Former college basketball standout Ed O'Bannon and his lawyers sought on Thursday to dramatically expand his lawsuit challenging the NCAA's ban on compensating athletes in a move that could expose the organization and its member schools to billions of dollars in damages.
O'Bannon and his lawyers asked a federal court judge to turn their antitrust lawsuit into a class action, representing thousands of former and current college athletes. The lawsuit demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned by college sports from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas.
U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken didn't rule on either the merits of O'Bannon's case or his demands to turn the case into a class action. It could take weeks, even months, before Wilken rules.
Instead, she ordered O'Bannon's lawyers to revise the lawsuit to fix some legal technicalities, including adding current players to the lawsuit. Lawyer Michael Hausfeld said he will file a new lawsuit that includes current players, but will seek to keep their names confidential.
Seven-foot center Jordan Dickerson has enrolled at Penn State after transferring from SMU. Dickerson will have three years of eligibility left after sitting out in 2013-14.
Andrew Podbielski, a senior tight end-defensive end at Blackhawk, made a verbal commitment to Bowling Green.