Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are being replaced by a new commentary team in Madden NFL 17

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 8:00 am

Madden NFL 17 Commentary Team - Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis

After four years of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms it was definitely time for a shake-up to the announcer team in the Madden NFL series. The CBS duo is out and taking their place for Madden NFL 17 are Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis.

Gaudin is known for his play-by-play work in college basketball with Georgia Tech and during the NCAA Tournament. Davis is an analyst for Fox Sports doing color commentary for NFL games after spending most of his broadcasting career in college football, and also frequently appears on NFL Network in the lead up-to-and-through the NFL Draft.

It’s an unexpected and unconventional pairing but one that could work for Madden in the years ahead. The two were chosen after a year-long audition process for their availability, chemistry, and knowledge in teaching football fundamentals. They’ll also be recording new audio throughout the NFL season for live updates that will be applied to the game.

In a new Press Row Podcast, Rich Grisham interviews Gaudin and Davis, who are also joined by Madden producer Christian McLeod.