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Cam Newton says he is motivated by respect, not money as terms of Patriots deal revealed

Cam Newton says “respect” and not money is what is driving him for the 2020 NFL season.

Newton made the remarks on Instagram on Thursday after NFL Network revealed he is guaranteed only $550,000 under the terms of his incentive-heavy, newly-signed contract with the New England Patriots.

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“This is not about money for me. It is about respect,” posted Newton, who agreed a deal with New England on Monday.

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Prior to that, the No 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft had surprisingly remained unsigned since being released by the Carolina Panthers in March.

The Patriots signed Newton for the veteran’s minimum but the contract could be worth $7.5m if Newton hits all of his incentives.

Newton’s base contract would be worth $1.05 million in 2020 if he’s on the roster for Week 1.

Among the bonuses are $700,000 in per-game roster bonuses and another $5.75m in incentives, NFL Network reported.

Newton, who is recovering from foot surgery, would have made $19m in the final year of his deal in Carolina.

The terms of Newton’s deal with New England angered San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who said it was “disgusting” that the 2015 NFL MVP had to settle for such a deal.

How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) just ridiculous. A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting https://t.co/eZycGL8qkZ

Sherman tweeted: “How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) Just ridiculous. A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting.”

Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, who retired in February after playing last season with the Chargers, replied to Sherman: “Totally agree.”

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After blowback, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred clarifies comments on 60-game season

While the Twitterverse thought MLB commissioner Rob Manfred accidentally confessed Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show that it was always MLB’s intention to play a 60-game season, Manfred clarified Thursday what he meant.

“My point was that no matter what happened with the union, the way things unfolded with the second spike,’’ Manfred told USA TODAY Sports, “we would have ended up with only time for 60 games, anyway. As time went on, it became clearer and clearer that the course of the virus was going to dictate how many games we could play.’’

The two sides never could come to an agreement, with Manfred exercising his rights under the March 26 agreements, scheduling a 60-game season.

“As it turned out, the reality was there was only time to play 60 games,’’ Manfred said. “If we had started an 82-game season [beginning July 1], we would have had people in Arizona and Florida the time the second spike hit.’’

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MLB, which had 40 players test positive in a week – including eight players and staff members of the Philadelphia Phillies – shut down all of their spring-training sites in Arizona and Florida on June 19. If teams were in spring training camps at the time, all the players and coaches may have been sent home a second time.

“We just weren’t going to be able to play more than 60 games at that point,’’ Manfred said, “with everything being shut down. The reality is that we’re going to be lucky if we 60 games now given the course of the virus.’’

The players union, which initially sought to play 114 games, is expected to file a grievance against MLB in the next two months, accusing the owners of intentionally delaying negotiations to limit the number of games. The union could potentially try to use Manfred’s comments in his interview with Patrick as part of their grievance.

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“The reality is we weren’t going to play more than 60 games no matter how the negotiations with the players went, or any other factor,” Manfred told Patrick. “Sixty games is outside the envelope given the realities of the virus. I think this is the one thing that we come back to every single day, we're trying to manage something that has proven to be unpredictable and unmanageable.

“I know it hasn’t looked particularly pretty in spots, but having said that, if we can pull off this 60-game season, I think it was the best we were going to do for our fans given the course of the virus.”

Patrick followed up by asking Manfred, “even if the players accepted everything you offered, there was no way you were going to go above 60 games?”

“It’s the calendar,” Manfred said. “We’re playing 60 games in 63 days right now. I don’t see, given the reality of the health situation over the past few weeks, how we were going to get going any faster than the calendar we’re on right now. No matter what the state of those negotiations were.”

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$8.7b stadium unveils absolutely enormous new addition

There’s every chance football fans won’t get to experience its full glory this season but even still, SoFi Stadium’s new addition is a thing of beauty.

The stadium being built in California on America’s west coast has cost $AUD8.7 billion and will host NFL teams the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

With COVID-19 still wreaking havoc in America, it remains to be seen whether crowds will be allowed to attend football games this season. But whenever they are permitted back in the stands, they won’t miss a single snap thanks to the completion of a monstrous videoboard.

