Archive for April, 2012

Transcript: Mike Mayock’s Draft Preview Conference Call

For the transcript of today’s Draft preview conference call with NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, click here

NFL Community Events During Draft Week 2012

DRAFT PROSPECTS, COMMISSIONER GOODELL, CURRENT AND FORMER NFL PLAYERS JOIN AREA YOUTH FOR NFL PLAY 60 YOUTH FOOTBALL FESTIVAL DURING DRAFT WEEK

Players will team with area students from New York and New Jersey to help kids stay active for 60 minutes a day, as part of the NFL PLAY 60 youth health and fitness campaign. Students will learn NFL FLAG drills from USA Football coaches and participate in drills with players.  

 NFL Draft prospects and Commissioner Goodell will join in the festivities on Wednesday, April 25. The Draft prospects will lead local students in a youth football clinic on Wednesday morning, followed by a media availability at the clinic fields. Those credentialed to cover the 2012 NFL Draft may pick up their credential at this event from 9:00-10:30AM.

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NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS TO VISIT WITH CHILDREN AT THE MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER

NFL Draft prospects will visit with pediatric patients in the Kravis Children’s Hospital at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.  Players and the patients will meet in ‘The Zone,’ a state-of-the-art therapeutic play and educational environment for children and families funded by Troy Aikman, Garth Brooks and others in the Kravis Children’s Hospital. 

Children will have a chance to interview the future NFL standouts in the KidsZone/TV studios. 

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2012 NFL Draft – All in the Family

Every year, many players join the National Football League from families rich in athletic tradition. Here is a sampling of draft prospects who had family members compete at either the collegiate or professional level in the world of sports.

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Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning makes his debut — “The Top 100: Players of 2012″ premieres Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

Weekly Series Counts Down Top Players in Today’s Game as Voted on by Current NFL Players — Airs Every Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET Following April 28 Debut

‘The Top 100: Players of 2012 – Reactions’ Follows Each Episode at 9:00 PM ET, Featuring Commentary from NFL Network Analysts, NFL Players & Fans

39 New Players Crack the 2012 List

The votes are in and the players have spoken. For the second year, current NFL players have weighed in to determine the top players in today’s game on the new season of the returning series, The Top 100: Players of 2012 Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings debuting Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 PM ET immediately following NFL Network’s live coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft. After the season debut, the NFL Films-produced series continues at its regular time on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM ET, beginning May 2.

Immediately following each episode LIVE at 9:00 PM ET will be The Top 100: Players of 2012 – Reactions Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Host Lindsay Rhodes and a rotating roster of NFL Network analysts and current NFL players discuss and debate the latest group of players to be unveiled from NFL Network’s Los Angeles studios. Fans have the opportunity to join in the debate and voice their own opinions and reactions on Facebook and Twitter, and vote for their own Top 100 on NFL.com/Top100.

After failing to make the Top 100 last year, where does Super Bowl XLVI MVP quarterback Eli Manning debut? Will new Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning make this year’s list? New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow was named today to Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list…will he rank among the NFL’s Top 100? Which player fell more than 80 spots this year from last? The answers to these questions and more will be answered in the 11-part series which counts down from 100 to 1, unveiling 10 players in each one-hour episode. The season-finale unveiling the top 10 is split into two special one-hour episodes on Wednesday, June 27 at 8:00 PM & 9:00 PM ET.

A wide range of current NFL players present each selection and discuss the qualities which makes each player deserving of his ranking.

Tonight at 8:00 PM ET, The Top 100: Players of 2012 Preview Show offers a sneak preview of this year’s list.

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2012 NFL Schedule Announced

2012 Schedules Available on NFL.com and NFL Mobile

The NFL announced today its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2012, which kicks off on Wednesday night, September 5 and concludes on Sunday, December 30 with 16 division games.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 5 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) will feature the defending-champion New York Giants hosting the division-rival Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. In a format introduced in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the NFL season opener.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football will get underway on September 9 when the Denver Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers (8:20 PM ET) in a rematch of last season’s Wild Card playoff thriller.

