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Nearly 25,000 college football and basketball players were determined to have a valid claim to the class action settlement with EA over the use of player likenesses in their college games.

The average player will receive a $1600 check in the settlement -- with lawyers in the case taking a 30 percent cut of the award.

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart and former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller will get the biggest cut amongst players, estimated in the $15000 range.

At this point, the odds of seeing a college sports video game again are still quite low in the next calendar year -- as it would seem that legal structures to protect game makers and schools would need to be enacted for a renewed effort to begin. At this time there hasn't been much push for such structures to be enacted -- at best we are probably a couple of years away from a return of college sports games.

The more realistic outcome, however, is that we'll be waiting for quite a long time for a return of NCAA Football or NCAA Basketball.

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# 1 whitey7886 @ 03/17/16 01:40 PM
You are probably corret about not having one for a while. The only thing is now EA knows a players likness for 1 year is worth about $1600. If they wanted to make one soon they could go around to the kids have them sign a wavier allowing them to be in the game and after they graduate they could they pay them back. Now some of the top players may say no but it would make it possible to have a game again. But I'm with you on not getting my hopes up.
 
# 2 xSh4dow95 @ 03/17/16 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by whitey7886
You are probably corret about not having one for a while. The only thing is now EA knows a players likness for 1 year is worth about $1600. If they wanted to make one soon they could go around to the kids have them sign a wavier allowing them to be in the game and after they graduate they could they pay them back. Now some of the top players may say no but it would make it possible to have a game again. But I'm with you on not getting my hopes up.
Another way they could go around it is by adding the player creation/edit feature from the PS2 days. The players could have random appearaces by default with the position and number for their name. No contracts are signed and there's no money involved.
 
# 3 tril @ 03/17/16 04:15 PM
generic names and ratings all I want are college spots games with the schools and conferences.
I never cared if the players were real or fake when it came to the college ranks,cause after a few years in a legacy mode, the rosters do wind up being generic any ways.
 
# 4 jmik58 @ 03/17/16 04:33 PM
An NCAA game with random (generic) players wouldn't appeal to enough people. Many are aware you can edit or download an edited roster, but a game shipping with fictitious rosters would be a hard sell on a mass scale.
 
# 5 vgunn @ 03/17/16 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by jmik58
An NCAA game with random (generic) players wouldn't appeal to enough people. Many are aware you can edit or download an edited roster, but a game shipping with fictitious rosters would be a hard sell on a mass scale.
Not at all, if the editing options are easy and comprehensive. The issue is EA usually makes it a pain in the *** to do so.
 
# 6 herropreese @ 03/17/16 07:04 PM
I feel nothing.
 
# 7 Dr Death @ 03/17/16 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by vgunn
Not at all, if the editing options are easy and comprehensive. The issue is EA usually makes it a pain in the *** to do so.
Since EA lost their "exclusive" license for the game, my hope is that 2K or another company makes a college football game and that they have all the correct uniforms and stadiums for the teams, as well as playbooks and they know how to do simple math. Hmmm... a drive starts at my 20, I drive down and score a TD, that makes it an 80 yard drive, not a 74 yard drive.

I also wish the CPU would be mindful of things like clock management and this should be set to how long your quarters are. I am sick and tired of the CPU going on 13 play drives that cover 75 yards, and yet only taking 1:46 off the clock.

If a company could release a great, fully customizable game, then I would be all in.
 
# 8 SilverBullet19 @ 03/17/16 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr Death
Since EA lost their "exclusive" license for the game, my hope is that 2K or another company makes a college football game and that they have all the correct uniforms and stadiums for the teams, as well as playbooks and they know how to do simple math. Hmmm... a drive starts at my 20, I drive down and score a TD, that makes it an 80 yard drive, not a 74 yard drive.

I also wish the CPU would be mindful of things like clock management and this should be set to how long your quarters are. I am sick and tired of the CPU going on 13 play drives that cover 75 yards, and yet only taking 1:46 off the clock.

If a company could release a great, fully customizable game, then I would be all in.
I was thinking about this today, the idea of 2k taking a shot at college football.

2K blew madden out of the water, I can only imagine how much better their take on a CFB video game would be compared to EA. They always had more off field features to keep the game alive in comparison. I could see options for stadium/facility expansions and renovations, the return of discipline, etc etc.
 
# 9 kingsofthevalley @ 03/18/16 05:50 AM
I think it was quite selfish of the players to ruin a college football game for millions of people for friggin 1500 bucks.
 
# 10 BROman @ 03/18/16 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by kingsofthevalley
I think it was quite selfish of the players to ruin a college football game for millions of people for friggin 1500 bucks.
It's not the player's fault, they should be compensated. It's not EA's fault, they are willing to compensate the players for their likenesses. The NCAA's ridiculousness is the real culprit. They allow this climate where schools, apparel companies, TV networks, and they themselves squeeze every dime they can out of these players w/o throwing anything back their way.
 
# 11 jaynral @ 03/18/16 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by kingsofthevalley
I think it was quite selfish of the players to ruin a college football game for millions of people for friggin 1500 bucks.
I agree 1000%........CFB was the one game i look forward to every year...I can only imagine what it would have been like on next gen...It is actually a very terrible/disgusting situation..
 
