Konami decides to put an end to the ESPN license
It was recently announced that Konami has made the decision not to resign ESPN as a promoting license in their software department. The companies have been together for roughly two years, however, Konami found it unnecessary to keep ESPN under their label for sports' titles.
The list of games collaborated on by the two companies include ESPN International Track and Field, ESPN International Winter Sports 2002, ESPN MLS Extra Time, ESPN National Hockey Night, ESPN NBA 2Night, ESPN NBA 2Night 2, ESPN NFL PrimeTime 2002, ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding, ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2002, and ESPN X-Games Snowboarding. The final Konami game to carry the ESPN license is ESPN MLS Extra Time 2002.
"The ESPN license has ended," said a Konami representative. "We will not renew it. However, we will continue any game that has already been scheduled using the ESPN license."
ESPN Winter X Games SnowCross has been pushed back to a later release date and will not carry the ESPN license.
4/3/2002 Matt Stensrud