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

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

Opening Day Means More Skepticism than Celebration in Sports Video Games

I play sports video games for a living and publishers send them to me for free. The reality of a $60 purchase—what it actually buys, what else it could buy—is something I respect but it's not a decision I really face. I'm probably the last guy who can advise anyone on whether a sports video game is worth buying on the… » 7/30/11 4:00pm 7/30/11 4:00pm

More a Trip Down Memory Lane Than a Road to Glory

Two weeks ago the offers started pouring in. Duke. Vanderbilt. Wake Forest. Places well beyond what my parents could ever hope for me, much less pay for. They aren't real offers, as I'm not really a football player. That's OK, I'm not a real college student either. Mom and Dad stopped worrying about how to pay my… » 7/16/11 6:00pm 7/16/11 6:00pm

NCAA Football 12's Ultimate Conference Call

In NCAA Football 12 players have an extraordinary amount of control over the college football landscape. Last year, many diehards and purists pursed their lips and grumbled over a wave of conference realignments that forsake traditions and regional sensibilities for television contracts. NCAA 12 is their chance to put… » 7/09/11 5:00pm 7/09/11 5:00pm

A Walk-On Who Made the Team Wants You to Know What It Really Means

Alex Howell was the only freshman in the tunnel that Saturday, his chinstrap so tight it fused his jaw shut, 89,000 people packed into to the last row at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium. Earlier in the week the graduate assistant tapped Howell on the shoulder and asked if he'd like to dress for the game against… » 5/14/11 4:00pm 5/14/11 4:00pm

EA Sports' "Football Czar" Opens With A Two-Month Drill

In the two and a half months since he traded Canada's weather for Florida's, and titles like FIFA for Madden, Cam Weber has read that he delayed Madden's release for three weeks because of the NFL lockout; that he's adding some kind of social network to the game, like Need for Speed's Autolog; and that he is at the… » 4/22/11 8:00pm 4/22/11 8:00pm

Fans Vote Heisman Winner For The NCAA 12 Cover

Alabama's Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, was voted the cover athlete of NCAA Football 12, whose debut trailer you saw yesterday. Ingram, expected to be a high draft pick in next week's NFL draft, beat out candidates Nick Fairley of Auburn, Jake Locker of Washington, and DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma in a… » 4/20/11 10:00pm 4/20/11 10:00pm