OTL 25th Primetime Anniversary Special July 7, 7 p.m. ET

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ESPN’s award-winning Outside the Lines will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a primetime special on Tuesday, July 7 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).

The one-hour show will recognize television’s pioneering investigative sports news program, which has examined off-the-field events that have impacted what happens on the field since its May 7, 1990 debut. Bob Ley will be in his familiar host’s chair as he has been since OTL’s first show more than a quarter century ago. He will interview guests pertinent to the series, introduce some of its most impactful pieces and provide a commentary reflecting on his time as the face of ESPN’s journalism.

“I would like congratulate Bob Ley — and the whole team — on 25 spectacular years of OTL,” said ESPN President John Skipper. “He has established himself as nothing less than the Walter Cronkite of sports journalism, clearly the leading sports news host of the past quarter century. The range and quickness of his intellect, his ever-present curiosity and his persistent search for truth distinguish his work for ESPN and makes OTL a must watch.”

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Bristol, CT - June 30, 2015 - ESPN Newsroom: Bob Ley, John Barr, Tom Farrey, and Mark Fainaru-Wada before the 25th Outside the Lines anniversary special.(Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images)

Bristol, CT – June 30, 2015 – ESPN Newsroom: Bob Ley, John Barr, Tom Farrey, and Mark Fainaru-Wada.

Ley, who joined ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor on its third day of operation (September 9, 1979), recently signed a contract extension.

“It’s been a remarkable journey for Outside the Lines, from a monthly program 25 years ago, to a daily presence, on TV and digitally,” Ley said. “I’m so proud to work with the smartest and most creative individuals in journalism who bring OTL its edge and distinctive style. We’re all looking forward to many more years.”

“Looking back through 25 years of Outside the Lines has reminded us of the tenacity of our producers and correspondents in their efforts to report the stories that no one else in our industry was covering,” said ESPN Vice President of SportsCenter & News, Storytelling Units Craig Lazarus. “It was groundbreaking reporting that still holds up today. OTL has set the standard for enterprise and investigative sports journalism for the past quarter century and continues to be an important part of our commitment to reporting all issues, on the field and off.”

The July 7 show will feature:

  • John Barr’s recent interview with former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice, and an in-studio discussion with Barr who originally reported on then-coach Rice physically and verbally demeaning his players. (Note: Barr’s full story will premiere on Sunday’s Outside the Lines at 9 a.m. on ESPN. It will re-air Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.)
  • An update on Tom Farrey’s September 2012 piece on former Pop Warner standout Donovan Hill, who suffered a spinal fracture while making the type of head-first tackle he says was encouraged by his youth coaches. Farrey, whoseGame On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children is recognized as a leading journalistic work on modern youth sports, joins Ley for an in-studio discussion.
  • A look back at OTL’s historical coverage of football concussions with Mark Fainaru-Wada (he and his brother Steve Fainaru co-authored League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth complementing ESPN’s coverage of the subject). He joins Ley for a discussion as well.
  • A piece about race in sports and an in-studio interview with ESPN commentator and PTI co-host Michael Wilbon.
  • A look at OTL’s coverage of sexual assaults through the years.
  • Memorable moments from the past 25 years.

OTL Recognized:

The award-winning OTL has evolved from periodic specials to a six-days-a-week series (Sunday –Friday) which has captured 11 Sports Emmy Awards and some of most coveted prizes in TV journalism; including a recent duPont Award and Peabody Award, as well as multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards, including one in video investigative reporting – a first for a sports entry. This year alone, OTL was honored with a National Headliner Award first place in broadcast/cable news magazine, a Gracie Award, first prize in broadcast investigative reporting in the National Awards for Education Reporting, Mental Health America’s 2015 Media Award, and the Grand Award from the NY Festivals Television and Film Awards.

OTL History:

Outside the Lines – Television’s original investigative sports/news series debuted May 7, 1990 pioneering a primetime approach to the sports news journalism genre.

