EA Sports is a division of Electronic Arts that develops and publishes sports video games. A marketing gimmick of Electronic Arts, in which they tried to imitate real-life sports networks by calling themselves the "EA Sports Network" with pictures or endorsements with real commentators such as John Madden, it soon grew up to become a sub-label on its own, releasing game series such as FIFA, NHL, NBA Live and Madden NFL. Most games under this brand are developed by EA Vancouver, the studio of Electronic Arts in Burnaby, British Columbia as well as EA Tiburon in Maitland, Florida; the main rival to EA Sports is 2K Sports. Notably, both companies compete over the realm of NBA games. Konami is its rival in association football games. Unlike some other sports game companies, EA Sports has no special ties to a single platform, which means that all games are released for the bestselling active platforms, sometimes long after most of the other companies abandon them. For example, FIFA 98, Madden NFL 98, NBA Live 98, NHL 98 were released for the Sega Genesis and the Super NES throughout 1997.
Madden NFL 08 had Xbox and Nintendo GameCube releases in 2007, was the final title released for the GameCube, with Madden NFL 09 following as the final Xbox title. Additionally, NASCAR Thunder 2003 and NASCAR Thunder 2004 were released not only for the PlayStation 2, but for the original PlayStation as well. EA Sports brand name is used to sponsor English Football League Two team Swindon Town F. C. from the 2009–10 season onward and the EA Sports Cup in the Republic of Ireland. In 2002, EA purchased the license to NASCAR for six years, ending competition from Papyrus and Infogrames, they lost the NASCAR license in 2009 and the NASCAR license would be owned by Polyphony Digital for the Gran Turismo series starting with Gran Turismo 5, Eutechnyx for NASCAR The Game series until its inception in 2015. On December 13, 2004, EA Sports signed an exclusive deal with the National Football League and its Players' Union for five years. On February 12, 2008, EA Sports announced the extension of its exclusive deal until the 2012 NFL season.
Less than a month after the NFL Exclusive deal, EA Sports signed a four-year exclusive deal with the Arena Football League. On April 11, 2005, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and EA Sports signed a deal to grant EA Sports the sole rights to produce college football games for six years. EA lost the rights for Major League Baseball games to 2K Sports in 2005. In January 2008, EA Sports decided not to renew their NCAA College Baseball license while they evaluate the status of their MVP game engine. In 2005, EA Sports and ESPN signed a massive 15-year deal for ESPN to be integrated into EA Sports video games from 2K Sports and Sega. EA's use of the ESPN license has increased over the early life of the deal. EA's early usage of the ESPN license began with ESPN Radio and a sports ticker in titles like Madden NFL, NBA Live, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, NCAA Baseball and Football; the ESPN integration now includes streaming podcasts, text articles, ESPN Motion video. In 2012, EA signs a "multi-year, multi-product" partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, taking over from THQ.
Following the release of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour in 2015, EA Sports announced that they will end its PGA Tour series after 25 years, with the said game was pulled from digital storefronts in May 2018. 2K Sports announced that they will assumed their licensing agreement with the PGA Tour beginning with the release of The Golf Glub 2019 featuring the PGA Tour in 2018. In June 2009, EA Sports announced that for 2010, the games Madden NFL, NCAA Football, NASCAR, NHL, NBA Live, Tiger Woods PGA Tour would not be shipped for PC platforms; the NCAA Football series had not been released on the PC since 1998, The Tiger Woods series' last PC game was Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, the NASCAR series had not had a PC version since NASCAR SimRacing in 2005, the last Madden series' to be released on PC was Madden NFL 08. The NHL series' last PC game was NHL 09. NBA Live 08 was the final PC version for NBA Live; the head of EA Sports at that time, Peter Moore, cited piracy and the fact that the "PC as a platform for authentic, simulation sports games has declined radically in the past three years as the next generation consoles have attracted millions of consumers."]
