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The Madden NFL 15 cover vote has begun. Only 16 players will square off this year, 2 of them are Eagles. The brackets will advance every Thursday until a winner is announced on SportsCenter, June 6th.

Read the full press release below.

Tonight at the NFL Draft, Electronic Arts Inc. and ESPN officially announced the details of the Madden NFL 15 Cover Vote. This year’s competition sees 16 of the brightest young stars in the game squaring off in a bracket to determine who will adorn the cover. Fans can now vote once per day at ESPN.com/maddenvote, and discuss and debate on social platforms such as @ESPNNFL and the NFL on ESPN Facebook page with the hashtag #MaddenCover. Every Thursday, the results of each round of voting will be announced during NFL Live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN accompanied by expert analysis and conversation. Players in the running will also make special appearances on ESPN programming and platforms throughout the vote, campaigning for their right to be on the cover of Madden NFL 15. The two finalists will appear and the overall winner will be announced live from LA LIVE Plaza in a special segment during the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter on Friday, June 6.

Here’s the full breakdown of first-round matchups, as well as each player’s seeding in this year’s bracket:


“The Madden NFL Cover Vote is always a special time of year,” said EA Senior Director of North American Marketing Randy Chase. “I’m curious to see if the 12th Man can propel Richard Sherman to the cover, or if the 49ers fans get their revenge and knock him out of the competition. No matter what, there are going to be some great matchups and intense rivalries.”

“Every year, ESPN and EA SPORTS continue to go bigger with the Madden NFL Cover Vote, and there’s no better way to kick off the vote for Madden NFL 15 than having last year’s winner and NFL legend Barry Sanders announcing it on stage at the NFL Draft,” said Raphael Poplock, vice president of games and partnerships for ESPN. “We are building on our momentum over the last three Madden NFL Cover Votes to deliver an engaging experience that puts the cover in the hands of the fans, which have resulted in some of ESPN’s most successful social activations to date.”

Madden NFL 15 delivers everything fans need to own their rivals on both sides of the field, including the most immersive defensive gameplay control in franchise history. Like the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks, you can win championships and bask in the glory of success by building a great defense fit to challenge the best offenses in the game. Fans will also experience an entirely new broadcast presentation that delivers Madden NFL game day like never before with dramatic all-new camera angles, as well as dynamic pre-game and halftime features. It’s not just football, it’s Madden Season.

Madden NFL 15 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available on August 26 in North America and on August 29 in the EU for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 entertainment system. To learn more about Madden NFL 15, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes for game: 42 - View All
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# 1 mjavon @ 05/08/14 10:26 PM
T.Y. Hilton is a candidate? What?! This whole cover vote thing they've done the past few years is just pure silliness. The only players that should have a shot at the cover this year IMO:

Peyton Manning
Tom Brady (kind of remarkable neither of them have ever been a cover athlete)
Richard Sherman
Marshawn Lynch
 
# 2 Jrocc23 @ 05/08/14 11:15 PM
Have a good feeling Shady can make it to the Finals.
 
# 3 mjavon @ 05/09/14 12:14 AM
The commitment? Baloney! How many commercials has Peyton Manning been in?!
 
# 4 SeventhWard @ 05/09/14 02:17 AM
Know how ancient man would look up at the stars and recognize the patterns year after year? Mankind got so proficient at it, explorers traveled the seas using only the stars for navigation.

The same goes for Madden. I've been watching these guys for a long time and like ancient man, I recognize the patterns. Here's how this will likely work....

The press release for Madden NFL 15 already says that this version of Madden is putting the emphasis on Defense. You've got the first Teaser Trailer released a few weeks ago, featuring a middle linebacker. You can throw all of these offense guys out of the window - a defender is going to be on the cover.

Now, take into account that the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl this year and Richard Sherman is one of the most recognizable DBs in football right now. Remember this? Joe Public does....



Marketing and research is what EA does best. Arguably, they're better at business than they are at making games nowadays. There's way too many dollars at stake.

My educated guess is that Richard Sherman will be your Madden NFL 15 Cover Athlete. The cynic inside me says the vote is a sham and low cost publicity to make Madden relevant now that we're in the typical marketing window of ~90 days until launch.

