Isn't NBA2K a GaaS type game though? It is riddled with MTS.
But yeah, Sports games are pretty much done for as far as quality goes. All they do is copy/paste the new year's lineup over and over again.
I'd love to see more sports titles in the vein of Mario Tennis, or Mario Kart. Add a cool twist to an otherwise pedestrian game.
NBA 2k is still a yearly release, which these days is outdated. Sports games need to start taking the GaaS route and just put out one game that's updated every year. Rocket League does it, and that's an indie game. What's EA's excuse? Sports Leagues also need to start lowering their licensing fees in order for smaller companies like the platform holders to actually afford to make their own Sports games again.
And yes, we need more Arcade-like Sports titles damn it!