Former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon was named Tuesday as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit alleging former college football and basketball players are illegally denied a share of profits made by the NCAA through the sale of television and online reruns, video games, jerseys and other paraphernalia.
“I’ve always been one to wonder why former student athletes weren’t compensated for their games on television,” said O’Bannon, who helped lead UCLA to an NCAA championship in 1995. “The NCAA is making money off of DVDs and old reruns with people like me in it. Hey, I’m no longer in college. Something is wrong here.”