Odell Beckham Jr. to Join ESPN NY 98.7FM Weekly During NFL Season

Star Receiver on Every Thursday with Michael Kay and Don LaGreca

This NFL season, Odell Beckham Jr. – the New York Giants’ star second-year receiver – will appear weekly on ESPN New York 98.7FM’s The Michael Kay Show. Beginning September 3, Beckham will join Kay and co-host Don LaGreca,every Thursday to discuss the Giants and the NFL, continuing through the regular season and as long as the Giants are playing.

“It’s a privilege to add one of the NFL’s most exciting young talents to New York’s most entertaining afternoon show with Michael Kay and Don LaGreca,” said Tim McCarthy, general manager, ESPN New York 98.7FM.  “Adding Odell to ESPN NY’s 98.7FM football content will give all NY fans more of what they want, the biggest and best this fall.”

Beckham added, “I’m excited that I will have a weekly platform to talk Giants football, and give the fans some perspective from inside the locker room.”

Beckham was a rookie sensation in 2014, appearing in the Pro Bowl and being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. A first-round pick out of LSU, Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,307 with 12 touchdowns – all in just 12 games due to injury. In a nationally televised game in November against Dallas, he made what many consider one of the best – if not the best – catches of all time, reaching up and snaring the ball with one hand while falling backwards.

About ESPN New York

ESPN New York 98.7FM is the flagship station of ESPN Radio, providing sports talk, news and local and national play-by-play coverage.  It’s the official radio home of three of the New York market’s most iconic teams: New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Jets game broadcasts in addition to national rights for the entire NBA season from tip through The Finals, Major League Baseball from Opening Day through the World Series and a slate of top college football including the entire College Football Playoff. ESPN New York is also streamed live at www.ESPNNewYork.com.

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Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans debuts Aug. 11 on HBO

hbo-texansHBO SPORTS®, NFL FILMS AND THE HOUSTON TEXANS JOIN FORCES FOR

A NEW SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE SPORTS REALITY SERIES WHEN

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS,

CHRONICLING THE RIGORS AND DAILY DEMANDS OF NFL TRAINING CAMP, DEBUTS TUESDAY, AUG. 11, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Houston Texans team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS debuts in August. The first sports-based reality series – and one of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV – kicks off its five-episode tenth season TUESDAY, AUG. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Other hour-long episodes of the 12-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning series debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 8 season finale.

“We are thrilled that the tenth edition of HARD KNOCKS will spotlight a team in a division that we have not featured previously on HBO,” says Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports. “It’s exciting to feature a team, a franchise and a city for the first time on HARD KNOCKS. We are grateful to Texans chairman Bob McNair, general manager Rick Smith, coach Bill O’Brien and the entire organization for agreeing to participate and look forward to what we expect to be one of the most compelling and interesting seasons in HARD KNOCKS history. The series has become a summertime destination for TV viewers, and we can’t wait for the premiere on August 11.”

“We want to thank Bob McNair, Rick Smith, Bill O’Brien and the entire Houston Texans’ organization for the trust they have in NFL Films by allowing us unprecedented access into their training camp,” says Howard Katz, COO of NFL Films and NFL senior vice president of broadcasting. “We are looking forward to highlighting this team comprised of star players, free-agent newcomers and hopeful rookies as they come together to try to ascend to the top of the AFC South. We are excited to work with both the Texans and HBO Sports to give fans an inside look into the game they love.”

The cinema verité series will focus on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches as the Houston Texans, who play in the hard-nosed AFC South, conduct the franchise’s 14th training camp and prepare for the 2015 NFL season. HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS will chronicle second-year head coach Bill O’Brien and an intriguing mix of high-profile veterans, emerging stars, free agents and rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the four-game preseason schedule. Each week, players will experience drills, instruction, meetings and fun, while striving to prove they have what it takes to make the team and leave their mark on the NFL. The Texans are a team on the rise, with O’Brien improving the team’s record from 2-14 to 9-7 in his first season at the helm.

