Don't be surprised if this Sunday's edition of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown
looks a bit more like a game of Madden
. According to a New York Times report
, the Disney-owned sports network will use the "EA Sports Virtual Playbook" and a special studio and camera setup to allow "both real and virtual people move around the ESPN set to demonstrate plays and possible situations." It sure sounds a lot simpler than getting real NFL players to crash around the set, but we'll reserve judgment until we see it in action this weekend.