2015 NFL Draft Notes

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NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock 2015 NFL Draft Conference Call — Transcript & Audio

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock held a conference call today to preview the 2015 NFL Draft. Provided below are a transcript and audio of the call:

Transcript: Mike Mayock 2015 NFL Draft Conference Call Transcript

Audio: 

2015 NFL Draft Marks Greatest Former Player Participation In Draft History

6 Hall of Fame Members Among 32 Former Legends to Announce Round 2 Selections

As fans nationwide gear up to celebrate future football stars at the 2015 NFL Draft, which will take place from April 30-May 2, the NFL will recognize former Legends throughout the week-long Draft celebration in Chicago. From welcoming prospects to the Draft at The Intro event in Pioneer Court, to announcing Round 2 selections, former players will be celebrated at a variety of Draft festivities.

Thirty-two former players, one representing each team, will be featured for Round 2 presented by Bud Light to announce selections on Friday, May 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

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NFL Network’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage Overview

Below is an overview of NFL Network’s all-encompassing coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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NFL Media Provides Record-Setting Coverage of 2015 NFL Draft From Chicago

NFL Network Provides 79 Hours of Live Draft Week Coverage – Including Record-High 53 Hours of Live Coverage Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2

Round-the-Clock Coverage and Live Streaming Video on NFL.com, NFL Mobile From Verizon, the NFL App on Xbox One & Watch NFL Network

Behind-the-Scenes Access with 16 War Room Cams at Team Facilities – Including the No. 1 Selection, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

College Head Coaches David Shaw, Charlie Strong & Pat Fitzgerald Join Coverage

NFL Media’s coverage of the 80th annual NFL Draft is officially on the clock. With a record-high 53 hours of live coverage of the three-day event, an extensive talent roster of analysts, reporters and college coaches, and 16 draft war room cameras providing behind-the-scenes access, NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL Now descend upon Chicago as the NFL Draft returns to the city for the first time in 51 years.

The 2015 NFL Draft kicks off with the first round Thursday, April 30 at 8:00 PM ET, followed by Rounds 2-3 Friday, May 1 at 7:00 PM ET and Rounds 4-7 Saturday, May 2 at 12 Noon ET. On Thursday and Friday, the 2015 NFL Draft takes place from the Auditorium Theatre on the campus of Roosevelt University, and from Grant Park on Saturday.

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Greg Hardy Suspended Without Pay For 10 Games

Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today that he is suspended without pay for the team’s first 10 games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the league in violation of the NFL Constitution and By-Laws, the NFL Player Contract, and the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.

In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Hardy was informed that an extensive two-month NFL investigation following the dismissal of his case in North Carolina state court determined that there was sufficient credible evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies in multiple respects and with aggravating circumstances.

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Statement By Jeff Pash, NFL Executive Vice President / General Counsel

STATEMENT BY JEFF PASH, NFL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / GENERAL COUNSEL

Today’s decision powerfully underscores the fairness and propriety of this historic settlement.  As a result of the settlement, retirees and their families will be eligible for prompt and substantial benefits and will avoid years of costly litigation that – as Judge Brody’s comprehensive opinion makes clear – would have an uncertain prospect of success.  We appreciate the careful supervision provided by Judge Brody, as well as the assistance provided by her appointees, former district judge Layn Phillips and Special Master Perry Golkin.  We look forward to implementing the terms of the settlement and continuing to work with our players, coaches and medical staffs to enhance the safety and benefits of football.

2015 NFL Schedule Announced

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The NFL announced today its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2015, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 10 in New England and concludes on Sunday, January 3 with 16 division games.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 10 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) will spotlight the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium.

Week 1 is a CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 13 (4:25 PM ET) featuring the Baltimore Ravens at the Denver Broncos.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 13 when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants (8:30 PM ET).

Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 14 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Atlanta Falcons will host the Philadelphia Eagles (7:10 PM ET) in the first game followed by the Minnesota Vikings at the San Francisco 49ers (10:20 PM ET).

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today, including the Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (4:25 PM ET, CBS) in Week 3 and the Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys (4:30 PM ET, CBS) on Thanksgiving Day. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, January 3. For the sixth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

The Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii on Sunday, January 31 (ESPN) and be played at Aloha Stadium. The season concludes the following week on Sunday, February 7 with Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium (CBS), capping a year-long celebration of the Super Bowl.

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2015 Thursday Night Football Broadcast Schedule Announced

Slate of 16 Regular-Season Games Features 13 Division Rivalries;
Kicks Off with Denver vs. Kansas City on September 17

 CBS and NFL Network Partner for Second Season Broadcasting Thursday Night Football

The CBS Television Network and NFL Network announce the Thursday Night Football prime time broadcast schedule for the 2015 NFL season.  This season marks the second year CBS Sports and NFL Network are partnering to broadcast Thursday Night Football, a slate of 16 regular-season games kicking off September 17 with Denver at Kansas City.

This year’s schedule again showcases marquee match-ups with 13 of the 16 games featuring Division rivalries.

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Phillip Phillips To Make Draft Town Home By Headlining Free Fan Concert May 2

Chicago’s Own JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound to Perform

 Newcomer Marc Scibilia to Open the Show

American Idol winner and platinum-selling songwriter PHILLIP PHILLIPS will perform live in Draft Town on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. CT, the NFL announced today. The free concert is the culmination of a three-day Draft celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park. Tickets are not required.

The 23-year-old singer/guitarist, Phillips, will close out the week-long fan festivities. Phillips’ debut single “Home” marked the biggest opening sales week for an American Idol winner and his 2013 album, The World from the Side of the Moon, made its debut at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200.

“The combination of passionate football fans, a unique venue and live music in the heart of Chicago will be an unforgettable way to close out the week-long Draft celebrations,” said Phillips. “Enhancing the NFL Draft experience for fans and showcasing the remarkable city is going to be an incredible experience.”

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