“We are thrilled to partner with HBO and NFL Films to give fans unprecedented access to our team and organization,” says Texans founder, chairman and CEO Robert C. McNair. “The HARD KNOCKS documentaries do a tremendous job of displaying how an NFL team prepares for the upcoming season. We look forward to showcasing the Houston Texans to a worldwide audience.”

A 30-person NFL Films crew will be at the Texans’ training camp at team headquarters in Houston, shooting more than 1,500 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will have unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

“This is an opportunity to provide a behind-the-scenes look at our team as we prepare for the 2015 season,” says Rick Smith, the Texans’ executive vice president of football operations and general manager. “Fans will get a chance to see the great competition that takes place day-in and day-out on the practice field, as well as get to know all the unique personalities on our roster.”

Four summers ago HARD KNOCKS moved its premiere night to Tuesday and the results have been a resounding success. The five-part 2014 series on the NFC South Atlanta Falcons averaged more than 3.6 million viewers per episode, an increase from the show’s 2013 performance. No other sports reality series can match the critical acclaim, awards and audience numbers posted by the HARD KNOCKS franchise.

To date, HARD KNOCKS has earned 12 Sports Emmy® Awards for production excellence. The series launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning the show’s first Sports Emmy®. In 2008, the series returned to the Dallas Cowboys, receiving a second Sports Emmy®. In 2009, HARD KNOCKS spotlighted the Cincinnati Bengals and captured two more Sports Emmy® Awards, for Outstanding Edited Series/Anthology and Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound. In 2010, the New York Jets were featured and the series captured three Sports Emmys®, including Outstanding Edited Series/Anthology. Summer 2012 spotlighted the Miami Dolphins, earning an Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound. The Bengals were featured again in 2013 and the series captured three more Sports Emmys®, for Outstanding Editing, Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound. The 2014 series featuring the Falcons was recognized with the Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics.

Each of the last five teams featured on HARD KNOCKS has improved its won-loss record in the regular season immediately following the training camp presentation.

TIME called the show “riveting,” while NFL.com hailed the series as “undoubtedly the greatest football program in the history of the television medium.” Business Week observed, “As a workplace drama, it ranks among the best on television,” and New York’s Daily News termed it “the gold standard of sports reality programming.” ESPNW wrote, “The return of the NFL season also means the return of one of the best shows on television, ‘Hard Knocks.’ This rare look at how any given moment can be the end of a season or even a career.” Grantland.com observed, “Hard Knocks is when it really feels like we’re getting football back in our lives.”

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS is narrated by Liev Schreiber.

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Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid Hold Top Spots among Highest-Paying Teams in Sports, reports the 2015 ESPN The Magazine/SportingIntelligence Global Salary Survey

World soccer powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona lead this year’s list of the best-paying sports teams in the world, according to the ESPN The Magazine/SportingIntelligence Global Salary Survey. The survey—in its fifth year—encompasses 333 teams in 17 leagues, covering seven sports around the globe, spanning 13 countries, comprising 9,731 athletes, making a combined $17.94 billion in salary. An online video highlights the Top 15 teams in total payroll and average annual salary, and the NBA is most generous with its checkbook.

(The survey’s salary numbers are calculated from an average of base salaries among players, accounting for current or most recently completed team seasons and exclude bonuses, endorsements, appearance fees or any other source of extra compensation.)

 Additional points of note:

  • Eight of the 12 top-paying teams — based on the average annual pay of team members — are soccer clubs, including the first four in the 2015 ranking: Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1) $9.1 million; Real Madrid (La Liga) $8.6 million; Manchester City (English Premier League) $8.6 million and Barcelona (La Liga) $8.1 million.
  • As far as overall team payroll, the Dodgers top the list for the second consecutive year: The team’s overall payroll is 73 percent larger than the entirety of all MLS team payrolls and six and a half times larger than the entirety of CFL payrolls.
  • The payrolls of four teams — the Dodgers, Paris Saint-Germain, the Yankees and Real Madrid — are each bigger than some leagues’ payrolls. Among them: Chinese Super League soccer ($215 million); NPB baseball in Japan ($213 million); AFL Australian Rules football ($171 million); MLS ($158 million); J-League — soccer/Japan ($110 million); Scottish Premiership soccer ($76 million); IPL cricket in India ($74.6 million); and the CFL ($41.5 million).
  • The NBA is the league with the highest average salary per player: NBA, $4.6 million; MLB, $4.2 million; EPL, $3.8 million; NHL, $2.6 million; Bundesliga, $2.3 million; and NFL, $2.1 million.
  • The second-highest climber in the survey — after the Rajasthan Royals cricket team — is the Miami Marlins, up 62 spots, largely thanks to Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325 million deal.

