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NFL Network’s NFL AM Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary with New Talent & Increased Audience

New Hosts – Rhett Lewis & Erin Coscarelli

 LaVar Arrington Joins Show Full-Time Starting Saturday, August 2

 ‘NFL AM’ Up 5% in Ratings, 6% in Impressions & 10% in Viewers in 2014

On Wednesday, July 30, NFL AM turns two years old, and NFL Network’s daily morning show – and the only national show dedicated to America’s favorite sport – is celebrating its two-year anniversary with new talent and increased ratings.

New hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli – who each made their debuts on July 14 – join NFL Network analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington to form the new NFL AM team.

The first show with Rhett, Erin, Eric and LaVar together is a special Saturday edition of NFL AM August 2 at 6:00 AM ET, the day in which the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

Rhett joins NFL AM after spending the past five years at WHDH in Boston as an anchor and reporter. During his time with the station, Rhett covered all four major pro championships (Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series and Stanley Cup Final), and five championships in total. A graduate for Indiana University, Rhett received a B.S. in Sports Broadcasting in 2005 and a M.S. in Sports Administration, and was a member of the Indiana University football team as a wide receiver. Rhett’s father, Dean Kleinschmidt, has been a head trainer in the NFL for 40 seasons – 31 with the New Orleans Saints, two with the Washington Redskins and the past seven with the Detroit Lions.

Erin joins NFL AM from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area where she served as an anchor and reporter, and appeared on the network’s signature show SportsNet Central, in addition to other studio shows. Prior to joining Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in May of 2014, Coscarelli was a sideline reporter for various networks such as Fox Sports West, Pac-12 Networks, NBC Sports Network and ESPN. A native of Los Angeles, Erin received a B.A. in Broadcasting in 2006 from the University of Southern California.

A seven-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, LaVar joins NFL AM full-time after serving as a contributor during the 2013 NFL season. LaVar is relocating from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles and will appear in-studio.

In its first two years airing live on NFL Network every Monday – Friday from 6:00 – 10:00 AM ET (and re-airing from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET), NFL AM has experienced a steady increase in ratings, impressions and viewers. From January – June 2014, NFL AM is up 5% in US HH rating from 2013 and up 6% in HH impressions from 2013. Also, in the first half of 2014, NFL AM is up 10% in viewers from 2013 (58,765 to 64,813).

In addition to Rhett, Erin, Eric and LaVar, NFL Network analysts Terrell Davis, Jordan Babineaux, Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel, and host Molly Qerim will continue to contribute to NFL AM throughout the week.



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NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ — Monday, July 28

‘Inside Training Camp Live’ at 10:00 AM ET

‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Monday, July 28 at 10:00 AM ET.

At 7:00 PM ET, host Amber Theoharis and analysts Heath Evans and Shaun O’Hara recap all of the day’s action on NFL Total Access, followed by Training Camp Primetime at 8:00 PM ET with Evans, O’Hara and host Andrew Siciliano.

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NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ — Saturday, July 26 at 9:30 AM ET

Live Coverage of Browns’ Practice at 9:30 AM ET

Kurt Warner with Colts QB Andrew Luck & WR Reggie Wayne

‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Saturday, July 26 at a special time of 9:30 AM ET, providing live coverage of the Cleveland Browns’ practice.

At 7:00 PM ET, host Amber Theoharis and analysts Heath Evans and Shaun O’Hara recap all of the day’s action on NFL Total Access, followed by Training Camp Primetime at 8:00 PM ET with Evans, O’Hara and host Scott Hanson.

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Homecoming on NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ Sunday, July 27

Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Michael Irvin & Rich Eisen at Cowboys Training Camp at 7:00 PM ET

Hall of Fame DT Warren Sapp in Tampa with the Buccaneers

Super Bowl-Winning QB Kurt Warner in St. Louis with the Rams

Three-Time Super Bowl Champion LB Willie McGinest in New England with the Patriots

On Sunday, July 27, NFL Network analysts return to their former homes for Inside Training Camp Live, NFL Total Access and Training Camp Primetime, starting at 10:00 AM ET.

