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EA College Football Continues Thanks to New Deal

Posted July 26, 2013 by Ivan "Tech Curse" Mashkov in News
This is College Football

Joystick reports, via Game Informer, that EA Sports will still be putting out games from it’s college football series as a result of a new deal with the CLC (Collegiate Licencing Company). The CLC is the trademark licencing affiliate company of IMG College that manages the licences of over 200 colleges and universities in the US. A source has told Joystiq that the current licencing agreement will be extended for three years starting from July 1, 2014. This means that EA Sports will be able to make and release non-exclusive college football games under this contract. The source also said that EA will not renew it’s exclusive contract with the NCAA, in order to abide by the terms of a $27 million settlement. This is not somethings totally new. GP reported on this state of affairs in a previous article, however the terms of the licencing extension have not been revealed until now.

The game series under a new name will be able to use the names of college football programs and their player’s likeness. However the new game will not include the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) brand. EA was named defendant in a class action lawsuit, where it was alleged that by locking in exclusive deals with the NCAA, NFL and AFL it was violating antitrust law. The company chose to settle the lawsuit outside of court for $27 million with the sum going to customers, who purchased football games from the company. The payouts were different, depending on the platform, for which the game was bought. The settlement also included provision that EA would be unable to renew it’s exclusive deal with the NCAA for five years, which will force EA to change the branding and name of future college football games.

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