Appeals court affirms dismissal of ex-college players’ suit

CINCINNATI (AP) – An appellate court has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 10 former college athletes who said television networks and college conferences profited from their names and likenesses without permission.

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the June 2015 decision granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss was “a notably sound and thorough opinion.”

The lawsuit was filed October 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. Plaintiffs included ex-Vanderbilt football players Javon Marshall, Eric Samuels and Steven Clarke, ex-Washington football player Sean Parker; ex-Tennessee State basketball player Patrick Miller; ex-Tennessee football players Rod Wilks, Byron Moore and Marlon Walls; ex-Chattanooga football player Chaz Moore and former Maryland-Eastern Shore basketball player Chris Conner.

Defendants included ESPN, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and the Southeastern Conference.