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Electronic Arts Introduces Fans to NFL Football Rivalries in True Gaming Fashion

Madden NFL 11 Rivalry Tour Hits Select Buffalo Wild Wings Locations

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today the taste of victory just got sweeter, as Electronic Arts Inc.,(NASDAQ: ERTS) announces a one-of-a-kind Madden NFL experience teaming up with NFL Network, to present the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 11 Rivalry Tour at Buffalo Wild Wings. For the first time ever, EA SPORTS will host Madden NFL 11 online matchups between the two NFL cities featured during each week’s Thursday Night Football on NFL Network at select Buffalo Wild Wings locations.

“The NFL is America’s favorite sport and Thursday Night Football has become a part of the sports experience for fans across the country,” said Christopher Erb, Senior Director of Partnership Marketing for EA SPORTS. “Our collaboration with NFL Network and Buffalo Wild Wings recognizes and celebrates rivalry and competition creating a new kind of Madden NFL fan experience.”

Starting now through December 23rd, the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 11 Rivalry Tour will make stops at NFL cities featured each week on Thursday Night Football, bringing NFL Network camera crews to capture all the action as it unfolds. Highlights will be featured weekly on NFL Network’s Around the League each following Wednesday.

“We are excited to bring together two great partners in EA SPORTS and NFL Network,” said Kirk Langer, president of Packaged Sports and Entertainment, Inc., the partnership promotions agency behind the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 11 Rivalry Tour. “This innovative promotion will create a unique and immersive NFL fan experience and bring out the passion in NFL team rivalries in a whole new way.”

The Madden NFL 11 Rivalry Tour events will feature the following Thursday Night Football Matchups:

  • Thursday, November 11th at 8:00PM EST
    Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons
  • Thursday, November 18th at 8:00PM EST
    Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins
  • Thursday, November 25th at 8:00PM EST (Thanksgiving)
    Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
  • Thursday, December 2nd at 8:00PM EST
    Houston Texas at Philadelphia Eagles
  • Thursday, December 9th at 8:00PM EST
    Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
  • Thursday, December 16th at 8:00PM EST
    San Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers
  • Thursday. December 23rd at 8:00PM EST
    Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Madden NFL 11 redefines the way you experience the game of football by making play simpler, quicker and deeper. From 350 plays down to 1, the all-new GameFlow system puts you in the helmet of an NFL quarterback to execute an authentic, situational game plan, one play at a time. Sixty minute game times reduced to as little as 30 minutes; spend more time on the field and less in the playbook – full games in half the time. Madden NFL 11 is feature-rich including all-new 3-on-3 Online Team Play, improved animations, and intuitive controls, all to the play-by-play of the most exciting voice in sports, Gus Johnson.

For a complete list of dates and locations for the Madden NFL 11 Rivalry Tour, please visit:

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