Today, Electronic Arts Inc. and the National Football League have announced that they are teaming up with ESPN and Disney XD to broadcast the special upcoming Madden NFL 18 Championship Series. This agreement is long-term and will include the Madden NFL Ultimate League and more broadcasting opportunities.
“The Madden NFL Ultimate League is purposely designed to make superstars of our best players, allowing viewers to develop player loyalties and follow competitor rivalries,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA. “Through this collaboration with ESPN and Disney XD, we’ll provide ongoing coverage for fans worldwide across a variety of ESPN and Disney platforms, but also digitally through our own Madden streaming and social channels.”
The Madden NFL 18 Club Championship begins at Pro Bowl later today, January 26th. Starting tomorrow, January 27th, the Club Championship quarterfinals will be broadcasted on ESPNEWS with the finals being aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from the Super Bowl Experience in Minneapolis, MN, on February 1st. In addition to the Club Championship, the Ultimate League Episodic Series will begin in April on ESPN 2. The full TV program list is:
- Madden NFL 18 Club Championship Divisional Finals, Live from the Pro Bowl
- January 27: 10pm ET ESPNEWS
- Orlando, FL (Pro Bowl)
- Madden NFL 18 Club Championship Final, Live from Super Bowl LII
- February 1: 9pm ET ESPN2/Deportes
- Minneapolis, MN (Super Bowl LII)
- 12 one-hour episodes of the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League Regular Season
- Feb – April
- Exclusive to Disney XD
- Available on ESPN VOD
- Half-hour episodes of an Ultimate League Series
- Tuesdays at 9pm ET
- Weekly from April 3 – May 1
- Exclusive to ESPN2/ESPN VOD, Disney XD and Deportes
- Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League Championship Final, Live from the NFL Draft
- April 28: 7pm ET ESPN2
- Arlington, TX (NFL Draft)
Broadcasts will also be available in the UK and Ireland via BT Sport, Canada via TSN and Australia, New Zeland, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Brazil via ESPN International networks. For more information on the Madden NFL Championship Series, visit the official website.
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