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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.

NFL players to take part in NFL Career Transition Program October 26-29 at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Dr. Condoleezza Rice Featured as Opening Night Keynote Speaker

Four-Day Course Offered At No Cost to Players

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) will host the sixth NFL Career Transition Program to help 40 former players transition from the gridiron to the business world, the NFL announced today.

The NFL Player Engagement-run program, which is free for players, will take place from Oct. 26-29 and will address the critical issues that are important in the transition to life after football while also educating players about resources available in their communities.

Over the course of the four-day program, players will learn more about personal finance, launching a new career with realistic expectations, developing a personal brand, communication skills, and the importance of health and well being. Content will also include a mix of academic topics, success stories from guest speakers, and practical applications.

The keynote speech to open the program will be delivered by Stanford GSB Professor of Political Economy DR. CONDOLEEZZA RICE, the former United States Secretary of State.  Dr. Rice is also the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

“The NFL’s Career Transition Program provides athletes with the tools to transition from the playing field to the boardroom and beyond,” said Dr. Rice. “As an educator, I look forward to working with the NFL to help these players find their footing in their new careers so they can have a lasting impact in their communities.”

More than 220 former NFL players – including NFL Manager of Player Engagement JAMES THRASH — have attended NFL Player Engagement’s five prior Career Transition Program seminars since the program launched in June 2010(four of the programs were at Georgia Tech and one was at Rice University).

“We continue to work with players to prepare them for a successful transition to life after football,” said Thrash, who played 12 NFL seasons at wide receiver(Washington 1997-2000 and 2004-08; Philadelphia 2001-03) and attended the 2010 program at Georgia Tech. “For me, the Career Transition Program provided the necessary tools to successfully move into the next chapter of my life.”
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Paid attendance up through Week 5

After five weeks, NFL paid attendance is up 2.1 percent – more than 1,000 per game – over last season at this point.

Through Week 5 (77 games), the average NFL paid attendance is 65,411 – up from 64,042 through five weeks (also 77 games) in 2011.  The largest crowd through Week 5 is 81,034 for the NFL Kickoff Game (Dallas at N.Y. Giants) on September 5. Seven additional games had 75,000+ in paid attendance through Week 5 (list below).

The full season paid attendance average for 2011 was 64,698.

Games With Highest Paid Attendance, Through Week 5

Date Game Paid Attendance
Sept. 5 Dallas at N.Y. Giants 81,034
Oct. 7 Cleveland at N.Y. Giants 79,078
Oct. 1 Chicago at Dallas 78,907
Sept. 30 San Fran. at N.Y. Jets 78,259
Sept. 16 Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants 77,868
Sept. 9 Pittsburgh at Denver 75,662
Sept. 30 Oakland at Denver 75,515
Sept. 23 Houston at Denver 75,357

Harris Poll: Interest in NFL is rising and at all-time high

Interest in the NFL continues to rise and a record 59 percent of Americans follow professional football, The Harris Poll recently reported among the results of a survey conducted September 25-27.

“Football remains popular and even shows a rise in interest since last year,” The Harris Poll stated. “In 2011, over half of Americans (55%) said they followed professional football – a slight increase from 2010, when 53% said so. This year, that number rises further, with 59% of Americans saying they follow professional football; this is the highest percentage to indicate this since The Harris Poll first started asking the question in 1992.”

This year’s record 59 percent figure is up significantly from 10 years ago when 47 percent of Americans said they followed the NFL.

NFL games continue to top the viewership charts as well, ranking as the eight most-watched TV programs since Labor Day. In addition, NFL games rank as the No. 1 telecast 98 percent of the time in local markets – the highest rate ever through the first four weeks of a season.

NFL players enroll in programs at Harvard and Kellogg business schools

66 Players to Take Part in

NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program

Workshops Run March 19-23 and April 1–5

Current and former starting quarterbacks BYRON LEFTWICH, JOHN BECK, CHARLIE BATCH, BRUCE GRADKOWSKI and BRADY QUINN are among the 66 players who have enrolled in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

The program is one of NFL Player Engagement’s initiatives to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.  Since the program’s inception in 2005, more than 700 players have participated.

“We are excited to continue this program which has been beneficial to so many of our players,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT, who has attended each of the business management programs.  “Over the years, the Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program has assisted players — myself included — and their families in making smarter business decisions while inspiring others to go back to school for an MBA.”

The schools will offer executive education activities in their respective areas of expertise. Taught by full-time Harvard Business School faculty members, the customized five-day program at HBS (March 19-23) aims to help participants learn to develop a business idea or plan in such areas as investments, real estate, and retailing. 

The Kellogg School program (April 1-5) will focus on entrepreneurship, underscoring the fundamentals of investing and how to create and finance new ventures. Kellogg faculty members will teach classes on topics such as entrepreneurial finance, angel investing, equity versus debt capital, effective negotiating, and marketing in the nanosecond world. 

Players complete an application process in order to attend the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Enrollment criteria includes level of education; professional business experience; interest in starting, owning, or managing a business; and leadership and community involvement.

For the complete list of current and former players participating, click here.

NFL Player Engagement announces NFL-Wharton Prep Leadership Program

Latest program for high school student-athletes runs June 25-27

 Application process underway for seniors-to-be

NFL Player Engagement and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative will host the inaugural NFL-Wharton Prep Leadership Program for student-athletes entering their senior year of high school, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from June 25-27 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in Philadelphia, will offer leadership training and development programming with instruction from Wharton professors and NFL executives.

“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. “This program for male and female student-athletes features a curriculum created by top educators specifically designed to provide the skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming better leaders in academic performance, athletic experience and community service.”

“For Wharton, this is the perfect blend of sports, academics and social impact” said Kenneth Shropshire, Wharton Professor and Faculty Director at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.  “We are excited about playing a role in developing future leaders impacted by sport, blending sports and academics at the highest levels.”
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Super Bowl Streamed Live in U.S. For First Time



For the first time, Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and NBC’s Wild Card Saturday doubleheader will be available to fans on television, online and on select mobile phones, the NFL announced today.  NBC’s postseason games will be broadcast on NBC as well as streamed live on and, and will be available on NFL Mobile only from Verizon.  This marks the first time postseason games will be available in the U.S. via live online streaming and via a mobile app.

The live and coverage will come from NBC’s TV coverage of the games.  Complementing that stream will be a number of extra features to enrich the viewing experience including additional camera angles, in-game highlights, live statistics and other interactive elements.

In addition, NFL Mobile only from Verizon will stream the broadcast of NBC’s Postseason games, for the first time using a mobile application.

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