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NCAA to pay student athletes for using names, images after lawsuit

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NCAA to pay student athletes for using names, images after lawsuit

By Rebecca Lewis. CREATED Aug 9, 2014

The landscape of college sports will be forever changed, now that money will soon be flowing into the pockets of some student athletes.

Former UCLA basketball star and Las Vegas resident Ed O'Bannon got the money ball rolling by suing the NCAA.

O'Bannon was upset because his image was used in a video game, but he never received a penny.

A federal judge has now ruled that some college athletes are entitled to get a fraction of the billions of dollars generated by them receiving compensation for the rights to their names, images and likenesses.

There is a catch in the judge's ruling. The players won't get the money until they leave college.

There's also a cap. A player can only receive $5,000 a year.

Rebecca Lewis

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Rebecca Lewis is currently an Interactive Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.