The Notre Dame football program will not be a part of the EA Sports NCAA Football video game relaunch.
Notre Dame says it will not participate unless there is a way for Fighting Irish student-athletes to be compensated for their likeness in the game.
The game was initially discontinued in 2014 due to issues regarding the use of NCAA players’ likenesses, but now EA Sports is moving forward with a relaunch.
The surprise announcement was made on social media on Tuesday, February 2.
The message was simple.
“For those who never stopped believing … College Football is coming back #EASPORTSCollegeFootball,” the company wrote.
— EA SPORTS (@EASPORTS) February 2, 2021
No further details were given at this time.
The announcement comes after a ruling back in October 2019 where the NCAA board of governors voted to allow athletes to profit off of their name and likeness. Those new rules are set to be implemented in early 2021.
We don’t know exactly when the game will be released, but we can’t wait and we know it will be one of the most highly-anticipated EA Sports releases in years.