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Members of the Cardiac Pack are Suing the NCAA Over NIL



Member of NC State’s 1983 NCAA Championship team, the Cardiac Pack, are suing the NCAA and the CLC over Name, Image and Likeness.

Thurl Bailey, Alvin Battle, Walt Densmore, Tommy DiNardo, Terry Gannon, George McClain, Cozell McQueen, Walter Proctor, Harold Thompson and Mike Warren are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Here’s the language of the Introduction of the lawsuit, which you can read in full here:

For more than 40 years, the NCAA and its co-conspirators have systematically and intentionally misappropriated the Cardiac Pack’s publicity rights—including their names, images, and likenesses—associated with that game and that play, reaping scores of millions of dollars from the Cardiac Pack’s legendary victory.

The NCAA has used the images and videos of the members of Cardiac Pack to advertise its March Madness tournament, as well as for other commercial purposes, without the players’ consent and while paying them nothing.

Even as the NCAA has appropriated one-time student-athletes’ images and likenesses without compensation, the NCAA Tournament, now officially known as “March Madness,” has generated nearly one billion dollars each year for the NCAA and its co-conspirators, with broadcast rights alone worth nearly $20 billion over the next decade.

Indeed, currently hosts videos of the Cardiac Pack, which can be viewed only after the viewer watches a commercial advertisement, from which the NCAA profits.

Yet, the NCAA has never paid one cent to Plaintiffs for using their names, images, and likenesses.

In 2021, the United States Supreme Court noted that the NCAA “enjoy[s] monopsony [(i.e., buyer-side monopoly)] power in the market for student athlete services, such that its restraints can (and in fact do) harm competition.”
Nat’l Collegiate Athletic Ass’n v. Alston, 594 U.S. 69, 90 (2021). The NCAA admitted
as much in its briefing for Alston. Id. at 86.

The NCAA has for decades leveraged its monopoly power to exploit student-athletes from the moment they enter college until long after they end their collegiate careers. It has conspired with conferences, colleges, licensing companies, and apparel companies to fix the price of student-athlete labor near zero and make student-athletes unwitting and uncompensated lifetime pitchmen for the NCAA.

Since the founding of our country, use of a person’s image in an advertisement without valid consent has been illegal.

“[T]he NCAA is not above the law.” Id. at 112 (Kavanaugh, J., concurring).

Ultimately, the NCAA is an admitted monopolist that has unreasonably and illegally utilized its monopoly power to pay nothing to the people whose names, images, and likenesses it uses without their consent in support of its multibillion-dollar enterprise.

This conduct constitutes:
a. Unreasonable restraint of trade,
b. Illegal monopolization,
c. Unfair and deceptive trade practice,
d. Unjust enrichment, and
e. Tortious misappropriation of publicity rights.

The NCAA’s illegal profit scheme is carried out through various partners and co-conspirators, some of whom are named as defendants here.

Plaintiffs now seek reasonable compensation for the appropriation of their names, images, and likenesses by the NCAA and its partners and coconspirators.

Furthermore, since the NCAA’s illegal conduct continues to this day—notwithstanding the clear notice of the unlawfulness of its behavior provided by Alston and an increasing number of cases throughout the country—it needs to be stopped by way of a permanent injunction.


In regards to what the plaintiff’s are looking for in regards to compensation:

The lawsuit asks for “in excess of $25,000” in damages plus interest, a figure necessary to file in superior court. In a statement, the group said it is seeking “reasonable compensation.” The group’s lawyer said the damages could be in the millions of dollars. (Link)

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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CBS Sports Ranks NC State Men’s Basketball 10th in Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason ACC Power Rankings



Isaac Trotter, of CBS Sports, released his Way-Too-Early Men’s Basketball 2024 Preseason Power Rankings this week, and he put the Wolfpack at #10 in the conference.


The Wolfpack finished the regular season ranked 10th in 2023-24, but went on to win 5 games in 5 days to win the 2024 ACC Tournament for the first time since 1987. NC State would go to make a miracle run in the NCAA Tournament, making the Final Four.

NC State won’t have DJ Burns, Casey Morsell and DJ Horne, but they did bring in a Freshman class of 2 4-Star Guards in Trey Parker & Paul McNeil, and a 4-man Transfer Class of:

Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (Louisville)

Guard/Forward Dontez Styles (Georgetown)

Guard Mike James (Louisville)

Guard Marcus Hill (Bowling Green)

There is obviously a ton of momentum and hype surrounding the Wolfpack Men’s Basketball program after winning the ACC title and going to the Final Four.

In 2024-25, will we get a repeat of the regular season results in 2023-24, or will we see the postseason version of the Wolfpack?

What do you think? Share in the comments.


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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack



RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Women’s Basketball will Host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024



The NC State Women’s Basketball team will host Ole Miss in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024 on Thursday, December 5th.

The Rebels are ranked 23rd in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason Top-25 rankings.

NC State is 3-1 all-time against Ole Miss, in a series that dates back to 1979. The last time the two teams played was in 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated the Rebels 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Last season the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

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NC State Will Host Texas in the 2024 Men’s Basketball ACC/SEC Challenge



NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will host Texas in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

This will mark the 5th time that the Wolfpack and the Longhorns play one another. The series is split down the middle currently, with each team winning 2 games each.

The Longhorns could be right on the edge of being a Preseason Top-25 heading into next year.

NC State’s 2024-25 Non-Conference Strength of Schedule is shaking out to be pretty impressive. The Wolfpack will be playing in the Rady Children’s Invitational Tournament, which will feature Purdue, BYU and Ole Miss. Purdue was the National Runner-Up last year, and will likely be a Preseason Top-15 team. Ole Miss is ranked in the Top-25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25.

NC State will be also be playing at Kansas next season, and the Jayhawks are likely going to the Preseason #1 team.

Also, a game against Marquette might be in the works next year, which would be a rematch from their Sweet 16 matchup this past season. The Golden Eagles are likely a Preseason Top-15 team.

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