Martin MacMahon: Canada snubbed from FIFA video game once again
Despite being extremely well funded, mainly because of the profits handed down from Wimbledon, British tennis has little top-level talent outside Andy Murray, who this year became Britain’s first men’s singles winner at the All England Club since 1936. The 38th-ranked Laura Robson is the only Briton in the women’s top 50. ”The opportunity that Andy Murray is now a Wimbledon champion, two-time grand slam champion, is immense for tennis in Britain,” said Downey, who was formerly the regional president for Canada’s largest brewery, Molson Canada. ”Andy Murray’s biggest contribution to tennis in Britain is winning. That’s when you want to write about him, that’s when people want to follow him, that’s when kids are going to go out, pick up racquets and want to be Andy Murray. And I believe there’s a bevy of young talent that’s coming up in Great Britain that is going to follow Andy Murray to the podium.” Downey will take up his new role on Jan. 6 as the replacement for Roger Draper, who announced in March that he was stepping down. In 2012, the LTA invested $109 million but with little tangible reward. Murray, who has been brought through largely outside the LTA structure, is the only British man in the top 150 in the rankings. The LTA said that Canadian tennis enjoyed significant growth at the grassroots and elite level under Downey, with more than 1.2 million people playing tennis at least twice a month. ”This sport has far more importance in Britain than in Canada,” Downey said. ”The expectation will be higher of myself in this position.” LTA chairman David Gregson said Downey’s annual salary will be $480,000 less than half of what Draper was earning. ”We set out to recruit a CEO with true success in business, with exceptional leadership credentials and ideally with significant knowledge of tennis,” Gregson said.
1 selling game in 43 countries on the week it launched. EA Sports wouldn’t release details of its sales numbers in Canada specifically, but given the size of the country it’s difficult to imagine it is completely insignificant in the overall sales picture. If the company had said that Canada simply didn’t move many units relatively speaking, while disappointing for Canadian soccer fans, it would be understandable from a business standpoint however without that information we’re left to wonder why the continued omission. The story only gets more puzzling when one finds out the game is primarily a product of EA Sports’ Burnaby, British Columbia, location, presumably primarily staffed by Canadian game designers. A spokesperson from the company sent this e-mail to Goal when asked for further details on Canada’s continued exclusion from the game: [U]nfortunately Canada is not in the game. The FIFA team would love to be able to include every club, league and tournament on earth but sometimes thats not possible. Licensing teams and leagues is a business decision based on market size and limited resources. Including Canada is something we would certainly look at in the future. The company did not reply by deadline to an e-mail requesting clarification on what specific barriers blocked Canada’s inclusion. Specifically, did the Canadian Soccer Association hold out for too much money, or did the association not want involvement in the game at all for some reason? Perhaps it’s a world ranking issue, or perhaps the fact that Canada hasn’t competed in the World Cup in nearly three decades means they haven’t earned the nod. If any of this information was provided as the reason for this nation’s exclusion from the game, while still a bit irritating for those who want to represent the red and white virtually, at least we would know the thinking behind the snub. This article isn’t meant to be an attack on EA Sports or its FIFA franchise, which consistently deliver excellent products which entertain and seem to improve year on year.
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