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RAY ANDERSON has decided to leave his position as the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations following the conclusion of the 2013 season to pursue other opportunities, the NFL announced today.
The NFL clubs were informed of Anderson’s decision today at a league meeting in Dallas.
Anderson has been leading the NFL’s football operations department since August of 2006 and will continue in that role through the rest of the season. In his eight seasons, Anderson’s leadership has helped the NFL consistently deliver exciting and competitive football while making the game better and safer.
“I have been involved in many different aspects of the NFL — as an agent, club executive, and league executive,” Anderson said. “I have always enjoyed new challenges and the time is right for me to evolve into the next phase of my career. I appreciate the opportunity Commissioner Goodell gave me and the support I have enjoyed from a great staff.”
Anderson joined the league office after four years as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Atlanta Falcons.
“Ray’s wide-ranging experience in football has played an important role in our football operations,” Commissioner ROGER GOODELL said. “Ray has been a strong contributor, always focusing on our key priorities. His engaging personality helped smooth the edges of many a difficult issue. We appreciate Ray’s contributions and know he will be successful in his next venture.”
A native of Los Angeles and a three-year football letterman at Stanford, Anderson played both football and baseball at the school, earning a political science degree in 1976. In 1979, he graduated from Harvard Law School and began his professional career as an attorney at Kilpatrick & Cody in Atlanta, working primarily in labor law litigation. In 1987 he launched his own sports agency, AR Sports, specializing in the representation of NFL coaches and players. AR Sports merged with Octagon in 2001.
NFL Games 1-2 on Cable
Games Top Local Ratings in 28 of 30 NFL Markets
NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Dec. 2-8) with the FOX national telecast (mostly Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 27.6 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Carolina Panthers-New Orleans Saints) with 19.1 million viewers.
An NFL game has topped the viewership charts in all 14 weeks this season.
NFL games were also 1-2 on cable for the week. The New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks Week 14 ESPN Monday Night Football game ranked as the most-watched cable program in the past week, followed by NFL Network’s Houston Texans-Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday Night Football game.
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning Leads Pro Bowl Charge with Two Weeks of Voting Remaining on NFL.com
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Denver Broncos quarterback PEYTON MANNING, with 1,093,691 votes, leads all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2014 Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced today.
Fan voting for the 2014 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to www.NFL.com/probowl/ballot until 6:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 26.
New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES (934,772 votes) ranks second overall, while Seattle Seahawks running back MARSHAWN LYNCH (745,286 votes), Kansas City Chiefs running back JAMAAL CHARLES (739,971 votes), and Detroit Lions wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON (739,701 votes) round out the top five on NFL.com.
Balloting will conclude on Thursday, December 26, just three days prior to an exciting slate of Week 17 NFL games. The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Friday, December 27.
Players will later be assigned to teams through the first-ever Pro Bowl Draft, which will air on NFL Network during the week leading up to the game.
The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 26, 2014 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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American football took a big step closer to an Olympic end zone Tuesday as the International Olympic Committee granted the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) provisional IOC recognition during its meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
A vote on football could take place as early as 2017. If approved, football would join the Summer Olympics lineup in 2024 at a host city yet to be determined.
“IFAF is proud to receive this recognition and join the Olympic family,” IFAF President Tommy Wiking said. “The enduring ideals of sport that comprise the Olympic Charter reside in our game’s timeless values and in the spirit of the millions who love to play it.
“We thank the IOC Executive Board and administration for its support throughout this process as well as our dedicated National and Continental committees. It is especially gratifying to share this recognition with American football athletes of all ages across the world, past and present. They have made and continue to make this an exceptional sport that captures our imaginations and unites us through competition in mind, body and heart.”
IFAF unites 64 countries on six continents, all of which have national federations dedicated to the sport of American football.
As the national governing body of the sport, USA Football is the United States’ representative to IFAF. USA Football currently fields national teams for international competition in men’s, women’s, Under-19, Under-18, Under-17, Under-16 and Under-15 tackle as well as men’s and women’s flag.
With provisional recognition some IFAF member countries will gain government support for sport development. The IOC decision may lead to more countries establishing American football programs as well.
In addition, this could offer American football more opportunities to played in larger international competitions, such as the Pan American Games.
“On behalf of the IOC, we are delighted to welcome the IFAF into the Olympic family. The federation has long demonstrated strong youth appeal and is making great progress in developing their sport around the world. We trust that this provisional recognition will generate momentum in the further universal development of their disciplines.” said Christophe Dubi, IOC sports director.