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2014-2015 National Football League Important Dates

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NFL, NFLPA Name Derrick Brooks Appeals Officer

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced today that 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee DERRICK BROOKS will serve as an appeals officer beginning this season.

Brooks will hear player appeals of on-field discipline and replaces MATT BIRK, who was named NFL Director of Football Development earlier this month.

Brooks spent 1995-2008 as a linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing in every game during his 14 seasons with the club, earning Pro Bowl honors 11 times and helping Tampa Bay to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

A longtime fixture in the Tampa Bay community, Brooks has served as the president of the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League since 2011.

“Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT. “His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive.”

Brooks will join former NFL player and coach TED COTTRELL as the appeals officers for 2014.

“Derrick was jointly selected by the Players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer,” said NFLPA Senior Director of Player Affairs and Development JASON BELSER. “We look forward to working with him.”

Brooks and Cottrell are jointly appointed and jointly compensated by the NFL and NFLPA. As per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the fine schedule is provided to the NFLPA prior to training camp for its review and approval.

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NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ — Friday, July 25

‘Inside Training Camp Live’ at 10:00 AM ET –

Rich Eisen With Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, QB Russell Wilson & DBs Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor

Deion Sanders With Redskins QB Robert Griffin III & WRs DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon

Live Coverage Begins at 6:00 AM ET with ‘NFL AM’

‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Friday, July 25 at 10:00 AM ET, providing nine hours of live coverage.

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‘Heads Up Across America’ Premieres Monday, July 28 on NFL Network

Five-Part Series Featured on ‘NFL Total Access’, ‘NFL AM’, ‘Inside Training Camp’ & Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1

Examines Five Heads Up Football Locations Spanning All Levels of the Sport in Arlington (TX), Philadelphia (PA), Glendale (AZ), Norman (OK) & Canton (OH)

Leading up to the start of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend, NFL Network presents Heads Up Across America, a five-part, multi-city series showcasing the impact and reach of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.

Premiering Monday, July 28 and airing through Friday, August 2 Heads Up Across America features NFL Network’s Melissa Stark interacting with players and parents, taking part in demonstrations, and interviewing special guests at various Heads Up Football locations and events. Each edition of Heads Up Across America features stories from players of all age ranges, including youth, high school, and college athletes, as well as Hall of Famers.

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Ray Rice Suspended Without Pay For Two Games and Fined An Additional Game Check For Violating NFL Personal Conduct Policy

COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL notified Baltimore Ravens running back RAY RICE today that he will be suspended without pay for the first two 2014 regular season games and fined an additional game check for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy for his February arrest.

In May, Rice resolved the charges by entering into a pretrial intervention program. Under this program, he will not be prosecuted and is not required to serve jail time or pay any fine. After one year, the charges will be expunged and will not be part of Rice’s record.

Following this agreement, Goodell met with Rice and his wife.  Despite the court’s decision not to impose criminal punishment, the Commissioner determined, as he advised Rice, that the conduct was incompatible with NFL policies and warranted disciplinary action.

In a letter to Rice, Commissioner Goodell stated:

“As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.

“You will be expected to continue to take advantage of the counseling and other professional services you identified during our meeting. As you noted, this additional assistance has been of significant benefit to you and your wife, and it should remain a part of your practice as appropriate.

“I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career. I am now focused on your actions and expect you to demonstrate by those actions that you are prepared to fulfill those expectations.”

Rice’s suspension will begin on August 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement on Monday, September 12 following the Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.

Rice may appeal this decision within three days.

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NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ Kicks Off Thursday at 10:00 AM ET

‘Inside Training Camp Live’ at 10:00 AM ET – Nine Hours of Live Training Camp Coverage

Rich Eisen With Broncos QB Peyton Manning & EVP/GM John Elway

Live Coverage Begins at 6:00 AM ET with ‘NFL AM’

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live kicks off Thursday, July 24 at 10:00 AM ET and provides nine hours of live coverage. During Inside Training Camp Live, NFL Network’s Rich Eisen speaks with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway.

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