This confirms that the world’s richest sports teams (by average earnings per player) are concentrated principally in elite European soccer and in the NBA and MLB. Indeed in the top 40 teams in this year’s list, 20 of 40 are NBA teams, nine are MLB, six are EPL, two are La Liga (Spanish soccer), and one each are Ligue 1 (French), Bundesliga (German) and Serie A (Italian).

The highest earning group of players collectively in any one single league are NBA basketball players, earning an average $4,575,918 in the 2014-15 season. This compares to:

$4,166,159 in MLB in 2015;

$2,614,928 in the NHL in 2014-15;

$2,110,829 in the NFL in 2014-15.

The best paying soccer league, the EPL, pays an average $3,822,003, putting it behind NBA and MLB but well ahead of NHL and NFL

Also featured are the 25 best-paid athletes in the world:

ESPN The Magazine annually determines those athletes worldwide who have had the most lucrative year. Boxers, soccer players and drivers dominate the top of the list. Welterweights Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao took the first two spots, earning $250 million and $150 million respectively, with the latter an estimated $93.7 million more than the third-place finisher, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi at $56.3, followed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo earning $50.2 million. The 25 top earners averaged $43 million last year.

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ESPN/ABC News Conduct Poll about New England Patriots and Deflategate Controversy

ESPN and ABC News conducted a poll in conjunction with Langer Research Associates about the New England Patriots and the Deflategate controversy.

Americans overall, and avid fans in particular, broadly support NFL sanctions against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his team for using under-inflated footballs in January’s AFC title game.

But the sport has a bigger problem: Eighty-five percent in the new ESPN/ABC News poll think other teams do the same kind of thing.

See the ABC News poll analysis here and the ESPN story here.

NFL Media Programming Notes — May 13-18

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL MEDIA PROGRAMMING NOTES (5/13 – 5/18)

 

  • NFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests
  • The Top 100 Players of 2015 – Players Ranked No. 90-81 Revealed TONIGHT at 9:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: The Top 100 Players of 2015 Reactions airs at 10:00 PM ET

  • NFL Total AccessMondaySaturday at 7:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Total Access: Special Edition airs TONIGHT starting at 5:00 PM ET

  • Week 10 NFL Replay Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 PM ET
  • NFL Now
  • NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming
  • NFL.com Content
  • NFL.com Editorial Content
  • NFL.com/CFB247
  • NFL.com Podcast Central
  • NFL Mobile from Verizon
  • NFL Network Live Streaming

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The Top 100 Players of 2015 – Players Ranked No. 90 – 81 Revealed TONIGHT at 9:00 PM ET

The Top 100 Players of 2015 continues tonight at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network, revealing players ranked No. 90 – 81. At 10:00 PM ET, Lindsay Rhodes, LaVar Arrington and Eric Davis host The Top 100 Players of 2015 Reactions show, providing reaction to the players revealed.

Provided below are some notes on the 10 players to be revealed between No. 90 – 81:

  • Two offensive players making their first appearance on the Top 100 list since 2012
  • Four players making their debut on the Top 100 list
  • A past Defensive Player of the Year

Tonight on The Top 100 Players of 2015 Reactions show, one player ranked between No. 90 – 81 will join the show in-studio.

