Former Ohio St, NFL player at heart of licensing lawsuit - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Former Ohio St, NFL player at heart of licensing lawsuit

Posted: Updated:

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The ex-college football star leading a class-action lawsuit against Ohio State University that alleges improper use of ex-athletes' likenesses is one of the school's most well-known, high-profile and loyal athletes.

Linebacker Chris Spielman played at Ohio State from 1985 to 1987. He was a two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten player, and winner of the 1987 Lombardi Award honoring the country's top defensive player. He set a school record for career solo tackles with 283.

A major breast cancer research center at Ohio State carries the name of his late wife, Stefanie Spielman, who died of cancer in 2009.

The antitrust complaint filed Friday accuses Ohio State and talent management giant IMG of using athletes' likenesses in promotional campaigns that rob the athletes of compensation.

This story has been corrected to show Stefanie Spielman died in 2009, not 1999.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Senator Schiavoni is confident in gubernatorial campaign

    Senator Schiavoni is confident in gubernatorial campaign

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 1:05 AM EST2018-01-17 06:05:57 GMT

    With the primaries only a few months away, the race for Ohio Governor is getting tighter. Two Democrats have dropped out, leaving five candidates in the running. As the race heats up, Valley native, State Senator Joe Schiavoni, continues to drum up support and remains optimistic. "We're gonna have a primary, and I think primaries are good. We're going to give people choices..." says Schiavoni, "and for our campaign- you know, I'm a young person that's runnin...

    More >>

    With the primaries only a few months away, the race for Ohio Governor is getting tighter. Two Democrats have dropped out, leaving five candidates in the running. As the race heats up, Valley native, State Senator Joe Schiavoni, continues to drum up support and remains optimistic. "We're gonna have a primary, and I think primaries are good. We're going to give people choices..." says Schiavoni, "and for our campaign- you know, I'm a young person that's runnin...

    More >>
  • New tool enhances YCSD bus transportation

    New tool enhances YCSD bus transportation

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 12:52 AM EST2018-01-17 05:52:01 GMT

    Youngstown City School District families have another tool to monitor their children's transportation to and from school. 

    More >>

    Youngstown City School District families have another tool to monitor their children's transportation to and from school. 

    More >>
  • Half-Price Fan Appreciation Day at three local Dairy Queens Jan. 17

    Half-Price Fan Appreciation Day at three local Dairy Queens Jan. 17

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 12:50 AM EST2018-01-17 05:50:55 GMT

    Wednesday, Jan. 17, certain Dairy Queens in Austintown, Columbiana and Cornersburg will have certain half-price items all day. 

    More >>

    Wednesday, Jan. 17, certain Dairy Queens in Austintown, Columbiana and Cornersburg will have certain half-price items all day. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms