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Madden NFL 25 is scheduled to be the last game in the existing EA/NFL exclusive deal -- which begs the question: what next?

For our poll this weekend, we're putting the prognosticator hat onto you. What do you think happens with the EA/NFL relationship after this year? Be sure to leave your extended thoughts in the comments section!

Sound off by voting in the poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums!

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# 1 ballin095 @ 07/26/13 05:04 PM
For the sake of gamers, I hope the nfl decides not to negotiate any more exclusive licenses. We need as much competition in sport games as possible.
 
# 2 PVarck31 @ 07/26/13 05:39 PM
Even if they don't come to an exclusive agreement the NFL might not even be interested in putting the license up for sale to someone else. The NFL and EA are tight.

And if they do let someone else in it would be a huge risk for any company to buy the license and make a game. I'm sure going up against Madden will shy a lot of companies away.

And just because Sony makes a great baseball game isn't any indicator that they would make a great football game. Their basketball games were very below average as well as their football games in the PS2 era. I'm just saying we shouldn't assume.
 
# 3 moose616 @ 07/26/13 05:58 PM
I was one of the few people who preferred NFL Gameday back in the day. I'd have confidence in Sony's production of a football game.
 
# 4 ratedmoney @ 07/26/13 06:03 PM
The NFL has gone exclusive in so many of its business aspects. See no reason why a long term deal with EA wont be struck. Money talks and EA has the money. No hate towards EA for this. This falls on the NFL.
 
# 5 bxphenom7 @ 07/26/13 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by JamieBravo
i agree. i think with how MLB The Show is... if Sony could get an NFL game going, it'd be amazing. (I think any competition to EAS would be nice at this point). At least make EAS fight for their $$. With no competition, they have no motivation to really improve their product, instead of just putting in gimmicks every year, and calling it new.
Oh man, do you remember Sony's NFL Gameday?? that would be awesome on next-gen! I think it's a great idea to get some sort of petition going soon not persuade the nfl and ea to avoid exclusivity negotiations. SIGN ME UP
 
# 6 bxphenom7 @ 07/26/13 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by PVarck31
Even if they don't come to an exclusive agreement the NFL might not even be interested in putting the license up for sale to someone else. The NFL and EA are tight.

And if they do let someone else in it would be a huge risk for any company to buy the license and make a game. I'm sure going up against Madden will shy a lot of companies away.

And just because Sony makes a great baseball game isn't any indicator that they would make a great football game. Their basketball games were very below average as well as their football games in the PS2 era. I'm just saying we shouldn't assume.
Actually, NFL Gameday picked up steam in 03 and 04. NFL 2k5 and Madden 2005 were perceived as amazing football games critically and NFL Gameday 2004 had just become a great game. So there were 3 viable football games. Now, that was a while back so who knows, we saw what happened with APF 2k8, but that game suffered from lack of modes and features from as a result of not having the NFL license (even though I think the developers should've been able to put in standard features except a career mode at the time). 2k has to let go of the MLB third party rights so EA can resurrect MVP Baseball, and EA has to let go of their exclusive deal with the NFL so we could potentially see NFL Gameday or NFL 2k resurrected. The consumer deserves options so I don't care if it's a good game or not. The devs will have a whole gen to work on it.
 
# 7 ChirpyMango01 @ 07/26/13 06:55 PM
Could Microsoft make its own football game? They did make NFL Fever before the exclusive liscense and if sony could why not microsoft?
 
# 8 jWILL253 @ 07/26/13 07:22 PM
I feel like with the heat that the NFL faced with the American Needle case, as well as the current heat EA has faced and has been facing regarding its own antitrust cases, I think they'll renew but it won't be 100% exclusive. I think 2K or some other studio will get licensing as well. NFL has done this with its apparel licensing (Nike making all on-field apparel and off-field merchandising, New Era making the hats; last time, Reebok had complete exclusivity), so I expect them to do it with video games as well...
 
# 9 GRONK IS AMAZIN @ 07/26/13 08:01 PM
doesnt microsoft have an exclusive deal with the nfl now? they could make a game
 
# 10 Feldman011teen @ 07/26/13 08:03 PM
Spoiler Alert. Unless some company steps up to the plate with a lot of money, expect another ten year exclusive license.
 
