While we found out earlier this week that the NCAA decided not to renew its contract with EA Sports for the game-maker’s successful franchise of college football games, it seems that the publisher still holds a contract with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) for another three years. That means at least three more years of college football games—just without the NCAA license.
The news comes by way of a post on Joystiq, which cites a “source familiar with the agreement,” and reports that EA Sports hadn’t planned to renew with NCAA “for at least five years, as stipulated by EA’s proposed $27 million lawsuit settlement from July 2012.” The post links back to the news of that settlement, which is a different class-action lawsuit than the one that is currently raging against EA Sports, NCAA, and the CLC. In fact, six more football players joined that suit just yesterday.
So, I don’t know, maybe EA should stop making college football games? I’m just throwing that out there.
Anyway, the current contract with CLC allows EA to still use college’s names and branding without using the NCAA logo or brand, so I suppose I’m not entirely clear on what the difference beyond that will be. Clearly there’ll have to be a different name to the game…probably just College Football 2015. As to what changes will actually be in the game, I couldn’t tell you.
“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.”
Glad he cleared that up.