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    by Published on 07-11-2023 09:52 PM
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    On the July 13 edition of The Solid Verbal Podcast, host Ty Hildenbrandt interviewed Matt Brown (of Extra Points with Matt Brown). The lead-off topic for the interview centered on the latest news & info surrounding the development of EA SPORTS College Football, as gathered by Brown.

    Brown has been at the forefront of covering development of the title, led by his efforts in utilizing FOIA requests from universities and also through contacts around college football and at EA. (You can follow Brown's coverage of the sport and game at extrapointsmb.com.)

    Among the game aspects covered by Hildenbrandt and Brown: Should fans be worried about a delay, when NIL offers may go out to players, potential player payment range, the Brandr lawsuit, when gameplay and development news may arrive, Dynasty Mode being the focus for the title, a recruiting mode revamp including earlier commits in recruiting, their process in gathering feedback from college football experts, the focus on realism, and more.

    Continue on to watch the interview with Brown at The Solid Verbal. ...
    by Published on 06-28-2023 11:33 PM
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    The second Tuesday of July was the traditional release date for EA SPORTS NCAA Football, with the final version - NCAA Football 14 - being released nearly ten years ago on July 9, 2013.

    To date, game details surrounding its successor EA SPORTS College Football have been kept under wraps, with EA only confirming Dynasty Mode and Road to Glory as features while also including the College Football Playoff, the Frostbite Engine, and the ability for actual players to appear in the game.

    Before game information is announced ahead of next summer's anticipated release date, we want to know what you think will be in the game.

    Who do you think will be the cover athlete? What features will (or will not) be the in the game? When will the first trailer be released? Any and all predictions are welcome! Post them here or on one of our appropriate social media channel posts.

    Numerous poll options will be posted on our Twitter account linked here. Responses and poll results will be highlighted in a future edition of The Gaming Tailgate Podcast. ...
    by Published on 06-28-2023 12:40 PM   
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    Following The Brandr Group's (TBG) lawsuit accusing Electronic Arts of attempting to circumvent their group licensing contracts, TBG sought and was denied a temporary restraining order against the developer to prevent any additional offers to schools or athletes for appearing in EA SPORTS College Football.

    After failing to win the bid to help acquire player rights for the title (EA ultimately signed a deal with OneTeam Partners), TBG filed a lawsuit claiming that EA is attempting to circumvent their group licensing contracts. Days later, TBG filed a request for the temporary restraining order.

    In spite of the lawsuit, EA SPORTS told The Athletic that the game is still on track for a summer 2024 release and that they had not yet made any monetary offers to players for their likeness to be included in EA SPORTS College Football. ...
    by Published on 06-07-2023 03:29 PM
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    Andy Wittry & On3 spoke with nine FBS players at the INFLCR NIL Summit held in Nashville last week and asked their thoughts on what fair compensation would be for players to appear in EA SPORTS College Football. In the article, the majority of players seemed to be pleased with the hypothetical $500 amount, however the premise of the article ('potential holdouts') was framed on select quotes from a few players.

    Based on quotes from Oklahoma quarterback General Booty, it did not appear he or his teammates were familiar with the $500 amount being bandied about: "Weve actually been talking about that in the locker room. So, weve all talked about it because we want the game to come out, obviously. But we were saying if they come out and try to lowball and say we want to give everyone $200. Well, guys maybe like, like you mentioned Caleb Williams, may say no and then hes not in the game. Then all the USC fans who wants to buy the game and not play with him, you know?" It is expected that top players may be compensated more, perhaps in return for helping to market the title.

    Similar quotes from Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels came in response to a reporter asking if such holdouts were possible. The sub-headline screamed about potential 'mass holdouts' while his quote dealt solely with the "highest college football players that are in the nation right now."


    One day after Wittry's On3 article was posted, the College Football Players Association released a statement that 'every past, present, and future college football player should boycott the deal.' CFBPA vice-president Justin Falcinelli claimed that a current NFL player told him that they had received $28,000 for appearing in Madden NFL 23. Extra Points with Matt Brown's Matt Brown shared on Twitter he has heard from three sources that NFL players make no where near that amount for appearing in Madden, rather that number is for *all* NFL group license payouts.

    It is unknown what percentage of FBS players are members of the CFBPA. A very unscientific approach, but the official Twitter account for the group has only 359 followers as of writing this news story. It seems possible that the Association's request for a boycott of EA SPORTS College Football could be primarily to increase awareness and membership of the group.

    Could outside entities such as the framing of the article as well as the CFBPA calling for a boycott be making it an uphill battle for EA SPORTS to acquire player rights? ...
    by Published on 06-07-2023 02:28 PM
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    Buffalo's Josh Allen will be the cover athlete for Madden NFL 24, available August 15, 2023 for pre-orders or August 18 for everyone.

