EA NHL Exclusive?

EA Nabs NHL License on 1UP (thanks PiTiFUL) is a story based some brief happenings on the EA Sports Website that may have tipped off a future announcement. According to the story, several graphics appeared for a while on the site with the words "exclusive license," indicating the possibility that a deal has been signed for pro hockey rights, along the lines of the exclusive deal EA inked last year with the NFL (story). The article quotes both EA and NHL2K publisher 2K Sports as calling the apparent revelation a mistake, though attempts to contact the NHL about this (in spite of all the time on their hands) were unsuccessful.
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Re: What is...
Jun 27, 2005, 12:41
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Gimme a version where I can fire all the players and hire a bunch of bruisers to play. Old time hockey!

Lol! Yeah scoring is for sissies. Helmets are for girls. Hell even the goalies used to go without 'em!

But seriously - anyone seen Mike Modano lately? He looks like he could be a GQ model with his pearly white choppers and wind tunnel-tested hairdo... does he look like a hockey player to you? Of course he CAN score his ass off, but sheesh! Couldn't he at least look the part a little bit?


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Re: What is...
Jun 27, 2005, 10:45
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Jun 27, 2005, 10:45
 
Gimme a version where I can fire all the players and hire a bunch of bruisers to play. Old time hockey!

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Re: What is...
Jun 27, 2005, 10:41
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Re: What is... Jun 27, 2005, 10:41
Jun 27, 2005, 10:41
 
Wait.. since when do we have a hockey league?

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Re: What is...
Jun 27, 2005, 10:21
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Jun 27, 2005, 10:21
 
I'm 99.9% sure this was sarcasm, but in case it wasn't, NHL stands for the NO Hockey League... err... scratch that... National Hockey League.

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What is...
Jun 27, 2005, 09:16
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Jun 27, 2005, 09:16
 
What is this NHL you speak of?

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Jun 27, 2005, 01:29
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Jun 27, 2005, 01:29
 
I think they should just hire scabs from the minors. Fuck the players.

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Jun 27, 2005, 01:10
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Jun 27, 2005, 01:10
 
Hockey is a beautiful game, but a horribly broken business. For many reasons, the NHL will never even come close to the big 3 (NFL, MBL, NBA) or big 4 if you want to count Nascar. So it is a niche sport. The players seem unable to grasp this however, and insist on demanding MLB/NFL/NBA-sized salaries. Sorry guys - you have to put butts in the seats first, and hockey has proven woefully unable to do just that.

Don't get me wrong, I love hockey. It's the only sport I still watch (or will watch, if they ever play again). But you gotta be realistic-it IS a niche sport.

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Jun 27, 2005, 00:46
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Jun 27, 2005, 00:46
 
The owners are much, much more at fault than the players.


The owners are the ones that approved all the rule changes to ruin the game, approved all the new markets, approved all the northern teams moving the sunbelt, etc.


And, if you've read anything about the new agreement, most teams will probably have 3-5 players next season that they had a few seasons ago. Most players that are currently under contract will be bought out and end up somewhere else. Have a favorite player? Don't expect him on your team again.

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Jun 26, 2005, 23:39
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Jun 26, 2005, 23:39
 
" Yeah those poor players, I can't imagine a world where I'd get payed $50k a year to play hockey...."

Players like Sundin pull down 9 Million a season plus endorsements and bonuses. Most of us up here grow up with the mindset that we'd play for beer if given the chance.
Fucking millionaires fighting over money. Seeing as how going to a hockey game in Toronto costs 2 guys on the order of $300 once you factor in beer and snacks, and that's if you're in the "cheap seats" I can't see how the owners can plead poverty. The good seats have a face price of $275 on them and the ACC sells out for every home game.(15600 people) The players are no better though.

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Re: cost..
Jun 26, 2005, 23:27
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Jun 26, 2005, 23:27
 
You sure it's their expected revenue and not their current net worth?

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cost..
Jun 26, 2005, 23:22
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Jun 26, 2005, 23:22
 
Heard that EA had to pay through the nose to get this. We're talking $17 worth of aluminum cans! That nearly doubles the NHL's expected revenue next year (if/when the strike ends)...
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Jun 26, 2005, 23:11
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Well, granted the average career of a pro hockey player isn't that long and there is the risk of injuries and whatnot, but still. Between the salary and the endorsement deals, it doesn't take many years of working to be set for life. Maybe if they were content to live in houses that weren't five hundred acre mansions and to drive regular cars instead of jet pwoered Hummers, making less wouldn't be so hard. A lessor for Larry Probst as well.

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Re: Next EA Title
Jun 26, 2005, 22:43
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Jun 26, 2005, 22:43
 
Yeah those poor players, I can't imagine a world where I'd get payed $50k a year to play hockey....

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Jun 26, 2005, 22:30
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Jun 26, 2005, 22:30
 
Damn, you beat me to it. I was going to call it NHL Lockout Simulator 2006. You get to pick which greedy side you want to be on and play rhythm games (kind of like Amplitude) that simulate the collective bargaining process. The better you are at it, the better your side does. If you beat the final level as the players, you get the NHL to cave and go with no salary cap. If you beat the final level as the owners, all the unionized players get brought down to $50,000 a year and have to stay at Motel 6s for the games. And as a hidden easter egg unlcokable, you can play the Board of Directors at EA and if you win that side, you end up acquiring the ashes of the NHL and make the players and owners work days as programmers in one of your sweat shop studios.

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Next EA Title
Jun 26, 2005, 21:01
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NHL 2005: Lockout Edition!
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Jun 26, 2005, 20:16
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Jun 26, 2005, 20:16
 
Let them have it. It's already a forgone conclusion that there will be no season again this year. EA's so out of touch it's not even funny. In a year when pro hockey was fucking the fans over, the tagline for their game was "renew you commitment to hockey". In canada, we found that hysterical.

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Sports games
Jun 26, 2005, 20:05
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Bring back Mutant League Hockey!

...wait. That was by EA, too? Fuck.

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Jun 26, 2005, 19:23
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Jun 26, 2005, 19:23
 
I think the problem is that developers may be less apt to release a sports game now. You have to admit that there's a very large customer base that require real teams and players. EA is just using cash to gain an unfair advantage. The one who are gonna loose the most are the gamers because we WILL have fewer alternatives now.

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Jun 26, 2005, 18:56
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Jun 26, 2005, 18:56
 
Blades of Steel for NES was a great hockey game and it didn't have real teams.

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Re: Who cares?
Jun 26, 2005, 18:41
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Jun 26, 2005, 18:41
 
My sentiments exactly!

Edit : People still play sports games?

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