Archive for the ‘NCAA Football’ Category
  • California makes first move allowing college athletes to be paid for name and likeness
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    Posted September 30th, 2019 at 9:15 am No Comments »
    Today California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act that was previously passed unanimously by the state senate. The bill allows for college athletes to be paid by outside parties for use of their name and likeness rather than having to do with schools paying them directly. That would include the ability to sign a deal to appear in a video game. Those who think this means the return of an EA Sports college football game is now imminent will be disappointed however as the...
  • Proposed legislation would assist in the return of college sports video games
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    Posted March 19th, 2019 at 7:15 am No Comments »
    It has been nearly six years since the release of NCAA Football 14. That game was the last of its kind - a college sports video game featuring all of the necessary licensed properties along with fully editable and shareable rosters. All these years later and there remains no imminent return of a college football game from EA Sports or any other publisher/developer. The Ed O'Bannon case ended in favor of active and retired athletes but with nothing resolved on the front of being able to co...
  • Press Row Podcast: NCAA Football Five Years Later
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    Posted July 13th, 2018 at 9:00 pm No Comments »
    We look back on the NCAA Football franchise five years after the release of the final edition in the series, NCAA Football 14, on this episode of the Press Row Podcast. The discussion includes a recap of what led to the demise of college sports video games, whether a return is possible in the five years ahead and what would need to happen for that to occur, and the various challenges a video game developer faces with college sports beyond just the current legal complications. Finally, thereā...
  • Five years have now passed since the last NCAA Football game released
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    Posted July 10th, 2018 at 12:01 am No Comments »
    Had the NCAA Football series not been cancelled NCAA Football 19 would have released today. It's a sad reminder that the saga which began in 2009 with lawsuits from Ed O'Bannon and Sam Keller still hasn't reached its ultimate resolution. NCAA Football was the big casualty along the way when it was shut down shortly after the release of NCAA Football 14 in 2013. NCAA Football was cancelled not just due to a loss of NCAA branding and the ongoing legal action but the cold feet of parties suc...
  • Finally some movement on Kessler vs NCAA, which is the case to watch if college video games are to return
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    Posted March 28th, 2018 at 4:15 pm No Comments »
    There hasn't been much movement over the last six months towards the potential for a return of college video games. For that to happen a new system will have to be put into place that allows collegiate athletes to be paid for their likenesses while retaining eligibility. The Supreme Court's decision on O'Bannon vs NCAA kept things in limbo, leaving the action brought by attorney Jeffrey Kessler as the next best hope for change. That case had a major development today as Judge Claudia Wilk...
  • NCAA Football 14 sims the 2017-18 College Football Playoff games
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    Posted December 30th, 2017 at 1:45 pm 7 Comments »
    Over four years have passed since NCAA Football 14 released and yet returning to it reminds me how incredibly well it holds up in how it looks, plays, differentiates styles and even projects outcomes. With updated rosters NCAA went 5-1 last year predicting the crucial Conference Championship games and the three College Football Playoff games. Once again I turned to NCAA 14 for insight on the upcoming CFP games. Included are game summaries, statistics, key takeaways, and video highlights. ...
  • Press Row Podcast: Four years since NCAA Football’s cancellation
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    Posted July 15th, 2017 at 12:30 pm 3 Comments »
    This last Tuesday marked what would have been the release of NCAA Football 18 had the series not been cancelled in 2013. There also hasn't been a college basketball game since 2009. How did we get to where we are now that college sports is barely represented in gaming? What is the potential for college sports to make any sort of comeback in the future? It's a subject that was covered in a piece written earlier this week for Sporting News. Everything from the lawsuits that began eight year...
  • Four years later and NCAA Football is no closer to a return
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    Posted July 11th, 2017 at 10:30 am 20 Comments »
    Shortly after release of NCAA Football 14 publisher EA Sports declared that the NCAA would be pulling their license (which only would have affected the name and official marks from appearing) and that the series would continue into the PS4 and Xbox One generation. That of course never materialized as the O'Bannon vs NCAA case had begun to scare away other partners as well, including conferences and individual schools which proved to be the tipping point. Less than two months from that ini...