Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
Published 11:29 a.m. ET April 16, 2020 | Updated 11:31 a.m. ET April 16, 2020
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Is watching famous people and athletes play video games the closest we can get to live sports these days? It seems to be that way.
After ESPN coordinated an NBA2K tournament with 16 NBA players, resulting in a victory for the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker, the network is now organizing another online competition, trading in the virtual hardwood for the gridiron.
The “Madden NFL 20 Celebrity Tournament” will begin at noon ET on Sunday with a bracket reveal show on ESPN2. The 16 participants include several NFL studs, a pair of UFC stars, rappers Snoop Dogg and Lil Yachty, plus a trio of ESPN personalities.
The full list:
- Cam Jordan – New Orleans Saints defensive end
- Chris Weidman – UFC athlete and former middleweight champion
- Daniel Cormier – UFC athlete and former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion
- DeAndre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
- Devonta Freeman – NFL running back
- Drew Lock – Denver Broncos quarterback
- Marquise “Hollywood” Brown – Baltimore Ravens wide receiver
- Katie Nolan – ESPN host, Always Late with Katie Nolan
- Lil Yachty – rapper, singer and songwriter
- Melvin Gordon – Denver Broncos running back
- Omar Raja – ESPN digital and social content commentator
- Pat McAfee – ESPN analyst and contributor; host of “The Pat McAfee Show”
- Snoop Dogg – rapper, producer, entrepreneur, and actor
- Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills wide receiver
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs tight end
- YG – rapper and actor
Games will be broadcast on ESPN social channels, including YouTube and Twitch. Matches will air every day next week, beginning at noon. The championship will be Sunday, April 26, at noon on ESPN2, with ESPN’s Field Yates and Arda Ocal hosting.
The winner will have a donation to Feeding America in their name.