Archive for October, 2011

Al Davis, Ed Sabol, Mike Ditka & Tom Landry profiled on NFL Network’s “A Football Life” series

Documentary on the Legendary Al Davis Debuts Friday, November 11 at 10:00 PM ET – A Day After Raiders Open 2011 ‘Thursday Night Football’ Schedule Against Chargers

 ‘Ed Sabol: A Football Life’ Premieres Thursday, October 20 at 10:00 PM ET

 Hall of Famers & Super Bowl-Winning Coaches Mike Ditka (October 27) & Tom Landry (November 3) Are Also Featured

Legendary NFL icon Al Davis, NFL Films founder Ed Sabol and Super Bowl-winning head coaches Mike Ditka and Tom Landry are the subjects of this season’s final four episodes of NFL Network’s critically-acclaimed documentary series A Football Life, beginning with Sabol on Thursday, October 20 at 10:00 PM ET. All four men are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The life and legacy of the late Al Davis is explored in Al Davis: A Football Life on Friday, November 11 at 10:00 PM ET, offering an in-depth look into his six decades in professional football. A Football Life, produced by NFL Films, looks at all aspects of his career and features previously unseen interviews with Davis and those who knew him best.

The one-hour documentary on Davis debuts the night after the Raiders play the San Diego Chargers to kickoff NFL Network’s 2011 Thursday Night Football schedule on November 10 at 8:00 PM ET.

This week on Thursday, October 20 at 10:00 PM ET, Ed Sabol: A Football Life chronicles the profound and enduring impact that Sabol and NFL Films have had on the NFL, and how they revolutionized the way the game of football is viewed and remembered. In addition to interviews with Sabol, his son Steve and daughter Blair, A Football Life follows Ed throughout his entire Hall of Fame experience, capturing footage from the Enshrinees Dinner and behind-the-scenes of his induction speech.

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Week 6 What to Look For — A Look Back

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NFL Films partners with Vivendi Entertainment for U.S. and Canada home entertainment distribution

NFL Films distribution agreement features “Green Bay Packers: Road to Super Bowl XLV” as first release

NFL Films, the most honored filmmaker in sports, has selected Vivendi Entertainment (VE) as the exclusive distributor for NFL Films home entertainment programming in the US and Canada. The agreement marks a significant expansion by NFL Films as this is the first time that the company has granted both digital and physical (DVD/Blu-ray) rights for its home entertainment business.  The announcement was made today by Barry Wolper, Chief Financial Officer, NFL Films, and Tom O’Malley, President of VE.

As part of the multi-year agreement, VE will now assume the exclusive US and Canadian marketing and distribution of NFL titles, leveraging their highly-anticipated programming across multiple physical and digital platforms. The release schedule will include at least 7-10 new DVD releases each year, the first of which features last year’s Super Bowl winners in “Green Bay Packers: Road to Super Bowl XLV (4 Disc Set).”  VE will also distribute the existing NFL Films DVD catalog, which features more than 115 dynamic titles including such fan-favorite collections as the Super Bowls, team histories, the Emmy Award-winning America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions and Complete Game Sets, which show historically beloved games in their entirety.

“The NFL brand stands for innovative, high-quality entertainment production,” stated Yolanda Macias, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Business Development, VE. “And through our extensive distribution network, we are able to offer compelling programming choices to NFL fans – everywhere and however they want to enjoy the content.

“We are proud to begin a new partnership with Vivendi that will make more of NFL Films’ videos available to our fans in more places,” Wolper said.

As part of the exclusive distribution agreement, consumers will be able to find NFL Films DVD titles at retail outlets across the country.  Online, NFL Films product can be purchased through iTunes, Best Buy CinemaNow and Vudu.
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Seven from Sunday — Week 6

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 16, the sixth week of the 2011 season.

  • The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS overcame a 10-0 deficit to defeat the Detroit Lions 25-19.  It marked the 19th time this season that a team trailed by at least 10 points and came back to win the game.  That is the most through the first six weeks of any season in NFL history.

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Week 6 @NFLFootballInfo And @NFLHistory Tweets of the Week

The following release includes the “Tweets of the Week” from the @NFLFootballInfo and @NFLHistory Twitter feeds.

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What to Look For – Week 6

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NFL games rank as nine of ten most-watched sporting events since Super Bowl

NFL Games Six Most-Watched Shows on Cable This Fall

After five weeks of the season, NFL games rank as nine of the ten most-watched sporting events since Super Bowl XLV.

A pair of Week 5 telecasts topped all television viewership last week (October 3 – 9) with the CBS national telecast (mostly Jets-Patriots) drawing 22.6 million average viewers and the Packers-Falcons Sunday night game on NBC drawing 22.0 million viewers.

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AFC & NFC Players of the Week — Week 5

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Commissioner Goodell: League Meeting Media Briefing

Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed media members this evening to close the  most recent league meeting, which was hosted in Houston, Texas.  A full transcript of Commissioner Goodell’s briefing is included below:



October 11, 2011

Opening remarks:

I think you’re aware of most of the things that we discussed today and voted on, including Super XLIX going to Arizona. We also voted on the extension and expansion of our international resolution and our ESPN deal was formally approved by the membership today. We also had a number of reports on a variety of topics, including collective bargaining and a number of business issues, including our gate initiatives. There is a continuing focus on our momentum coming out of the labor negotiations and how we continue to seize those opportunities and continue to grow the business.
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Week 6 NFL Capsules

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