NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Press Conference At League Meeting In San Francisco

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We had a terrific couple days of meetings here. We advanced a lot of issues, some of which I think you’ve heard about. I’ll highlight a couple of them that I think were the most significant for us.

One was the PAT rule. This is a rule that we have been focused on for quite some time. It’s a play that we think is not exciting. It’s a play that we think could be improved and we have. The Competition Committee made a recommendation on that to move it back to the 15 to kick the extra point and also to allow the defense to score. We think those changes are terrific. We thought of some other ideas in the context of that, but I think the bottom line is the ownership would like to see us do this in stages so we can see the impact of the changes and evaluate that as we go through the season.

We had an update on the Super Bowl LIII and LIV process. I’m sure you’re aware of where we are on that, but we have Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami and Tampa Bay who are our four finalist cities. There is a provision for Super Bowl LIV: if there is a team in Los Angeles, they can be included in the process. That is again a positive update.

We talked about Los Angeles for an extensive time this morning with our membership and had a report from the committee. We had an international update on the tremendous growth we are seeing in our game on a global basis, not just the United Kingdom. It was a great discussion on Mexico, Germany and also into South America so we’re very positive about that.

We had a lot of updates on health and safety. As you all know, we made some significant changes in March with the medical timeout. We went through that in great detail to make sure that the clubs understood how we are approaching that; how we were using the ATC spotter; as well as the visiting team physician, who is another resource for us to provide better care for our players and staff when they come in from a visiting city. So if players need additional care – whether it is hospitalization, prescription drugs, anything along those lines – we will have a local physician that will expedite that and try to assist us on that basis.

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NFL Legends Community Newsletter – May 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 May 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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PAT Rules Proposals

The three rule proposals for the PAT that will be discussed next week at the spring meeting:

For the complete rule proposals, click here

17 NFL PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN NFL BOOT CAMP: SPORTS JOURNALISM & COMMUNICATIONS MAY 14-17

Four-day program at Bowling Green State University Prepares Players for Transition into Post-NFL Careers

Seventeen current and former NFL players will take part in NFL Boot Camp: Sports Journalism and Communications, May 14-17 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. This is the third year that the boot camp has been offered as one of several programs developed by NFL Player Engagement to prepare current and former players for post-NFL careers.

The four-day program will focus on improving each players’ writing skills for newspapers, radio, and the expanding digital media industry. Industry professionals and Bowling Green faculty will lead players through panel discussions, breakout sessions, and writing labs covering everything from press conference prep to ethics in sports journalism.

For the complete release, click here

NFL Statement On Discipline Imposed On New England Patriots For Violating NFL Policy On Integrity Of Game

The New England Patriots were notified today of the following discipline that has been imposed for violations of the NFL Policy on Integrity of the Game and Enforcement of Competitive Rules relating to the use of under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game of this past season:

For the violation of the playing rules and the failure to cooperate in the subsequent investigation, the New England Patriots are fined $1 million and will forfeit the club’s first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft and the club’s fourth-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.  If the Patriots have more than one selection in either of these rounds, the earlier selection shall be forfeited.  The club may not trade or otherwise encumber these selections.

For the complete release, click here

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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Saint Thomas Aquinas High School In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Leads All High Schools With Three Players Selected In 2015 NFL Draft; 240 Schools Represented

With the 2015 NFL Draft now concluded, the incoming class of drafted rookies will soon experience its first taste of NFL life.

And while the drafted rookies enter the NFL from a variety of different backgrounds, one thing they generally all have in common is an outstanding experience playing high school football.

A total of 240 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30-May 2, USA Football announced today.

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida led all high schools with three players selected – PHILLIP DORSETT (Indianapolis, first round), RASHAD GREENE (Jacksonville, fifth round) and BOBBY HART (New York Giants, seventh round).

For the complete release, click here

NFL OFFSEASON WORKOUT PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

Following is the NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar for 2015. Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.

As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

For the complete release, click here

Ted Wells Report

Ted Wells transmitted his report to Commissioner Goodell and the New England Patriots earlier today on the footballs used in the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015. Mr. Wells requested that our office make it available to the public at 1 p.m. ET. It is now posted on NFLCommunications.com and NFLMedia.com. Following is a statement by Commissioner Goodell:

STATEMENT OF NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL

I want to express my appreciation to Ted Wells and his colleagues for performing a thorough and independent investigation, the findings and conclusions of which are set forth in today’s comprehensive report.

As with other recent matters involving violations of competitive rules, Troy Vincent and his team will consider what steps to take in light of the report, both with respect to possible disciplinary action and to any changes in protocols that are necessary to avoid future incidents of this type.  At the same time, we will continue our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play at all times.

For the complete report, click here

NFL Tips Hat to Fans and City of Chicago for Turning Chi-Town into Draft Town

Windy City Draft Makes NFL History

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While the NFL will soon begin exploring plans for next year’s Draft, let’s take a moment to reflect on the 2015 Draft. After all, as the great philosopher and Chicago-area native Ferris Bueller once said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

For the complete release, click here