Much like a quarterback sacked from the blind side, EA Sports has suffered some big hits lately.
Or as John Madden might say, "Bam! Boom!"
First came news that the NCAA -- facing a lawsuit over use of athletes' names and likenesses -- will drop its lucrative relationship with the video-game maker.
Now, just before the release of the newest "Madden NFL," EA has come out on the losing end of a lawsuit in San Francisco, with a federal court jury deciding it owes $11 million in damages and interest to the game's original programmer.
Robin Antonick was replaced soon after producing the first Madden. His suit claimed that subsequent versions greatly resembled his design and that he is owed royalties.