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EA Sports, the NFL, and The CW Network have revealed their plans for a one-hour primetime special. The special will be titled “EA SPORTS Madden NFL 19 Classic” and is scheduled to air tonight, January 8, from 9:00 to 10:00pm ET on The CW.

The EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 19 CLASSIC will cover the largest tournament in the history of the Madden NFL Championship Series. The event boasted over 200 players competing for the trophy in Las Vegas, Nevada. $165,000 was up for grabs alongside Madden NFL Championship Series points which are needed for teams to qualify for the Madden NFL 19 Bowl which is scheduled for April 2019. The Bowl will have over $1 million in prize money.

This was the first LAN event for Madden since the shooting in Jacksonville, Florida. Viewers will get both the action and behind the scenes aspects of such an event.

“We wanted this season’s special to spotlight the unique strength and unity of the Madden community,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the EA Competitive Gaming Division in the official press release. “When people watch this show, they’ll see the players’ love of the game and the special bond they have as a group of passionate competitive gaming superstars, and we’re excited for viewers to see it come to life with the ‘EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 19 CLASSIC’ on The CW.”

The CW is looking forward to premiering the special and continues to believe in bringing Madden and esports to the mainstream.

“Following the phenomenal success of our previous partnership with EA and the NFL, The CW is once again thrilled to join forces with them showcasing the passion and camaraderie of the Madden community,” said Rick Haskins, EVP of Marketing and Digital Programs of The CW.

(Photo: EA / NFL)

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