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NFL Preseason Dates & Times Announced

The dates and kickoff times of the 65-game NFL preseason schedule were announced today, beginning with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio on Sunday night, August 3.

Televised live at 8:00 PM ET by NBC, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC that will feature eight 2013 playoff teams.

NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live game broadcasts in all four weeks of the preseason. NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in July.

The 2014 preseason schedule was announced on April 9, without dates and times, which now have been confirmed.

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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.

For the complete 2014 NFL Schedule, click here

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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2014 Preseason Schedule Announced

The NFL’s slate of eight nationally televised preseason games will feature eight 2013 playoff teams, one of the highlights of the 65-game 2014 NFL preseason schedule announced today.

The 2014 preseason will kick off on Sunday, August 3 (NBC, 8:00 PM ET) in Canton, Ohio when the Buffalo Bills face the New York Giants in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

The San Francisco 49ers will play in the new Levi’s Stadium on national TV when the club hosts the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, August 24 (FOX, 4:00 PM ET).

Later that evening, the Arizona Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Bengals (NBC, 8:00 PM ET) at University of Phoenix Stadium, which will be the home of both the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX.

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2015 Pro Bowl to be Played in Arizona; 2016 Pro Bowl Slated for Hawaii

HERE COMES THE PRO BOWL!

(MOST-WATCHED ALL-STAR GAME IN SPORTS)

The National Football League announced today locations and dates for the next two Pro Bowls.

The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and televised live on ESPN at 8 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in 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 Pro Bowl following the 2015 season will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and televised live on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, which first hosted the NFL’s All-Star game in 1980. San Francisco will host Super Bowl L the following Sunday.

The NFL has an agreement with the State of Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium following the 2016 season but final confirmation of the game will be made at a later date.

Watched by 11.4 million viewers in 2014, the Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, has been the most-watched all-star game in all of sports the past four years.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the third one played in the same city as the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Coliseum hosted the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 and the Pro Bowl the following week. South Florida hosted the Pro Bowl in 2010 a week before Super Bowl XLIV.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the sixth consecutive game played prior to the Super Bowl.

The 2014 Pro Bowl featured a significantly revised format that will continue. For the first time, the Pro Bowl was “unconferenced,” and several key playing rules were changed. Rather than the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that had existed since 1971, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.

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

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NFL Retired Player News – April 2014

The NFL League Office stays in regular contact with its former players, passing along vital information via email each month about benefits and services available to them & their families as well as alerting them to where other members of the player alumni community are currently living and working.

The April 2014 edition of NFL Retired Player News included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field.

To read the full text of the NFL’s recent letter to former players, please click here

PLAYERS CURRENT CAREER POSITION (LOCATION)
G Ed Blaine Professor of Medical Pharmacology & Physiology, Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Missouri (MO)
RB James Bostic Police Officer, Coral Springs Police Department (FL)
QB Bubby Brister Director-Corporate Services, Warrior Energy Services (LA)
RB Steve Broussard Assistant Coach, Southern Methodist University (TX)
LB Vincent Brown Assistant Coach, University of Connecticut (CT)
QB Randall Cunningham Founder/Pastor, Remnant Ministries (NV)
CB Brian Davis Owner/Elite Fitness Trainer, The Training Room (AZ)
TE Chip Glass Assistant Coach, Lake Washington High School (WA)
WR Jacquez Green Wide Receivers Coach/Head Boys Track Coach, Valdosta High School (GA)
QB David Greene Client Executive, Seacrest Partners (GA)
DT Dave Hale Founder-Owner, Hale Agency (KS)
S Terry Hoage Co-Founder, Terry Hoage Vineyards (CA)
TE Nate Jackson Writer, Book Author (CO)
QB Jeff Kemp VP/HomeBuilder Catalyst, Family Life (AR)
WR Sam McCullum Executive VP of Purchasing, Advanced Refreshment LLC (WA)
QB Dan McGwire President, Vita H20 (NV)
CB Miles McPherson Book Author/Pastor, The Rock Church (CA)
QB Warren Moon President/Founder, Sports 1 Marketing (WA)
WR Cotton Speyrer Texas Council on Environmental Technology (TX)
QB Spergon Wynn Broker, Amerex Energy Services (TX)

2013 Performance-Based Pay Distributions Announced; Bears’ Jordan Mills Top Earner

Chicago Bears tackle JORDAN MILLS earned the top figure in the NFL’s “Performance-Based Pay” program that compensates players for playing time based upon their salary levels, the NFL announced today.

