On the first day of trial in a case that could reshape college athletics, former UCLA Bruins superstar Ed O’Bannon reportedly said high school athletes and Little Leaguers should also be paid if their games are televised.
O’Bannon is a lead plaintiff in an anti-trust lawsuit that, if successful, “could pave the way for a system that uses some of the huge money flowing into television contracts to pay athletes for their play once they are done with their college careers.”
The plaintiffs are not asking for individual damages in the lawsuit.
O’Bannon reportedly said if the Little Leaguers and high school athletes are generating revenue for broadcast networks or their schools then they should be compensated.
NCAA: ESPN broadcasts Little League games. Should Little Leaguers be paid? O’Bannon: Yes, if they are generating revenue.
— Sara Ganim (@sganim) June 9, 2014
NCAA lawyer asks O’Bannon if he thinks Little Leaguers should receive money when their games are on ESPN. “Absolutely.”
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 9, 2014
Obannon says he knew some of his high school games were on TV. Says HS athletes should be compensated if generating revenue for schools
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) June 9, 2014