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EA Sports reveals disrespectful offer to athletes who want to appear in College Football 25 video game

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We still don’t have an official release date for the College Football 25 video game, set to come out at some point before the 2024 NCAA season kicks off. Yet, we are learning more about one of the most anticipated video game releases in recent memory.

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Big features relating to the actual gameplay have yet to be revealed, but more information is coming between now and May’s in-depth unveiling by EA Sports, including how much athletes are being paid for their in-game appearances.

College Football 25 offers athletes $600 to use NIL

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According to Jason Wilson of the Sports Business Journal, EA Sports has started sending out offers to over 11,000 student athletes, or every scholarship player from all 134 FBS programs, for the rights to use their NIL in the College Football 25 video game.

The offer? College football athletes are reportedly being paid $600 per player for EA Sports to secure the rights to portray each individual athlete in the video game. This would give gamers the ability to play with the likes of Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders and anyone else who agrees to receive payment in exchange for their likeness to be used by EA Sports for the purpose of College Football 25.

Yet, a year ago, when this proposal was raised, the College Football Players Association urged its players to reject the then-$500 offers. This offer is slightly different, with $100 more per player being offered, but that’s a very small difference.

Athletes who agree to allow their rights to be used will also receive a free copy of College Football 25. While $600 may not seem like much, what’s the alternative? Not appearing in the game at all?

While we agree that players should be offered much more, especially considering how much money EA Sports profits from using their likenesses, barring massive changes, it’s hard to see this one get fixed before the release of their latest college football game.

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