No College Football Game From EA Next Year

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EA revealed today that there will not be an EA Sports College Football game next year after all.

This news comes a couple months after the NCAA ended their partnership with EA due to legal issues with student-athletes over likenesses. When the NCAA didn’t renew their license, EA planned on moving forward with a game without the NCAA logo because of licenses with the Collegiate Licensing Company, but after the SEC, Big Ten, and PAC-12 announced they would also not license to EA it became clear that EA were in trouble.

So after a couple months of silence, EA’s Cam Weber announced on EA’s blog that there will not be a game next year:

Today I am sad to announce that we will not be publishing a new college football game next year, and we are evaluating our plan for the future of the franchise. This is as profoundly disappointing to the people who make this game as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year…

We have been stuck in the middle of a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes who seek compensation for playing college football. Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA – but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes.  For our part, we are working to settle the lawsuits with the student-athletes.  Meanwhile, the NCAA and a number of conferences have withdrawn their support of our game.  The ongoing legal issues combined with increased questions surrounding schools and conferences have left us in a difficult position – one that challenges our ability to deliver an authentic sports experience, which is the very foundation of EA SPORTS games.- Cam Weber, GM of American Football at EA

Source: EA Blog

There you have it, no college football game next year and perhaps for awhile since this is an ongoing legal battle. For those that picked up NCAA Football 14, Weber mentioned that they are still committed to NCAA Football 14, but what that really means is unknown.

 

Written by Michael Cwick

Michael Cwick

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