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NFLPA Exploring Partnership With National College Players Association

Among the many pieces we are awaiting solutions on in order to have NCAA video games return is determining how players will be licensed. It seems that question is one step closer to a solution today:

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and the National College Players Association (NCPA) are pleased to announce a collaborative effort to explore how college athletes from all sports can finally receive fair compensation for use of their name, image and likeness. Under REP Worldwide, the group licensing subsidiary of NFL Players, Inc., we will look to advance and market the group licensing rights of college athletes of all sports.

To date, college athletes’ group licensing and broadcast rights have been sold by schools, conferences and the NCAA. These organizations take all revenues and profit derived off the athletes’ work without even acknowledging that athletes deserve a fair share. Under this new partnership, the NFLPA and the NCPA will explore opportunities for merchandise, gaming and other officially licensed products. We will also review how recent developments impact television broadcast revenues in pursuit of fairness.

College athlete group licensing will be possible in 2023 thanks to the California Fair Pay to Play Act, which was co-sponsored by the NCPA. The law grants college athletes the ability to secure professional and legal representation, and to receive compensation for use of their name, image, and likeness starting in 2023.

EA’s CEO said the company would jump at the chance to develop NCAA Football games again, and with California’s legislation as well as the various other legislation proposed in states across the country, this is a necessary component of making NCAA games possible in the future.

As we’ve written about a great many times on OS, the key to getting NCAA video games back on our consoles is to negate the legal risk for companies. For EA to consider that done, that means a way to license college athletes entirely from A-Z on the teams they want. Half measures won’t negate any risks (in other words, licensing some players but not others) so today’s news is another piece of the puzzle towards getting a legal landscape in place to have an NCAA game be possible.

Unfortunately, we are still a few years away from anything coming to fruition. While EA had pretty advanced plans for a college football game on this generation of consoles, the next generation will be a likely home for NCAA. This takes a lot of development resources and time, and it’s unlikely EA is going to shadow develop a college football game unless they knew the money they were spending on the project wasn’t going to be a total waste.

Despite that, the momentum is heading in the right direction and it seems the odds of NCAA games returning will only continue to rise in the coming years.

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  1. This sounds nice. The NFLPA has the experience and expertise with regards to likenesses and what not. I hope all parties can come together on something that benefits the players, NCAA and the schools. It doesn't need to be an adversarial thing.
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    Well I hope EA starts/continues making the game now so it’s not horrible like the first versions on PS3.
    With the news this is coming, why not get the teams and conferences on board and use generic players? Or are they literally going to wait until 2023?
    esayem
    Well I hope EA starts/continues making the game now so it’s not horrible like the first versions on PS3.
    With the news this is coming, why not get the teams and conferences on board and use generic players? Or are they literally going to wait until 2023?

    I dont know that there is any news that it is coming. but the speculation it is, is almost unanimous and a foregone conclusion
    Caulfield
    if the NCPA is a nonprofit, how are they going to cut a deal to make its members money?

    Exactly - I think people want this so bad that they have blinders on to the real problems that this poses.
    ndfan1993
    Exactly - I think people want this so bad that they have blinders on to the real problems that this poses.
    I want a return of college football and basketball video games very badly too, I just need to see some evidence that it would be possible. right now, there are more questions than there were last week if its even possible. the first thing is, there is no one ''official'' association. apparently anyone can start one up and NCAA student-athletes dont even get to vote it in. So if this particular association signed a deal with EA, EA could still very much be at risk of lawsuits from among the literally hundreds of thousands of NCAA student-athletes that haven't joined this particular UCLA union. still, if we can put a man on the moon, EA can figure out how not to be sued. cant they?
    Caulfield
    I want a return of college football and basketball video games very badly too, I just need to see some evidence that it would be possible. right now, there are more questions than there were last week if its even possible. the first thing is, there is no one ''official'' association. apparently anyone can start one up and NCAA student-athletes dont even get to vote it in. So if this particular association signed a deal with EA, EA could still very much be at risk of lawsuits from among the literally hundreds of thousands of NCAA student-athletes that haven't joined this particular UCLA union. still, if we can put a man on the moon, EA can figure out how not to be sued. cant they?

