Chris Spielman was working as a broadcaster at certainly one of his favourite locations on earth, Ohio Stadium, athletic and social and religious epicenter of his alma mater, the Ohio State College, when he acquired a textual content message from a good friend. Hooked up was a photograph of a poster. There was Spielman, sporting his previous No. 36 within the scarlet and grey, bent on the knees in search of somebody to hit, his final identify scrawled down the fitting aspect of the body. And there, beneath the poster that hung beneath the stands on the stadium, was one phrase: “Honda.”
“I stated, ‘Hmmmm,’” Spielman stated. “I don’t recall signing something or speaking to anyone about this. It’s my image, my identify — with an enormous emblem.”
And so right here we’re, with Spielman — who embodies Ohio State, who loves Ohio State — suing Ohio State.
It’s shocking on the face of it. “I’m humbled and honored when Ohio State makes use of my picture,” Spielman stated Monday in a phone interview.
However look from Spielman’s vantage, and there are such a lot of parts which might be wholly predictable, as a result of school sports activities don’t simply chew up and spit out the athletes, they return and decide over the bones even many years later.
Put plainly, Ohio State needed to make use of reminiscences conjured up by Spielman’s picture — and people of different former Buckeyes, displayed all through the stadium — to generate income. It didn’t need to share that cash with the individuals who put the college in place to associate with not solely Honda, however different company companions — Nike and IMG — additionally named within the go well with.
Hey, Buckeye followers, keep in mind this man, this All-American linebacker from 1984-87, winner of the Lombardi Award because the nation’s greatest linebacker or lineman? Makes you heat inside, doesn’t it? Can I present you to an Accord?
(Additional complication: As a result of Spielman can commerce off his personal picture, he has a 20-yr relationship with a Columbus automotive supplier that sells Mazdas and Subarus. That made for a clumsy telephone name, given the Honda banner and all.)
It’s simply appears foolish. However it’s additionally essential. Necessary for the Buckeyes who would profit ought to Spielman win. And essential going ahead for school athletes throughout the nation, present and former.
Within the 35-web page class motion grievance filed Friday in federal courtroom, Spielman’s lawyer, Brian Duncan, writes that by slicing out Spielman and different former Buckeyes, Ohio State, IMG, Nike and Honda…