Have no fear college football fans who enjoy playing the annual EA Sports football game. After the NCAA decided to cancel any future agreements with EA to publish the popular NCAA Football video game, EA Sports has reached a new agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC).
It will change its name from NCAA Football to College Football beginning next year. According to the CLC, the new contract with EA will take effect next July and run for three years. That makes this year’s NCAA Football 14 the last game in the 20-year-old series to bear the “NCAA Football” branding.
EA will still have the rights to over 150 colleges, conferences and bowl games.
It’s worth noting that individual schools could opt out of the agreement if they so choose, and then EA Sports would not be able to use that school in the game, but with the added revenue and exposure they get from having their schools in the game, it’s hard to see that happening.
So with all that in mind, this is just another reminder that the NCAA is a dying organization, and will likely cease to exist at some point. What determines how quickly that occurs will be the ongoing lawsuit against them from former and now current players, which is at the heart of the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit that could force athletics programs to split TV revenues with its players.
EA already confirmed Wednesday via press release that it will launch a new game next year:
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.