Six current college football players, including Gophers tight end Moses Alipate and wide receiver Victor Keise, have a joined an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA regarding the use of their likeliness in video games without compensation.
Former UCLA basketball standout Ed O'Bannon is the lead plaintiff in the suit that includes 16 former college athletes.
"These athletes are incredibly brave," attorney Michael Hausfeld said in a statement. "They are well-aware of the risks of standing up to the NCAA, and yet they felt that this was the right thing to do."
The other four current players joining the lawsuit are: Arizona linebacker Jake Fischer, Arizona kicker Jake Smith, Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson and Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham.
On July 5, a federal judge in Oakland, Calif. allowed attorneys for the players to update their lawsuit for legal technicalities, including adding at least one active player to the lawsuit.
The judge could still turn the lawsuit into a class action, ballooning the case to thousands of current and former athletes. A ruling in favor of the players could expose the NCAA and its member schools to billions of dollars in damages and fundamentally change the way the NCAA operates.
Video game producer Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company are also named in the lawsuit. The NCAA announced earlier this week it would no longer allow EA Sports to use the NCAA name and logo in its video games.