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Arch Manning announces he will be in EA Sports College Football 25 video game

ns_headshot_2024-clearby:Nick Schultz07/09/24

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Arch Manning is in the game, after all. The Texas sophomore quarterback announced his name, image and likeness will be in EA Sports College Football 25 after previously deciding not to opt in.

Manning – one of the biggest names in college football – previously chose not to participate in the video game, which saw more than 14,000 players opt in. It was one of the most notable decisions as the game, at long last, gets ready to drop next week.

Now, it will also include Manning, who made the announcement along with his uncle Eli. At the end of the video, Arch Manning announced he was in.

Manning is gearing up for his sophomore season at Texas after appearing in two games last year. He sat behind Quinn Ewers and Maalik Murphy on the depth chart, making his college debut late in the year during a blowout victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock.

But with Murphy now at Duke and Ewers back for another year, Manning will serve as the primary backup this season and despite calls to do so, did not enter the transfer portal. When it came to opting in to the video game, though, Manning wanted to be “the guy” before doing so, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported.

It appears he’s ready to be in the game. For EA Sports, it’s a huge win getting one of the most notable names in the sport. The company is paying Manning between $50-$60,000 to promote the game, in addition to the $600 and copy of it he receives as part of the NIL deal facilitated by OneTeam, On3’s Pete Nakos reported.

Manning has an On3 NIL Valuation of $2.8 million, which ranks No. 3 in the On3 NIL 100 – the first of its kind and defacto NIL ranking of the top 100 high school and college athletes ranked by their On3 NIL Valuation. By opting in to EA Sports College Football, he’s taking another step into the NIL space after previously announcing a deal with Panini America.

How players could opt in to EA Sports College Football 25

Now that players can be in the game thanks to NIL, fans will see some of the most notable names in the sport on their screens. In fact, EA Sports surpassed its goal of 11,000 opt-ins in what’s believed to be one of the largest NIL deals ever executed.

Just 10 days after the launch of the opt-in program, EA announced more than 10,000 athletes opted into the game. OneTeam told On3 EA is now north of 14,000 opt-ins ahead of the July release.

OneTeam and CLC worked hand-in-hand to facilitate the NIL deals. Athletes receive $600 plus a copy of the game for their participation.

Pete Nakos contributed.

Footnote: EA Sports paid Texas QB Arch Manning between $50-60K to promote College Football 25, a source tells On3’s Pete Nakos. The former No. 1 overall recruit in the 2023 class will also receive $600 and a copy of the game for opting in.