EA Ditches Plans For College Football Game After Settling Lawsuit With Former Students

EA Ditches Plans For College Football Game After Settling Lawsuit With Former Students

For several years, reigning two-time Worst Company In America Electronic Arts has been fighting a lawsuit filed by former college athletes that accused the video game publisher, along with the NCAA and a third-party licensing firm, of illegally profiting off the likenesses of student-athletes. Now that it looks like the case could finally go to trial, EA has reached a settlement with the plaintiffs — and has ditched plans to put out a college football game in 2014. [More]

Another Former College Football Player Sues EA For Using Athletes’ Likenesses In Video Games

Another Former College Football Player Sues EA For Using Athletes’ Likenesses In Video Games

In the midst of a right to publicity lawsuit (which is part of a larger antitrust lawsuit) currently underway against video game publisher Electronic Arts, another athlete has lawyers filing a proposed class-action suit claiming that EA’s use of college athletes’ names and likenesses in its games is “blatant and unlawful.” [More]

Searching for "Manziel" brings up his jersey, even though his name is nowhere on it or in the description.

Companies Profit Off College Football Players’ Names Without Having To Mention Players’ Names

Manufacturers of licensed NCAA jerseys are not allowed to produce items with players’ names on the back, allegedly to maintain the “amateur” image of college athletics and allow apparel companies to claim they aren’t making truckloads of cash on the shoulders of scholar/athletes who receive no direct money for all the tickets and merchandise sold each year. But search results on the NCAA’s own e-commerce site shows that the organization and apparel companies make money off players’ names without having to actually mention those names. [More]

EA Makes Case That It Shouldn’t Be Part Of Lawsuit Over NCAA Games

EA Makes Case That It Shouldn’t Be Part Of Lawsuit Over NCAA Games

Even though reigning, two-time Worst Company In America Electronic Arts is no longer in the video game business with the folks at the NCAA, the once-inseparable couple are both defendants in an antitrust lawsuit brought by former college athletes who allege that NCAA-branded games illegally made money from the players’ likenesses. Now EA is distancing itself even further from NCAA, claiming it was just doing what NCAA told it to do. [More]

EA Definitely Moving On With NCAA-Less College Football Video Games

EA Definitely Moving On With NCAA-Less College Football Video Games

Two days after the NCAA announced it would not be renewing its football video game partnership with reigning two-time Worst Company In America champ Electronic Arts comes confirmation that the gaming giant will indeed continue to make college football games, but they simply won’t carry the “NCAA” brand. [More]

This will be the last EA game to use the NCAA Football brand.

NCAA: EA Won’t Be Making Our Football Titles Anymore (But It May Continue To Make College Games)

While we know in our heart that winning a second consecutive Worst Company In America title was the most heartbreaking moment for video game publisher Electronic Arts, this news has to come a pretty close second. The NCAA, which had an exclusive arrangement with EA to produce the wildly popular NCAA-branded college football game, has decided it won’t be signing a new contract with EA. However, it doesn’t look like it’s the end for EA’s association with college football. [More]

College Football Bowl System Apparently Warrants DOJ's Attention

College Football Bowl System Apparently Warrants DOJ's Attention

Because antitrust investigators at the Justice Department made such quick work of their investigations into the United/Continental and NBC/Universal mergers, they apparently have plenty of free time to wonder why there are no playoffs in the Bowl Championship Series. [More]

Big Ten's Logo A Shining Example Of Creativity

Big Ten's Logo A Shining Example Of Creativity

The world of college sports is a confusing place nowadays. The Big Ten Conference has 12 teams, while the Big 12 has 10 teams. The Big 10, which once actually had 10 teams but adopted a clever logo that integrated the number 11 into the structure of its old logo, paid tribute to its 12th team by moving on to a logo that appears to have been designed by a 12 year old. [More]

Best Frozen Hors d'Oeuvres To Give The NCAA Basketball Fans At Your House

Best Frozen Hors d'Oeuvres To Give The NCAA Basketball Fans At Your House

Are there NCAA basketball people camped on your couch? Do you need something to feed them? Do you not want to miss the game? We have located a list of the best frozen hors d’ouerves from Real Simple. [More]

NCAA Charges Non-Refundable $9 Fee To Enter Ticket Lottery

NCAA Charges Non-Refundable $9 Fee To Enter Ticket Lottery

Here’s another reason to be glad you don’t like college basketball–the NCAA charges a $9 fee for the privilege of maybe getting tickets to next year’s basketball tournaments.

CBS Live-Stream of March Madness Only Leads to More Madness

CBS Live-Stream of March Madness Only Leads to More Madness

Lars writes,