COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – For some Buckeye fans, it’s an annual ritual to buy the new hot team jersey with your favorite players’ number.
That ritual is over, at least for now… Unless you’re an Ezekiel Elliott fan!
With just 32 days to go before the first Buckeye football game, we found out about a new policy this year for jersey sales: The university is doing away with player numbers.
An ongoing federal court case focuses on the ability for schools to make money on merchandise sales representing their student athletes without the athletes receiving a portion of the profit.
Ohio State is among the schools already changing their jersey plan, this year allowing the sale of only two numbers: 1 and 15.
One is used as a generic number and 15 is to mark the year 2015.
It’s a preemptive move to the now-famous Ed O’Bannon case against the NCAA and profiting off student-athletes’ likenesses.
O’Bannon and 19 others sued the NCAA, claiming the organization violated the United States antitrust laws by not allowing athletes to get a share of the revenues generated from the use of their images in broadcasts and video games, according to Sports Illustrated.