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Article Shows NFL's Influence On Madden's Features

by Matt Helgeson on Mar 13, 2014 at 02:58 PM

A new article details some of the previously unknown ways in which the NFL influence the content of EA Sports' Madden franchise.

The article, published on Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard, details eight features that the NFL had EA Sports remove from Madden. These include excessive celebrations, on-field ambulances, and "dynamic attendance." The latter was a feature in Madden 11 which simulated real-world game attendance levels - including the traditionally poor crowds at Jacksonville Jaguars games. In the virtual NFL, every seat in the house must be packed.

It's an interesting feature. Read it here.

Source: SI Extra Mustard

Our Take:
Given the power the NFL holds over every aspect of its brand, it's no surprise that Roger Goodell and company are equally uptight about Madden. Still, it's funny that the Jaguars' inability to draw a crowd became an issue in both real and virtual football.