Posting this information to provide update to league and see if anyone is having same problem, which according to EA sports is happening to a "select group of users"...since the last patch. The game freezes shortly after both teams are confirmed to play, as the screen moves forward this is when you see the game tips...about 10-15 seconds into that cycle, the game freezes...all you can do is restart.....after numerouse attempts....did some research and found these instructions: Step 1: Power-cycle your Modem-DONE Turn off your modem and leave it unpowered for two minutes before restarting it. (This process will restart your Internet connection.) Step 2: Connect your Console Straight to your Modem-DIRECT CONNECTION IS IN PLACE FULL TIME Try connecting yourPLAYSTATION 3directly to the Cable/DSL modem using an ethernet cable. If the connection works, your connection issues are most likely being caused by your router. Step 3: Disable your Media Server Connection-DONE The Media Server Connection allows other devices to connect to your PLAYSTATION 3. Often, the Media Server Connection is known to cause issues when players try to connect to the Internet for online game play. Access your Xross Media Bar menu Navigate to Settings Select Network Settings Select Media Server Connection and choose the Disable option. Step 4: Disable your Router's Firewall-NOT USING A ROUTER If you are using a router, please try disabling your firewall on the router to see if there is a conflict. If this resolves the issue, please contact your router manufacturer to ensure that the router is configured correctly to allow game play online. Online Ports: UDP 3658 (peer to peer) TCP 6000 (VOIP) Step 5: Try Deleting Possible Corrupted Update Files....ALSO DELETED CUSTOM PLAYBOOKS..Have deleted everything but my profile, which I redid upon entering ODs There may be a corruption in the game or update files that are stored on the system itself. Please try deleting these game files and try the connection again. To do this: Press the PS button on the controller to enter the PLAYSTATION 3 XrossMediaBar Select the Game tab. Select the Game Data Utility and press the X button. Find and delete all the game data or roster files listed. Note: When you play online, the online roster will automatically download before an actual match starts. Step 6: Create a New PSN Account You can also try creating a new Playstation Network account. Press the PS button the controller to enter the PLAYSTATION 3 XBM (XrossMediaBar). Select the Users tab. Select Create a New User Account and press the X button. Enter a name for the account and login to the new user account. Select the Friends tab. Select Sign up for Playstation Network and press the X button. Note: When creating the new Playstation Network account, please use a different, valid, accessible e-mail address. After creating new accounts...still getting the freeze....to date has only been OD games with cpu...assume it will be same problem with user to user. Also retired from all 3 of my ODs, prior to creating new accounts.....not saving any OD files Just got done with EA chat...they told me that my old ps3 ID can not be deleted....so there is still that link...so now am being told to call tech support. Any help is appreciated.