Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman is suing the university to block use of player images.
Former Ohio State linebacker and current FOX Sports analyst Chris Spielman filed a class action lawsuit against the university on Friday to restrict player image use for promotional purposes according to The Columbus Dispatch.
The suit names several companies including Nike, Toyota and Honda, and alleges unfair use of the images for financial gain, and was filed on behalf of all current and former Ohio State players.
“I personally do not have a financial interest in the outcome of the banner program as my share in any recovery will be donated directly to the athletic department of The Ohio State University," Spielman said in a statement, per Eleven Warriors.
“My concern is about the exploitation of all former players across this nation who do not have the platform to stand up for themselves while universities and corporations benefit financially by selling their name and likenesses without their individual consent. [...] My hope is that this litigation will level the playing field for those affected players, and that they too can benefit from the dollars flowing into collegiate athletics.”
The filing comes after eight months of unsuccessful negotiation with the university, according to The Columbus Dispatch.