Archive for September, 2012

Seven from Sunday – Week 4

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 30, the fourth week of the 2012 season.

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL’S BROWNS-RAVENS TOPS EIGHT MILLION VIEWERS; CONTINUES PACE TO BE MOST-WATCHED SEASON EVER ON NFL NETWORK

8.1 Million Viewers Watch Baltimore Defeat Cleveland 23-16

NFL Digital Media Platforms Deliver over 1 Million Streams

NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues to deliver strong viewership numbers in 2012. The Browns-Ravens game was watched by an average of 8.1 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in Baltimore and Cleveland) – ranking as the fifth most-watched game in the seven seasons of Thursday Night Football and making it the No. 1 program on cable television for Thursday, September 27.

Through three games of its expanded 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 5.0 US HH rating (+39% vs. 2011 average) and 7.9 million viewers (+28% vs. 2011 average) – on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.

On the interactive front, coverage and features around the Browns/Ravens game across NFL Digital Media platforms – NFL.com/LIVE, NFL Mobile from Verizon, and the NFL 12 tablet app – delivered 520k unique viewers (+17% vs. 2011 average) and one million video streams (+15% vs. 2011 average).

Thursday Night Football continues next week with the Arizona Cardinals visiting the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 4 at 8:00 PM ET. The Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman pregame show begins at 6:00 PM ET. All Thursday Night Football games are streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon with complementary online coverage via NFL.com/LIVE Thursday Night Football.

About NFL Network’s 2012 Thursday Night Football

Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock return to the Thursday Night Football broadcast booth for the second season and are joined by Alex Flanagan, who enters her third year as the sideline reporter.

Two hours before kickoff, NFL Network’s Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsmanpregame show is live from the stadium starting at 6:00 PM ET, taking viewers right up to kickoff with analysis and the latest reports. Host Rich Eisen is joined by Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin, and former head coach Steve Mariucci. Reporter Stacey Dales provides pregame news reports from the locker rooms, as well as interviews with players and coaches.

The Lexus Halftime Show and the McDonald’s Postgame Show provide additional analysis live from inside the stadium each week on Thursday Night Football.

Bollywood superstar and 2101 Records/Desi Hits!/ Interscope Records recording artist Priyanka Chopra is the featured artist for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman pregame show. Priyanka’s debut single “In My City,’ featuring will.i.am and produced by RedOne (Lady Gaga) and Brian Kennedy, is the music bed for the intro to Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman. The release of the full song and accompanying video for “In My City” are expected later this fall. For more information on Priyanka Chopra, please visit priyankachopramusic.com

Leading in to every Thursday Night Football game, Grammy Award-winning artist Cee Lo Green sings the anthem entitled is “Blitzkrieg Bop” (I Love Football), set to The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.”The 90-second show open for each Thursday Night Football game features fan-sourced videos uploaded by fans. To submit videos, please visit www.nfl.com/fanchise.

NFL Network 2012 Thursday Night Football Schedule

All games at 8:00 pm ET

  • Week 2 – 9/13:  Green Bay 23, Chicago 10
  • Week 3 – 9/20: New York Giants 36, Carolina Panthers 7
  • Week 4 – 9/27: Baltimore Ravens 23, Cleveland Browns 16
  • Week 5 – 10/4: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
  • Week 6 – 10/11: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
  • Week 7 – 10/18: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
  • Week 8 – 10/25: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
  • Week 9 – 11/1: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
  • Week 10 – 11/8: Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Week 11 – 11/15: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
  • Week 13 – 11/29: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
  • Week 14 – 12/6: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
  • Week 15 – 12/13: Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles

For the entire 2012 NFL schedule, visit www.NFL.com.

NFL Network broadcasts seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football.  For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon. For more information, log on to www.nfl.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

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Week 4 Tweets of the Week

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

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Story of 1995 Cleveland Browns Detailed on NFL Network’s ‘Cleveland ’95: A Football Life’

Emmy-Nominated Series Continues Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00 PM ET

Former Browns Personnel Bill Belichick, Ozzie Newsome, Michael Lombardi, Nick Saban, Scott Pioli Interviewed 

“Those years in Cleveland, those teams, those people impacted the NFL. It impacted a lot of football.” – Scott Pioli

On December 17, 1995, the Cleveland Browns played their final game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium before relocating to Baltimore. The latest installment of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life chronicles the Browns’ final season in Cleveland under head coach Bill Belichick, looks at the immediate impact the relocation had on both the city and the organization, and discovers the roots of a football lineage seeded during that time which has reverberated throughout the football world in the 21st century.

Airing Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Cleveland ’95: A Football Life details the coaching staff and front office executives who took what they learned during their five years under Belichick and applied it throughout their football careers. From current NFL general managers Ozzie Newsome, Scott Pioli, Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Tannenbaum, to three-time national championship head coach Nick Saban, to former NFL head coach Eric Mangini and current Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, the Cleveland Browns under Belichick consisted of football’s next generation of leaders who continue to impact the game today.


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Commissioner Goodell sends letter to fans concerning agreement with officials

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below regarding the eight-year agreement reached this week with the NFLRA. The letter thanks  fans for their passion while  underscoring how this new agreement provides long-term stability to an important aspect of the game.

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Transcripts: Commissioner Goodell Thursday media availabilities

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Officiating Crew For Cleveland-Baltimore Game Named

The NFL has named the officiating crew for tonight’s game in Baltimore between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

GENE STERATORE, beginning his 10th season in the NFL, is the referee and will lead the seven-man crew, which consists of umpire BILL SCHUSTER, head linesman WAYNE MACKIE, line judge JEFF SEEMAN, field judge BOB WAGGONER, side judge JIMMY DE BELL, and back judge GREG STEED.

The replay official is LARRY NEMMERS and the replay assistant KEN DOLLAR.

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NFL, NFLRA Reach Eight-Year Agreement

The NFL and the NFL Referees Association agreed tonight to the terms of a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement that will return the game officials to the field for this weekend’s games, beginning with Thursday night’s Cleveland at Baltimore game.

The agreement, the longest with the game officials in NFL history, was reached in New York between the negotiating teams for the NFL and the NFLRA with the assistance of Scot Beckenbaugh and Peter Donatello of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The agreement must be ratified by the NFLRA membership. Under the commissioner’s authority, Commissioner Goodell can enter into this agreement without a vote of the NFL clubs.

Commissioner Goodell temporarily lifted the lockout so that the officials can work Thursday night’s Cleveland at Baltimore game prior to their ratification vote. The officials will meet Friday and Saturday to vote on the agreement.  If it is approved, a clinic for the officials will be held following the vote.

“The long-term future of our game requires that we seek improvement in every area, including officiating,” Commissioner Goodell said. “This agreement supports long-term reforms that will make officiating better. The teams, players and fans want and deserve both consistency and quality in officiating.”

“We look forward to having the finest officials in sports back on the field, and I want to give a special thanks to NFL fans for their passion. Now it’s time to put the focus back on the teams and players where it belongs.”

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Joint Statement from NFL and NFLRA

The NFL and NFLRA are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement tonight on an eight-year collective bargaining agreement, subject to ratification by the NFLRA.

“Our officials will be back on the field starting tomorrow night,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We appreciate the commitment of the NFLRA in working through the issues to reach this important agreement.”

“Our Board of Directors has unanimously approved taking this proposed CBA to the membership for a ratification vote,” said Scott Green, president of the NFLRA. “We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week’s games.”

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What To Look For – Week 4

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