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NCAA pulls out of EA Sports’ popular NCAA Football video game series

It’s a sad day for fans of the NCAA Football video game series. The NCAA announced on Wednesday that it will no longer allow EA Sports to use its logo and name in video games. The current licensing contract expires in June 2014 and the association will not renew the deal.

The decision to pull out of the popular video game series is in part because the NCAA is fighting a legal battle with former student-athletes for profiting from their likeness in television, video games and elsewhere. The battle began with a lawsuit filed by former UCLA standout Ed O’Bannon, and several others, including Oscar Robertson, have since jumped on board.

The NCAA Football series is coming to an end — “NCAA Football ’14,” released last week, will be the final edition — but EA Sports plans to continue producing college football-themed games in the future without the NCAA brand. The first non-NCAA-affiliated EA Sports college football video game will be called “College Football 15,” according to ESPN.com.

As an avid NCAA Football gamer, this almost brings me to tears.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

30 Comments for NCAA pulls out of EA Sports’ popular NCAA Football video game series



  1. Ed O
    8:09 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    Read a book Drew



  2. Thrashitup
    8:14 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    Ironically, now the players will be able to have names instead of numbers, but we’ll be relegated to schools like, “state tech”



  3. peyt
    8:20 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    Goodbye NCAA … Hello Super Conferences!



  4. TDog
    8:20 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    2. Wrong. EA will apparently reach a separate contract with every school. Only thing different will be no mentions of NCAA



  5. grumpycat
    8:20 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    I usually buy the new NCAA football game every other year. Looks like I’m gonna have to go get 14 now.



  6. Rajon9rondo
    8:22 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    2-Actually, no. School names, logos, mascots, colors, etc. are independently licensed to the game by each individual school or the CLC. So the real teams will still be in the game next year, there just will be no reference at all to the NCAA.



  7. Bleaker
    8:22 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    This is a GOOD thing. Why everyone is bitching about this is a mystery to me.



  8. UKGamer
    8:24 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    @7 This is not a good thing if your a gamer. Come out from underneath the rock you old codger.



  9. BigBlueSexMachine
    8:25 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    Pshhh…this is a good thing



  10. Thrashitup
    8:25 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    4 & 6 – thanks for correcting me, I’m actually glad to hear that. Never been a big fan of the NCAA anyways



  11. Bleaker
    8:27 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    8-this old man would whip your ass in “NCAA Football 2014”, or in next year’s same game with improved graphics titled “Collegiate Football 2015” It wont make a difference. The Title is the only thing that will change. Less money going to the NCAA is A-OK in my book. You whipper snapper.



  12. RJ
    8:30 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    #8 – It’s not a bad thing. We’ll still get our game, and EA sports is doing us a favor and pretending the NCAA does not exist, which I wish more people would do. It’ll be fine, unless you just can’t live without Kirk Herbstreit and Brad Nessler calling your game.



  13. Orangello
    8:39 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    (sigh)…You know what’s worse than grown man sittin around playin video games? Grown men sittin around DISCUSSING playin video games on a web page comment section. You know what’s worse than that?!! The fact that, somehow, I sat here and read the whole @#%^ing thing.



  14. DB11
    8:43 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    @13 Video games are our generations contribution to art and apart of the evolution of media. It is not just some waste of time delegated to children.



  15. Roflectomy
    8:44 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA said that it is not because of the trial, so saying that the trial is the reason they decline to continue the relationship is pure speculation.

    That being said, it’s better that the NCAA is no longer involved.



  16. grumpycat
    8:49 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    Wouldn’t it be cool if “Collegiate Football 15” had a playoff system?



  17. Buckets
    8:53 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    As an avid gamer, this is disappointing but it’s the right thing. The NCAA has profited far too long off these games using the players’ likenesses, while the players themselves get NOTHING. The NCAA has made hundreds of millions of dollars on these games, which is a disgrace.



  18. wait a minute
    8:55 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    umm…wouldn’t EA have to purchase rights from each individual school now. Sounds expensive. Off hand that sounds too big to pull off. But, we’ll see, i guess.



  19. 44 Stitches
    9:06 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    I play 3 videyah games. Videyah games are words once spoken by the great Hank Hill. The 3 videyah games are NCCA football, FIFA, and lately NBA2K. On a positive note I heard EA is bringing back NBA LIVE. I’ll sacrifice NCAA football for some on point NBA Live.



  20. Are you serious?
    9:08 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    “apart of the evolution”. Really? Go back and take #1’s advice. Might make you somewhat literal, but I doubt it.



  21. Nostalgia Critic
    9:39 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink


  22. How Ironic
    9:49 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    As soon as Kentucky gets good at basketball again the college basketball game stops and now when Kentucky football is on an uprise the college football game comes to an end.



  23. Scott
    9:57 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    18. EA ALREADY purchases rights…mostly through CLC (You know, the shiny sticker on all your “official merch”). Seriously, the game will be no different, just no NCAA logos.



  24. Scott
    9:59 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    If only anybody read past the headlines before going into panic mode…oh wait I am probably asking WAAAY too much.



  25. Paul
    10:45 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    Hopefully someone just creates new rosters every year on ’14 to download for every next season.



  26. Are YOU Serious?
    11:04 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    20.

    “It might make you somewhat literal”? I think you were going for the word “literate”. Always hilarious when idiots with inexplicable superiority complexes make mistakes like that while correcting someone else



  27. Michael F. Jox
    11:38 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    It’s not odd that I see a “NCAA Football 2014” ad right to the left of this post at all. Well done, Drew 🙂



  28. kyle heavy
    8:25 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Calculate how much time you waste a year playing video games and then how little time you contribute to society.



  29. Sheridan
    10:07 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    I just finished my first season in Dynasty mode on NCAA 14 and Kentucky was national champs, and the lone loss of the season was the away game at Alabama… a sign of things to come? *prays*



  30. Alex P. Keaton
    6:36 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    @ Kyle Heavy Calculate how much time you waste posting stupid non sequiturs in sports website and then how little time you contribute to society.