Kirk Herbstreit misses EA Sports 'NCAA Football' like the rest of us, blames Ed O'Bannon
He may be a former Ohio State quarterback, but Herbie can play EA Sports NCAA Football with us anytime.
The popular ESPN College GameDay analyst railed against Ed O’Bannon, who filed the lawsuit that essentially halted the production of the popular college football video game, during a phone interview back in November.
Kirk Herbstreit was the Buckeyes quarterback back when the game was first released, and has admitted to spending countless hours playing the game with friends and teammates. He later became the “voice” of the video game series, sharing a virtual broadcast booth with Brad Nessler and Lee Corso to provide in-game analysis for so many video game players during the game’s height of popularity.
So his distaste for former O’Bannon, who sued due to a lack of compensation for the player likeness of college athletes on video games, should probably be expected.
The quotes have come to light after discussion about the video game, which was last released in July 2013, resurfaced following a Facebook post EA Sports made on the day of the national title game last week.
“Ed O’Bannon ruined that for all of us,” Hebstreit says. “And hopefully we can get that fixed.”
When the news broke, Herbie was as down about the decision to halt the making of the game as any of us:
“I was probably as devastated or more devastated than anybody in the country,” he says. “I’ll do anything I can do to help be a part, to lead a cause, bring that game back.”
Herbstreit contends that the overwhelming majority of college football players actually loved the game, and were sad to see it go:
“I’ve never met one player in college football that’s like: ‘They can’t use my name and likeness! I need to be paid!’ They’re just thrilled to be on the game. They love being on the game. It’s like the biggest highlight of their life, is to be on the game.”
He suggests that perhaps a free copy of the game would be fair enough compensation for the use of their likeness in the game.
If Herbstreit would really be willing to lead the cause for the return of the game, he may have enough clout to actually gain traction for revitalization.