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No TNA-EA Sports game deal, yet
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling

Contrary to rumours, a deal has not been reached between NWA-TNA and Electronic Arts' sports division to produce a game for the fledgling wrestling company, though there have been talks.

In an exclusive interview, EA Sports Public Relations Coordinator Jennifer Gonzalez told SLAM! Wrestling that no deal has been set between the two parties, while confirming that there has been discussion between the two sides. "EA is currently not working on a wrestling game," Gonzalez said. "Apparently we have had conversations with TNA but there is nothing in the works."

Much of the speculation for an NWA-TNA game originated last week from an article that appeared on IGN's site. IGN, known as one of the top video gaming sites, stated in an interview with NWA-TNA star D'Lo Brown that the company is, "currently in negotiations with several video game companies, including Electronic Arts, to produce the first virtual beatdown in TNA history."

In an interview with IGN, D-Lo Brown seemed to indicate that a deal had been done with EA Sports. "It's EA Sports, it doesn't get any bigger than EA Sports in the world of video games. The fact that we've now signed on with them, that's only going to bring TNA to the forefront and bring us to a higher level," he said. "You know what, I'm jacked. I've been in about four or five video games, but this one has a different feeling around it. It seems a little different. I'm really excited to be a part of the process."

Speculation as to EA Sports's involvement in the game was further fuelled by the fact that the company has produced wrestling games in the past. Toward the end of World Championship Wrestling, the company had a contract with EA Sports. Among the games produced was WCW Mayhem. As well, EA Sports, through their sub-brand EA Sports Big, had produced the game Def Jam Vendetta.

No other video game companies, at this time, had been named as being in negotiations with NWA-TNA.

Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2000. Keep reading SLAM! Wrestling for more on this story as it develops.