever? So even as the majority of retired players are collecting little or nothing from their own benefits funds, their so-called Union has been collecting and “managing” the retired players’ pension and disability money all this time while none of them have even been given a voice or a vote in how it’s managed or disbursed. Do a search on this blog for references to Gene Upshaw’s infamous “dog food” comments on this point.

    Whining? I don’t think so.

    With blogs and discussions like this, we’re hoping to educate the fans and general public on the real goings-on behind the scenes rather than what’s been fed to people for the past 50 years up to this point. It’ll take time but we hope to do it one fan at a time. Please keep reading as much as you can find and keep an open mind as to the real picture. And thanks again for posting a comment to keep this discussion going, Bob!

  38. Atomic
    April 20th, 2009 at 8:32 am #

    Bob, I’m with you. Regular folks like us are tired of millionaires suing billionaires (or vice versa). You players lived the American Dream. More than likely, you went to college and even had your education paid for. You got to play sports for a living. You got to have your moments in the sun. Part of the success that you agreed to is having your name and face recognized. You have willingly made yourself a part of history.

    I don’t know the legalities of the case, so I will not even attempt to discuss things from that perspective. If contracts have been breached, more power to you, players. But if you are simply sour grapes over the way things have turned out, shame on you. No one else is responsible for your bad decisions. No one.

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  40. Dave Pear
    April 20th, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Dave Pear
    John Madden’s EA video game is the No. 1 selling sports video game of all-time with more than 65 million copies sold since its release 20 years ago!

    John Madden collects BOOM $100,000,000 and thousands of retired players whose identity was scrambled and stolen receive $0,000,000.

    The face of justice is against you, John Madden, and you will not get away with this. You made this money on the backs of retired players and now you want to run away into retirement and spend time with your family? What about the families of the retired players?

    John, you were quoted as saying, “It’s been such a great ride.” You might want to explain to your five grandchildren your definition of a great ride.

    You can run but you can’t hide. Bernie Madoff is in prison for a $50 to $70 billion Ponzi scheme. Players Inc. swindled thousands and thousands of retired players and never even paid them one penny so you guys have the bragging rights to an even better swindle! Congratulations!! Al Davis would be proud of you, John (so would Gene Upshaw).

    Bernie Parrish, I support your efforts! You can count on $1,000 from me and my family if we ever receive a royalty check from our crooked Union, the NFLPA.

    Oh, and John – spend your $100,000,000 on you and your family and cry at your retirement dinner. But, as you cut into your steak dinner, think of all the players you stepped on that helped make this possible for YOU and YOUR family. Hooray for you, John, and the heck with retired players who signed GLA agreements.

    Regards,
    Dave Pear
    NFL 1975-80
    Pro Bowl 1978
    Super Bowl XV (Oakland Raiders)
    Social Security Disability

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  42. Tom
    April 20th, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    Madden allows his name to be used, and does voice work. The man has no clue what is in the game, I doubt he could even turn on a game console. Madden football may be the best selling sports game of all time but John Madden himself does not even get a fair shake on his licensing deal

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  44. TyJuan Brown
    April 20th, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    Young and ambitious gamer here, I just really want to thank Tom for pointing out the obvious in the gaming industry, just because the mans name is being used in the game does not mean he has his hands in on the content of the product they are just brandishing the John Madden name…

    Now my thing is this, EA came out with this product known as John Madden football, about 15years ago, no one even heard or read about a law suit during those days, and do you know why…

    I do, the amount of money the gaming industry was making was no where near what it has been in the past 10 years, and yes slowly but surely we have these petty suits popping up almost every couple of years now blaming a guy whose name was just used to brand a game…

    Give Madden a break – if you want to bite someone’s head off go after EA leave the old guy alone.

    TyJuan Brown

  45. Robert
    April 20th, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    TyJuan -

    Nice argument but it doesn’t hold water. The game ISN’T selling huge numbers only because John Madden’s name is on the package (and it’s certainly not for his good looks!). It’s because you can play fantasy football games or even replay old games from years back using any combination of many of the old teams and old players. The fact that the “old guy” as you call him, reportedly collected over $100 million in royalties just proves the point: Without all those players’ stats and images to make the game what it is today, there wouldn’t be any money to talk about. And now that they’ve proven the players were ripped off for any money they were supposed to have gotten, it means that their money got distributed to everyone else but the players. So common sense tells you to go after where the money went – including the “old guy.” Nothing personal – it’s just NOT all his money to keep. Read the entire piece from Bernie Parrish – Madden’s own agent, Sandy Montag, has been quoted bragging about how they stiffed the retired players. What more do you need to understand it was an intentional screw job? Take the other players away and EA Madden Football ain’t squat.

    In fact, do the math: The players really only won a measly $7 million to distribute among 2,000 players ($21 million was damages) for being represented in the game while the “old guy” got $100 million (!!!). Madden’s been pretty well taken care of already and that’s not counting all that money he’s made from broadcasting. I’d say that I sure know why Madden’s been so quiet all this time.