# 11 bigsmallwood @ 07/26/13 08:33 PM
I would LOVE to see 2Ksports get another crack at the NFL License....as well as SONY SCEA......would be interesting. People should not be so quick to brush it off.....competition would be more than welcome by millions.
 
# 12 Perfect Zero @ 07/26/13 09:04 PM
I highly doubt that EA will want to pony the money to have another exclusive license after they have effectively run everybody out of town. I expect it will be non-exclusive and that EA will still be the only game in town.
 
# 13 PVarck31 @ 07/26/13 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by bxphenom7
Actually, NFL Gameday picked up steam in 03 and 04. NFL 2k5 and Madden 2005 were perceived as amazing football games critically and NFL Gameday 2004 had just become a great game. So there were 3 viable football games. Now, that was a while back so who knows, we saw what happened with APF 2k8, but that game suffered from lack of modes and features from as a result of not having the NFL license (even though I think the developers should've been able to put in standard features except a career mode at the time). 2k has to let go of the MLB third party rights so EA can resurrect MVP Baseball, and EA has to let go of their exclusive deal with the NFL so we could potentially see NFL Gameday or NFL 2k resurrected. The consumer deserves options so I don't care if it's a good game or not. The devs will have a whole gen to work on it.
I agree. Gameplay 04 was actually pretty good.

Don't get me wrong. I was options too. All I was trying to say is we can't assume Sony can make a great football game just because of The Show.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S4
 
# 14 bigdaddy8523 @ 07/26/13 09:57 PM
I have actually always liked 2k basketball even when live was better. But 2k football on everything other than the dreamcast wasn't that great. I prefered Madden in 05 even though I payed $60 for it and all of my friends except 2 liked Madden that yr even though presentation on 2k5 was better than Madden 05.
 
# 15 PVarck31 @ 07/26/13 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by GRONK IS AMAZIN
doesnt microsoft have an exclusive deal with the nfl now? they could make a game
I think you are thinking about the exclusive deal they signed for NFL content to be broadcast on the xbox. I'm 99.9% sure it has nothing to do with gaming.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S4
 
# 16 droopizzle34 @ 07/26/13 10:05 PM
please....


NO MORE EXCLUSIVE LICENSE!!!!!!

We have suffered enough with EA. There needs to be CHOICE and competition in NFL Football videogames. It needs to happen again. I believe then EA will make a better Madden if pushed by competition. 2K, Microsoft, Sony, heck I"d buy them all just like back in the day. I'm pretty sure the NFL and EA are gonna re up on the exclusive deal and imprison us more, but I'm hoping the football videogame gods hear the cries of the masses and convinces the NFL to bring competition and CHOICE back to video game football...

LET US PRAY....
 
# 17 Tyrant8RDFL @ 07/26/13 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ballin095
For the sake of gamers, I hope the nfl decides not to negotiate any more exclusive licenses. We need as much competition in sport games as possible.
Man Im so with you on this. I mean look what happened with the XBOX one and the PS4.

Unfortunately the NFL practice is about exclusive deals, so I don't feel good about it changing.

I honestly will say a prayer

If multiple companies can make a NFL game this will be a win win for all involved. EA will even win from this.

Lets hope
 
# 18 goalieump413 @ 07/26/13 10:49 PM
I think the two parties will renew their exclusive deal. There are no other major players in the football video game developer landscape, and for the NFL to sign a non-exclusive deal only opens up unnecessary variables to the NFL brand that they don't need right now. An exclusive deal ensures that a respected game like Madden will continue to dominate the sports gaming market, and given the fact that next gen consoles are just around the corner, the unit sales potential are sure to rise, as more gamers who were losing faith in Madden will have new hope that simulation, depth, and graphics improvements bring them back.
 
# 19 Colonel Reb @ 07/26/13 11:08 PM
I think an exclusive deal will be done again. Let's not forget it was actually the NFL who came to EA for the exclusive deal, not the other way around as it's so often portrayed. The NFL really seems to like working with EA so I would imagine another exclusive deal is going to get done.

I never was a big Gameday or 2k fan, but I do think sports games are better with a bit of competition.
 
# 20 mestevo @ 07/27/13 02:24 AM
I expect it will be another exclusive, it's clearly the NFL's preferred business practice and how they get the most from their brand.
 

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