The lights are on
Recently, the NCAA announced that it will not be renewing its license with EA. Until the Collegiate Licensing Corporation stepped in and announced it would continue the relationship, fans wondered what this would mean for future college football games, but things still look bad. Now, three conferences have stated that they will not play ball.
According to ESPN, the SEC, Big 10, and Pac-12 will not license their conference trademarks. The individual schools within those divisions can still choose to participate, but EA won't be getting support from the larger body.
The CLC covers 150 schools, including some within those divisions. EA will need to court the others individually.
Our TakeI would be surprised if EA manages to build as deep a roster of schools as it has in past years. Without the support of the conferences, some institutions may be less inclined, especially those with risk-averse legal counsel. We won't know for a number of months how successful EA is, but the more of these announcements come in, the weaker next year's game is looking.
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These 3 are out, expect the rest. While THIS sucks, and makes it unrealistic if the schools start backing out then that is when fans will go nuts. I myself will NOT buy a game with fake schools vs real ones. As of now I'm pissed the conferences will be fake.
"Risk-averse legal counsel"
Welcome to the world of redundancy.
Once you peel away the licensing for NCAA Football, the package looses a ton of appeal. The gameplay really isn't that good and hasn't improved much at all over the course of this gen. In fact I would say the quality flops around as if the developers try different things because they can't pinpoint a solution to the problem. Once the roster of teams starts to diminish and you have schools missing here and there, then I think you will see a massive decline in sales for this product.
Just walk away from this one EA. Put the money and effort into Madden and other franchises.
Not worth it if I can't truck stick with Todd Gurley...
I would play a Division three game, maybe.
well that sucks
If Alabama is not in the game i'm not buying.
Not buying either way. All I need is NHL and Fifa.
Wow. Talk about the end of the NCAA football game genre.