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Statement from Commissioner Goodell

Statement from Commissioner Roger Goodell

We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision. We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.


The NFL will kick off Super Bowl 50 festivities in the San Francisco Bay Area by hosting participating teams in primetime at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade on Monday, February 1, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., the NFL announced today.

Super Bowl Opening Night is a shift from the traditional Media Day held on Tuesday morning. This will be the first time the players and coaches address the media while in the Bay Area. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. PT with interviews from approximately 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. PT and 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. PT. on Monday.

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As the NFL kicks off its season-long celebration of Super Bowl 50, fans nationwide can celebrate the return to football and have the opportunity to break a Guinness World Record by participating in the NFL’s Back to Football Friday challenge.

Starting Thursday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. ET, fans can showcase their team spirit and upload photos of themselves using #NFLFanRecord on Twitter, Instagram or at

Participating fans have the chance to break the Guinness World Record for “Largest Online Photo Album of People Wearing NFL Team Logos.” Each photo counts as one World Record entry, regardless of the number of fans in the photo. The Back to Football Friday challenge will conclude on Friday, Sept. 11 at midnight ET.

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On Monday, August 24, NFL Network kicks off a three-part series called ‘Huddle Up.’ Each installment of the series will air on NFL Network’s NFL Preseason HQ at 8:00 AM ET and NFL Total Access at 7:00 PM ET from August 24-26. The series, hosted by NFL Network correspondent and mother of four Melissa Stark, features candid conversation and unique perspectives between football moms on youth sports and safety. Segments will include discussions on Heads Up Football, injuries and concussions, and dealing with coaches, among other topics.

Each ‘Huddle Up’ segment will be available for viewing on

Featured guests include Christine Golic, an NFL consultant on youth football and a member of the Heads Up Football Advisory Committee, Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, a neuropsychologist who specializes in head injuries for the Bears and other professional sports teams in Chicago, and Stephanie Rivera, former assistant coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

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The NFL and its 32 teams recognize August as USA Football Month, saluting USA Football as the sport’s leader in coaching education and player development on high school and youth levels.

USA Football Month is celebrated throughout the NFL preseason. USA Football’s Heads Up Football® program, endorsed by experts in medicine, child advocacy and athletes, continues to establish important standards rooted in the best available science. The program is credited for improving how coaches are trained, players are taught, parents are informed and safety is addressed.

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UPMC Will Host Unprecedented Gathering of Concussion Experts to Share Best Treatments, Practices

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 18, 2015 – Nearly 30 leading, independent concussion clinicians and researchers from around the United States will convene at UPMC Oct. 15 and 16 with a unique purpose: to propose standard guidelines on the best practices, protocols and active therapies for treating concussions today, resulting in a white paper to be published in a medical journal and shared nationwide.

For the first time in the relatively infant science of concussion, U.S. experts are coming together to discuss what the UPMC organizers call Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) Approaches to Treating Concussion. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others, also have been invited to participate.

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Seventeen Veteran Combine Participants on Rosters

With all 32 NFL teams in training camp, 47 players who attended an NFL Regional Combine and/or the NFL Super Regional Combine in 2015 currently hold roster positions. NFL clubs signed players from 2015 Regional Combines hosted from February through March, including 25 players who were invited to the Super Regional Combine at the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, AZ on March 21.

The inaugural Veteran Combine was held on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility and 17 players who participated in the Veteran Combine currently hold roster positions.

Twenty-six of the league’s 32 teams (81 percent) have at least one 2015 Regional Combine and/or Super Regional Combine participant on its roster. Six of those teams – ATLANTA (three), GREEN BAY (three), NEW YORK JETS (three), PHILADELPHIA (four), PITTSBURGH (three) and WASHINGTON (three) – retain at least three 2015 Regional/Super Regional Combine alums.

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On NFL.Com, Friends Don’t Small Talk – Friends Talk Fantasy

Giants WRs Odell Beckham Jr. & Victor Cruz, Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Packers RB Eddie Lacy & WR Randall Cobb Star in Fantasy Ads Fantasy Football Delivers Best Mobile Draft & Game Day Experience with Fantasy Video Highlights, Free Live Scoring & More

‘NFL Fantasy LIVE’ Airs on NFL Network,, NFL Mobile from Verizon & NFL RedZone Beginning Monday, September 7
GEICO, Snickers & RAM Truck Among Sponsors

On, friends don’t small talk – friends talk fantasy. #FriendsTalkFantasy #NFLFantasy.
2015 Fantasy Football Marketing Campaign

2015 Fantasy Football Marketing Campaign

For years, people have labeled fantasy football as the “original social network,” and for good reason. Fantasy football is competitive fun amongst friends all season long, and for the 2015 season, Fantasy Football’s marketing campaign seeks to showcase this fact throughout all ad channels and reposition fantasy as the vehicle to more fun with friends.

Introducing the new “Friends Don’t Small Talk, Friends Talk Fantasy” campaign, friends and NFL stars alike are shown to not have much to talk about without fantasy football.

For the campaign, produced in collaboration with Grey Group, NFL Media utilized some of the biggest stars in the NFL today: New York Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, and Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Randall Cobb.

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Sergeant Joseph Wheaton OF Arizona NAMED 2015 NFL-TILLMAN SCHOLAR

NFL & Pat Tillman Foundation Salute Wheaton’s Impact in Education

Chicago, IL–The National Football League (NFL) and the Pat Tillman Foundation are proud to announce that Army Sergeant Joseph Wheaton of Phoenix, Ariz. has been selected as the 2015 NFL-TILLMAN SCHOLAR.

In 2010, the NFL and Pat Tillman Foundation established the NFL-Tillman Scholar award to annually honor an individual who exemplifies Pat Tillman’s legacy of service. The scholarship is part of the Tillman Scholars program established by the Pat Tillman Foundation to support educational opportunities for military veterans and their spouses who are committed to a life of service in and out of uniform. As a result, in part from fundraising through the Salute to Service campaign, the Pat Tillman Foundation funds up to 60 scholarships annually for Tillman Scholars to pursue degree programs of their choice in medicine, law, business, government, education, science and the arts. The scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. For the complete release, click Here

PAT Rules Proposals

The three rule proposals for the PAT that will be discussed next week at the spring meeting:

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