Last week, players ranked No. 100 – 91 were revealed:

  1. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers, WR
  2. Calais Campbell – Arizona Cardinals, DE
  3. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts, K
  4. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens, QB
  5. Jurrell Casey – Tennessee Titans, DE
  6. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos, WR
  7. C.J. Mosley – Baltimore Ravens, LB
  8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys, TE
  9. Aaron Donald – St. Louis Rams, DT
  10. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots, WR/PR

With NFL Mobile from Verizon, fans can watch all NFL Network programming, including The Top 100 Players of 2015 series, on the go. NFL Mobile from Verizon offers Verizon Wireless customers the exclusive ability to stream NFL Network on their smartphone at no extra charge with The More Everything Plan from Verizon. Customers not on The More Everything Plan can subscribe to NFL Mobile Premium for $5/month.* Additionally, streaming on tablets, PCs and Xbox One and 360 is available through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/Watch) for eligible subscribers of AT&T U-verse, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and many more providers.

Fans can see the full list week-by-week as it is revealed and read analysis of each ranking at NFL.com/top100.

NFL Total Access – Special Edition Airs TONIGHT Starting at 5:00 PM ET

A special edition of NFL Total Access airs tonight at 5:00 PM ET on NFL Network providing continued live coverage and reaction of the suspension of Tom Brady and the punishments handed down to the New England Patriots, followed by a two-hour edition of NFL Total Access at 7:00 PM ET.

On Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15, NFL Total Access airs for two hours starting each night at 7:00 PM ET.

Week 10 NFL Replay – Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 PM ET

Re-live the best games from Week 10 of the 2014 NFL season with NFL Replay Sunday, May 17 starting at 1:30 PM ET on NFL Network:

  • 1:30 PM ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
  • 3:00 PM ET – Miami Dolphins vs. Detroit Lions
  • 4:30 PM ET – San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints (30-minute edition)

NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at NFL games in a condensed, 90-minute, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.

NFL Now

NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, accessible through apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

The NFL…Personalized: Fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players and upload their NFL.com Fantasy roster, and NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. The customization grows over time, as the content engine learns each fan’s preferences and fine tunes the video stream, to the point where no two registered fans will have the same experience on NFL Now.

Provided below is a weekly schedule of NFL Now content:

  • Live streaming events and select news conferences
  • Michael Fabiano personalized fantasy analysis
  • Daily, personalized NFL analysis from Brian Billick, Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger, Bucky Brooks and others
  • Instant in-game highlights for every game as wells as a personalized highlight Game Center for NFL.com fantasy leagues
  • In-depth analysis for all 32 teams every day
  • 1,200 new NFL Club-produced segments available per week
  • Over 1,000 NFL Films titles available on NFL Now Plus

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NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • Michael Silver

o    To read his columns: http://on.nfl.com/1lwmZ3q

  • Judy Battista

o   To read her other columns: http://on.nfl.com/17S17El

  • NFL.com’s Around the NFL Blog

o    Get the latest news & information from around the league with NFL.com’s Around the NFL blog

o    Follow on Twitter: @AroundTheNFL

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

Get all of the latest news and analysis recapping the 2015 NFL Draft with NFL Media’s College Football 24/7 online, on Twitter and on the podcast.

Additionally, @NFL_CFB on Twitter provides the latest insight regarding the 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL.com Presents Weekly Podcasts

  • Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Around the NFL
  • Move The Sticks

To listen to all of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

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NFL Network Programming Schedule

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

NFL Mobile from Verizon

With NFL Mobile from Verizon watch every post season game including the 2015 Pro Bowl & Super Bowl XLIX live right on your smartphone, included with the MORE Everything Plan or an NFL Mobile premium subscription at $5/month. Learn more at NFL.com/mobile or download NFL Mobile from VZW at the Windows, iOS, Android, and Blackberry app stores.

NFL Network Live Streaming

Watch NFL Network anytime, anywhere at NFL.com/Watch.  Live streaming is accessible on PCs, tablets and Xbox for authenticated NFL Network subscribers via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and many more distributors.  In addition, Verizon Wireless customers can access live streaming on smartphones via NFL Mobile.  Learn more by going to www.NFL.com/watch

NFL Network Coverage of Tom Brady’s Suspension & Punishments Handed to Patriots

NFL_Network_2012_LogoTonight, NFL Network’s NFL Total Access provided coverage of the suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the punishments handed to the Patriots by the NFL. Provided below are video links and comments from NFL Network analysts.

