Home
News Post

Could we see NFL players in other games besides Madden in the near future?

It's not very likely, but there seems to be a story brewing here. It's all based on this ESPN article that says in part:
What are the long-term ramifications for the league?
Barring a new CBA, the players either will be on strike or the owners will lock out the players in 2008. The union likely will decertify, and antitrust rules will apply. Also, the NFL draft will go away in 2008 as part of a clause inserted into the current CBA. Players coming out of college could be free agents, with no salary restrictions. Open negotiations, including those for rookies coming out of college, will leave it to the players to get what they can get.
GamersReport has taken that and run with it:
Just to recap, the NFLPA may decertify itself in order to keep a lockout from occuring. This in essence will make antitrust laws apply. The NFLPA will decertify if no agreement is reached to extend the CBA. Keep an eye on this people, and keep your fingers crossed.
There is also some more analysis at Joystiq:
Then again, there is always the chance that GamersReports is misinterpreting anti-trust laws. Being that the speculation is a worst-case scenario based upon a secondary interpreation of the legal system, consider this a rumor at best.
First, this is the slimmest of chances. It's probably slimmer than that ...

Secondly ... while many gamers are upset by EA's NFL exclusivity, are they willing to give up the actual NFL to break it?

Member Comments
# 1 jmc @ 03/02/06 05:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by fossen
Could we see NFL players in other games besides Madden in the near future?


It's not very likely, but there seems to be a story brewing here. It's all based on this ESPN article that says in part:
What are the long-term ramifications for the league?
Barring a new CBA, the players either will be on strike or the owners will lock out the players in 2008. The union likely will decertify, and antitrust rules will apply. Also, the NFL draft will go away in 2008 as part of a clause inserted into the current CBA. Players coming out of college could be free agents, with no salary restrictions. Open negotiations, including those for rookies coming out of college, will leave it to the players to get what they can get.

GamersReport has taken that and run with it:
Just to recap, the NFLPA may decertify itself in order to keep a lockout from occuring. This in essence will make antitrust laws apply. The NFLPA will decertify if no agreement is reached to extend the CBA. Keep an eye on this people, and keep your fingers crossed.

There is also some more analysis at Joystiq:
Then again, there is always the chance that GamersReports is misinterpreting anti-trust laws. Being that the speculation is a worst-case scenario based upon a secondary interpreation of the legal system, consider this a rumor at best.

First, this is the slimmest of chances. It's probably siller than that ...

Secondly ... while many gamers are upset by EA's NFL exclusivity, are they willing to give up the actual NFL to break it?
 
# 2 solja @ 03/02/06 05:51 PM
that would be killer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i wish..this can happen..so we can get nfl2k7....
 
# 3 Beantown @ 03/02/06 05:57 PM
Technically...if the NFLPA went bye-bye...wouldn't NO football game be able to use the rights of the players?
 
# 4 TheLetterZ @ 03/02/06 05:58 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Longhorn6
Technically...if the NFLPA went bye-bye...wouldn't NO football game be able to use the rights of the players?
Right.
 
# 5 Beantown @ 03/02/06 06:00 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZXLT
Right.
1 generic game, and 1 nfl game....we get 2 generic games.

Why is everyone excited?

Plus as Joeboo pointed out in the madden thread talknig about this....Madden would still own the rights to everything the NFL has rights of(aKa team names, stadiums, etc.)
 
# 6 fossen @ 03/02/06 06:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Longhorn6
Technically...if the NFLPA went bye-bye...wouldn't NO football game be able to use the rights of the players?
No - the rights would revert to individual players.

Which would present it's own nightmare, but they players would be theoretically accessible.

Personally ... if breaking the EA hold means a completely bleeped-up actual NFL, it's not worth it in my book.
 
# 7 Beantown @ 03/02/06 06:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by fossen
No - the rights would revert to individual players.

Which would present it's own nightmare, but they players would be theoretically accessible.

Personally ... if breaking the EA hold means a completely bleeped-up actual NFL, it's not worth it in my book.
Ah...that sounds like chaos.
 
# 8 mgoblue @ 03/02/06 06:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by fossen
No - the rights would revert to individual players.

Which would present it's own nightmare, but they players would be theoretically accessible.

Personally ... if breaking the EA hold means a completely bleeped-up actual NFL, it's not worth it in my book.
I agree, no way in hell do I want the sport f'ed to hell, and I question whether this would really even help the gaming companies. EA or Take 2 could get Peyton Manning exclusively, therefore the other game couldn't have Peyton.
 
# 9 Footballforever @ 03/02/06 06:28 PM
Isn't there a contract in place?
 
# 10 NYJets @ 03/02/06 10:17 PM
I don't see how anyone could want this?

I mean, we are talking NO DRAFT!!! No salary restrictions??? The league would be a mess.

That could ruin the NFL.

I loved 2K5, but it's just a videogame.
 

Post A Comment
Only OS members can post comments
Please login or register to post a comment.