Student athlete issues around the Big Ten

Many people see Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as the face to the pay-for-play issue circling the NCAA

What many people may overlook, however, is a former Nebraska player, Sam Keller, is at the heart of the discussion

Former Nebraska player’s lawsuit affected by EA Sports settlement

CBS reports:

CBS: “The settlement affects lawsuits brought by former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart, former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller and former UCLA basketball star O’Bannon. The settlement does not include the NCAA’s ongoing battle with O’Bannon and other plaintiffs in the fight over the rights to player likenesses.”

Future Big Ten member, Rutgers, also has a former player involved in the EA debate:

Central jersey reports:“The proposed settlement of lawsuits against video game manufacturer Electronic Arts concerning the use of college athletes names and likenesses has triggered a dispute between former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart — one of the cases’ most prominent litigants — and lawyers who had been representing him.”

As one writer estimates, another Big Ten team in Ohio State may have helped spur the whole EA video game debate.

Ohio State may have helped spur the EA video game debate

SB Nation reports: “If College Football 15 could have shipped, with them, the depth of customization—and the ability to share uniforms, complex logos and user-built stadia—could have soothed the sting of conferences like the Pac-12 and Big Ten pulling their trademarks from the series, and a big program—believed to be Ohio State—exiting it altogether.”


A moving argument behind the pay-for-play debate was moved by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany.

ESPN reports: “Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said Wednesday that Division I football and basketball might be better served by following Major League Baseball’s model, in that players are allowed to sign professionally right out of high school.”

Even University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman has an opinion on the matter. Reports: “If you don’t like the deal, then go do something else,” Harvey Perlman, chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and one of the more outspoken college presidents when it comes to sports, says in the film.”

Another Big Ten school student newspaper sounds off on the issue also.

Minnesota Daily Reports: “Braaten said it’s OK for student-athletes to make money off of their likeness and apparel, but he said they shouldn’t be allowed to make money through autograph sessions.”

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