Tuesday, a special edition of NFL Total Access airs from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET with coverage and reaction of Tom Brady’s suspension and the punishments handed to the Patriots.

NFL Network Analyst Kurt Warner

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap3000000492202/Kurt-Warner-I-believe-Brady-suspension-is-more-than-fair

On his initial reaction to Tom Brady’s four-game suspension:

“I think my initial reaction is just surprise. That here is one of the greatest quarterbacks and the greatest players in our sport, and he’s been handed a four-game suspension for what the league believes is a situation where he tried to cheat or bend the rules or do something that gave him a competitive advantage. It just surprises you. It’s not necessarily a good or bad thing; it’s just I’m surprised that it’s come to this point. But I understand it. If you believe that he did something to get a competitive advantage, you compare it to maybe PEDs where people try to get a competitive advantage over their opponents. Four-game suspension – I understand that. You can add in the fact that where the Patriots have been before as an organization. You can add in the fact that maybe Tom wasn’t as forthcoming as a lot of people wanted him to be and I think a lot of people judged that as being guilty, whether it means that or not. I understand where the four games come from. I just have to say that just surprised overall.”

On if a four-game suspension is fair for the infraction:

“I do. If you believe that he did it, I believe this is more than fair. I’m a guy that believes if you do something to get a competitive advantage, that messes with the integrity of the game. That to me is what this is all about. It’s the precedent. Not how much did the deflated balls help you – I have no idea. Everybody can point to that game and say, ‘You guys killed Indy, it didn’t matter in the end so forget it, it, it’s not that big a deal.’ But I do believe it’s a big deal. I believe that people want to watch our sport, want to watch the best players in our sport and want to believe every time they go between those lines that it is a fair situation, it is a fair competition and the best players and the guys we consider the best players in our game are the ones that play the best in the moment and win. And that to me is what is so great about sports and the message we want to send, not just to the fans of our league but to young fans, to young kids that want to grow up to be like Tom Brady and other great players. That’s what we have to look at and I believe that’s where the punishment comes from. Again, a lot of circumstantial evidence but if you believe he did it, I think this is more than fair as far as what the Patriots are giving up or Tom Brady is giving up in this situation.”

NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap3000000492203/Irvin-surprised-at-Brady-s-length-of-suspension?icampaign=nflcom-cs-homepage-videoswap_generic_nfl

On Tom Brady’s four-game suspension:

“I’m surprised. I’m shocked at the amount of games given here to Tom Brady for what we’re considering and now calling Deflategate. I’m absolutely shocked. You guys know the adoration and love that we give to quarterbacks…in this league and the control in this league. I am shocked that it was four games, I really am.”

On the affect Tom Brady’s suspension on the Patriots:

“You look at the division, you have to start thinking about ultimately can I get out of my division? That’s the most important. If I can get out of my division, if I can win my division still, I’m going to get into the playoffs. The Patriots are still in position to do that even missing Tom Brady the first four games of the season. They’re still in position to do that so they have an opportunity to get into the playoffs. But it will certainly affect this team, not only not having Tom Brady, [but] of course not having the secondary they had last season.”

NFL Network Analyst Marshall Faulk

On if the four-game suspension for Tom Brady was fair:

“The severity of the penalty and the actual crime, I know when you sit at home you’re like that seems like a lot. But when you think about what’s going to happen: Tom Brady is going to miss four games, they’ll pay $1 million, it will cost them some draft picks. But in reality if you ask some teams would they pay $1 million or have their quarterback sit out the next four games for a Super Bowl, I think they’ll say yes. Some teams would say yes, I’ll take it. Because you can’t change what it is. You can’t go back and change what it is. You really can’t look at the crime and does it fit? You have to think about what happens after that and what it allowed them to do. Not to mention, we don’t know how long it was going on or if this was a one-time thing. But all in all, I’m going to say this. I want them to get off my back about me calling the Patriots cheaters. Everybody in Boston thinks I hate the Patriots. I’m just like let’s just play the game. Let’s play fair.”

