Former college basketball star Ed O’Bannon’s class-action lawsuit against the NCAA heads to federal court today. O’Bannon, a standout on the 1995 UCLA national championship team, claims the NCAA violates the Sherman Antitrust Act by prohibiting athletes from making money off their likeness and image while student athletes. The suit has the potential to remake the collegiate sports landscape.
Secretary of State John Kerry will testify today before Congress on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in September 2012. Kerry, who was a U.S. senator at the time of the attacks, said testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should excuse him from appearing before a new House select committee investigating the attacks and the State Department’s reaction.
World leaders from seven nations will meet in Vienna today for five days of talks on Iran’s nuclear program. An emissary from Iran will be present, as will ones from the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, and Russia. Western powers fear Iran’s purported nuclear energy program is simply a cover for a nuclear weapons program.
With state-sanctioned executions stayed or commuted in May, the next round of executions of convicted capital offenders is scheduled for June 18 when Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Florida are all scheduled to put an inmate to death. The death penalty has undergone intense scrutiny since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will return to the internet with a fresh season of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee today. According to a trailer released in May, the new season will feature interviews with comedians Robert Klein, Aziz Ansari, Jon Stewart, George Wallace, and Sarah Jessica Parker.