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ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit, who was also the man telling you to punt more frequently in the final editions of EA Sports' NCAA Football series, discussed the end of the game with the AJC's SEC Country:

"Every single college football player," he said. "You know what they'd love for their compensation to be? Just give ‘em a free game. That's the compensation that they would take.

"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."

The series ended amid lawsuits over likeness rights. EA quite clearly had been putting actual people in its commercial products without paying them, meaning it had stuck itself between NCAA laws and actual laws. The company's been vague about its future plans for the series, last week denying a cryptic Facebook video was meant to hint at its return.

A $60 copy of a video game would be quite a bit less than what players stand to receive from the $60 million in court settlements, which sounds something like $1,000 per player per year. But a $60 video game that stars you is worth a lot more to you than $60, it's fair to say.

Hey, let's poll players on this.

Herbstreit also had some disgruntled things to say about Ed O'Bannon, a former amateur athlete whose likeness helped a large corporation make money and the man whose lawsuit started all this.

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