Breaking, Crappy NewsHere's something from Business Wire:
EA Enters into Exclusive Agreements with NFL and PLAYERS INC to Expand and Integrate Customer Entertainment Experience REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 13, 2004--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced exclusive licensing relationships with the National Football League and PLAYERS INC to develop, publish and distribute interactive football games. These five-year agreements -- which EA negotiated separately -- give EA the exclusive rights to the NFL teams, stadiums and players for use in its football videogames. Both agreements also include exclusive rights for console online features. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Well, Merry Very Shitty Christmas to everybody who likes football games. Instead of using their money to improve their product, which ESPN kicked the crap out of this year, they instead just write a check and kill the opposition's game by denying them the use of real players and stadiums. Classy move.