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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,, 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


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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21 current & former NFL players to participate in new NFL Hospitality & Culinary Management May 6 at Institute of Culinary Education in New York

NFL Player Engagement Program Includes Spouses 

Twenty-one NFL players – 12 former players and nine active players including five Pro Bowlers JAHRI EVANS (New Orleans), CHRIS GARDOCKI (retired), TERRENCE MC GEE (free agent), BRANDON MOORE (free agent) and ADALIUS THOMAS (retired) – will take part in the new NFL Hospitality & Culinary Management Workshop on May 6 at the Institute of Culinary Education, New York City’s leading authority in culinary hospitality education.

The workshop introduces participants and their spouses to the fundamental skills required for success in the hospitality and culinary industries covering topics ranging from getting started in the industry, developing a winning business concept, trends in the food industry, the economics of hospitality and culinary management, managing product and staff, and maximizing return on investment.

Participants will engage in interactive workshops and lectures before concluding the class with a hands-on cooking demonstration.

Keynote speaker HOWARD GREENSTONE, CEO of national chain Rosa Mexicano, will offer an insider’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities related to working in the hospitality or culinary industry.

With the longer offseason, NFL Player Engagement offers current and former players 10 training programs for post-NFL careers. Player enrollment criteria include a demonstrated interest and aptitude for business, essays, and NFL playing experience.

Following are the NFL players participating in the NFL Hospitality & Culinary Management Workshop:
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64 NFL coaches & front office executives to take part in NFL Career Development Symposium May 6-8 at Wharton School of Business

Speakers include:

Owners/Presidents Michael Bidwill, Shad Khan, John Mara & Rich McKay; 

Team Execs Dawn Aponte, John Dorsey, Thomas Dimitroff, John Idzik, Ozzie Newsome & Rick Smith;

Coaches Jeff Fisher, Marvin Lewis, Joe Philbin, Mike Smith & Mike Tomlin 

Sixty four assistant coaches and front office executives – two per NFL club – will take part in the NFL Career Development Symposium on May 6-8 at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, it was announced today.

The three-day program will engage aspiring head coach and general manager candidates through keynote speeches, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities with owners, club presidents, coaches, general managers and league executives.

“We are pleased to offer this program to provide a diverse group of coaching and front office talent with the tools and networking opportunities to take the next step in their careers,” said Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “This symposium will help develop our coaching and front office pipeline and build on the progress we have made over the past decade.”

Among the speakers and presenters are Jaguars owner SHAD KHAN, Giants owner JOHN MARA, Cardinals president MICHAEL BIDWILL, Falcons president RICH MC KAY, Ravens EVP and general manager OZZIE NEWSOME, Dolphins SVP of football operations DAWN APONTE, Chiefs general manager JOHN DORSEY, Falcons general manager THOMAS DIMITROFF, Jets general manager JOHN IDZIK, Texans general manager RICK SMITH, Rams head coach JEFF FISHER, Bengals head coach MARVIN LEWIS, Dolphins head coach JOE PHILBIN, Falcons head coach MIKE SMITH, Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN and former NFL general managers BILL POLIAN and CHARLEY CASSERLY.
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NFL introduces NFL Prep 100 Series presented by Under Armour

Latest NFL Player Engagement Program for Student-Athletes Kicks Off in 2013 at Five NFL Team Facilities

Top Performers Advance to Leadership Forum in Cleveland During Rookie Symposium Week

The NFL will kick off the NFL Prep 100 Series Presented by Under Armour in January 2013, it was announced today. 

This new NFL Player Engagement initiative will invite high-school student-athletes to five multi-day seminars – at sites spread across the country – focused on personal and professional development in academics and athletics. The first event will begin January 26 in New Orleans at the Saints facility. Subsequent sessions will be held in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami.

“With our newest NFL Prep leadership initiative, we are excited to acknowledge and celebrate those extraordinary high school student-athletes who are already demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement.

Each seminar will include classroom sessions stressing player health and safety as well as on-field instruction highlighting technical drills and techniques. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to engage with current and former NFL players who will offer insight on their academic and athletic experiences. Also included is an officiating clinic offering an overview and potential career path program. 

Each event will include 100 student-athletes invited based upon academic transcript, athletic experience, leadership activities, coach and teacher recommendations, and personal essays. VTO Sports will facilitate all on-field activities at NFL Prep 100 in conjunction with the NFL. The top performers across the five regional NFL Prep 100 sessions will be selected to attend a leadership forum at the Browns facility in Cleveland next June during the NFL Rookie Symposium.
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Blackout Lifts at 97% Through Week 9 – Third-Best Ever; Attendance Up More Than 1,000 Per Game

All Week 9 NFL games have sold out for television, marking the third consecutive weekend and fifth time this season that all games will be televised locally.

For the season, 97 percent of games (128 of 132) have sold out for local TV – the third highest rate ever through Week 9 and up from 94 percent (123 of 130) at this point last season.

Paid attendance through eight weeks is up more than 1,000 per game to 65,610 from 64,609 in 2011.

Blackout lifts at 5-season high; Attendance up nearly 1,000 per game

All Week 8 NFL games have sold out for television, marking the second consecutive weekend and fourth time this season that all games will be televised locally.

For the season, 97 percent of games (114 of 118) have sold out for local TV – the highest rate since 2008 and up from 94 percent (109 of 116) at this point last season. 

By comparison, only 60 percent of games were on local television through Week 8 in 1997, and 63 percent 20 years ago.

Paid attendance through seven weeks is up from an average of 64,371 in 2011 to 65,148 this season.