On Monday December 13th, EA Sports announced that they signed an exclusive 5 year licensing agreement with the NFL and the Players Union. Essentially, what this does is prevent anyone else from creating any football games except for EA. Say good bye to competition.

Some of you might be thinking, "What's the big deal? Madden is the best game out there." I actually prefer ESPN NFL 2K5 but you're entitled to your opinion. But how do you think Madden got so good? EA was forced to keep improving it in response to the improvements that Take Two (publisher of the NFL 2K series) made year after year. You like improvements in your games? Don't expect much in Madden '06. After spending a reported $300M on the licensing rights, why would EA sink more resources into improving a title with no competitor?

Take Two released a statement saying, "We believe that the decisions of the National Football League and Players Inc. to grant an exclusive license for video games do a tremendous disservice to the consumers and sports fans, whose funds ultimately support the NFL, by limiting their choices, curbing creativity and almost certainly leading to higher game prices."

Speaking of higher game prices, Take Two made a brilliant move earlier this year by reducing the NFL 2K5 title to only $19.99. In response, EA had to lower the price on Madden from $50 to $30. Expect Madden to be jacked back up to $50 next year. Gotta pay for the licensing fees somehow right?

Not to be forgotten in all this is the greed exhibited by the NFL and the Players union. I guess they weren't making enough in licensing fees because in the past year, Microsoft, 989 Sports, and Midway dropped out of the football video game business, leaving only EA and ESPN/Take Two. I guess when EA came calling with a truckload of cash, they couldn't resist. "We considered a whole variety of factors in making this decision," said Gene Goldberg, the NFL's vice president of consumer products. "We chose EA based on game quality, marketing ability and track record." (oh, and about $300M in cash.) Please, we realize it's a business, do not insult us.

Look, I'm not naive. I realize that it was a very smart strategic decision on the part of EA Sports. They are guaranteed at least 90\% (if not all) of the football titles sold for the next 5 years. Really, who wants to play a game with Leyton Channing or Tim Grady at QB? But as consumers, we can make them pay for trying to squash competition and taking the choice out of our hands. Let's boycott Madden 2006. Hey, we can all just play Madden 05 or NFL 2K5. Perhaps this petition will have no bearing whatsoever on how many titles they ship next year. But imagine if 10,000 or 100,000 people decide not to buy Madden next year. That's $500,000 or $5M off their revenue number. Not a colossal hit to them but it'll make them take notice.

In conclusion, we will not purchase Madden 2006 when released. We support competition and fair play, not simply purchasing rights and forcing competitors out.

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Latest Signatures

  • 25 December 2015250. Tom Graves
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 2015249. Louis S
    What EA Sports has done is unforgivable. They have the weaker product, and could not compete fairly.
  • 11 November 2015248. John Goodman
    Cry me a river. I just butt raped Sega and Take Two and will continue to sell my superior brand. We all know you guys charged $20 because you thought your game sucked. It wasn't worth anything more especially considering your "epic" franchise mode. SEGA a
  • 09 November 2015247. Jason D
    I support this petition
  • 08 November 2015246. Mike H
    Monopoly written all over the deal...
  • 27 September 2015245. Josh B
    I support this petition
  • 21 August 2015244. Larry S
    I support this petition
  • 18 August 2015243. A Gentry
  • 14 August 2015242. R P
    boo NFL
  • 25 July 2015241. Darthlawyer Thomas
    Are you all aware that it was the NFL that started lobyying its exclusivity contract around? Not EA. What else was EA supposed to do? If you have a product that sell great every year, and someone threatens to take it away, wouldn't you do anything you cou
  • 16 July 2015240. Sebastien R
    I liked EA until they made a liscence with the nfl who does that
  • 22 June 2015239. Tim K
  • 05 June 2015238. Mark J
    i thought monopolies in business were banned in the united states?
  • 27 May 2015237. Leoncio S
    Dam straight
  • 12 May 2015236. Jeff F
    nfl2k is more realistic
  • 08 May 2015235. Daamin F
    EA SUCKs
  • 15 April 2015234. Ian S
    I support this petition
  • 04 April 2015233. Darrell E
    I support this petition
  • 16 March 2015232. Chris G
    I support this petition
  • 06 March 2015231. Gbjrghh Cooley
  • 10 February 2015230. Matt E
  • 02 February 2015229. Ryan H
    I support this petition
  • 27 January 2015228. Ea S
    ESPN 2K5 sucked Madden '04 was better than that. Also if you are making ESPN out to be the good guy, then you should know that they signed a contract to begin doing game segments in the Madden franchise after '06
  • 30 December 2014227. Matthew H
    It's really sad but true....money talks. I have been a Sega Sports fan (exclusively) since NFL 2K was released for Sega Dreamcast. They are the best, and I'll keep playing NFL 2K5 until the Madden monopoly falls. I wouldn't take a copy for free.
  • 27 December 2014226. Hieu L
    monopoly is illegal in america
  • 10 December 2014225. Kyle B
    i have a better idea why dont we boycott the nfl there the ones who allowed themselves to be bought....but we all know were not going to do that just like were still going to by 06...so give it a rest
  • 20 November 2014224. Charles Wg
    I support this petition

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