NFL Announces 2012 Kickoff Events

The NFL is celebrating the Kickoff of the 2012 season with multiple events for fans around New York City.

  • First-ever NFL Fantasy Draft Week presented by DIRECTV (Aug. 22 – 24 at Best Buy Theater in NYC)
  • NFL Back To Football Run in Central Park (Aug 30)
  • NFL & Nike Back To Football Photo Day in NYC (Sept 4)
  • 2012 NFL Kickoff presented by Bud Light featuring Mariah Carey & No Doubt in Rockefeller Center (Sept 5)

2012 NFL Kickoff celebration leads to the opening game between the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ (Wednesday, September 5, 8:30 PM ET, NBC).

NFL TO HOST FIRST-EVER FANTASY DRAFT WEEK

Appearances by NFL Greats including Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Amani Toomer & NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

August 22 – 24 at Best Buy Theater in New York City

Free tickets for fans to attend available at NFL.com/fantasydraftweek

WHAT:         NFL Fantasy Draft Week presented by DIRECTV is the ultimate Back to Football celebration for fantasy football fans.  Appearances by NFL players, analysts and fantasy experts, on-site drafts, fantasy roundtables, personalized fantasy advice as well as fan giveaways.  This three-day event will consist of discussions and moderated Q&A sessions designed to help fantasy football players dominate their leagues. Topics will include best draft strategies and trends, player performance outlooks, and insider tips on using wavier wires and trades.

WHERE:         Best Buy Theater – 1515 Broadway at W. 44th Street – New York, NY 10036

WHEN:           Wednesday – Friday, August 22 – 24  - Two sessions: 11 AM – 1 PM & 2 PM – 4 PM

WHO:             

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22

11 AM – 1 PM

  • MARCUS ALLEN
  • MARSHALL FAULK
  • DAVE DAMESHEK
  • MICHAEL FABIANO
  • GREG ROSENTHAL
  • ANDREW SICILIANO
  • JASON SMITH

2 – 4 PM

  • WARRICK DUNN
  • EDDIE GEORGE
  • AHMAN GREEN
  • MICHAEL IRVIN
  • DAVE DAMESHEK
  • MICHAEL FABIANO
  • ANDREW SICILIANO
  • JASON SMITH

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

11 AM – 1 PM

  • ROGER GOODELL
  • TIM BROWN
  • JOHN LYNCH
  • FRED TAYLOR
  • DAVE DAMESHEK
  • MICHAEL FABIANO
  • ANDREW SICILIANO
  • JASON SMITH

2 – 4 PM

  • JAKE PLUMMER
  • STERLING SHARPE
  • KORDELL STEWART
  • DAVE DAMESHEK
  • MICHAEL FABIANO
  • ANDREW SICILIANO
  • JASON SMITH
  • GREG ROSENTHAL

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

11 AM – 1 PM

  • DERRICK BROOKS
  • AMANI TOOMER
  • BRIAN WESTBROOK
  • DAVE DAMESHEK
  • MICHAEL FABIANO
  • BOB PAPA
  • JASON SMITH

2 – 4 PM

  • BOB PAPA
  • DAVE DAMESHEK
  • MICHAEL FABIANO
  • JASON SMITH

*Check www.nfl.com/fantasydraftweek for up-to-date schedule of appearances

NFL Fantasy Livewill broadcast live from the event.  Portions of the event will air on NFL Network.  NFL Fantasy Live is NFL Network and NFL.com’s flagship fantasy football program.

Fans may now sign up for free tickets to attend NFL Fantasy Draft Week at 1iota.com.  Fans who sign up have the chance to be selected to host their Draft live during NFL Fantasy Draft Week.  More information on attending NFL Fantasy Draft Week may be found at www.1iota.com or at www.nfl.com/fantasydraftweek.

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NFL FANS RUN TO DAYLIGHT:  2012 SEASON KICKS

OFF WITH INAUGURAL BACK TO FOOTBALL RUN

  • 2012 Kickoff Week Begins with Run in Central Park on Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 PM
  • Youngest fans and families may join the NFL PLAY 60 Fun Run at 6:00 PM
  • Fans May Register for the Run on nyrr.org through August 26

The NFL is teaming up with New York Road Runners to kick off the 2012 NFL season with the inaugural NFL Back to Football Run on Thursday, August 30 in New York City.  Before the Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants run through the tunnels at MetLife Stadium on September 5, fans will have the opportunity to run through New York City’s iconic Central Park to help celebrate the start of the season.

