SEC ends relationship with EA Sports

[UPDATE] Southeastern Conference joins NCAA in ending business relationship with publisher for college football games; Pac-12 and Big Ten also out.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, ESPN amended its story to include the Pac-12 and Big Ten as conferences ending their relationships with EA Sports as well.

The original story is below.

The Southeastern Conference (SEC), considered to be the most powerful conference in college football, has ended its business relationship with EA Sports and will not license its trademarks for the publisher's college football series going forward.

The announcement comes about one month after the NCAA ended its relationship with EA Sports, saying it would not license its symbols and trademarks for college football games in the future.

Similar to the NCAA, the SEC noted in a statement today (via ESPN), that its member schools can make their own decisions about whether or not they wish to participate in new games.

"Each school makes its own individual decision regarding whether or not to license their trademarks for use in the EA Sports game(s)," the SEC said. "The Southeastern Conference has chosen not to do so moving forward. Neither the SEC, its member universities, nor the NCAA have ever licensed the right to use the name or likeness of any student to EA Sports."

This means SEC logos and the SEC Championship game will no longer appear in EA Sports' college football games. The conference's schools--like Alabama, LSU, and Florida--can still appear in the games if they choose to.

EA Sports recently signed a new deal with the College Licensing Company that gives the publisher the rights to use more than 150 colleges, conferences, and bowl games" in its franchise. It remains unclear if any schools have chosen not to participate.

EA is currently developing a new college football game for next-generation platforms the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, though details on the game have not been announced.

NCAA Football 14 launched last month for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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78 comments
SoonerSpirit80
SoonerSpirit80

Its a   end  of   a  era   it   means    that     we  will  not  be  getting  any  College  football  games   til l this is  settled  cause a  few  people  whined  about  getting  paid


csward
csward

We won't see another college athletics video game until the players are paid in college, saldy.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

OK 2K are YOU HEARING WHATS Going ON?

2K? are you listening to the news?

Just because they say they aren't doing contract, doesn't mean another company can't swoop in with a genuine offer that covers the whole NCAA.

Also if you do , please put it on PC.

pboontap
pboontap

does this mean i can expect a mutant league football college edition???????

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Ehh, dare I say: does this mean 2K Sports could finally make a football game again? Is the decade of monopoly and no competition over?  Probably not.

blackothh
blackothh

Ok kids, what did we learn today? Exclusivity is BAD!

Rayrota
Rayrota

NCAA Vs. EA. It's like two giant shit monsters going at it.

afrsamurai88
afrsamurai88

Wishful thinking, maybe the NFL will do the same.... 

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

To the people bashng EA here, THIS TIME, they are not the enemy.  The NCAA is.  The NCAA is one of, if not THE most corrupt and hypocritical organizations in the HISTORY of organizations!  They deserve EVERY SINGLE BAD thing that happens to them.

It is funny to me how all of the lawsuits have them running like roaches when the lights come on.  I hope they lose EVERY suit and get sued into oblivion.  The NCAA should be blown up and started over at this point.  it is beyond fixing.  As much as I can't stand EA, the NCAA makes EA look almost decent.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

It sounds like in the future EA is better off making a CFL game for Canadians than a college football game.

3 major conferences out ... LOLOLOL ... it is over EA

lucas182
lucas182

Your turn NFL... lets end this FKing monopoly... Madden sucks without competition (which means Madden sucks since 2005)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

After years of exploitation without paying the athletes, they're bailing out now that they're finally being sued.

valdarez
valdarez

This is what happens when a company uses unethical approaches to obtaining and using licenses.  Now, if only the NFL would follow suit....

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'm personally really excited for the new game. I want to see which team has the better stats out of College number 9 and College number 17.

Catz_03
Catz_03

Man this is getting ugly quick.

blackace
blackace

I guess NCAA 14 will be the last college football game worth owning. I wish 2KSports would grab the NCAA Basketball license. I loved being able to play the 2K College BB games and then upload the players into the NBA 2K games.

91210user
91210user

These college folks clearly want to just sit down and play video games, not be it in! Don't blame them! Video games now a days are so powerful and free that you can put yourself in a video game just to be blown up! I mean, who wants that? Who wants to be tackled and messed around on a football pitch and be rough around or to break as many rules. Maybe they were also bullied aswell as a result like the Star Wars Kid and were made fun off at college after other gamers making fun of them in game, making them do silly things in game. There so much going on there!

kargion
kargion

"considered to be the most powerful conference in college footbal" -- opinion

dpadam450
dpadam450

@VolcanoMan001 No, this doesn't say anything about exclusivity. 2K and EA would still need a contract and this says there are NO contracts to ANYONE. Also NCAA is not the same as colleges. Colleges can still sell their names.

dpadam450
dpadam450

@afrsamurai88 NFL does not own the teams which is why you hear "Owner of the Cowboys". Cowboys can be in a game without the NFL brand.

telaros
telaros

@kungfuj0  They both are at fault. NCAA wanted to exploit their players on technicalities and handing off details to EA and EA would cash in on locals and 'likeness' of players that would not be able to tell it was them they were being referenced/depicted in the games.

This led to no royalties or sponsorships having to be paid out to anyone but the NCAA and affiliates. It was a horrible thing to do on both sides.

I'm in total agreement of the way those asshats at NCAA has been exploiting youths for decades. The need to be made an example of, and if they have to dish out millions to do so per suit, all the better. Karma is a bitch and they been piling it up for far too long.

