Archive for April, 2014

NFL Update—April 30, 2014

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23 NFL Players to Participate in NFL Boot Camp: Sports Journalism & Communications May 12-15

Four-day program at Bowling Green State University Prepares Players for Transition into Post-NFL Career

Twenty-three NFL players will take part in the NFL Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp, May 12-15 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. This is the second year that the boot camp has been offered as one of several programs developed by NFL Player Engagement to prepare current and former players for post-NFL careers.

The four-day program will focus on improving each player’s writing skills for newspapers, radio, and the expanding digital media industry. Industry professionals and Bowling Green faculty will lead players through panel discussions, breakout sessions and writing labs covering everything from press conference prep to ethics in sports journalism.

Participants will attend a Toledo Mud Hens baseball game and put their skills to work by interviewing Mud Hens executives in a press conference setting and writing a follow-up column. Players also will write for their individual blogs, which can be followed at NFLPE.sportsblog.com.

Panelists and facilitators for the boot camp include NFL Legend-turned-journalist BUCKY BROOKS of NFL.com, PETER KING of Sports Illustrated, and NFL Legend and CBS commentator SOLOMON WILCOTS. Industry experts from ESPN, Sirius XM, and Westwood One also will participate in various sessions.

The boot camp is hosted by the BGSU School of Media and Communications and the Sport Management program and was developed with NFL Player Engagement, under the auspices of the Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project.

“The feedback from players who participated last year was extremely positive, and we’re thrilled to be hosting the boot camp a second year. We have talented BGSU faculty who will share their expertise in digital media, journalism ethics and writing commentaries for both print and radio,” said DR. TERRY RENTNER, Professor, Department of Journalism & Public Relations.

“Our career development resources aim to prepare players for life after football,” said KIMBERLY FIELDS, Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “The Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp assists players in honing the skills and building the relationships necessary to carry their sports knowledge into a new career.”

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NFL Announces Fan Guidelines for Attending 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall

TheNFL announced procedures for fans wishing to attend the 79th NFL Draft on Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The NFL Draft returns to primetime with Round 1 slated for 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 8.  Rounds 2 and 3 will be held on Friday, May 9 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.  Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 12 p.m. ET.

The NFL Draft is a free event, however seating is very limited. The “All Clear” bag policy will be in effect for all fans who enter Radio City Music Hall. More information about the “All Clear” bag policy can be found here (http://www.nfl.com/allclear).

Night 1 Procedures:

All persons wishing for an opportunity to attend the Draft on Thursday, May 8 should obtain a wristband on the evening of Wednesday, May 7 on the 50th Street side of Radio City Music Hall. Wristband distribution will begin at 7:00 p.m. Wristbands to secure a ticket for entry into the Draft on Thursday will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to all individuals in line.  All persons wishing to attend the Draft must be present in order to receive a wristband and will be required to register and provide contact information on-site.  No exceptions will be made.

Fans who receive the wristbands then may line up for entry into the Draft beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 at which time they will receive their ticket indicating their seat location. Tickets will be distributed at random. Doors open at 6:40 p.m.  Fan entry will take place at the “Carriage Door Entrance” located on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.


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Supovitz to Leave NFL to Start Event Management & Consulting Business

FRANK SUPOVITZ has decided to leave his position as the NFL’s senior vice president of events to start his own event management and consulting business, the NFL announced today.

Supovitz, who led the league’s events group for the past nine years, will depart in June. He will help run next month’s NFL Draft and the selection process for the site of Super Bowl LII.

“We will miss his leadership and expertise, which has been instrumental in raising the level of all of our events,” said Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “From the Draft to Kickoff to the Super Bowl to all the other events he managed, Frank consistently delivered results that were – to use one of his favorite words – spectacular. We look forward to the opportunity to work with him again.”

“I have been honored to lead a team of dedicated professionals that work tirelessly behind the scenes to represent the NFL shield and stage its flagship events,” Supovitz said.  “I know that even more greatness is in store for America’s Game.”

A 35-year veteran of the event management business, Supovitz joined the NFL in 2005 after serving 13 years at the NHL as general manager of event marketing and group vice president of events and entertainment.

Supovitz began his professional career in events and marketing at Radio City Music Hall Productions in 1979. During his 10 years at Radio City, he managed numerous events, including serving as associate producer of the Super Bowl XXII Halftime Show in San Diego in 1988. From 1989 to 1992, Supovitz was vice president of marketing and coordinating producer of EVENTURES, a New York-based event production firm.

Supovitz is the author of “The Sports Event Management & Marketing Playbook” (Wiley Events, 2013).

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Officiating Development Program Begins Second Season

TOP COLLEGE FOOTBALL OFFICIALS – INCLUDING TWO WOMEN – PART OF NFL OFFICIATING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

The NFL Officiating Development Program will kick off its second season with a clinic for 21 high potential college game officials in Newark, New Jersey on April 26-27.

