Archive for January, 2012

Kelly Clarkson To Sing The National Anthem; Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert To Sing “America The Beautiful” At Super Bowl XLVI On NBC

SUPER BOWL XLVI PREGAME SHOW TO FEATURE LENNY KRAVITZ & THE FRAY

KELLY CLARKSON will sing the National Anthem and BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT will sing “America The Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl XLVI pregame festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5, the NFL and NBC announced today. The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff.

In addition, LENNY KRAVITZ and THE FRAY will help kick off Super Bowl XLVI as part of the pregame festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium.

More than 162 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history.  The pregame show, including the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful,” and Super Bowl XLVI will be broadcast worldwide.

Clarkson will make her Super Bowl debut.  She is among many great performers who have been honored with singing the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Jewel, Cher, Faith Hill, the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more.  (See below for a complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls.) 

Shelton & Lambert join VICKI CARR (Super Bowl XI), RAY CHARLES (Super Bowl XXXV), MARY J. BLIGE & MARC ANTHONY (Super Bowl XXXVI), ALICIA KEYS (Super Bowl XXXIX), FAITH HILL (Super Bowl XLIII), QUEEN LATIFAH (Super Bowl XLIV) and LEA MICHELE (Super Bowl XLVI) as the only artists to perform the song at the Super Bowl.

The NFL previously announced that MADONNA will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show.

The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.

SUPER BOWL NATIONAL ANTHEM HONOR ROLL

Super Bowl Performer
Super Bowl I Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands
Super Bowl II Grambling University Band
Super Bowl III Anita Bryant (Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo Astronauts)
Super Bowl IV Al Hirt (Pledge of Allegiance by Astronauts)
Super Bowl V Tommy Loy (trumpeter)
Super Bowl VI U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale
Super Bowl VII Andy Williams & Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo 17 crew
Super Bowl VIII Charlie Pride
Super Bowl IX Grambling University Band with Mardi Gras Chorus
Super Bowl X Tom Sullivan
Super Bowl XI Vicki Carr (America the Beautiful)
Super Bowl XII Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University
Super Bowl XIII Colgate University Thirteen
Super Bowl XIV Cheryl Ladd
Super Bowl XV Helen O’Connell
Super Bowl XVI Diana Ross
Super Bowl XVII Leslie Easterbrook
Super Bowl XVIII Barry Manilow
Super Bowl XIX Children’s Choir of San Francisco
Super Bowl XX Wynton Marsalis
Super Bowl XXI Neil Diamond
Super Bowl XXII Herb Alpert
Super Bowl XXIII Billy Joel
Super Bowl XXIV Aaron Neville
Super Bowl XXV Whitney Houston
Super Bowl XXVI Harry Connick, Jr. (Signed by Lori Hilary)
Super Bowl XXVII Garth Brooks (Signed by Marlee Matlin)
Super Bowl XXVIII Natalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus (Signed by Courtney Keel Foley)
Super Bowl XXIX Kathie Lee Gifford (Signed by Heather Whitestone)
Super Bowl XXX Vanessa Williams (Signed by Mary Kim Titla)
Super Bowl XXXI Luther Vandross (Signed by Erika Schwarz)
Super Bowl XXXII Jewel (Signed by Phyllis Frelich)
Super Bowl XXXIII Cher (Signed by Speaking Hands)
Super Bowl XXXIV Faith Hill (Signed by Briarlake Elementary School Signing Choir)
Super Bowl XXXV Backstreet Boys (Signed by Tom Cooney); “America The Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles
Super Bowl XXXVI Mariah Carey (Signed by Joe Narcisse); “America The Beautiful” performed by Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony
Super Bowl XXXVII Dixie Chicks (Signed by Janet Maxwell);
“God Bless America” performed by Celine Dion
Super Bowl XXXVIII Beyoncé Knowles (Signed by Suzanna Christy)
Super Bowl XXXIX More than 100 representatives from the four branches of the military (Signed by Wesley Tallent )
Super Bowl XL Aaron Neville and Dr. John with Aretha Franklin & Detroit based 150-member choir (Signed by Angela LaGuardia of Michigan School for Deaf).
Super Bowl XLI Billy Joel (Signed by Marlee Matlin and Jason Hay-Southwell)
Super Bowl XLII Jordin Sparks (Signed by A Dreamer)
Super Bowl XLIII Jennifer Hudson
Super Bowl XLIV Carrie Underwood
Super Bowl XLV Christina Aguilera
Super Bowl XLVI Kelly Clarkson

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2012 Pro Bowl ranks as second-most watched all-star game in more than a decade

An average of 12.5 million fans tuned into the 2012 Pro Bowl Sunday on NBC, ranking as the second most-watched NFL All-Star game since 2001 behind last year’s game (13.4 million viewers).

