The estate of legendary sports announcer John Facenda, known in football circles as the “Voice of God,” scored a major victory in its court battle with NFL Films last week when a federal magistrate judge ruled that use of Facenda’s distinctive voice in a promotional film for a video game had violated state and federal laws.

In his 39-page opinion in Facenda v. NFL Films Inc., U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacob P. Hart rejected the NFL Films’ argument that Facenda’s suit failed due to a release he signed in 1984.

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