Masterpieces? Sure the earlier EA Sports titles were good. But these days? It's loot-box, MTX mania with sluggish game-play and little to no improvements. And EA's competitors weren't bad either. Sega for instance was able to give good competition with the 2K Sports games.
Agreed. But, EA threw money at the leagues and unions and took control of the rights to names. They also poured money into making great games. The fact that they don't work as hard at the games anymore doesn't matter now, because they got themselves into a dominant position. It's classic monopolist behavior.