For those of you who aren't really into football, let me explain. The NFL owners and the NFL players can't get together and decide on a deal on how much each other gets paid so as of right now there won't be NFL when fall rolls around this year. That means that EA struck a deal and got this license done again for a discounted price, assuming that there might not be any football to watch next year.
I really hope that an agreement is reached so that we do have football this fall, I'll probably be getting a copy of Madden at that point. As it stands the series needs to come up with some big improvements to try and lure people back to the franchise. I can't tell you how many people I used to have come into Gamestop and complain about 2k not producing football anymore. Good luck people.