Archive for March, 2012

Big numbers for NFL Scouting Combine on NFL Network, NFL.com & NFL Mobile

More than 6.5 Million Viewers Watched Combine on NFL Network

Sunday QB-WR-RB workouts set Combine viewership mark

Unique Users on NFL Digital Properties Jump 37%

Fans enjoyed the NFL Scouting Combine across all NFL Media platforms in large numbers again in 2012.  For the second consecutive year more than 6.5 million viewers tuned in to NFL Network’s exclusive coverage of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour (6.51 million in 2012, 6.55 million in 2011). Those totals represent large jumps over 2010 (5.2 million viewers) and 2007 (3.7 million viewers), according to The Nielsen Company.

Sunday’s seven hours of live coverage featuring quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers was the most-watched Combine telecast of all-time with an average of 450,000 viewers up 11 percent from last year (406,000) and up 62 percent from 2010 (277,000).

The audience on the NFL’s digital media properties including NFL.com, NFL Mobile Only From Verizon and other mobile outlets jumped 37 percent for full Combine coverage with unique users from Sunday’s workout coverage spiking 39 percent.

The NFL Scouting Combine is part of NFL Network’s “Path to Primetime” programming leading into the 2012 NFL Draft April 26-28. NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft” airs Monday-Friday at 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM ET through May 4.

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20 Players Selected to Take Part in First-Ever “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” at Universal Studios

Program for current & former players runs April 2-5 in Los Angeles

Twenty current and former NFL players including five-time Pro Bowler TERRELL SUGGS (Ravens), and three-time All-Stars D’BRICKASHAW FERGUSON (Jets) and STEVEN JACKSON (Rams) will take part in the first-ever NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp at Universal Studios in Universal City, California.

The program, which runs from April 2-5, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and Film Life Inc., the New York-based film production company, and will cover a wide range of topics in the movie industry.

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Live wall-to-wall Peyton Manning coverage today on NFL Network & NFL.com

Leading up to, including and following today’s 12 Noon ET Indianapolis Colts press conference with owner JIM IRSAY and quarterback PEYTON MANNING, NFL Network and NFL.com will continue wall-to-wall live coverage.

Following is today’s NFL Network schedule:

NFL Network schedule – Wednesday, March 7

NOW – Breaking News Coverage (LIVE – since 8 AM ET)

12 Noon ET – Indianapolis Colts press conference (LIVE)

**LIVE CONTINUING COVERAGE FOLLOWING PRESS CONFERENCE THROUGH 6:00 PM ET**

6:00 PM ETPath to the Draft (LIVE)

7:00 PM ETNFL Total Access (LIVE)

8:00 PM ETSound FX: Peyton Manning

8:30 PM ET – Super Bowl XLI highlight – Colts vs. Bears (Peyton Manning MVP)

9:00 PM ETAmerica’s Game: 2006 Indianapolis Colts

10:00 PM ETPath to the Draft

11:00 PM ETNFL Total Access

12 Midnight ETNFL’s Greatest Games: 2006 AFC Championship – Patriots vs. Colts

1:30 AM ET – 2006 Indianapolis Colts – season-in-review highlight

NFL VP of Player Engagement Troy Vincent Receives 2012 Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service By an Athlete

New York, March 6, 2012 – NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT has been honored with a 2012 Jefferson Award for outstanding public service by an athlete, it was announced today.  Vincent, who joined the NFL in 2010 following a 15-year NFL career, was recognized for his dedication to community development and outreach.

Troy and his wife Tommi founded Love Thy Neighbor, a community development corporation in their hometown of Trenton, N.J. which has awarded nearly $500,000 in college scholarships to inner-city students and in 2011 assisted more than 850 families with life necessities.  At the NFL, Troy oversees NFL Player Engagement which assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences.

Also among the honorees are two Virginia sisters whose national nonprofit based on treasure hunts has raised more than $7 million in scholarships for the children of military veterans, a Georgia high school student whose environmental activism has led to the recycling of 8,000 tons of waste and a Yale University violin virtuoso whose concerts have raised close to $5 million to help fight children’s neurological disease are among this year’s recipients of the 2012 Jefferson Awards. In addition, the Tribeca Film Festival, accepted by cofounders Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. were honored.

Known as the “Nobel Prize for public service,” the Jefferson Awards honor extraordinary individuals and companies whose profound achievements and commitment to their communities are making the world a better place to live. 

“This year’s Jefferson Awards recipients have made real and lasting differences in the lives of countless people,” said Sam Beard, who with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. founded the Jefferson Awards, now in their 40th year.  “Their remarkable contributions – in fundraising, activism, community service and the arts – nobly reflect one of the founding qualities of our republic: a commitment to help one another and serve the greater good.   The Jefferson Awards is proud to bestow on them this fitting tribute in recognition of the breadth and scope of their extraordinary achievements.”


