Hollywood Divorce: NCAA, EA Sports Split, Ending NCAA Video Games Brandon Caldwell July 17, 2013 Geek Squad, Sports 2 Comments Every July I looked forward to heading to a game store, picking up the latest copy of NCAA Football and running home to take my favorite school to the top. Yeah, there were epic matches and games, Dynasty modes where I took two backs from Notre Dame and made them both run for 2,000 yards or my Florida State squad that racked up six straight national championships in the glory days of the PS2. But with a lawsuit from former players looming against the NCAA for EA using their respective licenses in games dating all the way back to Coach K College Basketball, the NCAA did the only thing they could do and ended its contract with EA Sports, effectively giving NCAA Football 14 the distinction of being the last college football game on the market, possibly ever. EA will move on with plans for a College Football 15 title but the feel of it is most certainly going to go back to the days of randomly titled schools and locations. “We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games,” the NCAA said. “But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA. “The NCAA has never licensed the use of current student-athlete names, images or likenesses to EA. The NCAA has no involvement in licenses between EA and former student-athletes.” [via ESPN] Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr 2 Responses Justin Ivey July 17, 2013 NCAA will no longer exist in a decade once the big conferences figure out how to manage the smaller sports. Reply Feds Watchin': Johnny Manziel Under NCAA Investigation | Day & A Dream August 5, 2013 […] don’t care that former players cannot benefit from being included in video games, even if the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit looks to change all that. The NCAA in all of its omnipresent, all wielding power makes Frank White […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.