Madden 25: Why Danielle Bellini Is a Perfect Fit as Sideline Reporter

By Will Gellman
John Madden
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the new Madden 25 game that is set to be released on August 27, there are several intriguing features to check out. Perhaps the coolest addition to the Madden franchise this year is the addition of Danielle Bellini as a sideline reporter. At the beginning of each game that is played, the announcers check in with Bellini on the sideline. Usually she talks to whichever coach represents the team that you are using.

For example, if you are using the Seattle Seahawks, she may say something like, “Pete Carroll told me that he wanted Russell Wilson to quicken the pace of the offense to keep the opposing defense off balance.” Then, she will send it back to the commentators for the start of the game. Bellini is also in charge of injury updates saying how long a player is out or when they are expected to return. She also checks in every game during halftime to break down what has happened in the first half.

She then says something relevant about the game based on the score and the way that your team is ultimately playing. For example, if Wilson is turning the ball over a lot, she might say something like, “I spoke with Carroll again at halftime and he told me that Wilson has to settle down and wait for the open man. He can’t force the football to his covered receivers.” She will then send it back to the commentators again.

I believe that the addition of Bellini as a sideline reporter is a great thing for the game. She adds an element of realism to the game. There is more interaction between plays instead of utter silence before the ball is snapped and it makes the commentary less robotic.

What do you think of Danielle Bellini as a sideline reporter for Madden 25? Do you like the new addition? Do you dislike it? Why or why not? Feel free to comment on the subject in the “comments” section below.

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