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U.S. Soccer can't use national team players' likenesses for ads without players' association OK, judge says

Dana Herra Oct. 2, 2015, 11:47pm

The United States Soccer Federation must seek approval from its players’ union before allowing sponsors to use players’ likenesses in advertisements, after a federal judge upheld the decision of an arbitrator. U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall ruled Sept. 29 in Chicago to grant the United States National Soccer Team Players Association’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit the Chicago-based U.S. Soccer Federation brought against the players association.