EA Cancels NCAA Football Franchise
Ryan Bloom / Sep 27th, 2013 No Comments
[adsense250itp]EA Sports will not offer a college football title in 2014 and into the foreseeable future due to an ongoing legal battle between the company and student athletes, EA announced.
The Collegiate Licensing Co. and EA reached a settlement with a group of former and current student athletes in an ongoing case in which the student athletes claim EA illegally used their likenesses in NCAA Football titles, according to a court filing. Terms of the proposed agreement have not been disclosed. The NCAA will now be the lone defendant in the case, which is led by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon.
EA said the company will evaluate the plan for the future of the NCAA Football franchise before deciding what happens beyond 2014.
In July, the NCAA announced the organization would not extend its agreement with EA to use NCAA licensing in video games due to the litigation. EA said the company would continue to develop their annual college football title without the use of the NCAA name. However, college conferences followed the NCAA’s lead by pulling their license from the game.
College football made its debut with EA in the 1993 title Bill Walsh College Football. EA’s other college sports offering, NCAA Basketball, has not released since 2009.
Many members of the NCAA Football development team will stay with EA and be reassigned to other projects.
Our Take: The writing was on the wall once the NCAA pulled the plug on their agreement with EA. However, it is still surprising to see the death of a successful franchise. There will likely never be another college football video game, which is disappointing considering NCAA Football 14 is the best title the franchise has offered.
Since terms of the settlement were not yet disclosed, it is unknown if EA halting production on college sports video games was part of the settlement. It remains to be seen what type of affect this decision will have on the Madden franchise, if any at all. Some development costs are shared between the football franchises.
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