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

Remembering Mom: Roger Goodell Airs Sunday, May 10 At 8:00 PM ET On NFL Network

Special 30-Minute Interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Airs on Mother’s Day

This past week, as part of AOL’s speaker series, BUILD, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stopped by AOL’s headquarters in New York to be interviewed by author and founder of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, Suzanne Pollak. Taking footage from this 30-minute interview combined with Goodell family photos, NFL Network will air Remembering Mom: Roger Goodell this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 at 8:00 PM ET.

Goodell speaks with Pollak about his relationship with and memories of his mother, who passed away from breast cancer when he was an intern at the NFL. The interview was taped in front of a live audience as part of the BUILD series and will run commercial-free.

Remembering Mom: Roger Goodell re-airs Sunday at 11:00 PM ET.

Click here to watch a promotional spot for REMEMBERING MOM: ROGER GOODELL:  http://at.nfl.com/enGcFbH

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Saint Thomas Aquinas High School In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Leads All High Schools With Three Players Selected In 2015 NFL Draft; 240 Schools Represented

With the 2015 NFL Draft now concluded, the incoming class of drafted rookies will soon experience its first taste of NFL life.

And while the drafted rookies enter the NFL from a variety of different backgrounds, one thing they generally all have in common is an outstanding experience playing high school football.

A total of 240 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30-May 2, USA Football announced today.

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida led all high schools with three players selected – PHILLIP DORSETT (Indianapolis, first round), RASHAD GREENE (Jacksonville, fifth round) and BOBBY HART (New York Giants, seventh round).

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NFL OFFSEASON WORKOUT PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

Following is the NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar for 2015. Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.

As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

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Ted Wells Report

Ted Wells transmitted his report to Commissioner Goodell and the New England Patriots earlier today on the footballs used in the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015. Mr. Wells requested that our office make it available to the public at 1 p.m. ET. It is now posted on NFLCommunications.com and NFLMedia.com. Following is a statement by Commissioner Goodell:

STATEMENT OF NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL

I want to express my appreciation to Ted Wells and his colleagues for performing a thorough and independent investigation, the findings and conclusions of which are set forth in today’s comprehensive report.

As with other recent matters involving violations of competitive rules, Troy Vincent and his team will consider what steps to take in light of the report, both with respect to possible disciplinary action and to any changes in protocols that are necessary to avoid future incidents of this type.  At the same time, we will continue our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play at all times.

For the complete report, click here

NFL Tips Hat to Fans and City of Chicago for Turning Chi-Town into Draft Town

Windy City Draft Makes NFL History

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While the NFL will soon begin exploring plans for next year’s Draft, let’s take a moment to reflect on the 2015 Draft. After all, as the great philosopher and Chicago-area native Ferris Bueller once said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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NFL Preseason Dates & Times Announced

The dates and kickoff times of the 65-game NFL preseason schedule were announced today, beginning with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings in Canton, Ohio on Sunday night, August 9.

Televised live at 8:00 PM ET by NBC, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC that will feature five 2014 playoff teams.

NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live game broadcasts in all four weeks of the preseason. NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in July.

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NFL Network Presents ‘The Top 100 Players of 2015′

Fifth Season Premieres Wednesday, May 6 at 9:00 PM ET

Weekly Series Counting Down Top NFL Players Airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET, Followed by ‘The Top 100 Players of 2015 Reactions’ Show at 10:00 PM ET

For the fifth consecutive year, current NFL players have voted to determine the top 100 players in the NFL.

The 11-episode, weekly series The Top 100 Players of 2015 airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network, beginning Wednesday, May 6 revealing players ranked No. 100 – 91.

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2015 NFL Draft Final Reports

For Rounds 1-7, click here

For the Alpha report, click here

For the Conference report, click here

For the Position report, click here

For the Recap, click here

For the Team report, click here

For the Trades report, click here

For the Underclassmen report, click here

 

Special Guests To Announce 2015 NFL Draft Day 2 And 3 Picks

Hall of Famers, St. Jude Patient, Service Members and Northwestern Star/Illinois State Senator Napoleon Harris to Participate in Draft Celebrations 

Teams to Announce Rounds 4-7 Picks at Unique Locations Across the Country

The excitement of the 2015 NFL Draft continues on Day 2 and 3 as special guests participate in the Draft celebrations and teams announce Rounds 4-7 picks at various locations selected by clubs.

Thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends community, one representing each team, will be featured for Round 2 presented by Bud Light. Six Pro Football Hall of Fame members will participate including MEL BLOUNT, DICK BUTKUS, WILLIE BROWN, JIM KELLY, CHARLES HALEY and DWIGHT STEPHENSON.

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