However, FIFA series continues to be released on PC, for the first time since 2008, Madden NFL 19 was released for Windows and Mac. On April 23, 2009, EA Sports released the long-awaited "EA Sports Complex" space for the PlayStation 3's online community-based service, PlayStation Home in the European and North American versions. In the Complex, users can play a series of mini-games, including poker, kart racing, it features a Virtual EA Shop. There are a number of advertisements for upcoming EA Sports games; each mini-game that the Complex features rewards. Heavy Water, a company dedicated to developing for Home, developed the EA Sports Complex for EA Sports; the Complex just featured two rooms: the EA Sports Complex and the EA Sports Complex Upstairs. The EA Sports Complex featured racing and had a golfing range, unavailable to play; the Upstairs had four poker tables. With the June 18, 2009 update, the Complex's name changed to
Brian Thomas Swimme is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco, where he teaches evolutionary cosmology to graduate students in the Philosophy and Consciousness program. He received his Ph. D. from the department of mathematics at the University of Oregon for work with Richard Barrar on singularity theory, with a dissertation entitled Singularities in the N-Body Problem. Swimme was a faculty member in the department of mathematics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, 1978–81, he was a member of the faculty at the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, 1983–89. Swimme brings the context of story to our understanding of the 14 billion year trajectory of cosmogenesis, his published work includes The Universe is a Green Dragon, The Universe Story, written with Thomas Berry, The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos, The Journey of the Universe, written with Mary Evelyn Tucker. Swimme is the producer of three DVD series: Canticle to the Cosmos, The Earth’s Imagination, The Powers of the Universe.
Swimme teamed with Mary Evelyn Tucker, David Kennard, Patsy Northcutt, Catherine Butler to produce Journey of the Universe, an Emmy-winning HD film released in 2011. They draw together scientific discoveries in astronomy and biology, with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Swimme is an evolutionary cosmologist on the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Philosophy and Consciousness Program, an area of study within the Philosophy and Religion Program, it is designed to help shape the intellectual and spiritual leadership of its students. Swimme's primary field of research is the nature of the evolutionary dynamics of the universe, he has developed an interpretation of the human as an emergent being within the earth. His central concern is the role of the human within the earth community, the cultural implications of the Epic of Evolution, the role of humanity in the unfolding story of earth and cosmos. Toward this goal, he founded the Center for the Story of the Universe in 1989.
His published work includes The Universe is a Green Dragon, The Universe Story written with Thomas Berry, The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos. Swimme’s books have been translated into eight different languages. Swimme was featured in the television series Soul of the Universe and The Sacred Balance produced by David Suzuki, he is the producer of a twelve-part DVD series Canticle to the Cosmos, distributed worldwide. Other DVD programs featuring Swimme’s ideas include The Earth’s Imagination and The Powers of the Universe. Swimme founded the international Epic of Evolution Society in 1998; this was a result of his participation in the conference Dialogue on Science and Religion organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science the year before. Thomas Berry introduced Swimme to the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Swimme's passion for understanding is influenced by Teilhard's ideas. Swimme describes his discovery of Teilhard in his foreword to Sarah Appleton - Weber's new translation of The Human Phenomenon: He adopted Teilhard’s thinking that everything in existence has a physical as well as a spiritual dimension.
He believes. Love, truth and zest—all of these qualities regarded as divine become powerfully embodied in the universe. In this way, the universe is imagined as evolving with a telos of Beauty. Suzanne Taylor, founder of Mighty Companions, says Swimme is a charismatic person who seeks to place scientific technology in its context of the infancy of the earth community as it struggles for reconnection to its sacred source, she believes that he sweeps us into the grand picture of human beings as the current culmination of the still-evolving universe. Swimme tells the story of the evolution of the universe and attempts to pull us into a universe of meaning, where there is not only connectivity, but directionality as well. In Canticle to the Cosmos he says "If you look at the disasters happening on our planet, it's because the cosmos is not understood as sacred... a way out of our difficulty is a journey into the universe as sacred." Harvard astrophysicist Eric Chaisson writes that Swimme, a mathematician by training, seeks a larger, more noble science story.
Our story is not a collection of facts. He sees the cosmological perspective as one to which all modern scientists can subscribe, yet the meaning and purpose of its being a subjective outgrowth of an individual’s reflections upon that cosmology remains. In a 2007 interview with Robert Wright, Swimme says... if you take Buddhism and Christianity and so forth there's a kind of battle — a subtle sort of struggle taking place because they're not standing in a common ground but... take the Earth or ecology suddenly they can begin to explore what they have to offer. So I do think that... There will be a flourishing of religions, not a withering away, and they will flourish to the degree that they will move into the context of universe. Pacific Sun magazine reports that Swimme is at the forefront of a new movement that integrates science and spirituality. Swimme believes there is a new story, the Epic of Evolution, a cosmological narrative that begins with the Big Bang, which started the whole process, proceeds to the evolution of the universe and life on earth.
