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Yahoo Press Release

Important Words: The agreement is for fifteen years with an option to terminate after ten years under certain conditions and gives EA exclusive first rights to all ESPN content for simulation sports games.

This is all means
- It's a deal thru 2016 at least. Who knows how things will sort out by then.
- 2K games will not only have to go without a NFL license, but their recent brand identity. Good luck to them.
- all the weirdness with sometimes EA games and sometimes Sega games being used for 'simulation footage' is over - it's all Madden all the time on the Worldwide Leader, and probably up to ESPN Dramatic Series level of annoyance at times.
- Dan Patrick replacing Tony Bruno in the Madden EA Radio? Probably Cowherd (who awesomely sucked up to the Chicago audience in his for ten minutes on the Chicago radio today.)
- MEL KIPER IN MADDEN. It has TO happen.
- the annual baseless rumor about how this is the Last 'Madden' for sure cross my heart hope to die because of ESPN/2K/EA entanglements won't happen next year. Hooray!

(sure have a lot of money to spend on licenses and not enough workers, har har har)

(edited by thecubsfan on 17.1.05 1455)


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Good lord.

EA has really decided to shit in Sega's cornflakes.



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So this essentially means that ESPN 2K games are done right? I can't see how they could survive with out the ESPN backing.
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In that context, does it REALLY matter, though? Without the NFL licensing rights, the ONLY way anyone would buy the Sega NFL 2k6 game is if there was either superior gameplay or price, and neither one of those will be impacted by ESPN's presence.



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EA can blow me.

Although they're pretty much screwed when it comes to the NFL, they could still release the other games. If they wanted to still make football games, they could go the college route. They also announced a month ago that they're making boxing, golf, snowboarding, and tennis games. They do have a hardcore fan base, myself included, that would continue to buy them without the ESPN license, I'm just not sure how large that fan base is. I wonder how much it would money and work it would be for Sega to get the Fox Sports license, and try to change all the games over when the ESPN license expires.
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ESPN's Darren Rovell points out something important I missed


    The deal will commence in 2006, as ESPN still has one year left in its partnership with Sega.


Next year is going to be awkward.



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That may not be a bad thing, give Madden a good farewell if needed. Maybe Madden NFL 2006: The End of an Era.

The only thing that scares me is the thought of having Theisman and Maguire in the booth. Keep Al and John, and add Suzy Kolber to the sideline crew.

Just the thought of Sportscenter being on Madden, or whatever the new name of the EA NFL game will be, just sends shivers down my spine. I didn't necessarily like the ESPN NFL game, but thought Sportscenter and the menus were great.
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    Originally posted by Packman V2
    The only thing that scares me is the thought of having Theisman and Maguire in the booth. Keep Al and John, and add Suzy Kolber to the sideline crew.


BUT if we get Gary Thorne and Bill Clement in NHL 2006 and Jon Miller and Joe Morgan* in MLB 2006, I might take Mike, Joe, and Paul. Besides, their commentary is almost like out of a video game already.

Joe: The Chargers REALLY need to open up their offense right now...
Paul: Let me tell you about LaDainian Tomlinson...
Mike: Hol-ee COW.


(* maybe NOT Joe Morgan.)



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Does anyone know how far reaching the exclusivity rights are?

Would it be possible for example, for Sega to release a game which referred to teams simply by city or state, and had them playing in uniforms which were identical to those worn in real life save for the branded logos?

The player names could be an issue I guess, but even then, an 'Edit Name' feature could get round that.

Personally, I thought the Sega NFL games were pretty sucky in comparison to Madden (though I've yet to try 2k5) but if there's enough people who believeit to be superior in terms of gameplay, there should be some value in releasing a game next year. If nothing else they could try to milk any backlash against EA's perceived attempts to monopolise the market.



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    Originally posted by dMr
    Would it be possible for example, for Sega to release a game which referred to teams simply by city or state, and had them playing in uniforms which were identical to those worn in real life save for the branded logos?
That's the way it used to be for a lot of games. Sega did it with a baseball game for the Genesis and the Joe Montana Sports Talk Football Games. Same colors, similar offesnes, city names (as well as "New York-A" and "New York-N".)