    At the very least, with as much money as Madden has made from his EA contract alone, it would have been a great PR move on Madden’s part to have simply come forward and stood up for the retired players (remember – he was one himself) as well as putting aside maybe $10 million for a players’ fund as a good gesture. Heck, he’d have to pay more than that in income taxes anyway so why not set up a foundation to do something good instead of paying it to Uncle Sam? The worst thing he did was take two weeks off in the middle of football season when the trial was going on so he could duck the media’s questions. That alone should tell you a lot about this “old guy.”

    On a side note: Try telling all those people who lost their millions in deposits for high-end condos in Mexico at a resort that had Donald Trump’s name on it. The Donald’s not having much luck getting himself out of that one by saying, “But I only let them put my name on the project!”

  46. Retired NFL players targeting Madden, EA | Gaming Enigma
    April 20th, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    [...] Football League Players Association last year, was sounding the horn for continued legal action. In a post to fellow NFL retiree Dave Pear’s blog, Parrish said that the class of retired players he heads plans to file a new suit against John [...]

  47. Retired NFL players targeting Madden, EA | The Gadget News
    April 20th, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    [...] Football League Players Association last year, was sounding the horn for continued legal action. In a post to fellow NFL retiree Dave Pear’s blog, Parrish said that the class of retired players he heads plans to file a new suit against John [...]

  48. The Younger Generation
    April 20th, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    As a gamer in the main demographic of madden I can tell you right now that no one, i repeat NO ONE, buys madden to play as old teams or players, never in my life of playing madden with friends or even games in college have i ever heard of or seen anyone do that. You had a moment of fame in football in your generation but your generation doesn’t play video games mine does and my generation doesn’t know of or care about you, sorry if that stings but its true. You think a kid gets Madden to play as someone from 78 or 89? HELL NO they want to play as the current teams they watch and cheer for. Also we play Madden because it is a good game (there are plenty of other less successful football games but no one has a problem with them).

    So you deserve money from EA and John because they made a great product, that you had nothing to do with but you just happen to have a tiny picture of your face in it, so money due? Complaining about how you only get 7 million while john gets 100 is a joke. If these players did body suit actions or commentary for the game then yeah by all means they are due. But it’s only because of the current success of the video game market and the large dollar attached that this is a topic. You got paid to hit each other and toss a ball around! Be thankful you got paid at all! You will only manage to taint your image in the minds of this generation because guess what they like John a whole lot better then you people. “They laugh about how much money they make” yeah good for them! Madden was smart and got onto the video game band wagon realy early and is getting the benefits! He does commentary for each game and a bunch at that, it’s not like hes doing nothing but just sitting in a castle petting a cat and laughing like a mad man counting his money and thinking about how he’s screwing people over. EA should (and most likely will, you don’t know how dirty that company gets) remove you from the game completely. Good way to keep your name alive.

    Bob
    Toronto Canada

  49. Xbox 360 | Retired NFL players targeting Madden, EA | FullerBeans
    April 21st, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    [...] Football League Players Association last year, was sounding the horn for continued legal action. In a post to fellow NFL retiree Dave Pear’s blog, Parrish said that the class of retired players he heads plans to file a new suit against John [...]

  50. Robert
    April 21st, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    Bob -

    Let me put this in simple terms that you and some of your generation can relate to: If EA Madden Football had signed a contract with Aerosmith to use their music to play in the background of some of the games, then do you think that Aerosmith would have some expectation of getting paid over the years the game was being sold with their music? Then they don’t get any checks but continue getting a new agreement every year to sign, so you’d think they should get suspicious something was going on, right? And then they find e-mails and correspondence among EA and the NFLPA etc. saying, “Yeah, man – just change a few notes in the music so people still know it’s Aerosmith and then we won’t pay them!” And that’s actually what happened and got proven with evidence in a courtroom with a judge and a jury.

    Last time I looked, it’s called lying, cheating and it’s illegal. They have a name for it: FRAUD! Period. And where do you think the extra money they held back went? Certainly not to the gamers like you who would have loved to have paid $19.95 for the game instead of the high price they charge for it. And certainly not to the players they stiffed out of the money. It went straight to the other people already making plenty WITHOUT having to screw anyone for more. EA made more money, the NFLPA and Players Inc. made more money. And John Madden made more money. And ONLY because the money that SHOULD have been paid to the retired players was stolen from them and redistributed.

    It would be like you saying Luigi’s an old fart on Super Mario Bros. so screw him – he ain’t getting any more money. Without Luigi, there’s no Super Mario Brothers. Without the players – all of them – there’s NO NFL. Try arguing your points with older gamers who bet BIG bucks on their fantasy football games on EA Madden Football (oops – was I supposed to mention that?). And yes – there are a lot more old football gamers than you allude to. It IS all about the money and nothing else.

    Let’s hear more comments from older and younger generations so we can understand the differences and have a discussion about it. Keep your comments civil please.

  51. Dave Pear
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Dave Pear
    Players Inc. trial (November 2008)

    After a three week trial in Federal Court in San Francisco a jury of 10 people responded, GUILTY! The NFLPA Leadership was found guilty of “Breaching their fiduciary responsibility.”

