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Updated: SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 opt out of EA Sports college football game

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Last month, the NCAA announced that it would no longer be a part of the hugely popular EA Sports NCAA College Football series.

Now, one of The Association’s most powerful conferences has followed suit.

In a statement, the SEC announced that it would no longer license its trademarks — i.e. its logos — to the EA Sports franchise from here on out.  All 14 conference members agreed to remove the league from the game.

“Each school makes its own individual decision regarding whether or not to license their trademarks for use in the EA Sports game(s),” the SEC’s statement read. “The Southeastern Conference has chosen not to do so moving forward.

“Neither the SEC, its member universities, nor the NCAA have ever licensed the right to use the name or likeness of any student to EA Sports.”

The NCAA has been embroiled in a legal fight over the past several months that has the potential to change the face of “amateur” athletics at the collegiate level.  Legal costs associated with that fight and the “current business climate” were cited by the NCAA when it announced that it would no longer be a part of the video game.

It’s unclear whether other conferences will follow the SEC’s lead, although both the Big 12 and Big Ten have been undergoing internal discussions regarding this very issue.

UPDATED 3:31 p.m. ET: As it turns out, the Big Ten’s internal discussions resulted in the same policy as the SEC’s.  In an update to their previous report, ESPN confirmed that the Big Ten will no longer license its trademark to the EA Sports NCAA football video game.

UPDATED 3:36 p.m. ET: Shortly after the previous update was posted, CFT received confirmation that the Pac-12 has followed the lead of the other two conferences and will not renew its license with EA Sports.  Individual schools, however, will be permitted to renew its license with the company, although most if not all are expected to decline that option.

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19 Responses to “Updated: SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 opt out of EA Sports college football game”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 14, 2013 1:36 PM

    Wow….. Looks like you better get your hands on NCAA 14 while you can. This will basically signal the end of that franchise.

  2. sanduskyshowerboy says: Aug 14, 2013 1:41 PM

    Whats the point? Theyve not changed the gameplay in years ..

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 14, 2013 1:59 PM

    I bought this years version of the game but haven’t bought it before that in some years.

    I don;t know how long they’ve had it but I dig the RTG format… Getting to play as high school player is pretty cool.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 14, 2013 2:39 PM

    More like the SEX.

  5. barbeaux says: Aug 14, 2013 2:45 PM

    Wow. They are all scrambling like crazy aren’t they?

  6. kane337 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    Too late NCAA. You’ve been busted. The courts are going to make you fork back all of that video game money you have profited off of kids for decades.

  7. spreadthecheese says: Aug 14, 2013 3:25 PM

    Now that the SEC is out of the video game, maybe the Big Ten can actually win a championship.

  8. mangoshakes says: Aug 14, 2013 3:37 PM

    The current contract still runs for 2 more years, though.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 14, 2013 3:41 PM

    spreadthecheese says:
    Aug 14, 2013 3:25 PM

    Now that the SEC is out of the video game, maybe the Big Ten can actually win a championship.


    I guess you can nix that idea….

  10. bender4700 says: Aug 14, 2013 5:56 PM

    Total lawyer move here.

    NCAA knows they have to cut ties with the controversial aspects. ESPN forced them to turn off the online shop. The video game aspect is closing.

    It’s all an attempt to prevent real pressure.

    It’s a modern day slave trade.

    Slave holders in the 18th century used to talk about how they gave them food, shelter, and all that bull.

    The NCAA, Universities, Coaches, ESPN, CBS, Conferences, advertisers, and a long list of other groups and individuals make a boat load. The one group that doesn’t are the actual players.

    I just don’t see why that’s hard to figure out.

  11. bender4700 says: Aug 14, 2013 5:58 PM

    Oh, and if you read the first story about this, the individual universities can still sell their license agreement to EA, they just can’t put “NCAA”.

    So “College Football 2015” with all the FBS teams, just no conference logos now.

    The game will still be around. Just chopped up, and yes, the gameplay has stayed the same recent years, so it’s not a big deal.

  12. hiroshima1880 says: Aug 14, 2013 6:42 PM

    slave trade? how is a free college education at a school like Stanford or Duke comparable to slavery?

  13. rolltide510 says: Aug 14, 2013 7:42 PM

    Doesn’t even have to be Stanford or Duke. The education bubble has driven up the cost of normal state schools to the point where a football scholarship’s total value is well into six figures.

    I’d love to hear the slave master’s views on Title IX and the fact if football players were paid for the millions of dollars of revenue they generate, ping pong players would have to be paid the exact same amount despite generating no revenue.

  14. drummerhoff says: Aug 14, 2013 9:44 PM

    How come the Big 12 and ACC haven’t announced that they are opting out?

  15. florida727 says: Aug 15, 2013 11:00 AM

    “SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 opt out of EA Sports college football game”

    TRANSLATION: they weren’t being paid :)

  16. imaduffer says: Aug 15, 2013 11:06 AM

    Sitting on your couch, pushing little buttons while playing with your imaginary friends. How fun.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 15, 2013 11:40 AM

    I think the “slave trade” analogy is a bit over the top. Do I think the NCAA is full of hypocrisy? Definitely.

    For 99% of CFB players, the scholarship is a great deal. A free education, free room and board, free tutors and free elite training and facilities in return for playing a game they love and probably would have done for free.

    But that other 1% is where the problem comes in….

  18. fatcamper says: Aug 15, 2013 2:11 PM

    Does that make Manziel a modern day Harriet Tubman?

  19. tientzu1 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:33 PM

    None of that is free nor given. The 1 year renewable scholarship is earned. Earned with a lot of hard work, sweat, risk of injury and hours dedicated to the program (both official and “voluntary”). Don’t hold up your end of the bargain and the school will revoke your scholarship. In fact if the school gets a new coach you could be at risk of losing the scholarship even if you hold up your end of the bargain.

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