• Notre Dame will not join EA SPORTS College Football Until NIL Rules Established

    When EA SPORTS announced that EA SPORTS College Football was in development on February 2, they stated that over 100 schools were on-board at that time. However, today one of the remaining holdouts, Notre Dame, has announced they will not participate in the game until players can be rewarded for name/image/likeness (NIL) usage.

    While the initial news that a traditional power in college football with not be included in the title is discouraging, keep in mind that the game is years away from release and NIL rules/legislation could be established in the meantime. Such a proper agreement for player NIL usage would likely see the Irish return to the title.

    However, we do not expect Notre Dame to be the only school taking this stance and this may lead to more of the holdouts making their stance publicly known sooner than later.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Notre Dame will not join EA SPORTS College Football Until NLI Rules Established started by cdj View original post
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    1. cdj's Avatar
      cdj -
      Here is an article from ND Insider with more on Notre Dame's stance and how they have been pushing the NCAA for proper NIL rules for six years: https://www.ndinsider.com/football/t...43d3de5a7.html
    1. razorback44's Avatar
      razorback44 -
      They seem to forget that some of us have played the game before as State College, Provo and Tallahassee. Personally, I look forward to playing the new game as Indiana Catholic. Should be a fun time.
    1. CLW's Avatar
      CLW -
      Quote Originally Posted by razorback44 View Post
      They seem to forget that some of us have played the game before as State College, Provo and Tallahassee. Personally, I look forward to playing the new game as Indiana Catholic. Should be a fun time.
      It was South Bend if memory serves
    1. razorback44's Avatar
      razorback44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CLW View Post
      It was South Bend if memory serves
      You’re right on that. I completely forgot they also weren’t in the Bill Walsh version by name. So it’ll be a nice retro throwback to leave them out again.

    1. cdj's Avatar
      cdj -
      As of 3/2/2021, here is the latest count on which teams are in, out, or undecided:

      TGT Team Tracker (As of 3/10/2021)

      • IN (37) - Air Force, Ball State, Boise State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Charlotte, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Illinois, Kansas State, Liberty, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, Pitt, San Jose State, Toledo, Troy, UAB, UConn, UNLV, USF, Utah, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan
      • OUT (6) - Fresno State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, TCU, Tulane, Wisconsin
      • UNDECIDED (12) - Appalachian State, BYU, Duke, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, Rice, Texas A&M, USC, Washington State
      • STATUS UNKNOWN (75 FBS programs)


      * - Credit on team tracking goes to The Athletic, Matt Brown, Nathan Bond (USF)
    1. cdj's Avatar
      cdj -
      Fresno State announces they will stay on the sidelines until NIL rules & regulations are put in place.

    1. cdj's Avatar
      cdj -
      Georgia in the undecided list:

      TCU seemingly in the 'out until NIL rules' category:

      * Though, the 'undecided' list is basically a non-committing way of schools to say they are out.


      In the latest TGT Podcast, JB & I speculated that Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State would likely not join College Football until NIL in place since they never appeared as a playable/selectable college in Madden the last few years. It seems to be a safe assumption EA would have tried to get all of them in at some point.
    1. cdj's Avatar
      cdj -
      TGT Team Tracker (As of 3/10/2021)

      • IN (37) - Air Force, Ball State, Boise State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Charlotte, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Illinois, Kansas State, Liberty, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, Pitt, San Jose State, Toledo, Troy, UAB, UConn, UNLV, USF, Utah, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan
      • OUT (6) - Fresno State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, TCU, Tulane, Wisconsin
      • UNDECIDED (12) - Appalachian State, BYU, Duke, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, Rice, Texas A&M, USC, Washington State
      • STATUS UNKNOWN - 75 FBS schools.




      The Athletic has put together a team tracker by conference and it's really interesting that NONE of the SEC schools have responded either way. Kentucky, Missouri Texas A&M put out a statement saying they are undecided or just no answer either way, but no one from the conference is officially or publicly 'in' or 'out' right now. The teams in that conference really do stick together like no other in college football.

      Michigan has moved from the 'undecided' category to 'in.'

      The publicly known 'out' and 'undecided' total 18 schools currently. If EA had 100+ schools tentatively locked in as of February 2, that would mean <30 schools were 'out'/'undecided' on that date. Unless there were a wave of defections, it *might* be safe to assume all but 10 or so of the unknowns are actually 'in.'

      The next big question I've yet to see outlets pursue is: What conferences have signed on? (EA will need to get permission for use of the Big Ten, SEC, et al. branding.) That question could also apply to stadiums and bowls, but I would argue the conferences are *almost* as important as schools. Stadiums and bowls not as much IMHO. EA could probably get away with generics for those in year one, if need be.