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Thursday, July 31, 2008
NCAA weighs in on Fantasy College Football

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The NCAA finally called me back, and I got some more questions answered on the issue of Fantasy College Football -- namely, the athletes are eligible, regardless of what CBS does.

The NCAA bylaws state that if an institution or other athletics entity finds out that a commercial activity is using the student-athletes' name or likeness (like CBS planned to do), then they have to send a cease-and-desist letter to the commercial entity asking they stop.

Once they do that, it satisfies the requirement in the bylaws and the athlete is off the hook.

The NCAA's letter to CBS took care of that.

"It's not like each individual student athlete has to write to CBS," NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said. "We've already sent CBS essentially a memo saying this is a violation of our bylaw. We've done that on behalf of all student athletes already."