COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A lawsuit is being filed against The Ohio State University by former football great Chris Spielman for alleged improper use of their likeness.
Other major companies are being targeted in the lawsuit, like Honda and McDonalds.
Spielman says there has been a large banner hanging at Ohio Stadium with his likeness containing Honda branding, which he says he never received compensation for, or authorized. Spielman says he endorses Mazda and Subaru.
IMG, the broadcast rights holder for Ohio State, is also named in the lawsuit.
Spielman, who now hosts a show in sister-station 105.7 The Zone, says it's also about protecting other players who may be getting taken advantage of.
Spielman cited the court case brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, who sued the NCAA for improper use of his likeness without compensation, and won, setting the precedent for the use of likenesses of college athletes by companies.
He says even if he receives compensation as a result of the case, he will give the money back to the Ohio State Athletic Department, but he notes there are others who could use the money, if the case results in a settlement.
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