Judge approves $60 million settlement for athletes in case against NCAA and video-game maker

Associated Press

A federal judge approved a $60 million settlement for college athletes in a class-action lawsuit filed against the NCAA and video-game maker Electronics Arts.

Steve Berman, a Seattle-based attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed Friday that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken had approved the settlement during a hearing Thursday. Wilken also ruled against the NCAA in the O'Bannon case, which challenges the NCAA's use of the names, images and likenesses of college athletes. That ruling is being appealed by the NCAA.

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The plaintiffs in the case against the NCAA and EA claimed they illegally used college football and basketball players' names and likenesses in video games for years. Players who have appeared in EA's NCAA football and basketball games have until July 31 to make a claim on part of the settlement.