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EA Sports bringing back college football video game series

Feb. 2 (UPI) -- EA Sports announced Tuesday that it is rebooting its popular college football video game series.

The upcoming game, EA Sports College Football, will be Electronic Arts' first college football title since the NCAA Football franchise was discontinued in 2013. The series ended after EA and the NCAA were taken to court over the unpaid use of player likenesses.

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EA Sports said it is partnering with collegiate licensing company CLC to include more than 100 Football Bowl Subdivision schools in the game, along with uniforms, mascots, stadiums and fight songs. That deal sidesteps the NCAA, which was dropped from the game's name.

"We've heard from the millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games," Cam Weber, the company's executive vice president, said in a statement Tuesday. "We love the energy, tradition and pageantry of college football and I am beyond thrilled to say we are back in development."

EA Sports, however, said the new game will still not include names, images or likenesses of real college players. Current NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from selling their name, image and licensing rights while in school.

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Those NIL rules are likely to be adjusted at some point this year by the NCAA, state legislatures or Congress. The Supreme Court is expected to hear a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes in the spring, with a decision expected by the end of June.

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EA Sports, which also makes the popular Madden NFL series, didn't provide a timeline for the arrival of the next installment of its college football series.

The upcoming game will be the first major college football title since NCAA Football 2014, which featured former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson on the cover.

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