Newscaster’s Family Sues NFL Over Unauthorized Use In Madden 2006

Video Game Law Blog

July 21, 2006

The family of legendary football announcer John Facenda has filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL, NFL Films, and NFL Properties LLC in a Philadelphia court this week, for unauthorized use of Facenda's voice in a promotional video for the NFL-EA Sports title Madden NFL 2006, called "Making of Madden 2006." The Facenda family's attorney said that the league had been granted permission to use Facenda's voice in football highlights, but not in any endorsements or promotions of other businesses, and that the family is angry that his voice was used in a "30-minute commercial for the Madden game." The amount of damages they are seeking is unspecified.  We'll keep you posted.

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