School of the Legends Royalty Payments
I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when the NFL Players Association gave the School of the Legends a licensing agreement a few years ago. We had just come off an amazing legal victory against the NFLPA for approximately 26 Million dollars and as a result of that lawsuit, the NFLPA scrapped their main Group Licensing Agreement program with former players.
They still have group licensing agreements, but they are not offered to all former players like they were before the lawsuit.
Bernie Parrish, Herb Adderley and Walter Roberts III were the original Class Reps in that lawsuit and we owe them a debt of gratitude for all the work they did. Bernie Parrish has continued the fight even though he himself received nothing in the way of payments from the original Settlement.
I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with Bernie, but the fact remains, he initiated the lawsuit and even though he was dismissed from the original case, he continues to battle for the rights of all retired players.
Former players that were part of the original settlement will soon be receiving another check from the lawyers that handled that case because Bernie sued them and was able to get them to provide additional compensation. The Defendants Manatt and McKool deny all allegations and deny that they engaged in any wrongdoing, or have any liability, whatsoever. However, they have agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle all claims and put an end to the litigation. Here is a link to an article on this issue: Retired NFL players settle class action
I hope Bernie gets compensated under this new settlement agreement. He has done a lot of work over the years in getting the word out to former players about the corruption and deceit that has been perpetrated against the pioneer players of the AFL and NFL.
With all that said, I hope you can see why I had my doubts when the School of the Legends said we would be getting royalty payments for signing up and posting comments on their new website.
Well, my doubts have been washed away and I can tell everyone that they are for real. I have received royalty payments from them every three months (quarterly) since they launched the website on Sept. 10, 2010. Here is a link to a copy of my most recent royalty check for those of you who remain skeptical: SOTL ROYALTY CHECK
It’s not a lot of money, but I wasn’t really that active on the website this past quarter. In the past, I have received as much as $800 dollars in one quarter for taking a little time each week to post my comments and take some polls and do some of the other things that build up royalty payments.
If you are not signed up, then do yourself a favor and go to this link: School of the Legends and get involved.
Here is the story of the School of the Legends:
School of the Legends was founded in August 2009, the brainchild of music executive and football fanatic David Byerley. The concept was to create a website to serve and honor the players, past and present, of the National Football League. Over the following months, Byerley assembled a team of seasoned business professionals at the company’s Brentwood, Tennessee headquarters. Marketing, Design, Production, Finance and Technology executives were all key players in pulling together a cohesive plan to be presented to the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).
In January 2010, the newly formed SOTL team headed to Washington, D.C. to meet with top-level executives at the NFLPA Headquarters. With an enthusiastic response from the NFLPA, the fledgling company secured the necessary investors to create this visionary site. On June 4, 2010, the “deal” was signed and SOTL became an officially licensed partner with NFL Players, Inc.
Over the next 120 days, the SOTL team grew from 5 to 35 people (plus dozens of contracted contributors) in order to undertake the herculean feat of launching a site in time for the 2010-2011 NFL season. While the site was under construction, a state-of-the-art video team began working with NFL Players to film high-definition, position-by-position training courses for youth football players. A Legends Relations department was also created for the sole purpose of recruiting and serving the players.
By the time SchooloftheLegends.com officially launched on September 9, 2010, there were 500 NFL Players standing at the gate to connect with fans and welcome other legends. This social site made it possible, like no site in history, for fans to interact directly with real NFL Players.
Meanwhile, in December, 2010, SOTL launched its first “Legends in Training” courses, a program that would grow over the next two years to include classes by such legends as Michael Vick, Larry Fitzgerald, Tony Gonzalez, Maurice Jones-Drew, Warren Moon, Kevin Carter, DeAngelo Williams, DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe and Jerome Bettis—just to name a few.
SOTL also entered into an exclusive agreement with the prestigious Manning Passing Academy to create a course featuring the legendary teachers of the skill positions school, including founder Archie Manning, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Kelly Holcomb and Christian Ponder.
In September 2011, School of the Legends launched the 2.0 version of its site, improving the user experience by adding dozens of new features and optimizing the site’s performance considerably. During the 2011-2012 NFL season, SOTL launched its first national television ad campaign, featuring Barry Sanders, Ray Lewis, Deion Sanders, Jerome Bettis, Chris Johnson and Cortland Finnegan. The ads ran on the major networks and NFL Network during the NFL Playoffs and brought unprecedented exposure to SchooloftheLegends.com.
In September 2012, School of the Legends took its next “quantum leap” forward as it launched SOTL Version 3.0. The retooled site changed its name from SchooloftheLegends.com to the sleeker SOTL.com and was accompanied by the launch of a sister site, SOTLTraining.com.
SOTL.com continues the company’s proud tradition as the “voice of the NFL Player,” with over 2,500 current and former players contributing to the site. SOTL.com features weekly football and lifestyle blogs by dozens of NFL Players, including Jerome Bettis, Barry Sanders, Patrick Peterson, Will Smith, Dwayne Bowe, Cliff Avril and others. SOTL.com is the only site where the players comment directly on football news stories of the day. The new SOTL.com also features exclusive NFL Player polls, giving fans the player perspective on the league’s most important issues. In addition to all of this original content, SOTL.com also aggregates NFL news from every major pro football site, making it a one-stop destination for every NFL fan.
SOTLTraining.com continues the tradition of School of the Legends’ original “Legends in Training” program. The 38 “Legends in Training” classes will continue to be available on the site. In addition, SOTL Training will launch new online training systems from Manning Passing Academy and an exciting new set of courses for serious high school and college players, taught by professional coaches and trainers. This new system was created as a part of SOTL’s partnership with the prestigious Football University.
The 2012-13 NFL season should be an exciting one for fans and players, alike. And there’s no better place to follow it than on the SOTL family of websites.