Ex-athletes' lawsuit over images, names dismissed in federal court

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against several television networks and college conferences by 10 former college athletes who contended the networks and conferences profited from their names and likenesses without their permission.

The lawsuit was filed last fall in U.S. District Court in Nashville with former Vanderbilt safety Javon Marshall as lead plaintiff along with former teammates Eric Samuels and Steven Clarke.

District Judge Kevin H. Sharp ruled Thursday that the plaintiffs didn't show that they are entitled to be compensated for playing in televised games.

ESPN, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and the Southeastern Conference were among the defendants.

Plaintiffs also included former Washington football player Sean Parker; former Tennessee State basketball player Patrick Miller; former Tennessee football players Rod Wilks, Byron Moore and Marlon Walls; former Chattanooga football player Chaz Moore; and former Maryland-Eastern Shore basketball player Chris Conner.