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With yesterday's news about the NCAA ending their partnership with EA Sports, and with plenty of reactions now in -- it's time to poll OS'ers on your feelings about the future of EA Sports' College Football franchise.

How do you feel about the franchises future? Sound off by voting in our poll on the right on the frontpage and above you in the forums.

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# 1 timbosliceGB @ 07/18/13 02:14 PM
seeing only thing not on/in the game will be ncaa name and logo nothing to worry about seeing Collegiate Licensing Company is sticking with ea sports and which has been case for every college football game.
 
# 2 StormJH1 @ 07/18/13 02:25 PM
If you're not at all concerned, you may be missing the forest for the trees. Part of the impetus for this, I would have to think, is the O'Bannon lawsuit and the eternal tightrope the NCAA has walked by profiting off of kids who do not get paid. If the game is called College Football 15 instead of NCAA 15, that's not a big deal. If this is a domino effect that leads to individual teams and conferences withdrawing, OR if we end up with real teams but completely generic players with no correlation to actual student athletes...that's a big problem.

I would probably still play the game - I actually kind of like it when the game becomes an alternate reality 4 or 5 years down the road and all the players are computer generated. However, I suspect that a lot of people are drawn to the star power currently in the game (Manziel, Clowney, etc.), especially with their favorite teams.
 
# 3 BK_NC @ 07/18/13 02:34 PM
I don't think EA or CLC can stop now or it will give the impression that they are admitting they did wrong.

I'm not only worried about college sports video games but the future of college athletics in general. Because of Title IX, there has to be equality among sports programs at any given school. My worry is if current college players join the suit and the O'Bannon cadre win then that would mean current players would not only get a cut of licencing fees for a video game but all of college athletics would fall down the slippery slope of having to pay student-athletes for ANY licencing the college does of its athletics including TV, radio, merchandise and so on . It doesn't mean just the football team at a school but all athletes participating in programs at these schools would have to get paid equally, because of Title IX. No matter how small the athletic program.

How long do you think smaller programs even at big schools would last if they had to start paying the athletes, not very long.

How long before smaller schools with football and basketball programs that barely get by funding them as it is, abandons them if they have to pay the athletes in every program they have.

The real danger is that because of Title IX, its not only the football players who are on TV every Saturday who will get paid but even the people on the rowing team, or golf team, or cross country track team, or whatever obscure sport you can come up with a college might have would have to get an equal share. And I'm sure there are a lot of schools that will just abandon athletics all together or get rid of a lot of programs because they can't or don't want to pay the athletes.

Its possible I'm reading too much into the correlation with Title IX that could come with an O'Bannon suit win, but I've seen it mentioned other places also. I for one love college sports and would hate to see something like this ruin it.
 
# 4 jeremym480 @ 07/18/13 03:07 PM
I'm worried, but hoping for the best.






And by the best I mean a yearly college football (or two), basketball and even college baseball game.
 
# 5 mestevo @ 07/18/13 03:17 PM
Not sure yet, but have very low expectations. An ugly verdict from the pending litigation could wreck the ROI of all current and potential college sports games until the fallout from that is truly understood.
 
# 6 mestevo @ 07/18/13 03:37 PM
I'm not sure developers are lining up to be tacked on to the lawsuit. If anyone has the disposable income to invest in more or less starting from scratch and compete against existing product for a fairly small market it won't be until after the lawsuit and its consequences are decided. This was true before the NCAA announcement and remains the case today.

Low ROI, too much risk, too much investment, there will be no competition.
 
# 7 GlennN @ 07/18/13 03:40 PM
I think after seeing no college basketball games for several years, you would have to have some level of concern.
 
# 8 CarryTheWeight @ 07/18/13 03:43 PM
Count me cautious. The only thing I'm slightly worried about is the amount of teams in future games, as well as limits on player customization and roster sharing. I hope we'll continue to see every FBS team featured, as we have for most of the years this series has been around. I'd even love to see FCS teams as well somewhere down the road.

What I'm most concerned about in this new decision is the chance smaller teams or independent schools (not part of a licensee) will end up being included as a generic team (like in the Bill Walsh days) or excluded entirely.

Also, I'm concerned that player customization and roster sharing may be slashed or removed entirely. This may seem far-fetched for current gen, but remember that Sega Sports's College Football 2K3 shipped with uneditable rosters and even recruits (only player numbers could be changed). I hope we never see something that restrictive again, and I'm a bit concerned that College Football 15 may follow a similar path.

I play with my alma mater Buffalo 99% of the time in nearly every NCAA game I've purchased. From what I understand they're not even part of the CLC but another licensing organization (along with most of the MAC conference). If they don't make it into College Football 15 I probably won't have a need to purchase the game any longer, unless Teambuilder becomes more detailed than ever on next-gen.
 
# 9 aevans0913 @ 07/18/13 03:46 PM
Not worried at all, even if EA gave up on college football games altogether, which I doubt, the guys at OS would continue to make roster adjustments to allow everyone to play NCAA 14 with new rosters every year.
 
