- NCAA Football 14 was the last game of its genre to be released by EA Sports in 2013.
- The game was a top seller when it was available but no more were made due to legal issues with the NCAA.
- Now with the Fair Pay To Play Act being legalized and allowing players to receive compensation, the idea of a new video game is back on the table.
LOS ANGELES – While it seems like a real possibility, oddsmakers believe that it is unlikely EA Sports will come out with a new NCAA football game for 2020. Listed odds have “No” (-500) as the favored wager on the question as to whether or not a new game will be developed. The “Yes” column has odds of +300 for sports bettors wanting to get in on the prop bet.
The line of NCAA video games was a huge seller for the company, but too many legal formalities stood in the way of allowing them to continue after the release of NCAA Football 14 in 2013. One of the biggest problems came from players' lawsuits against the company from profiting off of their image. However, with the passing of the Fair Pay To Play Act in California, and other states wanting to follow with similar laws for their collegiate athletes, that’s one problem the gaming company would not be facing this time around. A new video game has the potential to boost the NCAA football sports betting market with the influx of new fans college football would receive from the game itself.
CEO of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson said in October that he would love to make a new NCAA football game and pay the college athletes to do so. But, the new game would require many approvals from the NCAA, the schools themselves, and then the players that will be featured in the game.
The Fair Pay To Play Act will not be official until January 2021. While USA online sportsbooks think it’s more likely that a new video game will not be made for 2020, by all accounts, it is a real possibility that NCAA Football 2021 could be something seen on store shelves in the future. Betting on "No" is the safest bet, but a small wager on +300 odds could net a nice profit on the very off chance it happens.