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Sport Ohio State AD issues response to Chris Spielman lawsuit

22:45  15 july  2017
22:45  15 july  2017 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Complication in Chris Spielman 's lawsuit against Ohio State . Sponsorships were sold to brands by WME/IMG, who represents Spielman . What Ohio State does in response could have ramifications that are felt around the country.

Chris Spielman 's lawsuit against Ohio State could set monumental precedent. In response , Spielman might charge that everyone in his would-be class saw their names, images, and likenesses used without their consent.

  Ohio State AD issues response to Chris Spielman lawsuit © Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Former Ohio State great Chris Spielman is suing his alma mater for using his likeness for financial benefit. Now, Ohio State has responded to the suit.

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“We immensely value our relationships with all of our former student athletes,”athletic director Gene Smith said, per the Associated Press (via Cleveland.com). “Ohio State is aware of the lawsuit that Chris Spielman has filed, and we are in the process of reviewing it.”

The suit alleges (per the AP story) among other things that “Former OSU student-athletes do not share in these revenues even though they have never given informed consent to the widespread and continued commercial exploitation of their images.”

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Chris Spielman won the Vince Lombardi Award in 1987. Malcolm Emmons/USA TODAY Sports. The lawsuit names Ohio State and talent management giant IMG as defendants and names Honda In an unrelated development, an arrest warrant was issued Monday in Illinois for Spielman 's son, Noah.

The school issued a routine statement in response , athletic director Gene Smith saying, “We immensely value our relationships with all our former student-athletes. Ohio State is aware of the lawsuit that Chris Spielman has filed, and we are in the process of reviewing it.”

Certainly, the names and faces of past athletes are used at college programs throughout the country. Also, ESPN’s Darren Rovell passed along information that could potentially prove problematic to Spielman’s case.

If Spielman’s claims are indeed true, it’s hard to imagine that Ohio State would be the only school to do so without the expressed consent of the players. This suit could potentially set a precedent that greats from other schools follow.

This case will be an interesting one to follow in the coming weeks and months. What Ohio State does in response could have ramifications that are felt around the country.

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