Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden removed from ‘Madden NFL 22′ game
EA Sports announced Wednesday that it is removing Jon Gruden’s likeness from its “Madden NFL 22″ video game after reports that the former Las Vegas Raiders coach used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in emails. “Due to the circumstances of Jon Gruden’s resignation, we are taking steps to remove him from Madden NFL 22. Gruden’s email stated that “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin (sic) tires,” according to the newspaper, which reviewed the email. >> Jon Gruden resigns from Raiders after email controversyThe emails were written between 2011 and 2018, The Wall Street Journal and Times reported. “While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization.wftv.com
More than a glitch: Jon Gruden dropped by Madden video game
Raiders Gruden Football FILE - Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden attends a news conference after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Las Vegas, in this Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, file photo. Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. Gruden released a statement Monday night, Oct. 11, 2021, that he is stepping down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) (Rick Scuteri)Jon Gruden is being dropped from the Madden NFL 22 video game after he resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders because it was reported that he used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in emails. Gruden stepped down Monday night during the fourth season of a 10-year, $10 million deal with the Raiders.wftv.com
Group licensing: A new way for college athletes to cash in
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome)With college athletes able to profit from their fame for the first time, North Carolina opened a new path Tuesday for its players to cash in: group licensing for official Tar Heels merchandise. North Caorlina is believed to be the first school in the nation to launch a group licensing program for current athletes. Under the partnership with The Brandr Group, athletes will receive a cut of net revenue for merchandising opportunities pursued by TBG with products that include the school's official trademarks and logos. Participating in the voluntary program won't restrict individual endorsement deals now that college athletes across the country are clear to profit from use of their name, image and likeness as of July 1. He predicted most schools would create group licensing programs for current athletes.wftv.com
By opting out of video game, ND calls attention to NIL issue
The NCAA was sued by former college athletes for inappropriately using their images and likenesses in the video games and lost. Since Notre Dame went public with its choice, Northwestern did the same in response to a question from the Chicago Sun-Times. AdTulane AD Troy Dannen acknowledged that Notre Dame paved the way for its announcement. “It's not like the entire country gasps that they cannot be Tulane in the video game,” Dannen said. That means under the current proposal, the video game could not depict specific players playing for their teams.
EA plans to bring back college football to video games
Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson catches a touchdown pass in front of Alabama defensive back Brian Branch during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ORLANDO, Fla. – EA Sports is bringing college football back to home video game consoles. Athletes may use their image to continue participating in nonathletically related promotional activities if they were initiated before college enrollment. Multiple bills have been introduced in Congress that address college athletes and NIL rights, along with the NCAA’s ability to oversee the issue. The EA campus has worked on several previous sports titles, including the Madden series and the last entry in EA’s previous college football franchise, NCAA Football 2014. The new franchise will not carry the NCAA name, instead, its going with the new name EA Sports College Football.
Video game maker EA Sports announces return of NCAA Football
There is no timetable in place for the next release of a college football game, the company said. “We’ve heard from the millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games,” EA Sports executive vice president and general manage Cam Weber said in a statement. “We love the energy, tradition and pageantry of college football and I am beyond thrilled to say we are back in development." The NCAA Football video game did not identify players by name, but the game simulated teams and players as they played in real life. The video game was part of a broad legal challenge and a judge ruled the NCAA had been inappropriately using the names, images and likenesses of college athletes.
EA Sports in the game with Premier League and La Liga
Sevilla and Betis players warm up before the start of their Spanish La Liga soccer match in Seville, Spain, Thursday, June 11, 2020. The Premier League and the Italian league should be next in the coming weeks. Electronic Arts will supply crowd noise for Spains La Liga and Englands Premier League which the company has gathered over the years for its FIFA Soccer franchise. The important thing is hopefully it enhances the experience for someone watching a game, said EA audio artist Paul Boechler. The one thing the Premier League will not use is virtual crowds.
Spanish league not ruling out fans in stadiums this season
Spanish league clubs are now allowed to train with groups of up to 14 players as the league stays on track to restart in less than three weeks. (AP Photo/Paul White)MADRID The Spanish league is not ruling out the return of fans to stadiums this season. Until recently, Tebas and the government were not considering having fans back in any of the stadiums until next season. Tebas also confirmed that fans will have the option to watch matches with virtual crowds including supporters' chants when it restarts this week. Tebas said the league had been testing virtual crowds along with video game company EA Sports, which will provide the audio that it uses in its FIFA titles.
Orlando City Council approves plans to relocate EA Sports downtown
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando City Council approved an agreement Monday afternoon to move the EA Sports facility from its Maitland headquarters to Orlando's Creative Village area downtown. EA Sports plans to relocate 700 jobs to downtown, bringing its job count to 1,000 employees by 2025. The $62 million facility downtown will be a 180,000-square-foot building five stories high. Several UCF and Valencia College students attended Monday's City Council meeting in support of the new move. Dyer added that the city is offering a tax incentive for money EA Sports would generate downtown.