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NFL/LISC GRASSROOTS PROGRAM GRANTS $2.5 MILLION FOR NEW AND REFURBISHED COMMUNITY FOOTBALL FIELDS IN 15 CITIES NATIONWIDE

Awards add to $37 million committed since 1998, resulting in 290 neighborhood fields

Community organizations, schools and parks in 15 cities across the country will receive grants totaling $2.5 million to build or refurbish neighborhood fields through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, it was announced today.

More than $37 million in grants have been awarded to revitalize playing fields in underserved neighborhoods since the NFL partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s leading community development organization, in 1998. For the past 15 years, Grassroots grants have supported the construction or renovation of more than 290 fields nationwide.

Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

The 2013 funding cycle will include new fields, or field enhancements, in Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Covington, KY; Green Bay, WI; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jacksonville, FL; New Haven, CT; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Philadelphia, PA; and Seattle, WA.

“The NFL Foundation is pleased to continue its work with LISC in improving the quality, safety and accessibility of fields in communities nationwide,” said Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, Chairman of the NFL Foundation. “The revitalization of these fields will provide safe places for communities to come together, “Play 60” and enjoy the many benefits of sports participation.”


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NFL Now Launches on Apple TV

NFL Now Delivers Fans Largest Digital Library of NFL Video and Customized Viewing Experience

NEW YORK, NY: The National Football League today announced that NFL Now has launched on Apple TV, providing fans free access to the NFL’s massive video content library through the Apple TV platform.  NFL Now on Apple TV provides access to game highlights, original content from NFL Media and 32 NFL clubs, live press conferences, and shows and video from the NFL Films vault.  NFL Now also delivers the most-personalized NFL viewing experience anywhere, providing a one-of-a-kind video stream based on each fan’s favorite NFL teams, players and NFL.com Fantasy rosters and viewing preferences over time.


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DIRECTV and NFL Now Bring Audience To ‘The Rich Eisen Show’

New Audience Network Show Hosted by NFL Network’s Eisen Will be A Freewheeling Blend of Celebrity Interviews, NFL Commentary and More; Show to Simulcast Digitally on NFL Now

DIRECTV and NFL Now are teaming up to launch “The Rich Eisen Show,” a new, daily talk show featuring NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, which will premiere on Oct. 6 and air exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network from noon to 3 p.m. (EDT).

In addition to Audience Network, “The Rich Eisen Show” will be available digitally on NFL Now, the NFL’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to a customized stream of content from the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere across an array of Internet-connected devices.


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BACK TO FOOTBALL! FULL SLATE OF GAMES WITH ALL 32 TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEK

It’s time to get back to football!

“It definitely feels like game week to us,” says Seattle head coach PETE CARROLL, whose team will face the Denver Broncos this week in a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch. “It’s coming quick, Thursday night. It’s going to be fun.”

All 32 NFL clubs will be in action this week.

The preseason kicked off on Sunday with the NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. The other 30 NFL teams will make their season debuts this week.

“This is about us getting better and evaluating against other guys,” says MIKE ZIMMER, who will make his debut as Minnesota Vikings head coach on Friday night against the Oakland Raiders. “I want us to go out and play solid fundamental football.”

Four games will be featured on national TV this week, starting with the San Francisco 49ers visiting the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night (August 7, 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network) and concluding with the Detroit Lions hosting the Cleveland Browns on Saturday (August 9, 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network).

DATE GAME TIME (ET) NETWORK
Thursday, August 7 San Francisco at Baltimore 7:30 PM NFLN
Thursday, August 7 Dallas at San Diego 10:30 PM* NFLN
Friday, August 8 New Orleans at St. Louis 8:00 PM NFLN
Saturday, August 9 Cleveland at Detroit 7:30 PM NFLN

*Joined live in progress


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Harbaugh Brothers Matchup & Johnny Manziel’s Debut Highlight NFL Network’s Week 1 Live Preseason Schedule

Four Live Week 1 Preseason Games on NFL Network:

San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens – August 7 at 7:30 PM ET

Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers – August 7 at 10:30 PM ET

New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams – August 8 at 8:00 PM ET

Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions – August 9 at 7:30 PM ET

Special Preseason ‘NFL RedZone’ Friday, August 8 at 7:30 PM ET

It’s time to get ‘Back to Football’ and NFL Network remains the go-to destination to do so, with four live games and re-airs of every Week 1 preseason game.

On Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network provides a special presentation of the San Francisco 49ers-Baltimore Ravens game – the teams’ first meeting since Super Bowl XLVII. NFL Network’s Ari Wolfe and Kurt Warner will call the action from NFL Network’s studios, while NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala will provide pre-game and post-game reports from Baltimore.


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Message from Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll

Today the NFL sent an e-mail to millions of fans on behalf of Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll that contained a letter from the coach as well as a video that shows how the Super Bowl champions teach tackling.

Pete Carroll

To read Coach Carroll’s letter, click here.

To watch how the Seattle Seahawks teach tackling, click here.

NFL Media Announces Additional Sponsorship & Distribution Partners for NFL Now

McDonald’s named a presenting sponsor of NFL Now

Amazon and Roku sign on as distribution partners for NFL Now

NEW YORK, NY: The National Football League today announced McDonald’s as the third presenting sponsor of NFL Now, the League’s new digital video service providing fans with the NFL news, analysis and highlights they want across their Internet-connected devices. The NFL also announced new distribution partnerships with Amazon Fire TV & Kindle Fire and the Roku® streaming platform for NFL Now, which is scheduled to launch in August before the start of the 2014 NFL season.


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2014 NFL Draft Round 1 Most-Watched Ever

32.0 Million Fans View Round 1 of 2014 NFL Draft

NFL Network & NFL Digital Properties Set Records

First-round coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft on ESPN and NFL Network drew a combined total viewership of 32.0 million viewers* making it the most-viewed Round 1 ever, according to The Nielsen Company (*based on at least one minute of viewing).  The 32.0 million viewers is up 28% over last year (25.0 million).

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NFL Media Wins Record Seven Sports Emmy Awards

NFL Network’s ‘NFL Draft – Leon Sandcastle’ Wins Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Institutional

NFL.com Wins Two Awards in Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Programming Short Format Category

NFL Films-Produced ‘Hard Knocks – Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals’ Earns Three Emmy Awards

NFL Media – comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL RedZone, NFL.com, NFL Mobile and NFL Now – won a record seven Sports Emmy Awards, it was announced last night in New York City. The seven Sports Emmy Awards eclipses the previous record of six from 2013.

NFL Network won in the Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Institutional category for NFL Draft – Leon Sandcastle, as well as the Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award for NFL Films Presents – Yours Truly, Dr. Z. With the two Emmy Awards, NFL Network increased its total to 14 in its 10-year history.

NFL.com earned two Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Programming Short Format for JFK: The Untold NFL History of That Day in Dallas and NFL UP!

NFL Films – the most-honored filmmaker in sports – won five Emmy Awards, which increased its total to 117 Emmy Awards. Hard Knocks – Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals, produced along with HBO,earned three Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Editing, Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics, and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound.

Following is a complete list of the Sports Emmy Awards won by NFL Media this year:

OUTSTANDING NEW APPROACHES – SPORTS PROGRAMMING SHORT FORMAT

JFK: The Untold NFL History of That Day in Dallas (NFL.com/NFL Films)

NFL UP! (NFL.com)

OUTSTANDING EDITING

Hard Knocks – Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals (HBO/NFL Films)

THE DICK SCHAAP OUTSTANDING WRITING AWARD

NFL Films Presents – Yours Truly, Dr. Z (NFL Network/NFL Films)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION/DIRECTION/LYRICS

Hard Knocks – Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals (HBO/NFL Films)

OUTSTANDING POST PRODUCED AUDIO/SOUND

Hard Knocks – Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals (HBO/NFL Films)

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT – INSTITUTIONAL

NFL Draft – Leon Sandcastle (NFL Network)

 

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch).  Watch NFL Network is available today for AT&T U-Verse, Cox, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and many more providers. For more information, log on to NFL.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

 

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NFL Media Provides Record-Setting Coverage of 2014 NFL Draft

Record-High 51 Live Hours of Coverage on NFL Network Beginning Thursday, May 8 Presented by Verizon

Behind-the-Scenes Access with 16 War Room Cams at Team Facilities – Including Texans & Super Bowl XLVIII-Champion Seahawks

College Coaches David Shaw, Jimbo Fisher & Urban Meyer Join Live Coverage from Radio City Music Hall

Round-the-Clock Coverage and Live Streaming on NFL.com & NFL Mobile From Verizon

NFL Media’s coverage of the 79th annual NFL Draft is officially on the clock. With a record-high 51 hours of live coverage of the three-day event, an extensive talent roster of analysts, reporters and college coaches, and 15 draft war room cameras providing behind-the-scenes access, NFL Network, NFL.com and NFL Mobile descend upon Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 10th year of NFL Draft coverage.


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