EA Sports to Make College Football Games Without NCAA License

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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.

And apparently EA Sports’ executive vice president Andrew Wilson can’t really tell you either:

“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.

[Via Joystiq, ESPN, EA Sports]

  1. Can we get a playoff format like a 16team playoff?
    Would like that option.

  2. A playoff and also add FCS teams and be able to play a season with them, make your own conferences, make your own stadium,create a team,real names,playoff mode in game modes

  3. I will eventually get a PS4 once EA sports comes out with College Football 2015 (and NAMCO comes out with Tekken 7 or Tekken Tag).

    For College Football 2015 on PS4 I would love to see:
    1) at least a 4 team playoff option to match the playoff coming later this year in College Football (an 8 team option would be a nice bonus)
    2) a dynasty mode where you can play your dynasty against other dynasties online
    3) the ability to create your own custom playbook and plays
    4) keep the ability to upload draft classes into Madden
    5) ability to play with and/or schedule against FCS teams

    It would be a tragedy (and a deal breaker for me getting a PS4) if EA didn’t continue to produce college football games now or in the future.

  4. U not wrong I jus won’t a good college football game 2 play make it realistic so NCAA a won’t to come back renewed that contract can we get the team color tape to put on their ankles

  5. I would love to see FCS schools in the video game instead of FCS West, Northwest, Midwest, East, Southeast and Southwest. Would also love it if every school had their fight song and if all the bowls were in it, basically add everything possible!

  6. Would like to see all fcs teams instead ofjust Hebrew

  7. Would like to see all fcs teams instead of just a few pcs conferences.

    Arrange or rename conferences.

    A 4-16 playoff option.

    I would also like to see ejections added.

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