The 2012 Pro Bowl also topped by 14 percent sports’ second-most watched all-star game in the past year (2011 MLB All-Star Game on FOX, 11.0 million viewers).

The top local overnight ratings for Pro Bowl are as follows:

    1. New Orleans, 21.8 rating/29 share
    2. Milwaukee, 17.6/25
    3. Pittsburgh, 17.2/24
    4. Charlotte, 12.1/18
    5. Norfolk, 11.8/16
    6. Cincinnati, 11.7/17
    7. Las Vegas, 11.0/18
    8. Jacksonville, 10.4/15
    9. Sacramento, 10.2/17

                 10. Nashville, 10.1/14

The 2012 Pro Bowl was played the week before the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year.

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SUPERBOWL.COM delivers information, analysis, video & is now available to fans on the go

Super Bowl XLVI Goes Mobile with The Official Guide Presented by Verizon & Game Program Presented By Chevrolet

NFL fans will be able to experience all aspects of Super Bowl XLVI at SUPERBOWL.COM with dynamic live programming, community features, in-depth event coverage from reporters and expert analysts, plus an interactive trivia challenge.

THE SUPER BOWL XLVI OFFICIAL GUIDE PRESENTED BY VERIZON features a detailed guide to local restaurants, nightlife, and official Super Bowl events, with a 3D map of Indianapolis and an interactive 3D map of Lucas Oil Stadium for game day.  Follow all of the social media buzz, pin your parking spot and find your seating section in the stadium, plus much more.  You can get the app on your Android phone (http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nfl.sbxlviguide), Android tablet (http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nfl.sbxlviguidetab) or iTunes App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sb-xlvi-guide/id413928892?mt=8).

THE SUPER BOWL XLVI GAME PROGRAM PRESENTED BY CHEVROLET is a digital version of the iconic souvenir program optimized for a tablet. With additional interactive content, the Program chronicles the New York Giants’ and New England Patriots’ roads to Super Bowl XLVI, captures memories of past Super Bowls and recaps key moments from the 2011 season. “The Super Bowl XLVI Game Program Presented by Chevrolet” will be available for free in the Android Market and iTunes App Store.
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Super Bowl XLVI Preview

SUPER BOWL XLVI: NEW YORK GIANTS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

It all comes down to this.

On Sunday, February 5, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots will meet in Super Bowl XLVI (6:00 PM ET, NBC) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It marks a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14 in one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history.

“It’s a great chess match with two elite quarterbacks and two teams with great traditions and great histories,” says NBC’s AL MICHAELS. “It should be a terrific matchup.”

Super Bowl XLVI is the first Super Bowl in which both starting quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl MVP award. New York quarterback ELI MANNING passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns – including the game-winning 13-yarder to PLAXICO BURRESS with 35 seconds remaining – in Super Bowl XLII and was named the game’s MVP. New England quarterback TOM BRADY has been named Super Bowl MVP twice (XXXVI, XXXVIII) and is one of only four players in NFL history to win the award multiple times, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (XVI, XIX, XXIV), TERRY BRADSHAW (XIII, XIV) and BART STARR (I, II).

“I expect greatness from this game,” says NBC analyst CRIS COLLINSWORTH.

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NFL Introduces Communications System For Super Bowl XLVI Ticket Holders

Fans May Register at NFL.com/SBXLVI
For Exclusive Details About Gameday and Other Events

NFL fans and ticket holders will be able to connect with Super Bowl XLVI through a new mobile application and text communications platform that will provide real-time information concerning Super Bowl events, including gameday, it was announced today.

All fans enjoying the week of Super Bowl festivities in Indianapolis may download the free, official Super Bowl XLVI Guide application presented by Verizon for their smart phones and tablets. Features will include an interactive 3D map of Lucas Oil Stadium and downtown Indianapolis as well as a full event schedule, restaurant and nightlife guide and other information. The app may be downloaded by texting “Guide” to MYNFL (69635) or searching for “Super Bowl XLVI Guide” in the Android Market or Apple App Store.

