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#41 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.10
    Originally posted by Zeruel
    The only thing I can think of about using NFL Flims is if EA wants to add more historical games for that situation mode and REALLY breakout the old-timer games and retro unis.

    Maybe even a few NY Titans games...



NfL Films has nothing to do with old-timers; the NFLPA does. The only retired players they can use are active union members.



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#42 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Jackson
    NfL Films has nothing to do with old-timers; the NFLPA does. The only retired players they can use are active union members.


If I'm not mistaken, NFL Films has films of old games. Many old games. Films that EA now has access to. Now they can recrate situations from past games from those films. It the only idea that makes any sense...

Like in the past, they will just number players they don't have the rights for, like what they did for years for LaVar Arrington.

Also, EA has a contract with Players, INC, which does include SOME retired players.

"Representing over 1,800 active players and 3,000 retired players, PLAYERS INC has become a major player in the sports marketing industry."
http://www.nflplayers.com/about_us/about_main.aspx

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#43 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.17
An interesting rumor being reported (including on Gamespot, but to clear, it is being reported as a rumor) is that EA plans to dump John Madden.

To me, this would create an opening for Sega to stay in the football video gaming market. They could snatch him up, and actually produce a football game next year with the "Madden" title. Maybe they could even whole hog with presentation next year by adding a variety of announcing crews, like the Sunday Night crew to make it as much like the TV presentation as possible (I'm not too sure about the logistics of that though)

Of course, I'm not sure how much stock you can put into this rumor, I think a case could be made that the Madden name is nearly as valuable as the NFL license, and I'm not sure why EA would be willing to give that up.



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#44 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.47
I'm sure that EA holds all sorts of copyrights towards the name "Madden", so if they did use him they couldn't just name their game after him. They could use "ESPN Football with John Madden" maybe, but that depends on how small the print on "with John Madden" was. Any confusion at all between the two titles and we've got another WWE vs. WWF court battle.

So far as people needing to realize that Sega's game would never outsell EA', I have to ask you why EA would just decide to give up 400 or so million dollars on a meaningless contract then? Obviously EA thought Sega would outsell them, or else they would have just kept their money to themselves and let their better game beat out Sega's.


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#45 Posted on
Call me insane...but maybe there is a solution to this that is easier than everyone is thinking?

Sega comes out with Football 2k6, or whatever they want to call it. I don't know, call it Kickoff 2K6. They then somehow leave open in the game an option to download rosters off of the Internet. Players can be fully customized in the game. Kind of like what WWF SmackDown! for the PlayStation used to do with wrestlers that weren't with the WWF...put all of their customizable parts into the game, and allow the gamers themselves the ability to create them themselves. Players can then download the entire league onto their memory card and play the game normally.

As far as commentary goes...digitize into the game a ton of NFL player's seperate first and last names.

If EA doesn't own the rights to the stadiums themselves, they're okay there.

Any other ideas? What do ye think, yosephs?



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#46 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.03
I think an Arena Football game would be tons of fun and a good deal for both parties. Sega should jump at the chance to do that. People like high scoring fun sports games and what better way to have that then the AFL?
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#47 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.46
    Originally posted by Jackson
    Sad. NFL2k5 rocks. Every Madden is just a new roster with a couple of new useless features. That sure as hell won't change now. Don't even get me started of how much better NBA2k5 is than Live.


The Franchise mode in ESPN was hideous this year. As opposed to actually running it like an NFL team in Madden... RFAs, actually being able to have a clue in the draft without watching their lame ass "Sportscenter" every week.

And as far as NBA2K5 vs. Live... 2K5 would probably be better if they players didn't move like ROBOTS.



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