had to tell them they were too late to file a claim,
“I believe in class actions, even when the recov-
or there was some sort of issue with their claim
and it didn’t go through properly. Unfortunately,
by the time they came to me, there was nothing I
could do. I’m definitely on some people’s shit lists.”
Although it took a few years for the athletes to
get paid, Boyd says that the settlements were sub-
stantial compared to your average class action.
ery amount for each individual is not great. But,
with this particular settlement, we have people
getting checks between $85 and $7,000.
“I’m all about intercollegiate sports and amateur sports,” she adds. “But let’s not kid ourselves
that [those athletes] are not being treated as
professional organizations by the people who are
making money off of them.”
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Basketball or NCAA Football title between 2003 and
2014 could file, and more than 29,000 did.
Individual settlement amounts were decided on
a point-based system. For example, any player appearing in a title after 2005 received more points
than 2003 or 2004, mostly due to statute of limitations issues on various claims, Boyd says. “You’d
get like one point if you were on a team that was in
the game but your jersey number didn’t match up,”
she says, adding that the hardest part was figuring
out any given player’s worth, since college athletes
don’t have their worth defined.
“I’m sure there are student athletes out there
who recognize my name from having exchanged
a bunch of emails with me about their settlement
checks,” says Boyd. “Some of whom think I’m the
worst, most terrible person in the world, because I