National Football League and Twitter Announce Multiyear Strategic Partnership

Daily NFL content to be distributed across Twitter from the start of the 2015 NFL season

The National Football League (NFL) and Twitter today announced a new multiyear partnership to deliver uniquely packaged official NFL video and other types of content to fans daily, year-round. Partners since 2013 through the Twitter Amplify program, NFL and Twitter will offer brands the opportunity to present official NFL content created specifically for the Twitter platform, on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices. The partnership breaks new ground in creative programming, improved video delivery, and brand integration with NFL content on Twitter.

Twitter users will have access to significantly more official NFL content than in the past, including in-game highlights from pre-season through Super Bowl 50, as well as unique programming like breaking news and analysis, best plays, custom game recaps, fun infographics, behind-the-scenes content, and relevant archival video. Furthermore, the NFL and Twitter will continue to collaborate on new discovery features and user experiences to broaden access of NFL content to millions of fans.

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“2015 NFL Kickoff Presented By Hyundai” To Celebrate Start Of The NFL Season And New England Patriots’ Super Bowl Championship Thursday, September 10

Nationwide Kickoff To Super Bowl 50 Celebration

Ellie Goulding And Train To Perform Live In San Francisco

NBC’s Football Night In America Kicks Off Season At Gillette Stadium

NBC/NFL Network Special on Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Precedes NFL Kickoff Game:
PITTSBURGH STEELERS vs. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

The NFL kicks off both its 96th season and the season-long celebration of Super Bowl 50 with “2015 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI” – 7:30 PM ET Thursday, September 10, it was announced Sunday night during NBC’s national broadcast of the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game. Festivities will take place in both New England, home of the Super Bowl XLIX champion Patriots, and the San Francisco Bay Area, host of Super Bowl 50.

Celebrations will begin in San Francisco with a free concert featuring multi-platinum singer-songwriter ELLIE GOULDING and San Francisco’s own Grammy Award-winning band TRAIN live at Justin Herman Plaza across from the historic Ferry Building. The musical performances and activations in San Francisco are part of the year-long On The Fifty campaign dedicated to celebrating the Super Bowl and commemorating Super Bowl 50.

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Statement from Commissioner Roger Goodell

Frank Gifford was an icon of the game, both as a Hall of Fame player for the Giants and Hall of Fame broadcaster for CBS and ABC. Frank’s talent and charisma on the field and on the air were important elements in the growth and popularity of the modern NFL. He was a great friend to everyone in the league, a special advisor to NFL commissioners, and served NFL fans with enormous distinction for so many decades. We will always remember Frank’s contributions and miss his friendship. Our hearts go out to Kathie Lee and the entire Gifford family.

NFL Network’s 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Coverage

‘Hall of Fame Saturday’ – Saturday, August 8 at 4:00 PM ET

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony – Saturday at 7:00 PM ET

Rich Eisen, Hall of Famers Michael Irvin & Marshall Faulk, and NFL Media’s Michael Silver & Steve Wyche Anchor Coverage From Canton

NFL Network provides seven hours of live Pro Football Hall of Fame coverage Saturday, August 8 from Canton, Ohio.

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Officiating Video – 2015 Rules Changes & Points of Emphasis

The following is an officiating video to assist in your coverage of the NFL.

It can be accessed by clicking on the links below or visiting www.nflmedia.com.

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The video reviews the 2015 rule changes and points of emphasis.

The video is intended for your use for informational purposes only.  It may not be posted on your website, but if you are interested in tweeting the link to the video from www.nflcommunications.com, feel free to do so.

We hope you find this information helpful.  Please contact us with any questions.

NFL Partners With CFL On Concussion Testing

King-Devick Test already on CFL Sidelines this season

The Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) are partnering on implementing additional concussion tests during CFL games and practices this season, it was announced today.

In addition to ongoing education, research and medical response protocols already in place in the CFL, medical staff of various CFL teams started using the King-Devick Test (K-D Test) in training camps this summer and will continue throughout the 2015 season. The K-D Test is an objective remove-from-play sideline concussion screening test, based on eye-movement, that is being utilized in addition to the CFL’s established sideline concussion examination.  The NFL will contribute funding to help determine whether the K-D Test improves the ability to diagnose concussions.

“Collaborations like this one with the NFL are going to provide some useful data to help assess the ongoing advancement of technology and research in support of player safety,” said CFL Vice President of Football Operations Kevin McDonald. “Working together on initiatives such as this ultimately serves a primary objective which is the health and safety of our players.”

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Michael Irvin & Jerry Rice Named 2016 Pro Bowl Legends Captains

Two Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receivers – MICHAEL IRVIN and JERRY RICE – will serve as NFL Legends captains for the 2016 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. Irvin and Rice return for the second time after being the winning captains during the previous two Pro Bowls.

The 2016 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and televised live on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Last season, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver CRIS CARTER joined Irvin as a captain, with Team Irvin defeating Team Carter 32-28 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Rice and Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback DEION SANDERS served as captains during the 2014 Pro Bowl, with Team Rice defeating Team Sanders 22-21 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

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USA Football’s National Practice Guidelines For Youth Tackle Football Endorsed By NFL

Youth tackle football practice guidelines from USA Football, which were released earlier this year and include clear definitions of contact as well as time limits on player-to-player full contact, are the first to earn the endorsement of the NFL. USA Football is the national governing body of the sport and educates more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the United States.

USA Football’s National Practice Guidelines for Youth Tackle Football define levels of contact and set a 30-minute time limit on full contact within a practice session not to exceed 90 minutes.

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Football Is Back! Eight Inducted In Canton, Steelers Take On Vikings In NFL/Hall Of Fame Game

It will be a celebration of both the past and present.

That’s the agenda this weekend in Canton, Ohio, birthplace of the NFL.

First, the past is saluted with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday at 7:00 PM ET (NFL Network and ESPN). History will be at the forefront as the Hall of Fame class of 2015 is inducted, sporting their new gold Hall jackets in front of returning Hall of Famers and thousands of fans.

“This is a wonderfully spectacular tradition, one of the greatest in all of sports,” says Hall of Fame president DAVID BAKER. “Nowhere can fans see so many of the greatest heroes of the game in one place at one time. There’s no better way to kick off the NFL season.”

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NFL Launches 2015 Men’s, Women’s And Tweens/Juniors Apparel Campaigns Showcasing Stylish Looks That Extend Beyond Gameday

CAMPAIGNS FEATURE CELEBRITY FANS: JAMIE CHUNG, ERIN HEATHERTON, ALYSSA MILANO, MADISON PETTIS, DASCHA POLANCO, TIKA SUMPTER

SUPER BOWL XLIX CHAMPION JULIAN EDELMAN AND SUPER BOWL XLV CHAMPION JORDY NELSON HEADLINE MEN’S CAMPAIGN

The NFL announced today the launch of the 2015 Men’s, Women’s, and Tweens/Juniors Apparel campaigns featuring players and celebrity fans. Notable fashion influencers Jamie Chung, Erin Heatherton, Alyssa Milano, Dascha Polanco and Tika Sumpter are featured in the Women’s campaign, while the Tweens/Juniors highlights Madison Pettis. Super Bowl XLIX champion Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots and Super Bowl XLV champion Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers will headline the Men’s Apparel campaign, showcasing the versatility of NFL apparel.

The celebrity fans will be featured in print and digital ads and will serve as social media ambassadors, highlighting their distinctive fashion and favorite trends while wearing the teams they love. The NFL Women’s Apparel campaign returns for its sixth installment while the Tweens/Juniors campaign celebrates its third year.

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