Sega's problem is the fact that, regardless of gameplay, casual fans will gravitate towards the game where they can play as their favorite team.

(edited by Grimis on 18.1.05 1321)


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    Originally posted by dMr
    Would it be possible for example, for Sega to release a game which referred to teams simply by city or state, and had them playing in uniforms which were identical to those worn in real life save for the branded logos?

    The player names could be an issue I guess, but even then, an 'Edit Name' feature could get round that.


It would be legal to produce a game like that, though I might tweak the uniform colors by default and make them editable just to be on the safe side. (Sort of a Fire Pro Football.)

Unfortunately, having to tweak names and settings for hours to "recreate" the NFL would be the kiss of death for the game to casual players, and even _after_ all that tweaking they wouldn't have the realistic stadiums or (now) the ESPN features.

I'd buy an NFL 2K6 where Victor Mike quarterbacked the Georgia Hawks, but a lot of people wouldn't on general principles.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.75
Sega's not laying down. (sports.ign.com)

IGN says they're close to an exclusive third party deal with MLB, meaning EA's MVP could suffer the same fate as Sega's NFL franchise.
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Yeah, but I think EA'll take that tradeoff. Both Sega and EA use their football franchise to launch that season's games-the start of the sports gaming year, so to speak. The MLB games tend to be released near the end of that year, to little fanfare, compared to Madden and the 2K series.

The big deal, IMO, is to see what happens with the NBA license. I read somewhere (I'll see if I can find a link), that the NBA would like to sell genre-specific exclusives, meaning they want one company to publish sims (NBA Live, NBA 2K5), one to publish street games (NBA Street V3, NBA Ballers), and one to publish handhelds.

edit: IGN.com (sports.ign.com)

(edited by Battlezone on 18.1.05 1656)


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That really blows for the video game consumer. One NFL game means that we pay what they say or we go totally generic. I'm a flip-flopper lately on sports games so I like to have some choices (I won't spend hours changing Bert Favor to Brett Favre either). Sony could have saddled up with Fox if they got to keep the NFL license, but losing both ESPN and the NFL is a huge blow and a rather crappy one at that.



(edited by BigDaddyLoco on 19.1.05 0003)

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This keeps getting worse and worse. I hated it when EA did it, and I hate it now that Sega is doing it.

And most importantly, what's gonna stop Sega from jacking the price of its baseball game up to $50. Now that, my friends, would blow.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.28
It gets worse, but if Sega wants to have fun with EA, let them have the ESPN moniker and take any/all broadcasters that are still out there -- i.e. Fox Sports, NBC, CBS/Viacom.

If Sega is smart, and I think they are, they'll be fine.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Teppan-Yaki

    If Sega is smart, and I think they are, they'll be fine.


How little we forget about the 32X, Sega CD, Saturn, Dreamcast...






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It would be cool if they got creative and picked up the rights to, say, Hockey Night in Canada for the hockey game, and TNT for the basketball game.

I'd love to see a Virtual Barkley on my Xbox. I don't know how well the HNiC name sells outside of Canada, though.



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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

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    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by Teppan-Yaki

      If Sega is smart, and I think they are, they'll be fine.


    How little we forget about the 32X, Sega CD, Saturn, Dreamcast...




The Dreamcast wasn't bad, though. It was just too little too late. Saturn killed them dead.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.58
Hell, the Dreamcast was great. It's still got a bunch of games that are fun to play. The problem is that Sega mis-managed the system so much through pure incompetancy ("Hey, the system has been in stores for 3 years now, should we maybe air a SECOND commercial?") that any claim that they are smart is easy to shoot down.

Bottom line is, if they don't get the exclusive deal with MLB, it only means that EA will, and I'd rather have two companies competing for the next round of contracts (even if they are years away) than to have one just dry up and die now.


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