Madden 12 Will Happen Even If the NFL Season Does Not
This was a weird week for sports fiends, as the glory of college basketball conference tournaments was balanced out by the NFL locking out its players after the NFLPA decertified on Friday. There was always a risk during CBA negotiations that the 2011 NFL season would not happen, but now that possibility is staring us in the face, even though they’ve got months to sort this thing out.
This isn’t really a big deal to me, because while I do like the NFL, I like college football more, and if the NFL season doesn’t happen, we’ll still get our Sunday football, except it’ll be a bit more amateurish this time as they move WAC and Sun Belt college games into Sunday afternoon spots on ESPN, and maybe, just maybe, CBS will be able to throw in a Sunday afternoon SEC game, which would be the best thing that ever happened to Sundays.
Oh yeah, why am I writing this post again? Madden, yeah. This year’s edition of the game will not be affected by whatever happens with the NFL. Even if you can’t watch real NFL games this year, you will be able to pretend they’re happening. The NFLPA deal with EA Sports still stands, and so does the licensing deal with the NFL; if the season ends up on the chopping block, the game revenues will be as important as they ever have been to the league.
Here are a couple tweets from Rob Semsey at EA Sports to help ease your mind:
“Rookie players will be included on the rosters of those teams that draft them during the 2011 NFL Draft.”
“#Madden #NFL 12 will be released in August as always – all the NFL teams, all the NFL players…all Madden.”
Congrats, you won’t be escaping the game’s attempt to destroy you any time soon.