SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 Say 'No' to EA Sports

By Kyle Rowland on August 14, 2013 at 4:30p
Ohio State player likenesses in EA NCAA Football 14

When the news came down that the NCAA would no longer put its name on EA Sports' annual college football video game, most people figured it would be much ado about nothing. Surely, the conferences wouldn't join the boycott. Well, not so much. 

On Wednesday, the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 joined the NCAA, indicating they will no longer license their conference trademarks for the college football video 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 said in a statement. "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 Collegiate Licensing Company recently announced it completed licensing agreements for approximately 150 of the institutions it represents, including some SEC institutions.

The NCAA is currently in embroiled in a lawsuit with former student-athletes that could have far-reaching affects. The suit, led by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, is largely based on athletes' likeness being used in video games.  


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brandonbauer87's picture

Blasphemy. Lets fast forward a few years and get an agreement from the NCAAPA. 

ToothBuck's picture

If they (EA or anyone else) make a great college football game, people will buy it. Customization and sharing of leagues, teams and rosters by users will prevail.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Does the NCAA control the Collegiate Licensing Company?

Edit: I've found out they are owned by IMG.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

bleedscarletpissmaize's picture

If I'm not able to be my favorite team on a football video game, the chances of me buying the game are slim to none. #RealTalk

BTwrestle04's picture

Yeah, this thoroughly blows.

Hovenaut's picture

Total Bill Walsh College Football ('93?) flashback.....

Not the gamer I was, but this does indeed suck.

Otown Buckeye's picture

Nothing like the classic matchups of Columbus vs Pullman or Tallahassee vs South Bend

"because we couldn't go for three"

Buckeyeneer's picture

I feel for the players but when people ask me why I fall on the side of not paying players I always say that it comes down to that I fear that it will destroy the things that I love. Case in point, the mere threat of paying players may destroy College football video games.
Can they at least bring back Mutant League Football to fill the void?

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

droessl's picture

Can't wait to dominate the LargeTen conference! 

Jordan Wagner's picture

Big Fourteen would be more accurate than Big Ten. 

Gametime's picture

At least they waited until EA released (possibly) the best football game to date. The guys over at Operation Sports will surely keep the roster updates fresh for years to come as NCAA Football has now gone the way of CollegeHoops2K, NFL2K, and Triple Play Baseball...

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

Jdadams01's picture

EA Sports just lost a lot of money

Dr. House's picture

EA could use the humbling the ncaa dished out. if there is one video game company that keeps putting the screws the consumers if would be EA. i for one am laughing at EA 

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

i think it's funny that the guys involved in the lawsuit are all people that never play.  All of the current players are no names that never saw/see the field.  What a bunch of poo!  Looks like I won't be playing any more football games.  Not a big fan of Madden...terrible news.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Sam Keller ruined it!!!!   

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Kaceybrown's picture

Well, Call of Duty is I guess...

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

And Forza....Titanfall looks pretty sweet.  But NCAA Football has always taken most of my time when playing video games.  Sad sad day...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Kaceybrown's picture

Me 2. I love starting a career as a coordinator and using the coach control settings. I've had every ncaa football since '98. Competitive COD is pretty addictive tho. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Well, this stinks.  Yeah, I don't get as pumped up when Columbus is playing Ann Arbor. 

dean7647's picture

This doesn't mean Ohio State or the other 150 schools the Collegiate Licensing Company represents won't appear in the game, it just means that EA can't put the B1G, SEC, & PAC 10, and the NCAA logo in the game.