With Legal Threat Looming, Colleges Plan Shift in Football Jersey Sales

June 6, 2014

At least three universities with big-time football programs plan to stop selling jerseys with individual players' numbers on them, ESPN reported, as college athletics faces increasing scrutiny over whether players are getting a fair share of the revenues teams generate. A trial begins next week in an antitrust lawsuit that challenges National Collegiate Athletic Association policies limiting players' rights to be compensated for commercial use of their likenesses, and two video game companies just settled a related suit for $40 million. With those and other threats looming, Northwestern and Texas A&M Universities and the University of Arizona will sell more generic jerseys that do not appear to promote individual players, according to ESPN.


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