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With Madden sales possibly experiencing a mild slowdown this year, should EA be worried about the speculation there could be an NFL Lockout next year?

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# 1 BlastX21 @ 12/06/10 08:50 PM
Would this mean there wouldnt be a Madden 12? I actually think that wouldn't be a bad thing. For one, we wont have to spend 65 more bucks on another game, and then it would give EA an extra year to try and put something playable on the market.
 
# 2 TreFacTor @ 12/06/10 08:54 PM
It would be a great thing for those of us who were disappointed with M10 and M11, if Madden were forced to skip a year, but in the grand scheme of things, I believe that Madden won't miss an annual release even if there is a lockout. They have the ability to make the game and the contract that gives the full right to.
 
# 3 SouthernBrick @ 12/06/10 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by TreFacTor
It would be a great thing for those of us who were disappointed with M10 and M11, if Madden were forced to skip a year, but in the grand scheme of things, I believe that Madden won't miss an annual release even if there is a lockout. They have the ability to make the game and the contract that gives the full right to.
We can only hope that they could get an extra year but, it's probably doubtful.
 
# 4 matt314hew @ 12/06/10 10:00 PM
If they make one and there is a lockout, would there be players names in it?
 
# 5 ChampN252 @ 12/07/10 12:23 AM
I wouldn't worry. The baseball rights are freeing up soon. Put some strategy in that. Make a good game and you may have a new cash cow.
 
# 6 rudeworld @ 12/07/10 01:19 AM
isn't next season the last? whatever it is.... if they do not improve presentation and franchise mode, they will have to worry about sale numbers too....
 
# 7 homeycool @ 12/07/10 03:59 AM
I posed this same question about NBA 2k. While I think either company will put out a product in the event of a lockout. This will without a doubt hurt sales. My thinking is, this was a major reason for putting Michael Jordan on the cover of 2K12. Why not go all in while you still can.
 
# 8 R9NALD9 @ 12/07/10 04:23 AM
Don't think it will make a difference at all, EA won't miss out on a year if there is a lockout or not! It's waaaaay to much $'s

Personally I have a feeling that EA and 2K are going to come to an agreement for EA to let the NFL license go, and for 2K to let the MLB license go...
Though it's probably wishful thinking
 
# 9 Dazraz @ 12/07/10 04:39 AM
I think Madden sales could actually increase on the back of a lockout. Football fans may take to the virtual world to get their fix of NFL.
 
# 10 metal134 @ 12/07/10 05:25 AM
I can't remember an instance of a lockout/strike having a substantial effect on that season's video game.
 
# 11 matt314hew @ 12/07/10 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Dazraz
I think Madden sales could actually increase on the back of a lockout. Football fans may take to the virtual world to get their fix of NFL.
This is true.. But if there is a lockout, will the players association allow EA to use their names? I am assuming yes, as it will give them some money for it.. but the NFL could possibly say even though you have the license, you can't use real names or players.

I think having a game come out next year with fake teams and names might be more enjoyable for the fans.

I am hoping the licensing is opened up to all game companies soon for all sports. Competition makes games better..
 
# 12 ShaneFu @ 12/07/10 09:29 AM
During the last NBA lockout there were still games made that were released as normally scheduled.

If these NFL millionaires and billionaires lockout and screw up my favorite sport, I won't buy ANYTHING with a NFL shield on it next year, guess I'll hold on to Madden 11 or get new rosters for 2k5.
 
# 13 mike24forever @ 12/07/10 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by MakeSumCake
If 2k sports gets the ncaa license its over for ea.
You just proved how little you know. What is wrong with people that have joined in the past year. 98% of those who have joined in 2010, are EA bashing trolls that never contribute to anything.
 
# 14 Layoneil @ 12/07/10 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by R9NALD9
Personally I have a feeling that EA and 2K are going to come to an agreement for EA to let the NFL license go, and for 2K to let the MLB license go...
Though it's probably wishful thinking
totally wishful thinking, it's the NFL that wants the license so they can have close control with one product.

unless the government decides to ban the leagues from doing it, someone will get the license whether it's EA, 2K or another company.
 
# 15 PantherBeast_OS @ 12/07/10 12:47 PM
I would say the NFL lockout wouldn't even affect them or madden 12 next year. Unless the NFL tells EA they are not allowed to make madden next year for legal reasons. I think that would be the only reason EA could not make madden next year. But other then that. I think EA will gone making it no matter what. If they had to stop making it for one year. It would seriously hurt their money flow big time. Which to some people they wouldn't mind seeing that happen to help free up the NFL rights. But I don't think it will happen.
 
# 16 PantherBeast_OS @ 12/07/10 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by matt314hew
This is true.. But if there is a lockout, will the players association allow EA to use their names? I am assuming yes, as it will give them some money for it.. but the NFL could possibly say even though you have the license, you can't use real names or players.

I think having a game come out next year with fake teams and names might be more enjoyable for the fans.

I am hoping the licensing is opened up to all game companies soon for all sports. Competition makes games better..
Then that is where EA should put team builder into madden like NCAA football has right now. Just in case that happens. So some people can make rosters for us and all. That would be nice feature that could be add for the future and a backup roster builder just incase the NFL prevents EA from using real names in the game for madden 12
 
# 17 Cryolemon @ 12/07/10 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ShaneFu
During the last NBA lockout there were still games made that were released as normally scheduled.

If these NFL millionaires and billionaires lockout and screw up my favorite sport, I won't buy ANYTHING with a NFL shield on it next year, guess I'll hold on to Madden 11 or get new rosters for 2k5.
And during the last NHL lockout games still got made.

The lockout doesn't affect Madden directly. One interesting thing though is what happens regarding player names if the NFLPA decertifies? If there's no players union then there's no license to use player names. Presumably you'd get an NCAA style situation.
 
# 18 Cusefan @ 12/07/10 03:00 PM
This seems like a poll that was made for the sake of having a new poll, Is there any indication that a lockout would affect madden one way or another? Since History has shown that a strike or lockout does not affect games, chances are it will not affect madden.
 
# 19 stlstudios189 @ 12/07/10 06:58 PM
the game will come out for sure. if there is no NFL season the people who are borderline purchasers or EA's favorite gamers the "casual gamer" will not buy it.
 
# 20 ghostlight85 @ 12/07/10 07:05 PM
EA need only be worried if some enterprising developer/publisher were to take advantage of the unique marketing opportunity that a lockout poses.

If anyone were going to care about a non NFL branded football game, during a lockout is the most likely time. But the game would also have to not make the same mistakes that APF made. It needs to be fully featured, with franchise and robust online play and such.
 

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