The NCAA announced it was not renewing its partnership with EA Sports to produce “NCAA Football.” This still left a window open for an “EA Sports College Football” reaching separate agreements with the conferences, though that window appears to be closing. Both the SEC and the Big Ten have announced they will not license their trademarks for a new venture.
Individual member schools may still license with EA Sports individually. Though, risking grave liability for a lawsuit in pursuit of relatively modest profit makes that prospect unlikely. Other conferences could jump in, but “The American” Football 2015 might not be a hot-ticket item.
Fans of the franchise will hope some enterprising, sexless hero spends the summer painstakingly updating each school’s roster online.