The 4-mile run through Central Park kicks off at 7:30 PM and is open to both casual and avid runners. Before and after the run, participants will have the chance to win NFL-themed prizes and meet former NFL players.

Prior to the main run, young fans and their families can participate in the NFL PLAY 60 Fun Run which begins at 6:00 PM.  The run will give the youngest runners a chance to celebrate the return of the season while also getting up and active as part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign.

Fans may register for the run on the NYRR website (www.nyrr.org) through August 26.  There is an entry fee of $35 for the Back to Football Run and a $5 entry for the NFL PLAY 60 Fun Run.  All race participants also will receive a Nike Legend Dri-FIT® T-shirt.

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NFL & NIKE HOST BACK TO FOOTBALL PHOTO DAY 

  • 32 Fans to Win Trip to New York to Participate in 2012 NFL Kickoff Week
  • Fans May Check Out Facebook.com/NFLFanStyle For More Information

The NFL and Nike are searching for 32 fans to represent their favorite NFL teams in an iconic photo shoot in New York City on Tuesday, September 4 with the Back To Football Photo Day Contest.

Back To Football Photo Day celebrates NFL fans and puts them center stage as part of 2012 NFL Kickoff Week. Fans may enter the Back To Football Photo Day Contest by submitting a photo of themselves, showcasing how they are bringing their own personal style to the game.

Thirty-two fans, one per team, will be selected to participate in the Back To Football Photo Day.  The 32 winners will be flown to New York City to star in the photo shoot, where each will be professionally styled in Nike team looks representing the 32 NFL teams.

Each winner receives a trip for them and one guest to New York City from September 3 – September 6.

Back To Football Photo Day also will feature 100 local New York City fans who will be selected in advance.

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“NFL KICKOFF 2012 PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT” TO CELEBRATE START OF THE NFL SEASON & NEW YORK GIANTS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

MARIAH CAREY & NO DOUBT TO PERFORM LIVE

NBC/NFL Network Special on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET Precedes NFL Kickoff Game: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants

It’s time to get Back To Football as the NFL begins its 93rd season with a rocking celebration in its special pregame show, “NFL KICKOFF 2012 PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT” – 7:30 PM ET Wednesday, September 5.  Multi-platinum global stars NO DOUBT and MARIAH CAREY are scheduled to perform in the 10th anniversary of NFL Kickoff.

Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Rockefeller Center® in New York City will air from 7:30 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network.  The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2012 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.  The Rockefeller Center show is the third Kickoff set at an iconic New York City landmark, following shows live from Times Square (2002) and Columbus Circle (2008).  This is the 10th anniversary of NFL Kickoff continuing the tradition of saluting the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium in primetime.

The show leads into the season opener between the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (NBC, NBCSports.com, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET).

The NBC show will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning artists Mariah Carey and No Doubt from a specially-constructed stage in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, above the iconic statue of Prometheus facing toward Fifth Avenue.  Mariah Carey, who leads all solo artists with an unprecedented 18 #1 Hot 100 singles, recently released her new single “Triumphant (Get ’Em).”  No Doubt’s new album ‘Push And Shove” will be released September 25 and their chart-topping single “Settle Down’ is out now.  More information on how fans can watch the free concert will be announced shortly.

As part of the show, 32 fans, one per team, will unveil their team’s 2012 season flag as winners of the inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge. The contest asked fans to submit designs with elements representative of their team’s city, community, traditions, or its fans.  The winner’s inspirational concept was then used to create the team’s flag.  The 32 fans will be joined by 32 NFL Legends to unveil their team’s flag.

In addition to the concert and game, the festivities to kick off Week One of the NFL season include the first-ever NFL Back to Football Run in Central Park, NFL Back to Football Photo Day, NFL PLAY 60 Youth Football Festival at Chelsea Waterside Park and Kickoff Village in Times Square.

NFL KICKOFF 2012 will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime showsand directed by GREGG GELFAND.

In addition to presenting sponsor Bud Light, top tier sponsors for the NFL’s Kickoff platform include Bridgestone, GMC, Lenovo, Pepsi, Snickers, Verizon and Visa and associate sponsors include Quaker and Papa John’s.

Media may visit www.nflmedia.com to apply for credentials to cover “NFL Kickoff 2012.”  The credential deadline is Tuesday, August 28.

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