The NCAA on Monday announced that they’ve come to a $20 million settlement with former NCAA Basketball and Football players over their likenesses being used in video games. This settlement will go to former players that could not receive compensation for their likeness while they were in school due to eligibility and amateurism rules in college sports. This comes shortly after a similar settlement between Electronic Arts (EA) and former college players over the same issue. The settlement in that case was $40 million. The Associated Press breaks down how these damages will be awarded.
The bidding war for the LA Clippers is over with Steve Ballmer coming out on top with the winning bid of $2 billion. I’d actually call this a better investment that the $3 billion that Tim Cook spent on Dr Dre and Beats, but I digress. Ballmer beat out other bidders that included Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Bruce Karsh and a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group.
Tech wearables are starting to gain traction in the mainstream, and no where is this more noticeable than with Google Glass. Virgin Atlantic is experimenting with Glass on select flights and the military is even taking a page from Glass to build their own version. Now Glass is making its way into the world of sports. The Sacramento Kings have plans on wearing Glass to give the fans a perspective of the game ranging from the sidelines to the cheerleaders view (and maybe soon the players perspective itself). Sacramento Kings Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum joined General Manager Pete D’Alessandro and Kings Assistant Coach Micah to demo the idea in a YouTube Video. I really enjoyed the first person perspective from the ball players point of view, check it out after the break.