Outside the Lines Sunday – This live, 30-minute weekly edition of Outside the Lines was launched the morning of Sunday, April 2, 2000 as a series exploring a timely sports/news story in the format inspired by the classic ABC News show Nightline.

Outside the Lines Nightly – It premiered May 12, 2003 and generally aired at midnight (9 p.m. PT), presenting sports news in an even more timely fashion, with Ley, reporters and live interviews all focusing on the latest events impacting the sports world.

Outside the Lines First ReportOn July 24, 2006, Outside the Lines Nightly expanded from 20 to 30 minutes and shifted to Outside the Lines First Report at 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. As ESPN’s first live news show of the afternoon, Outside the Lines First Report had the opportunity to react to breaking and developing news stories, and presented newsmakers and opinion makers who expanded on daily issues through a multi-topic format with discussion.

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NFL Media Adds Reporters Rand Getlin & James Palmer

Getlin Will Be Based in Los Angeles & Cover League-wide Topics

Working out of Denver, Palmer Joins a Growing Network of Regionally Based NFL Media Reporters

Reporters Rand Getlin and James Palmer have joined NFL Media, it was announced today. Both will begin their work for NFL Media on Wednesday, July 1.

Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) will be based in Los Angeles covering the league overall and providing content for various NFL Media platforms, including NFL.com and NFL Now. Getlin previously worked for Yahoo! Sports and joins New York-based NFL Media reporters Ian Rapoport and Judy Battista, and San Francisco Bay Area-based Michael Silver covering the latest news from around the league.

Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) joins NFL Media from Comcast Houston where he covered the Houston Texans. Primarily contributing to NFL Network, Palmer will be based in Denver, Colorado and joins NFL Media’s team of reporters stationed across the country providing location-based reports, which include Tiffany Blackmon (Atlanta), Albert Breer (Boston), Kimberly Jones (New York), Aditi Kinkhabwala (Pittsburgh), Jeff Darlington (Miami), Stacey Dales (Chicago), Desmond Purnell (Dallas), and Steve Wyche and Omar Ruiz (Los Angeles).

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

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

Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including Thursday Night Football, as well as information and insight straight from the field, team facilities, league office and everywhere the NFL is making news. Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers. NFL RedZone whips around to every NFL game on Sunday afternoons, bringing fans every touchdown and exciting plays as they happen.

NFL Digital Media includes NFL.com, the exclusive internet home of the NFL; NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service; and NFL Mobile from Verizon, the official mobile app of the NFL. 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.

One of the most honored filmmakers in sports production history, NFL Films has won 121 Sports Emmy Awards. Founded by Ed and Steve Sabol and located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, NFL Films produces award-winning content for NFL Network, HBO, Showtime in addition to several other media outlets including shows such as A Football Life, Hard Knocks, America’s Game, Sound FX and more.

 

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ESPN Releases 2015 Body Issue Roster

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Bryce Harper, Kevin Love among 24 in Mag’s annual Body Issue

Bryce Harper‘s on-field body of work this season includes a .345 batting average and 24 home runs.

The star Washington Nationals outfielder’s off-field body of work includes a wish fulfilled: Harper is one of 24 athletes in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, online on July 6 and on newsstands July 10.

“I’ve always wanted to do the Body Issue,” Harper said. “I want to put baseball out there.”

Harper is joined by NBA stars Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers andDeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Giants wide receiverOdell Beckham Jr., two-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner, USA women’s soccer star Ali Krieger, Olympians Aly Raisman and Natalie Coughlin, and newly crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

“I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a professional athlete,” said Krieger, whose team is currently in the knockout rounds of the Women’s World Cup. “Being naked is just another aspect of that.”

This is the seventh annual edition of the Body Issue. It will include photos, personal interviews and videos of the athletes, including NHL star Tyler Seguin and three members of the Indianapolis Colts offensive line: Anthony Castonzo, Todd Herremans and Jack Mewhort.

