Madden Football: Stop playing games with the “old school” players!

Dear Alumni:

I want to thank all the former players that voted for EA Sports – maker of Madden Football – as the worst company in America. They won the title……… for the second year in a row!, the website that holds the competition, said that “EA’s deals with sports leagues like the NFL mean that no other competitor is free to offer a competing game that either offers more content for the same price, or similar content for a lower price.”

In a recent article, I talked about EA’s publicity stunt to pit active and retired players against each other to see who will don the cover of the 2013 Madden Football video game. Here is a link to that article: EA sports pits NFL’s greatest legends against today’s players

It’s down to Barry Sanders vs. Adrian Peterson. The winner of the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote will be revealed live on ESPN SportsNation at 8 pm EST on Wednesday, April 24.

Vote for Barry Sanders by clicking on this link – and then tell the folks at EA Sports they have used “old school” player images for way to long without fairly compensating the players that were used in their classic and vintage games.

EA Sports thought they could alter retired player images just enough to get by without paying any royalties, and as we all know, the NFLPA encouraged them to do that.

While Adrian Peterson and all the other active players are getting hundreds of millions from their licensing agreements with EA Sports, Topps Football Cards, Nike etc.……what did “old school” retired players get?

We got scrambled!

EA Sport’s motto is:  “It’s in the game” – meaning that if it’s in the real game of NFL Football, then it will be in the video game too.

Sorry, but that’s a complete freaking lie!  In their own actions, EA doesn’t even acknowledge that we were “in the game” because they changed numbers and left names off the jerseys. Nonetheless, they made it very easy for purchasers of the game to make quick fixes to put the right names and numbers on the players from teams that were in the game.

Send Jeff Brown, the Vice President of Corporate Communications for EA Sports an email at and tell him and EA Sports to stop playing games with the “old school” players.


About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Posted on April 21, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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