The Rams’ social media team put out a video today of the “Oculus” being hoisted into position after receiving its finishing touches.

The enormous digital LED screen wraps around like a rectangle, making sure everyone in the stadium can see it, and will show scores, replays, highlights and entertainment when SoFi officially opens for business.

The shiny new gadget is 6500 square metres in size, 110m long and reportedly weighs a whopping 998 tonnes — that’s 998,000kg.

It’s been decked out with 260 speakers and has enough power for 1500 home theatre systems.

Basically, it’s like a jumbotron that ate another jumbotron that ate another jumbotron.

For the Rams and Chargers at least, size matters.

The Oculus is aiming to be even bigger and better than the first-ever 360-degree videoboard constructed by the Atlanta Falcons, who incorporated it into their stunning new $1.7 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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2.2 million pounds + 70,000 square feet of digital LED.

The first-of-its-kind videoboard for @SoFiStadium is officially complete. pic.twitter.com/JdQB3LuItj

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SoFi Stadium has been four years in the making and according to the people in charge, it’s 97 per cent completed.

Thankfully it’s tracking to receive more positive reviews than what greeted the unveiling of the Texas Rangers’ new home.

Last week the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise showed off its $1.7b Globe Life Stadium, only for fans to ridicule it online for looking more like a sheet metal factory than a ballpark.

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NFL slashes preseason schedule in half amid coronavirus case uptick

The NFL will chop its preseason slate in half this year in response to the unique circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, which has already kept training programs remote this summer.

Pro Football Talk was the first outlet to report the news. The league is expected to make the official announcement Thursday.

By limiting preseason action — a step players have advocated for beyond the COVID-19 outbreak in order to prevent injury — the NFL hopes to prevent travel-related virus spread and allow players to get in shape at a more natural pace. COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have shot up over the past two weeks, rising to a recent daily average of more than 40,000 new diagnoses nationwide.

It’s been a strange couple of months for NFL franchises following the draft in April. Usually able to ease rookies and newcomers into their cultures during training camp, they’ve instead relied on technology to provide virtual team-building neccesities.

The first preseason game of 2020 is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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Chiefs’ Chris Jones brings up Le’Veon Bell as he teases holdout

Chris Jones has a salary number in mind and he’s willing to wait a long time for the Chiefs to match it. He says he learned that strategy from Le’Veon Bell. 

Jones teased a holdout Tuesday during another round of chatter about a possible long-term contract for the defensive tackle. He and the Super Bowl champs have until July 15 to get a deal done, or else Jones will have to play (or not) for the $16 million franchise tag the Chiefs placed upon him in March.

Jones brought up Bell in a Twitter exchange with the Arrowhead Live podcast. Bell sat out the 2018 season rather than play for the $14.4 million tag with the Steelers. The running back went on to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract ($27 million guaranteed at signing, $35 million in total guarantees, per Pro Football Talk) with the Jets last year.

Once tagged, Bell backed up Jones.

Based on Tuesday’s chatter, the magic number for Jones continues to be 20, as in $20 million a year, just below the Rams’ Aaron Donald and the Colts’ DeForest Buckner. The Chiefs also want to extend Patrick Mahomes’ contract and would surely like to keep Travis Kelce and Tyrann Mathieu, too. That makes for a potential cap squeeze. And Jones wants to squeeze a few more million out of KC, too.

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After racist videos surface, NASCAR must end partnership with Barstool

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NASCAR didn't need old racist videos to resurface on the internet to know exactly what kind of company Barstool Sports is.

But the clips, which include Barstool founder Dave Portnoy repeatedly using the N-word, are just the latest examples of how NASCAR's partnership with Barstool directly contradicts the governing body's commitment to diversity and inclusivity. So if NASCAR wants that commitment to be taken seriously, it must end the deal now.

In a series of particularly disgusting video clips about Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality, Portnoy said, "I'm going to say something that's racist," before diving into a bigoted discussion comparing Colin Kaepernick to Osama bin Laden. Portnoy said the quarterback "looks like a terrorist," while Barstool writer Kevin Clancy described him as having "terrorist skin," among several other heinous remarks. They, along with Pardon My Take's Dan Katz, also joke about blackface.