Little do they know that even with their community lined Judges and so forth, they will still face lawsuits and even if they did cut ties and push all the blame on EA alone. Time to bring these crooks to justice!

tightwad34
tightwad34

@DeViLzzz LOL. I gotta laugh at the idea of EA trying a CFL game. It would probably have a hard time selling 100,000 copies.

dpadam450
dpadam450

@valdarez Unethical being NCAA asks for millions of dollars and EA pays them that money? 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@valdarez NFL doesn't care so much as they have too much $$ and it's only going to get worse as the NFL is above(most) all, and it's popularity ain't going away.

sanchango
sanchango

@hadlee73 I don't know man, I heard College number 10 has a good offensive line

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@tonyleo01 which of the 50 tigers are you talking about? Forget it tigers all suck Go Bucks!

dpadam450
dpadam450

@blackace Not true, colleges and NCAA are separate, NCAA doesn't own every college and will still be able to be in games.

FadeToBlack90
FadeToBlack90

@kargion SEC is 9-1 in BCS National Championship games; 42-22 in bowl games(including 32-15 against ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 since 2006), 4 Heisman winners. All of this in the BCS era. Don't even get me started on how the SEC has dominated the draft the last few years, and the cupcake OOC schedule argument is lame too. Why don't you all go check the OOC of every pre-season top 25 school. That argument completely debunks itself, because every single school in the major conferences schedules cupcakes. So no, it's not an opinion, it is 100% a fact.

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@kargion you are obviously butthurt some SEC school destroyed your school last year..that must be it...the editor even used the word "considered" which doesn't even make the rest of his statement a fact but instead an opinion or belief....so the fact you have to repost this part means you believe it to be true...get owned

wEEman33_IV
wEEman33_IV

@kargion


BCS National Championship Game wins by conference:


SEC = 9 wins, 1 lossBIG 12 = 2 wins, 5 lossesACC = 1 win, 2 lossesBig East = 1 win, 2 lossesBig 10  = 1 win, 2 lossesPAC 12 = 1 win, 3 lossesIndependents = 0 wins, 1 loss
FACT, not opinion.

afrsamurai88
afrsamurai88

@dpadam450 @afrsamurai88 Yea, thats not true dpadam450. The NFL owns the rights...as a holistic entity.   i.e. the Cowboys can't go off and make their own video game, if they wanted it to feature any other NFL teams.  This is why you always hear the phrase... "With written consent of the NFL".  Check out any video game, or legal piece of apparel for example,  it always has to have the trademarked NFL logo included on a tag or label somewhere.   If the EA/NFL relationship were ended, it would have to be a decision voted on by the NFL... not just an individual NFL owner.  

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@deadly_yank33 anyone that actually believes the sec is a superpower is just an idiot. Yes they have good teams but until they stop scheduling cupcakes during non conference schedule they get no respect from me.

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

@wEEman33_IV @kargion Keep in mind that 1 SEC loss was in a title game where two SEC teams were playing off against each other. So is that really a loss when we also won? :p


Roll tide.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@wEEman33_IV @kargion you do know that is garbage stats. The only true way to know is head to head contest. Let's not forget the sec is hideous with non conference scheduling playing cupcakes. Yes other conferences do it but it usually has meaning behind it like a coach throwing money to his former team. 

dpadam450
dpadam450

@afrsamurai88@dpadam450
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL
The NFL is a  non-profit association. They do not own any teams. Which is why teams have "Owners" who buy those teams. The NFL owns the broadcast, when two teams come together. I'm not sure what exactly the NFL owns:

Do you see NFL on the trademark for Baltimore Ravens? No. They might get a cut since it is a collective entity and they may have an NFL contract.
http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4805:755t38.5.1

For college though, I can tell you 100% that the teams own their trademarks and can on an individual level decide to be in a videogame or not.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@Wattsburg0

We really could use a no name football game for sure but I think the best shot at seeing it would be on pc cuz Sony and MS have made loads of money with EA games on their systems so I don't know if they would be inviting some competition especially if it makes fun of the NFL and EA.

but man on pc with game pad controller option and also the ability to edit rosters any way we want well that would be awesome

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

@DeViLzzz @tightwad34  I want someone to make a football game that is based on a fictional league that is in competition with the NFL and make fun of it and poke fun at EA as well without actually naming EA or the NFL. Get a couple decent commentator/comedians to call the games and it could be pretty fun as well as funny.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@DeViLzzz Not saying it would be a bad game. It actually would be interesting considering how different the Canadian game is than America. It's too unknown to too many people. It probably not a risk worth taking, but hey it's not my money.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

@BamaGoatt @deadly_yank33 Are you serious here, man?  I'm not saying that ANY school should be scheduling cupcakes, but if any schools have the right to, its SEC schools.  They play in a conference that CONSISTENTLY has at least 6 schools that are highly ranked and championship capable.  To play in the SEC is like walking through a minefield...any school can get any other school at any time.  When you have to deal with that kind of strees week in and week out, you deserve whatever break you can get.  In other conferences, the whole damn conference are cupcakes except for maybe 2 schools in a given year.  There MAY be 1 or 2 matchups the whole year that are worth watching.  In the SEC, there is usually a ranked vs ranked EVERY week.  it never lets up.  THAT is why they are the best conference, and that is indeed a fact.

Conker1985
Conker1985

Notre Dame learned how outclassed they were against Alabama pretty quickly.

pkolenic
pkolenic moderatorstaff

@Fitcherman @BamaGoatt @deadly_yank33 

Kinda hard not to go to the National Championship when invitation is based on rankings, and the SEC always has over half its members start the season in the top 25.   If instead all school started the season tied on rankings and you moved up based on performance and stats, the SEC wouldn't fair as well as they do. 

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@BamaGoatt @deadly_yank33 I don't think they care about getting the respect of some random dude on the internet, especially when they have won the last seven national title games.