Archive for July, 2014

NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ – Friday, August 1

Steve Mariucci with Raiders HC Dennis Allen & QB Matt Schaub

 Live Footage of Hall of Fame DE Michael Strahan’s Press Conference

 Daniel Jeremiah at Jaguars Camp

 Charley Casserly at Miami Dolphins

 ‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Friday, August 1 at 10:00 AM ET.

At 7:00 PM ET, host Amber Theoharis and Dan Hellie and analysts Willie McGinest and Heath Evans recap all of the day’s action on NFL Total Access.

Training Camp Primetime will not air on Friday. In its place, for the first time exclusively on NFL Network, the Gold Jackets Ceremony on Hall of Fame Friday Night which is which will air at 9:00 PM ET on Friday, August 1. For more information on the show and all of NFL Network’s Hall of Fame Coverage, read more here: on.nfl.com/1s7cByL.

Training Camp Primetime will return on Monday, August 4.


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NFL Network’s Friday and Saturday Coverage of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Weekend

Exclusive Coverage of ‘Hall of Fame Friday Night’ on Friday at 9:00 PM ET

Six Hours of Live Coverage from Canton on Saturday – Including the ‘2014 Pro Football Enshrinement Ceremony’ – Begins at 4:00 PM ET

Featuring exclusive coverage of ‘Hall of Fame Friday Night’ and six live hours of programming on Saturday, NFL Network is the only place to get complete coverage of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend.

The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class features the first punter ever elected into the Hall of Fame, Ray Guy as well as Derrick Brooks, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams. A contingent of over 100 Hall of Fame legends will participate in the enshrinement ceremony to celebrate the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 51st anniversary.

NFL Network’s programming leading up to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony is highlighted by:


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National Football League and Zebra Technologies to Provide ‘Next Gen Stats’ for the 2014 Season

The National Football League announced today that it will install Zebra Technologies’ real-time location system (RTLS) for sports in 17 stadiums during the 2014 NFL season.  This innovative technology will track players and officials, providing location based data known as “Next Gen Stats” to fans.

Zebra receivers installed throughout the stadium will communicate with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters placed inside the shoulder pads of each player to capture precise location measurements, in real-time, during the game.  Zebra’s technology will collect data such as position, speed, and distance that will be registered and compiled into a database.  This data can then be outputted to generate new experiences built around this additional data.

ZebraTech pictureFor the first time, this technology enables the NFL to accurately capture real-time player tracking statistics, such as acceleration and total distance run.  The real-time nature of these statistics enables end-users to gain immediate insight into the action on the field.

“Working with Zebra will give fans, teams, coaches and players a deeper look into the game they love,” said Vishal Shah, NFL Vice President of Media Strategy. “Zebra’s tracking technology will help teams to evolve training, scouting and evaluation through increased knowledge of player performance, as well as provide ways for our teams and partners to enhance the fan experience.”

“Zebra’s legacy of providing visibility solutions to a variety of industries gives us extensive knowledge in how to collect important real-time data that helps organizations make smarter decisions – we call this enterprise asset intelligence,” said Anders Gustafsson, chief executive officer of Zebra Technologies. “It’s exciting to partner with an innovator like the NFL, where we will provide real-time data and information to coaches, broadcasters and fans to enrich the game experience.”

This partnership is an evolution of the NFL’s initiative to test player tracking in-game, and will be the broadest deployment of a system to date.  Zebra’s sports solution will be installed in the 15 stadiums that host Thursday Night Football games (Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington) as well as Detroit and New Orleans, and will capture information from all 32 teams.

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About Zebra Technologies

A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) offers technologies that give a virtual voice to an organization’s assets, people and transactions, enabling organizations to unlock greater business value. The company’s extensive portfolio of marking and printing technologies, including RFID and real-time locating systems, illuminates mission-critical information to help customers take smarter business actions. For more information about Zebra’s sports solutions, visit www.zebra.com and follow Zebra Sports @ZebraSports

 

NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ – Thursday, July 31

Brian Billick with WR Roddy White & WR Julio Jones

Michael Irvin with Eagles WR Riley Cooper

Marshall Faulk at Seahawks Training Camp

‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Thursday, July 31 at 10:00 AM ET. At 7:00 PM ET, host Dan Hellie and analysts Willie McGinest and Curtis Conway recap all of the day’s action on NFL Total Access, followed by Training Camp Primetime at 8:00 PM ET with Conway, McGinest and host Scott Hanson.
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Sixty-Six 2014 NFL Regional/Super Regional Combine Participants on NFL Training Camp Rosters

With all 32 NFL teams in training camp, 66 players who attended an NFL Regional Combine and/or the NFL Super Regional Combine in 2014 currently hold roster positions. NFL clubs signed players from all 14 positional 2014 Regional Combines hosted from February through March, including 30 players who were invited to the Super Regional Combine at Ford Field in Detroit from April 12-13.

