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EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. Formerly a gimmick inside Electronic Arts sports games, that tried to mimic real-life sports networks, calling themselves "EA Sports Network" (EASN) with pictures or endorsements of real commentators such as John Madden, it soon grew up to become a sub-label on its own, releasing game series such as FIFA, NHL, Madden NFL, and NASCAR. Most games under this brand are developed by EA Canada, the studio of Electronic Arts in Burnaby, British Columbia, as well as at EA Tiburon in Maitland, Florida. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, head coach, and a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. ... Madden NFL is an American football video game series developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon for EA Sports. ... EA Canada is a video game developer located in Burnaby, British Columbia, close to Vancouver. ... “Burnaby” redirects here. ... Outside view of EA Tiburon building, from SR 414 EA Tiburon is an Electronic Arts video game development studio located in Maitland, Florida just north of the Orlando, Florida downtown area. ... Maitland is a city located in Orange County, Florida, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 12,019. ...


EA Sports' early motto, If it's in the game, it's in the game, (later abbreviated to just It's in the game.) reflects the aim of the early games to portray reality as best as the technology would allow. Unlike some other companies, EA Sports has no special ties to a single platform, which means that all games are released for the best-selling active platforms, sometimes long after most other companies abandon them. For example, FIFA 98, Madden NFL 98, NBA Live 98, and NHL 98 were released for the Sega Genesis and the Super NES throughout 1997; Madden NFL 2005 and FIFA 2005 had PlayStation releases in 2004 (FIFA 2005 was also the last PlayStation title to be released); and NCAA Football 08 had an Xbox release in 2007. Madden NFL 08 also had Xbox and GameCube releases in 2007. Additionally, NASCAR Thunder 2003 and NASCAR Thunder 2004 were released not only for the PlayStation 2, but for the original PlayStation as well. For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... NASCAR Thunder 2003 is a racing simulator published by Electronic Arts in September 2002 for PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox and in October 2002 for PC. It is the fifth game of EA Sports NASCAR series. ... NASCAR Thunder 2004 is a racing simulator by EA Sports, released in 2003. ...

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16 bit era

Top: the original EASN logo; Bottom, the first EA Sports logo as a sub-label
Top: the original EASN logo; Bottom, the first EA Sports logo as a sub-label

After establishing with some highly regarded titles from 1987-1992, most notably Earl Weaver Baseball 1987, John Madden Football 1990 and NHL Hockey 1991, EA decided in 1992 to launch a sports-only label and EASN was born. ESPN took note of the similarities, and forced EA to come up with a new label to put their sports label under for the 1994 season. The first run of the 1994 season still donned the EASN brand, with a 'first run' logo on the lower right hand corner of the box (this was also done in 1993), while the rest of the production run was under the name EA Sports, with a new logo (whose design later would be also adopted by EA) and a uniform box design, all white with a live-action photo ( example), the exception being the Madden games, which featured Madden himself. All boxes would remain this way until 1997, when individual players starred alone, and although the 99 titles featured one unusual dark blue case, the all-white boxes returned the next year. EA Sports old logos, vectorized from NHLPA93 (MD) and from FIFA 2000 (PC) by wS vectorized version (Corel Draw 12) available by request This work is copyrighted. ... EA Sports old logos, vectorized from NHLPA93 (MD) and from FIFA 2000 (PC) by wS vectorized version (Corel Draw 12) available by request This work is copyrighted. ... Earl Weaver Baseball is a baseball computer simulation game (1987), designed by Don Daglow and Eddie Dombrower and published by Electronic Arts. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... NHL Hockey is a video game for the Sega Genesis first released in 1991 by Electronic Arts, before EA opened its EA Sports division. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... NHL 95 Mega Drive cover, scanned by wS for wikipedia This work is copyrighted. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


The first titles were released for both Sega's 16-bit console, the Genesis, and Nintendo's SNES (among other platforms, but only regularly for these two). In fact, some attribute the success of Sega's console partly on the strength of the sports catalog provided by EA Sports. On the other hand, the lack of them on the Dreamcast is believed to be one of the reasons it failed in the American market. This article is about the video game company. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ...


Series and games

Most EA Sports games are distinguished by year, as most games are released on a yearly basis. However, as EA Sports is the leading purchaser of official licenses, it's not uncommon that in a short span several games of the same sport but with different licenses are released: FIFA 98 was shortly followed by World Cup 98 (as EA has the license for the FIFA World Cup and the European Football Championship, it happens regularly in two-year intervals) and college football or basketball games based on both NBA Live and Madden NFL. The earlier titles released until 1996 are referred by fans as the classic series. The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ... The UEFA European Championship is the main football competition of the mens national football teams governed by the UEFA. Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the European Nations Cup, changing to the name European Football Championship...