“I’ve always been a big kid,” said the 23-year-old Mewhort, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 308 pounds. “That’s why when I got this call I was like ‘they want to see me naked?’ I thought I was getting Punk’d.”

Others in the issue include professional wakeboarder Dallas Friday, rugby player Todd Clever, skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, golfer Sadena Parks, archer Khatuna Lorig, soccer player Jermaine Jones, U.S. Olympians Paige Selenski (field hockey), Amanda Bingson (hammer) and Chantae McMillan (heptathlon), along with the husband-wife team of surfer Laird Hamilton and former beach volleyball player Gabby Reece.

“Our goal is to continue to evolve the issue year after year,” ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor in chief Chad Millman said. “The ability to capture both the strength and vulnerability of these extraordinary athletes through such powerful images and introspective interviews is incredibly moving.”

“One of the things I love about the Body Issue so much is that it celebrates the bodies that allow us to be successful in our sport,” said Coughlin, who has won 12 Olympic swimming medals. “As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”

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NFL Media Programming Notes — June 16-22

nfl-mediaNFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

For a full description of each show, please click the show’s link

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

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Free agent QB Michael Vick on TONIGHT at 7:00 PM ET; Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, wife Jill Kelly & daughter Erin Kelly in-studio Wednesday, June 17

  • NFL.com Content

HIGHLIGHT: Former NFL LB Bart Scott on the Dave Dameshek Football Program

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NFL Network Minicamp Special – Wednesday & Thursday at 3:00 PM ET

NFL Network provides live coverage of minicamps from around the NFL on NFL Network Minicamp Special Wednesday and Thursday at 3:00 PM ET. Andrew Siciliano hosts NFL Network’s coverage and is joined by NFL Network analysts and reporters.

 

The Top 100 Players of 2015 – Players Ranked No. 40-31 Revealed Wednesday, May 27 at 9:00 PM ET

The Top 100 Players of 2015 continues Wednesday, June 17 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network, revealing players ranked No. 40-31. 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.

Players ranked No. 100-41 on The Top 100 Players of 2015:

  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
  1. Michael Bennett – Seattle Seahawks, DE
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers, TE
  3. Glover Quin – Detroit Lions, S
  4. DeMarcus Ware – Denver Broncos, OLB
  5. Eric Weddle – San Diego Chargers, S
  6. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions, WR
  7. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens, LB
  8. Maurkice Pouncey – Pittsburgh Steelers, C
  9. Haloti Ngata – Detroit Lions, DT
  10. Darren Sproles – Philadelphia Eagles, RB/RS
  1. Arian Foster – Houston Texans, RB
  2. Marshal Yanda – Baltimore Ravens, OG
  3. Ryan Kerrigan – Washington Redskins, LB
  4. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons, QB
  5. Sen’Derrick Marks – Jacksonville Jaguars, DT
  6. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR
  7. Muhammad Wilkerson – New York Jets, DE
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB
  9. Kyle Williams – Buffalo Bills, DT
  10. Julius Peppers – Green Bay Packers, LB
  1. Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs, LB
  2. Bobby Wagner – Seattle Seahawks, LB
  3. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR
  4. Tashaun Gipson – Cleveland Browns, S
  5. DeAndre Levy – Detroit Lions, LB
  6. Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens, RB
  7. Charles Woodson – Oakland Raiders, S
  8. Jerry Hughes – Buffalo Bills, DE
  9. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB
  10. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs, WR
  1. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers, RB
  2. Vontae Davis – Indianapolis Colts, CB
  3. Connor Barwin – Philadelphia Eagles, LB
  4. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets, WR
  5. Lavonte David – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LB
  6. Sheldon Richardson – New York Jets, DE
  7. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens, WR
  8. Marcell Dareus – Buffalo Bills, DT
  9. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers, TE
  10. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB
  1. DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins, WR
  2. Khalil Mack – Oakland Raiders, LB
  3. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears, RB
  4. Trent Williams – Washington Redskins, OT
  5. Elvis Dumervil – Baltimore Ravens, LB
  6. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars, TE
  7. Robert Quinn – St. Louis Rams, DE
  8. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers, QB
  9. Mario Williams – Buffalo Bills, DE
  10. Kam Chancellor – Seattle Seahawks, S

