Archive for October, 2012

Seven From Sunday – Week 8

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Week 8 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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Former Linebacker Chris Spielman Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’ Wednesday, October 31 at 8:00 PM ET

Emmy-Nominated Series Continues Wednesday, October 31 at 8:00 PM ET

“Football is a direct reflection of life. There are wins, there are losses; you get knocked down, you get back up.” – Chris Spielman

Born and raised in the shadow of the birthplace of professional football, Chris Spielman was destined to become a football player. As a Parade All-American at Massillon High School and Ohio State, and throughout his 10-year NFL career, Spielman’s life was defined by football and the hits he delivered on the field. But the hardest hit of his life, however, came when his high school sweetheart and wife Stefanie Spielman was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 30. The focus of his life shifted from the field to off it, and to the biggest challenge he would ever encounter.

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Wednesday, October 31 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of Spielman, chronicling his celebrated playing career and his roles as a father of four, college football analyst, inspirational speaker and advocate of cancer awareness. The one-hour documentary features exclusive interviews with Spielman, family members, friends and former teammates, providing an emotional, comprehensive and compelling look at the football player, husband and father.

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Blackout lifts at 5-season high; Attendance up nearly 1,000 per game

All Week 8 NFL games have sold out for television, marking the second consecutive weekend and fourth time this season that all games will be televised locally.

For the season, 97 percent of games (114 of 118) have sold out for local TV – the highest rate since 2008 and up from 94 percent (109 of 116) at this point last season. 

By comparison, only 60 percent of games were on local television through Week 8 in 1997, and 63 percent 20 years ago.

Paid attendance through seven weeks is up from an average of 64,371 in 2011 to 65,148 this season.

What to Look For – Week 8

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AFC & NFC Players of the Week – Week 7

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NFL to use pink penalty flags — as suggested by 11-year-old fan — for Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday

Marlboro, NJ Boy Made Recommendation in Letter to Commissioner Goodell

Pink penalty flags will be used in Sunday’s Dolphins-Jets game — the final weekend of Breast Cancer Awareness month — at MetLife Stadium.

The idea was suggested by 11-year old Dante Cano of Marlboro, NJ, a fifth-grade student at Asher Holmes Elementary School, in a letter (right) to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“My name is Dante Cano. I am 11 years old and I am from Marlboro, New Jersey. I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness,” Dante wrote. “Please write back.”

Commissioner Goodell invited Dante and his family to MetLife Stadium where they will present the pink penalty flags (below) to the officials prior to the game.

“Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action,” said Commissioner Goodell. “Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation.”

This month is the NFL’s fourth annual national breast cancer awareness campaign — A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives — in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS).

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NFL game ranks as most-watched show on TV for seventh consecutive week

Games Top Local Ratings in 25 of 30 NFL Markets

The CBS national telecast (mostly N.Y. Jets-New England) was the most watched TV program last week (Oct. 15-21) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 23.0 million viewers. This marks the seventh time in seven weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts (up from six times in the first seven weeks in 2011).

For the season, NFL games rank as the 11 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

Program Viewers
1. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9  27.6 million
2. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
3. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
5. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
6. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
8. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
9. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
10. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
11. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million

Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 25 NFL markets last week:

Program # of NFL Markets Ranked #1
NFL Football 25
MLB Playoffs 3
Dancing with the Stars 1
Big Bang Theory 1

SAP Secures Multi-Year Deal as Official Business Software Sponsor of NFL

Deal Grants SAP Category Exclusivity, Rights to Use NFL Logos and Trademarks in Marketing and Advertising; Will Deliver Cutting-Edge Technology to Redefine Game Day Experience for NFL Fans

The National Football League and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a new multiyear marketing sponsorship that will make SAP the Official Cloud Software Solutions, Business Software and Business Analytics Software Sponsor of the NFL. The sponsorship will allow SAP to redefine the fan experience with innovative technology for the most passionate fan base in all of sports.

The NFL will utilize cloud solutions from SAP to support the continued innovation and enhancement of’s Fantasy Football platform. Through the implementation of on-demand SAP® solutions, SAP and the NFL will team up to deepen the Fantasy Football experience, providing fans with enhanced analytics and functionality within the game.

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Week 8 NFL Capsules

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