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In an interesting Friday storyline, news broke about EA Sports’ approach to paying different programs to be included in the upcoming EA Sports College Football 25 video game.

The company used a tier system that placed programs into earnings brackets based on their time spent in the AP Top 25 over the previous ten seasons.


Teams included in the top tier were compensated $99,875.16 for their inclusion, $59,925.09 for tier two, $39950.06 for tier three, and $9,987.52 for tier four programs.

Two teams from the Big 12 Conference were listed in the tier one category, with Oklahoma State and Utah two of 13 top-ranked programs. Nine of the league’s 16 teams earned tier-two honors, including Cincinnati, TCU, Baylor, UCF, Kansas State, Arizona, West Virginia, Houston, and BYU. Tier three included three programs from the conference: Kansas, Colorado, and Iowa State, while tier four included just the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The game will be released on July 19, but purchasing the Deluxe Edition will grant fans access to the game three days earlier, on July 16.

You can preorder the game now at EA’s website, the Microsoft Store, or the PlayStation Store.

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