Tom Brady Appeal Decision

DISCIPLINE UPHELD IN TOM BRADY APPEAL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld today the four-game suspension imposed on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on May 11. Brady’s appeal ‎from that discipline was heard for more than ten hours on June 23.

In the opinion informing Brady that his appeal had been denied, Commissioner Goodell emphasized important new information disclosed by Brady and his representatives in connection with the hearing.

On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. ‎During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.

Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support‎, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL’s Official Playing Rules. The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs.

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2015 Kickoff Information Guide

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On NFL.Com, Friends Don’t Small Talk – Friends Talk Fantasy

Giants WRs Odell Beckham Jr. & Victor Cruz, Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Packers RB Eddie Lacy & WR Randall Cobb Star in Fantasy Ads

NFL.com Fantasy Football Delivers Best Mobile Draft & Game Day Experience with Fantasy Video Highlights, Free Live Scoring & More

‘NFL Fantasy LIVE’ Airs on NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Mobile from Verizon & NFL RedZone Beginning Monday, September 7
GEICO, Snickers & RAM Truck Among Sponsors

On NFL.com, friends don’t small talk – friends talk fantasy. #FriendsTalkFantasy #NFLFantasy.
2015 NFL.com Fantasy Football Marketing Campaign

2015 NFL.com Fantasy Football Marketing Campaign

For years, people have labeled fantasy football as the “original social network,” and for good reason. Fantasy football is competitive fun amongst friends all season long, and for the 2015 season, NFL.com Fantasy Football’s marketing campaign seeks to showcase this fact throughout all ad channels and reposition fantasy as the vehicle to more fun with friends.

Introducing the new “Friends Don’t Small Talk, Friends Talk Fantasy” campaign, friends and NFL stars alike are shown to not have much to talk about without fantasy football.

For the campaign, produced in collaboration with Grey Group, NFL Media utilized some of the biggest stars in the NFL today: New York Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, and Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Randall Cobb.

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NFL to Support Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers Join League in

Enhancing Special Olympics Athletes’ Experience in Los Angeles

The NFL’s California-based franchises, the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers, have joined the league in supporting the Special Olympics World Games taking place in Los Angeles starting Saturday, July 25.

Raider Nation on Location (RNOL), an interactive fan zone, will be featured on July 26 at UCLA’s Wilson Plaza and on July 27, the Raiders will host a free Football Clinic. Both events will take place from 1 – 9 p.m. PDT each day at the Sports Experience Field located in the Athletes Festival. The Raiderettes will participate in festivities by cheering as part of the Special Olympics World Games Cheer for LA program.

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NFL & GE Announce Six Final Winners of $10 Million Head Health Challenge I

 Innovations are advancing the understanding and diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury

Breakthrough ideas include: point-of-care blood test to rapidly detect the presence of mild and moderate brain trauma; biomarkers that indicate how the brain reacts following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and a method to identify which brain areas become disconnected after injury

GE (NYSE: GE) and the NFL announced today the six final winners of the up to $10 million Head Health Challenge I. Banyan Biomarkers, Inc., San Diego, Calif.; BrainScope Company, Inc. Bethesda, Md.; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.; Quanterix, Lexington, Mass.; University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Santa Barbara, Calif.; and University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.; each will receive a $500,000 award to advance their work to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. This award is in addition to $300,000 previously awarded to the 16 first round winners of the Head Health Challenge I.

The goal of Head Health Challenge I is to improve the safety of athletes, members of the military and society overall. The winners were selected from an initial group of 16 challenge winners that were chosen from more than 400 entries from 27 countries, after having been reviewed and nominated by a panel of leading healthcare experts in brain research, imaging technologies, and advocates for advances in brain research.

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NFL Media’s 2015 Training Camp & NFL Preseason Coverage

‘Inside Training Camp Live’ Provides Nine Hours of Live Coverage Daily July 29 – August 11 on NFL Network

NFL.com/TrainingCamp Serves as Landing Page for NFL Digital Media Content – Features 32 Team Reports from NFL.com Writers

All 65 Preseason Games & 12 Live Games on NFL Network – Including NFL Debuts for Jameis Winston & Marcus Mariota

‘NFL Preseason HQ’ – Airs Monday-Friday at 8:00 AM ET Beginning Monday, August 3 on NFL Network

Five Free Preseason Editions of ‘NFL RedZone’ Beginning Thursday, August 13

It’s time to get #BackToFootball.

NFL Media – comprised of NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Mobile from Verizon, NFL Now & NFL RedZone – remains the go-to destination for football fans during the preseason, with comprehensive coverage of all 32 training camps provided by former players, front office personnel and reporters, all 65 preseason games – including 12 live games on NFL Network – and five free preseason editions of NFL RedZone.

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NFL Legends Community Newsletter – July 2015

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The NFL League Office stays in regular contact with its former players, passing along vital information via email each month about benefits and services available to them & their families as well as alerting them to where other members of the NFL Legends Community are currently living and working.

The July 2015 edition of NFL Legends Community Newsletter included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field. To view the full edition, click here.

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NFL Training Camps Open This Week; Browns, Ravens & Saints Rookies In On Wednesday; Steelers, Vikings Vets First To Report On Saturday

Back to work!

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2015 this week, starting tomorrow with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints as their rookies report. Pittsburgh’s and Minnesota’s rookies and veterans will head to camp on Saturday, July 25, as the Steelers and Vikings become the first teams to fully begin training camp. By Sunday, August 2, every NFL team will be in camp.

More and more, teams are training at their regular-season headquarters or home stadiums. This year, more than half the league (20 of 32, 62.5 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. In 2000, only five of 31 (16 percent) teams stayed close to home.

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2015-2016 National Football League Important Dates

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NFL Names Rod Graves Senior Vice President Of Football Administration & Club Services

Veteran football executive ROD GRAVES has been named senior vice president of football administration and club services, the National Football League announced today.

Graves brings more than 30 years of experience in multiple aspects of the business of football to his position, from scouting to player personnel to football administration.

In his new role within the Football Operations department, Graves will oversee all club and game-related initiatives related to the Competition Committee, general managers and head coaches.  Graves is responsible for the strategic development of coaching, scouting, officiating, and front office personnel, international players and coaches, the Combine series, college relations and the player pipeline.

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