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2014 NFL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 AT 8:00 PM ET ON NFL NETWORK, NFL.COM & NFL MOBILE FROM VERIZON

Presented by Verizon, NFL Network’s Three-Hour ‘NFL Total Access: Schedule Release ‘14’ Show Breaks Down 2014 NFL Schedule

NFL.com Will Provide Complete Team-by-Team and Weekly Schedules of All 256 Regular-Season Games

The 2014 NFL schedule will be released on NFL Network, NFL.com, and NFL Mobile from Verizon on Wednesday, April 23 at 8:00 PM ET.

NFL Network’s coverage will be highlighted by NFL Total Access: Schedule Release ’14 presented by Verizon (Wednesday, 8:00 PM ET) – a three-hour special hosted by Rich Eisen and featuring analysts Steve Mariucci, Warren Sapp, and Mike Silver – that breaks down the entire 2014 regular season schedule, division by division, analyzing the top matchups and primetime games, including the 16-game CBS/NFL Network Thursday Night Football schedule.


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27 NFL PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN “BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & PROGRAM” APRIL 3-6

Four-Day Program Hosted by University of Notre Dame Includes Business Pitch Competition

NFL Legends and past BM&E participants CHARLIE BATCH, DEKE COOPER, JEFF FAINE & J.R. TOLVER to Serve as Speakers and Mentors

Twenty-seven current and former NFL players will take part in the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program (BM&E) April 3-6 at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. This is one of several training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players.

Participants will hear from University of Notre Dame faculty and successful business leaders. The program will kick off with presentations from four NFL Legends who applied learnings from past BM&E programs to launch their own business ventures and foundations including Notre Dame alumni DEKE COOPER and JEFF FAINE, as well as CHARLIE BATCH and J.R. TOLVER. Faine and BRADY QUINN, a fellow Notre Dame alumnus and past participant in the BM&E Program, were instrumental in bringing the program to Notre Dame for the first time in 2013.

The program—developed jointly with NFL Player Engagement, Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship—will cover topics such as financial literacy and analysis, investing for impact, and business plan development. Attendees will receive mentoring from Batch, Cooper, Faine and Tolver as well as the Irish Angels, a select group of investors within the Notre Dame community who advise and invest in start-ups. Throughout the four days, participants will work in groups to develop and deliver a business plan for the Business Pitch Competition that closes out the program.

“We believe in a shared responsibility to prepare our players for career opportunities after their NFL playing experience,” said Kimberly Fields, Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “This program provides education, mentoring, and hands-on experience for those looking to succeed in the business world.”

“It is a pleasure again to have the opportunity to work with the NFL in presenting the Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program,” said Paul Slaggert, Director of Non-Degree Programs for the Stayer Center for Executive Education at Notre Dame. “The ability to work with current and former NFL players who want to give back by starting or investing in new ventures that benefit their communities is extremely gratifying.”

Players will be live blogging throughout the program, documenting their experience on www.NFLPE.sportsblog.com. Following is a list of participating players:

 

NAME TEAM AFFILIATION(S)
ANDY ALLEMAN Former (KC, MIA, NO)
ANTHONY ARMSTRONG Free Agent
BRIAN ARNFELT Pittsburgh Steelers
ZANE BEADLES Jacksonville Jaguars
KEITH BROOKING Former (ATL, DAL, DEN)
SHAUN CODY Former (DET, HOU)
VONTAE DAVIS Indianapolis Colts
JEROME FELTON Minnesota Vikings
BRANDON FIELDS Miami Dolphins
VINCENT FULLER II Former (DET, TEN)
ANDRE GURODE Oakland Raiders
JEFFREY “J.J.” JANSEN Carolina Panthers
JOSH MARTIN Kansas City Chiefs
TIM MASTHAY Green Bay Packers
KEVIN MC DERMOTT San Francisco 49ers
RYAN MUNDY Chicago Bears
TORRANCE (MORAN) NORRIS Former (DET, HOU, NO, SF)
ERIC OLSEN Free Agent
MICHAEL PALMER Pittsburgh Steelers
JOE REITZ Indianapolis Colts
DUNTA ROBINSON Free Agent
BRYAN SCOTT Free Agent
AUSTIN SPITLER Miami Dolphins
WILL SVITEK New England Patriots
DARRYL TAPP Detroit Lions
DE MARCUS WARE Denver Broncos
SAM YOUNG Jacksonville Jaguars

About NFL Player Engagement

NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at http://www.nflplayerengagement.com.

