NCAA sues Electronic Arts

National Collegiate Athletic Association sues Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company over proposed $40 million settlement.

The NCAA has sued Electronic Arts and licensing firm Collegiate Licensing Co. over the proposed $40 million settlement concerning the use of college athletes' names and likenesses, it has been revealed.

As reported by The USA Today, the suit was filed on November 4 in Georgia state court. It claims that EA and CLC breached various contractual obligations to the NCAA like maintaining sufficient liability insurance to cover various claims and attorneys' fees.

What's more, the NCAA claims in the suit that CLC failed to appropriately oversee EA in its contractual obligation and that CLC did not provide the NCAA with access to documents and records that it should have been able to inspect.

The NCAA further claims that EA and CLC reached the proposed settled "without notice to the NCAA," and that details about the settlement were not divulged to the NCAA "despite the NCAA's repeated requests." For its part, the NCAA says it spent "millions of dollars in attorney's fees and costs" stemming from various lawsuits related to EA's NCAA games.

As a result of these alleged transgressions, the NCAA said it "has been harmed, continues to be harmed, and will suffer future harm" related to "EA's and CLC's unlawful actions."

As part of the lawsuit, the NCAA is seeking to stop EA and CLC from paying out the proposed settlement. It also wants EA to cover the NCAA for any future judgement of liability relating to EA's NCAA games and various legal fees.

An EA representative declined to comment on the lawsuit, while a CLC spokesperson said it is "caught in the middle of a dispute between NCAA and EA which should not involve us."

The NCAA pulled out of its relationship with EA July. The franchise was set to live on with a next-generation college football game in 2014 (that would not feature NCAA logos), but EA canceled this game in September due to legal matters.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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36 comments
soulless4now
soulless4now

EA getting sued...so what else is new? 

Paul2004
Paul2004

Somethings never change, the lawyers must be loving this....would hate to see their bill :o

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This is absolutely bat shit crazy.  Let's think about this for a moment.

EA and the NCAA exploited college students by using their likenesses in NCAA football games.  They both got sued.

After overwhelming evidence indicated they were going to lose, EA settled the case and  the NCAA refused to, saying they would fight to the bitter end.


Now the NCAA is suing EA to STOP THEM FROM PAYING THEIR SETTLEMENT, because if they do then the case against the NCAA is basically guaranteed.  The NCAA is demanding that EA not only not pay out their settlement, but COVER THE NCAA'S LIABILITY IN THE CASE.


The NCAA is saying "No EA, don't pay those college kids, you must give that money to us so we can pay them when WE lose."

Absolutely insane.  I hope the NCAA loses everything.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

NCAA is doing the same thing to players but that is okay?  Sue EA, win, give the money to the players.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

Not sure who to root for here. Kinda just hope that it gets thrown out since I doubt that the players who's likeness' are being used would see any royalties.

PS. Also, Hookem' Horns. 

Gosha14
Gosha14

too lazy to read,but SUE EA TO THE GROUND!!!

pboontap
pboontap

well to be fair the NCAA is one org i hate more than any video game company, but this is them being pissed off that they have been backed into a corner by EA and CLC, the other folks named in that player lawsuit. when they settled it left the NCAA holding the old maid card

yahboo22
yahboo22

NCAA sues EA for likenesses of players in the games. 

NCAA gets $40 million

NCAA keeps all the money for themselves and gives it to none of the players.

NCAA then profits of likenesses of players. 

NCAA = real enemy

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

Fuck EA! I hope all the money they have in their secret vault gets burned to the ground.  They suck, I have BF4 for PS4 and I have never seen a game crash and not work to this level.  RIght now you can only play domination and team deathmatch without the servers crashing.  WHY AM I NOT JUST PLAYING CALL OF DUTY THEN EA? HUH? Fuck you, Fuck your greed, and Fuck your games.  I will never be buying another game from you bastards.

jbbaby84
jbbaby84

2K please get this contract...

azwildcats585
azwildcats585

I am worried what will become of the ncaa games since we don't have anymore basketball or football now I think this is a good time to make a lacrosse game more than ever. I understand the league is small but who cares make it anyways

arqe
arqe

How this "Harms" the NCAA exactly ?

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@yahboo22 I am almost ready to put money on it that the lawsuit gets thrown out. The ncaa damages themselves by not paying athletes to play that is the lawsuit I want to see.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

@jbbaby84 As mush as I would love 2k to get back into college sports games, it is not about getting the contract but more so about how much it would cost. With the conferences now representing themselves and players now can ask for compensation, you would have to get each conference on board and also cover cost to use the athletes. It would be a nightmare and it is not worth it in terms of profitability. College sport games seems to be dead and I am sad to see that. But the NCAA, CLC, and the players let this get out of hand and this is the result. And they have nothing to complain about now that no publisher/studio wants to get involved in this again.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@jbbaby84 what is wrong with you college football is dead there is no contract to get anymore.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@azwildcats585 

Simple, there will no longer be any games at all based on NCAA or their athletes. And there is an indie Lacrosse game available on the 360 for your information. 

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

@jessie82 Only you can answer that question because you're the one chose to click on this article, nobody forced you to care.

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

@arqe 

It doesn't.  Just like me using your avatar image and username doesn't necessarily harm you so I should be able to use it, right?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Vidpci @DigitalDame You shouldn't.  EA owned up to their faults and settled the case for millions.  The NCAA refuses to settle even though they're in the wrong.  You should absolutely not be rooting for the NCAA.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Vidpci I'm not trying to make EA seem like the good guys here but the NCAA can some times just be down right jerky. Just google "Why I hate the NCAA" and you can find several examples of just awkward behavior. My favorite of course being one of recent events where a member of a women's golf team at a West Coast Conference school was sanctioned by the NCAA for washing her car on campus... I mean really.... 

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@yahboo22 although it would be funny to hear the judge call the case greed vs greed lol.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@BamaGoatt @jbbaby84Some of us love football games and are sick and tired of EA and their Madden garbage. Get 2K on the scene with how brilliantly they did with 2k5 and how excellent they've progressed the NBA 2k14 along. I'd definitely buy a 2K college ball game. Without a doubt. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @BamaGoatt @jbbaby84 No one is going to ever produce college football games, because if they did they'd have to pay all the players they use.

It's never going to happen.  College football games are done - forever.

pboontap
pboontap

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @BamaGoatt @jbbaby84  

he meant the ncaa is not handing out a license anymore, nor is the CLC going to. so unless 2k can get a deal in place that satisies about 117 different colleges and universities, there is no game forthcoming, unless you would like them to make a nerfed game with generic team names and wrong mascots. if thats gonna happen i would just as soon have Mutant College Football League!