We come today to pay our respects to EA Sports’ NCAA football franchise, which will now end with the 2014 edition according to a news release Wednesday from the NCAA.
The NCAA games have been a staple in college dorm rooms and living rooms since all I did was run the triple option and throw deep with Colorado on every play in 1997. But the NCAA decided not to renew its contract with EA “given the current business climate and costs of litigation.”
(That’s referring to Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA, claiming the NCAA has been unfairly profiting off of amateur athletes to the tune of millions of dollars.)
Now that’s not saying you won’t see another college football game from EA Sports in the future. It just won’t carry the NCAA logo. The NCAA made a point to mention that individual colleges and universities license their own trademarks for the game and will “have to independently decide whether to continue those business arrangements in the future.”
As astute Friend of the Blog Bob Robertson points out, all this does is change the title of the game … and shifts the liability to the schools.