INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Usually if a college athlete gets payment or other kind of financial benefit while on a university roster, the NCAA comes down on it.
But that will not be the case with current college players if they dip into the pot of cash that videogame maker Electronic Arts is making available. EA has agreed to pay a $40 million settlement.
Some of some of that money - if the award is approved by the courts - would go to some current NCAA players. But in a statement yesterday, the controlling board for college athletes said no players would be barred from games or practices if they get some of the booty.
The NCAA says the settlement "does not equate" to payment for performance.