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Notre Dame opts out of EA Sports' college football video game

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Notre Dame will not be a participant in the new EA Sports college football video game, university vice president Jack Swarbrick and athletic director James E. Rohr said in a joint statement Monday. Swarbrick said the school will not be in the game until rules are determined for how student-athletes can benefit from their images and likenesses. "Notre Dame Athletics welcomes the return of EA Sports College Football, a video game series that has historically helped promote interest in college football. Notre Dame will not, however, participate in the game until such time as rules have been finalized governing the participation of our student-athletes," the statement read.

Florida governor signs college athlete NIL compensation bill

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Florida has cleared the way for college athletes in the state to earn money from endorsement deals as soon as next summer. That comes even as some in college sports want to slow things down due to concerns about how athlete compensation will actually work. A bill that would allow college athletes in Florida to be paid for the use of their name, images and likenesses was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

AP survey: ADs concerned NIL will skew competitive balance

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on College athletes will someday soon be permitted to be paid sponsors, social media influencers and product endorsers. Change is imminent, but not everyone in college sports believes it is for the better as athletes get closer to earning money from third parties for use of their name, image or likeness (NIL). In an Associated Press survey of Division I athletic directors, nearly 73% said allowing athletes to be compensated for NIL use will decrease the number of schools that have a chance to be competitive in college sports.

Notre Dame and Michigan aim to resume rivalry after a break

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Notre Dame offensive linemen Robert Hainsey (72) and Liam Eichenberg (74) celebrate after defeating Southern California in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Notre Dame and Michigan will meet under the lights shining on their cool helmets and storied programs. The Fighting Irish and Wolverines have been playing football against each other since 1887 and yet they will meet for just the 45th time. They haven't played more because breaks have been sprinkled throughout the history of the series. And, another one is coming up.

COVID, legislation, lawsuits signal change in college sports

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on The coronavirus was only one factor in a chain of events that consumed college sports in 2020, and is poised to do more of the same in 2021 and beyond. The virus, combined with the harsh spotlight that shined on racial inequality in the United States, further exposed the exploitative side of a system that relies heavily on Black football and basketball players to bring in the bucks. Against that backdrop, dueling tranches of legislation and litigation landed in the highest reaches of Washington -- in Congress and the Supreme Court -- fueling a growing sense that the status quo is about to be upended.