EA Looking Into Having Real Players In College Football Game After NCAA Decision
The NCAA has ruled that college athletes should make money from the use of their name, image, and likeness across the board.
The NCAA has approved legislation allowing college athletes to earn profits from their name, image, and likeness, according to an NPR report.
Previously, college athletes had limited compensation packages for things like scholarships or other forms of educational payments. Under new laws, however, college athletes can now make money performing activities professional athletes engage in. This includes things like endorsement deals, signing autographs, and social media content. This may also include college sports games, like EA's college football title possibly launching in 2023.
A spokesperson for EA Sports told GameSpot that, in the wake of the NCAA decision, EA Sports is looking into the possibility of adding real player names to the upcoming EA Sports College Football game, though nothing is decided at this stage.
The full EA Sports statement follows:
"We are watching the recent developments regarding student-athlete name, image and likeness very closely. It’s still very early stages at this point, and we plan to explore the possibility of including players in EA SPORTS College Football. For now, our development team is focused on working with our partners at CLC to ensure the game authentically showcases the great sport of college football and the more than 100 institutions signed on to be featured in our game."
NCAA president Mark Emmert said it's "an important day" for college athletes and that the organization will "work with Congress" to enact more widespread legislation.
"This is an important day for college athletes since they all are now able to take advantage of name, image and likeness opportunities," Emmert said. "With the variety of state laws adopted across the country, we will continue to work with Congress to develop a solution that will provide clarity on a national level."
The last college sports game was NCAA Football 14. There hasn't been a college basketball game from EA since 2009, with both franchises unceremoniously ending in the same year thanks to the O'Bannon v NCAA lawsuit.
Development on Electronic Arts' upcoming college football game, which was announced back in February, is only just getting started, according to the publisher. It will feature over 100 teams and replicate their logos, stadiums, uniforms, and gameday traditions; however, EA is not working with the NCAA at all on the new game due to various ongoing lawsuits and these legal proceedings. This is also why the company is doing away with the "NCAA Football" branding moving forward.