EA's College Football Franchise in Limbo

By Rebecca Smith, 3 years ago
Two months ago, we revealed that EA had ended their licensing agreement with the NCAA so that the company could no longer use their name or the logo for their college football video games. In that same announcement, EA rushed to quash any concerns regarding the future of their franchise. At that time they confirmed that EA SPORTS would continue to develop and publish college football games under the moniker College Football. The first game was due to be College Football 15. This is no longer the case. In a new statement, EA has some bad news.

College Football 15 is no longer in existence. Cam Weber, EA SPORTS' GM of American Football, announced that this game has been cancelled. The future of the franchise also looks bleak as EA is currently evaluating their plans. The people who were part of the EA Tiburon NCAA development team are being reassigned to other projects. The reason for the cancellation and the uncertainty of the future is the current litigation between EA, NCAA and "student-athletes". I'll let Weber explain:

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 Meanwhile, the NCAA and a number of conferences have withdrawn their support of our game.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.

At EA SPORTS, college football has always been a labor of love, and it is unfortunate that these business and legal issues have impacted our ability to make next year’s game. This franchise has been developed by a team that is deeply committed to the tradition and culture of this sport – that’s why fans have always loved it.
NCAA Football 14 players need not panic as EA has confirmed that they will continue to support the title. Whether there will ever be another college football game in the future remains to be seen.

Thanks to all of the members of the community who sent this one in!
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.