For anyone who is following the lawsuit case between Ed O’Bannon and the NCAA, here is a quick lesson on Form 08-3 that athletes sign before they get to play a minute at their school. (http://www.ukathletics.com/doc_lib/compliance0809_sa_statement.pdf ) Basically, this form says that the athlete, in order to play college sports, gives up his or her image to the university, in perpetuity. The NCAA says that this doesn’t mean that an athlete can’t use their image after they graduate, it just says the NCAA can use that image for forever.
This isn’t a choice for the athletes. The form is more often signed as a group, adding peer pressure to any athlete who wants to question what this means. What it means is that athletes give up their rights to their image as soon as they walk on campus – if they want to play college sports.
This is the highlight of the unfair.