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May 21, 2012
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss whether "Tebowing" - the practice of publicly taking a knee in prayer made popular by New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow when he was starting for the Denver Broncos last season - deserves a place in the popular Madden NFL video game. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times Of course there's a place for Tebowing in Madden.
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July 24, 2013 | By David Wharton
Much like a quarterback sacked from the blind side, EA Sports has suffered some big hits lately. Or as John Madden might say, "Bam! Boom!" First came news that the NCAA -- facing a lawsuit over use of athletes' names and likenesses -- will drop its lucrative relationship with the video-game maker. Now, just before the release of the newest "Madden NFL," EA has come out on the losing end of a lawsuit in San Francisco, with a federal court jury deciding it owes $11 million in damages and interest to the game's original programmer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2009 | Alex Pham
John Madden's retirement from television won't mean an end to the lucrative video game franchise that bears his name. Madden NFL has sold 70 million copies and rung up more than $2 billion in sales since it came out in 1989, making the series one of the best-selling in the video game industry's history. Electronic Arts Inc. says it plans to keep churning out new versions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Scott Collins
With the death of Pat Summerall, sports broadcasting lost one of its great straight men. Summerall, who died Tuesday at age 82, played a decade in the NFL during the 1950s. But he was best known for his pairing with John Madden on TV, where the two redefined football game announcing for 22 seasons starting in 1981 on CBS and later on Fox.  Madden, a former coach, made for an expansive, excessive, endlessly voluble analyst, and Summerall provided his perfect play-by-play foil.
SPORTS
July 24, 2013 | By David Wharton
Much like a quarterback sacked from the blind side, EA Sports has suffered some big hits lately. Or as John Madden might say, "Bam! Boom!" First came news that the NCAA -- facing a lawsuit over use of athletes' names and likenesses -- will drop its lucrative relationship with the video-game maker. Now, just before the release of the newest "Madden NFL," EA has come out on the losing end of a lawsuit in San Francisco, with a federal court jury deciding it owes $11 million in damages and interest to the game's original programmer.
NEWS
August 24, 2006 | Pete Metzger, Special to The Times
TUESDAY was a national holiday. Didn't you hear? Folks lined up at stores the night before, hearts aflutter. Then on the big day, these same people took off from work to celebrate an occurrence that happens only once a year. The reason? A new version of the uber-popular pro football video game series was released, this year dubbed Madden NFL 07. To those in the know, we wish you a belated Merry Maddenoliday. So exactly how does a game earn its own holiday?
NEWS
August 23, 2007 | Pete Metzger, Special to The Times
THIS is competition? Head to head, the two "pro" football games out this season -- Madden NFL 08 and All-Pro Football 2K8 -- are so mismatched, bookmakers in Vegas wouldn't even take any action. It's like the world-champion Indianapolis Colts playing a Pop Warner team of malnourished 8-year-olds. "Slaughter" is putting it lightly.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Frank Gibeau is president of EA Labels, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. that produces the Redwood City, Calif., game company's top franchises, including Madden NFL, Need for Speed, The Sims and Star Wars: The Old Republic — its most ambitious and costly title ever. The break: After Gibeau graduated from USC in 1991 with an undergraduate degree in business and international relations, he broke a leg when a stairway collapsed, pinning his leg beneath a block of concrete for nearly an hour.
SPORTS
August 13, 2009 | Mark Medina
Even if Michael Vick's future in the NFL remains unclear, there has been a decision on his appearance in "Madden NFL 10." EA Sports' game designer Donny Moore tweeted: "It's official . . . Michael Vick NOT in Madden NFL 10 Roster Update #1. . . . Once he signs with a team, we will work to get him in there ASAP." The exclusion, even from the game's free-agency pool, confuses the Sporting News' Chris Littmann because Plaxico Burress is still in the video game. Writes Littmann: "Perhaps there is a hesitancy on EA Sports' part to put together Vick's ratings because in fairness to them, absolutely no one has any idea what kind of football shape he's in, so how would you even go about assessing his cyber value?"