About Stayer Center for Executive Education

Founded in 1980, the University of Notre Dame’s Stayer Center for Executive Education, located in the No. 1 ranked Mendoza College of Business, provides leaders in the executive and management ranks with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business acumen skills. The Stayer Center for Executive Education is dedicated to devel­oping leaders who succeed in today’s global business world and are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the Stayer Center emphasizes values-centered leadership plus strategic thinking. The Stayer Center offers non-degree programs in 10 countries (including open-enrollment, custom and online) and the Executive MBA degree program (No. 15 ranked) in South Bend and Chicago awarding about 120 degrees annually. All these programs are designed to meet a range of career and lifetime goals, for individuals as well as organizations.

About the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship

Located in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1998 for the purpose of fostering innovation and infusing aspiring Notre Dame entrepreneurs with a sense of the possible.  Through rigorous coursework, its annual business plan competition, conferences, extensive networking and mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities, the Center provides students, alumni and faculty members with the knowledge and skills vital to entrepreneurship. Gigot develops individuals who have a vision for a startup, as well as “intrapreneurs” who seek to bring innovation to an existing business. In keeping with the Mendoza College mission to Ask More of Business™, the Gigot Center actively supports the social entrepreneur who uses business skills and knowledge to serve the greater good.

 

NFL Media Provides Exclusive Live Coverage of NFL Scouting Combine for 10th Year

NFL Network, NFL.com & NFL Mobile From Verizon Cover 2014 NFL Scouting Combine with 23-Man Roster of Analysts, Hosts & Reporters

Live Coverage of Combine Drills Begins Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 AM ET

Coverage of Combine Press Conferences Thursday, February 20 & Friday, February 21 at 2:00 PM ET

For the 10th year, NFL Media provides exclusive multi-platform coverage of the league’s next generation of talent with more than 60 hours of programming of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour. Beginning Thursday, February 20, NFL Network, NFL.com and NFL Mobile broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, providing an up-close look at South Carolina defensive Jadeveon Clowney, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and the rest of the more than 330 NFL prospects looking to take the next step in their careers. Additionally, NFL Network’s live coverage of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine can be accessed on mobile phones exclusively through NFL Mobile From Verizon.


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NFL Network Live On-Location From New York & New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII

Record 86 Hours of Live Coverage Part of More Than 140 Hours of Programming from New York & New Jersey

12 Sets From 8 Locations & 40 On-Air Personalities with a Combined 17 Super Bowl Rings

12.5 Hours of Pregame & Postgame Coverage on Super Bowl Sunday

‘NFL AM,’ ‘Super Bowl Live’ & ‘NFL Total Access’ Shows Live from New York & New Jersey Throughout the Week

Comprehensive Live Coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day from the Prudential Center – Tuesday, January 28

Special Super Bowl-Related Programming Such as ‘The Rich Eisen Super Bowl Special,’ ‘M&M’ & ‘Let’s Go Primetime’ Throughout the Week

For the 11th year, NFL Network is on-location providing comprehensive, wall-to-wall coverage of Super Bowl week. With more than 140 total hours – including a record 86 live hours – of programming from 12 sets in eight locations across New York City and New Jersey, and featuring a roster of 40 on-air personalities with a combined 17 Super Bowl rings, NFL Network is the go-to destination for expert analysis, the latest news and reports, special guest appearances, matchup-related programming and more leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII.


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NFL Network’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ — New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons — Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 PM ET

Coverage from Atlanta Begins at 6:00 PM ET with ‘Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Pregame Show

The eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues this week when quarterback Drew Brees and the first-place New Orleans Saints travel to take on quarterback Matt Ryan and the NFC South-rival Atlanta Falcons Thursday, November 21 at 8:00 PM ET.