Dr. Anthony John Calio was an American physicist, senior executive of NASA and the fourth Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Anthony Calio, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 27, 1929, he graduated from Northeast High School in 1947, earned a BS degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953 and stayed for some postgraduate study. He served in the Army Chemical Corps at Fort Detrick, during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956. Calio started his career in 1956 in the nuclear power industry with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was part of the team that developed and built the first land-based nuclear power reactor in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. In 1959 he left Westinghouse and did graduate work in physics at the Carnegie Institute of Technology; that same year, he took a job as Chief of the Nuclear Physics Section at American Machine and Foundry Company in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1961, he co-founded the Mount Vernon Research Company in Mount Vernon, VA, serving as Executive Vice President and Manager of Operations.
He helped build a business making scientific instrumentation for the first rocket programs and vacuum chambers for spacecraft testing. They sold the business in 1963 and Calio went to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Calio spent 18 years with NASA, he was first hired as part of the Electronics Research Task Group in the NASA Headquarters Office of Advanced Research and Technology. In 1964, he was appointed Chief of Research and Engineering at the newly established Electronics Research Center in Boston; the next year he returned to NASA headquarters to work for the Manned Space Science Division as the Chief of the Instrumentation and Systems Integration Branch. In 1967 he became the Assistant Director of Planetary Programs in the Office of Space Science Applications, he joined the Apollo Program Office at the Johnson Space Center in 1968, worked as the Deputy Director of the Science and Applications Directorate. He became the Director in 1969 and assumed responsibility for managing all scientific aspects of the Apollo and Skylab programs, a job he would continue until 1975.
During that time he was one of the people responsible for implementing and directing all aspects of the program's science activities for all missions from Apollo 7 through Apollo 17, work for which he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 1974. After completing a Sloan Fellowship at Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1975 and earning an MBA, he returned to NASA Headquarters, where he pioneered early applications of civil remote sensing from space while serving as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Science. From 1977 to 1981, he was the Associate Administrator for Terrestrial Applications, he earned the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the NASA Group Achievement Award in 1969. President Reagan appointed Calio the Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1981, he became the Acting Administrator of NOAA in 1984 and the Administrator in 1985, serving until 1987. He served as the United States Whaling Commissioner, helped to gain approval for the international moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986.
While at NOAA, Administrator Calio led the effort to modernize NOAA's National Weather Service, to develop the NEXRAD radar and the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System for the 90's, the first program of its kind to bring operational satellite data to the forecasting community. Administrator Calio supported the creation of a domestic policy council working group which would look at how the nation could better understand and address changing climate and large-scale environmental change, his work resulted in the creation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's NSTC Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability, which recommended the establishment of the interagency U. S. Global Change Research Program. Calio developed NOAA's Climate and Global Change Program which proceeded to conduct extensive climate research, he attempted to improve NOAA's geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites program, including the GOES satellites that were launched in the 1990s.
After leaving NOAA, Calio was Senior Vice President of the Planning Research Corporation in McLean, Virginia for four years. He joined Hughes Aircraft Company in 1991, where he assisted in the creation of an information technology subsidiary, he was an Executive Vice President there from 1991 to 1995, Senior Vice President and President of Space Systems from 1996 to 1997 and President of Hughes Information Technology Corporation, Space Systems Division until his retirement. After Raytheon purchased the Hughes aerospace and defense businesses, he stayed on to facilitate the transition to the new organization, he retired from Raytheon in January 1999. Calio married Betty Delp in 1951, they had four daughters, his marriages to Delp and Cheryll Madison, whom he married in 1971, ended in divorce. He met Jenanne Murphy while working for Hughes, they were retired to Whidbey Island, Washington that year. Calio died of congestive heart failure and lung cancer at his home on Whidbey Island on January 14, 2012 and was buried at sea