With the recent anouncement of EA and the NFL, that only EA is allowed to make NFL video games, maybe the CFL should approach Sega about publishing a CFL 2k6 game.
NFL 2k5 was considered by some, to be superior to NFL 2k5. Coupled with the fact that Sega’s football franchise sells for $40 less than Madden, there may even be NFL fans who would buy the game, for cheap football fix… now you have exposure to someone who never would have thought twice about the CFL before.
It would be in the CFL’s interest to make this happen. I know of many people who were Madden video game fans before they were NFL fans. I know about 6 years ago I got really into Madden on Play Station. I had never watched NFL before. All of a sudden I know all the players names, and skills. So when NFL football came on I actually watched it.
I am not sure how many copies would sell, even if they broke even, I think it would provide a LARGE amount of exposure. The league may have to garruntee Sega a certain amount of profit. It is pretty hard to estimate what sales would be like. My guess is that Sega could produce the game without an technological advances, just create a players db, cites/stadium db, and change the rules. I would be shocked if they could not produce the title in under 9 months. I am not stating that this would be the definitive road to riches, but it is certainly worth investigating. With the video game industry growing so fast, it really would be in the CFL’s best interest to make this happen.
I hunted around this site for a contact to the CFL brass, but could not find one. More than likely this email will just collect dust in this forum with the other 8 posts. But if you think this is a good idea, advocate it. Maybe Mr. Wright will take an interest.