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Brett Favre Joins ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ This Sunday — Week 7 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Brett Favre Joins ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ Live to Discuss Peyton Manning’s Return to Indianapolis

Two-Time All-Pro Linebacker Takeo Spikes Joins ‘NFL GameDay First’ as Guest Analyst at 7:00 AM ET

Sunday is ‘GameDay’ and every week NFL Network provides 12 hours of live coverage, beginning at 7:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay First. The day continues at 9:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay Morning leading viewers into the early games. At 4:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Scoreboard recaps the early action and at 7:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Highlights recaps the entire afternoon. At 11:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Final provides complete analysis on the entire football Sunday.


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NFL Network’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ Delivers A 5.0 US HH Rating & 7.8 Million Viewers

Thursday’s No. 1 Show on Cable –

Rating & Viewership for ‘Thursday Night Football’ 28% Higher than Game 5 of AL Division Series between Tigers & A’s

Through Five Thursday Games, Average Rating is Pacing +28% Versus 2012 ‘Thursday Night Football’ Schedule

Last night’s New York Giants-Chicago Bears game on NFL Network delivered a 5.0 US HH rating and was watched by an average of 7.8 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in New York and Chicago). Won by the Bears 27-21, the telecast topped last week’s Thursday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns by 19% in rating (4.2) and 13% in viewership (6.9 M).


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NFL Network’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ — New York Giants at Chicago Bears — Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8:00 PM ET

Bears WR Brandon Marshall Interview with Rich Eisen on ‘Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Pregame Show at 6:00 PM ET

NFL Network Analyst & Former Giants QB Kurt Warner Joins Coverage From Chicago

The Chicago Bears (3-2) will try to hold off the winless New York Giants (0-5) as the eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 PM ET from Soldier Field in Chicago. While no team in NFL history has ever made the playoffs after losing its first five games, the Giants’ are only two games out of first place in the NFC East, and over the past five seasons (2008-12) eight NFL teams have rallied from a deficit of two or more games to win their division – two of those coming from the NFC East (2012 Redskins & 2009 Cowboys).


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Federal Court issues ruling to disable nearly 1,500 websites offering counterfeit NFL and team merchandise

The NFL received Wednesday an important and favorable ruling by New York federal court Judge Lorna Schofield in a counterfeiting action brought by the league against more than 1,470 China-based websites offering for sale counterfeit NFL and club-identified jerseys, headwear and other goods.

The Court issued a preliminary injunction order disabling these “rogue” websites so that they can no longer be accessed by consumers and freezing certain payment accounts held by the sites’ operators. Click here for the ruling.

Many of these rogue sites used domain names that incorporated the NFL and club trademarks (for example, officialcowboysjersey.comnflshop365.com,  officialravensauthentic.com) and mimicked the look and feel of official team store sites to confuse fans into thinking they were shopping on an authorized web site.  Click here for a comprehensive list of these sites.

The ruling was issued on the eve of the 2013 NFL Draft, an event that is expected to attract more than 45 million viewers and serves as the start of a new season for fans. The Draft also represents one of the hottest windows of NFL merchandise sales.

This is the third such action that the NFL has filed against infringing eCommerce sites.  In total, the NFL has disabled over 2,500 web sites, significantly disrupting these criminal enterprises. The NFL was assisted in its efforts on this matter by MarkMonitor, Inc. and Kroll Associates, Inc.

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Commissioner Goodell visits “Live with Kelly and Michael” — Transcript

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared this morning on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

The Commissioner engaged in a lively conversation with the dynamic duo of Kelly Ripa and former New York Giants’ legend Michael Strahan about the new Heads Up Football program, the Super Bowl and the Draft.

Goodell presented them with personalized #1 New York Giants jerseys. Ripa and Strahan even moved into to get their Draft Day hugs from Goodell.

CommishStrahanHugFollowing is a transcript of the Commissioner’s appearance:
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