USA Today- The NCAA on Monday asked a federal judge to delay by nearly 15 months the scheduled trial date for an anti-trust lawsuit pertaining to the use of college athletes’ names and likenesses. At present, a trial is set to begin on June 9, 2014. As part of a series of filings Monday that involved all of the parties in the case, the NCAA’s co-defendants – video game manufacturer Electronic Arts and the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing and marketing firm, Collegiate Licensing Co. (CLC) -proposed a five-month delay while the NCAA sought a trial date of Aug. 28, 2015. The plaintiffs, led by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, wrote Monday that they want U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to leave the date unchanged.
Just when you thought the NCAA couldn’t get any dumber they pull something like this and totally demean themselves. Absolutely no shame whatsoever. Maybe this is just how things work in the legal world, but I feel like if you need another year to prepare for the trial that’s already a year away things aren’t going to end so hot no matter how well you get ready. The NCAA knows they don’t have a case. The rest of the world knows they don’t have a case. All O’Bannon really has to do to win is walk into the courtroom with an Xbox, throw in a copy of any copy of NCAA Football ever made, play it for two minutes and rest his case. At this point it looks like the only strategy the NCAA has is to prolong this for as long as possible and hope that an unstable country acquires a nuclear weapon before a ruling can be issued. Sure, the world might be destroyed, but at least they’ll never have to admit to being wrong.