On the twitch stream, you guys kept referring to users you were talking to and the issues they had with franchise mode. I swear you guys talked to some of the most casual players out there (which is fine), but it also led to minimal improvements.
A lot of the improvements were just to make everything "easier." Of all the sports games, the show has one of the most dull franchise modes out there. in other games you can control finances (and have it actually impact budget), marketing, improve stadium, relocate teams etc. like road to the show.. these modes were pretty revolutionary when they came out back in the earlier days, but lack of improvements to make these modes more immersive has allowed other games to surpass.
I will give credit for the new rtts documentary..and hold judgment on that until I play, but at first glance it still does seem slightly behind.
Please next year look to actually improving franchise mode with new features, rather then just make it user friendly to the most casual users who don't even know how to toggle menus.