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 AccessMondayFriday at 7:00 PM ET

NFL Total Access airs at 7:00 PM ET MondayFriday on NFL Network.

Tuesday, June 16

  • Hosts: Rhett Lewis & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Nate Burleson & Michael Robinson
  • Guest: Free agent quarterback Michael Vick

Wednesday, June 17

  • Hosts: Rhett Lewis & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest & Michael Robinson
  • Guest: Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, wife Jill Kelly & daughter Erin Kelly

Thursday, June 18

  • Hosts: Rhett Lewis & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest & Michael Robinson

Friday, June 19

  • Hosts: Rhett Lewis & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Brian Baldinger & Michael Robinson

Throwback Thursday – Thursday, June 18

Every Thursday night, NFL Network takes a look back through the NFL Films vault for a blast from the past with throwback programming.

This week’s programming features:

  • 12 Noon ETSuper Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXXI – New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers
  • 8:00 PM ET NFL’s Top 10: Brett Favre Games
  • 9:00 PM ETNFL Films Session: Brett Favre 4-ever
  • 10:00 PM ETIn Their Own Words: Brett Favre

Week 14 NFL Game Rewind & NFL Replay Sunday, June 21 at 1:00 PM ET

Re-live the best games from Week 14 of the 2014 NFL season Sunday, June 21 at 1:00 PM ET.

Provided below is Sunday’s schedule:

  • 1:00 PM ET NFL Game Rewind – New York Jets vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • 1:30 PM ETNFL Replay – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals
  • 3:00 PM ETNFL Replay – New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers
  • 4:30 PM ETNFL Replay Game of the Week – Indianapolis Colts vs. Cleveland Browns

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 – Former NFL linebacker Bart Scott
  • 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 Mobile from Verizon

All of NFL Network’s coverage is available digitally across platforms. NFL Mobile from Verizon offers Verizon Wireless customers the exclusive ability to stream NFL Network content on smartphones. Access is included 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. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon access, visit your app store or vzw.com/nfl. Data usage applies for app download and use.

 

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

 

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NFL Names Jordan Levin SVP & Chief Content Officer

nfl-mediaThe NFL named Jordan Levin as its first ever Senior Vice President, Chief Content Officer, it was announced today by Brian Rolapp, Executive Vice President of Media for the NFL.

In this newly created role, Levin will be responsible for developing and implementing an innovative, league-wide content plan that advances the long-term growth objectives of the NFL across all of its owned and operated media assets, including NFL Network, NFL Digital Media, NFL Films, and external media partnerships, networks and platforms.  Levin will focus on the development, production, programming and distribution of high quality, video content consistent with the NFL brand and mission, which reaches current and future NFL fans across all demographic segments worldwide. Additionally, Levin will be charged with managing current NFL event programming franchises, such as the Super Bowl Halftime Show and NFL Honors, developing new franchises, and licensing and building the NFL Films library to maximize consumption.

Reporting to Rolapp, Levin will start June 15 and work out of NFL Media’s offices and studios in Los Angeles.

“With deep experience developing award-winning television programming combined with a keen understanding of the digital media landscape as both an executive and producer, I’m excited to have someone of Jordan’s unique background and talents join the NFL,” said Rolapp. “Jordan will be a great addition to an already strong executive team at NFL Media and help us produce first-class content we can deliver to NFL fans around the world across all platforms.”

