No more first party sports games for XBox?

CNet reports that Microsoft has cancelled it’s first party sports games. The bad news is that we may never get to see a sequel to the addictive pong on steroids tennis action of Top Spin. The good news is that we’ve seen the last of the cartoony action of NFL Fever and the baseball game whose name escapes me.

CNet mentions that this signals a closening of the relationship between Microsoft and EA. If that’s true, this could be amazing news for anyone that would like to play Madden 2005, or SSX Next on XBox Live.

BTW, I searched for the referenced press release, but wasn’t able to find it. If you do, please post a link in the comments.