"Speaking of wars, one of 2004's longest-running stories was the sports-franchise wars between EA Sports and ESPN Videogames. When EA responded with an across-the-board price cut in November, it seemed that the budget-price strategy of ESPN copublishers Sega and Take-Two had the mighty Madden maker running scared. But on December 13, EA flexed its vast financial muscle, announcing that it had secured exclusive game rights to all NFL players, teams, stadiums, and other assets for the next five years. The announcement dealt a dire blow to the critically acclaimed ESPN NFL series, since it will have to use either alternate leagues (arena football, CFL) or fictional teams (like the management sims Front Office Football 2004 or Total Pro Football)." - www.gamespot.com , after leaving micro$oft, then joining with SEGA, and being successful, the espn nfl series is bummed out vast monopoly, sad. :bang: Edit: Btw, i dont even play football games, but this is still dissapointing, anything good that happens to sega, is always good. long live sega!