A Video Game Might Recreate Auburn's Miracle, But It Can't Be Repeated

As Auburn's grandstands still thundered above him, A.J. McCarron, the Alabama quarterback born in 1990, searched for the words to describe losing in such irregular fashion—on a play that had happened only five times before in major college football history, and never to decide a game, much less one this consequential. » 12/01/13 7:00pm 12/01/13 7:00pm

BC's Andre Williams Runs Like He's Got A Super Mario Invincibility Star

Boston College running back Andre Williams leads all FBS running backs with 2073 rushing yards, good for an average of 6.5 yards per carry. The senior's a potential Heisman finalist, and to help his case, someone put together a video of him bowling over opponents to the Starman music from the Super Mario Bros. video… » 11/27/13 2:54pm 11/27/13 2:54pm

EA Sports Sued by a Desperate NCAA Over the Game it Endorsed and Made

Back in the summer, the NCAA piously announced it would no longer license video games, leaving it to members to decide whether they would continue to appear in EA Sports' college football series. The schools' biggest licensing agent and Electronic Arts chose to settle all claims brought by college players, leaving the… » 11/23/13 3:00pm 11/23/13 3:00pm

Source: EA's Next College Football Game Will Only Lose One Team

The next edition of EA Sports' embattled college football series will lose only one school from a lineup of more than 120 next year, though two conferences will stop licensing their trademarks to the game, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The Southeastern Conference, which yesterday told ESPN… » 8/15/13 7:52pm 8/15/13 7:52pm

Three Major College Conferences Will Stop Licensing EA Sports Games

The Pac-12, the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference—cornerstones of major college football—will no longer license their league's symbols or trademarks to EA Sports. While the 40 members they represent may still appear in future video games, the departure of these leagues is a painful blow to the series. » 8/14/13 4:12pm 8/14/13 4:12pm

EA Sports Didn't Need the NCAA's Logo, and Maybe It Didn't Want It

If you want to see a relic of sports history, dust off a copy of College Football USA '96. In its final season, the old Southwest Conference appeared for the first and only time in a video game. The next year, four members split to form the Big XII. This game is one of the last places you can still see the SWC logo. » 7/21/13 4:30pm 7/21/13 4:30pm

NFL Pros Go Back to College to Fight for Their Video Game Rights

Two letters and a number. That's all you need to be a household name in college football—or its video game, at least. But this year, when NCAA Football 14 hits shelves on Tuesday, South Carolina's fearsome DE#7 and Texas A&M's do-it-all QB#2 will be joined, for the first time, by active players appearing under their own … » 7/07/13 5:00pm 7/07/13 5:00pm

EA Sports' former executive producer on NCAA Football testified that the game "generally tried to make the players perform as their real life counterparts, short of their name and likeness." EA and the NCAA are defendants in a potential class-action suit over the unauthorized use of college players' likenesses. » 5/12/13 2:00pm 5/12/13 2:00pm

Real Names in Games Mean More Money for the NCAA, Executive Argued

Five years ago, an NCAA executive said EA Sports should be allowed to use actual names of its amateur athletes—commanding a higher licensing fee as a result—because players' likenesses were "rigged into the games now by illegal means." Permitting their use would clear up the matter and bring more money to the NCAA, he… » 11/14/12 6:00pm 11/14/12 6:00pm

EA Sports Coded College Games With Real Names, Say Lawsuit Emails

EA Sports used the real names of college players when coding its NCAA » 9/19/12 8:30pm 9/19/12 8:30pm rosters internally and the NCAA's licensing authority argued that the publisher should be allowed to include them in the games themselves, according to emails turned up in a lawsuit against both the publisher and the NCAA, ESPN reported yesterday.

Madden's Loss of Fantasy Exposes the Reality of Sports Video Games

No one I know seriously plays "Mascot Mashup" in NCAA Football » 9/09/12 5:30pm 9/09/12 5:30pm, except for maybe the six-year-old son of a good friend from Oregon, who enjoys slamming the "GoDucks" into 11 of his dad's Stanford Trees. About the most I ever hear about the mode each year from EA Sports is when a developer jokes that they're pouring a lot…

Video Games Tell Us Who''ll Win the NBA's Christmas Tipoff and College…

Pro basketball resumes on Christmas Day; college football will begin staging its major postseason contests eight days later. This has, perhaps unintentionally, engendered competing five-game simulations from 2K Sports and EA Sports, makers of NBA 2K12 and NCAA Football 12. Want to know who wins the big matchups? We've… » 12/22/11 10:30pm 12/22/11 10:30pm

EA has a First Amendment Right to Depict Real College Football…

Electronic Arts on Friday won the dismissal of one lawsuit against it regarding its use of identifying characteristics of real college football players in its NCAA Football series. A federal judge said EA's right to free expression under the First Amendment supersedes a former quarterback's right to control the use of… » 9/09/11 8:30pm 9/09/11 8:30pm

EA Sports Seeks Ex-Football Players for Games Development Fellowship

EA Sports, in collaboration with NCAA Football, will this winter begin offering paid fellowships to former college football players seeking experience in a games development or sports entertainment career. The players will work in the EA Tiburon studio, where the NCAA Football and Madden series are developed. » 9/01/11 9:30pm 9/01/11 9:30pm

EA's Disaster Plans Don't Include Billion-Dollar Lawsuits or Giant…

A cocktail-napkin calculation about what's at stake in former NCAA players' lawsuit against EA Sports arrived at a potential cash-and-prizes value of $1 billion. But as apocalyptic as that total sounds, Electronic Arts doesn't sound too worried. » 8/03/11 11:00pm 8/03/11 11:00pm

Here's What You Get—And What You Don't—With EA Sports' New Premium…

What is EA Sports' Season Ticket? It's a $25 VIP pass, good for a year, getting you past the velvet rope to your favorite sports game on a weekend when everyone else is still playing last year's edition. It offers a 20 percent discount on paid downloadable content. » 8/02/11 9:00am 8/02/11 9:00am