# 10 DKHardee @ 07/18/13 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by aevans0913
Not worried at all, even if EA gave up on college football games altogether, which I doubt, the guys at OS would continue to make roster adjustments to allow everyone to play NCAA 14 with new rosters every year.
That wouldn't work it EA shut down the NCAA 14 server
 
# 11 odbman @ 07/18/13 04:09 PM
A big concern without the ncaa you would have generic uniforms team names and generic stadiums
 
# 12 bigbob @ 07/18/13 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by DKHardee
That wouldn't work it EA shut down the NCAA 14 server
It would absolutely work because there's multiple different ways to get the roster on your console without the EA servers.
 
# 13 bigbob @ 07/18/13 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by odbman
A big concern without the ncaa you would have generic uniforms team names and generic stadiums
NCAA has absolutely nothing to do with any of the teams uniforms, names, logos, stadiums, mascots, pre-game celebrations etc.
 
# 14 DATPUCKINGGUY2 @ 07/18/13 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BK_NC
I don't think EA or CLC can stop now or it will give the impression that they are admitting they did wrong.

I'm not only worried about college sports video games but the future of college athletics in general. Because of Title IX, there has to be equality among sports programs at any given school. My worry is if current college players join the suit and the O'Bannon cadre win then that would mean current players would not only get a cut of licencing fees for a video game but all of college athletics would fall down the slippery slope of having to pay student-athletes for ANY licencing the college does of its athletics including TV, radio, merchandise and so on . It doesn't mean just the football team at a school but all athletes participating in programs at these schools would have to get paid equally, because of Title IX. No matter how small the athletic program.

How long do you think smaller programs even at big schools would last if they had to start paying the athletes, not very long.

How long before smaller schools with football and basketball programs that barely get by funding them as it is, abandons them if they have to pay the athletes in every program they have.

The real danger is that because of Title IX, its not only the football players who are on TV every Saturday who will get paid but even the people on the rowing team, or golf team, or cross country track team, or whatever obscure sport you can come up with a college might have would have to get an equal share. And I'm sure there are a lot of schools that will just abandon athletics all together or get rid of a lot of programs because they can't or don't want to pay the athletes.

Its possible I'm reading too much into the correlation with Title IX that could come with an O'Bannon suit win, but I've seen it mentioned other places also. I for one love college sports and would hate to see something like this ruin it.
If a player is payed, it should be based on the University or Athletice Department Net Assets or Income. It would be similar to a sliding scale. Paying each athlete the same amount at each school is obviously not reasonable, certain schools (ND, Alabaman, and Texas) make more money than smaller schools. So technically you are awarding teams that perform well and helps market the university.
 
# 15 Darkeus @ 07/18/13 05:43 PM
I am not sure yet.

But somehow I feel like EA will find a way to lockout other companies....
 
# 16 goalieump413 @ 07/18/13 06:18 PM
Not worried one bit. EA would never have built and shipped these games every year if they didn't make money doing it, and just because the NCAA will no longer allow a license of its brand, it doesn't mean that EA should, or would, be all that concerned about going away silently.

I look forward to next year and beyond, where the pressure of next gen consoles will be enough impetus to continue to produce a college football game. As far as I'm concerned, the NCAA thing and the lawsuit should have very little impact on a decision to pursue a future as a college football game publisher.

The veil has been lifted. Now it's time to invest in a future, not scurry for the exits.
 
# 17 AntiBandwagoner @ 07/18/13 08:20 PM
The NCAA: Screwing over athletes and gamers for generations.

I can only pray 2k buys the license, but I don't see that happening.
 
# 18 NaughtyUnicycle @ 07/18/13 09:35 PM
I'm not worried. I'm actually happy. This means 2K could possibly pick it up and make another College Hoops game.
 
# 19 NaughtyUnicycle @ 07/18/13 09:44 PM
I think that is stupid that it's millionaires vs millionaires fighting over money. Just give the people what they want and we will buy it.
 
# 20 Quint75 @ 07/18/13 09:58 PM
I am worried. EA could decide it's no longer worth the trouble/risk at any time. People from EA have said that while the series has always turned a profit, it has never been one of their big sellers. It may end up being more of a headache for EA than it is worth.

Also, I am afraid not all teams will be in any subsequent games. That would be foolish on their part, IMO, because it's it's great publicity to potential players, but it could happen.

Finally, to protect itself, EA may get rid of roster editing or sharing. This wouldn't bother me too much because I am a Dynasty player and after 4 years it doesn't matter, but I think this would be a game killer for a lot of people, probably enough to really hurt the games' sales. EA would react accordingly.

What I hope to hear soon is that EA has re-upped it's deal with CLC for several more years. That would give me faith that EA still thinks a college FB game is worth all the effort.

But once the O'Bannon case is decided, all bets are off. My best realistic hope is that it is tied up in appeals long enough to get us more than a couple great college FB games on next-gen. :-)
 

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