NCAA Football Is No More… For Now
Electronic Arts (EA) has released a statement today stating their contract with the NCAA will not be renewed past this year. The message goes on to say that EA still has plans to release college football games in the future and plan on having a game ready next year for next gen consoles.
This comes in the wake of the ongoing O’Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit where current and former players are asking for a cut of the millions of dollars the NCAA makes each year selling college players likenesses.
You can read the full EA statement below or at their official website:
“By now, most fans will have heard that EA’s licensing agreement with the NCAA is set to expire and that we have agreed to part ways. I’m sure gamers are wondering what this means.
This is simple: 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, conferences 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.”