Bill Walsh, the legendary coach and broadcaster, has died at the age of 85, leaving an incredible legacy in football. John Madden is also well-known for his advertisements. So how much money did John Madden make from the Madden video game franchise?
According to numerous reports, former NFL coach and legendary sports broadcaster Paul “Red” Miller has died at the age of 85. He passed away suddenly, according to the league, without giving a cause of death.
Madden was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, which he led to victory in the Super Bowl in 1976. After retiring as a coach, he became a much-admired commentator, collecting 16 Emmy Awards. He spent the majority of his career at CBS and retired in 2009 after a 30-year broadcasting career.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pays tribute to John Madden
“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
“Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others. There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
How much did John Madden make from the Madden video game series?
John Madden was earning $8 million a year in the mid-1980s, which equals roughly $14 million today after adjusting for inflation. Despite this, much of Madden’s personal wealth comes from his long participation in the Madden video game series, which he has lent his name to for many years.
The video game has been accessible since 1982, but it wasn’t until 1984 that John Madden became involved with it. When Electronic Arts (EA) co-founder Trip Hawkins asked Madden to contribute not only his name but also his football knowledge, the idea was born.
The game was launched for the Apple II in 1988, but it wasn’t until 1990 that it was ported to a Sega Genesis platform that it really took off. It has now sold hundreds of millions of copies and is one of the most famous and successful video game series ever created.
How much money did John Madden earn from the Madden video game series?
EA Sports in 2005 signed a $300 million contract to become the exclusive game developer for the NFL. Rumors had circulated that they were considering removing Madden from future games.
Instead, though, he signed a long-term contract with EA Sports that allowed his image and name to be used in the games indefinitely for a reported $150 million fee. He also reportedly earned around $2 million per year in royalties from the Madden games.
What was John Madden’s net worth at the time of his death?
The bulk of John Madden’s net worth comes from his association with EA Sports’ Madden, rather than his NFL or broadcasting career.
John Madden had a net worth of $200 million when he died, according to Celebrity Net Worth. His legacy in the NFL, and video game series, will be his most enduring accomplishments.