ESPN survey: College football players want to be compensated for video games

Survey of 92 college football players finds 65 percent feel they should be compensated if their likeness is used in a video game.

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A new ESPN The Magazine survey of college football players found that 65 percent believe they should be compensated if their likeness is used in a video game.

The survey is based on anonymous responses from 92 college football players. The survey was conducted in July and published in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine.

A representative for Electronic Arts declined to comment.

When the NCAA announced in July that it would not renew its contract with EA Sports, the group said it has "never licensed the use of current student-athlete names, images, or likeness to EA."

Not all agree that EA's NCAA games don't include accurate depictions of players. Former Arizona State University and University of Nebraska starting quarterback Sam Keller filed a lawsuit against EA in May 2009 claiming just that.

Keller and his legal team, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, contend that EA's NCAA games use athletes' likenesses, including accurate depictions of height, age, and weight, without permission.

A United States court of appeals recently rejected EA and NCAA's latest appeal over the use of collegiate athletes' likenesses in the publisher's games. The court dismissed EA's claim that the practice of using an athlete's likeness was protected under the First Amendment.

EA will continue to publish college football games--without the NCAA's name and marks--as part of a new deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company. An all-new college football game is currently in development for next-generation consoles.

Discussion

138 comments
CyDidley
CyDidley

The $ amount that the players would get for video games would be such a small amount it would be irrelevant.

They need to just allow the players to sign endorsements, which would make this an irrelevant issue.

Martyr77
Martyr77

THEY THROW A BALL AND PLAY A GAME! Seriously half of them can't spell their names but get a full ride already at a major college because......let me say this again...... THEY THROW A BALL AND PLAY A GAME! Why do they deserve MORE than what they are already getting?

sumoman23
sumoman23

All this confirmed is that people want more money.

Joseph P. Johnson
Joseph P. Johnson

Do the pros get money for their likenesses being used in Madden? NO! Then why should college kids get that when they already get all these scholarships to go to school for free when it would usually cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars otherwise?

Joseph P. Johnson
Joseph P. Johnson

NO! If they don't get paid to be on TV, then why would they be paid to be in a video game?...

Joel Randall Terry
Joel Randall Terry

Last time I checked, the only likeness is the number on the jersey, these players have full rides through school with their athletic sport, so it's not like they will have any student loans to pay off....anybody these days will grab at any money they can just cause they greedy

slonekb05
slonekb05

well duh ... dont need to take a survey to understand ppl want compensation for making BILLIONS of there likeness. Pay your slaves!.. er i mean.."Student athletes"

Ali Hasan
Ali Hasan

they already get a free education, free personal tutors, free housing - often the best on campus, free food, free access to exercise equipment, trainers, elite status on campus, not to mention under the table booster support - the value for just the education, room and food alone at most public places is around $80 K to $100K - it seems like they get a pretty good deal

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I don't think they can receive any kind payment if they are in college so this can't happen. 

Shammara Blanchard
Shammara Blanchard

I don't know about compensated. However, it is a reality that most football players work much since football really has a short off-season for them. So I think they should be helped out with more things. A lot of these kids come from not the best neighborhoods. They may not choose to play NCAA football or any other sport is because for some it is the only they could ever afford an education!!!

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

and in a second poll, 98% of players feel that they are above the law.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Games like these are basically free advertising for these players' names. If they kick up too much of a fuss about it, the next time they see the game the guy wearing their number will be called "S. Tupid" or "D. Umbo"

ShadowAngel85x
ShadowAngel85x

There was a time when companies just used the names of clubs and players and didn't pay. Nobody complained. (think Sensible Soccer and such)

Then it became a bussines. Then people who already make hundred-thousands or millions started to complain even more and now it gets silly. Those people should be thankful that they only have to spend 10-15 years working and never again having any money problems - unlike 95% of the rest of humanity who has to work for 40-50 years. 

Capitalism corrupts everybody :-/

roguebot
roguebot

The NCAA and EA do make a ton of money off these players (and in the case of the NCAA, video-game revenue represents just a small fraction).

College athletes should be able to sell their own autograph for money without being suspended. As far as outright paying them? The exposure, free degree, and other perks already make up for that, IMO.

Nicholas Joseph DiSalvo
Nicholas Joseph DiSalvo

No but the ones who are actually worth a damn in their sport do. Everyone else is there to learn first and play sports second

Nicholas Joseph DiSalvo
Nicholas Joseph DiSalvo

Sure, why not? If only to eliminate the double standard. They shouldn't be compensated much though. Not as much as real pros

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Huh?!? Why should you get money if you're a collegiate athlete? Is the college paying you money for your services? You're paying to go there, although they probably gave you a discount according to your athletic abilities but until you the NFL and actually have monetary worth....keep your collegiate ass in school.  You're there to learn and play football, not make money off a game that happens to use your likeness, you're on the College's money playing football anyway, who are you to ask for compensation when if it wasn't for the college you wouldn't be playing a damn thing aside from backyard football. The nerve of some people.

