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NCAA lawyers look to prevent the O’Bannon case from becoming a class action lawsuit

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According to Steve Berkowitz of USA Today, lawyers representing the NCAA are working hard to make sure the suit being filed against them by some former college athletes isn’t certified as a class action lawsuit.

The NCAA is alleging that the plaintiffs, led by former athletes such as Ed O’Bannon and Sam Keller, have changed their strategy in a manner that has cost the governing body “significant time and money.”

This case has been in the courts since 2009 and isn’t expected to go to trial until June 2014, with the 16 named plaintiffs seeking damages from the NCAA, Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company.

The former players allege that the defendants violated anti-trust law by conspiring to fix at zero the amount of compensation athletes can receive for the use of their names, images and likenesses in products or media while they are in school. They also are challenging the NCAA’s practice of requiring athletes to sign forms under which they allegedly relinquish in perpetuity all rights pertaining to the use of their names, images and likenesses in ways including TV contracts, rebroadcasts of games, and video game, jersey and other apparel sales.

According to NCAA attorney Robert J. Wierenga the defense has produced nearly 92,000 documents, and many of those would have no value were the motion filed by the plaintiffs for class certification on August 31 granted.

What would the granting of the plaintiffs’ motion mean? It would allow other “qualified litigants” to join the lawsuit, and in turn require the defense attorneys to do even more digging for evidence.

This is a case many folks saw as one that could have a major impact on how collegiate athletics are run when first filed, but it’s one that has moved at a snail’s pace.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: