In 2009, Fred Dryer, as the named plaintiff in a class action against the National Football League, filed a suit on behalf of all retired NFL players for compensation for the use of their images by the League. In March of this year, the NFL and plaintiffs agreed to a $42 million settlement that would create a fund to help needy retired players and to set up a licensing agency to promote the sale of the retired players’ images.
The settlement was preliminarily approved by Judge Paul Magnuson of the United States District Court in Minnesota. Last week, 20,000 former NFL players were sent notices to approve or reject the $42 million settlement. If enough players opt out, the settlement will not be finalized and it will be back to the drawing board. Currently, there has been public outcry by members of the class in support (Jim Brown) and against (named plaintiff Fred Dryer) the terms of the settlement. Certainly something to keep our eyes on moving forward.
Also, check out a nice review of the division of retirees by Ken Belson of the New York Times here.Tags: Class Action, Dryer, Law, lawsuit, NFL, settlement, Sports, Sports Law