I wanna buy the new NCAA game but I also don't wanna be poor till September... My likeness is on the game why do I have to pay for it?
— LV The Demigod ™ (@SamoanTaika96) July 8, 2013
Today marks the release of EA Sports' "NCAA Football 2014," an important signpost on the road to the start of the actual football season. Missouri defensive lineman Lucas Vincent, like scores of other college students, is interested in a copy of the game and posed a very fair question: Should he maybe get a free copy since he's, you know, in the game?
After all, a player with Vincent's jersey number, height, weight and face - thank you, Jason Kirk and SBNation for the screen grab - is in this year's edition. The idea that the players in these games aren't representing actual student-athletes is ridiculous (what a coincidence that Ohio State and Northern Illinois' quarterbacks are really good in real life and in the game!), but the NCAA and EA Sports have a pretty great agreement where they make all the money and the players have to shell out 60 bucks to play as themselves.
If Vincent is interested in a free copy, he could add his name to the pending Ed O'Bannon lawsuit over using athletes' likenesses in college games without compensation. This week the NCAA promised they would not punish any active student-athlete that joined the ex-players in suing the NCAA and EA Sports.
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