Pachter: Economist's Claims in Madden Monopoly Case Irresponsible

Yesterday's GamePolitics report detailing a University of Michigan economist's estimate that EA's exclusive NFL deal cost Madden buyers as much as $926 million raised a number of eyebrows, including those attached to the forehead of Michael Pachter.

In an e-mail exchange with GamePolitics, the Wedbush-Morgan analyst scoffed at the monopoly theory offered by Dr. Jeffrey MacKie-Mason in a filing last week with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. MacKie-Mason was hired as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in a class-action suit filed in 2008 by a pair of gamers who allege that EA exploited its exclusive NFL deal to jack up the price of its popular Madden series.

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heroicjanitor3599d ago (Edited 3599d ago )

You can't just break every exclusive deal in the name of competition. I hate them having exclusive rights over names and stuff though. It really handicaps other sports games, even if that game might be better.