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NFL extends exclusive deal with EA through 2012

The headline says it all. The story was broken in this morning’s edition of The Wall Street Journal, which you can read here.

I’ll admit, I’ve got mixed emotions about the news. I thought “Madden 08” was actually pretty good, but was still holding out hope of seeing a fully-licensed followup to “NFL 2K5.” That dream is dead now.

In a related note, it looks like “Madden” lead producer David Ortiz is leaving the EA Tiburon development house. Could this be a blessing in disguise? Perhaps some new blood is just what the franchise needs to return to its glory days. We’ll find out when “Madden 09” drops later this year.