I suppose there are two ways to take this ($$)…
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Monday the school won’t participate in EA Sports’ revived college football video game until “rules have been finalized governing the participation of our student-athletes.”
“As those rules are developed, it is our strong desire that student-athletes be allowed to benefit directly from allowing their name, image and performance history to be used in the game,” Swarbrick said in a statement. He said Notre Dame welcomes the return of the game, pending these changes.
… either that Notre Dame supports college athletes’ NIL compensation rights or that it’s simply cheap talk in the hope that no path to compensation rights ever becomes a reality, but I’m gonna hope it’s the former.
Either way, it strikes me as an indication of the game’s popularity and schools’ desire not to piss off its fans needlessly.