“I’m both honored and humbled to be joining the NFL Media team to help them realize their bold strategic vision of delivering NFL fans unique and distinctive content experiences in a personalized manner across all screens, channels and media platforms worldwide,” said Levin. “I look forward to working closely with both the NFL’s own media properties and external partnerships to create additional value for the League and most importantly, serving its current and future fans.”

A highly respected media executive, producer and entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience creating television and digital content, Levin joins the NFL from Microsoft where he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Xbox Entertainment Studios. In this position, Levin was tasked with coordinating the launch of an interactive, video-on-demand programming service creating original premium content for the global, over-the-top Xbox platform.

In 2005, Levin started Generate, a pioneering studio and talent management company that successfully developed and produced fiction and factual entertainment, in addition to customized branded content, for a variety of distribution outlets and programming services across both traditional and digital platforms.  Generate was acquired by Alloy Digital in 2012, later merging with Break Media to form DEFY Media.

Levin joined The WB in 1994 as part of its founding executive team, rising through the ranks to become sole president of entertainment in 2001 and the youngest CEO in broadcast television history in 2003. During his time at The WB, Levin helped to launch, build and brand America’s most successful broadcast network to target young adult audiences through successful television programs such as “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Felicity,” “Smallville,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “One Tree Hill.”

Prior to joining The WB, Levin spent five years as a member of the creative team that revitalized the Disney television division, developing shows such as “Home Improvement,” “Ellen,” and “Boy Meets World.”

Currently the Chairman of NATPE, an HRTS Board member and past President, and DGA member, Levin graduated Cum Laude with special honors from the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. Levin currently lives in Pacific Palisades, CA.

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

 

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

Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including Thursday Night Football, as well as information and insight straight from the field, team facilities, league office and everywhere the NFL is making news. Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers. NFL RedZone whips around to every NFL game on Sunday afternoons, bringing fans every touchdown and exciting plays as they happen.

NFL Digital Media includes NFL.com, the exclusive internet home of the NFL; NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service; and NFL Mobile from Verizon, the official mobile app of the NFL. 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.

One of the most honored filmmakers in sports production history, NFL Films has won 121 Sports Emmy Awards. Founded by Ed and Steve Sabol and located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, NFL Films produces award-winning content for NFL Network, HBO, Showtime in addition to several other media outlets including shows such as A Football Life, Hard Knocks, America’s Game, Sound FX and more.

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NFL Names Jordan Levin SVP & Chief Content Officer

The NFL named Jordan Levin as its first ever Senior Vice President, Chief Content Officer, it was announced today by Brian Rolapp, Executive Vice President of Media for the NFL.

In this newly created role, Levin will be responsible for developing and implementing an innovative, league-wide content plan that advances the long-term growth objectives of the NFL across all of its owned and operated media assets, including NFL Network, NFL Digital Media, NFL Films, and external media partnerships, networks and platforms.  Levin will focus on the development, production, programming and distribution of high quality, video content consistent with the NFL brand and mission, which reaches current and future NFL fans across all demographic segments worldwide. Additionally, Levin will be charged with managing current NFL event programming franchises, such as the Super Bowl Halftime Show and NFL Honors, developing new franchises, and licensing and building the NFL Films library to maximize consumption.

Reporting to Rolapp, Levin will start June 15 and work out of NFL Media’s offices and studios in Los Angeles.

“With deep experience developing award-winning television programming combined with a keen understanding of the digital media landscape as both an executive and producer, I’m excited to have someone of Jordan’s unique background and talents join the NFL,” said Rolapp. “Jordan will be a great addition to an already strong executive team at NFL Media and help us produce first-class content we can deliver to NFL fans around the world across all platforms.”

“I’m both honored and humbled to be joining the NFL Media team to help them realize their bold strategic vision of delivering NFL fans unique and distinctive content experiences in a personalized manner across all screens, channels and media platforms worldwide,” said Levin. “I look forward to working closely with both the NFL’s own media properties and external partnerships to create additional value for the League and most importantly, serving its current and future fans.”

