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CJayC | Posted 11/14/2005 8:45:50 AM | message detail
...are for football. It's been that way for several years now. The full NFL Sunday Ticket package only serves to fuel my addiction, since the local stations always seem to pick the worst games to show every week. I just think it's a great sport, and it's the only one I follow from beginning to end every year.

Every time I watch a good Sunday of football, it makes me want to go out and buy NFL2K6 so I can play too. Then I remember that there's no NFL2K6 anymore, and forget about it.


The thing that bothers me most about the whole exclusivity thing with the NFL and other sports is that it doesn't benefit gamers in any way. While it makes sense for a sporting league to avoid a product with their name on it being a load of crap (although this never seemed to stop some of those early PS2 989 Sports titles, and remember the old Acclaim NFL games?), to remove all competition just means that there's fewer games available for the consumer, and less incentive for the sole license holder to do better.

It is, of course, all about money. Not our money, but the money the big sports leagues make by forcing game companies to shell out for exclusive licenses. As easy as it is to blame EA for buying up the NFL license, you can't forget that it's just as much (if not more) the fault of the NFL for forcing the issue, or even allowing it. But, that's the way business works, and we, the game-buying public, get to deal with it.

Ah, well. There's always next Sunday... and 2010, when the five-year agreement ends...

I enjoy using the comedy technique of self-deprecation - but I'm not very good at it.