Franchise Modes is mostly what I play so I get thru several seasons before getting a new game (which isn't every year).
But some of these would be really nice additions. Being able to edit draft prospects (like NBA 2K), is something I like to do. And shortcuts for things like the offseason would be nice.
The thing I really like that they mentioned was a quicker way to create/edit a player. I know this was in an older (college) sports game. Where you could pick a play style and it would adjust his ratings to that and then you could tweak the ratings. That would save a lot of time when creating prospects. You could select a pass first PG with a A rating (J Kidd) and it would adjust to that, or a defensive minded Center with a C rating (T Chandler) that wouldn't be more average overall.
Amen, it's like the writer has met me personally and is telling my story.
Less time now in my early 30s due to work and family make the effort of starting a franchise seem not worth it. Started a Browns career last week on Madden on my day off, got through 2 seasons in about 5 hours, that was simming all games. I do not feel like it was an awesome experience and am not feeling the itch to spend any more time playing this career. Give me NCAA Football however and its a different story. The career mode is simple and to the point.
In summary, yes, I feel that games expanding modes, and my shortage of spare time, deters me from purchasing games, and also starting a mega franchise mode within them.