-SeventhWard
 
# 5 mjavon @ 05/09/14 03:08 AM
I would agree with that. My only argument would be that although Sherman is recognizable to the general public, there are a lot of Sherman-haters too. Hell, Peyton is better known and held in higher regard than Richard Sherman. But he's not even in the running.
 
# 6 SmashMan @ 05/09/14 06:09 AM
Seems like a foregone conclusion that Sherman will win, but I have no problem with it - incorporating the Seahawks' color scheme might make for an interesting looking cover.
 
# 7 Cardot @ 05/09/14 09:27 AM
“The Madden NFL Cover Vote is always a special time of year,” said EA Senior Director of North American Marketing Randy Chase.

 
# 8 Stroehms @ 05/09/14 12:35 PM
One defensive player? Okay..


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# 9 oneamongthefence @ 05/09/14 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Stroehms
One defensive player? Okay..


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Luke Keuchly and Richard Sherman make for 2 defensive players...
 
# 10 JKSportsGamer1984 @ 05/09/14 01:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeventhWard
Know how ancient man would look up at the stars and recognize the patterns year after year? Mankind got so proficient at it, explorers traveled the seas using only the stars for navigation.

The same goes for Madden. I've been watching these guys for a long time and like ancient man, I recognize the patterns. Here's how this will likely work....

The press release for Madden NFL 15 already says that this version of Madden is putting the emphasis on Defense. You've got the first Teaser Trailer released a few weeks ago, featuring a middle linebacker. You can throw all of these offense guys out of the window - a defender is going to be on the cover.

Now, take into account that the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl this year and Richard Sherman is one of the most recognizable DBs in football right now. Remember this? Joe Public does....



Marketing and research is what EA does best. Arguably, they're better at business than they are at making games nowadays. There's way too many dollars at stake.

My educated guess is that Richard Sherman will be your Madden NFL 15 Cover Athlete. The cynic inside me says the vote is a sham and low cost publicity to make Madden relevant now that we're in the typical marketing window of ~90 days until launch.

-SeventhWard
I totally agree. This cover vote is silly lol
 
# 11 I.B.Foolin @ 05/09/14 02:20 PM
Got to think Shady has good odds of landing the cover. He shoulda represented the Eagles in previous votes but he's the closest thing to watching a video game in the NFL
 
# 12 OPDriver @ 05/09/14 03:31 PM
Wow, this is terrible.
 
# 13 Senator Palmer @ 05/09/14 04:11 PM
Hold up... THIS is all?

No edge rushers, no linebackers other than Keuchly? Defense, I thought, was supposed to be one of the big things touted this year, but there's only two defenders in the running for the cover?

No J.J. Watt?
No Robert Mathis?
No Tamba Hali?
No Von Miller?
No Robert Quinn?

How 'bout a few other Seahawks on that defense like Kam Chancellor (who just as easily could have been Super Bowl MVP), or Earl Thomas, or Michael Bennett.
 
# 14 SageInfinite @ 05/09/14 04:15 PM
I don't think EA would be that lame to fix a cover vote. I just wish they would use a real life in-game shot for the cover, but that's just me. Something like this.....

 
# 15 Redskinsfan26 @ 05/09/14 06:50 PM
My boy Alfred Morris has a terrible matchup... No way he gets past Luck
 
# 16 MelR2000 @ 05/09/14 08:09 PM
This cover stuff is so EA.
 
# 17 HealyMonster @ 05/09/14 09:32 PM
Gee...it won't be Sherman
 
# 18 Trick13 @ 05/09/14 11:35 PM
As always, I will not vote. The whole thing is crap.


It baffles the mind that these 16 players were chosen. Two Eagles? Really? Zero rings, no defense and they still get two players in the cover race?


I am tired of EA's gimmicky garbage - might as well have a "individual blade of grass" on the cover - glitter over substance should be EA's motto.


Every year - over hype, over sell and way under deliver, hope they surprise me, but with the last couple of years - precision passing (IE change the route crap and precision modifier - lame lame lame) I am not holding on to much hope...
 
# 19 SmashMan @ 05/09/14 11:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MelR2000
This cover stuff is so EA.


Even The Show had a cover vote last year...
 
# 20 Mauer4MVP @ 05/10/14 10:09 AM
Should be one player from every team. Pretty lame. The Colts get two people? Why the Colts?
 

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