Joystiq released the following list of clutch players for Madden NFL 25 ...
"EA Tiburon introduced its "clutch trait" for in-game athletes in Madden NFL 12 as a means of providing a boost in players' ratings when the right circumstances were in place, namely when the game is on the line in the 4th quarter or overtime. That trait will carry over to Madden NFL 25, and oddly enough, the list of players that will start the game out with the clutch trait is nearly identical to the one announced for Madden NFL 13 last year.
One name is new to the list: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco certainly earned the trait, given his stellar playoff performance and Super Bowl win. Only two other names are missing from last year's list, Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, and that's because those linebackers retired during the offseason."
EA Sports has announced that Cleveland Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving will be their cover athlete for NBA Live 14. The cover art is shown below and the NBA Live 14 game page has been updated with the cover and screenshots.
The Charlotte Bobcats have officially announced that for the 2014-15 season they will return to their city's former name of the Charlotte Hornets.
It was announced today from EA Sports, that they will no longer have the "NCAA" name for their next video game in the series next year. EA Sports has said that they will go from NCAA Football 14 to "College Football 15". It short it is expected that EA Sports will secure deals to use college teams, conferences, etc in the next edition of the game, they will only be using the NCAA name and logo rights.
Below is an article written by Operation Sports about the issue.
NCAA Will Not Renew EA Sports Contract, NCAA Football Series is Dead in Name Only
The NCAA has decided today, unilaterally it appears, to not renew their license with EA Sports for the NCAA Football video game beginning next year.
In the statement, the NCAA said, "The NCAA has made the decision not to enter a new contract for the license of its name and logo for the EA Sports NCAA Football video game. The current contract expires in June 2014, but our timing is based on the need to provide EA notice for future planning. As a result, the NCAA Football 2014 video game will be the last to include the NCAA’s name and logo. We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games. But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA."
EA should still be able to work out individual school, conference, awards, etc. licenses from the CLC -- which should mean the series should be able to live on. At the end of the day, this is the NCAA taking it's name and logo off of the game, but nothing more it appears. So while the series can't be called "NCAA Football" anymore, perhaps with the ESPN license the series can be called "EA Sports College Gameday 15" next season.
The only way this ends the NCAA Football series altogether is if one of two further scenarios happen: 1) If EA Sports decides it is done with the series altogether, which is doubtful given it's a top seller in the US.
2) If the CLC won't play ball with EA Sports, and thus EA has to negotiate licenses individually from member institutions
It is possible EA Sports will not continue development of the game after this year because of either reason, or because of fears of financial fallout from the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit. However, there is no guarantee EA will face huge financial problems from the O'Bannon lawsuit, and in a sense -- the threat of the O'Bannon lawsuit ending the series is the same today as it was yesterday.
If EA wants to they can continue the game with purely cosmetic changes and greater creative freedom without the NCAA hovering above the game. And let's face it, the less the NCAA is involved in anything, the better it will be.
So in a sense, the only thing different today versus yesterday with regards to the NCAA Football series is that it is no longer the NCAA Football series going forward. Everything thing else remains the same.
UPDATE: Brett McMurphy of ESPN is reporting ESPN has been told EA Sports will still have a college football video game beyond 2014, next year's game will be called College Football 15.
UPDATE #2: According to ESPN's Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell the CLC, which handles school, bowl, awards, etc. licensing, says it plans to work with EA in the future despite the NCAA dropping out.
UPDATE #3: EA Sports Executive Vice President Andrew Wilson speaks. In a statement, Wilson said, "EA SPORTS will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks. Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Company is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, leagues and all the innovation fans expect from EA SPORTS.
We took big creative strides with this year's college game and you’ll see much more in the future. We love college football and look forward to making more games for our fans."
I have updated the spreadsheet file for "NCAA Football 14 - Ultimate Team" with over 450+ players with their ratings in the game. Some players have multiple cards (aka Award, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Freshman, etc), which means multiple overall ratings. So I listed as many ratings as I have found for each player.
Go check it out on the NCAA Football 14 page!
Today I have re-updated the "NCAA Football 14 - Top Players" file, which can be found on the NCAA Football 14 game page. For those of you who bought EA Sports Season Ticket, then the early release of NCAA Football 14 was today at 1 PM, so the game is officially out! Have fun playing the game guys. The regular release is in just 4 days.
Today I have uploaded 24 new NCAA Football 08 rosters, and updated 6 previously posted ones. That's 30 roster updates on the day! Here are the updates:
Here are the additions:
-Auburn Tigers (NCAA Football 08)**
-Boise State Broncos (NCAA Football 08)**
-Boston College Golden Eagles (NCAA Football 08)**
-Georgia Bulldogs (NCAA Football 08)**
-Louisiana State Tigers (NCAA Football 08)**
-Miami Hurricanes (NCAA Football 08)**
-Michigan Wolverines (NCAA Football 08)**
-Mississippi Rebels (NCAA Football 08)**
-Nebraska Cornhuskers (NCAA Football 08)**
-Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA Football 08)**
-Ohio State Buckeyes (NCAA Football 08)**
-Oklahoma Sooners (NCAA Football 08)**
-Oklahoma State Cowboys (NCAA Football 08)**
-Penn State Nittany Lions (NCAA Football 08)**
-Rutgers Scarlet Knights (NCAA Football 08)**
-Southern California Trojans (NCAA Football 08)**
-Tennessee Volunteers (NCAA Football 08)**
-Texas Longhorns (NCAA Football 08)**
-Texas A&M Aggies (NCAA Football 08)**
-Texas Christian Horned Frogs (NCAA Football 08)**
-UCLA Bruins (NCAA Football 08)**
-Virginia Tech Hokies (NCAA Football 08)**
-West Virginia Mountaineers (NCAA Football 08)**
-Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA Football 08)**
Here are all the updated rosters:
-Alabama Crimson Tide (NCAA Football 08)**
-Arkansas Razorbacks (NCAA Football 08)**
-California Golden Bears (NCAA Football 08)**
-Florida Gators (NCAA Football 08)**
-Florida State Seminoles (NCAA Football 08)**
-Louisville Cardinals (NCAA Football 08)**
Happy Fourth of July!