Almost seven months after the death of President Myles Brand, the NCAA is well into a search for his successor. Hanging in the balance is the direction of the more than 1,100-member-school association. Meanwhile, it’s defending itself against a class-action lawsuit brought by more than a dozen former college athletes.
They’re seeking a share of the profits from NCAA-licensed video games and other commercial ventures using their likenesses. The case has raised eyebrows and some concern in an NCAA membership that remembers all too well the $54.5 million it cost to resolve another suit in 1999, when a federal jury found the organization had violated antitrust laws by capping the salaries of some assistant coaches.