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EA's next college football game will only lose one team

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM   |   Comments

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Southeastern Conference told ESPN on Thursday it would opt out of the next edition of EA Sports' struggling college football franchise.

The game will only lose one school for the upcoming edition, even though two conferences will stop licensing their trademarks to the game.

That university was not identified, but will be the only one out of the 120-plus teams featured in the game that will not appear for the next edition.

An EA Sports source said the company plans to release a list of all licensing partners for next year's edition of the game soon. The Pac-12 and the Big Ten will not appear as licensed conferences, as announced yesterday in a press conference.

But the SEC will return, despite yesterday's statement that the league would cease licensure to video game companies. The conference had already renewed its agreement to appear in the video game, which will have to be renamed since the NCAA itself has opted out.

The source also said that two universities in the FCS have asked EA Sports to remove their symbols from the TeamBuilder web application, which allows users to create custom teams. That request will be honored.

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