Tonight at the NFL Draft, Electronic
Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and ESPN officially announced the details of
the Madden NFL 15 Cover Vote. This year's competition sees 16 of
the brightest young stars in the game squaring off in a bracket to
determine who will adorn the cover. Fans can now vote once per day at ESPN.com/maddenvote,
and discuss and debate on social platforms such as @ESPNNFL
and the NFL
on ESPN Facebook page with the hashtag #MaddenCover. Every Thursday,
the results of each round of voting will be announced during NFL Live
at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN accompanied by expert analysis and conversation.
Players in the running will also make special appearances on ESPN
programming and platforms throughout the vote, campaigning for their
right to be on the cover of Madden NFL 15. The two finalists will
appear and the overall winner will be announced live from LA LIVE Plaza
in a special segment during the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter on
Friday, June 6.
Here's the full breakdown of first-round matchups, as well as each
player's seeding in this year's bracket:
"The Madden NFL Cover Vote is always a special time of year,"
said EA Senior Director of North American Marketing Randy Chase. "I'm
curious to see if the 12th Man can propel Richard Sherman to
the cover, or if the 49ers fans get their revenge and knock him out of
the competition. No matter what, there are going to be some great
matchups and intense rivalries."
"Every year, ESPN and EA SPORTS continue to go bigger with the Madden
NFL Cover Vote, and there's no better way to kick off the vote for Madden
NFL 15 than having last year's winner and NFL legend Barry Sanders
announcing it on stage at the NFL Draft," said Raphael Poplock, vice
president of games and partnerships for ESPN. "We are building on our
momentum over the last three Madden NFL Cover Votes to deliver an
engaging experience that puts the cover in the hands of the fans, which
have resulted in some of ESPN's most successful social activations to
Madden NFL 15 delivers everything fans need to own their rivals
on both sides of the field, including the most immersive defensive
gameplay control in franchise history. Like the Super Bowl XLVIII
champion Seattle Seahawks, you can win championships and bask in the
glory of success by building a great defense fit to challenge the best
offenses in the game. Fans will also experience an entirely new
broadcast presentation that delivers Madden NFL game day like
never before with dramatic all-new camera angles, as well as dynamic
pre-game and halftime features. It's not just football, it's Madden
Madden NFL 15 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and
will be available on August 26 in North America and on August 29 in the
EU for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, the
PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and
entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 entertainment system. To
learn more about Madden NFL 15, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl.
All player participation has been facilitated by NFL Players Inc., the
licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association
EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the
world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive
technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA
SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports
through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL
football, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball,
PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.
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About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive
entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services
for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and
tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the
In fiscal year 2014, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.6 billion.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a
portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such
as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Dragon Age™ and
Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.
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Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment
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About NFL PLAYERS INC.
NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI) is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of
the NFL Players Association. NFLPI has been a trusted resource since
1994, delivering access to the influence, power and personal stories of
NFL players. NFLPI is a "one-stop shop" for businesses seeking licensing
rights, access to players through hospitality and events, marketing
strategy and player procurement. For more information, please visit nflplayers.com.
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