Jabari Greer & Ben Hartsock Earn U.K. TV Studio Analyst Posts For 2015 NFL Regular-Season Sunday

Former NFL players JABARI GREER and BEN HARTSOCK who participated in the 2015 NFL BOOT CAMP: BROADCASTING will spend one regular-season Sunday working on-air for one of the league’s United Kingdom television partners.

The announcement was made at the conclusion of the NFL Boot Camp: Broadcasting in Mt. Laurel, NJ, where Greer and Hartsock, both 10-year veterans, and 21 other players spent four days learning from talent, producers and executives from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners. The dates of the assignments will be determined closer to the kickoff of the 2015 NFL season.

Last season former NFL players JE’ ROD CHERY and EVAN MOORE were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K.

For the complete release, click here

2015 Roster Of Officials Confirmed

ONE NEW REFEREE, 10 FIRST-YEAR NFL OFFICIALS AMONG 2015 CLASS

The NFL roster of game officials for the 2015 season will include one new referee and 10 first-year NFL officials among the group of 122, the league announced today.

Veteran NFL official JOHN HUSSEY has been promoted to referee to replace BILL LEAVY, who will join the NFL officiating staff as a supervisor.  Hussey has spent the past 13 seasons as a line judge and has officiated in nine playoff games, including Super Bowl XLV.

“John Hussey has proven to be an outstanding official and we expect that to continue as he moves to the referee position,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating DEAN BLANDINO.

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National Football League and Yahoo Partner to Deliver First-Ever Global Live Stream of an NFL Game

NFL game will be distributed to fans worldwide for free

across an array of digital devices

The National Football League (NFL) announced today that it has selected Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) as its exclusive partner to deliver the first-ever live stream of an NFL game to a global audience across devices and for free. This partnership will bring the NFL’s International Series game in London, between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars on October 25, to Yahoo properties globally, including Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Screen and Tumblr, which attract more than one billion monthly users.

“The NFL has always been committed to being at the forefront of media innovation. Through this partnership with Yahoo – one of the world’s most recognizable digital brands – we are taking another important step in that direction as we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving digital media landscape,” said Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League.

For the complete release, click here

NFL Hosts Ninth Annual “NFL Boot Camp: Broadcasting” June 1-4 At NFL Films

Top NFL Producers & Talent to Instruct Players: CBS’ James Brown to

Serve as Host Joined By Fred Gaudelli (NBC), Ron Jaworski (ESPN)

and Curt Menefee (FOX)

“Advanced” Curriculum Offered to Five Former Boot Campers

 Players can earn guest hosting opportunity on

NFL TV and radio partners in U.K.

Twenty-four current and former NFL players, including ANTONIO CROMARTIE (Jets), IKE TAYLOR (retired) and ADALIUS THOMAS (retired) will take part in the ninth annual NFL Boot Camp: Broadcasting at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey from June 1-4, the NFL announced today.

The four-day program, directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments, covers a wide range of topics with instructors from CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, SiriusXM, and WestwoodOne Radio. Sessions include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a game analyst and as a field reporter and serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

For the complete release, click here

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans debuts Aug. 11 on HBO

HBO SPORTS®, NFL FILMS AND THE HOUSTON TEXANS JOIN FORCES FOR

A NEW SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE SPORTS REALITY SERIES WHEN

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS,

CHRONICLING THE RIGORS AND DAILY DEMANDS OF NFL TRAINING CAMP, DEBUTS TUESDAY, AUG. 11, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

           HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Houston Texans team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS debuts in August. The first sports-based reality series – and one of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV – kicks off its five-episode tenth season TUESDAY, AUG. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Other hour-long episodes of the 12-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning series debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 8 season finale.

“We are thrilled that the tenth edition of HARD KNOCKS will spotlight a team in a division that we have not featured previously on HBO,” says Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports. “It’s exciting to feature a team, a franchise and a city for the first time on HARD KNOCKS. We are grateful to Texans chairman Bob McNair, general manager Rick Smith, coach Bill O’Brien and the entire organization for agreeing to participate and look forward to what we expect to be one of the most compelling and interesting seasons in HARD KNOCKS history. The series has become a summertime destination for TV viewers, and we can’t wait for the premiere on August 11.”

For the complete release, click here

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Press Conference At League Meeting In San Francisco

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We had a terrific couple days of meetings here. We advanced a lot of issues, some of which I think you’ve heard about. I’ll highlight a couple of them that I think were the most significant for us.

One was the PAT rule. This is a rule that we have been focused on for quite some time. It’s a play that we think is not exciting. It’s a play that we think could be improved and we have. The Competition Committee made a recommendation on that to move it back to the 15 to kick the extra point and also to allow the defense to score. We think those changes are terrific. We thought of some other ideas in the context of that, but I think the bottom line is the ownership would like to see us do this in stages so we can see the impact of the changes and evaluate that as we go through the season.

We had an update on the Super Bowl LIII and LIV process. I’m sure you’re aware of where we are on that, but we have Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami and Tampa Bay who are our four finalist cities. There is a provision for Super Bowl LIV: if there is a team in Los Angeles, they can be included in the process. That is again a positive update.

We talked about Los Angeles for an extensive time this morning with our membership and had a report from the committee. We had an international update on the tremendous growth we are seeing in our game on a global basis, not just the United Kingdom. It was a great discussion on Mexico, Germany and also into South America so we’re very positive about that.

We had a lot of updates on health and safety. As you all know, we made some significant changes in March with the medical timeout. We went through that in great detail to make sure that the clubs understood how we are approaching that; how we were using the ATC spotter; as well as the visiting team physician, who is another resource for us to provide better care for our players and staff when they come in from a visiting city. So if players need additional care – whether it is hospitalization, prescription drugs, anything along those lines – we will have a local physician that will expedite that and try to assist us on that basis.

For the complete transcript, click here

 

NFL Legends Community Newsletter – May 2015

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The NFL League Office stays in regular contact with its former players, passing along vital information via email each month about benefits and services available to them & their families as well as alerting them to where other members of the NFL Legends Community are currently living and working.

The May 2015 edition of NFL Legends Community Newsletter included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field. To view the full edition, click here.

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PAT Rules Proposals

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

For the complete rule proposals, click here

17 NFL PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN NFL BOOT CAMP: SPORTS JOURNALISM & COMMUNICATIONS MAY 14-17

Four-day program at Bowling Green State University Prepares Players for Transition into Post-NFL Careers

Seventeen current and former NFL players will take part in NFL Boot Camp: Sports Journalism and Communications, May 14-17 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. This is the third year that the boot camp has been offered as one of several programs developed by NFL Player Engagement to prepare current and former players for post-NFL careers.

The four-day program will focus on improving each players’ writing skills for newspapers, radio, and the expanding digital media industry. Industry professionals and Bowling Green faculty will lead players through panel discussions, breakout sessions, and writing labs covering everything from press conference prep to ethics in sports journalism.

For the complete release, click here

NFL Statement On Discipline Imposed On New England Patriots For Violating NFL Policy On Integrity Of Game

The New England Patriots were notified today of the following discipline that has been imposed for violations of the NFL Policy on Integrity of the Game and Enforcement of Competitive Rules relating to the use of under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game of this past season:

For the violation of the playing rules and the failure to cooperate in the subsequent investigation, the New England Patriots are fined $1 million and will forfeit the club’s first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft and the club’s fourth-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.  If the Patriots have more than one selection in either of these rounds, the earlier selection shall be forfeited.  The club may not trade or otherwise encumber these selections.

For the complete release, click here