Twenty nine of the league’s 32 teams (91 percent) have at least one 2014 Regional Combine and/or Super Regional Combine participant on its roster. Eleven of those teams – BUFFALO (four), CAROLINA (three), CLEVELAND (three) DALLAS (six), DETROIT (three), GREEN BAY (three), INDIANAPOLIS (five), MINNESOTA (three), NEW ORLEANS (three), ST. LOUIS (three), and SEATTLE (three) – retain at least three 2014 Regional/Super Regional Combine alums.

There are currently 130 players on NFL rosters with NFL Regional/Super Regional Combine experience – 66 from 2014, 38 from 2013 and 26 from 2012.

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Dannon to be Official Yogurt Sponsor of the NFL

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White Plains, New York, July 30, 2014 – The Dannon Company today announced that beginning in 2015, it will be the Official Yogurt Sponsor of the National Football League. By sponsoring one of America’s most loved professional sports, Dannon is reinforcing its commitment to bring health through food to as many people as possible and encourage Americans to eat yogurt every day.

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NFL Network Presents: ‘The Road To Canton’ On Thursday, July 31

The Specialist: Ray Guy Thursday at 9:00 PM ET

Middle Man: Andre Reed Thursday at 10:00 PM ET

Leading into the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend, NFL Network will televise two, one-hour long features on a pair of Canton’s latest enshrinees.

‘The Road to Canton’ features former Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders punter Ray Guy and former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed starting at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 31.


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NFL Update—July 30, 2014

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Cris Carter & Michael Irvin Named 2015 Pro Bowl Alumni Captains

Two Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receivers – CRIS CARTER and MICHAEL IRVIN – have been selected to serve as alumni captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today.

Continuing the significantly revised Pro Bowl format that debuted with the 2014 Pro Bowl, Carter and Irvin will have final say over Pro Bowl Draft decisions. Each legend will be assisted in the Draft process by two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion, who will earn their spot as part of Lenovo’s Fantasy Coach of the Year platform.

“Being voted to the Pro Bowl was always a tremendous honor for me,” says Carter, who now serves as an NFL studio analyst for ESPN. “Last year, players really seemed to be excited about the new rules and the Pro Bowl Draft format. I’m excited to be a part of it this year.”

“Some of my favorite NFL memories were from my Pro Bowl trips,” says Irvin, who currently serves as an analyst for NFL Network. “I can’t wait to see which players get the Pro Bowl nod this season. I’m already thinking about how to build my team.”

Last season, the Pro Bowl was “unconferenced” for the first time, and several key playing rules were changed. Players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players and later assigned to Pro Bowl teams via a fantasy football-style draft. Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS served as alumni captains, as Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The 2015 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and televised live on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a week later on Sunday, February 1. The Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will host the Pro Bowl and surrounding activities.

The 2015 Pro Bowl Draft will be held on January 20-21 and broadcast in primetime on NFL Network.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and standout wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins, Carter was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Carter, who ranks fourth in NFL history in receptions (1,101) and touchdown catches (130), recorded eight straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons (1993-2000).

A member of the 2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Irvin was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX) during his 12-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. Irvin still ranks as the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving yards (11,904).

Carter and Irvin were both named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Watched by 11.4 million viewers in 2014, the Pro Bowl has been the most-watched All-Star game in all of sports the past four years.

Tickets will be available first to Arizona Cardinals season ticket members and annual Pro Bowl season ticket holders. Pro Bowl annual ticket holders in Hawaii will maintain their account status for any future games at Aloha Stadium.

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Officiating Video – 2014 Rule Changes

The following is an officiating video to assist in your coverage of the NFL.

It can be accessed by clicking on the links below or visiting www.nflmedia.com.

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The video reviews the 2014 rule changes and points of emphasis and is shown to all players in training camp.

The video is intended for your use for informational purposes only.  It may not be posted on your website, but if you are interested in tweeting the link to the video from www.nflcommunications.com, feel free to do so.

We hope you find this information helpful.  Please contact us with any questions.