Make it to the NFL and make something of yourself before you start charging someone money, in college you are a no name no matter if the whole campus knows of your heroic feats. You don't get paid for doing your duty as a collegiate athlete, they pay for your schooling and healthcare too.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

EA has been getting away with this for too long.

Justin Brown
Justin Brown

This just in. Not EVERY college athlete gets a free ride.

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

Facebook... the gateway to Trolldom.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

i think these athletes should get compensated from the ncaa for everything.

MoreThot
MoreThot

Last I checked NCAA wasn't NFL. If these NCAA players want to make money get a fucking job. If you want to make the big bucks then make it and succeed in the NFL. 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

i don't see why not, why should EA be allowed to use sht for free? Its against the law to play their games for free. They are the ones out actually playing the game for real and EA is making money off of them.

Jeremy Vaughn
Jeremy Vaughn

They should keep a rolling tab of everything sold that is tied to a player. After that player completes 4 years of sports eligibility he or she can collect their tab.

Saintofwar
Saintofwar

I guess a scholarship paying 100% tuition isn't enough

Justin Brown
Justin Brown

Coupled with the chances you never make it to the NFL and get to enjoy the rest of your meals through a straw. They definitely get plenty of compensation.

Justin Brown
Justin Brown

You're right, people should just shut up and accept getting screwed by a conglomerate. Par for the course for America these days.

Scarab83
Scarab83

Despite the free ride they get anyways, it is their likenesses being used, so they should be compensated.

Eric Löwe
Eric Löwe

Yeah, exploiting them with free college education. Damn, how awful is that.

Eric Löwe
Eric Löwe

I think they get their compensation with that scholarship. They're saving thousands to tens of thousands of dollars during their lifetime by not paying tuition fees and all that. Then couple that with the chance of millions of dollars in the NFL? They get plenty of compensation.

Eric Löwe
Eric Löwe

Besides. No one has ever been forced to play NCAA Football. You sign that contract, you're accepting the situation - you can't make money from yourself, and you're getting your scholarship and trip through college with the potential for your millions on the other end if you perform well. People need to shut up and deal with it, I think. The athletes aren't even the ones complaining, as far as I can tell, it's just crybaby people on the outside.

Mark Evans
Mark Evans

If someone is making money from them, then give me a good reason why they shouldn't be compensated? ?

Scott Wiland
Scott Wiland

Stephen that is what this is for.. and open forum... And it isn't just the free ride.. these game companies pay the university and they use that money for coaching, facilities (have you seen some of these locker rooms) training, med staff, flights, etc...

Stephen Lowery
Stephen Lowery

i don't like sports in general. i don't like fantasy football, i don't like the huge culture around sports, the advantages they get (like full ride scholarships), but those are separate issues. i think it's only fair they get compensated for this.

Scott Wiland
Scott Wiland

Open up that can of worms and you will have players going to schools for endorsements only and not for its real meaning. Education, sports and a foot up on life.

Kurushio
Kurushio

A survey of McDonalds employee's asking if they should get 100K a year responded with a 99% of yes. The other 1% said they deserved more.

Most of those college players got a free rid or heavy scholarships plus all sorts of fringe benefits of being a college football player. Plus they got the chance to prove themselves and get into the NFL if they were good enough. Not saying the NCAA or EA are right, but there is already too much money and greed in sports.

Eric Löwe
Eric Löwe

People always say the NCAA is athletic slavery, but let's not forget these guys are given scholarships and are celebrities on campus. Yeah, the NCAA is making money from their likenesses, but they're getting a cash free education that could possibly cost them thousands to tens of thousands of dollars normally.

jhayden2000
jhayden2000

@Martyr77 at the end of the day, A company cant just copy your likeness, attributes and abilities to sell, without permission.. i honestly have always wondered if this was going to end up being an issue..

SpookyHoobster
SpookyHoobster

@Martyr77 You are ignorant. They go through physical training (studying) and pit their performance against their peers (testing). They don't just play a game they're the best at it.

Upat3am
Upat3am

@hadlee73 No one will remember half these players because they don't go on to play in the Nfl.

MrLiving
MrLiving

@nyran125tk You have a point there but with all honesty, if my likeness made it into a game it would suffice for me to claim braggin rights and some form of sponsorship that I could live with, it aint like I´m sweating over it besides, these athletes are getting enough free passes as it is.
No matter how bad EA is in terms of money grabbing, they´ve paid their dues and x amount of dollars for licences inorder to give them the freedom to do what they´re doing.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Upat3am @hadlee73 And people will remember even less of them if their names don't get out into the wild as much as possible.