Six current NCAA football players joined Ed O’Bannon’s long-running antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company late Thursday.
The University of Arizona’s Jake Fischer and Jake Smith, Clemson’s Darius Robinson, the University of Minnesota’s Moses Alipate and Victor Kiese, and Vanderbilt’s Chase Garnham are named in the revised complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The lawsuit claims the NCAA engaged in a conspiracy to deny compensation to current and former Division I college athletes for using their images, likenesses and names.
“These athletes are incredibly brave,” lead attorney Michael Hausfeld said in a press release. “They are well aware of the risks of standing up to the NCAA and yet they felt that this was the right thing to do.”
In a class certification hearing last month, Judge Claudia Wilken queried the plaintiffs on adding a current student athlete to the case. If a class of current athletes is certified, that would expand the case beyond the video games that prompted O’Bannon’s pursuit to the lucrative television deals that generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue.
Earlier this week, the NCAA announced it wouldn’t renew its contract with EA Sports to produce video games bearing the organizations name and logo because of litigation.
The full amended complaint is below.