Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sports column

July 29, 2013

Column: O'Bannon's likeness lawsuit challenges the structure of college sports


It’s hard to decide whether to feel pity or outrage for the kingmakers in college sports. Their product is a great one that drives the country’s sporting culture and economy. At the same time fans, players and even coaches recoil against what seems to be an uneven approach to dealing with issues of basic fairness that play out in stadiums throughout the country.

Clearly, college sports face a future that will be far different from what we know today.

When that happens, one only need to check out a video game and look for someone who resembles Ed O’Bannon to get an idea of why that happened.


Tom Lindley is a national columnist for CNHI News Service. Reach him at

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