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Current and Former Players Kick Off NFL-USO Tour to the Middle East

NFL players who excel on the field and in the community are continuing an NFL-USO tradition initiated more than 45 years ago as they take part in weeklong visit to U.S. troops at military bases throughout the Middle East.

Carolina Panthers punter JASON BAKER,  former NFL linebacker DHANI JONES, Cleveland Browns center ALEX MACK,  San Diego Chargers linebacker TAKEO SPIKES and Houston Texans tackle ERIC WINSTON are currently overseas spending time with  service members in the annual renewal of the NFL-USO program.

The NFL and USO have organized overseas morale-building visits for more than 45 years. In 1966, the NFL teamed with the USO and became the first sports organization to send a group of players to Vietnam and other parts of Asia to demonstrate the league’s support for America’s troops. Since then, NFL icons including TERRY BRADSHAW, LARRY CSONKA, FRANCO HARRIS, HOWIE LONG, DON MEREDITH, LYNN SWANN and JOHNNY UNITAS have visited troops on NFL-USO tours in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kuwait and Somalia.  

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Franchise Players Named

Franchise player designations were announced today for the 2012 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 13.

A club can designate one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among its veteran free agents.    

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Rodgers, Tebow, Eli Manning top jersey list

Below are the 25 top-selling jerseys on NFLShop.com from April 1, 2011 – February 29,2012.

Record Number of Kids Played NFL Flag Powered By USA Football in 2011

NFL FLAG powered by USA Football, the premier youth flag football program in the United States, grew to a record participation figure in 2011 with more than 169,000 boys and girls age 5-17 playing in leagues across 49 states and Washington, D.C.

The total is a 27.1 percent increase from 2010, when 133,000 young athletes took part in the program that serves communities of all sizes, marking the fifth consecutive year that NFL FLAG has grown since its inception in 1996.

Players in NFL FLAG powered by USA Football learn every position on the field as well as football fundamentals through USA Football’s advanced digital resources. In addition to online video and computer animated skill instruction, the program incorporates player health and safety material as well as football values of teamwork and sportsmanship.

NFL FLAG powered by USA Football promotes physical fitness as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and fitness campaign, aimed at getting kids active for 60 minutes a day.


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NFL Network Names Announcers for 2012 Debut of “NET10 Arena Football Friday”

Paul Burmeister & Charles Davis kick off the League’s Silver Anniversary on NFL Network

NFL Network personalities Paul Burmeister and Charles Davis will be in the booth as the AFL opens its 25th season on March 9, 2012 featuring the Pittsburgh Power at Orlando Predators. The season opener will be coined as the “Hall of Fame Game” as members of the 2011 AFL Hall of Fame Class will be inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame. The 2012 season will mark the third consecutive year of “Arena Football Friday” on NFL Network and the first with NET10 as the presenting sponsor.

During the 23-game slate, which includes 20 regular season games, two playoff contests and ArenaBowl XXV held in New Orleans, Burmeister will share play-by-play duties with Fran Charles, and Ari Wolfe, while Davis, Brian Baldinger, Solomon Wilcots, AFL Hall of Fame Inductee Kurt Warner and Anthony Herron serve as analysts. Wolfe and Herron will serve as sideline reporters throughout the season as well.

NFL Network’s “NET10 Arena Football Friday” telecasts are set for 8:00 pm ET. The AFL’s national game of the week on NFL Network is coming off a record rating for ArenaBowl XXIV featuring the Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers on August 12, 2011. Below is a schedule for “NET10 Arena Football Friday” broadcasts on NFL Network:

DATE                          MATCHUP

March 9                       Pittsburgh Power vs. Orlando Predators

March 18                     Georgia Force vs. Tampa Bay Storm

March 22                     Philadelphia Soul vs. Pittsburgh Power

March 30                     San Jose SaberCats vs. Spokane Shock

April 6                          Tampa Bay Storm vs. New Orleans VooDoo

April 13                        New Orleans VooDoo vs. San Antonio Talons

April 20                        Tampa Bay Storm vs. Philadelphia Soul

April 30                        Kansas City Command vs. Tampa Bay Storm (Special Monday Night game after the NFL Draft Weekend)

May 4                          New Orleans VooDoo vs. Jacksonville Sharks

May 11                        Cleveland Gladiators vs. Milwaukee Mustangs

May 18                        Orlando Predators vs. New Orleans VooDoo

May 25                        Jacksonville Sharks vs. Orlando Predators

June 1                         Cleveland Gladiators vs. Iowa Barnstormers

June 8                         Pittsburgh Power vs. Cleveland Gladiators

June 15                       Tampa Bay Storm vs. Orlando Predators

June 22                       Arizona Rattlers vs. Milwaukee Mustangs

June 29                       Milwaukee Mustangs vs. Cleveland Gladiators

July 6                          Milwaukee Mustangs at Jacksonville Sharks

July 13                        Cleveland Gladiators vs. Utah Blaze

July 20                        Jacksonville Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Power