On if the punishment for the Patriots was more about the actual infraction or the lack of cooperation:

“I think it had to do with the lack of cooperation. I think this is something for quarterbacks to say. I know it’s easier to hold on as a running back to a ball that is a little bit deflated. But I don’t know how much of an advantage you really get from it. I think that part of it and I’ve heard a lot quarterbacks, they really got upset with Tom Brady when he made the statement at his press conference that I don’t know about the balls, I didn’t see a difference. Every quarterback, they were upset because they were saying your livelihood is about throwing this football; this is why each team gets their own footballs. I’m going to say it had more to do with what they did not give up, not cooperating. And the question is, by not cooperating who else was not implicated? I love Tom Brady. I think that Tom is one of the best – if not the best – quarterbacks to play in our league what he’s been able to do. People are talking about this tarnishes Brady – as long as Tom is not coming out and saying here is what I did and it’s not going to stop him from having a football career, Tom Brady is going to be Tom Brady. He’s going to go out there and continue to win football games.”

On the impact of Tom Brady missing the first four games of the season:

“I’m thinking back to what Bill Belichick was able to do without Tom Brady with Matt Cassel; won 11 games. Normally these suspensions, it takes a while before we hear them. Teams really don’t know what’s going on, they don’t know who they should get ready. But in this case, they have an opportunity to get their young guy ready. They have minicamps, they have training camp – they can get this guy ready to play and the pieces around him to help him those first four games. We call Bill Belichick one of the greatest coaches – if not the greatest coaches – playing our game what he’s been able to do in New England. He will have his team ready to play. If you step on that field thinking they don’t have Tom Brady, this is going to be a cakewalk – you’re going to lose football games. Matt Cassel won 11 games. They went 11-5 with Matt Cassel in the starting lineup when Tom Brady went down.”

On the punishments for the Patriots:

“We’re going to talk about this the whole season. Every time that there is a chance, we are going to talk about this. But for the Patriots, understand what this becomes for Bill Belichick. They are going to rally around this; it’s going to be them against the world. This cultivates the Patriot Way even more so. Tom Brady, the whole talking to the media, giving good answers and being honest, I think that’s going to end for Tom Brady. There is no more of that. He can now walk away because he has a reason to and only focus on football. They’re not going to talk about this anymore, I guarantee you that.”

NFL Network Analyst LaDainian Tomlinson

On the four-game suspension for Tom Brady:

“I really believe that Tom Brady would have only gotten two games if he would have been forthcoming with his phone and really took part in the investigation. I think they really came down tough on Tom Brady because he wasn’t forthcoming with his text messages and giving over his phone. So I do think in this case the crime fits the punishment because of that. Because we always talk about the integrity of the game and you can’t let things like this happen if you want to protect the integrity of the game. We always talk also about the past of the NFL, how they have handled decisions and been wrong about certain decisions. In this case, I think they absolutely got it right.”

NFL Network Analyst Charley Casserly

http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-england-patriots/0ap3000000492237/Casserly-Patriots-got-off-easy?icampaign=nflcom-cs-homepage-videoswap_generic_nfl

On the Patriots’ punishment:

“The Patriots got off easy in my opinion, and here’s why. I was never in an NFL investigation so I don’t know what that’s like. But I can’t imagine – this is the NFL now, this is who you work for, they say we want X and you don’t give it to them. To me, when you fail to comply with a request, you’ve given them a free shot. That is a free shot for them to do what they want. So anything they could have done after you don’t cooperate, they could have done anything they wanted in my opinion. So why don’t you cooperate? If you don’t cooperate, you’re hiding something, correct? That’s the logic. The bottom line is they did not cooperate. Do you believe that [Tom] Brady was involved in this? I believe it. Let’s start with that premise; despite what other people say I believe Brady was involved…Second major violation by the organization. I would imagine last time – maybe this wasn’t said but I have to believe it was implied – don’t ever come back here again on my watch by the Commissioner.”

