Sports Shorts: Game over: NCAA to bar EA Sports from using name

2013-07-18T00:00:00Z Sports Shorts: Game over: NCAA to bar EA Sports from using nameStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

NEW YORK - Hang on to NCAA Football 2014, all you video game fans. It will be a collector's edition.

The NCAA said Wednesday it will bar Electronic Arts Inc. from using its logo and name beginning next year. The move ends a lucrative, eight-year business deal with the gaming industry giant and it comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.

The NCAA said it won't seek a new contract with EA Sports, which manufactures the popular game, beyond the current one that expires in June 2014. However, that won't stop EA Sports from producing a college football video game depicting powerhouse schools such as Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon.

"EA Sports will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks," said Andrew Wilson, executive vice president.

The NCAA is in the midst of a long legal battle that started with a lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon after he was shown a video game with an avatar playing for the Bruins that played a lot like him.

Awards

LeBron wins three ESPYs for 2nd year in row

LOS ANGELES - LeBron James padded his trophy collection, receiving three at the ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win a second straight NBA championship.

James also won in the championship performance and NBA player categories, completing a sweep of the three awards he won last year. He shared in the best team award Wednesday night.

Serena Williams won two awards, including female athlete of the year.

Miscellaneous

Camarena-Williams joins UA strength staff

Two-time Olympian Jill Camarena-Williams has been added to the Arizona Wildcats' strength and conditioning staff. Camarena-Williams recently completed her second season as a UA track and field volunteer assistant coach working with the Wildcats throwers.

• George Cunningham of Tucson won his first-round match Thursday at the USGA Amateur Public Links in Lorton, Va. Cunningham defeated James Glenn of Houston 4 and 3. Nogales' Alberto Sanchez lost 3 and 2 to Sam Horsfield of Britain.

• Chelsea's bid to sign star striker Wayne Rooney from Manchester United was rejected by the Premier League champions. The 27-year-old Rooney has pushed for a move since expressing frustration about his lack of playing time.

• The Los Angeles Lakers signed free agent guard Jordan Farmar, who returns to the team that drafted him in 2006 and that he helped win back-to-back NBA titles.

• The Miami Dolphins say team CEO Mike Dee is leaving to become president and CEO of the San Diego Padres, where he began his career as a sports executive.

• The Detroit Lions released running back Jahvid Best on Wednesday after concussion problems prevented the former first-round draft pick from playing at all in 2012.

• Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth will miss the upcoming season with a torn Achilles tendon and the team signed two-time Super Bowl winner Lawrence Tynes as his replacement.

• Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone was charged by German prosecutors with paying a $44 million bribe, placing his future as head of the car series in doubt.

• Meskerem Legesse, who ran in the 1,500 meters for Ethiopia at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and was due to give birth in three weeks, collapsed at a Connecticut restaurant and died, but doctors saved her baby, her friends said Wednesday.

Includes material from a news release

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