12/14/2004 Add a comment

EA Sports signed an exclusive rights deal with the NFL for the Madden franchise to become the only video football game with NFL logos and players. This is a huge blow for competition like ESPN Football, which actually made inroads this year by offering a good game at less than half the price ($49.95 for Madden, $19.95 for ESPN). EA must have felt a little pocketbook sting, so it went out and eliminated the competition.

Madden is a great game, but competition is always healthy and keeps Madden developers on their toes to keep innovating. Shame on you, NFL. William