It appears that EA have bought the rights to all NFL video game rights from 2006 onwards, so if you are wanting to play an NFL-style video game, it will come from EA games. Video game publisher Electronic Arts on Monday said it had signed an exclusive agreement with the National Football League and the marketing arm of its players' union, giving EA the sole rights to put NFL players, stadiums and teams in its games. The exclusive license struck a blow for EA in its ongoing battle with the joint venture of Sega Sammy Holdings and Take-Two Interactive Software. The terms of the five-year deal were not disclosed. EA shares, which touched an all-time high during regular trading, rose 5 percent after hours when the NFL deal was announced. It will come as a shock to many of you, as we have been spoilt for choice with Sega and Take-Two's very good, and very cheap ESPN series games. Unfortunately for you, the consumer, these games will cease to exist from 2006. It's unfortunate, but money talks in this day and age - the consumer seems to mean very little to these companies now, when you compare the current situation to how it was a few years back. You can read the full story on news.com.