EA Sports to remove Washington name, logo from ‘Madden 21’

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The NFL’s Washington team announced earlier this week that it will no longer use the name and logo that has been associated with the team since its inception back in 1932.

‘Madden 21’ will not feature the old Washington name and logo

In response to this decision, video game developer Electronic Arts announced it is now undergoing a similar move, removing the name and logo of Washington’s franchise from the upcoming “Madden 21” game.

“We are pleased to see Washington’s decision to change their team name and visual identity,” an EA representative said in a statement, per ESPN. “We are quickly working to update Madden NFL 21 to feature a generic Washington team, while we await final word on the updated team name and logo design.”

Unfortunately, the move won’t be immediate. Per the statement from the EA representative, people who purchase hard copies of the game may still see “outdated references” to the old name and logo.

“The first changes will be available to our EA Access players and will include audio/commentary updates; motion graphics and presentation updates; stadium art, environments, crowd gear and signage updates; and uniform updates,” EA’s statement said. “Players may continue to see some outdated Washington references in other areas of the game at launch, but we are committed to removing all of those from the game in additional title updates coming shortly after launch.”

“Madden 21” is set to release on August 25, 2020. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year’s MVP, is set to grace the cover, and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is one of a handful of players who have been granted the coveted overall rating of 99.

Odds for Washington’s new team name

Of course, part of the delay is likely due to the fact that Washington has yet to make a name change, or choose a new logo.

Though there has been no decision made on a new name or logo, there is a name favored by oddsmakers. Here’s a look at the latest odds (via OddsShark) for the different names that have been floated for the Washington NFL franchise.

Red Tails or Red Clouds+275
Hogs (or any Hog variant)+850