Report: EA Sports Used Tebow's Name in Video Game While QB Was in College
EA Sports has maintained it does not use the likeness of college athletes in its video games, but the company reportedly may have used Tim Tebow's in a 2010 version of its college football game that was released while Tebow was still playing for Florida.
As CBS Sports notes, "former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon is spearheading a lawsuit against the NCAA, EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company, alleging that the companies have profited immensely by using the likenesses of amateur athletes," and EA Sports's stance may be "infinitely more difficult to support" given the recent revelations.
The play in the video game was called "Shotgun Twin QB Tebow," and the version of the game was reportedly " released in the summer 2009, which was also Tebow's final year in Gainesville." An SBNation reader found the play.
Since anything involving Tebow gets maximum buzz and attention, these revelations, as CBS Sports notes, "should ensure a more-than-healthy amount of coverage for the case" that may forever change how NCAA athletes are compensated.