NFL Wild Card Playoff Game Will Return to ESPN – and Be Simulcast for the First Time on ABC

Photos via ESPN Images

ESPN will again televise a National Football League Wild Card playoff game during the 2015 season. The game, as well as ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown pre-game show, will also be simulcast on ABC for the first time. The NFL Wild Card Weekend is January 9-10, 2016.

Earlier this year, ESPN televised the first NFL playoff game in the company’s 36-year history. The Carolina Panthers’ 27-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals averaged a 12.5 household US rating and 21,678,000 viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen – the ninth most-viewed telecast in cable television history.

ESPN already produces Saturday night college football, NBA games and other sports events on ABC. The decision to simulcast the Wild Card game was made in conjunction with the NFL to maximize the audience across the two networks. Home to Monday Night Football for 35 years (1970-2005), the Wild Card will be ABC’s first NFL game in 10 years, since Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5, 2006. During the regular season, ESPN’s Monday Night Football games are available on over the air stations in the primary markets of the participating teams.

“Our first Wild Card playoff game was one of ESPN’s highest-rated and most-watched events ever,” said ESPN President John Skipper. “By leveraging the broadcast platform we have on ABC, the upcoming Wild Card will rank among the most-watched programs of the year and we will reach even more fans during the NFL postseason.”

ESPN’s MNF team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will call the Wild Card game, as well as the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl (Jan. 24, 2016) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

ESPN’s Wild Card telecast will be available on tablets, computers, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via WatchESPN, which is accessible in more than 93 million households nationwide to fans who receive ESPN’s networks as part of their video subscription.

ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language sports network, will also continue to offer a Spanish-language production of the NFL Wild Card game.

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Remembering Mom: Roger Goodell Airs Sunday, May 10 At 8:00 PM ET On NFL Network

Special 30-Minute Interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Airs on Mother’s Day

This past week, as part of AOL’s speaker series, BUILD, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stopped by AOL’s headquarters in New York to be interviewed by author and founder of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, Suzanne Pollak. Taking footage from this 30-minute interview combined with Goodell family photos, NFL Network will air Remembering Mom: Roger Goodell this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 at 8:00 PM ET.

Goodell speaks with Pollak about his relationship with and memories of his mother, who passed away from breast cancer when he was an intern at the NFL. The interview was taped in front of a live audience as part of the BUILD series and will run commercial-free.

Remembering Mom: Roger Goodell re-airs Sunday at 11:00 PM ET.

Click here to watch a promotional spot for REMEMBERING MOM: ROGER GOODELL:  http://at.nfl.com/enGcFbH

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NFL Network Presents ‘The Top 100 Players of 2015′

Fifth Season Premieres Wednesday, May 6 at 9:00 PM ET

Weekly Series Counting Down Top NFL Players Airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET, Followed by ‘The Top 100 Players of 2015 Reactions’ Show at 10:00 PM ET

For the fifth consecutive year, current NFL players have voted to determine the top 100 players in the NFL.

The 11-episode, weekly series The Top 100 Players of 2015 airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network, beginning Wednesday, May 6 revealing players ranked No. 100 – 91.

Following each weekly episode, The Top 100 Players of 2015 Reactions show airs live from the NFL Network studios at 10:00 PM ET. Hosted by Lindsay Rhodes and featuring a rotation of NFL Network analysts, the 30-minute show provides instant reaction to players unveiled – and not unveiled – on the latest episode. NFL players who have been voted onto the top 100 will also join the Reactions show throughout the series. NFL Network analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington will appear on the first three Reactions shows to provide their reactions and analysis.

The top 10 players on the list will be revealed in a special two-hour edition Wednesday, July 8 at 9:00 PM ET, followed by the Reactions show at 11:00 PM ET.

