EA Considering MLB License For Future Endeavors
Remember when EA snagged exclusive rights to the NFL license? ...does it surprise anyone to learn they might want to snap up the MLB license, too?
In a candid interview with Kotaku, EA Sports boss Peter Moore says the company is considering a return to interactive baseball, and may want that Major League Baseball license, too. It's currently held by Sony and 2K for the likes of The Show and MLB 2K and Moore says he wants EA to get back into the sport "in a way that makes sense for the shareholders of Electronic Arts." Said Moore:
"We would love to get back involved in baseball. The ability for us to be able to get back, and in a meaningful way, and in a way that makes sense for the shareholders of Electronic Arts is going to be important. But we're all baseball fans. I always say this, though, and we're always looking at what's going on there. Our friends at Take-Two and at Sony have obviously got very robust licenses. No way are we going to negatively impact that while they have a binding license. But, you know, we'll see."
If you're wondering, the current MLB licenses will expire in 2012, when EA might want to make its move and re-enter the world of baseball...possibly with exclusive rights, although they don't want to "negatively impact" Sony or Take-Two in the meantime. We say EA can just leave well enough alone; get the MLB rights, but forget this exclusive nonsense; Sony makes a damn good baseball simulator in The Show and this year's MLB 2K iteration was good, too. The question is, what do baseball fans really want? Do they trust EA enough after all their success with Madden?
6/27/2010 8:45:19 PM John Shepard