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EA Sports and CLC reach agreement on new deal

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

If you've been freaking out the last few days about the fact that the NCAA did not renew its contract with EA Sports, and what it could mean for the future of EA's popular college football video game, we've got some good news for you.

EA Sports has reached a new agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC).

What that means is that while the video game will no longer be able to reference the NCAA in the game -- it will change the name from NCAA Football to College Football beginning next year -- it will still have the rights to "over 150 colleges, conferences and bowl games." In other words, at the moment the only thing that will be changing in the game is the name.

However, that could change in the future.

It's possible that individual schools could opt out of the agreement if they so choose, and then EA Sports would not be able to use that school in the game. Personally I don't think there's a good chance of that happening, because the game essentially serves as free advertising for the schools.

So, for the moment, all you gamers can rest easy.

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