By James Hollins G4R Entertainment
NFL Madden is a multi billion dollar industry and their online franchise mode only enhances the experience. It's the next best thing to playing on the gridiron next to your favorite stars. Every successful company, business or corporation has to have a leader and that role falls under commissioner in Madden. The NFL only has one, Roger Goodell, fortunately Madden can have multiple ones. This title ultimately determines if your league will be enduring, enjoyable or worthy of attracting new members.... in a word successful.
There are a ton of great players in Madden and many nice leagues... the trick is to find a good balance between the two while looking for a fair/ unbiased commish. Sounds easy enough... well it's not. As head honcho you are charged with keeping lg full, handling any disputes and making quick and fair decisions. Most leagues have rules and guidelines but what happens when an incident occurs outside of regulations? What about those crazy 3am posts from members saying their opponent broke a rule? Hell let's not even get into disconnects lol.
It's a thankless job and while a few get compensated for it, the majority does not. Commishs must have the communication skills to effectively talk to members from ages 13 - 58 (that's the widest range of members I've ever dealt with) while making them feel just as important as the next guy. Yeah it's a big gap and chances are you won't be able to grasp all the lingo from this vast pool but one thing I do know... everyone respects fair/ unbiased rulings. What's fair for one member may seem like favoritism to another, no way to please everyone and in attempting to do so you please no one and come off as a weak commish. Make a choice, right or wrong, and stick with it. If wrong admit it, learn from it and move on. League will respect you more for standing behind a decision rather than flip-flopping to please the majority of lg.
In conclusion most commishs have lives outside of Madden i.e. Wife, kids, job, etc and do this for pure enjoyment. They go the extra mile to organize grown men (for the most part) in a structured organization for the pleasure of others. So the next time you want to bash a commish for a call ya think is unfair... step back a sec and think of what they are sacrificing for you and other members and re-read this article. Yeah there are some bad commishs out there but for the lgs that have good ones!?.... stick with them, trust me. Notable commissioners mention are: Teflon Liza, Anthony Lopez, Justin McKay, Brian James, MA Singleton, Tony Hampton. Can't mention everyone due to space but these guys won't steer ya wrong in any league.