Players will get next to nothing from $60 million video game settlement

Lawyers for the parties have submitted new terms of a proposed settlement to US District Judge Claudia Wilken in hopes of resolving the video game settlement. 

Here’s the short version…

The settlement is capped at $60 million. 

The attorneys involved are seeking fees of $19 million and expenses of $3 million. Assuming those are approved by the judge (and they typically are), the amount available to current and former players is $38 million. 

So, let’s look at that $38 million. 

Per the settlement, there are approximately 60,000 current and former players who appeared “as an avatar” in the video games. Those 60,000 each are able to submit claims. 

Additionally, there are “tens of thousands” of additional players who were on rosters but were not avatars in the games. These “tens of thousands” of additional players would be “eligible for smaller amounts” if they file. 

According to the documents filed in support of the settlement, if every eligible former and current player submitted a claim, it is “likely that a player with numerous appearance years would end up with no more than about $1,600.” 


However, no one really expects everyone to file a claim.  One of the attorneys involved in the filing stated that he expects between 5% and 20% of eligible players to file a claim.  

So, we did some math.  Let’s assume than only 10% of eligible players who had an avatar in a game file a claim (which we happen to think is way, way to low)…and let’s assume that 0% of the other “tens of thousands” of additional players who were on rosters but were not avatars in the games file…. that would mean about 6,000 players would split $38 million….which would yield an average payout of just over $6,000 per player.

Let’s state that again.  If we make extremely low estimations of how many players will file claims (10% of those with avatars in game and 0% of all others) then the average payout would be just over $6,000 per player. 

Now, allow me to state what is more likely to happen.  Attorneys, who have already received $22 million of the $60 million total settlement, will begin reaching out to all of the former and current players. They will sign athletes up as clients and they will then fill out the claim forms for them…for let’s just estimate 20% of whatever the athlete gets.  

By going this route, well more than 10% of current and former athletes will file claims; but in doing so, each will receive less and less (not to mention the additional 20% haircut that the lawyers will get).  

Let’s get hypothetical and project that perhaps as many as 20% of the “players who had avatars” in the video games file claims. Yeah, that would then reduce the average payout per player down to about $3,000 per player…and then the attorney takes his $600 and the IRS gets their $300….yep, players are looking at $2,000 or so.  

I'm sure the attorneys are happy; but I hope the plaintiffs / players involved realize just how small these payouts will be. I wonder how different reality is from what their attorneys and advisors told them they were likely to get when they started down this path.

Final note - USA Today has done an excellent job following this trial and proposed settlement. Much of the facts that we have used were gleaned from their coverage including this piece from this morning.  

Video: Georgia Southern tours their new football facility

Nice video here from Georgia Southern where the coaching staff, their families, and the Seniors took a first tour of the brand new football ops building.

The finishing touches like the design and graphics haven't been put in place yet, but you can tell it's something that the players and coaches are pretty jacked about.

Two areas that impressed me most regarding the new facility were the team meeting room, which overlooks the game field, and the new top-of-the-line locker room. Major upgrades in both areas there.

(Seniors Tour the New GSU FOC from Georgia Southern Football on Vimeo)

Video of the Day - Guyer HS (TX) off season 2014

Photos: Houston has new uniforms. Again.

Who's up for some new Houston uniforms... again? 

First, let's take a little guided tour through the recent history of the Houston football program.

Here's what the Cougars wore during the Case Kennum days, which ended in 2011:

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Now here is Houston a year later. You'll notice the jersey stayed the same while the helmet decal has changed:

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The Cougars made a more radical change in 2013, exchanging red home jersey with white piping for red home jerseys with massive white shoulder yolks.

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And now, once again, the Coogs are changing their look again for 2014. Thanks to the Twitter account of Houston chronicle beat writer Joseph Duarte, here is how Houston will look this fall. You'll notice the jersey has changed, but again the helmet decal endures.


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So, is the fourth time a charm?


Bob Stoops wants to change college football's overtime system. Is he on to something?

Maybe it's the way Oklahoma finished last season, with with a comeback win to deny Oklahoma State a Big 12 championship, and then a come-from-behind stomping of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Maybe it's Oklahoma's status as the Big 12's pre-season favorite. Maybe he's just all hopped up on Mountain Dew.

Either way, Bob Stoops tapped into his fiesty side during media events Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas and the ESPN mothership in Bristol. 

Stoops has fired the cannons at Texas A&M's non-conference schedule: 

The excuses people made for Alabama following the Sugar Bowl:

And proponents of the 10-second rule:

"I'm here to speak about whatever you ask me," Stoops told SVP & Russillo said when asked about his out-spokenness, "and if you ask me I'm going to give you my honest answer the best I can. And that's it. So it may not be what you want to hear. If it isn't, don't ask me."

Taking a break from pounding his chest, Stoops was asked what he would like to change about college football. "I don't really see that there's a lot that needs to be changed. In the end we've got a very popular game. I'm always careful to say don't change our schedule, be careful what you wish for sometimes, and all of a sudden you don't know the ramifications when it comes to even changing the recruiting calendar and what the ramifications would be for that. At the end of the day I like where we're at," Stoops concluded.

And then a lightbulb flickered on. 

"You know what needs to be changed? The overtime rule," Stoops said. "Instead of the 25, where you're already in field goal range, you need to get to field goal range, so you ought to start at the 40 or 45, and you have to earn your field goal. I think it would shorten games where you're not in a field goal contest because it doesn't reward great defense. You may get the ball at the 25, you get zero yards and you kick a field goal. The other team may gain 15 and miss a field goal. At the end of the day you should have to earn your field goal."


Overtimes are tricky. The goal should be to end any overtime contest in no more than two periods. Marathon games rarely turn into extended thrillers like Syracuse and Connecticut's six overtime game from the 2009 Big East Tournament.

More often they feel like boxing matches taking in place inside a sauna, where one competitor is waiting for the other to collapse. 

I think 40 is the magic number here. I agree with Stoops that offenses should have to earn a first down before being in field goal range, but pushing the starting line to the 45, with the corresponding 35-yard line first down marker, equates to a 52-yard field goal. That's an iffy proposition in college football. Starting at the 50, at least in my opinion, goes too far the other way where teams could just as easily trade zeros through overtime periods.

We through the idea out on Twitter and got a range of responses:

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