Even though the NCAA is moving towards student-athlete compensation, don't expect college football video games to return soon
Big news came from the NCAA on Wednesday, as the Board of Governors showed support for rule changes that would allow for student-athlete compensation in the future. A vote on potential changes is scheduled for January 2021 and implementation could come as early as the 2021-22 academic year.
When most of us heard the news, one thing popped into our minds — a return of EA Sports’ NCAA Football video game.
Don’t hold your breath, though. According to Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, the re-introduction of the popular video game is very unlikely, at least for the foreseeable future. On Wednesady morning’s conference call, Ackerman said that creating new video games is “unworkable in college sports” largely because there is no union or bargaining unit.
Val Ackerman says that group licensing (video games, replica jerseys) is "unworkable in college sports" largely because it does not have a union/bargaining unit.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) April 29, 2020
Ackerman, who co-chaired the NCAA name, image and likeness working group, also said that group licensing is not in the plans at this time.
Sorry, video game fans. It doesn’t look like NCAA Football will be making a return to the store shelves anytime soon.