Real-world NFL drama won't affect Madden 12

Although there is a very real possibility that the upcoming 2011 football season will be put on hold due to a union dispute, Madden publisher EA Sports says it will have no impact on whether or not the next Madden video game will be released.

There hasn't been a complete work stoppage in the NFL since 1987, but that may become a very real occurence this year after the union that represents NFL players was decertified. Without going into too much legal mumbo jumbo, what this means is that individual players are now able to sue their respective team owners. That's exactly what 10 players are doing and it's what led to the decertification process to begin with.

The NFL Players Association does still exist, though, and its contract with EA Sports remains intact. As such, even if the 2011 NFL season is pushed back or - unthinkably - canceled altogether, there will still be a Madden NFL game.

"Madden NFL 12 will be released in August as always. All the NFL teams, all the NFL players, all Madden," confirmed EA Sports spokesperson Rob Semsey in a tweet.

Nothing will change. All NFL trademarks, team logos, and league symbols are licensed separately and have nothing to do with the labor dispute.

Of course, part of the Madden franchise is feeling like you're playing right alongside everyone in the real-world season. That feeling will surely be impacted if the NFL season is put in hiatus.

[Source: Twitter (Rob Semsey)]

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Mar 14, 2011


  • CapnMikeM - March 15, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    @red069 said it best...sports games have lost me for the most part.
  • Alroos13 - March 15, 2011 5:46 a.m.

    @Red069 Absolutely agree... the article's title made me laugh out loud because I thought, "You could exchange 'Real-World Drama' with anything." Nothing is going to keep these games from coming out. The football game market isn't very interesting in comparison to the basketball one should the NBA see similar "Real-World Drama." With EA not releasing an NBA simulation game this year and having not picked up the NCAA license, there is only one basketball title we can assume is coming next year, 2k12. I would be plenty happy with a college hoops 2k12 though... Please?
  • erbclub - March 15, 2011 2:13 a.m.

    The nflpa did de-certify but only on paper, they will reform immediately when negotiations begin again. As for the glorified roster update, yea trades and free agency will be affected but the draft will still happen so at least that aspect can be updated. (even if the teams cant sign any of their draft picks)
  • LTS - March 15, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    *Random note: The NFLPA Does not exist anymore. They de-certified and are now a trade organization. No idea if this impacts Madden in any way. But, what selling point would they even have?!? Each madden is basically a glorified roster update. So now without the roster update, this will be Madden 2011 TWO instead of Madden 2012. Just ditch the game already and put an extra year working on '13.
  • red069 - March 15, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    of course it wouldnt effect whether they sell it or not they havent made any real changes to this game in years.. its just a cashcow theyd be crazy not to make it
  • BlitzIzDaShitz - March 14, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Probably will help boost sales for them, no real football will make people want to play it themselves. I can't wait to see what dumb gimmick they put into this game, oh yeah surprise onside kick -_- Blitz+Backbreaker=FTW

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