The NCAA and the O’Bannon plaintiffs have been embroiled in a multitude of discovery disputes over the course of the last year. The NCAA has now turned its attention to former marketing executive and guru of grassroots basketball Sonny Vaccaro. The NCAA has referred to Vaccaro as an “agent,” “runner,” and “broker” of amateur basketball players. Vaccaro, who is an unpaid consultant to the O’Bannon plaintiffs, has been requested by the NCAA to provide all communications with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, copies of every speech Vaccaro has made in the past seven years, documents relating to movie and book projects about his life, custodial records from Vaccaro’s organization, communications with plaintiffs, camps/tournaments’ use of players’ likenesses, and payment records to or from players.
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