ESPN and Disney are gonna get a significant influx of eSports content. Through a new multiyear deal announced today, the 2 main networks will broadcast quite a few Madden NFL tournaments plus an episodic series featuring Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League players. "Through this collaboration with ESPN and Disney XD, we'll provide ongoing coverage for fans worldwide across a range of ESPN and Disney platforms, but in addition digitally through our very own Madden streaming and social channels," Todd Sitrin, EA's competitive gaming division general manager, said within a statement.
Competition coverage starts tomorrow when ESPNEWS airs the Madden NFL 18 Club Championship quarterfinals. The tournament takes place with the Pro Bowl and features players repping all 32 NFL teams. The Club Championship finals will take place with the Super Bowl Experience on February 1st and definately will air on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Starting February 2nd, Disney XD and ESPN video at will will air Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League regular season competitions, which pit 16 Madden NFL 18 players against the other person in one-on-one competitions. Episodes will air weekly and become one hour long. The Madden Ultimate League Championship final will air on the NFL draft on April 28th and can be broadcasted on ESPN2.
Lastly, starting in April, ESPN2 will air half-hour weekly episodes featuring Ultimate League players, giving viewers a peek into their lives and just how they get ready for and handle the League competitions. The series will run from April 3rd to May 1st.
The NFL could be the first pro sports league in the US to get each of its teams represented within an eSports tournament. And while ESPN has become dabbling in pro gaming coverage for a few years now, last July marked once the network aired the full block of eSports content on its major channels. In 2016, ESPN aired the Madden NFL 16 Championship for the 1st time.
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