NCAA Pulls Back From Deal with EA Sports: College Football News

According to NCAA representatives it won’t be allowing Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo and name in video games while it fights a lawsuit that states the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used free of charge.

The current contract with EA Sports expires in June 2014. This translates to the “NCAA Football 2014” being be the last edition of the popular game.

Even so, EA Sports still plans to produce a college football video game depicting powerhouse schools such as the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks.

Furthermore, the Collegiate Licensing Company, which manages the trademarks of the majority of the colleges in Electronic Arts’ NCAA football video game, added it would continue to work with the video game maker for future editions of the franchise.

According to a reliable source the first non-NCAA-affiliated EA Sports college football video game will be called “College Football 15.”

The Athletic Association is in the middle of a long legal battle that started with a lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon. YouWager has learned that this particular lawsuit has expanded to include several former athletes who claim the NCAA and EA Sports have used their names and likenesses without compensation and demand the NCAA figures out a way to give players a cut of the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales and video games.

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