NFL Puts Up $42M To Settle Ex-Players' Publicity Rights Case

By Matthew Heller (March 18, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT) -- Kicking off what may be an improved relationship with its former gridiron greats, the NFL on Monday announced a $42 million settlement of a class action alleging it used the likenesses of retired players in violation of their publicity rights.

The money will be paid into a "common good" fund to benefit retired players, resolving a case in which plaintiffs including Pro Football Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea, Fred Dryer, Dan Pastorini and Ed White claimed the NFL had infringed their publicity rights, particularly through its NFL Films unit.

The deal, which was reached last month after weeks of negotiations, also...

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