#FixMaddenFranchise
#100DaysOfFranchise / @tsj_gaming

06/30/2020 - the day that EA and EA Sports issued a clear statement with regard to their contempt and disrespect for fans of Madden franchise mode. Their feature list for franchise mode in Madden 21 read like a set of patch notes thrown together in minutes.

For this reason we made the unprecedented decision to bring Madden Planet out of retirement.

For each of our 100 Days of Franchise we will remind you of a feature that we once had, that EA Sports then removed never to be seen again. We will add a different feature every day during our 100 days of franchise.

Where possible I've tried to list the specific version of Madden, in some cases the feature existed beyond that specific edition of the game.

* = NFL Head Coach feature, ** = Gameplay/Franchise overlap features, *** = Other Sports titles

  • Day 100 : Day 100
  • Day 99 : *** Morale (MLB The Show/NBA 2k)
  • Day 98 : *** Coaching carousel (NCAA 14)
  • Day 97 : * Coach playcalling tendencies (NFL Head Coach)
  • Day 96 : *** Season, series, matchup stats (MLB The Show)
  • Day 95 : *** Virtual Identity Profile (VIP) (NFL 2k5)
  • Day 94 : *** League expansion or relocation (NBA 2k)
  • Day 93 : *** Coaching staff progression tree (NCAA 14)
  • Day 92 : *** Network broadcast presentation (MLBN - MLB The Show)
  • Day 91 : *** On screen stats (NFL 2k5)
  • Day 90 : Head coach strategy (Madden 10)
  • Day 89 : Custom packages (Madden 07)
  • Day 88 : Opportunity to sign free agents to multi-year deals, mid-season (Madden 07)
  • Day 87 : Storylines including 'rumors' tied to newspaper feature (Madden 05) and communication with your GM and player agents (Madden 05)
  • Day 86 : Custom Tournaments (Madden 11) and "Live Opponents"
  • Day 85 : Situation Mode (Madden 04)
  • Day 84 : * Player health by body location (NFL Head Coach)
  • Day 83 : Custom hot-routes (Madden 07)
  • Day 82 : Team ownership changes (Madden 04/12)
  • Day 81 : "Spectate" franchise games without a workaround (Madden 06)
  • Day 80 : ** Refs on the field (Madden 12)
  • Day 79 : ** Bill Belichick (Madden 04) and Cheerleaders (Madden 12)
  • Day 78 : ** Defensive assignments (Madden 10)
  • Day 77 : Create-a-Play (Madden 07)
  • Day 76 : Total Control Simulation (Madden 06 PSP/Madden 07 PS2)
  • Day 75 : ** Empty seats at the end of a game and pre-game coin-toss on the field (Madden 12)
  • Day 74 : Merchandise (Madden 04)
  • Day 73 : Board of Advisors (Madden 04)
  • Day 72 : ** Intro lineups (Madden 12)
  • Day 71 : Players wearing practice gear (Madden 07)
  • Day 70 : Free Agent stats (Madden 06, 09)
  • Day 69 : Rival History (Madden 09)
  • Day 68 : Contract packages (Madden 12)
  • Day 67 : NFL "Icons" (Madden 07)
  • Day 66 : Ownership ratings (Madden 04)
  • Day 65 : Historical season record plaque (Madden 08/09)
  • Day 64 : Owner mode graphs (Madden 04)
  • Day 63 : Annual all-NFL award candidates updated from mid-season (Madden 09)
  • Day 62 : Coaching staff progression (Madden 04)
  • Day 61 : NFL Network / NFL Playbook integration (Madden 07)
  • Day 60 : Training staff that had an impact on injury likelihood and recovery (Madden 04)
  • Day 59 : Mid-season weekly updated Pro Bowl Balloting (Madden 09)
  • Day 58 : Detailed scouting reoprts (Madden 08)
  • Day 57 : Injury rehab (Madden 08)
  • Day 56 : Parking prices (Madden 04)
  • Day 55 : Advertising revenue (Madden 04)
  • Day 54 : Prestige (Madden 05)
  • Day 53 : Create-a-Fan (Madden 05)
  • Day 52 : Balance sheet (Madden 04)
  • Day 51 : Franchise Room (Madden 08/09)
  • Day 50 : Questionable injury status (Madden 06)
  • Day 49 : Real weather feed from The Weather Channel
