Cleveland Browns former player Jim Brown speaks at a press conference during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. (Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - The National Football League reached an
agreement on Monday to settle a class action suit by former players in a
publicity rights case.
The league agreed to pay $42 million to a fund that will be used by retired
players to settle a suit resulting from the league using the names and images
of former players without their consent.
"Today's settlement between the NFL and its retired player community is the
beginning of a productive new relationship between the league and the people
who made the game of football what it is today," said Michael D. Hausfeld,
attorney for the players group. "For the first time, retired NFL players will
be able to speak with one voice to advocate for the health and welfare of
themselves and their teammates."
Also, a licensing agency will be created that will ensure that former players
receive compensation should their names and images be used in any future
Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea and several other retired players filed the lawsuit
in Minneapolis in 2009.
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