One of the most delicate subjects in all of the sports world today has to do with college athletes, and the amount of money that they generate while being unable to cash in on their own likeness in the process.
The idea here is that student athletes are compensated for their time on the field or court via scholarships: They go to school for free on account of the amount of money that NCAA sports generate for the university. While that certainly seemed like the most benevolent way to keep these athletes as “amateurs” and avoid a conflict of interest between schooling and sports at first, the sheer wealth being generated by college athletics has far surpassed the wildest dreams of the system’s creators.
In fact, the idea of student athletes was expertly trolled as “slavery” by South Park years ago.
Now, as EA Sports looks to bring back its popular NCAA Football series, the video game maker is running into some resistance from one of the sport’s most popular teams.
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Notre Dame has told video game giant EA Sports that it will not be allowed to include the university in its NCAA college football video game until the rules are put in place allowing their athletes to be compensated.
EA Sports had announced this month that it is about to release a new version of its NCAA college football video game, which was last updated way back in 2013. However, the game maker noted that individual players and current player rosters would not be part of the game this year. EA plans to include only the 100 chosen schools and their team names, logos, and colors.
Notre Dame is a famously independent university, particularly as it pertains to their athletics, and their statement on the subject left little to the imagination.
“Notre Dame athletics welcome the return of EA Sports college football, the video game series that has historically helped promote interest in college football,” AD Jack Swarbrick said, according to TMZ.
“Notre Dame will not, however, participate in the game until such time as rules have been finalized covering the participation of our student-athletes,” the college added.
“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,” the statement continued.
It’s not exactly the “luck” of the Irish, but Notre Dame might actually be able to break the NCAA’s cashless curse in the coming years.
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