Three Elitserien titles were also released in Sweden
Three SM-liiga titles were released in Finland
Preceded by FIFA Soccer Manager (1996) and the Premier League Manager series.
Started at Rugby World Cup 1995 on Sega Mega Drive which went on to Rugby 2001 (A late version of Rugby World Cup 1999) PC only, Rugby, Rugby 2004, Rugby 2005, Rugby 2006 and Rugby 08 all on Playstation 2 and XBOX as well as PC
Australian Rugby League was released on Sega Mega Drive as you play through the 1995 ARL season and the other ARL 96 was on PC depicting the 1996 ARL season.
First version released in February 2006
Cricket started out with Ian Botham International Cricket 1996 (called Cricket 96 in Australia); Its sequel was Cricket 97 which was complemented with Cricket 97: Ashes Tour Edition. Following releases include Cricket Ashes Tour (1998), Cricket World Cup 99 (1999) and Cricket 2000. From then onwards, the series was a biennial one, with the releases of Cricket 2002 and 2004. It has returned to being an annual release with the releases of Cricket 2005 and Cricket 07.
  • There are other series, including F1 Championship (discontinued after Sony acquired the exclusive license for the Formula 1 championship), Superbike and others with a limited distribution such as AFL

Madden NFL is an American football video game series developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon for EA Sports. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is for the video game series; for the sport, see College Football. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the video game series. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The NCAA March Madness series is the main NCAA basketball series published by EA Sports, only on the two next-gen consoles (PS2 and Xbox) as of 2004. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MVP 06 NCAA Baseball for the PlayStation 2 MVP Baseball is a baseball game series published by EA Sports. ... MVP 06: NCAA Baseball is the fourth edition of the baseball series developed by Electronic Arts. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Triple Play series was EA Sports main baseball (MLB, specifically) simulation until the early 2000s, when it was replaced by the MVP Baseball series (whose first game was released for the 2003 season). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The NHL series is a series of ice hockey video games developed by EA Sports since 1991. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the ice hockey league. ... logo of SM-liiga SM-liiga is the top professional ice hockey league in Finland. ... EA Sports FIFA 2006 PSP cover, featuring Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho The FIFA series is a popular series of football (soccer) video games, released yearly by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports label. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis version of PGA Tour 96 presented real 3D courses, which was one of the major achievements in the series. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... // Tiger Woods PGA Tour is a series of video games developed and published by Electronic Arts featuring professional golfer Tiger Woods. ... This article is about the year. ... The NASCAR series is the best series of NASCAR racing simulators by EA Sports. ... Knockout Kings is a boxing game that was produced by EA Sports for the PlayStation in 1998. ... TCM 2003 cover Total Club Manager (short: TCM) is the name of EA Sports football management series, except in Germany where it is known as Fussball Manager. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Wally Lewis passing the ball in Rugby League State of Origin. ... Cover of the Playstation 2 version of Arena Football, featuring Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton. ... Media:Example. ... Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel auto racing. ... This article is about the national league in Australian rules football. ...

Exclusivity deals

In 2003 EA purchased the license to NASCAR for 6 years, ending competition from Papyrus and Infogrames. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Papyrus Design Group, Inc. ... Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) is an international holding company headquartered in Lyon, France. ...


On December 13, 2004, EA Sports signed an exclusive deal with the NFL and it's Player's Union for 5 years. is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


Less then a month after the NFL Exclusive deal, EA Sports signed a 4 year exclusive deal with the Arena Football League. The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ...


On April 11, 2005, the NCAA and EA Sports signed a deal to grant EA Sports the sole rights to produce college football games for six years. is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...


EA lost the rights of MLB to 2K Sports and that ment the end to EA's MVP series, however EA has made NCAA Baseball games anually since losing the MLB license. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... 2K Sports is a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ... College baseball is baseball as played on the intercollegiate level at institutions of higher education, predominantly in the United States. ...


In 2005, EA Sports and ESPN signed a massive 15 year deal for ESPN to be integrated into EA Sports video games. The only two games currently that do not feature ESPN integration in the games are Madden and NHL. NHL is not featured in the game because ESPN does not feature NHL game telecasts. In Madden NFL it is not featured in the game because John Madden does NBC Football. ESPN also shows Major League Baseball telecasts however EA Sports does not produce MLB video games thanks in part to Take-Two Interactive's Deal to MLB for the 2K games to be the only third-party baseball video game. ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ...


EA's use of the ESPN license has steadily increased over the early life of the deal. EA's usage of the ESPN license began with ESPN Radio and a Sports ticker in titles like Madden NFL, NBA LIVE, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and NCAA Baseball and Football. The ESPN integration now includes streaming podcasts, text articles (including content only available previously to ESPN Insider subscribers), and ESPN Motion video (including such programs as Pardon The Interruption).


