NFL Extending Exclusive License with EA Sports By One Year

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Posted February 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

With the uncertainty surrounding the labor negotiations that will determine whether there is even an NFL season to come, EA Sports in October requested a reduction of around $30 million in payments related to this year’s upcoming title. The lack of an NFL season would have a significant impact on operations and potential sales and that has the company making very conservative fiscal projections as they plan for the worst and hope for the best.

According to Sports Business Journal the league has decided to reduce the costs paid for the license for the coming season and the two sides have agreed to extend the contract by one year taking it through 2013. The original deal was signed in 2005 for an initial term of three years and then extended for an additional five years in 2008. EA Sports has not responded to requests for confirmation or comment as of publish time.

The news on the restructured contract means that Madden will remain as the sole NFL licensed game on the consoles through Madden 14. As explained in the article the license is extremely lucrative for the NFL. The question shouldn’t have been, or continue to be, whether the league has the desire to proceed with exclusive deals in the future. Instead it will come down to whether a company such as EA Sports will find making such a deal to be a responsible investment.

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  • IAN S. CUMMINGS

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! NEENER NEENER NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENER!!!!!! YOU PEOPLE WILL NEVER EVER HAVE ANOTHER FOOTBALL GAME BESIDES MADDEN AS LONG AS I LIVE! I OWN YOU ALL. I OWN YOUR SOULS IMMORTALS!

    WELCOME TO MONOPOLY HELL BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Yezurrrrr

    at least they’re makin strides to become a better football game

    • Guest

      HA HA! This joke just made my day!

  • Cbtaylo

    EA is still catching up with 2K5, thats the biggest complaint I have…2011 Madden was the best offering in a long time.

    • hobojoe

      2011 was the worst madden ive ever played and ive played them all.

    • hobojoe

      2011 was the worst madden ive ever played and ive played them all.

  • Koachvonner

    I wish I had bought 2K5 to see what all the talk is about. I didn’t buy Madden this year because the demo sucked so bad. But I can’t lie. I have been an EA faithful for years. Not that the game was always great, but because it was the only option. By the time NFL2K came out i was scared to try another game. 2K was fun on Dreamcast though. I always give credit where credit is due. NCAA 11 was a great game (To ME). Madden 10 was a good game (To Me). NCAA 06 and 05 were great games (To ME). So you can see EA is hit and miss a lot.

  • Koachvonner

    I wish I had bought 2K5 to see what all the talk is about. I didn’t buy Madden this year because the demo sucked so bad. But I can’t lie. I have been an EA faithful for years. Not that the game was always great, but because it was the only option. By the time NFL2K came out i was scared to try another game. 2K was fun on Dreamcast though. I always give credit where credit is due. NCAA 11 was a great game (To ME). Madden 10 was a good game (To Me). NCAA 06 and 05 were great games (To ME). So you can see EA is hit and miss a lot.

  • Quit whining

    NFL 2K5 sucked.

  • WAT

    SHOOT ME NOW!!!

  • WAT

    SHOOT ME NOW!!!

  • WAT

    SHOOT ME NOW!!!

  • WAT

    SHOOT ME NOW!!!

  • Jeffreyduke1982

    As much as I would like to pin all the blame on EA for making a game that is nowhere near an NFL football sim, I think some of the blame needs to go to the NFL for being ok with EA making a lackluster game year after year. I guess me not buying a football game will extend another year as well.

  • ED2k

    What would be funny is if 2k made a deal with the NFL players association. Since the league big wigs are already trying to screw the players over anyway why not screw them right back. Then madden can have the official NFL game logo’s etc.. and generic players. And 2k could make generic but customizable teams (with NCAA team builder type photo import options of course) with real player from the league. You gotta admit that It would be a rather interesting scenario.

  • Grcrbrown

    EA has no incentive to make a quality game period, that ship has sailed. I mean Ian cummings and those that worship him see nothing wrong with their product, he and others seem to think that only a small minority of people have a problem with next gen madden…. well not according to this website and others like It, I mean look at the posts! its almost 85% of people hating this agreement….oh well what are you going do not buy the only NFL game out?…well I haven’t for the last 3 yrs! and that trend will continue

  • Guest

    I like how so many people complain about this game. They probably make these comments then log off so that they can play Madden. I am just saying that people just need to accept that this is the way things are for now and be patient.

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