Visual Concepts was originally brought in by EA to develop Madden's for the Sega Genesis. When they failed to complete Madden '96 for the newly released Playstation, EA fired them. EA refused to make Madden's for the Dreamcast which led to Sega starting their own sports line. That rivalry may have led to the greatest sports games we've ever seen when both EA and Visual Concepts produced critically acclaimed sports games ranging from tennis to football. Visual Concepts went on to continue making video games under the name 2K Sports which still produces annual releases; some crappy (MLB 2K series) and some amazing (NBA 2K series).
Take a look above if you don't believe us. Does the quality of the picture suck? Yes, but those numbers don't lie.