Leave it to Notre Dame to take on video game developers.
This month, EA Sports announced it is relaunching its college football series under a new name, EA Sports College Football. However, University Vice President Jack Swarbrick and Director of Athletics James E. Rohr say that Notre Dame football will not be a part of the game until the players can directly benefit.
“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.
“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.”
Due to image and likeness issues, the popular series had to pause after the release of NCAA ’14, the game which featured Michigan QB Denard Robinson on the cover. Though the halt sucked and ruined many Xbox Live friendships, video game users have found ways to update the game’s rosters online. Can’t outsmart the video gamers, can you?
Good for Notre Dame, but as long this game returns, we all win.