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The NCAA has decided today, unilaterally it appears, to not renew their license with EA Sports for the NCAA Football video game beginning next year.

In the statement, the NCAA said, "The NCAA has made the decision not to enter a new contract for the license of its name and logo for the EA Sports NCAA Football video game. The current contract expires in June 2014, but our timing is based on the need to provide EA notice for future planning. As a result, the NCAA Football 2014 video game will be the last to include the NCAA’s name and logo. We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games. But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA."

EA should still be able to work out individual school, conference, awards, etc. licenses from the CLC -- which should mean the series should be able to live on. At the end of the day, this is the NCAA taking it's name and logo off of the game, but nothing more it appears. So while the series can't be called "NCAA Football" anymore, perhaps with the ESPN license the series can be called "EA Sports College Gameday 15" next season.

The only way this ends the NCAA Football series altogether is if one of two further scenarios happen: 1)If EA Sports decides it is done with the series altogether, which is doubtful given it's a top seller in the US. 2)If the CLC won't play ball with EA Sports, and thus EA has to negotiate licenses individually from member institutions

It is possible EA Sports will not continue development of the game after this year because of either reason, or because of fears of financial fallout from the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit. However, there is no guarantee EA will face huge financial problems from the O'Bannon lawsuit, and in a sense -- the threat of the O'Bannon lawsuit ending the series is the same today as it was yesterday.

I EA wants to they can continue the game with purely cosmetic changes and greater creative freedom without the NCAA hovering above the game. And let's face it, the less the NCAA is involved in anything, the better it will be.

So in a sense, the only thing different today versus yesterday with regards to the NCAA Football series is that it is no longer the NCAA Football series going forward. Everything thing else remains the same.

UPDATE: Brett McMurphy of ESPN is reporting ESPN has been told EA Sports will still have a college football video game beyond 2014, next year's game will be called College Football 15.

UPDATE #2: According to ESPN's Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell the CLC, which handles school, bowl, awards, etc. licensing, says it plans to work with EA in the future despite the NCAA dropping out.

UPDATE #3: EA Sports Executive Vice President Andrew Wilson speaks. In a statement, Wilson said, "EA SPORTS will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks. Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Company is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, leagues and all the innovation fans expect from EA SPORTS.

We took big creative strides with this year's college game and you’ll see much more in the future. We love college football and look forward to making more games for our fans."

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# 1 ThaShark28_316 @ 07/17/13 01:26 PM
I'm stunned. Wow. What now, folks?

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# 2 BadAssHskr @ 07/17/13 01:26 PM
was just going to post this. i saw it tweeted, haven't even read it yet.

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Yuck.
 
# 3 wolverinemaniac @ 07/17/13 01:26 PM
omgad the sky is falling, I doubt its the end...they will just have to take the NCAA logo's off. There is ALWAYS work arounds.
 
# 4 JstkrznTTU @ 07/17/13 01:27 PM
Too much money to be made by both sides for this to be the end.
 
# 5 LingeringRegime @ 07/17/13 01:28 PM
Enter the arena 2K please!!!!!!!!
 
# 6 prototype12 @ 07/17/13 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by LingeringRegime
Enter the arena 2K please!!!!!!!!
2k could do 100X better but if they won't give their likeness and logo etc to EA why would they to 2k?
 
# 7 BCJMU99 @ 07/17/13 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by LingeringRegime
Enter the arena 2K please!!!!!!!!
Just saw this as well...looks like NCAA won't be entering into ANY agreement so don't think ANY game studio will be able to make a game...crazy....
 
# 8 KleShreen @ 07/17/13 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by LingeringRegime
Enter the arena 2K please!!!!!!!!
If NCAA isn't going to do a deal with EA Sports, they're not going to do a deal with any other company.

You young whippersnappers are too young to remember Bill Walsh College Football, which was one of the best football games to ever be produced and had no NCAA or university affiliation. You instead played with "College Station" and "Michigan" (common state name that is under public use) and "Columbus".
 
# 9 mrprice33 @ 07/17/13 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by LingeringRegime
Enter the arena 2K please!!!!!!!!
There is no arena. The NCAA just Bane'd it.
 
# 10 NDAlum @ 07/17/13 01:31 PM
To me this screams of "EA is going to lose that lawsuit" and we are out!

No more college games makes me sad
 
# 11 rockchisler @ 07/17/13 01:32 PM
Sadness.....
 
# 12 FloorGeneral @ 07/17/13 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by BCJMU99
Just saw this as well...looks like NCAA won't be entering into ANY agreement so don't think ANY game studio will be able to make a game...crazy....
Right...you guys need to read carefully:

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As a result, the NCAA Football 2014 video game will be the last to include the NCAA’s name and logo. We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games. But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.
It's because of the O'Bannon lawsuit going on right now, which the game has a lot to do with.
 
# 13 DJ @ 07/17/13 01:32 PM
This is the fallout from the O'Bannon suit. Even though that hasn't been decided yet, it's clear the NCAA doesn't want any other legal ramifications from a video game.

Sad day for gamers, though. I've been playing NCAA from the very beginning, which means the Bill Walsh days of the early 1990's.
 
# 14 bcruise @ 07/17/13 01:33 PM
RIP NCAA then. In this day and age there's no way EA (or 2k or anyone else for that matter) can do an unlicensed College Football game.
 
# 15 KleShreen @ 07/17/13 01:33 PM
Also, don't forget the last part of the press release:

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Member colleges and universities license their own trademarks and other intellectual property for the video game. They will have to independently decide whether to continue those business arrangements in the future.
Each school will see the value and money that can be made off signing contracts with EA Sports independently. I'm sure many, if not all, universities will choose to keep their name/logos in the game.
 
# 16 Totalpackage83 @ 07/17/13 01:33 PM
They can still use the schools logos, uniforms, stadiums etc. if they chose to be included. Just can't put the NCAA logo on anything. Don't know what this means from a monetary standard but a game is still possible.
 
# 17 TexanCam @ 07/17/13 01:33 PM
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Member colleges and universities license their own trademarks and other intellectual property for the video game. They will have to independently decide whether to continue those business arrangements in the future.
The last part caught my attention. Guess they can still make them as long as all the schools sign on? Of course it wouldn't be called "NCAA" Football anymore.
 
# 18 thinkjoey @ 07/17/13 01:33 PM
I was going to post this ahah

It is too early to call, but I think something will get done to have a game next year with or without the NCAA logo
 
# 19 DJ @ 07/17/13 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by NDAlum
To me this screams of "EA is going to lose that lawsuit" and we are out!

No more college games makes me sad
Yep, they are setting EA up to take the fall.
 
# 20 MizzouBravesFan @ 07/17/13 01:34 PM
Stunned...floored.

Thought we were being trolled when I first read this on Twitter.

Where does EA go from here? All in on Madden? What about the future of CFB games?

Crazy...damn you Ed O'Bannon lol...
 

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