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EA_Sports_banner_723x250.jpg POSTED BY Cam Weber, GM of American Football, EA SPORTS ON Sep 26, 2013

Update on College Football

Today I am sad to announce that we will not be publishing a new college football game next year, and we are evaluating our plan for the future of the franchise. This is as profoundly disappointing to the people who make this game as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year. I’d like to explain a couple of the factors that brought us to this decision. 

We have been stuck in the middle of a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes who seek compensation for playing college football. Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA – but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes.  For our part, we are working to settle the lawsuits with the student-athletes.  Meanwhile, the NCAA and a number of conferences have withdrawn their support of our game.  The ongoing legal issues combined with increased questions surrounding schools and conferences have left us in a difficult position – one that challenges our ability to deliver an authentic sports experience, which is the very foundation of EA SPORTS games.

At EA SPORTS, college football has always been a labor of love, and it is unfortunate that these business and legal issues have impacted our ability to make next year’s game.  This franchise has been developed by a team that is deeply committed to the tradition and culture of this sport – that’s why fans have always loved it. We are working to retain the talented people who are part of the team by placing them elsewhere within the EA SPORTS organization. 

In the meantime, we will continue to be connected and engaged with our fans who are playing EA SPORTS NCAA Football. Our decision does not affect our commitment to NCAA Football 14 and the consumers who love playing the game.

Comments (51)