Among the highlights of Kickoff Weekend are six division games, including a pair on Monday night, September 10.  ESPN’s Monday Night Football doubleheader will feature the AFC North’s Cincinnati Bengals at the Baltimore Ravens (7:00 PM ET) followed by the AFC West’s Oakland Raiders hosting the San Diego Chargers (10:15 PM ET). 

For the remainder of the season, ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-15 and a Saturday-night contest in Week 16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility to the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

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2012 NFL schedule announced tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET exclusively on NFL.com & NFL Network

Record Three-Hour NFL Network Special Breaks Down 2012 NFL Schedule 

NFL.com Unveils Complete Team-by-Team, Week-by-Week Schedules & Presents Movie Trailers Previewing Top Matchups 

Who will quarterback Peyton Manning face in his Denver Broncos debut? When will the top picks in next week’s NFL Draft play in their first NFL games? Which teams will kick off NFL Network’s expanded 13-game Thursday Night Football schedule in Week 2?

These questions and many more will be answered when the 2012 NFL schedule is released in primetime, exclusively on NFL.com and NFL Network on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 PM ET. NFL Network will feature a record three-hour special 2012 Schedule Release Show Presented by Verizon with host Rich Eisen and analysts Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner and Steve Mariucci. The schedule show will also feature special guests.

For fans who want to see their team’s entire schedule immediately, NFL.com is the place to go on Tuesday at 7:00 PM ET. NFL.com will be the first website with complete team-by-team and weekly schedules of all 256 regular-season games, listing opponents, sites and times on a new schedule page that integrates social media and video highlights. Additionally, NFL.com features movie-like trailers previewing the top games on the schedule, sponsored by DirecTV.

Provided below is preview link of one of the movie-like trailers that will be available on NFL.com:

http://ftp2.nflfilmstv.com/filmsint/ftp-inet/Preview/000_broncos_vs_patriots_trailer_700k.mp4

During the three-hour 2012 Schedule Release Show Presented by Verizon, Eisen, Faulk, Irvin, Warner and Mariucci will break down the 2012 regular season schedule, pinpoint “Hot Spots” in the schedule identifying the top games each week, and provide their Super Bowl XLVII predictions. Additionally, the analysts will examine all 13 games that will be part of NFL Network’s expanded Thursday Night Football schedule, featuring Emmy nominated game analyst Mike Mayock, play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan.

Throughout the show, fans can interact with the analysts and voice their opinions on the 2012 NFL schedule by posing questions via Twitter (@nflnetwork) and Facebook (facebook.com/nflnetwork).

NFL.com’s Fantasy Editor Michael Fabiano provides an early scouting report on which players fantasy users should target in the draft and which ones have favorable schedules come playoff time.

For complete analysis of the 2012 schedule, NFL.com writers have it covered from every angle, providing Super Bowl predictions, the best primetime matchups and each team’s strength of schedule.

Similar to NFL Network’s coverage of the NFL Draft and NFL Scouting Combine, the 2012 Schedule Release Show Presented by Verizon is another opportunity for fans to connect with the NFL and see for the first time where, when, and what time their favorite teams will play next season, as well as to analyze and debate the NFL schedule.

NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis. For more information, log onto www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is produced by the National Football League and is the most popular sports league website.

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WISE and NFL join forces to help industry women

Women in Sports & Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports and events, announced today the National Football League is working with the organization as its first corporate partner.

Founded in 1993, WISE continues to support women in the business of sports and events industries as well as provide resources for them to grow and advance in their careers through a series of initiatives.  WISE serves more than 1,000 members across the country and hosts its annual WISE Women of the Year luncheon honoring three women leaders within the industry.  Kim Williams, Chief Operating Officer of NFL Network is one of the honorees being recognized at this year’s luncheon on June 19th, 2012 in NYC. 

The NFL partnership marks the first time WISE is forming a year-long partnership with a single entity.  Through the partnership, WISE and the NFL will collaborate on programming and other targeted platforms to benefit the WISE membership and NFL employees.


