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Facenda family, NFL Films settle

PHILADELPHIA -- The son of famed football announcer John Facenda has settled a lawsuit with NFL Films over the brief use of his father's voice in a show about the John Madden video game.

Facenda's contract with NFL Films barred the use of his distinctive baritone -- sometimes called "the Voice of God" -- for product endorsements.

The NFL called a cable TV show on the 2006 Madden game an artistic endeavor. But a federal appeals court last year ruled it commercial.

The suit was settled last month for an undisclosed sum. Both parties say Facenda's work might still be featured in future NFL Films projects.

The late broadcaster was the longtime voice of the Mt. Laurel, N.J., company. Plaintiff John Facenda Jr. lives in Pennsylvania.