Michael Vick, Matt Leinart, Juju Smith-Schuster, Ahman Green,
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Orlando Scandrick, Derwin James and
Antonio Cromartie Go Head-to-Head
Chris Myers and Rachel Bonnetta Host Celebrity Event
Raising Awareness for COVID-19 Relief Efforts
New York – Today, FOX Sports announces the first-ever FOX Esports Madden NFL Invitational set to air Sunday, March 29, live at 7:00 PM ET on FS1. The two-hour event, hosted by FOX Sports broadcasters Chris Myers and Rachel Bonnetta, raises awareness for the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
The tournament matches eight NFL stars in a single-elimination Madden NFL 20 tournament with seven matches across three rounds of play to determine who is crowned the FOX Esports Madden NFL Invitational champion. All players compete remotely and with the games live streamed into a single two-hour telecast on FS1.
“We are excited to bring together such a dynamic group of talented individuals to help us create some much-needed sports entertainment in these difficult times,” said Joe Franzetta, FOX Sports VP, Rights & Business Relationships. “Seeing so many people enthusiastically come together for a great cause in a such a short time is a testament to the human spirit of cooperation that sports exemplify.”
The field of celebrity competitors, highlighted by FOX Sports analysts and NFL stars, includes Michael Vick, Matt Leinart, Orlando Scandrick, T.J.Houshmandzadeh, Juju Smith-Schuster, Derwin James, Antonio Cromartie and Ahman Green.
Throughout Sunday’s telecast, FOX Sports will spotlight the CDC Foundation, an independent nonprofit that works to extend the lifesaving work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Viewers can support the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 response efforts, including the “All of Us: Combat Coronavirus” crowdfunding campaign (give4cdcf.org). Donations to the CDC Foundation’s response efforts address critical emerging needs, including providing support for vulnerable communities; increasing laboratory capacity; strengthening dedicated local response efforts; updating community data and technology infrastructure; addressing health communications needs, boosting clinical research to optimize clinical care and support and more.
The FOX Esports Madden Invitational is produced by Gamer Community Network in conjunction with FOX Sports.