A class action lawsuit of more than 6,000 former NFL players has been filed against EA Sports, as the athletes claim that the video game company used their likenesses to profit without offering any financial compensation. The Madden franchise has evolved considerably over the years, with one of the favorite special user options is the ability to play with classic franchises and their Hall of Fame star players. In fact, playing for a Super Bowl with the 1991 Buffalo Bills is the only thing that keeps Jim Kelly from murdering Scott Norwood.
EA has seemingly protected themselves from such a claim, though, as no names are actually used and the numbers are scrambled. Despite the lack of these identifying factors, the players contend that it’s a situation of EA intending for users to recognize the players. Fortunately, no Tampa Bay Buccaneer legends have to worry about having their likenesses usurped because no Tampa Bay Buccaneer legends exist.
Hold this whole court in contempt, IGN: