It looks like Madden NFL 13 will be getting a new broadcast team to do the play-by-play and color commentary this year and its none other than the CBS duo of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. As most of you already know, Nantz does the play-by-play and Simms does the analysis and they have been doing so for CBS for 9 years once this season starts. At this point, it’s not clear whether Nantz and Simms will become the primary broadcast team or whether they will become a secondary broadcast team in addition to Gus Johnson and Cris Collinsworth. That scenario is possible but more than likely Gus and Chris are out. Personally, I thought the addition of Gus Johnson back in Madden NFL 11 was a brilliant idea, but EA Sports has failed to translate his real life excitement and energy into the game. Collinsworth though is always enjoyable to listen to with his witty insights and spot on analysis of what’s happening on the field. The only advantage that Nantz and Simms have is that they are actually a team in real life and thus they have a chemistry that Gus and Chris don’t for what that’s worth. The info first appeared on the EA Madden NFL homepage but has since been removed, but thanks to a very smart fan we have the screengrab.
Just in case you can’t read the bottom text, it says:
Madden NFL 13 is all new from the ground up, including an online Connected Careers mode where you can build your own personal legacy or relive a legend’s, all while each of your milestones gets broadcast in a socially connected universe. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action from the booth, while you call your own shots using Kinect.
If they do take over as the only broadcast team for Madden 13, I’m sure that they will do a solid job, because that’s just what they do in real life. Neither of the guys is particularly polarizing either way and my guess is that commentary wouldn’t all of a sudden become a favorite with fans, but I doubt it will take much of a hit either. If the commentary is solid which it should be and the timing is done correctly in sync with the on the field action then I doubt most players will notice or complain too much. If it’s not though, EA Sports could be in for an ear-full. Nantz and Simms may also have the benefit of a brand new commentary engine that was first used in earlier this year in the FIFA series that should help improve the flow and relevancy of the comments which will make every Madden player happy.
In the meantime we want to hear from you, do you think it’s a good move to bring Nantz and Simms on? What did you think of Gus and Chris? Hit up the comments and let us know.