NCAA’s Request to Delay O’Bannon Lawsuit Causes More Complex Litigation


NCAA’s Request to Delay O’Bannon Lawsuit Causes More Complex Litigation

by Anthony Caruso on August 30, 2013

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has petitioned a federal court to delay the

Ed O'Bannon lawsuit for 15 months, a request that may turn an already complicated case into a complex litigation.

The trial is currently set for June 9, 2014, but the delay would push it back to August 28,

2015. Co-defendants EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company also requested a

five-month postponement of proceedings. If U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken approves

the request, it will only be one more of numerous interruptions and reschedulings that

have already occurred. To further complicate the ongoing dispute, EA Sports also

announced plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take up two other cases involving the

use of college athletes' names and likenesses. One of these cases, which revolves around former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller, has been added to the existing O'Bannon lawsuit. Although the sports law issues are slightly different, the

NCAA and EA wrote in their request to delay proceedings that the Keller case directly

impacts O'Bannon.

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