The Madden Bowl will look a bit different in 2020 as contestants will be playing online due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the event will still go on.
And with other sports taking a hiatus, the Madden Bowl will get primetime treatment on ESPN. But if you’re a cord-cutter, don’t worry because there are other available streaming options for the Madden Bowl.
This event is the end of a long road for those competing in it. The Madden Bowl combines winners from the Madden Classic, Madden Challenge, Madden Club Championship, Madden Championship Series and the Madden Last Chance Qualifier. All of those events gave us the 16 finalists who will compete for the $220,000 prize pool.
Madden Bowl schedule 2020
The Madden Bowl is broken down into two stages, the Group Stage and the Playoffs. The Group Stage competitors, all 16 players who qualified, are broken down into four groups of four and will compete in a Round-robin style to determine seeding for the next stage. One player from each group is eliminated in this stage.
The Playoffs include 12 players, with the top seeds of each group getting a bye. There are four single-elimination rounds, eventually ending in a Final between the last two competitors.
Group Stage schedule
|A||5-10 p.m.||May 6|
|B||5-10 p.m.||May 7|
|C||5-10 p.m.||May 8|
|D||5-10 p.m.||May 9|
all times are EST
|Wild Card||5-9 p.m.||May 14|
|Quarterfinals||5-9 p.m.||May 15|
|Semifinal and Finals||5-9 p.m.||May 16|
all times are EST
Madden Bowl bracket
The Madden Bowl competitors include:
- Lil Man
- Young Kiv
- Serious Moe
Madden Bowl live stream
The Madden Bowl will be aired live on ESPN, but if you don’t have cable, don’t worry. EA Sports’ Madden channel will be broadcasting the games as well, which you can view above. EA Sports will also be live streaming the game on their YouTube page. You can also stream games on the ESPN App.
Madden Bowl prize money 2020
|3rd – 4th||$20,000|
|5th – 8th||$10,000|
|9th – 12th||$7,500|
|13th – 16th||$5,000|
EA Sports is giving out a total of $220,000 in prize money to its Madden Bowl competitors. The champion obviously takes home the biggest cash prize of $65,000.
Madden Bowl rules
Even though the qualifiers all played different versions of Madden to get here, the Madden Bowl will be played through Madden Ultimate Team’s Salary Cap Ranked mode. If you’re new to Madden Ultimate Team, essentially think of it as an auction. Every player has a price with some being expensive and some being cheap. Competitors will have a budget and will have access to all available MUT content with which to create their team.
So if you’re a player who likes to run the ball, you’ll focus more on getting a good running back and a solid offensive line. If you like to pass the ball, you’ll focus more on getting top-tier receivers. Competitors will have 34 player items, made up of 2 flex positions and 32 mandatory positions that need to be filled.
Players will be competing with 5 minute quarters on All-Madden skill level with the competitive game style. Injuries are off for this event.
For a full breakdown of the rules, including small details like tiebreaker scenarios and more, you can view EA Sports’ official rules page.