And Another Shot from the Left
Chalk up another one for the old guys! Retired players are so sick and tired of getting ripped off every time they turn around. We recently came across an article that Electronic Arts was partnering with The Weather Channel to pay them for weather statistics to make Madden Football X more “realistic” – but they DON’T want to pay the retired football players themselves for their stats in order to make the game more “realistic”. I wonder when they’re planning on screwing around with the weather so they won’t have to pay for that either. Read all about the weather by clicking HERE.
So when you use the retired players’ likenesses right down to their race, size and stats, is that realistic enough for you, EA? But you don’t want to pay for that and you want to pay for the weather? Recently, EA announced that they were no longer going to be using retired players in their video games. Ha!
Anyway, that leads us to another news item. Bob Stein (1969 – 1975 Kansas City Chiefs, LA Rams, Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers) is spearheading a new Class Action Lawsuit against the NFL for distributing footage of old games through their film distribution arm, NFL Films. Here’s their synopsis:
“Six retired National Football League (NFL) players have filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL. The lawsuit challenges the unauthorized use of the retired players’ names, images, and likenesses to promote the NFL brand and otherwise produce revenue for the NFL. The players, Fred Dryer, Jim Marshall, Elvin Bethea, Joe Senser, Dan Pastorini, and Ed White, allege the NFL has earned substantial revenue by using the identities of retired NFL football players to promote the League’s “glory days”. The NFL’s efforts to use its past to promote its brand have allowed the NFL to obtain revenues from current fans of the game. The NFL’s total revenue exceeded an estimated $6.9 billion in 2008 alone.
The NFL has become the most powerful and profitable sport in America over many years through the sacrifice of the players who played the game. Many of those now-retired NFL players suffer from severe physical limitations, pain, and disabilities as a result of the sacrifices they made – sacrifices the NFL now uses to promote itself. Through their suit, the retired NFL players seek a fair share of the revenues the NFL has earned, and will earn, by using the images of former players who helped build the NFL brand into what it is today.
“The evolution of television and channels like ESPN and The NFL Network, along with online media, has brought the issue front and center,” said Bob Stein, an eight-year NFL veteran and attorney representing the players. “Retired players who helped build the League and are being used to promote it today deserve to be paid for what they have contributed to generate money for the NFL. This is a chance for the League to show it wants to do the right thing,” said Stein. Charles Zimmerman, who is representing the players along with Stein, said “This is an opportunity for the NFL to resolve an important issue and properly acknowledge the role its alumni play as a continuing source of revenue for the League. We hope both the League and its retired players are able to move forward in a mutually respectful and equitable way.”
The retired players are represented by Bob Stein, LLC
and Zimmerman Reed, PLLP.” They’ve set up a website (Retired Football Players Lawsuit) where you can get more information as well as to sign on to the suit as one of the class litigants. Click HERE to sign up (or just click on the Lawsuit image above.). As soon as word came in, Dave signed on immediately as he completely agrees with the suit. We’re passing this along to our readers so you can all join in sending them another clear message that You’re Mad as Hell and You’re Not Going to Take It Any More!
And you can read ProFootballTalk‘s article about the lawsuit by clicking HERE.