Former Ohio State football star Chris Spielman is asking a judge to let him expand his class-action lawsuit alleging improper use of ex-players' images in marketing campaigns to include thousands of former athletes nationwide.
His updated federal complaint accuses talent management firm IMG and apparel-maker Nike of wrongly using the likenesses of current and former players at 89 colleges and universities, including Ohio State. One example is a Honda-sponsored program of 64 banners hung around Ohio Stadium featuring photos of former players with a Honda logo. Honda's contract for the banners was with IMG. Nike, Honda and Ohio State have yet to comment. An attorney for IMG said he hadn't had a chance to review the new lawsuit.