# 12 bigboyc @ 03/18/16 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr Death
Since EA lost their "exclusive" license for the game, my hope is that 2K or another company makes a college football game and that they have all the correct uniforms and stadiums for the teams, as well as playbooks and they know how to do simple math. Hmmm... a drive starts at my 20, I drive down and score a TD, that makes it an 80 yard drive, not a 74 yard drive.

I also wish the CPU would be mindful of things like clock management and this should be set to how long your quarters are. I am sick and tired of the CPU going on 13 play drives that cover 75 yards, and yet only taking 1:46 off the clock.

If a company could release a great, fully customizable game, then I would be all in.
Problem is you will never have a fully customizable game because the same thing applies. Some will make a roster will real college rosters, create logos, etc.........and the game maker would be sued for licensing because they allowed those likenesses to be edited into the game. Until the NCAA comes up with a plan to pay the players the $1500 or so for likeness use (where it is a payment set aside until the player leaves school or whatever...), there will be no college games.
 
# 13 bigboyc @ 03/18/16 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by SilverBullet19
I was thinking about this today, the idea of 2k taking a shot at college football.

2K blew madden out of the water, I can only imagine how much better their take on a CFB video game would be compared to EA. They always had more off field features to keep the game alive in comparison. I could see options for stadium/facility expansions and renovations, the return of discipline, etc etc.
Um....2k had college football. It wasnt very good.
 
# 14 gotloud @ 03/18/16 11:07 PM
I know a couple people happy to get this small check

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# 15 Speedy @ 03/18/16 11:49 PM
Nice payday for those lawyers.

Good grief....30% cut.
 
# 16 SilverBullet19 @ 03/19/16 03:04 AM
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Originally Posted by bigboyc
Um....2k had college football. It wasnt very good.
I remember, I had that title, and I do agree it wasn't done well. It had bad graphics, movement, and felt very half-a**ed. I won't, however, base my opinion on that.

If you had read my post, I'm comparing it to what the did with NFL 2k, and THAT was a very good product. If they had that kind of production for NCAA, it would be phenomenal.
 
# 17 SilverBullet19 @ 03/19/16 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by bigboyc
Problem is you will never have a fully customizable game because the same thing applies. Some will make a roster will real college rosters, create logos, etc.........and the game maker would be sued for licensing because they allowed those likenesses to be edited into the game. Until the NCAA comes up with a plan to pay the players the $1500 or so for likeness use (where it is a payment set aside until the player leaves school or whatever...), there will be no college games.
This x1000

If they create a game that can be customized, you can bet they will be sued essentially for facilitating the likeness and use of trademarked logos. EA wanted to give the players a cut, the NCAA said no. Until that changes, no game for us.
 
# 18 balljonesjr @ 03/19/16 11:09 AM
I think I have a excellent solution. If they are willing to pay every athlete $1600 for their "likeness", (heights weights jersey # and skin tone) they can do it without paying college players. Here's how every year they make a game each player earns 1600 for the game that they are on. They can't get the money until they finish their college career. So after they play their last game 4 year players could get a $6400 check and 5 year players would get $8000 check. But like I said they can't have it until they are no longer college athletes. No need for a fully customizable game just let the guys who edited game keep up the good work.
 
# 19 itsbigmike @ 03/19/16 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by BROman
It's not the player's fault, they should be compensated. It's not EA's fault, they are willing to compensate the players for their likenesses. The NCAA's ridiculousness is the real culprit. They allow this climate where schools, apparel companies, TV networks, and they themselves squeeze every dime they can out of these players w/o throwing anything back their way.
Bingo. The selfishness of the consumers that are skewering the athletes and people wanting compensation for their likeness being used is what's really appalling.
 
# 20 OBJ_Catch @ 03/19/16 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by BROman
It's not the player's fault, they should be compensated. It's not EA's fault, they are willing to compensate the players for their likenesses. The NCAA's ridiculousness is the real culprit. They allow this climate where schools, apparel companies, TV networks, and they themselves squeeze every dime they can out of these players w/o throwing anything back their way.
This is, as well as every single people who say that players don't get any compensation, wrong. Plain and simple.
I think people forget one thing, when it comes to these players : They have, for a huge part of them, full-ride scholarships. They get to play football, and maybe make it to the NFL, be a 1st round pick and become millionaires in the best case scenario. Worst case scenario ? They get a College degree if they don't **** up, and they don't have to pay.
The avg. scholarship for FBS schools in 2014 was 18,273$.
If they have money, they probably will have to pay for the room, sure. But let's say they spend 5 years in the school, it's worth roughly 100k$, way less, or more, depending on the College they go to.
On top of that, some of them have access to top-notch facilities and treatments that even those who pay the full tuition and fees don't get access to.

This argument has to stop being used. It's wrong, ignorant, and has nothing to do with the matter of likeness.
Also, College players aren't allowed to receive any sort of compensation for that. So yeah, they'd have to wait until the end of their college career to have access to it.

A fully customizable game isn't out of the question, as said by some people. On top my head, I could quote the PES series, where you could find patches made by fans, which would allow you to have every kits, every stadium, fake signs and billboards, balls, cleats, everything that couldn't be included by the developers for licensing reasons. I can also think of the Steam Workshop, or the modding of games like GTA.
 

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