06 Games

2006 FIFA World Cup is the official World Cup game published by EA Sports. ... Cover of the Playstation 2 version of Arena Football, featuring Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton. ... FIFA Manager 06 is a game produced by EA under the brand EA Sports. ... FIFA 06 (also known as FIFA Soccer 06 and FIFA Football 06) is a video game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts based around the game of football. ... Fight Night: Round 3 is a boxing video game developed by EA Sports. ... QB vision in Madden NFL 06. ... NBA Live 2000 is regarded as one of the best in the series The NBA Live series of basketball games, published by EA Sports, is one of the leading National Basketball Association simulations on the market currently. ... - NCAA Football 06, known colloquially as College Football 2006, or NC-Double A 2K6 is a collegiate American football video game which was released on July 11, 2005. ... NHL 95 cover for the Sega Mega Drive. ... Rugby 06 is the 2006 release in the Rugby series by EA Sports. ... Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 is a golf video game in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series available for PSP, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC. The game features several types of play, including the development of your own golfer in a simulated PGA Tour environment. ...

07 Games

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NASCAR 07 is a racing game published by EA Sports in September 2006 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and the PSP. It is the tenth installment in EA Sports NASCAR series. ... FIFA 07 (also known as FIFA Football 07 and FIFA Soccer 07) is the latest in Electronic Arts series of football (soccer) simulator video games. ... FIFA Manager 07 is the 2007 successor to the now annual Fifa Manager series from EAs sports brand, EA Sports. ... NCAA Football 07 is a collegiate football video game published by Electronic Arts. ... NBA Live 07 is a basketball genre video game published by EA Sports following the NBA Live series. ... This article is for the video game title, for the profession see head coach. ... Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is the latest golfing video game in the Tiger Woods PGA series from Electronic Arts. ... NHL 95 cover for the Sega Mega Drive (aka Sega Genesis). ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... This article is about the computer game. ... UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 is the official videogame of this years UEFA Champions League. ...

08 Games

Madden NFL 08 is an American football video game that was published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. ... NCAA Football 08 is a collegiate football video game created by EA Sports, the sports video gaming subsidiary of Electronic Arts. ... NBA Live 08 is the 2007 installment of the NBA Live series by EA Sports. ... The NHL series is a video game series based on the National Hockey League by EA Sports. ... Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 is the latest golfing video game in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series from Electronic Arts. ... NB:The Game is yet to be released in Europe and the USA FIFA 08 (also known as FIFA Football 08 and FIFA Soccer 08) is the latest installment of Electronic Arts popular series of football video games. ... NASCAR 08 is the eleventh installment of the EA Sports NASCAR video game series. ... Rugby 08 is the 2007 release in the Rugby series by EA Sports. ... NCAA March Madness 08 is the college basketball series made by EA Sports and follows NCAA March Madness 07. ...

09 Games

  • Madden NFL 09
  • NCAA Football 09
  • NBA Live 09
  • NHL 09
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09
  • FIFA 09

Madden NFL 09 is a football game from the Madden NFL series. ...

Trivia

  • The brand title EA Sports inspired the name of Electronic Arts's non-sports game brand EA Games with the same style of the EA Sports logo in 2001.
  • EA Sports' official slogan says "EA Sports - It's in the Game!" voiced by Andrew Anthony, not David Hayter as some fans have previously suggested.
  • All EA Sports BIG games on the Gamecube in 2005 featured Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach, from the Super Mario franchise, as playable characters. Example: SSX On Tour, NBA Street V3.
  • In the GameCube version of Fight Night: Round 2 the Super NES game Super Punch-Out!! is playable. In addition, it is possible to unlock Little Mac as a playable character in the main game.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) is a leading video game developer and publisher. ... David Bryan Hayter (born February 6, 1969 in Santa Monica, California), is an American voice actor, actor, and screenwriter. ... SSX On Tour (working title: SSX 4) is the fourth title in the SSX series of video games for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, PSP and Xbox. ... NBA Street V3 is the third game in the NBA Street series. ... The European SNES design is identical to the Super Famicom. ... For the Super Nintendo game, see Super Punch-Out!! (SNES version). ... Little Mac was the main character in Mike Tysons Punch Out!!! for the NES (later Punch-Out!!!). You boxed various people as him and he is featured in a long list of YTMNDs. ...

External links

  • Voice of Madden NFL, Tony Bruno
  • news on the NFL exclusive
  • news on the NBA rejection of the exclusivity proposal
  • news on the AFL exclusive
  • news on the ESPN deal

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