With NFL Mobile from Verizon, fans can watch all NFL Network programming, including The Top 100 Players of 2015 series, on the go. NFL Mobile from Verizon offers Verizon Wireless customers the exclusive ability to stream NFL Network on their smartphone at no extra charge with The More Everything Plan from Verizon. Customers not on The More Everything Plan can subscribe to NFL Mobile Premium for $5/month.* Additionally, streaming on tablets, PCs and Xbox One and 360 is available through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/Watch) for eligible subscribers of AT&T U-verse, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and many more providers.

Fans can see the full list week-by-week as it is revealed and read analysis of each ranking at NFL.com/top100.

The Top 100 Players of 2015 Episode Schedule

Episode #1                   Wednesday, May 6                   9:00 PM ET

(100-91)                                                                        10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Episode #2                   Wednesday, May 13                  9:00 PM ET

(90-81)                                                                          10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Episode #3                   Wednesday, May 20                  9:00 PM ET

(80-71)                                                                          10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Episode #4                   Wednesday, May 27                  9:00 PM ET

(70-61)                                                                          10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Episode #5                   Wednesday, June 3                  9:00 PM ET

(60-51)                                                                          10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Episode #6                   Wednesday, June 10                9:00 PM ET

(50-41)                                                                          10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Episode #7                   Wednesday, June 17                9:00 PM ET

(40-31)                                                                          10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Episode #8                   Wednesday, June 24                9:00 PM ET

(30-21)                                                                          10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Episode #9                   Wednesday, July 1                   9:00 PM ET

(20-11)                                                                          10:00 PM ET – Reactions

Finale Preview               Tuesday, July 7                        10:00 PM ET

Episode #10                 Wednesday, July 8                   9:00 PM ET & 10:00 PM ET

(10-1)                                                                            11:00 PM ET – Reactions

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers. For more information, log on to NFL.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

 

 

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ESPN’s NFL Draft: Round 1 Scores Seven Million Viewers

Third Highest-Rated and Third Most-Viewed Opening Night Ever

Thursday night’s live ESPN telecast of the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft averaged 7,026,000 viewers and a 4.5 US rating based on fast nationals, according to Nielsen, making it the third most-viewed and third highest-rated opening day draft in ESPN’s 36 years of presenting the event (since 1980).

The 2014 NFL Draft – which included former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel falling to the 22nd pick in the first round – ranks as the highest-rated (6.1 rating) and most-viewed (9,943,000 viewers) opening night for ESPN. The 2010 draft – which included another former Heisman winner, Tim Tebow, picked at No. 25 by the Denver Broncos – ranks second (4.6 rating and 7,290,000 viewers).

Last night’s ESPN telecast peaked at a 5.4 rating and 8,446,000 viewers between 8:30-9 p.m. ET. The top 10 metered markets included Cleveland (11.4), New Orleans (8.6), Philadelphia (8.0), Columbus, Ohio (7.4), Birmingham, Ala. (7.4), Tampa-St. Petersburg (6.8), Greensboro, N.C. (6.7), Norfolk, Va. (6.6), Charlotte (6.4) and Baltimore (6.4).

WatchESPN

WatchESPN logged 603,000 unique viewers and 31 million total minutes, up 32 percent and 16 percent, respectively, compared to Round 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft.  It also had an average minute audience of 144,000, up 23 percent.

ESPN NFL Draft Coverage Continues Friday and Saturday

ESPN’s live NFL Draft coverage continues tonight at 7 p.m. ET (rounds 2 and 3) and Saturday at 12 p.m. (rounds 4-7). In addition, SportsCenter and ESPN’s NFL news and information programs will continue to provide coverage of the event throughout the weekend from Chicago. ESPN Radio will also broadcast rounds 2 and 3 tonight (6:30 p.m.).

ESPN NFL Draft Telecast Ratings – Round 1 (2010-15):

Year US Rating Viewers
2015 4.5 7,026,000
2014 6.1 9,943,000
2013 4.1 6,199,000
2012 4.4 6,661,000
2011 3.8 6,003,000
2010 4.6 7,290,000

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