  1. Comment Flagged +2 -26
    Karma's a *****, aint it? Serves The Worst Company in America right, for taking away the people's choice in football games (NFL2k) 9 very dark years ago.
    Sep 26, 2013
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    1. Comment Flagged +2 -4
      They took away people's choice. 2K merged with them so obviously they didn't think they could compete stop being a butthurt whiney little *****.
      Sep 26, 2013
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      LMFAO@ how completely idiotic you are. 2K didnt merge with EA. LMFAO. EA bought the NFL licence because of how scared they were of ESPN 2K Football. They were scared how the new blood was beating them in terms of quality of game. ESPN 2k5 has features that Madden just put...put during the next game gens (Xbox 360, PS3)
      Feb 18, 2014
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    3. +2 -2
      Shut the **** up, your an idiot. Its called bein proactive and EA did it, no one challenged them so they took it. Go play you pitiful excuse for 2K sports. Have fun.
      Sep 26, 2013
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    4. +1 -2
      You get -thumbs down for saying NFL2k, its no better than Madden 25... and if they could have milked the fans they would have as well. I hope this is a wake up call for EA sports.
      Sep 26, 2013
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  2. Comment Flagged +3 -25
    "Millions who enjoy playing it each year"? Obviously, nobody at EA has been checking the sales charts -- the declining quality of this game has kept it from selling in the "millions" for years. Good riddance.
    Sep 26, 2013
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      Agreed. I agree that GTHobbes is an idiot. This game may not be played on the level that Madden is, but there are many, many people that can not even be bothered with the NFL and prefer NCAA sports. You're American, I'm sure... Shouldn't you know this? How many towns and communities in the US can't wait until Friday evening when the local high schools play their games? How many people can't wait until Saturday afternoon to watch their favorite college teams whoop it up? And the very next day, many of these people can't be bothered to even watch the NFL? While the NCAA isn't professional football, I find that it is easily just as exciting. With gambling on professional sports increasing every year, who knows if betting on professional sports isn't fixed at this day in age anyway. At least we know that college football isn't. I just watched the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers nearly beat the 7-1 Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Seahawks win 27-24 in OT. In what lifetime would something like this EVER happen? Don't tell me that the NFL isn't staged... People betting the farm on the Seahawks winning by 40 and they end up squeaking out a 3 point win at home over the worst team in the league. My point is, NCAA football is one of the greatest things going and the news that there won't be a game next year because collegiate athletes want a handout for diddly squat makes me want to puke. The 21st century we're living in and everyone have their hands out expecting something for doing absolutely nothing. I sincerely hope that every person who has affected this decision in a negative way has something catastrophic happen to them... Something life changing. I'm so utterly sick of people ********, complaining and crying foul for anything that makes them feel ****** or hurts their princess-esque feelings. Suck it the f#ck up and try living your life with some f#ckin' nobility. What's next? People whining about collegiate team nicknames? Wait... I guess that's already a go isn't it?
      Nov 3, 2013
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    2. 0 -1
      You are an idiot, EA been selling million's of copie's of the game in which it has been a very good game to begin with stop you're crying like all the other idiot's that are talking **** about the company, THEY ARE THE PLATFORM for college football get your head out of your **** because you suck at the game doesn't mean it's a bad game for everyone else ofcourse it has it's flaw's but what game doesn't? you can't name 1 game that's out there that nobody is gunna complain about
      Sep 26, 2013
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    3. 0 0
      I will have to disagree with you by about a Million.! this game is the best! ''Good riddance.''? man this is sad to see this happen to such a great company and game. to even say ''Good riddance''? is terrible to me because I know how hard they worked on this.
      Sep 27, 2013
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  3. +7 -1
    will you be able to make roster and stat updates for '14 throughout next year?
    Sep 26, 2013
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    1. +3 0
      This announcement does not affect our commitment to NCAA Football 14.
      Sep 26, 2013
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    2. 0 0
      Will you please make 14 for Xbox One?!
      Dec 26, 2013
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  4. +9 -1
    The problem lies not within EA; it lies within the selfish student athletes. They get $100,000+ worth of free education, free food, and free travel throughout the United States, and for a select few, fame, glory and the possibility of millions of dollars for the ability to become a professional athlete. But that's not good enough; the greed and selfishness makes them want more and more. This is the first domino to fall.
    Sep 26, 2013
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      LMFAO@"select few, fame, glory and the possibility of millions of dollars". The what? Select few? Get what? Millions...when they go to the NFL? Yeah, that makes it all better. When about 80% of college coaches in D-1A make millions, school makes millions, company makes millions. And if the student athlete gets hurt...well it good bye because they have a year-to-year scholarship that gets renew every year. LMFAO yeah they are greedy
      Feb 18, 2014
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    2. +4 0
      If student athletes get paid, small schools will no longer be able to field competitive teams. This will decrease income for those schools that fund other activities and campus improvements. Tuitions, merchandise and ticket prices will increase. What about water polo or tennis, who obviously benefit from football revenue? Will they also be paid, or will their sports cease operation because of lack of funding because football consumes all resources? There is greed by the schools, and there is greed and selfishness by the players. I applaud EA for not feeding the monkey. I love the game and will miss it, but I condone the payment of players who receive enough freebies already. I was injured in high school and never got the opportunity to get a free ride at college (grades weren't good enough)... those are the breaks. That's life.
      Sep 26, 2013
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    3. 0 0
      You are one incredibly misguided soul my friend, you obviously haven't read or seen any testimony from former student-athletes, for example Arian Foster. He spent Saturdays on Tennessee's home field, the stadium filled to capacity at over 100,000, would rush for a 100 yards in the game, and go home to an empty refrigerator. He called his coach and he brought him and a few other classmates 40 tacos from Taco Bell. This being an infraction of NCAA rules that could have gotten his coach fired, and him and his team mates suspended. The fact that they get up at 5 am to be at practice by 6 am practice for 3 hours, go to class for 4 hours, come back and go to the weight room for another 3 hours. Have tutoring sessions for 3-4, then do any homework they might have... They aren't allowed to work a part time job, even if they had the time to do it, this includes their off season. They may get free food, or free travel through out the States, but they don't have the time to actually take advantage of it. You're also talking about students on a full ride, which not all of them have. Now add this into the equation. If the university decides for any reason whatsoever, they can terminate an athlete's scholarship whenever they choose. What THEY consider to be poor grades, what THEY consider to sub par performance, if THEY don't like his/her personality. Maybe they don't deserve much... but they deserve something. The military manages to pay people a salary, while still providing room and board, insurance, and job training, and travel around the world, not just the United States. I think the NCAA can work something out with the over $12 billion in revenue they pulled in last year
