The other day I was watching Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
and it had this interesting piece on how the NFL Players Association was fleecing retired football players. Instead of looking out for its retired players, the NFLPA was helping Electronic Arts save money on licensing fees for the Madden NFL
series by allowing it to use generic players on "classic" teams. The players would look nothing like the greats of old and they'd have different numbers, but some of the other details were on the mark (height, weight, years in the league, etc.). While it makes sense for EA to cut costs where it can, it's disgusting that the NFLPA would look out for its licensee instead of its players. Thankfully, justice has been served. Gamasutra's
Chris Remo reported:
"The NFL Players Association, the labor union representing players in the National Football League, has been ordered to pay $28 million to retired members for the uncompensated use of their likenesses in products such as Electronic Arts' Madden NFL game series."
I'm thrilled that the NFLPA has to pay up. A lot of these players are struggling with injuries and played in an era where football salaries were comparatively modest to the millions today's athletes make. Hopefully the retired players will get their money soon, but I fear the decision will be appealed and the case will be tossed around a few times.
What do you think of the situation and the decision?