This is sadly nothing new for Barstool. A quick Google search would have offered NASCAR a litany of reasons not to partner with the sports website that famously traffics in racism, sexism and targeted harassment — including against a NASCAR reporter this season — while masquerading as sports commentary and comedy. 

So although Barstool's, and its personalities', toxic and demeaning behavior was thoroughly documented, NASCAR still teamed up with the company in 2019 for what the Sports Business Daily called a "paid media spend." As the report noted, the partnership is likely an effort to appeal to a younger audience.

NASCAR never should have partnered with Barstool, and the cost of employing this avenue to recruit new fans surely alienates others, especially if they're not cisgender heterosexual white men. But clearly, it thought the reach Barstool offers was worth ignoring the repulsive behavior of some of its biggest personalities and the content they create in the name of comedy.

That tradeoff is the antithesis of NASCAR's commitment earlier this month to learn and fight racism within and outside of the sport while promoting an inclusive environment. And it can only be rectified by terminating the partnership, explaining why it was harmful and reinforcing its promise to grow and help create change.

When asked in an email about the racist videos and its partnership with Barstool, NASCAR had no comment.

A week after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd and subsequent protests materialized around the country, NASCAR released a statement saying, in part:

"We must do better and our commitment to promoting equality and inclusion continues and will never waver."

It reiterated that sentiment June 10 when it banned the Confederate flag from its events — an effort led by Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., the only Black driver in the top-tier Cup Series. And when speaking about the FBI's investigation into a noose found in Wallace's garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR president Steve Phelps — who spoke highly of the partnership with Barstool after it was extended — said:

"We want everyone with a love for racing to feel welcome and a part of our NASCAR family, and our industry is going to protect our own against anyone that feels differently."

But the recently resurfaced Barstool videos, tweeted by the account @RzstProgramming, highlight Portnoy's and Barstool employees' behavior directly conflicting with NASCAR's commitment.

Let's not forget that Kyle Larson was once considered the most highly coveted upcoming free agent in NASCAR — until he said the N-word on a livestream during an iRacing event in April. After that, his sponsors, like McDonalds and Credit One Bank, bailed on him, and Chip Ganassi Racing fired the 27-year-old driver. T

hose sponsors didn't want to be associated with a driver who used a racist slur, so why is NASCAR OK with being associated with a partner whose founder repeatedly has as well? NASCAR is making an effort to speak out against hate and promote inclusivity, and remaining partnered with Barstool — especially in lieu of these clips — sends the exact opposite message.

NASCAR can't have it both ways, and if it wants everyone to feel welcomed in the sport, ditching Barstool is an obvious next move. Again, NASCAR never should have partnered with Barstool. But it chose the potential for an expanded fan base — which ultimately translates to money, obviously — over decency and humanity, while handing others a perfectly valid excuse to never engage with the sport.

If NASCAR wants to continue making good on its vow to fight racism and push for inclusivity, it needs to totally disassociate with Barstool. And to correct that ignorant and out-of-touch partnership, it must acknowledge why Barstool is toxic and then ensure it doesn't welcome a racist and sexist voice into the sport with open arms and a check.

Quick Hits: Brady and Edelman bromance, gas station struggles, MLS Fyre Fest?

Tom Brady hangs out with Julian Edelman and Jimmy Fallon at a college basketball game between Syracuse and North Carolina at the Carrier Dome. (Photo: Mark Konezny, USA TODAY Sports)

– Tom Brady is handling Julian Edelman's embracing of new QB Cam Newton about how you'd expect him to.

– This gas station struggle video is far more entertaining than it has any right to be.