      Feb 10, 2014
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  5. +5 0
    Will you put NCAA 14 on PS4 at least so we can still play it?
    Sep 26, 2013
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      And Xbox One!!!
      Dec 26, 2013
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    2. +2 0
      Please, please, PLEASE do this! I'm not planning on keeping my Ps3 when the Ps4 comes out.
      Sep 27, 2013
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  6. +7 -1
    I know EA is in the business of making great sports games that we buy year after year. What they are really doing when it comes to College Football is supporting the NCAA & the players. This is one more way for us to get excited about college football, our teams and the players. The only reason I even know the sames of so many players is because of the fans who crank out those rosters. They should be paying EA not the other way around. You f" ing babies.
    Sep 26, 2013
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  7. +8 0
    Make an all-customizable "National College Football" game and let us create 125 college football teams and rosters, and 10 to 12 conferences. All of it can either be user-edited or randomized by computer, like Create-A-School but on a large scale.
    Sep 26, 2013
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    1. +3 0
      I agree with this 100%. Just release a game with some made up league, but include robust team creation tools. Within weeks the community will whip up better rosters than EA ever could.
      Sep 26, 2013
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    2. +3 0
      just put everything thing on Teambuilder and let us import all our own stuff into a game where you have a bunch of default generic starter teams/conferences. give us the ability to create/delete conferences, make custom conference logos/names, put all the uniform designs on the teambuilder site and just let the fans/gamers run wild with our creative juices. EA you really have no idea the level of artistic talent that is out there.
      Sep 26, 2013
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    3. +2 0
      Exactly! Hopefully EA does this because I need a good next gen CF game.
      Sep 27, 2013
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  8. +5 0
    Just make the game with all created and fake players. The recruiting and program building is the best part of the game anyways. After a few seasons in franchise mode the roster was made up of all fake guys anyways. Let people make their own team names, helmets, uniforms, stadiums, and conferences and be done with it. EA's constant effort to make things "real" is a waste of time - you can't make it real - it's a video game - just make it fun!
    Sep 26, 2013
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    1. +3 0
      Totally agree. Let us scale it up or down as we want. Make power conferences, or a league of only 60 teams, with the option to add more in subsequent years. There are some things EA can get rights to, maybe some independent schools or some of the bowl games. I don't care if the University of Buffalo's stadium is a brick-for-brick re-creation, so one of 40 generic stadiums would work. An open-ended college football game with less restrictions would be MORE fun.
      Sep 26, 2013
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  9. +3 -3
    Since you guys can't make anymore college football games try to get the license to make baseball games again your guys back in the day had the best baseball game out back in 2005 with MVP baseball. You guys need to take that franchise back 2k sports the have ruined America's pastime. It would be good to see that franchise back in your guys lineup of sports games.
    Sep 26, 2013
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  10. +5 0
    I have a better idea. Instead of placing them elsewhere, you keep them where they are make 2014 BETTER!! FIX the problems that are there (you KNOW there are problems, right?) and make it an overal even BETTER experience. and UPDATE it to support the new playoff system that is coming so that we can continue to enjoy 2014 and others will still want to buy it!!
    Sep 26, 2013
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    1. +1 0
      This is a great idea
      Sep 26, 2013
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    Since the production of the 2014 game has stopped. Will the coaching points glitch be fixed for 2013 anytime soon?
    Sep 26, 2013
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  12. +3 -5
    EA done it to themselves... copy, paste, repeat. Fans are completely and utterly sick of paying $60 per years for a couple simple updates that could have came in form of a DLC for $15. EA has ripped us off long enough, next will be Madden unless you get off your ***** and do work. If you can't make the game better in 1 year, do small roster DLC for Madden, and hold off 3 years and come out with a bigger and better game... sick of having to pay every year for a that isn't worth $60+.
    Sep 26, 2013
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  13. +2 -1
    Why everyone is bashing NCAA is just dumbfounding. It's been a very fun game consistently for years now, put the Madden-v-NCAA argument away (because they're both two different types of football when you really think about it). It's sad to see such a fun game with such hard work sink into the abyss. I see such great potential in NCAA, there are so many things a developer can do with a sport like College ball. EA saying it was a Labor of love just makes me lose hope for it all :'(
    Sep 26, 2013
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  14. +1 0
    When will NCAA14's online dynasties end? I hope weget 2 years of online capability like NCAA 12 had.
    Sep 26, 2013
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  15. +4 -1
    BRING BACK COLLEGE HOOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sep 26, 2013
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  16. +1 0
    Such a huge blow to Football. I wish you all the best in the future EA!!!
    Sep 26, 2013
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  17. +2 0
    This is a disgrace, I am going to miss this game next year despite my annual distress at the lack of updates surrounding the University of Kansas, particularly their uniform. Please give us an update so even when the franchise is gone I can enjoy my Jayhawks and their modern uniforms (at least one uniform from this year would be nice)
    Sep 26, 2013
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  18. +1 0
    Are you working on the Uniform update for Texas Tech before you shut down? I really hope this is a bad joke, I was thinking about buying an Xbox One just to see you guys exploit the power in that game machine. I was getting excited for next years title. Bummer... don't stop trying to settle the legal issues.
    Sep 26, 2013
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  19. +2 0
    The fix to this problem is so obvious. Fans want to be able to customize their leagues more than they want the game to be exactly like real life. Make a game where users can create schools, conferences, stadiums and players. Sure we might lose the easy "play now" option but most people play this game to build a dynasty anyway. If EA gives the user more control of what the game is like than the users will conitnue to buy their product.
    Sep 26, 2013
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    1. +1 0
      This is exactly what I've been saying. Just give us a customizable CFB game!
      Sep 27, 2013
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  20. 0 -1
    No NCAA well bring back a couple of classics Def Jam series with the PS2 controls(use more than just Def Jam record label. i.e. Sony, Arista, Virgin)Having a 50+ man roster with tons of downloadable artist extending the life longer than 3-6 months. and NBA streets prefer to modeled after vol.2
    Sep 26, 2013
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