It only took two days.
The gamer world was sent into a panic on Wednesday when the NCAA announced that it would be officially terminating its contract with EA Sports after the 2014 edition of its video game was released. However, very soon thereafter ESPN has reported that EA was simply going to circumvent the governing body of college sports, and instead strike a deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company.
On Friday, Polygon confirmed that that is exactly what happened.
According to the CLC, the new contract with EA will take effect next July and run for three years. It gives EA the rights to use “more than 150 colleges, conferences and bowl games” in its college football video game series, said a representative for the CLC in an email to Polygon ….
The NCAA was being paid more than a half-million dollars annually by EA for the right to call the game “NCAA Football.” However, legal fees regarding the suit levied by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon (in which six current football players recently joined, all claiming the NCAA unjustly makes millions off their likenesses) have proven prohibitive. It was for that reason the NCAA announced that it would no longer be lending its name to the gaming company.
However, the NCAA does not own the branding rights to individual schools, conferences or awards. That lucrative honor would go to the Collegiate Licensing Company – now working directly with EA.
So take a deep breath, you will still be able to enjoy “Heisman mode” well into the future.
Your new games simply will not be called “NCAA Football” but rather something along the lines of “College Football.”