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  • Press Row Hangout Clips: O’Bannon’s Court Victory, The Show Addictions and More
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    Posted August 9th, 2014 at 1:30 pm 2 Comments »
    The latest Press Row Hangout was recorded on Friday night and tackled many recent news stories of significance. In one segment from the show the panel raves about the lasting enjoyment of MLB 14: The Show, the next relates to the big ruling yesterday in the Ed O'Bannon v. NCAA case, and the final one runs through a number of topics in a "Lightning Round". Those include the changes implemented by Twitch, Zynga announcing two mobile sports games, and The Golf Club's release likely falling on o...
  • O’Bannon Wins Case Against NCAA
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    Posted August 8th, 2014 at 3:45 pm 21 Comments »
    The judge in O'Bannon v. NCAA has ruled that the NCAA violates anti-trust laws by preventing players from being paid for their name and likenesses. This does not appear to be a ruling however that threatens the core of the NCAA - one in which some surmised a more devastating ruling could bring down the organization entirely. It's certainly far from the worst case scenario for them. That could be a good thing for the future of college sports video games depending on how the NCAA attempts t...
  • NBA Lockout Offers Potential Opportunity for a Future College Basketball Series
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    Posted November 16th, 2011 at 9:15 am 30 Comments »
    Both EA Sports and 2K Sports abandoned college basketball video games earlier this generation. What it came down to was college games, outside of football, simply don't sell well - and they open themselves up to ongoing litigation regarding the use player likenesses. The recipe was one of high risk and low reward. Both companies - along with many others - have instead decided to dedicate resources to proven properties with greater potential return rather than investing in those that have lit...
  • Court Hearing Tomorrow in Suit Against NCAA and EA Sports
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    Posted February 14th, 2011 at 1:00 pm 42 Comments »
    A critical hearing takes place tomorrow in the case of Sam Keller vs. the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing Company, and EA Sports. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2009, has reached the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after the argument to dismiss made by EA Sports regarding free speech protection as creative works of art was rejected last February. That First Amendment challenge has been watched closely and supported by Hollywood as it could affect their entertainment-based operations if chall...
  • The Future of College Basketball Gaming
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    Posted February 16th, 2010 at 4:30 pm 39 Comments »
    Within a three year span no sport has taken a hit in the sports gaming world as severely as basketball. There used to be five total titles with three NBA games and two NCAA games. Now there are two NBA titles (with one possibly on its last legs) and none for college. Why has this happened specifically to the NCAA offerings and what is the current outlook on the eventual future of college basketball gaming? (more…)...
  • NCAA Basketball Series Officially Canceled
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    Posted February 10th, 2010 at 11:02 am 50 Comments »
    It was just a matter of time until EA Sports confirmed the cancellation of the NCAA Basketball franchise. On Monday I outlined all the indications that resulted in the conclusion that the series would not continue past this last release of NCAA Basketball 10. EA has now made a statement to Game Informer to put whatever question remained about its status to rest. We do not have an NCAA Basketball game in development at this time, and we’re currently reviewing the future of our NCAA Basketbal...
  • EA Fiscal Report Indicates Cancellation of NCAA Basketball and New Fighting Title
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    Posted February 8th, 2010 at 1:53 pm 37 Comments »
    Earlier today Electronic Arts released their third quarter fiscal 2010 report which also included a list of titles planned for release in the coming fiscal year. All the usual suspects were listed with the exception of one. In addition to to that the rumored release date frame for a couple new franchises can be confirmed as well as the addition of a new fighting title in the works. As I've been discussing the likelihood of for months it now appears a foregone conclusion that the NCAA Basket...
  • #8 of 2009: NCAA Football 10
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    Posted December 20th, 2009 at 9:39 am 93 Comments »
    The ranking of games in the best of 2009 list is based primarily on the personal amount of enjoyment had with a particular title. Some other factors include whether advertised features were fully delivered on, post-release support, community interaction and communication, overall gameplay experience, feature set, and online play performance. Again this is a personal take on the games. The analysis is weighted largely towards those which I had the most fun with while considering them as a who...
  • No Plans for NCAA Basketball 10 Patch
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    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 1:23 pm 82 Comments »
    NCAA Basketball 10 released to little fanfare and with what has appeared to be minimal support from EA Sports. That brought about the question of whether the game would even receive a patch. EA has provided patches for all their yearly titles however the feeling surrounding NCAA was that it may not receive the same post-release support. I have been informed that there is currently no plan to provide a patch for NCAA Basketball 10. After having written about the possibility that EA will ca...
  • NCAA Basketball 10 Dynamic Update Out
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    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 12:27 am 32 Comments »
    The first "Dynamic Update" for NCAA Basketball 10 came out early Tuesday morning. With it came an updated Top 25 and RPI, authentic schedules, and two new plays. Initially there were some issues with the Top 25 being incorrect but that has since been fixed so anyone that has incorrect rankings just needs to download the update again. Based on reactions in various communities it appears the update has delivered on what it promised. The Top 25 is updated and accurate and the authentic sched...
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