NCAA Sued Over Unauthorized Use of Iconic 1983


**Unveiling the Unauthorized Use of NC State’s Iconic Upset Victory: Players Seek Justice**

In a bold move that has reverberated through the world of college basketball, 10 former players from NC State’s legendary 1983 national championship team have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and Collegiate Licensing Co. The suit alleges that the organizations have intentionally exploited the players’ names, images, and likeness (NIL) for financial gain without their consent or compensation.

The Historic Triumph and Its Impact

Jimmy Valvano’s N.C. State Wolfpack etched their names in college basketball history when they shocked the world by defeating the Phi Slamma Jamma Houston Cougars in the 1983 NCAA championship game. Lorenzo Charles’ iconic dunk, followed by Valvano’s jubilant run around the court, has become an unforgettable highlight in the tournament’s annals.

For over four decades, the NCAA has profited from these legendary moments. Promotional materials and memorabilia have used the players’ NIL to generate millions of dollars, while the players themselves have received no compensation.

The Players’ Grievances

In their lawsuit, the players assert that the NCAA and Collegiate Licensing Co. have “systematically and intentionally misappropriated” their publicity rights. They argue that their NIL is inextricably linked to the 1983 victory and that its use for commercial purposes constitutes an infringement of their rights.

“Student-athletes’ value to the NCAA does not end with their graduation,” the lawsuit states. “Archival footage and other products constitute an ongoing income stream for the NCAA long after the students whose images are used have moved on from college.”

NC State Legends Demand Compensation

The plaintiffs in the case are Thurl Bailey, Alvin Battle, Walt Densmore, Tommy DiNardo, Terry Gannon, George McClain, Cozell McQueen, Walter Proctor, Harold Thompson, and Mike Warren. They are seeking a jury trial and “reasonable compensation” for the unauthorized use of their NIL.

The NCAA’s Silence

Despite the lawsuit’s filing, the NCAA has yet to issue a statement or response. Fox News Digital reached out to Collegiate Licensing Co., which is now owned by IMG, but no comment has been received.

Dereck Whittenburg’s Choice

It is notable that Dereck Whittenburg, whose missed shot ultimately led to Charles’ game-winning dunk, is not among the plaintiffs. He currently serves as a staffer in N.C. State’s athletic department and has chosen not to participate in the lawsuit.

Lorenzo Charles, who passed away in 2011, is also not included among the plaintiffs.

A Fight for Justice and the Future of NIL

This lawsuit marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing debate over the use of NIL in college athletics. As student-athletes increasingly seek to profit from their name and reputation, the NCAA and other organizations must navigate the evolving legal landscape carefully.

The outcome of this case will have significant implications for the use of NIL in the future. The players of NC State’s legendary 1983 championship team are fighting for justice and compensation, but their struggle also represents a broader movement aimed at protecting the rights of all student-athletes.

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