The class-action lawsuit settlement between former college athletes and EA Sports is finally yielding payments to those players after the game illegally used their likenesses without compensation for years. And those former players are using Twitter to share their paychecks, and their thoughts on the matter.
In total, nearly 25,000 checks will be sent out to former NCAA student-athletes featured in EA Sports' college video games. The average payment is about $1,750, but the amount can vary widely from one player to the next, depending on several different factors.
Nevertheless, most of the former athletes are happy to get a little extra cash out of the settlement.
Got my NCAA/EA likeness Settlement payment today. I was only at UF 2 yrs, so that's bout $243/yr. ??? Well... ???? pic.twitter.com/NLG17yiPOe
— Channing Crowder (@OfficialCrowder) April 11, 2016
— Byron Moore (@bmoore3vfl) April 11, 2016
— Dan Mulrooney (@Coach_Mul) April 11, 2016
Got my NCAA/EA check. My brother who played at UMKC got 2500% more than me. Oh well, it's free money. Thanks O'bannon.
— Noah Hartsock (@noahartsock) April 12, 2016
Little gift from the NCAA and EA Sports pic.twitter.com/0VPQP6qKkf
— Joey Accaoui (@JoeyAccaoui) April 11, 2016
Think I am gonna take my NCAA/EA settlement check and spend it on this pic.twitter.com/O55qsHpWyV
— jordan cornette (@jordancornette) April 12, 2016
There's been speculation that EA Sports might revive its wildly popular "NCAA Football" video game series as early as this year. The game's Facebook page even posted an ominous video that suggested the franchise had a pulse again. But EA Sports has denied that any plans are in the works.
For now, fervent fans appear to be out of luck.