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Record 26 Players to Attend 2012 NFL Draft

A record twenty-six top prospects are confirmed to attend the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the NFL announced today. That includes a record five players from BCS National Champion Alabama: S Mark Barron, LB Dont’a Hightower, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, RB Trent Richardson and LB Courtney Upshaw

Louisiana State will have three players in attendance, while Baylor, South Carolina, Southern California and Stanford will each have two players in New York this year.

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Unmatched talent roster of analysts, reporters & college coaches converge for NFL Network & NFL.com’s 2012 NFL Draft coverage

48 Hours of Live “Draft Week” Coverage from New York City Kicks Off Monday, April 23

NFL Network Draft Analyst Mike Mayock Debuts his First – and Only – Mock Draft Wednesday, April 25 at 8:00 PM ET — Features Interviews with Top Prospects Andrew Luck & Robert Griffin III

LSU’s Les Miles & Stanford’s David Shaw Join On-Air Broadcast Team from Radio City Thursday – Saturday

NFL.com Follows Top Prospects Matt Kalil & Justin Blackmon Throughout Their Draft Journey

For the seventh consecutive year – and third in primetime – NFL Network and NFL.com descend upon Radio City Music Hall in New York City for wall-to-wall coverage of the 77th annual NFL Draft Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28. With an extensive roster of analysts, reporters and college head coaches, NFL Network and NFL.com’s live coverage kicks off with the first round Thursday at 8:00 PM ET, followed by Rounds 2-3 Friday at 7:00 PM ET and Rounds 4-7 Saturday at 12 Noon ET.

Live draft day coverage on Thursday and Friday begins at 11:00 AM ET with two-hour editions of Path to the Draft, followed by the 2012 NFL Draft Kickoff pre-draft show. Saturday’s live coverage kicks off at 10:00 AM ET.

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock headlines the on-air talent roster which will provide 48 hours of live “Draft Week” coverage beginning Monday, April 23. Tabbed the “most authoritative draft analyst on television” by Sports Illustrated, Mayock introduces the NFL’s next generation of talent to a new audience with a keen eye and proven track record. Additionally, NFL Network’s stable of former players such as Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk, and Kurt Warner, former front office executives Michael Lombardi and Charley Casserly, and former NFL head coaches Steve Mariucci and Brian Billick have the draft covered from every angle with expert analysis gained from several years of NFL experience. 

Joining NFL Network’s on-air talent roster throughout the three-day showcase are LSU head coach Les Miles and Stanford head coach David Shaw. Miles and Shaw provide analysis of each of their former players during NFL Network’s pre-draft coverage on Thursday and Friday, and join the main set at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday to provide scouting reports on the players selected. If the Indianapolis Colts select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the top choice, Shaw would be the first college head coach to work the draft on television as his player is picked first overall.

Below is an overview of NFL Network and NFL.com’s all-encompassing coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft.


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Discipline Upheld In Saints Bounty Matter; Financial Penalties For Individuals Could Be Reduced

The New Orleans Saints, along with General Manager Mickey Loomis, Head Coach Sean Payton, and Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt, were notified today that after careful consideration of their appeals, Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the discipline that was imposed for continuing violations of the league’s anti-bounty rule that endangered player safety over a three-year period.

The club and the individuals will be expected to cooperate in any further proceedings and to assist in the development and implementation of programs to instruct players and coaches at all levels on principles of player safety, fair play, and sportsmanship.

If they embrace the opportunity and participate in a constructive way, Commissioner Goodell said he would consider mitigating the financial penalties on the individuals. In the case of the team, the commissioner would consider whether there are factors that would support modifying the forfeiture of the team’s 2013 second-round draft choice.

Sean Payton’s suspension without pay for the 2012 NFL season will begin on April 16.

The suspensions without pay of Mickey Loomis for eight games and Joe Vitt for six games will begin at the end of the preseason.

At the conclusion of their suspensions, the commissioner will review the status of each of the three individuals to determine their eligibility for reinstatement.