– An MLS player shared a room service meal from the Walt Disney Bubble and we're getting Fyre Fest jokes.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Chris Jones says he ‘won’t play’ without new long-term contract

Chris Jones is sending a message to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ahead of the July 15 deadline for players to agree to multi-year contracts, the Pro Bowl defensive tackle stated he won't settle for playing on the franchise tag this season, saying Tuesday he "won't play" if not given a long-term deal of his liking.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported earlier in the day that Jones, who has not signed his tender, has "always viewed himself as a $20 million-plus-per-year guy." The Chiefs, however, do not share that valuation, Garafolo reported, leaving "a lot of work to be done" if the two sides are to reach a multi-year contract. 

Jones responded on Twitter to a video of Garafolo's report, saying, "Or I won't play. Le'Veon Bell told me about this."

Or I won’t play. @LeVeonBell told me about this

Bell sat out the entire 2018 NFL season amid a dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who placed the franchise tag on him for the second consecutive year. The three-time Pro Bowl running back signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the New York Jets last March.

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Jones, 25, has established himself as one of the leading forces of the Chiefs defense, recording 31 sacks in the last three years. He notched nine sacks last year and deflected three passes in Super Bowl LIV to help Kansas City win its first title in 50 years.

Jones would make $16.1 million in 2020 if he opts to play on the franchise tender.

Kansas City has already committed a sizable sum to its core players, including defensive end Frank Clark, who agreed to a five-year, $104 million deal with the team last April after being acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Clark agreed in March to restructure part of his contract to help the Chiefs get under the salary cap. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is also expected to receive a potentially record-breaking extension.

General manager Brett Veach said in February at the NFL scouting combine that retaining Jones was a "priority' for the team.

“I think the tandem of Chris Jones and Frank Clark is something any team would want," Veach said. "We’re going to work hard to see if we can get that done.”

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Why Cam Newton’s Patriots have a better chance than Tom Brady’s Buccaneers to win Super Bowl 55

The Patriots signed Cam Newton to a one-year contract on Sunday — and in the process put the former NFL MVP in a conversation with another franchise for what will be one of the NFL’s biggest storylines in 2020.  

Will New England be better off this season with Newton than six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady, who left for the Buccaneers this offseason?  

It’s a close call. Odds at VegasInsider.com have both the Patriots and Buccaneers over/under for wins at 9.5 — a sign that the bettors feel similar about both teams.  

Who do we trust to win more games? We’ll stick with the Patriots despite what is considered the toughest schedule on paper in the NFL.

Why would we do that? Let’s take a closer look:  

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The divisions  

The Patriots have the highest-win total in the AFC East, which should not be a surprise considering New England has won the division each of the last 11 seasons.  

New England owns a 52-15 record in division games in stretch; an absurd .776 winning percentage. The Dolphins (29-37), Bills (26-40) and Jets (26-41) all have below .500 records in that frame.  

Buffalo is picked to win nine games this season, and a huge chunk of that success is because of Brady.  

Brady, however, steps into a much-tougher division. New Orleans is the favorite to win the division at 10 games. The Panthers and Falcons have reached the Super Bowl in the last five seasons. The Buccaneers finished 7-9 last season and were 2-4 in the division.  

Defense 

This has nothing to do with the quarterbacks, but New England led the NFL in scoring defense at 14.1 points per game. At one point, the Pats were trending as one of the greatest defenses of all time.  

Bill Belichick remains at the center of that, and that defense should be consistent again in 2020.  

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, allowed 28.1 points per game. The Buccaneers allowed more than 30 points in eight games last season.   

New England should have the better unit on the side of the ball again in 2020.  

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Belichick factor  

Belichick’s challenge will be making it work with Newton, who still has to prove he’s healthy enough to win the starting jo from Jarrett Stidham. Belichick has not worked with a dual-threat quarterback like Newton since arriving in New England, but would you bet against the coach here?  

Matt Cassel finished 10-5 as a starter with the Patriots in 2008 when Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett combined for a 3-1 record as the starter during Brady’s four-game suspension to start the 2016 season.  

Newton is more-talented than any of those quarterbacks when healthy, and he should have something to prove after his somewhat-unceremonious departure from Carolina. The Patriots finished seventh in the NFL in scoring last season while Brady had his lowest quarterback rating since 2013.  

Belichick can make it work with Newton, too.  

