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ESPN takes a hard hit.

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by BuckWrestler141, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. BuckWrestler141

    BuckWrestler141 Senior '18 Bowl Mania Champ

    Since us Buckeye fans all want to see ESPN suffer right now figured you'd enjoy this.

    P.S. i'm actually saddened, I prefered the series and its price, and hate the idea of a monopoly.

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    Electronic Arts, the leading maker of sports video games, signed an exclusive five-year contract with the National Football League and the NFL Players Association, deals that will give the company sole possession of the licensed football video game business.



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    <!-- END INLINE UNIT -->The partnership, which will commence with the publishing of Electronic Arts' Madden game next August, eliminates the competitive battle EA endured this year with ESPN's NFL 2K5 game, a joint venture between Sega and Take-Two Interactive. Without the use of team and player names, generic games have struggled for survival in the current environment
     
  2. scooter1369

    scooter1369 Chief Toad Fart

    Actually, this is bad. Now that EA has exclusive rights, they have no need to improve the product they produce. Heaven help us if no one steps back in the ring with them over college football.
     
  3. BIATCHabutuka

    BIATCHabutuka out of chaos comes playoffs

    actually i think this will force the 2k series into college football and may be good for the college games. ea has been neglecting working on the college game for too long now.
     
  4. bearonu

    bearonu 60% of the time, it works every time.

    That actually really sucks because I love the ESPN NFL2K5 Football game and play it quite often. It's a shame that it's now done considering it was only $19.95. Disclaimer: this product was purchased way before ESPN's rampage on tOSU and in no way is an endorsement of any good work that company does :)
     
  5. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it! Staff Member

    BW141- Do you have a link to this? I had heard a rumor where EA was trying to do that last spring, but it ended up just being a rumor. I have a hard time imagining that the NFL would limit their licensing to such a degree.

    I really hope that this is just a rumor.

    Edit:
    Yikes!

    This will be interesting to see how it plays out.
     
  6. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

  7. scooter1369

    scooter1369 Chief Toad Fart

    Hope you don't mind but I have every intention of stealing that. :biggrin:
     
  8. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    Since the NFL is a private corp, it can license to whoever it wants. That's not illegal, any more than it's illegal for Tiger Woods to endorse one golf club and not all golf clubs. A monopoly is entirely different from an exclusive licensing agreement. Anyone can make a football game. Not everybody is licensed to display the NFL logo. That being said this isn't a good thing. However I think it opens the possiblity of ESPN getting back into the business of making college football games.
     
  9. powerlifter

    powerlifter ▪█───────█

    Really bad news..I loved 2k5. It was a lot nicer then madden and cheaper.. Easy to see why EA wants espn out of the race..But on a better note that just leads me to believe that their college football will be a lot better then Ea's ... Honestly it wouldn't take a lot,and i'll be happy to see a new layout for a college football game.
     
  10. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it! Staff Member

    Here's a post from an EA rep at MaddenPlanet:

    Here's my take on it, that I posted in that site's thread:

     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2004
  11. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    [​IMG].
     

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