BUSINESS
September 4, 2009
Today: DVDs and games DVD sales Top-selling DVDs for the week that ended Saturday: 1 Hannah Montana: The Movie Disney 2 Fighting Universal 3 Duplicity Universal 4 The Last House on the Left Universal 5 Smallville: Complete Eighth Season Warner DVD rentals Most-rented DVDs for the week that ended Sunday: 1 Duplicity Universal 2 Fighting Universal 3 I Love You, Man DreamWorks 4 The Last...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
  Strong sales for the latest incarnation of the annual "Madden NFL" and action sequel "Borderlands 2" were not enough to arrest the latest slide in video game sales. Total industry revenue from sales of physical games, consoles and accessories in the U.S. was $848 million in September, according to research firm NPD Group, down 24% from the same period a year ago. Including sales of used games and digital downloads, as well as rentals, revenue in September was close to $1.6 billion, NPD analyst Liam Callahan estimated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2012 | By Jay Levin, The Record
Well before "Madden NFL" video games, there was a quirky tabletop toy called Electric Football. Surely you remember it: Metal playing field. Two teams of 11 plastic football players, each standing on a rectangular base with prongs on the bottom and a knob on the side. At the beginning of each play, the human "coach" sets the players in the desired position and puts the football in the hands of one. A switch is flicked, the gridiron vibrates and the players move - often wildly in every direction.
SPORTS
May 21, 2012
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss whether "Tebowing" - the practice of publicly taking a knee in prayer made popular by New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow when he was starting for the Denver Broncos last season - deserves a place in the popular Madden NFL video game. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times Of course there's a place for Tebowing in Madden.
SPORTS
March 6, 2012 | Sam Farmer
Hall of Fame coach John Madden said Tuesday that he anticipates NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hand out severe punishments in the wake of the so-called "pay for performance" bounty scandal of the New Orleans Saints. "When [Goodell] does something and he gets them -- and I don't know what the discipline is -- but I'll tell you what, when he puts some teeth in the rules or whatever he's going to do, it won't happen again," said Madden, who co-chairs the league's safety panel with former player Ronnie Lott.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A Pennsylvania developer has spent $85 million on a Beverly Hills apartment complex it plans to turn into a luxurious extended-stay hotel. Korman Communities bought the Crescent Beverly Hills apartments from C-III Capital Asset Management. The upscale apartments at 155 N. Crescent Drive were completed in 2006. When the property reopens this summer, it will be called AKA Beverly Hills. Rent for the AKA's 88 suites will start at about $400 a night and guests must agree to stay a minimum of 30 days, Korman said.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Electronic Arts Inc., one of the largest video game publishers in the world, will remain at the Water's Edge office complex in Playa Vista after signing a new lease. The developer of such well-known game labels as Madden NFL, The Sims and Battlefield agreed to rent 125,000 square feet in two buildings on Lincoln Boulevard. The value of the deal was not disclosed, but real estate experts familiar with the Playa Vista market estimate it at more than $35 million. EA helped put Playa Vista on the map in 2003 when it agreed to rent 250,000 square feet at Water's Edge.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
  Strong sales for the latest incarnation of the annual "Madden NFL" and action sequel "Borderlands 2" were not enough to arrest the latest slide in video game sales. Total industry revenue from sales of physical games, consoles and accessories in the U.S. was $848 million in September, according to research firm NPD Group, down 24% from the same period a year ago. Including sales of used games and digital downloads, as well as rentals, revenue in September was close to $1.6 billion, NPD analyst Liam Callahan estimated.
SPORTS
August 15, 2007 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Maddenoliday, the marketing gimmick cooked up last summer by Electronic Arts to spark interest in the annual reintroduction of its popular Madden NFL video game, this year featured a Monday night performance in New York's Times Square by Ozzy Osbourne, a New Year's Eve-style "Madden NFL 08" so-called box drop, and former Giants running back Tiki Barber ringing up the first sale just after midnight inside a Big Apple Toys R Us.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Frank Gibeau is president of EA Labels, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. that produces the Redwood City, Calif., game company's top franchises, including Madden NFL, Need for Speed, The Sims and Star Wars: The Old Republic — its most ambitious and costly title ever. The break: After Gibeau graduated from USC in 1991 with an undergraduate degree in business and international relations, he broke a leg when a stairway collapsed, pinning his leg beneath a block of concrete for nearly an hour.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2009
Today: DVDs and games DVD sales Top-selling DVDs for the week that ended Saturday: 1 Hannah Montana: The Movie Disney 2 Fighting Universal 3 Duplicity Universal 4 The Last House on the Left Universal 5 Smallville: Complete Eighth Season Warner DVD rentals Most-rented DVDs for the week that ended Sunday: 1 Duplicity Universal 2 Fighting Universal 3 I Love You, Man DreamWorks 4 The Last...
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