Which QB adjusts first? 

Remember, we’re not talking about an all-time GOAT debate. We’re talking about one season.  

Brady, who turns 43 in August, has just as much to prove with a new coach in Bruce Arians and a new system with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Brady does have a talented supporting cast led by Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement to play with Brady. The veteran quarterback should post better numbers in that offense. He’ll have to if the Bucs want to contend in the NFC – which  

Newton, however, also has more talent to work with. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will have more options in the running game with Newton, and that bodes well for Sony Michel and James White. Julian Edelman is a go-to receiver who had 100 receptions last season. If Newton can average close to five yards in the running game – which he has during his best seasons – then it will add yet another layer to New England’s offense.  

Precedent  

Brady is one of many future Hall of Fame quarterbacks who switched teams, and those trends favor him switching teams.  

Consider when Joe Montana left San Francisco for Kansas City in 1993. The Chiefs finished 11-5 and made the AFC championship game, which was one game better than the 49ers, who finished 10-6 and also made the NFC championship game with Steve Young.  

Brett Favre led the Jets to a 9-7 season in 2008, which was three games better than the Packers, who finished 6-10 in Aaron Rodgers’ first full season as a starter.  

Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a 13-3 record in his first season as a starter, which was two games better than Indianapolis with Andrew Luck.  

It is possible for both teams to have success, which is the likely scenario for the Patriots and Buccaneers in 2020.  

Verdict  

Considering all that information, it’s still a toss-up. Brady and Newton should be able to lead playoff runs for those respective teams, but that’s where the competition factors in again.  

Newton likely will have to contend with the last two MVPS in Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson. Those were the only teams other than New England that won more than 10 games in the AFC in 2019.  

The NFC, meanwhile, had four teams win more than 10 games, including defending conference champion San Francisco. The other three teams have future Hall of Famers in New Orleans’ Drew Brees, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Seattle’s Russell Wilson. All three quarterbacks have won Super Bowls since New England’s run in the division began in 2009.  

Knowing that, we would be more inclined to trust New England to make a deeper playoff run than the Buccaneers, at least for this season.  

We’ll have to wait until 2021 for Brady to make that return to New England. Unless, of course, these teams and their quarterbacks want to settle it at Super Bowl LV.  

That’s the story everybody really wants. 

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Ron Rivera: Don’t bet against Cam with Patriots

Ron Rivera has a message for those ready to doubt that Cam Newton can rebound with the New England Patriots: Don’t bet against him.

Rivera, who coached the Carolina Panthers for nine seasons with Newton as his starting quarterback, was asked Monday on 670 The Score in Chicago about whether he thought Newton has recovered from the injuries that have marred his past two seasons. Rivera said he had watched the workout videos that Newton posted on social media.

“He’s headed in the right direction,” Rivera said on the McNeil & Parkins Show. “I mean, he’s probably about as healthy as it gets from what I’ve seen on video. I think he’s ready to bust out.

“I would never bet against the young man, that’s for sure.”

Newton, who holds most of Carolina’s career passing records, missed 14 games last season with a Lisfranc injury and the final two games of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury that also required surgery.

He reached an agreement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots on Sunday, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. ‬The Patriots were the only team to make him an offer after he was released by the Panthers in March, according to Schefter.

Rivera said on 670 The Score that he believes the coronavirus pandemic, which prevented teams from conducting in-person workouts, was the main reason more teams didn’t try to sign him. As for why Rivera didn’t try to bring Newton to the Washington Redskins, he pointed to the presence of quarterback Dwayne Haskins, drafted by the Redskins in the first round last year.

“Honestly, if the circumstances would have allowed us, I would have had no issues with that. I would have been very confident and comfortable in going after him and bringing him to be part of what we’re doing here. To me those circumstances would have been going through an opportunity to see what we have in Dwayne,” he said.

Rivera instead brought another former Panthers quarterback to the Redskins, trading for Kyle Allen earlier this offseason. He said the benefit of being in his first year as the Redskins’ coach is that he can be patient with Haskins, who threw for 1,365 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions after being selected with the No. 15 pick in 2019.

