EA Sports NBA Faces Commentary Decision

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Posted June 15th, 2011 at 11:45 am

Through all the events of last week one piece of news that will impact an upcoming title flew somewhat under the radar. Mark Jackson accepted the job coaching the Golden State Warriors. Having joined on as commentators for the canceled NBA Elite 11 the ABC trio of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Jackson had been slated to continue even as the series is being retooled for release in October 2012.

Steve Kerr stuck as the NBA Live color commentator even after becoming the Phoenix Suns’ General Manager. There is a big difference however in that largely behind-the-scenes role and being a head coach. That isn’t just limited to assessing players whether on his own team or other teams but the awkwardness that would be created in commentating on his own team’s games while his character has a presence on the sideline.

In all likelihood EA Sports will have to either remove Jackson or replace him. That would seem to be a major hit to what was one of the few encouraging elements of Elite and whatever the new product will be called. The prospect of banter between him and Van Gundy was intriguing and Jackson brought his own highly recognizable catch phrases such as “hand down, man down” and “mama there goes that man”.

The biggest damage comes in that there was already the first year’s worth of an audio library built utilizing Jackson that would’ve seemed fresh and with plenty of time to build on it during the development process. Now EA will be faced with stripping him out, possibly having to re-record some of Breen and Van Gundy’s lines, and decide whether to bring a third party into the booth -and wait for ABC’s decision on who that will be first – that would have to start from scratch.

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  • http://twitter.com/MaSTASoLIDUS MaSTA SoLIDUS

    lol

    • Sdot

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          • Sdot

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      • IAMHIPHOP

        Sdot what did you say?

        • ballsucker69

          you know what the fuck he said. being a smart ass isn’t as cool as it used to be huh…..

    • Anonymous

      No one gives a damn about the commentators.  WE just want good commentary.

      • Anonymous

        so if i did the commentary, you’d be ok with it…

        • Anonymous

          IF you had a good lines, I wouldn’t mind at all

  • Lonnie

    ah just replace him with elite jesus.

  • Lonnie

    ah just replace him with elite jesus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=747345172 Dave Vachon

    This will only impact the 10 or so people who buy NBA Live/Elite 12.

    • Sdot

      U MEAN 13 AINT NO 12 RELEASIN

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Gibson/622062514 Ryan Gibson

      EA is facing an uphill challenge here especially if 2k12 makes another big step and doesn’t slow down for 2k13. With the the sales records posted for 2k11, I would expect them not to let their foot off the gas… Possibly raking in enough revenue to put a serious bid for NFL.  Seems like there is some competition going on between the two sports and two publishers. I would not want the task to compete with such a solid competitor. As well with the big improvements we see on the Madden front, it is going to be a challenge for 2k to attempt getting back into the football market even if they can get a winning bid (which IMO will only come if NFL drops exclusive publisher rights.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Gibson/622062514 Ryan Gibson

      EA is facing an uphill challenge here especially if 2k12 makes another big step and doesn’t slow down for 2k13. With the the sales records posted for 2k11, I would expect them not to let their foot off the gas… Possibly raking in enough revenue to put a serious bid for NFL.  Seems like there is some competition going on between the two sports and two publishers. I would not want the task to compete with such a solid competitor. As well with the big improvements we see on the Madden front, it is going to be a challenge for 2k to attempt getting back into the football market even if they can get a winning bid (which IMO will only come if NFL drops exclusive publisher rights.)

  • Dymez

    Bring Gundy and Breen over to 2K studios.  Replace Jackson with Reggie Miller.  And let’s get this superior commentary on a superior game rollin’.

    • Anonymous

      Reggie Miller and superior commentary can never be used together.

      • Dymez

        He’s a color commentator.  Emphasis on ‘color’.  His voice alone provides laughter, let alone his nicknames for certain players.  Example: Triple Ocho (Kobe Bryant).  Mike Breen would be the one doing pretty much all the talking and with Reggie chiming in along with Van Gundy, it would be a good experience.  I can hear them now side tracking, talking about their old ‘Knicks vs. Pacers’ battles during games just like Gundy and Jackson have done.  It would just FIT as a great replacement for Jackson. 

        • Anonymous

          I don’t disagree with what you’re saying, but he is just extremely annoying. I can’t stand listening to him live when he says something different all the time, much less having to listen to him repeat the same lines over and over.

  • DonRSD aka PSN DonVCorleone

    Reggie Miller should be on ABC games and not TNT

  • DonRSD aka PSN DonVCorleone

    better yet bring Dan Stevens & Peter O’Keefe to NBA 2k :)

  • Dbartsch_21

    just have gus johnson do it

    • Anonymous

      He is Football you idiot.

  • Yodawg1988

    If you think 2k was great you dont play basketball. Game has so much unrealistic shit. NBA Live was worse. But 2k has so much to do. I don’t wanna hear “make another big step”. They both suck

    • ballsucker69

      whatever bruh. 2k was fun b/c it’s the most realistic game to date. don’t play video games then, join a rec league.

  • Pokes1

    Elite/Live can’t seem to catch a break. I’m eager to get some competition back into the market. While I think 2K is saying the right things about not letting up, we’ve all seen what a lack of competition does to the quality of a product with Madden and NCAA. Competition is always better for the gamer. Not only does it give the gamer a choice, but the competition typically creates higher-quality products to choose from.

    • ballsucker69

      As is the case with FIFA and PES.

  • Anonymous

    They will most likely wait for a replacement announcement by ESPN.. And then use that person in place of Jackson.

  • Rlb_fhs07

    mike tirico maybe?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      He’s more of a play-by-play guy so wouldn’t fit with Breen already there. They’d be looking for a color guy/analyst type.

      • http://twitter.com/Kovacs17 Kovacs

        I’ll say it again… bring in Hubie!!!

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      He’s more of a play-by-play guy so wouldn’t fit with Breen already there. They’d be looking for a color guy/analyst type.

  • Jamescatwell

    these 3 BLOW

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  • cabrillo24

    At this point with EA, commentary is the least of their basketball issues.

  • joefoxx

    I’m with yodawg1988 2k is wack. It used to be dope. I play them both but I have to say 2k11 is the first basketball game I have ever traded in in my life. I mean since BullsVsBlazers. That’s pretty bad cuz I gotta have my basketball sim. To much show on 2k and no solid, realistic, versatile play. If I wanted to pay for arcade basketball I’d get my quarters up!

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