    It's pretty easy for them to figure out how to not get sued. Either get the likeness of the players you are recreating or make them generic. They failed to do both of those things and that is why they got sued. EA is more than likely going to want to get the likenesses of players, so we'll see how they attack that. Considering they already had a plan in place to do that before the series was halted I would say they probably already have an idea about how they want to go forward with it once they are actually allowed to per NCAA rules.
    canes21
    It's pretty easy for them to figure out how to not get sued. Either get the likeness of the players you are recreating or make them generic. They failed to do both of those things and that is why they got sued. EA is more than likely going to want to get the likenesses of players, so we'll see how they attack that. Considering they already had a plan in place to do that before the series was halted I would say they probably already have an idea about how they want to go forward with it once they are actually allowed to per NCAA rules.

    They would HAVE to get the likenesses. We are the minority of gamers that EA is courting...hell even here look at the people that scream for backward capability because they sell the games and no longer own them. Most people that bought NCAA played it for a couple months and then traded it for Madden...so they only care about the rosters.
    EA will have to get the rights to likeness whether they want it or not. the problem will be in acquiring the rights to said likeness. they can cut a deal with this particular NCPA but it doesn't have the sole bargaining power to speak for NCAA student-athletes, like unions in the NFL, NBA, MLB or other non-sports related unions do for their members.
    I think you all are missing the fact that EA already wanted to get the likeness to the players before and had a plan setup to do so. The NC two A kept them from doing that, but it's not like EA would be going into this blind with no idea of how they want to approach getting the likenesses.
    They were 100% all in for getting the likenesses in the past. I'd assume they would be when the series returned also, plus they'd have Ultimate Team to bring in even more cash to help pay for the likenesses. If they already wanted to get the likenesses and thought it was worth getting in the past, it's probably still viable now with the idea that ultinate team will be proving them with a lot more money.
    ndfan1993
    They would HAVE to get the likenesses. We are the minority of gamers that EA is courting...hell even here look at the people that scream for backward capability because they sell the games and no longer own them. Most people that bought NCAA played it for a couple months and then traded it for Madden...so they only care about the rosters.

    Yea, that's not at all why people want the game to be backwards compatible. That doesn't even make sense.
    kehlis
    They want to play their copy of the game on the newer systems.

    What happened to the system(s) in which the game(s) was/were designed to be played on?
    Do people really keep games in which they no longer own systems for?
    ndfan1993
    What happened to the system(s) in which the game(s) was/were designed to be played on?
    Do people really keep games in which they no longer own systems for?

    People don't want to have multiple consoles out and have to flip flop to play different games.
    canes21
    People don't want to have multiple consoles out and have to flip flop to play different games.

    Yeah, when I get the new console, I'm trading in old consoles. I either want to be able play digitally purchased games on new consoles or be able to purchase previous gen console games on new consoles.
    ndfan1993
    What happened to the system(s) in which the game(s) was/were designed to be played on?
    Do people really keep games in which they no longer own systems for?

    Yes.
    I generally give my older systems to people who can't afford gaming systems but I have old games going back to the Atari.
    Right...which was my exact point I was making. The window for people this game is very limited, once Madden comes out most jump ship and you can find their copy at Game Stop. Real rosters are a must for those people because they will play a couple dozen games online and then trade it in for Madden. It is why EA couldn't just make generic rosters because the vast majority of those buying the game aren't on OS and just use it as a stepping stone to Madden.
    ndfan1993
    Right...which was my exact point I was making. The window for people this game is very limited, once Madden comes out most jump ship and you can find their copy at Game Stop. Real rosters are a must for those people because they will play a couple dozen games online and then trade it in for Madden. It is why EA couldn't just make generic rosters because the vast majority of those buying the game aren't on OS and just use it as a stepping stone to Madden.

    What are you even talking about at this point? Do you even know what backwards compatible means?
    kehlis
    What are you even talking about at this point? Do you even know what backwards compatible means?
    I think it means you're capable of sitting in multiple type seats. sofa, barstool, lazyboy, toilet, what have you. If you're asking. :y1:
    If the ps5 is capable of much greater data storage, (and I mean MUCH greater) if the NFLPA winds up affiliated with NCAA players, I wouldn't mind it at all if the college teams were on Madden. And you could play exhibition games like Bama vs. the Patriots.
    Caulfield
    If the ps5 is capable of much greater data storage, (and I mean MUCH greater) if the NFLPA winds up affiliated with NCAA players, I wouldn't mind it at all if the college teams were on Madden. And you could play exhibition games like Bama vs. the Patriots.

    An all in one game would be awesome but there is no way the NFL would sign off on that.

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