A highly respected media executive, producer and entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience creating television and digital content, Levin joins the NFL from Microsoft where he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Xbox Entertainment Studios. In this position, Levin was tasked with coordinating the launch of an interactive, video-on-demand programming service creating original premium content for the global, over-the-top Xbox platform.

In 2005, Levin started Generate, a pioneering studio and talent management company that successfully developed and produced fiction and factual entertainment, in addition to customized branded content, for a variety of distribution outlets and programming services across both traditional and digital platforms.  Generate was acquired by Alloy Digital in 2012, later merging with Break Media to form DEFY Media.

Levin joined The WB in 1994 as part of its founding executive team, rising through the ranks to become sole president of entertainment in 2001 and the youngest CEO in broadcast television history in 2003. During his time at The WB, Levin helped to launch, build and brand America’s most successful broadcast network to target young adult audiences through successful television programs such as “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Felicity,” “Smallville,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “One Tree Hill.”

Prior to joining The WB, Levin spent five years as a member of the creative team that revitalized the Disney television division, developing shows such as “Home Improvement,” “Ellen,” and “Boy Meets World.”

Currently the Chairman of NATPE, an HRTS Board member and past President, and DGA member, Levin graduated Cum Laude with special honors from the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. Levin currently lives in Pacific Palisades, CA.

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

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

Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including Thursday Night Football, as well as information and insight straight from the field, team facilities, league office and everywhere the NFL is making news. Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers. NFL RedZone whips around to every NFL game on Sunday afternoons, bringing fans every touchdown and exciting plays as they happen.

NFL Digital Media includes NFL.com, the exclusive internet home of the NFL; NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service; and NFL Mobile from Verizon, the official mobile app of the NFL. 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.

One of the most honored filmmakers in sports production history, NFL Films has won 121 Sports Emmy Awards. Founded by Ed and Steve Sabol and located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, NFL Films produces award-winning content for NFL Network, HBO, Showtime in addition to several other media outlets including shows such as A Football Life, Hard Knocks, America’s Game, Sound FX and more.

 

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NFL Analytics Expert Brian Burke Joins ESPN

Brian Burke, founder of the popular website AdvancedFootballAnalytics and one of the leading voices in NFL Analytics, is joining ESPN as a senior analytics specialist. He will be part of the Stats & Information Group’s (SIG) Analytics Team, starting Monday, June 15. He will be primarily based in the Washington, D.C., area.

Burke founded advancedfootballanalytics.com in 2007. The site includes tools such as in-game win probability graphics, 4th-down calculator, win probability calculator, NFL Draft Prediction model, and more. In addition to being the site’s primary writer, Burke has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate and other outlets. A regular speaker at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, he has also worked as an analytics consultant for multiple NFL teams and has supplied statistics and analytics insights to NBC Sports and ESPN the Magazine.

As a member of the Stats & Information Group’s Analytics Team, Burke will expand upon his previous work to ensure ESPN has the best-in-class football analytics. His years of experience will also help ESPN develop analytic tools in other sports.

“An innovator in sports analytics and a highly respected member of the industry, Brian will help power the future of ESPN’s use of analytics across sports and platforms,” said Jeff Bennett, vice president of Stats & Analytics, ESPN.

Burke added: “I’m excited to join ESPN’s talented team of analysts in the Stats & Information Group, and look forward to bringing the insights offered by analytics to a broader audience.”

Before entering the world of sports analytics, Burke had a distinguished career as an officer and aviator with the United States Navy. Much of those 15 years were spent as an F/A-18 carrier pilot. He flew numerous combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and numerous other personal and unit commendations.

