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Big 12 football Question of the Day: Should college players be compensated for their likeness being used on video games?

by Jenni Carlson Published: July 22, 2013

Each day at Big 12 Media Days we'll ask players for their opinions on some hot topics in and around college football.

Today's question: What do you think about your likeness being used on a video game? In light of the O'Bannon vs. NCAA — a court case focusing on the issue of whether college players should be paid for their likeness being used — do you think you should receive some sort of compensation for this?

* Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State linebacker: “If somebody used your likeness to make some money off you, would you want to be compensated for that? But it's out of my control. If they give us money, they do. If they don't, they don't. Somebody said it perfectly the other day. He said that coaches get these million dollar contracts and players get a $300 stipend for the month and you expect them to live comfortably with that. Don't get me wrong, the coaches deserve every penny of their contracts, but the players have to live. They're human beings. They're growing human beings. You ask them to live on $300 a month and eat four times a day. I don't know many people that can do that.”

* Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State wide receiver: “My opinion about the whole thing is, that would be cool to have (a payout) be legal. But at the same time, I just feel like college football needs to stay college football and let the NFL be the level to where you get those amounts of pay. Just because you're on the game, it doesn't show your name, things like that. They don't create our face to how it really looks. I just feel like how it is right now is perfect. I'm getting enough. I believe that it takes away from college football if you let athletes get paid. That's just my opinion. And I'm not a wealthy guy. I'm not wealthy at all. I'm good enough to get by. I want to feel like I earned that. I want to feel like I worked to get to that level. I don't feel like I've made it.”

* Sam Carter, TCU safety: “I'm just excited that I'm on the game. Playing high school ball, you dream of playing at the next level. We're excited that we're on the game. I don't really care about (getting compensation). It's no big deal to me.”

* Eric Ward, Texas Tech wide receiver: “I know what your question is. Let me answer that. I think we should get compensated for it. Why not? As college players, it's already hard living. They give you a stipend check, but stipend checks only go so far. The cost of living goes up every year. Especially with me, I have a son and he stays with me. I have dependents. As the cost of living goes up, I think the stipend should go up.”

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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