Players will receive $110.72 million in Performance-Based Pay for their performance during the 2013 season. By agreement with the NFL Players Association, the players will receive their performance-based pay distributions on April 1, 2016.

Mills, the Bears’ 2013 fifth-round draft choice (No. 163 overall) from Louisiana Tech, earned $318,244 in additional pay. He played for the league’s rookie minimum salary of $405,000 last year and an additional signing bonus of $164,800. He participated in 96% of the club’s offensive plays, as well as 15% of the club’s special teams plays.

Players have been paid over $800 million cumulatively since the inception of the Performance-Based Pay program, which was implemented as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association.

Under the Performance-Based Pay system, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a “player index.” To produce the index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.

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NFL Announces 32 Compensatory Draft Choices to 13 Clubs

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2014 NFL Draft have been awarded to 13 teams, the NFL announced today.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 224 choices in the seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10), which will kick off in primetime for the fifth consecutive year.

The first round will be held on Thursday, May 8 and begin at 8:00 PM ET. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 9 at 7:00 PM ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory picks to the number of clubs then in the league (32). This year, three clubs – Chicago, Atlanta and Cincinnati – qualified for compensatory picks under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because they ranked 33rd, 34th and 35th, respectively, among all compensatory picks. Atlanta and Cincinnati will receive picks for other compensatory free agents lost who ranked within the top 32 compensatory picks.

A fourth club, Oakland, did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year but qualified for a compensatory pick because the compensatory free agents lost by the club were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified points differential based upon salary and playing time). Because such picks are awarded after all compensatory picks at the end of the seventh round have been made, Oakland’s pick effectively ranked 36th among all compensatory picks, so the club will not receive a selection.

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Troy Vincent Named NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations

Dave Gardi Promoted to Senior Vice President of Football Operations

Troy Vincent, who has spent 22 years as an NFL player and executive, has been named NFL executive vice president of football operations, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today.

Commissioner Goodell also appointed Dave Gardi, currently the NFL’s vice president of labor relations and football administration, to the newly created position of senior vice president of football operations.

Vincent, the head of NFL Player Engagement since 2010, will oversee all aspects of football operations in the league office with a focus on quality and innovation. His responsibilities will include officiating, integrity of the game, on-field discipline, game operations, player personnel, and college relations. Vincent will serve as a non-voting member of the Competition Committee and supervise development programs for players, coaches, and football executives. Gardi will work closely with Vincent on the administration of policies and programs in the football operations group.

Gardi, a quarterback at Brown University and graduate of Hofstra Law School, joined the NFL in 2003. He has represented the league and NFL teams in labor matters under the collective bargaining agreements with the NFL Players Association and the NFL’s game officials. He was a member of the negotiating teams for the CBAs with the players and game officials. He also worked with the football operations department and the Competition Committee on a wide range of officiating, playing rules, and player disciplinary issues. Dave is the son of the late Joe Gardi, who was an assistant coach with the New York Jets, an assistant supervisor of officials at the NFL, and head coach of Hofstra University for 16 years.

“Troy Vincent brings a uniquely well-rounded perspective to this leadership position,” Commissioner Goodell said. “He knows the game inside out from the locker room to the board room. He has done an exceptional job growing services to our players and former players, and he is ready and eager to lead our football operations group. Troy’s passion for education, personal development, and innovation will bring a new vitality and vision to our football group.

“Dave Gardi adds his own unique and broad skill set, including being steeped in the game his entire life as a player and the son of a coach,” Goodell added. “Together, Troy and Dave bring strong and talented new leadership to this critical function.”

Vincent was a first-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 1992. A cornerback from the University of Wisconsin, Vincent played 15 years in the NFL for the Dolphins, Eagles, Bills, and Redskins. He was named a Pro Bowl player five times and was the 2002 winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his outstanding community service. Vincent served as president of the NFL Players Association from 2004-2008.

He joined the NFL office in 2010 to lead the league’s player engagement department, which provides support programs for players and their families. Vincent significantly expanded the scope of services for current and former players and their families. Promoted to senior vice president in 2013, he has recruited more than 200 NFL former players as ambassadors to help implement the department’s programs.

“I am excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Vincent said. “We will emphasize clarity, consistency, and credibility to ensure the highest standards and best practices for our teams and fans. We will work closely with all stakeholders to preserve, innovate, and develop the game. This is about making a great game even better for our generation and future generations.”

In addition to the Payton Man of the Year Award, during his NFL playing career Vincent received the NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White, Sporting News #1 Good Guy, and Athletes in Action Bart Starr awards for his community service. He is the only NFL player ever to receive all four of these awards.

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