Tiger Woods' agent negotiating with another game company

[UPDATE] Tiger Woods will not be included in EA's new PGA Tour at all, according to report.

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[UPDATE] ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell said on Twitter today, "To be clear, not only will Tiger not be on the cover and the game won't have his name, he won't be in the EA game at all."

The original story is below.

EA Sports may have dropped Tiger Woods from the title of its future PGA Tour games, but the athlete's run in professional golf games could continue with another publisher.

Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN that he is currently speaking with another, unspecified game company regarding the golfer's video game rights. EA Sports said yesterday that its partnership with the PGA Tour "remains strong," noting EA is the "exclusive" developer of PGA Tour games.

"We had an incredible run," Steinberg told ESPN. "Outside of [John] Madden, you would be hard pressed to find a sports figure that meant as much to a video game company as Tiger meant to EA. But times are changing and EA had to re-evaluate the partnership and frankly so did we."

Woods was the most dominant player in professional golf during the 2013 season. He won five times on tour--including at The Players--was named Player of the Year, and topped the money list, taking home more than $8.5 million in winnings during the season.

EA Sports' new PGA Tour game is currently in development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and mobile devices, though no release date has been set.

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EA dropped the ball with the last several TW volumes. Then to feature the Masters and force PC fans to pay to play online put an end to the series. EA does not deserve a monopoly on pro sports games. They've ripped off consumers with poor products for too long.

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Links 2014. I loved the game on Xbox. But EA owns mostly all golf properties.

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Wow. Definitely sounds like there's been a falling out. If it comes down to a battle of the brands, I reckon PGA will do better than Tiger Woods. People will still know what kind of game their getting with EA. Any other developer would really have to get their game together, excuse the pun.

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EA's Sports Exclusivity bullshit is crumbling, thank god. College football - done. Golf - falling apart. Now for someone to deliver the finishing blow and free the NFL from their incompetent clutches.

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Tiger must have wanted more money which EA wasn't going to pay

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Either that or he was butthurt because he wasn't going to be on the cover any more.

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Honestly TWoods is the only reason the majority of people watch golf; its one thing not to have him on the cover, but not in the game period. EA sport franchises are dying left and right.

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PGA Tour with no Tiger Woods sounds like a must-skip title. How do you make a PGA game and leave out the tour's most dominant player? Same goes for a Tiger Woods game without the PGA. He is a great golfer, but he is only part of the package.


Lose-lose situation here.

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my classmate's step-aunt makes $68 an hour on the laptop. She has been fired for 5 months but last month her income was $21037 just working on the laptop for a few hours. >>>>>> www.jobs60.com

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Possible other games for Tiger Woods:

A game about Woods (or even a forest), perhaps it's haunted, like Slender.

A game about Tiger, either a zoo tycoon game or an RTS featuring the Tiger tank from WW2.

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Agent "Tiger, EA dropper your name from the game, should welook into other publishers?"

Tiger "My name's on video games now?"

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Tiger Woods has no value any more..and I'm glad EA pulled out since Tiger's ego is way over his head... the next tiger woods game will come out via 2K Games...mark my words.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> He was still the top player in 2013 and has a huge following. Not sure that it's worth what EA was probably paying, but to say his name has no value is incorrect.

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I'm sorry Tiger, but it's over. And it's your own damn fault

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RicanV is Stevo_the_gamer, he likes to ban with one account and troll with the other

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LOL When you cant win a tournament to save your life, Sponsors go Bye Bye

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Did you even read the article? He was the most dominant player this year so he obviously won some tournaments...

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hmmm, what other dev makes decent golf games? doubt there is a large enough market for two, let alone one that is vastly inferior to the EA franchise. tiger, you have enough freaking money, why not give it a rest already and let go of the game tie ins?

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Stevo_the_gamer likes to abuse his authority, he bans without any reason except having a different opinion to his, he bans people and does not attach the reason, he is very resentful a troll disguised s a moderator, he bans even if you don't violate terms of usage, who watches Stevo_the_gamer?

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"noting EA is the "exclusive" developer of PGA Tour games"

Read: EA has the rights to the world of golf so we can continue to make more garbage golf games.

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Tiger Woods golf has gone nowhere, technically, in the past 10 years. Looking forward to some competition.

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@jakesnakeel Gone nowhere, as in he's still at the top? Agreed...
(EDIT: Nevermind you were probably talking about the video game, so also agreed.)

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Why do we need two golf games?

Because there's a hole in one.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Easily deserves comment on the month. But it's on a golf article so 2 people read it.

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As a PC player this is awesome news to me. Tiger Woods 99 was basically my entry to online gaming. I enjoyed it and the first few sequels a lot, before the TW series joined the usal rince and repeat waggon of EA Sports' annual relases.

After it's last incarnation (TW2k8) EA all but dropped PC golf until a half baked browser based Tigerwoodsonline released in 2010...it has since shut down earlier this year, and good riddance.

No guarantees, that whoever gets the rights for a new Tiger Woods game will actually release a PC version....but at least now there's a shimmer of hope again for PC golfers.


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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Or you could say that the golf ball got lost in the Woods and was nowhere to be found, i.e. they lost it at that point.

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EA believes it has the franchise in its grasp, so there is no need to pay Tiger for his image. It would be interesting to see how Tiger will play this.

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Microsoft perhaps? EA has the rights to the PGA Tour, but not the PGA players. I think they have the rights to the TPC courses, but that's about it. I'd be interested to see who grabs the Tiger Woods contract though.

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Just what we need. Two golf games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not into Golf, but I think it's better to have choices. Competition is great.

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The unspecified company is Vivid entertainment.

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