Ohio State has requested a federal judge dismiss a class-action lawsuit by former Buckeyes star Chris Spielman regarding use of athlete’s images, the Associated Press reports.
According to the report, Ohio State believes the federal courts don’t have jurisdiction over Spielman’s complaint and the case should instead be decided in the Ohio Court of Claims. The University also noted Spielman hasn’t alleged any “market-wide anticompetitive effect” from its actions.
“[Spielman] has not alleged that he sought and was denied a trademark license from Ohio State or that he was in any way precluded from exercising his own intellectual property rights by Ohio State’s contracts.”
Ohio State on Chris Spielman’s lawsuit
Spielman, a two-time All-American with the Buckeyes and three-time All-Pro with the Detroit Lions, is suing Ohio State as well as Nike, Honda and the IMG Sports Radio Network for their use of players’ images in promotions without their consent.
Spielman has previously stated that he would donate any personal winnings to the Ohio State athletic department.