  • Day 48 : Concession prices (Madden 04)
  • Day 47 : Weekly gameplan (Madden 05/12)
  • Day 46 : Relocation city information page (Madden 04)
  • Day 45 : Individual workouts (Madden 12)
  • Day 44 : Rivalry Games and importing NCAA draft classes
  • Day 43 : Pro Days (Madden 12)
  • Day 42 : Newspapers (Madden 05)
  • Day 41 : Pop up notifications of key events (player, coach retirements)
  • Day 40 : Email and PDA (Madden 06)
  • Day 39 : Export team from franchise to 'Play Now' (Madden 04)
  • Day 38 : Custom uniform designer
  • Day 37 : Franchise overview (Madden 04)
  • Day 36 : Dynamic Player Performance (Madden 12)
  • Day 35 : Canton, Hall of Fame (Fawcett) Stadium (Madden 13)
  • Day 34 : Free Agent 'Wants' influencing success or failure (Madden 07/10)
  • Day 33 : Player Roles (Madden 07)
  • Day 32 : Head Coach 'Knowledge' rating and 'Job Security' status (Madden 06)
  • Day 31 : Ticket Prices
  • Day 30 : Player holdouts (Madden 07)
  • Day 29 : Fan Appreciation Day (Madden 04)
  • Day 28 : Build a new stadium (Madden 04)
  • Day 27 : NFL Head Coach real(ish)-time free agent signing period with NFL Network video updates
  • Day 26 : Pre-draft rookie workout (Madden 07)
  • Day 25 : Training camp coaching drills
  • Day 24 : Table a bid for and sign a head coach or positional coach (Madden 07)
  • Day 23 : New stadium funding including PSL's (Madden 04)
  • Day 22 : Draft Rookie Report (Madden PS2)
  • Day 21 : Upgrade your stadium (Madden 04)
  • Day 20 : Pre-game player specific drills that tied into the 'weapons' system (Madden 08)
  • Day 19 : A Head Coach using his playing or coaching background to improve specific positional players (Madden 09)
  • Day 18 : Expectation of role affecting morale (Madden 10)
  • Day 17 : Rename a stadium (Madden PS2)
  • Day 16 : Game-by-game player stat tracking (Madden 10)
  • Day 15 : Assistant Coach career profile including playoff appearances (Madden PS2)
  • Day 14 : Head Coach career profile including a season by season W-L breakdown (Madden 06)
  • Day 13 : Opportunity to re-hire retired players as an assistant or head coach. (Madden PS2)
  • Day 12 : Restricted Free Agents (Madden 04/5)
  • Day 11 : Career best stats in a player profile (Madden 06)
  • Day 10 : Hidden ratings included their OVR for drafted players (Madden 05)
  • Day 9 : Listing the stats AND the teams they played for on every players profile (Madden 04)
  • Day 8 : Free agent preferences and how your team ranks against them
  • Day 7 : Position Battles (Madden 06)
  • Day 6 : College All Star Game pre-draft (Madden 07)
  • Day 5 : Select your own preseason schedule (Madden PS2)
  • Day 4 : Exterior shots WITH fans, cars building atmosphere and hype (Madden 09)
  • Day 3 : Positional coaches - OC, DC, and ST (Madden PS2)
  • Day 2 : Studio based Half Time Show (Madden 10)
  • Day 1 : The Tony Bruno Radio Show (Madden PS2)

We support the #FixMaddenFranchise campaign. We appeal to the hierarchy of EA not to ignore gamers but to listen and act on our concerns. There have been too many failed promises, too many wishlists that have gone ignored and too much silence from developers who refuse to listen.

The Madden community is not "toxic" and we're not a "vocal minority".

@tsj_gaming

The Broken Promises

In a 2019 Game Informer article, creative director Mike Young stated...

“Franchise has come back to being a big focus on the game and it will continue to be,” Young says. “We just want to add this rich depth and immersion to it so we're starting to think about it more like a sports RPG.”

Game Informer

In a 2017 Sporting News article, EA claimed there was...

“... renewed focus on Franchise mode”

Sporting News