ESPN Stats & Information Group and the Production Analytics Team

The ESPN Stats & Information Group (SIG) serves fans across all the company’s platforms with the fastest, most accurate and insightful statistics, scores, news and analysis. The Production Analytics Team is a multidisciplinary group where all members have a deep knowledge of sports, statistics, databases, programming logic and languages, and storytelling. Combining best-in-the-industry data with advanced mathematics and statistical modeling skills, Production Analytics has created storytelling tools and metrics that have improved the evaluation of team and player performance, such as Total QBR and predictive power ratings for college football, college basketball and soccer. These products make fans better informed and help keep ESPN at the cutting edge of sports statistical analysis.

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NFL Media Programming Notes — June 9-15

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

For a full description of each show, please click the show’s link

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Former NFL cornerback Cortland Finnegan joins The Top 100 Players of 2015 Reactions show at 10:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 PM ET

  • NFL.com Content

HIGHLIGHT: Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President, Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum on the Move the Sticks Podcast

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NFL Network Minicamp Special – TODAY & Wednesday, June 10 at 4:00 PM ET

As mandatory minicamps begin around the NFL, NFL Network provides live coverage today and Wednesday, June 10 at 4:00 PM ET. Patrick Claybon hosts the one-hour editions of NFL Network Minicamp Special, which features live reports from team facilities.

NFL Network Minicamp Special re-airs each day at 5:00 PM ET and 6:00 PM ET.

 

The Top 100 Players of 2015 – Players Ranked No. 50-41 Revealed Wednesday, May 27 at 9:00 PM ET

The Top 100 Players of 2015 continues Wednesday, June 10 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network, revealing players ranked No. 50-41. 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.

This week, former NFL cornerback Cortland Finnegan joins the Reactions show.

Players ranked No. 100-51 on The Top 100 Players of 2015:

  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
  1. Michael Bennett – Seattle Seahawks, DE
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers, TE
  3. Glover Quin – Detroit Lions, S
  4. DeMarcus Ware – Denver Broncos, OLB
  5. Eric Weddle – San Diego Chargers, S
  6. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions, WR
  7. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens, LB
  8. Maurkice Pouncey – Pittsburgh Steelers, C
  9. Haloti Ngata – Detroit Lions, DT
  10. Darren Sproles – Philadelphia Eagles, RB/RS
  1. Arian Foster – Houston Texans, RB
  2. Marshal Yanda – Baltimore Ravens, OG
  3. Ryan Kerrigan – Washington Redskins, LB
  4. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons, QB
  5. Sen’Derrick Marks – Jacksonville Jaguars, DT
  6. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR
  7. Muhammad Wilkerson – New York Jets, DE
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB
  9. Kyle Williams – Buffalo Bills, DT
  10. Julius Peppers – Green Bay Packers, LB
  1. Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs, LB
  2. Bobby Wagner – Seattle Seahawks, LB
  3. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR
  4. Tashaun Gipson – Cleveland Browns, S
  5. DeAndre Levy – Detroit Lions, LB
  6. Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens, RB
  7. Charles Woodson – Oakland Raiders, S
  8. Jerry Hughes – Buffalo Bills, DE
  9. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB
  10. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs, WR
  1. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers, RB
  2. Vontae Davis – Indianapolis Colts, CB
  3. Connor Barwin – Philadelphia Eagles, LB
  4. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets, WR
  5. Lavonte David – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LB
  6. Sheldon Richardson – New York Jets, DE
  7. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens, WR
  8. Marcell Dareus – Buffalo Bills, DT
  9. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers, TE
  10. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB

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 AccessMondayFriday at 7:00 PM ET

NFL Total Access airs at 7:00 PM ET MondayFriday on NFL Network.

Tuesday, June 9

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson & Solomon Wilcots

Wednesday, June 10

  • Hosts: Rhett Lewis
  • Analysts: Curtis Conway & Solomon Wilcots
  • Guest: Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt

Thursday, June 11

  • Hosts: Rhett Lewis & Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Curtis Conway & Solomon Wilcots

Friday, June 12

  • Hosts: Rhett Lewis & Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Eric Davis & Solomon Wilcots

Throwback Thursday Thursday, June 11

Every Thursday night, NFL Network takes a look back through the NFL Films vault for a blast from the past with throwback programming.