The program is designed to train top college football officials in all aspects of NFL officiating, enabling those that ultimately earn a position in the NFL to be better prepared for officiating success at the highest level of the sport.

Participants are identified by NFL officiating scouts, supervisors and trainers and invited to join the program based on their proficiency as collegiate officials. Elements of the upcoming clinic for the most advanced participants include studying position-specific film with veteran NFL officials, reviewing mechanics and analyzing rules differences between the NFL and college football.

The officials attending the Newark clinic will work at NFL minicamps in June and officiate a preseason game as part of an NFL officiating crew in August. That group includes two females, SARAH THOMAS, a line judge who returns to the program for a second year, and MAIA CHAKA, a head linesman in her first year in the NFL program. Both Thomas and Chaka officiated in Conference USA in 2013.

“The officials at the most advanced level of our development program have proven to be outstanding at the collegiate level,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating DEAN BLANDINO. “We look forward to helping them continue to grow and become the best of the best in football officiating.”

A look at the advanced participants in the Officiating Development Program, who will be candidates for positions with NFL officiating crews beginning in 2015. The 2014 roster of NFL officials will be announced next month.

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2014 NFL Schedule Announced

Flexible Scheduling Expanded

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The NFL announced today its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2014, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 4 in Seattle, includes expanded flexible scheduling, and concludes on Sunday, December 28 with 16 division games.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 4 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) will spotlight the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 7 (4:25 PM ET) featuring the San Francisco 49ers at the Dallas Cowboys.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 7 when the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts (8:30 PM ET).

Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 8 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Detroit Lions will host the New York Giants (7:10 PM ET) in the first game followed by the San Diego Chargers at the Arizona Cardinals (10:20 PM ET).

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

For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 28. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, December 28. For the fifth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. Over the final three weeks there are 33 division games, the most in NFL history.

The season finishes in Arizona with the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 25 (ESPN) and Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1 (NBC). Both games will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium.

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2014 Thursday Night Football Broadcast Schedule Announced

Slate of 16 Regular-Season Games Kicks Off with Steelers vs. Ravens on September 11 on CBS and NFL Network

The CBS Television Network and NFL Network announce the Thursday Night Football prime time broadcast schedule for the 2014 NFL season.  This year marks the inaugural partnership between CBS Sports and NFL Network in broadcasting Thursday Night Football and features the most marquee match-ups ever on Thursday night, including 14 divisional rivalries. The 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore and ends with a Week 16 Saturday double-header on December 20.


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Castrol Announces Multi-Year NFL Sponsorship Extension

Partnership to Run Through 2017

WAYNE, NJ – April 23, 2013 Castrol® announced today the extension of a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League (NFL). The agreement renews the Castrol® EDGE® status as the official motor oil sponsor of the NFL through March 2017– continuing the relationship that began in 2010.

“Castrol is thrilled to renew a multi-year sponsorship with the NFL, following the success of our initial sponsorship deal,” said Carolyn Eckert, Director of Integrated Marketing for Castrol. “Castrol is committed to delivering strong engine performance and NFL fans have truly connected with our ‘Driven Stronger’ message. We look forward to continuing that engagement with millions of NFL fans both on and off the field.”

As a sponsor of the NFL, Castrol will be present across a number of NFL platforms, including NFL game broadcasts, NFL Network, NFL Mobile and NFL.com.

Castrol is renewing this sponsorship on the heels of a successful multi-year deal that promoted the “Driven Stronger” brand through multiple channels such as videos, advertising, social media, on-site activations and the use of official brand ambassador Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL highlighted the best “Driven Stronger” players by position each week of the season on NFL.com to provide fans with information on some of the best players around the league.

“We are pleased to continue working with Castrol to reach our fans year round in authentic and innovative ways,” said Renie Anderson, NFL senior vice president of sponsorship and partnership management. “Castrol provides unique and interactive experiences that have resonated with football fans across the country. We are very proud of the relationship to date and excited about the future.”

During the multi-year sponsorship, the brand will maintain category exclusivity in the motor oil and related lubricants field. For more information, visit www.castroledgeusa.com.

About Castrol

BP Lubricants USA Inc. markets premium lubricants and business–building programs directly to independent lube operators, service providers, new car dealers and leading retailers. Our leadership brands include Castrol® GTX® — a premium conventional motor oil; Castrol® GTX® High Mileage™ – a premium synthetic blend designed for vehicles with over 75,000 miles; the Castrol® EDGE® line of advanced full-synthetic super premium motor oils that offer unsurpassed strength and performance; Castrol® Power RS™ – an advanced full synthetic motorcycle oil; as well as our range of commercial transport lubricants. To find out more about Castrol products and programs, please call 1–888–CASTROL or log on to http://www.castrol.com/us.

NFL Update—April 23, 2014

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Record 30 Players to Attend NFL Draft

A record 30 top prospects are confirmed to attend the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the NFL announced today.

Those prospects, who are expected to be selected on Thursday or Friday night, include four quarterbacks – Blake Bortles (Central Florida), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M).

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