On the heels of yesterday's announcement that the NCAA would end its licensing agreement with EA Sports - which is set to expire in June of next year - EA has assured fans that its NCAA college football game franchise will live on - even if it doesn't have "NCAA" in its title.
"This is simple: EA Sports will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks," said Wilson, executive vice president of EA Sports. "Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Company is strong and we are already working on a new game for next-generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, leagues and all the innovation fans expect from EA Sports."
EA still has a licensing deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) that gives them the rights to use team names, uniforms, colors, mascots, stadiums and related items for all the colleges and universities featured in the game. EA is prevented from negotiating an exclusive licensing contract with the CLC - part of the terms of a 2012 settlement for an antitrust lawsuit regarding its football franchises.
The lack of licensing from the NCAA also does not exclude EA from using college football playoff system, bowl games, conference names, Heisman Trophy, coach names or ESPN branding.
You can read EA's statement on the matter here.