Someone at the NCAA didn't eat their Wheaties this morning.
The association released a brief, unhappy statement in response to the $40 million settlement reached over the use of athlete likenesses in NCAA-sanctioned EA video games over the past decade:
NCAA Reacts To EA Settlement
First, under no circumstances will we allow the proposed agreement between EA and plaintiff’s lawyers to negatively impact the eligibility of any student-athlete…not one will miss a practice or a game if this settlement is approved by the court. This proposed settlement does not equate to payment of current student-athletes for their athletic performance, regardless of how it is being publicly characterized.
Second, the real benefactors of this settlement are the lawyers, who could pocket more than $15 million.
We have not yet determined whether to formally object to any of the settlement terms.
If the NCAA does formally object, we'll be there to cover it - stay tuned to our NCAA page for all the latest on this and the other problems currently facing college sports' governing body.