Seven National TV Games Highlight Week 3 of NFL Preseason

Week 3 of the NFL preseason features seven games on national TV.

The action starts on Thursday night with a matchup of in-state rivals as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Pittsburgh Steelers (7:30 PM ET, NFLN).

On Friday, the Oakland Raiders will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on CBS (8:00 PM ET). Following the conclusion of that game, NFL Network will televise the Chicago Bears visiting the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The Buffalo Bills will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon (4:30 PM ET, NFL Network). On Saturday night, the New Orleans Saints will visit the Indianapolis Colts on CBS (8:00 PM ET).

The week concludes with back-to-back nationally-televised games on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers host the San Diego Chargers (4:00 PM ET, FOX) and the Cincinnati Bengals travel to face the Arizona Cardinals (8:00 PM ET, NBC) at University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLIX.

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NFL Practice Squads Expand to 10 Players

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to expand NFL Practice Squads for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Absent an extension of the agreement, the current rules will be reinstated beginning with the 2016 season.

Under the agreement, 2014 and 2015 Practice Squads will increase from the current maximum of eight players to 10 players.

In addition, the criteria for Practice Squad eligibility has been expanded in two respects.

First, a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Second, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.

All other practice squad rules under Article 33 of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement will remain in effect during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.



Defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Highlight NFL Network’s Week 3 Live Preseason Schedule

Three Live Week 3 Preseason Games on NFL Network:

Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles – August 21 at 7:30 PM ET

Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks – August 22 at 11:00 PM ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills – August 23 at 4:30 PM ET

Special Preseason ‘NFL RedZone’ Saturday, August 23 at 7:00 PM ET

Preseason Editions of New Show ‘NFL GameDay Live’ Friday, August 22 at 8:00 PM ET & Saturday, August 23 at 7:00 PM ET

It’s time to get ‘Back to Football’ and NFL Media remains the go-to destination to do so, with three live games, re-airs of every Week 3 preseason game, a special preseason edition of the NFL RedZone channel and two preseason editions of NFL Network’s new show NFL GameDay Live.

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NFL Network Feature on Hall of Fame Safety Aeneas Williams’ Work in Ferguson, MO

Feature Airs Tuesday on ‘NFL Total Access’ at 7:00 PM ET & Wednesday on ‘NFL AM’ at 6:00 AM ET

Exclusive Footage of Aeneas Williams Preaching in Ferguson, MO & Attending Rally

Airing Tuesday, August 19 on NFL Total Access at 7:00 PM ET and Wednesday, August 20 on NFL AM at 6:00 AM ET, NFL Network presents an exclusive feature highlighting newly enshrined Hall of Fame safety Aeneas Williams’ work and impact in the community of Ferguson, Missouri.

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Peter O’Reilly Named NFL’s Senior Vice President of Events

PETER O’REILLY, a 20-year veteran of the sports industry, has been named the NFL’s senior vice president of events, the NFL announced today.

O’Reilly, who served the past nine years as the NFL’s vice president, fan strategy and marketing, replaces Frank Supovitz. Supovitz announced in May that he was leaving the league to form his own events company.

O’Reilly, 42, will report to NFL Executive Vice President ERIC GRUBMAN. He will be responsible for the execution of all NFL events run by the league office, including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL Draft, NFL Kickoff, NFL International Series and league business meetings.

“The Events Department has been an important part of the growth and progress of the NFL for many years, demonstrating excellence and commitment in its day-to-day activities, while constantly evolving to meet the needs of fans, clubs and the league,” said Grubman.  “The selection of Peter to lead the department recognizes his many talents and will enhance our ability to serve fans and clubs.”

O’Reilly joined the NFL in 2005 after serving in a senior role on NYC2012, New York City’s Olympic Bid committee. He had previously worked at the National Basketball Association’s production and marketing departments. He started his career as a studio coordinator with ABC Sports.

O’Reilly, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife Rebecca and their two children.


Complete Cast of ‘Thursday Night Football’ Pregame Show on NFL Network & CBS Announced

Featuring Multiple Locations, Coverage Begins at 6:00 PM ET with ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ on NFL Network and ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ at 7:30 PM ET on CBS and NFL Network

James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher to be Joined by Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci Live On-Location Every Thursday

‘Mazda Postgame Show’ Wraps Up On-Location Coverage Each Week

The complete pregame and postgame talent roster for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and CBS is set. Joining the previously announced set featuring host James Brown and analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher will be an additional set featuring host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci.

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Officiating Video

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DIRECTV and NFL Now Bring Audience To ‘The Rich Eisen Show’

New Audience Network Show Hosted by NFL Network’s Eisen Will be A Freewheeling Blend of Celebrity Interviews, NFL Commentary and More; Show to Simulcast Digitally on NFL Now

DIRECTV and NFL Now are teaming up to launch “The Rich Eisen Show,” a new, daily talk show featuring NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, which will premiere on Oct. 6 and air exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network from noon to 3 p.m. (EDT).

In addition to Audience Network, “The Rich Eisen Show” will be available digitally on NFL Now, the NFL’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to a customized stream of content from the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere across an array of Internet-connected devices.

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USA Football Month Kicks Off Across the NFL

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 education. The program is credited for improving how coaches are trained, players are taught, parents are informed and safety is addressed.

More than 5,500 youth football leagues and 750 high schools spanning all 50 states, representing nearly 1 million young players, have registered for Heads Up Football this season. The USA Football program incorporates in-person training with USA Football’s nationally accredited coaching education courses.

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NFL Update—August 13, 2014


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