This week’s programming features:

  • 1:00 PM ETNFL Game of the Week: Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams, 1999 NFC Divisional Round
  • 2:00 PM ET Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
  • 5:00 PM ETNFL’s Top 10: Team Turnarounds
  • 6:00 PM ETNFL’s Top 10: Receiving Corps
  • 8:00 PM ET Kurt Warner: A Football Life
  • 9:00 PM ETRush to Canton: Marshall Faulk
  • 10:00 PM ETAmerica’s Game: 1999 St. Louis Rams

Week 13 NFL Game Rewind & NFL Replay Sunday, June 14 at 1:00 PM ET

Re-live the best games from Week 13 of the 2014 NFL season Sunday, June 14 at 1:00 PM ET.

Provided below is Sunday’s schedule:

  • 1:00 PM ET NFL Game Rewind – New York Giants vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 1:30 PM ETNFL Replay – New Orleans Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 3:00 PM ETNFL Replay – San Diego Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • 4:30 PM ETNFL Replay Game of the Week – New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers

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 – Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President, Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum

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

All of NFL Network’s coverage is available digitally across platforms. NFL Mobile from Verizon offers Verizon Wireless customers the exclusive ability to stream NFL Network content on smartphones. Access is included 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. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon access, visit your app store or vzw.com/nfl. Data usage applies for app download and use.

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

ESPN The Magazine’s First-Ever eSports Issue

To download cover: http://bit.ly/1JzOIel

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On the cover:  This year’s Call of Duty cover star isn’t the black-helmeted soldier you’d expect—it’s Seattle Seahawks star and gaming fanatic, Marshawn Lynch. Here’s the story of how a  gamer-turned-motion-capture performer put his stamp on the blockbuster franchise that has captured his imagination and will soon carry his likeness, giving him the distinction of being the first athlete to appear in a Call of Duty game. The Mag’s Sam Alipour provides this exclusive account of the making of his character in “The Whole Game is Beast Mode.”

 

 

eSports Issue Features

PewDiePie 

The Mag tracked down the elusive Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, to understand how he became the face of the live-streaming movement and the King of YouTube. By Wayne Drehs

Faker

A profile of the South Korean prodigy, Faker, the first global superstar of eSports who now carries an entire gaming-mad country on his back. By Mina Kimes

Women in Gaming

A lifelong gaming enthusiast explains why she refuses to let Gamergate drive her out of the industry she loves.  By Latoya Peterson (a co-production with espnW)

Why I Game: Kevin Durant and Patrick Peterson 

First-persons by the NBA’s Kevin Durant and Patrick Peterson of the NFL on why they are such avid gamers.

eSports Data Dive

A comprehensive analysis of the growth and reach of eSports, done in conjunction with FiveThirtyEight. By Ben Casselman

Photo Act: Major League Gaming

In advance of X Games Austin and in conjunction with xGames.com, we released our photo act on MLG’s recent Dota 2 tournament in Columbus, Ohio.  By Hallie Grossman 

Additional eSports Issue Highlights:

  • Horse Racing: In “The Luckiest Jockey on Earth” The Mag’s Tim Keown explores Victor Espinoza’s remarkably Zen outlook in advance of his historic third shot at the Triple Crown atop American Pharoah.
  • NBA: The Mag’s Jordan Brenner provides an analytics-driven look at why the Timberwolves should definitely draft Karl-Anthony Towns with the top pick and definitely not trade the spot.
  • Golf: The Mag’s “Numbers” columnist Peter Keating studies the psychological reasons why some golfers choke where others come up clutch.

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Media Contact: Carrie Kreiswirth at (646) 547-4686 or carrie.b.kreiswirth@espn.com

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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