Northwestern opts out of rebooted EA Sports college football game, pending NIL rules

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Notre Dame has some company.

Northwestern, according to Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, has doubled the number of FBS schools that won’t participate in the resurrected EA Sports college football franchise unless and until rules are created that allow players to receive money for their names, images, performances histories, etc.

It’s unclear whether the game will return before the so-called NIL rules are finalized. A national approach is needed, and federal legislation would be the best solution.

EA Sports dumped the college football game due to litigation issues arising from the use of players in the game who aren’t officially in the game. The know-it-when-you-see-it similarity between supposedly generic video-game figures and actual humans becomes a very real problem for EA Sports. Without those similarities, however, the game becomes far less realistic.

Hopefully, the potential return of the EA Sports college football game will push the NIL process toward a conclusion, getting rules in place that allow players to get paid for being in the video game.

Then, maybe, college football players will start getting paid for being in the real thing.

25 responses to “Northwestern opts out of rebooted EA Sports college football game, pending NIL rules

  1. This is as it should be. The NCAA and EA shouldn’t be able to exploit college kids for billions of dollars without compensating the kids in some way. What that ultimately looks like, I don’t know. But I’m for it.

  2. As a former D-1 football player that had to pay the $60 bucks to purchase a game that I was in, I’m happy the schools and players are taking a stand. If only they just gave us players a free copy, they wouldn’t have gotten sued probably.

    And before anyone comes back with the “They gave you a free college ride” I’d like you to consider living off of barely $10k a year for food and housing and only having June and July to work a part time job while your school and EA Sports take in millions

  3. 95% of those kids want to play the game. Thanks to a 40 year old former basketball player that needed some money the game was shut down and those kids got cut a check for about $5.00.

  4. AFW AFW says:

    without compensating the kids in some way
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    So the $148,000.00 average 4 year (big ten for example) tuition fee + living expenses that they get for free doesnt count right? To set them up for life after school which is priceless.

  5. Good for Northwestern. Under no circumstances should those kids have their likenesses used to make millions for EA on what will almost undoubtedly be an awful game with only the most tenuous relationship to actual football (assuming their NCAA game is like the Madden series). EA should have been ready with a compensation structure for the athletes out of the gate.

  6. North West Chicago will be their name on the game. Just like Penn State will be Penn Station and Notre Dame will simply be South Bend. They did it before. Nobody really cares about the players. When one class graduates all new fictional classes replace them and the game goes on. It’s about football. Call the Wolverines Ann Arbor instead and Ohio State Columbus. Nobody cares. It will still sell like hot cakes.

  7. So the $148,000.00 average 4 year (big ten for example) tuition fee + living expenses that they get for free doesnt count right? To set them up for life after school which is priceless.

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    That isn’t enough. The head honchos are still making millions upon millions of dollars. These kids deserve a cut.

  8. Lets just start a minor league system rather than pad ncaa pockets. Most of these kids could care less about the gift of education they are given.

  9. After the college students are compensated then take away their scholarships and let them pay their own tuition and school expenses. Less than 1% of these college players will ever sniff a pro-contract and will have to rely on their education to make a living.

  10. 50Stars says:
    February 25, 2021 at 9:57 am
    AFW AFW says:

    without compensating the kids in some way
    ———————
    So the $148,000.00 average 4 year (big ten for example) tuition fee + living expenses that they get for free doesnt count right? To set them up for life after school which is priceless.

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    Obviously not when major college facilities are nicer than NFL ones because there is so much money flowing into the schools. Not every school needs to have players be compensated, but if you go to Alabama, Ohio State, etc. are you really getting a high quality education in addition to playing football or are you pretending to go to college while doing your full-time job of being a football player?

  11. If EA had half a brain, they would make this completely generic, and not give any other entity a $0.01.

    Let the end user customize the game, which we’ve proven time and time again, we will.

  12. AFW AFW says: “The NCAA and EA shouldn’t be able to exploit college kids for billions of dollars without compensating the kids in some way”
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    Nobody cares about the actual college players. The millions of football viewership watch because of BUILT-IN alumni loyalty.

    Fact: Millions would watch Tommy Armstrong Jr quarterback for Nebraska (2013-2016) but only a few thousand watch him QB for the Sioux Falls Storm last year.

    Put it another way – swap every player between those two teams and Nebraska would still generate millions of viewers and Sioux Falls will still only get a few thousand.

  13. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:13 am
    After the college students are compensated then take away their scholarships and let them pay their own tuition and school expenses. Less than 1% of these college players will ever sniff a pro-contract and will have to rely on their education to make a living.
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    How about try taking away the sports programs from these major universities? They wouldn’t bring in half the amount of money they’re currently making.

  14. EA sports is terrible. I wish football video games had some open market competition. EA sports somehow makes madden games worse over time instead of improving them.

  15. Best part of the game is starting your own University or taking the smallest and worst school in the game and turning them into a power house. Nobody wants to buy the game and play dynasty mode as Alabama. Just like Nobody outside of Chicago wants to play as Northwestern. Regardless, I still feel if they use a players likeness they should get paid.

  16. To be 100% honest, after the real players “graduated” I simmed every season just to generate the draft roster to import into Madden franchise. That being said, if they are going to use a real person’s likeness, backstory, and real life facts to generate players in the game those people need to get paid. You think the coaches and commentators aren’t getting paid to appear in the game?

  17. Who the heck does Northwestern think they are? They had uncharacteristic success in a shortened season that should have an asterisk.

  18. Before anyone complains about college athletes shouldn’t be paid, my GF in college worked as a lab research assistant for a drug company with ties to the university and she as paid like $20k a year so not sure why athletes are expected to play for free …

  19. As others have mentioned, there are ways to get around using the likenesses of real players. The games now allow users to customize the skillsets of players. The only reason EA had to quit the games was because they were using real players without permission or compensation.

  20. It doesn’t matter if EA doesn’t put that team or any player names in the game when/if it comes out. Shortly, after the game comes up there will be a lot of Mods to download and get a realistic game with all the teams, player names, realistic ratings (not perfect ratings but close enough).

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