For many college sports fans, the NCAA’s new committee studying the issue of athlete name, image and likeness boils down to one question:

When is EA Sports’ NCAA Football coming back?

EA Sports, the video-game maker, declined this week to address the possibility of its game returning. But the product was popular, ranking behind the FIFA soccer game and the NFL Madden game among EA Sports’ titles, according to Michael Pachter, who tracks the entertainment industry as Wedbush Securities’ managing director for equity research.

(Photo: EA Sports)

Among myriad, complex issues the new panel may face, the issue of whether to let athletes be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses in video games actually might be pretty straightforward. It’s market-based, it’s been done in

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