“Original Dryer Plaintiffs” Oppose Proposed NFL Settlement
“Original Dryer Plaintiffs” Oppose Proposed NFL Settlement in Retired Players’ Right of Publicity Lawsuit
Proposed NFL deal opposed: “Players give up everything –get nothing”
Minneapolis, MN – (March 26, 2013) – Six retired National Football League (NFL) players—the “Original Dryer Plaintiffs”—who filed a class action complaint against the NFL alleging that their publicity rights were violated in NFL promotions, all oppose a settlement proposed by the NFL.
“The proposed settlement requires retired players to surrender all their past and future publicity rights – and receive nothing directly in return,” says lead plaintiff Fred Dryer, who played in the NFL between 1969 and 1981. Dryer remains the only player in NFL history to record two safeties in one game.
The Dryer v. National Football League case seeks fair compensation for retired players whose identities have been used in NFL Films and elsewhere after their contracts expired. Dryer filed the lawsuit with fellow retired players Elvin Bethea, Jim Marshall, Dan Pastorini, Joe Senser and Ed White.
On March 18, 2013, the NFL and a handful of other retired players submitted a class-wide settlement proposal to the Court. Contrary to the NFL announcement on that day, the case has not been settled. In fact, the Original Dryer Plaintiffs oppose the proposed settlement, largely because no retired player who forfeits his rights will receive any direct payment or benefit from the settlement funds. The Court considered arguments on preliminary approval of the proposed settlement at a hearing on March 22 in Fort Myers, Florida.
Jon Bier 646 541-5256 firstname.lastname@example.org
Amelia Vereb 614 286-7226 email@example.com