Update: EA settles one lawsuit.
This morning in my column I mentioned the lawsuit filed by former players against the NCAA for allowing their likenesses to be used in video games without compensation and how the NCAA had announced it would not renew its contract with EA Sports.
Today, EA Sports announced that it will no longer produce its NCAA college football game.
“This is as profoundly disappointing to the people who make this game as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year,” Cam Weber, the general manager of American football for EA Sports, wrote in statement posted on the compabny’s website.
The statement went on to say: “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 Meanwhile, the NCAA and a number of conferences have withdrawn their support of our game.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.”
Sad goodbyes: For Notre Dame, Penn State and Georgia fans 18 and younger, the only time they’ve seen their team win a NC is via EA Sports.
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) September 26, 2013