Could EA be losing its Exclusive rights to NCAA Football?
EA recently came to a settlement with Hagens Berman, the law firm that’s representing the consumers in this suit. In case you’re wondering they alleged that “EA violated antitrust and consumer protection laws by establishing exclusive license agreements with the National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Arena Football League. The agreements gave EA the exclusive right to produce football video games with the teams, players and other assets of the NFL, AFL, and NCAA.” According to the lawsuit, that was filed on June 5, 2008.
So what does this mean for us consumers that bought Madden NFL, NCAA Football or AFL games on the sixth generation systems? (GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox) It means we could be entitled to $6.79 per game! As for the late comers generation seven (Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3), you may be entitled to $1.95 per game “Under the terms of the proposed settlement.”
Of course the money’s all well and nice but the real win here comes in the stipulation that was brought forth by Hagens Berman stating “that EA will not sign an exclusive license with the AFL for five years and will not renew its current agreement with the NCAA, which expires in 2014, for at least five years.” So bring on the competition of old studios like 989 and 2k and see if they can make another run at dethroning EA for the pigskin crown.