For years now, NCAA Football games have been releasing on a yearly basis, just a few months ahead of the forthcoming Madden NFL title of the year. Boasting dozens of schools, authentic fight songs, stadiums and so much more, NCAA football games have been the game of choice for many football fans around the world. Well, up until now, that is…
According to the official press release:
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.
It then goes on to elaborate that:
The NCAA has never licensed the use of current student-athlete names, images or likenesses to EA. The NCAA has no involvement in licenses between EA and former student-athletes. 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.
There you go. Whether it’s bad blood or has something to do with financial disputes and/or issues, it looks like NCAA Football games could be no more. This doesn’t really affect me at all, as I never got into college football, but it’s interesting none the less.
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