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NFL upcoming Important Dates

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Important Dates

8/2/2018 TO 8/5/2018 
Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio
8/7/2018 
Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.
8/7/2018 
If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2018, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2019 League Year.
8/9/2018 TO 8/13/2018 
First Preseason Weekend
8/16/2018 TO 8/20/2018 
Second Preseason Weekend
8/23/2018 TO 8/26/2018 
Third Preseason Weekend
8/30/2018
Final Preseason Games
9/1/2018 
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
9/1/2018 
Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perfor
9/2/2018 
Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12 noon, New York time.

 

NFL announces Pro Bowl to return to Orlando, Florida in 2019

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jake Gellerman, NFL; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Camping World Stadium in Orlando 2015 photo By Kitch - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will return to Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET, the NFL confirmed today.

 

As the presenting sponsor, Verizon will be incorporated into numerous elements of Pro Bowl Week’s celebratory events and have a significant presence at Camping World Stadium during the game, including one of a kind experiences for members of the Verizon Up rewards program.

 

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Additional distribution on digital and audio platforms to be announced at a later date.

 

“We’re excited to return to Orlando for the Pro Bowl and to provide the ultimate football and family experience to our fans, players and partners,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Events PETER O’REILLY. “Hosting the event in Orlando has allowed us to expand the Pro Bowl into a week-long festival that celebrates the entire football community. We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Verizon as the presenting sponsor and look forward to showcasing the NFL’s best alongside the next generation of stars on the Pro Bowl stage.”

 

Fans in attendance will be presented with a special pre-game opportunity to see the Pro Bowl players as they enter the stadium, bringing them closer than ever to the All-Stars on the field. Family priced sections, concession deals, and “Kid Zone” activities will be available inside the stadium and there will be specific AFC and NFC section seating for fans to cheer for their favorite players. Special prizes will be given out during the game, including a grand prize Super Bowl package to be presented to the Pro Bowl “All-Star Fan” at Camping World Stadium. Fans will also enjoy a post-game fireworks show to cap off the celebration. On the televised broadcast, viewers will be treated to unique player access, featuring mic-ed up players along with social media usage from the sidelines.

 

Tickets for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will go on sale in the fall. Fans interested in purchasing tickets may register at http://www.nfl.com/2019probowl for presale opportunities. Season Ticket Members for all 32 teams will automatically be included in the presale, and all previous Orlando Pro Bowl ticket buyers will receive priority access to purchase tickets.

 

“We’re thrilled to welcome the NFL Pro Bowl back to our city and Camping World Stadium,” said Orlando Mayor BUDDY DYER. “The NFL returning one of its marquee events to our community for the third time solidifies our reputation as one of the premier sports destinations in the nation. Our city has embraced hosting the Pro Bowl and we look forward to welcoming the NFL’s best back to Orlando in January.”

 

The legacy of the 2019 Pro Bowl will extend beyond Camping World Stadium through support from the NFL Foundation as well as additional community events benefitting residents of the surrounding region. Last year, the NFL Foundation provided a Pro Bowl Grant to the City of Orlando to fund multiple Orlando-based revitalization projects. In addition, the players on the winning Pro Bowl team will be eligible to receive a grant from the NFL Foundation to support the high school or youth football programs of their choice.

 

“We are delighted that for the third consecutive year, the NFL Pro Bowl has chosen to return to Central Florida,” said Orange County Mayor TERESA JACOBS. “There’s simply no place like Orlando when it comes to a family- and fan-friendly environment. Our investment in Camping World Stadium continues to pay strong dividends, and our entire community has worked together with the NFL to expand this annual sports celebration into an unforgettable week-long experience.”

 

The NFL will provide fans of all ages with unique opportunitie​​s to be a part of festivities associated with PRO BOWL WEEK. The NFL will host events across the Orlando area, bringing new experiences and activities while commemorating all levels of football – from youth to the NFL’s best.

