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Brandr Group Drops Lawsuit Against EA Sports Over College Football Video Game

Dec 1, 2023

The Brandr Group, a name, image, and likeness group licensing company, has agreed to drop its lawsuit against EA Sports over its college football game, it announced on Thursday.

Front Office Sports first reported news of the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in June. The Brandr Group alleged that EA was circumventing its agreement with dozens of Division I schools by offering group licensing deals directly to football players. EA had agreed to work with a different group licensing company, OneTeam Partners.

The lawsuit highlighted a major question in the college sports NIL landscape: In the absence of a players’ union, who has the authority to represent athletes in group licensing deals?

“While Brandr remains confident in its position in the litigation and the enforceability of group licensing rights, Brandr has decided that it is in its best interest, and the best interest of its student-athletes, to stand down and monitor the progress of NCAA Football before determining whether further legal action is needed to protect its clients,” the company said in a statement.

Source: Front Office Sports

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