Notre Dame Shuns EA's College Football Comeback Until Players Get Paid

It took about three weeks for Electronic Art's much-hyped return to "college football" to run straight into the minefield of legal and ethical issues surrounding the game. On Monday, the University of Notre Dame announced it would not participate in the game until rules are in place to allow Notre Dame players to be compensated for the rights to their names, images, and likenesses (NILs). That would be a major loss for any college football game: whatever you think about Notre Dame and its pretensions within college football, the Fighting Irish are undeniably one of the sport's icons. You could make a game without them, but sports games live and die by their perceived authenticity. Notre Dame's absence would leave a huge gap.

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