Ex-Arizona State QB Keller files lawsuit

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller is suing EA Sports and the NCAA, saying the video-game maker wrongly uses the names and likenesses of athletes and the NCAA sanctions the practice.

Keller's lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco as a class-action, suing on behalf of all college athletes depicted in the NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball video games made by EA Sports.

Keller's Phoenix-based attorney contends EA Sports profits from using the names and likenesses of players.

The lawsuit would bar EA Sports from using the names and likenesses and seeks undetermined compensation for athletes who have been portrayed in the video games.

Keller was Nebraska's starting quarterback in 2007. He transferred from ASU in 2006.

NCAA bylaws prohibit the use of the names and likenesses of athletes for commercial purposes.

Spokesman Bob Williams says the NCAA is confident it will be dismissed from the case.

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