No Madden 12 Online Franchise Improvements, Leauge Manager To The Rescue

There’s No Crying In Football

Heard about no new additions to the Madden 12 OF, do you think your Madden 12 experience will be ruined? Are you about to cry? Well no need to fear LeagueManager is here!!  Although EA dropped the ball on not updating online franchise, our friend Derek J. Adams, the creator of LeagueManager & EA Game Changer, has come to the rescue. EA realized the power of what LM brings to the table for the hardcore fans & has formed a working relationship with them to provide an unprecedented Online Franchise experience.

So with a year experience using LeagueMananger in our online Madden Leagues, TSG will be able to provide you with an even better online league experience in Madden than last year thanks to Derek J Adams, here is his blog announcing the new partnership today over at & what changes/improvements are in store.

Today, via their official EA SPORTS forums, the
Madden team announced that they have made no significant
changes to Madden NFL 12 online franchise. With this
information they have stressed that their focus this year was to get offline
franchise correct before they moved to the online portion. While this may seem
like a blow to online franchise, I must elaborate on positives here to put this
into perspective and hopefully raise the moral of the online franchise

Over the past year my work on leagueManager
has afforded me the opportunity to meet much of the EA SPORTS Madden NFL
management, development, and support team. I’ve been granted insider
access to the development process and seen the stages the game has went through
with my admission in to the EA SPORTS Game Changers program and
during trips to the EA SPORTS Tiburon studio. Over this same
time period I have been in talks with upper level management from the
Madden NFL 12 team to work out ways where a collaboration and
sharing of information between EA SPORTS and
leagueManager could work to benefit the online franchise

It is with much excitement that I am able to announce that we
have been successfully able to get a working relationship set up that has given
the leagueManager team exclusive access to online franchise
data and remote procedural calls. This unique collaboration with EA
, a first of its kind, proves the Madden NFL 12
teams dedication to providing an experience to their fans that hasn’t been
previously available. The Madden team has always been at the
forefront of a new wave of community/developer relations in the gaming world
through their leveraging of social media, and this is another step in the right
direction in building a completely engaging fan experience. What this all means
is that come Madden NFL 12, the leagueManager
experience will be brought to an entirely new and innovative level.

Through this working relationship, EA SPORTS will be providing leagueManager with the following:

Full realistic player contract data

  • leagueManager will have 100% exact replica contract
    structures as offline franchise.
  • leagueManager will provide leagues the option of running an
    “NFL-style” real contract based online franchise or the point based contract
    system that is already in place.
  • leagueManager will replicate contract negotiations, cap
    penalties, player holdouts, and much more to add to the realism of the GM side
    of online franchise.
  • As always, leagueManager will also be able to be used
    without a contract based system.

Complete tie-ins to the draft process

  • Access to all of the controls of the online franchise draft will give
    leagueManager the ability to have a custom draft console that
    will enable leagues to run a draft in any manner they please.
  • A draft can be run over multiple days to accommodate the busy schedules of
    owners, paused and restarted at the will of the commissioner.
  • Draft pick trading will be enabled and tracked via leagueManager
  • Draft boards will correctly draft for owners who cannot make a draft.

Complete CPU controlled team intelligence

  • CPU controlled teams will now have trade logic in place.
  • CPU controlled teams will re-sign players needed and cut players not needed.
  • CPU controlled teams will bid on free agents needed during the free agency
    bidding period.

Commissioner controls via the web

  • The ability to invite and boot members of your online franchise via the web.
  • The ability to add/drop players from any team.

Streamlined access to all online franchise data

  • Using the remote procedural calls how they were intended to work instead of
    the current way they were obtained via reverse engineering,
    leagueManager will be able to optimize the way you interact
    with the tool and provide a higher level of user experience.Adding these incredibly exciting features to leagueManager
    will only boost the current list of available features that is being
    upgraded and optimized:

Complete player resign period

  • The new resign period will be receiving an overhaul which will engage owners
    in contract negotiations with their players that are up for contract re-sign.

Free Agency bidding period

  • An optimized and more efficient free agency bidding period with a player
    watch list, trending, and other innovations will take this feature to the next

Yearly player awards, weekly player awards, and Pro-Bowl rosters

  • All of these features will still be available along with optimizations and
    new ways to analyze this data.

Full stat tracking for the life of the franchise and opponent scouting

  • We will still be tracking statistics over the life of your franchise and
    some new ways to analyze this data will completely transform the way you scout
    your opponent. No longer will you be heading in to a game without a clue how to
    game-plan for your opponent.


Along with the above updates made possible via our collaboration with EA SPORTS, leagueManager will also provide customized league discussion boards and private messaging to enhance league communication and facilitate a more engaging online franchise experience without the technological knowledge needed to set up your own website or forums. We will be rolling out community features that will allow you to feel a part of both the leagueManager community and your individual franchise community.With all of the above information, leagueManager will continue its mission to provide the most complete and satisfying online franchise experience possibly available. We have formalized the addition of a team of developers and support staff to ensure that when Madden NFL 12 drops, your leagues will be able to successfully set up and run your online franchise using leagueManager

In the next coming weeks, we will release more details and screenshots of the new updates. We will be piloting the new leagueManager software to a select group of leagues in early August for feedback and optimizations. If you would like to get on the list for piloting the new software, send an email to

note: It is important to note that leagueManager is not employed by EA SPORTS. Itis a completely fan-driven site and we are using our own time and resources to bring leagueManager to the online franchise community.

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