Make NCAA Football Video Games Again

Make NCAA Football Video Games Again

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Conrad Vilven started this petition to NCAA and

The last college football video game was made in 2014. Every year kids from all around the country would buy the NCAA game and be able to enjoy playing as their favorite school, player, etc. The game was truly a thing of beauty as it would typically come out in July, which is the perfect time to start getting prepared for the upcoming college football season. This game was also great for playing with friends and settling rivalries. If you wanted to just relax and play for fun with a friend, you could do that. On the other hand, the game provided great competition, especially for those who are fans of rival schools. As many know, this game was shut down in 2014 after a lawsuit was filed against EA for profiting off the player's "image or likeness" without compensating the players. This would be an easy fix, however, the NCAA wouldn't allow the student-athletes to be paid. However, a recent hearing decided that college athletes will now be able to profit off their image. This is the first step in getting EA to start creating NCAA video games again. However, there's still a roadblock. The NCAA doesn't have group licensing for players, meaning that EA would have to negotiate with each player individually to discuss payment. This is nearly impossible to do as there are thousands of college football players. While this is indeed an issue, there are still ways to get around it. Option 1 would be for the NCAA to allow group licensing for an association that represents the players. This way, EA could just negotiate with the players' association about compensation, and not have to worry about going from player to player individually. Option 2 would be to just use a limited amount of schools. For example, if EA created a game with just 50 big names schools, there would be much fewer players to negotiate with individually. Option 3 would create a game that just doesn't use any of the player's image or likeness. While this doesn't sound ideal, there are loopholes as any user can create a custom roster using each player's image, likeness, and even their name. While it's frustrating that the process is this difficult just to simply receive a video game, I remain hopeful. I think it's safe to say the video game world hasn't been the same since this game left the market. Now, all we can do is push the NCAA or EA to take initiative and make it happen baby. 

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