    As part of the cover announcement, EA SPORTS released a reveal trailer for the title as well as feature overviews. Some of the noteworthy features coming to the title include cross-play, mini-games (in Franchise & from the main menu), FieldSENSE improvements, SAPIEN technology for improved models and animations, and more.

    Continue on to see the Madden NFL 24 reveal trailer and an overview of the features coming to the game. ...
    by Published on 05-21-2023 11:08 PM
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    Last week's news that EA SPORTS College Football will include FBS players who opt-in led to many outlets across the country weighing in on the title. Many podcasts & radio program hosts talked about their excitement for the 2024 game as well as memories of the franchise before cancellation.

    Continue on to listen to podcast/radio segments from around the country with their takes on the news that FBS players can opt-in to EA SPORTS College Football. ...
    by Published on 05-18-2023 05:45 AM
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    On the May 18, 2023 edition of The Andy Staples Show, co-host Ari Wasserman (national college football reporter for The Athletic) shared that he had been contacted by EA SPORTS to view Dynasty Mode and the recruiting aspect of EA SPORTS College Football to share his thoughts and opinions.

    While under a strict NDA, Wasserman was unable to share any game details or specifics. However, he did seem very optimistic and pleased with what he had seen.

    "I don't know if either of you had the opportunity to do this, but EA SPORTS contacted me during the development of this game and I'm not allowed to give any details because I had to sign an NDA. They took me through the recruiting interface and were using my coverage and resources of [inaudible]. ... They were asking like 'how often do you see this happen?' or 'how should we do this? or that?' And I will tell you because I've seen some of the back of the interfaces of what they're working on and stuff. It is going to be awesome. And they are doing it in a way where you're just not going to get a Madden engine with the college uniforms. They are really trying and I think the reason why they delayed it a year was so that they wanted to make sure that when that game finally made its return that it wasn't just some crappy knock-off of Madden and that it was its own thing and like the Dynasty mode and recruiting and rankings and territories and all the things that we talk about on this show is going to be represented to some extent in the video game. ...

    "I don't know if that's [NIL collectives, player/portal tampering, et al.] going to be represented yet, but I do feel like as the years go on, it's going to be a priority for EA SPORTS to make sure that whatever's going on in the recruiting dynasty interface to actually mirror what we're talking about because people want a college football or the creators of the game want a college football fanatic like the people who listen to the show and the people who have dedicated their lives professionally to covering it to feel connected to the actual sport. ... "It's like really, really, really cool."
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    by Published on 05-17-2023 02:45 AM
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    The reason for the cancellation of the EA SPORTS NCAA Football franchise and the last remaining hurdle for the launch of EA SPORTS College Football has been cleared. ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein broke the story this morning: 'An EA Sports representative confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that it has contracted with OneTeam Partners to "facilitate collegiate athletes' names and likenesses" into the game, solving one of the major questions about college football's return to the video game space.'

    Early reports state that each player who opts-in would receive around $500 with the goal being to acquire the license for every scholarship FBS player, per Matt Brown. Brown also notes that players at the service academies cannot enter into NIL agreements, though those programs are looking into the issue.

    Continue on for more on player NIL coming to the game as well as our follow-up aspects and questions with this latest news. ...
    by Published on 03-21-2023 01:15 PM
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    The latest trailer and developer deep dive blog for EA SPORTS PGA TOUR focuses on Career Mode. Here are some of the highlights:

    Par for the course (pun intended), users will start off the mode creating their golfer, including their appearance, swing, bag design, apparel (including multi-round outfits), and more. The users journey will now being with a selectable starting point: 'as an amateur in one of the top amateur events, on the Korn Ferry Tour, or the PGA TOUR.'

    The Season Hub will allow users to see the full calendar of events, track career progress and other milestones.

    Career Progression is RPG style, allowing users to earn XP and Skill Points as they upgrade their golfer in five key areas: power, driving, approach, short game, and putting. New shot types can be unlocked as skills are progressed past certain levels. These shot types can also be progressed from bronze to silver and then gold to allow user mastery of each type.

    Club and Ball Spec Systems: Each club can be customized for power, accuracy, control, and recovery. Users can also save up to five different bag configurations.

    Career Gameplay discussion focused on user options, including AI difficulty and pairings. as well as season settings. The AI will use official ShotLink data in an effort to make each golfer play like their real-life counterpart.

    Check out the EA SPORTS PGA TOUR Career Mode Deep Dive here or continue on to see the trailer and read the blog. ...
    by Published on 03-20-2023 12:28 PM
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    EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will feature 20 selectable shot types that will help the user as they develop a strategy to attack the hole and the situation facing them. The user will select their shot type before choosing a club and ultimately their swing.

    The Gaming Tailgate has put together a printable guide to help users to learn each shot type and enable them to make the proper selection out on the course. This two-page PDF, best printed 'double-sided,' is a handy resource to learn each shot type and the best situation for each one.

    Continue on to view/download the PDF. ...

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