Ticket holders may also visit NFL.com/SBXLVI, text “Super Bowl” to MYNFL (69635) or scan the QR code on the back of their tickets to register on NFL.com to opt-in to a communications service which will provide important information from the NFL via text message.

Ticket holders will receive a variety of notifications on Super Bowl Sunday including weather and traffic notifications, waiting time at stadium entrances, and more. During Super Bowl week, subscribers will be sent information about events happening throughout Indianapolis.

Information will also be continuously updated on NFL.com and SuperBowl.com. Fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/46/guide for details about housing, gameday parking, Lucas Oil Stadium, the event calendar and an interactive virtual visitors’ guide.

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Titans Owner Bud Adams Jr. and Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh Named Salute to Service Award Finalists

First-ever award winner will be named during NFL Honors event on February 4

NEW YORK – With Super Bowl XLVI around the corner and the spotlight on the field, the NFL is recognizing excellence off the field by announcing today the two finalists for the League’s inaugural Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military and their families, is the NFL’s first Official Military Appreciation Sponsor.

Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh were selected for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community. The first Salute to Service Award will be presented to one of the finalists at the inaugural NFL Honors event that will air on NBC Saturday, February 4 at 9 PM ET. In addition, a $25,000 contribution will be made by USAA in the winner’s honor to the aid societies representing all five military branches.

“We should never take for granted the tremendous sacrifices made daily by our nation’s military,” said Steve Speakes, executive vice president of USAA’s external affairs and a retired Army lieutenant general. “Together with the NFL, we are launching the Salute to Service Award as a way to recognize those in the NFL community who appreciate and honor that sacrifice, enrich the lives of military members and encourage others to do the same.”

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NFL Films’ “Road to the Super Bowl” debuts on NBC at 12 Noon ET on Super Bowl Sunday

42nd Year of TV’s Longest-Running, Most-Honored Annual Sports Special

One-Hour Special Culled From 1.7 Million Feet of Game Film & 400 Hours of Game Audio from 133 Coaches & Players

How did the New York Giants and New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis?  Re-live the journey as only NFL Films can present it on “Road to the Super Bowl” on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5 at 12:00 Noon ET on NBC.

“Road to the Super Bowl” begins with Kickoff Weekend and chronicles the 2011 NFL season utilizing NFL Films’ signature captivating video and sound from on the field and in the locker room from exclusive player and coach wirings.

“For those who love football, this show is red meat,” said NFL Films president Steve Sabol. “No interviews, no talking heads, all action.”

“Road to the Super Bowl” is the longest-running (42 years) and most honored (28 Sports Emmys) annual sports special. “Road to the Super Bowl,” which debuted following the 1969 season, was culled by NFL Films producers from more than 1.7 million feet of game footage to 980 feet for the one-hour special.  In addition, more than 400 hours of audio were captured from 133 exclusive coach and player on-field wirings.  Original orchestral music, including a 60-person choir, was used in producing the show.

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What to Look For – 2012 Pro Bowl

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20 players selected to take part in first-ever “NFL Business of Music Boot Camp”

Program for current & former players runs Feb 27-March 1 in New York

Twenty current and former NFL players including seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and NFL Network analyst TORRY HOLT and two-time All-Star defensive backs ANTOINE BETHEA and AL HARRIS will take part in the first-ever NFL Business of Music Boot Camp at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from February 27-March 1, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and the Clive Davis Institute in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and offers professional training for creative entrepreneurs in the music industry.

Following are the current and former NFL players enrolled in the NFL Business of Music Boot Camp:

Player Current team (Former teams)
Marvin Austin NYG
Antoine Bethea IND
Keary Colbert Former (CAR, DEN, SEA, DET, KC)
Justin Fargas Former (OAK)
Al Harris STL
Torry Holt Former (STL, JAX)
Darren Howard Former (NO, PHL)
Chris Kluwe MIN
James Lee TB
Brandon Lloyd STL
Dustin Lyman Former (CHI)
David Macklin Former (IND, ARZ, WASH, KC)
Bryant McKinnie BALT
Ryan McNeil Former (DET, STL, CLE)
Chukky Okobi Former (PIT, AZ)
Chris Pressley CIN
Bryan Scott BUF
L.J. Shelton Former (AZ, CLE, MIA, SD)
Craig Terrill Former (SEA)
Ashton Youboty JAX
 

NFL clubs extend Commissioner Goodell’s contract to 2019

The NFL clubs have agreed to a new contract with Roger Goodell that extends his term as commissioner through the 2018 season, the NFL confirmed today.

