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.