Madden Bowl XVII to be broadcast live on ESPN3.com

January, 28, 2011
01/28/11
12:41
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By Jon Robinson
Madden Bowl 2010

Every year, the best pro-athlete gaming competition is the EA Sports Madden Bowl, bar none. And this year, thanks to a partnership between EA and ESPN, the event will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com starting at 9:00 pm EST on Thursday, February 3. The broadcast will include tournament coverage, player interviews, and even musical performances by Big Boi and Cee Lo Green.

For those unfamiliar with the event, the tournament pits the best gamers the NFL has to offer in a tournament to crown the best "Madden" pro around. Past winners include Dwight Freeney, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Antonio Bryant to name a few.

This year, however, with the addition of "Madden NFL 11's" popular Online Team Play mode, the tournament will consist of three-member teams working together to see who is the best "Madden" team in the league.

Players and teams scheduled to participate include:

  • New Orleans Saints: Represented by "Madden NFL 11" cover athlete Drew Brees, running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Chase Daniel

  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Led by reigning Madden Bowl champion Maurice Jones-Drew, linebacker Kirk Morrison and tight end Marcedes Lewis

  • Dallas Cowboys: The hometown team will consist of wide receiver Miles Austin, tight end Jason Witten and linebacker DeMarcus Ware

  • All-Madden Team: Consisting of last year's runner-up, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, and former Madden Bowl champions, Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, and Ravens running back Willis McGahee

    Other NFL players attending Madden Bowl XVII include: Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, Josh Freeman, Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald, Ndamukong Suh, and Brandon Lloyd.

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