Would-be mermaid banned from pool
LITHIA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been banned from swimming in her community’s pool because she wants to wear a mermaid tail.
Jenna Conti, who lives in the FishHawk Ranch subdivision, had been in the Aquatic Club pool with her custom-made tail once before with the staff’s approval. But last week, employees told her it violated a policy against swim fins. On Monday night, the FishHawk Community Development board voted to keep her out of the pool because of the swim fin policy.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Conti’s dream is to swim at the Florida Aquarium, which features mermaid performers.
The full-time hair stylist hasn’t been a mermaid for very long. She and her 10-year-old son saw the mermaids at the Tampa Bay Renaissance Fair earlier this year, and she says she was “enthralled.”
NCAA in spat with video game maker
NEW YORK (AP) — Hang on to NCAA Football 14, video game fans. It will be a collector’s edition.
The NCAA said it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo starting next year.
The move ends a lucrative business deal with the gaming industry giant and 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 like Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon, and the Redwood City, Calif.-based company made that clear Wednesday.
“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.
“Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Co. is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, conferences and all the innovation fans expect from EA Sports.”
The company reported $3.8 billion in net revenue during its last fiscal year and, aside from its NCAA Football franchise, is well known for Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer and other games.
EA Sports first began making an NCAA Football game in 1998 and it has generated more than $1.3 billion in sales in the U.S. alone, according to a spokesman for market tracking firm The NPD Group Inc. It wasn’t known how much of what EA makes from NCAA Football goes back to the NCAA and its members in licensing deals.
Todd Mitchell, senior analyst with New York-based Brean Capital LLC, said losing the NCAA brand isn’t likely to hurt EA Sports. He estimated NCAA Football accounts for only about 5 percent of EA Sports’ revenue, or about $125 million.