Topics: The Inquisitr
Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins conceived the series and approached Madden in 1984 for his endorsement and expertise. Because of Madden's insistence that the game be as realistic as possible, the first version of John Madden Football did not appear until 1988. EA has released annual versions since 1990, and the series' name changed to Madden NFL in 1993 after EA acquired the rights to use NFL teams and players. Despite Madden's retirement as a broadcaster in 2009, he continues to lend his name to and provide expertise for the game.
As of 2013 [update] Electronic Arts has sold more than 100 million copies of Madden NFL , and more than five million in one year, for more than $4 billion in total sales.  At EA Tiburon in Orlando, Florida a team of 30 developers and more than 100 game testers works on each new game in the series,  which as of 2012 [update] contains more than 10 million lines of source code. 
He breaks down upcoming rules changes. He brings up concussions, helmet-to-helmet hits and gimmick quarterbacks. A digression on how the Dome Patrol -era Saints used to frustrate Bill Walsh 's 49ers teams with short linebacker drops becomes a lecture on the obsolescence of the fullback, which then morphs into a short aside on player character.