“We’ve been in this tough situation because there was a number of veteran guys that we liked but we have to find out what we have in the young guy, and that’s the benefit of being a new head coach is that we can go ahead and we can be patient. We can put these guys through workouts and get to know what we have and feel good about it or don’t feel good about it and then we’ve got to go out and make some changes,” he said.

“But until we get that opportunity to know what we have, it would have been very hard to bring in a guy who’s had such a solid career, who was league MVP at one time (in 2015), and expect the young guy to get chances to grow, so I just felt that because of our circumstances we could play this slow — and good for [Newton], he went to New England, which I think is going to be a great spot for him and I think he’s going to have a lot of success.”

With the Patriots, Newton will be in the mix to help replace Tom Brady, who left to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. The Patriots did not select a quarterback in April’s draft, with 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham and 11-year veteran Brian Hoyer atop the depth chart.

On Tuesday, wide receiver Julian Edelman welcomed Newton to New England via Twitter:

Rivera was asked what he’d say to those who believe Newton’s best days are behind him.

“Don’t bet against him,” Rivera said. “I really wouldn’t. First of all, you got to know who he is and understand what all he’s gone through. He’s a guy that’s always tried to do things, I think, because he’s felt the pressure. He felt the pressure of being the No. 1 pick. He felt the pressure of having won the Heisman Trophy and being the No. 1 pick. He felt the pressure of being a Black quarterback, with all this stuff that’s been heaped on him.

“He’s really had to find his way through it, and he’s done a great job with it.”

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Madden 21 announces franchise mode features and they’re a big letdown: ‘The EA joke continues’

EA Sports faced heavy criticism with its “Madden NFL 21” trailer. The YouTube video currently stands at 16,000 likes compared to 41,000 dislikes. If you read through the comments, most people were asking for an improved version of franchise mode.

Well on Tuesday, EA Sports released its Gridirion Notes for franchise mode in Madden 21 and it’s … not good.

To be fair, the improvements to Face of the Franchise look really fun. EA Sports made it so you start your career in high school, play in college, have the option to change positions, go through the combine and pick your NFL storyline. All of this is great, and I’ll look forward to Face of the Franchise when the game comes out.

But the franchise mode features, if you can even call them that, are basically just patch updates.

Madden 21 franchise features

The first two items on Madden 21’s reveal of franchise features are that the new X-Factors will be included, and the playoffs are updated to feature the real-life expanded wild-card playoff round. Other updates include improvements on rookie contracts, abilities, dev traits, depth charts and playbook schemes for fictional coaches.

All of these are extremely minor improvements. In fact, it seems like the majority of these could have been updated in Madden 20 with a simple patch fix.

Franchise mode used to be a staple in the Madden video game series. You can spend countless hours building your team into a dynasty. It was the main reason some people wanted to buy the game at all. But as Madden Ultimate Team became more popular, the features for franchise mode started to disappear gradually each year until fans got a bare bones version.

What we’re getting in Madden 21 appears to be the worst version yet. And fans took notice following Madden’s announcement.

Even Lions running back Kerryon Johnson joined in on poking fun at Madden’s lack of franchise mode improvements.

There are a lot of cool new features coming to Madden 21, including personnel based audibles, zone drops, location-based tackling and more. But these additions only help to serve the hardcore gamers rather than the casual fan who simply wants to build a team in franchise mode.

The part that frustrates fans the most is that franchise mode used to have all of the features they want. But for some reason, those features kept getting removed. It’s not just that Madden doesn’t have any new updates to franchise mode, it’s that they’re getting rid of things, too.

Despite the obvious demand for it, which can be seen in response to any tweet Madden sends out, the developers have determined it’s not worth their time. Or they’re hoping fans of franchise mode will instead turn to Face of the Franchise, similar to how fans of NBA 2K have enjoyed MyCareer.

With Face of the Franchise much more fleshed out in Madden 21, maybe some fans will let go of their frustrations with the classic franchise mode. But there’s still a large crowd out there that won’t stop until EA Sports does something to fix the damage.

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