University of Alabama running back Mark Ingram will be featured on the cover of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 12 after beating out the competition that consisted of Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, University of Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray and University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker.
Mark Ingram won this dubious “honor” via fan vote disclosed on ESPN2’s First Take. Mr. Ingram responded to the unveiling by stating: “This is definitely at the top of my list just the fact that the fans voted it. They wanted to see me on the cover, so that’s a tremendous honor. I’m really excited about being on the cover and representing EA Sports.”
Apparently, Mr. Ingram is unaware of the fact that he will not be compensated by either EA Sports or the NCAA for using his image – even though both entities will make millions of dollars in profits from the sale of the video game.
Apparently, Mr. Ingram is unaware of the fact that former NCAA college athletes Ed O’Bannon and Sam Keller have filed federal lawsuits against both the NCAA and EA Sports for engaging in such practices.
Apparently, Mr. Ingram should have spent some more time in a University of Alabama classrroom, or at least logging on to either Professor Dan Fitzgerald’s blog – Connecticut Sports Law or this blog – Romano on Sports – in an effort to learn some of these facts.
Apparently, Mr. Ingram spent absolutely no time in a finance course.
P.S. Thank you Mr. Ingram for letting me use your image in this blog post – free of charge.