EA Sports says it has less to do with recent legal action, and more with “consistency across the franchise.
Kris Pigna over at 1up.com tells us that after a review of all versions of Madden NFL ’10 it appears EA Sports has scrapped the ‘legacy teams’ that was at the center of Herb Adderley’s lawsuit on behalf of retired players. (You can read Kris’ article here.) In case you missed it, Adderley won a $28.1M jury verdict against the NFLPA who had been found guilty of conspiring with EA to scramble the images of retired players that made up the legacy teams. According to Pigna, EA officials say their decision to drop the ‘legacy teams’ was just a matter of getting some consistency across the entire franchise.
Consistency or attempting to ward off a pending lawsuit? You’ve got to think that once the union was pounded with the $28.1M verdict the folks at EA Sports got more than a little nervous. After all, it was their company that produced the game and their employees that communicated with the union to scramble the images.
What may have excellerated EA’s pursuit to distance themselves from the past was a letter published by retired player Bernie Parrish that threatened legal action against the video game maker. As Pigna explains, due to the earlier verdict against the union coupled with the possibility of pending litigation EA may choose to omit the ‘legacy teams’ from future Madden NFL games for quite a while