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BGD Attorney William Kishman Comments on Case Regarding College Athletes


BGD attorney William J. Kishman of the firm’s Labor and employment practice group recently commented on a federal court decision that orders the compensation of college athletes for use of their likeness.

The recent article in Louisville Business First examined the lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and a class of other college athletes against the NCAA and video game maker Electronic Arts for profits made off of the use of their likenesses. The court ruled partially in favor of the athletes, ordering compensation of up to $5,000 per year to be paid to the men’s basketball and football players upon their exit from school. The NCAA is currently appealing.

Kishman added further legal details and some local perspective on the issue. "In the short term, this is not going to lead to a change in play on the field for U of L or UK," he said. "It's not going to be noticeable to fans for quite some time." 

Read “What impact does the recent ruling on the NCAA have on U of L, other Kentucky schools?” in its entirety on the Louisville Business First website.

To learn more about William J. Kishman and his practice, please visit his profile.

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