NFL Players, Owners, Executives & Community;
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (@NFLCommish);
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (@deSmithNFLPA);
NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth (@foxworth24);
NFL Ventures VP Eric Grubman (@ericNFLmoney);
Jerry Jones (@realJerryJones);
John Mara (@johnmarajr);
CAA agents Tom Condon & Ben Dogra (@CAA_Football)
We petition you, we implore you: End EA Sports’ exclusive NFL license. License Take Two Interactive’s 2K Games to bring back NFL2K.
Electronic Arts’ “Madden”, which has held the NFL/NFLPA’s exclusive license since 2004, is widely disliked. Countless blogs, tweets, Facebook pages, and news articles decry the series’ lack of variation, and its bugginess, and bizarre gameplay. For Madden 25, the Metacritic user rating is a meager 5.5 (out of 10), and on Amazon some 25% of over 1,000 reviews are just 1 out of 5 stars. One Amazon reviewer wrote of Madden 25: “EA lives up to its reputation as the worst company” in America–a reference to the “Golden Poo” title that voters on Consumerist.com awarded EA in both 2012 and 2013.
By contrast, a decade after its release, 2K Games NFL2K5 title remains highly esteemed. Its user rating on Metacritic is 8.1. More than 65% of reviewers on Amazon give it 5 stars. A reviewer summed up common sentiment thus: “the last great American football game”.
2K games has a proven track record that shows it can and will make a dynamic and interactive game.
The NBA, unlike the NFL, allows 2K Sports to compete with Electronic Arts. The result: an overwhelming win for 2K. NBA2K vastly outsells NBA Live.
With this petition, the gamer community is speaking loudly and clearly to you, NFL players and leaders: Enough of the Electronic Arts’ Madden monopoly. Grant 2K Games a license to bring back NFL2K.
Sign the petition here.