It's (not) in the game: AD says Notre Dame won't participate in return of EA Sports college football game until players can benefit
A lot of excitement started building up a few weeks ago when EA Sports announced that it was planning to bring back its popular college football video game, NCAA Football. But at least one blueblood program will not be participating, at least for now.
Monday, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick released a statement regarding the news about the game. He says that the Fighting Irish will not be part of the game until student-athletes can benefit from their name, image and likeness.
“Notre Dame Athletics welcomes the return of EA Sports College Football, a video game series that has historically helped promote interest in college football. Notre Dame will not, however, participate in the game until such time as rules have been finalized governing the participation of our student-athletes,” Swarbrick said in a statement.
“As those rules are developed, it is our strong desire that student-athletes be allowed to benefit directly from allowing their name, image and performance history to be used in the game.”
It will be interesting to see if any other athletic departments follow Notre Dame’s lead.
The last time the game was released was in 2013, when it released it was under the title NCAA Football 2014.
Unfortunately, no date has been set on when the game will be released. It appears that it will return under the title “EA Sports College Football,” dropping the NCAA from the cover.
According to ESPN, EA Sports is planning to move forward without roster that include names, images or likeness of real student-athletes. The article states that discussions about a return for the game started over one year ago.