The announcement was made by Atlanta Falcons Owner and Chairman Arthur M. Blank, who serves as chairman of the NFL Compensation Committee.  

NFL clubs unanimously approved a resolution at a December 14 league meeting in Dallas that said, “The commissioner has performed his duties in an exemplary fashion since his election in 2006 and the membership has determined that the interests of the NFL would be best served by a continuation of the commissioner’s employment beyond the terms of his current employment contract.” The resolution authorized the Compensation Committee to complete negotiations on a new contract, the third of Goodell’s tenure as commissioner. His original five-year contract was extended in 2009. The new contract continues until March 31, 2019.

Other members of the Compensation Committee are Tom Benson (New Orleans), Pat Bowlen (Denver), Robert Kraft (New England), Jerry Richardson (Carolina), and Steve Ross (Miami).

“I speak on behalf of 32 NFL club owners in saying we are fortunate to have Roger Goodell as our commissioner,” Blank said. “Since becoming commissioner in 2006, the NFL – already the leader in professional sports – has gotten even stronger.  As evidenced by this contract extension, we have great confidence in Roger’s vision and leadership of the NFL. Our clubs, players and fans could not ask for a better CEO.”

Goodell, 52, has focused his priorities on successfully growing the NFL’s popularity and leadership role by strengthening the game and all 32 NFL franchises through innovation.

The game on the field is more competitive and exciting than ever. As a result, fan interest in the NFL has soared under Goodell’s leadership, including the largest television audiences in league history, 23 of the 25 highest-rated programs of the current television season, enormous growth in online and social media engagement, and other measures of success and popularity. The NFL’s status as America’s most popular sports league has grown under Goodell.

“It is a privilege for me to serve the NFL,” Goodell said. “It is the only place I have ever wanted to work. I am grateful for the contributions and counsel of NFL owners in managing our league, the talented staff that supports us, and the players and coaches that perform their magic on the field. It is truly a team effort. I am eagerly looking ahead to the challenge of building on our momentum and doing all we can to improve our game for the fans and everyone that is part of our league.”  

In his first six seasons as commissioner, Goodell has addressed a wide range of issues to improve the NFL, including player health and safety; the medical needs and pensions of retired players; personal conduct; labor and revenue sharing; stadium construction; media innovation; and international development.

In 2011, his leadership helped secure a landmark 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, the longest in the history of professional sports. That was followed by long-term extensions of the NFL’s television contracts. The nine-year agreements with CBS, FOX, and NBC are the longest ever for NFL broadcast television contracts and continue the NFL’s tradition of being the only sports league that shows all of its regular-season and playoff games on free, over-the-air television.

In addition to nurturing the NFL to new heights of fan popularity, Goodell has led the way in creating new playing rules, policies, and programs to make the game better and safer. This includes $100 million committed to medical research during the 10-year term of the new CBA. Goodell’s leadership on health and safety has had a significant positive impact on all levels of football and other sports.

During his tenure, Commissioner Goodell also has strengthened the league’s anti-steroids policy, launched innovative media initiatives and a new series of international regular-season games, improved the NFL’s news media access policies to better serve fan interest, and revamped and enhanced the league’s programs to support and assist players and former players in their lives off the field.

Prior to taking command as commissioner in September of 2006, Goodell managed a wide array of football and business operations during a 24-year career in the NFL that started with an internship in the NFL office in 1982 under former Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

After spending the 1983 season as an intern with the New York Jets, Goodell returned to the league office in 1984 as an assistant in the public relations department. Under Rozelle’s successor, Paul Tagliabue, Goodell served in various senior executive roles and was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2001. As chief operating officer, Goodell was responsible for the league’s football operations and officiating departments in addition to supervising all league business functions.

Goodell is a native of Jamestown, New York. He spent his high school years in Bronxville, New York, where he captained the football, basketball, and baseball teams as a senior and was named athlete of the year at Bronxville High School. Goodell graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1981 with a degree in economics. 

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