AM I ETHICAL?
A major company produces and sells a video game that depicts a college football contest. The game does not name any specific players, but it includes animated characters that have the same on-field performance statistics as well-known players. It also depicts these players wearing uniforms with the color combinations of their college team. This company earns significant profits from this game, but it does not share these profits with the players.
All the depicted players receive college scholarships, and many of them play for teams at large state universities. According to rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, college players jeopardize their athletic eligibility if they receive outside compensation while still in school.
Is the video game company's conduct ethical?
- No, because many student–athletes face substantial financial struggles while attending school
- No, because the video game company cheats players by depicting their style of athletic performance without compensating them
- Yes, because these athletes would have become ineligible to participate in college athletics if they had received compensation
- Yes, because the players are not identified by name, and the color combinations on football uniforms are not distinctive or unique
The SOLUTION is revealed at the end of the chapter.