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  Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 Report News | Archive | Top  
- Posted 4:28 PM By EvilTekno
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If youíre a fan of MLB games, two bits of news have popped up in the last few days.

First off, If you havenít heard by now, EA is at it again, this time signing a 15 year deal with ESPN for their sports games, including ESPN MLB. Expect ESPN MLB 2K5 to be the last in the series under the ESPN name.

Donít panic though! If you have any fears of EA trying to muscle the MLB market like it has with the NFL game market, youíve picked the wrong company to watch. Seems Take Two has begun negotiations to get an exclusive deal to the MLB rights.

While it would be nice to see someone else then EA get the deal, is granting exclusive rights to any company right? In my opinion itís going to thin out the market, and give gamers much less choices to sift through. So while the big companies are loving these deals and making big bucks, itís the gamers that will suffer in the end.

4 Comments Posted

#1 by WaRMaN on Wednesday, Jan 19 at 9:30 PM 
EA is only making a deal with ESPN to ease the tension between ABC and ESPN
(John Madden, Al Michaels and the ESPN staff).  You won't see the merge till
'06 since ESPN and SEGA are still in contract - poor SEGA).  Only change really
will be that the ESPN staff will make their way into the game.  I don't think
you will see any ESPN gameplay in Madden.

I hate to see companies gettting exclusive rights.  It kills competition and
gamers will be exposed to what the get, not what they deserve.  Take note, you
will not see dramatic changes in sports titles for a long time. Thanks again EA.
#2 by EvilTekno on Wednesday, Jan 19 at 9:53 PM Tensions between ESPN and Madden? Haven't heard that. Rumors have been flying that nnow EA owns exclusive NFL rights, they're gonna cut some cost corners, including Madden's license, which means no more Madden in EA's NFL games, just a rumor tho.
#3 by WaRMaN on Wednesday, Jan 19 at 10:36 PM I read on ESPN.com that since ESPN and ABC share sports coverage that it would make an uneasy relationship to split Madden and ESPN Video Games. Read the second paragraph on ESPN's site.
#4 by MeGaZiPP on Monday, Jan 24 at 12:51 AM Here is what will happen...They will put out a crappy game...sales will be bad and they will lose millions...this is all we can hope for in order for this new development to be resolved and we have competition again

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