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FIFA 13 Faces Licensing Dilemma with Rangers FC

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

What to do?

Many that follow football — or soccer — have more than likely heard about the troubles faced by Scottish Glasgow-based team Rangers FC. Despite being one half of the overwhelmingly dominant 'old firm', along with Celtic FC, Rangers got itself into trouble with the tax-man and lots of other people who were owed money. The club ultimately got liquidated — essentially ceasing to exist — before new owners started a new company in the Rangers name. Why are we telling you this? Well, it poses an interesting challenge for the people responsible for EA Sport's FIFA 13, due on Wii U, Wii and 3DS this year.

Due to the shenanigans at the club, Rangers was banished not only from Scotland's top league, the SPL, but has also been sent down to the lowest professional level in the country, which is the Third Division and the fourth tier overall. As mentioned earlier, Rangers was one of two dominant brands in Scottish football, so advertisers and TV deals may disappear due to lost revenue and 'old firm' matches. For context, imagine the NBA if LA Lakers or another big name went bust and got kicked out. There are hundreds of thousands of Rangers fans in Scotland, and elsewhere, that want to play as their favourites in the next FIFA game, so what does EA do?

Nintendo Gamer has received the following comment from EA, confirming that the SPL competition will be included as normal, but the appearance of Rangers is still a doubt.

We have a licensing agreement with the Scottish Premier League. We have discussed the league structure with them and we will take their direction regarding the 12th club. FIFA 13 will be in retail stores beginning September 28 – after the start of the SPL season – so we have the flexibility to align with the authentic league structure.

As far as Glasgow Rangers are concerned, we have not made a decision at this time on whether we will pursue a separate licensing agreement to include them in FIFA 13.

Thinking about it beyond this scenario, which sporting franchises could you not live without in one of the annual EA Sports titles?


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User Comments (21)



Lin1876 said:

Hadn't thought of this, but I'm going to suggest they just license the whole SFL. It's only 30 teams, it really wouldn't cost much, and I would be able to play as Partick Thistle for the first time since FIFA 2004!

Also, you're figure of "hundreds of thousands" of Rangers fans doesn't quite bear out when you consider they've sold less than 300 season tickets, but still...

edit: you could also take on the challenge of trying to restore Rangers to their former glory in manager mode. Even I might be tempted to do that.



ThomasBW84 said:

@Lin1876 I thought I was going to have someone complain that I'd underplayed the Rangers fanbase, not the opposite I'm taking into account the TV/worldwide crowd, though how much that's affected by recent events is an unknown. Still, with supporter's clubs in various places around the world and a large proportion of Scots genuinely following either of the two biggest Glasgow clubs, I reckon hundreds of thousands is a fair ball park. It may change, of course.



Lin1876 said:

@ThomasBW84 It's a big support, but it's nothing like the bigger English clubs. You'd be surprised how few people ouside Glasgow support either of the old firm (though the reverse is also true), but when you take into account the size of Glasgow compared to everywhere else, and the fact that the Old Firm smother the other Glagow clubs I think your figure is probably right.



thebluelight1 said:

@Lin1876 I lived in Dundee for over 4 years and with the exception of when Dundee Utd won the cup there was a much larger amount of people wearing Old Firm strips in the street than either of the home teams.



OorWullie said:

@ThomasBW84 I'd say at least 70% of Scottish football fans support the Old firm,more are probably Rangers fans though but then you've also got Ireland where most fans follow Celtic and in the North Rangers.Worldwide Celtic have an estimated 9 million fans,1 million in US alone.I live in Thailand and go watch live games regularly and the sports bars are usually only full when Old firms are on or Celtic are playing.I'm a Celtic fan and we might not be any good at atm but we are huge clubs,no doubting that.Put us in the Prem and with our size and the money/better players that will come with it,top 6 look out,it'll never happen anytime soon though,we can dream



chewytapeworm said:

Still can't believe this Rangers FC situation is quite real. My boss is a Rangers fan, and I'm gutted for him.



OorWullie said:

@chewytapeworm I feel sorry for some of the fans but too many are so arrogant and in denial about the magnitude of what they have done it lessens the sympathy.Many of my friends back home are Rangers supporters and all I hear is this "We are the people" nonsense.Their club are fraudsters and tax cheats and they've altered the whole landscape of Scottish football over the last 20 years for the worse with their illegal over spending.Luckily my club managed to keep with them most of the time and still run a sustainable model but we're all affected by there bad deeds and likely other clubs will go under due to lost revenue.



chewytapeworm said:

@wiiwii I guess you're right, some of the stuff that's happened behind the scenes at Rangers is quite scandalous. My boss at the very start of last season said he foresaw all this coming, but perhaps not quite to this magnitude. I myself am an Everton fan who are a club who have been on the brink for a long time, yet regardless are pretty well run, but also have not two pennies to rub together. It's why I get wound up with other fans moaning about a lack of investment when there's clearly no money to spend, and I can now point to Rangers as an example of what exactly can happen. Scary stuff tbf!



CommanderAudio said:

Not surprised, but like @chewytapeworm said, no one saw this Rangers dilemma coming. And even if you had expected it, you wouldn't have ever thought in your wildest dreams (or nightmares, depending on who you support) that it would be on such a high scale



mccl said:

that's just not true @PikminMonster. some people have been talking about this for a long time. it may have been glossed over by the mainstream media but there have been warnings for over a year. the orwell wining rangerstaxcase blog and channel 4s alex thomson have led the way on this. that the glasgow media and rangers fans chose not to believe it is on them.



hYdeks said:

this article is definitely an "u must be from europe to understand" cause I have no idea what any of this soccer stuff is lol I don't think north americans will ever embrace soccer :s

I hope these sort things out, and by the sounds of it, the rangers are a popular team, so hopefully the fans get what they want in the end



belmont said:

I don't really care about Rangers but I'd like to see the Greek Superleague in a FIFA game again since 2002.



OorWullie said:

@chewytapeworm Well run by a top quality manager and he's a Celtic supporter.Your lucky to have him.Always had a soft spot for Everton,was at a game with my uncle when I was a kid in the mid 80's vs Oxford UTD,2v0 it finished to Everton,even got a toffee they threw into the crowd.Dunno if they still do that?Since then I've always look out for their results.



Conde-pt said:

EA need to take out some english leagues and put some new others, its just ridiculous that england have 4 leagues and others only got 1 and other only got 1 or 2 teams in rest of the world...



chewytapeworm said:

@wiiwii Yes they do still do that! I remember catching one when I was a nipper! And yes I knew Davey Moyes had a playing stint at Celtic but I didn't realise he was also a fan of the Buoys! Class heading into an eleventh season with him, we really are lucky to have him!



BulbasaurusRex said:

Wow, that's surprising that they actually shut down the team. Last year in Major League Baseball, two big teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers (years of fiscal mismanagement capped off by a divorce between the co-owners) and the New York Mets (lost hundreds of millions investing in a ponsei scheme) both had extreme financial problems to the point where they nearly had trouble meeting payroll and forced MLB to step in, but liquidating the teams was never considered an option. Now, with the Dodgers bought by new ownership and the Mets recovering nicely, both teams are in contention for the playoffs.



C-Olimar said:

@Conde-pt England have 4 leagues because they have better quality teams down the divisions than a lot of other countries. However, I do agree that more leagues should be represented. And where are the women's teams? I was talking to a friend who's a girl and a massive FIFA fan and she agrees that they should have at least 8 international women's teams.

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