DJ, for the most part, I am at the opposite end of the spectrum on this case from you. I do agree however that the NCAA has botched this case in an unbelievable fashion. They should have run out as many non revenue sport athletes as they could as witnesses. 50 percent of them should have been female athletes. All speaking about how they got their chance at a college degree because they of the current system. Then run out a selection of college and basketball players that never went on to pro careers.
Then finish it up with calling the plaintiff Ed O'Bannon to the stand. And follow this general line of questioning.
1) When you left high school there was no one and done rule. You chose to go to college. Was that to build your brand for NBA scouts?
2) What did the scholarship agreement that you signed at the time state about monetary rights and profits? If you felt the agreement you signed was so unfair, why did you sign it in that first year, when you could have gone straight to pro basketball? Or for each year following, through your senior year?
3) You were eventually drafted 9th in the first round by the Nets. In the year you left high school, out of the top nine picks, seven were college seniors, one a college junior, and one a college sophomore. Would you say that attending UCLA helped you maximize your value for the draft?
4) Before you even played a game for UCLA, you wound up tearing your ACL in a pickup game. You were told you might never walk again. And your recovery took eighteen months. UCLA wound up keeping you on scholarship. Do you think you would have wound up being drafted 9th by the NBA or signed a 3.9 million dollar contract if you had not been allowed to continue as a member of the UCLA basketball team?
5) Despite your playing career being finished at UCLA, you returned to get your degree in history there in 2011. So in fact you did receive an academic education there as well as preparing you for a professional athletic career. Was there anything else promised you in the scholarship agreement that you were not provided?
I would also maybe put in a few questions in there that point out that your career in the NBA was rather dissapointing. Emphasize that the name recognition he received from playing at UCLA was far in excess of what he could have achieved on his own, whether at that tme or later on as proven in the NBA.
All along, I thought Ed O'Bannon was not a great choice to be the top name with this lawsuit. He was drafted in the top ten. He wasn't restricted by the one and done, and therefore had choices. He did receive his degree. The NCAA isn't responsible for his NBA career not working out.