EA Sports NCAA Football Game Is Dead
My college experience was enhanced by spending countless hours with buddies in a crammed dorm room playing EA Sports NCAA Football. Some of the best conversations of my late teens and early 20′s were spent while pressing the circle button for the spin move and R1 to juke right.
Well, no longer will the future youth of America be able to have those experiences as EA Sports has announced that they will not produce an NCAA Football next season because of on-going litigation from the NCAA and former players for using the likeness and names of athletes.
So the NCAA can make millions of dollars off players but a video game company can’t? Got it.
Here’s the official statement from EA Sports General Manager Cam Weber that was posted on the EA Sports’ website:
“This is as profoundly disappointing to the people who make this game as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year.
“We have been stuck in the middle of a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes who seek compensation for playing college football. Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA – but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes. For our part, we are working to settle the lawsuits with the student-athletes.
“Meanwhile, the NCAA and a number of conferences have withdrawn their support of our game. The ongoing legal issues combined with increased questions surrounding schools and conferences have left us in a difficult position – one that challenges our ability to deliver an authentic sports experience, which is the very foundation of EA Sports games.”