    Attorney Ron Katz said the language in the courts that jurors found the union to be guilty of included such phrases as “malicious and oppressive conduct with evil motive,” and “conduct that was outrageous and grossly fraudulent.” WOW!!

    Furthermore, California is probably the most liberal State in this country!

    John Madden was paid $100,000,000 and thousands and thousands of retired players were paid (ZERO) $000,000,000.

    Why do you think John took a two-week vacation (during football season) when the players Inc. trial started?

    John did not have the courage to face the public and answer questions!

    This reminds me of when Congress invited Gene Upshaw and Roger Goodell to a meeting in Washington DC. to discuss the illegal Bell/Rozell Disability Plan and phony pension (car payment) for retired players and they both left the country!!?

    Gene Upshaw went to Italy and Commissioner Goodell went to Europe??

    There are 13,000 retired players and only 121 receive any type of disability!

    Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl champion Herb Adderley was receiving $129.00 a month pension!

    GREED is pervasive in the NFL. The Players Inc, NFLPA Leadership, EA Sports and John Madden schemed to cheat and swindle retired players that had SIGNED GLA AGREEMENTS. Check out the facts.

    Dave Pear

  52. NBCSports.com >> NBC Sports Blogs
    April 21st, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

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  53. Bay Area Sports Blog » If it’s in the game, it’s in the game, except when it’s not
    April 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    [...] to a post on former NFL player Dave Pear’’s official blog, former Cleveland Browns defensive back Bernie Parrish will file suit against Electronic Arts, and [...]

  54. EA denies NFL lawsuit rumors | Game Ruckus
    April 25th, 2009 at 11:00 am #

    [...] publisher, EA, told GamesIndustry.biz that it is, “Not aware of any legal action.” Parrish wrote an open letter recently to the 2,062 retired NFLers who won $28 million in a lawsuit with the NFL last January, [...]

  55. EA denies NFL lawsuit rumors | Gaming Rover - The News You Want
    April 25th, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    [...] perennial Madden publisher, EA, told GamesIndustry.biz that it is, “Not aware of any legal action.” Parrish wrote an open letter recently to the 2,062 retired NFLers who won $28 million in a lawsuit with the NFL last January, [...]

  56. Blahoogle Game - The Quickest Way to Explore the World Video Game Everyday » EA denies NFL lawsuit rumors
    April 25th, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

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  57. GameZone» Blog Archive » EA denies NFL lawsuit rumors
    April 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    [...] publisher, EA, told GamesIndustry.biz that it is, “Not aware of any legal action.” Parrish wrote an open letter recently to the 2,062 retired NFLers who won $28 million in a lawsuit with the NFL last January, [...]

  58. EA denies NFL lawsuit rumors at Hellfire Empire - Games
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:24 am #

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  59. EA denies NFL lawsuit rumors | Face For Gaming
    April 26th, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

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  60. EA denies NFL lawsuit rumors | nexgenlife.com
    April 26th, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    [...] publisher, EA, told GamesIndustry.biz that it is, “Not aware of any legal action.” Parrish wrote an open letter recently to the 2,062 retired NFLers who won $28 million in a lawsuit with the NFL last January, [...]

  61. ryan
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    All this is is a money play to get a piece of the pie. The reason people buy it are for the stars of today, not for guys who played long ago.

    Greed is a disease that clearly afflicts all involved in this case.

  62. Wade
    April 28th, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    stop complaining. Greed is an ugly trait.

  63. 25 year old
    April 28th, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    I mean no disrespect here what so ever. But when you guys played pro NFL the generation that is playing madden now for the most part was 10 years old or younger. So i could really care less, if they scrambled your name out. If madden did not use your name, why do you think you don’t deserve the $$ your name was not used in the game. I can say hey i am a fan, they use fake fans in the game i am entitles to some of the money. ( just my opinion tho, once again i do not mean any disrespect) Also in all the Madden games since Coach Bill Belichick took over the patriots, he has been featured as NE COACH, which i always thought was weird. So he might support you guys. But Good Luck, i hope you do win, madden is not even that good of a game they only update the rosters and change the year and pic on the cover and sell it for $ 60. Year in and year out.

  64. daniel31us
    April 28th, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    mr. parrish can go fly a kite he is stupid he made enough money playing the game and now he probably spent it all like all retired athletes do. just another greedy person in this world what about us people who only make 10.00 an hour. u dont see us sueing people for millions u are a stupid old bastard.

  65. Tim
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Get over yourself. Did you get paid to do your job?(play football) What exactly do YOU want paid for? Did you write some of the code for the program? Hmmm, did you do work to promote the game? You must have then at least done something right, or do you just want to be paid for nothing?

  66. Retired Players Seem Intent to Sue Madden, EA
    May 1st, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    [...] a new post on the blog of former NFL player Dave Pears (via GamePolitics), NFL retiree Bernie Parrish makes [...]

  67. NFLPA settles retired player lawsuit; Madden next in sites? | Zoneblitz.com
    June 5th, 2009 at 5:29 am #

    [...] he posted last month on the blog of Dave Pear, a former Tampa Bay Buc and Oakland Raider defensive lineman, that the recently retired broadcaster [...]

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