 

Pro Bowl Week festivities in Orlando will include the NFL FLAG CHAMPIONSHIPS POWERED BY USA FOOTBALL, which will culminate live on ESPN/ABC on Pro Bowl Sunday; the announcement of the prestigious DON SHULA NFL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD; and the NFL PRO BOWL EXPERIENCE, a free football festival located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, where fans will also have fan access to AFC and NFC TEAM PRACTICES. In addition, Pro Bowl Week will include the return of the PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN, testing the athletic prowess of All-Stars from each conference in unique competitions. ​

 

“We are thrilled to welcome the Pro Bowl back to Central Florida,” Florida Citrus Sports CEO STEVE HOGAN said. “Over the past two years, Orlando has proved to be the perfect host for one of the NFL’s premier events, and we’re excited for the opportunity to make 2019 the most successful Pro Bowl Week yet.”

 

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will follow the traditional AFC versus NFC format and feature 88 of the best NFL players – 44 from each conference – as determined by a consensus of votes by fans, players, and coaches. Both teams will be led by offensive and defensive NFL Legends who will serve as captains representing each conference.

 

NFL to start 2018 Season in Philadelphia as Eagles celebrate Super Bowl Championship

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY ELENA BAKAR,  NFL; DAN MASONSON, NBC; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NBC’S FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA KICKS OFF THE SEASON AT LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD

NBC/NFL Network Special on Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:30 – 8:10 p.m. ET

Precedes NFL Kickoff Game:
ATLANTA FALCONS vs. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

The NFL kicks off its 2018 season with “2018 NFL KICKOFF DRIVEN BY HYUNDAI” – 7:30 PM ET Thursday, September 6. Multi-platinum singer/songwriter SHAWN MENDES will perform live before the game at PENN’S LANDING – COLUMBUS BOULEVARD AT MARKET STREET in Philadelphia, it was announced Thursday night during NBC’s national broadcast of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.   

Shawn Mendes’ performance will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 40-minute pregame show from Philadelphia from 7:30 – 8:10 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network.

AL MICHAELS will call the action alongside CRIS COLLINSWORTHMICHELE TAFOYA will report from the sideline, and three-time Super Bowl referee TERRY MCAULAY, Sunday Night Football’s new rules analyst, will join Al and Cris in the booth. The Football Night in America team will also be on site from Philadelphia.

The show leads into the season opener between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles, a rematch of their 2017 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field (NBC, streamed live via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app across all platforms , the Yahoo Sports app, Westwood One Radio Sports,8:20 PM ET).

The musical performance is part of the celebration to kick off the 2018 season and to honor the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.  This is the 17th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 14th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

2018 NFL KICKOFF DRIVEN BY HYUNDAI will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows, and directed by GREGG GELFAND.

In addition to presenting sponsor Hyundai, top-tier sponsors for NFL Kickoff include Bud Light, Microsoft, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Snickers, Verizon and Visa.

To apply for credentials to cover the “2018 NFL Kickoff Driven by Hyundai” concert please email Elena.Bakar@nfl.com with the following information: name, outlet and number of credentials being requested. We accept one application per organization and the application must be submitted by the editor. The credential deadline is August 24th. Media interested in covering the game may apply for credentials through the Philadelphia Eagles.

HISTORY OF NFL OPENING KICKOFF EVENTS

DATE LOCATION NETWORK TALENT GAME
9/5/2002 Times Square, New York CBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPN Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNC San Francisco at NY Giants (ESPN)
9/4/2003 The National Mall, Washington, DC ABC Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte NY Jets at Washington (ABC)
9/9/2004 Gillette Stadium, New England/ Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville ABC Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (NE); Jessica Simpson (Jax.) Indianapolis at New England (ABC)
9/8/2005 Gillette Stadium, New England/ Los Angeles Coliseum, LA/Detroit ABC Green Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (NE); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (LA); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit) Oakland at New England (ABC)
9/7/2006 Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/Miami NBC Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pitt.); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami) Miami at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/6/2007 Monument Circle/RCA Dome, Indianapolis NBC, NFLN John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole & Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem) New Orleans at Indianapolis (NBC)
9/4/2008 Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New Jersey NFLN, NBC Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Usher Washington at New York Giants (NBC)
9/10/2009 Point State Park/Heinz Field, Pittsburgh NFLN, NBC Tim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem) Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/9/2010 Jackson Square (Parade & Concert) /Superdome, New Orleans NFLN, NBC Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem) Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC)
9/8/2011 Lambeau Field, 

Green Bay

NFLN, NBC Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5 New Orleans at Green Bay (NBC)
9/5/2012 Rockefeller Center, New York / MetLife Stadium, New Jersey NFLN, NBC Mariah Carey, No Doubt Dallas at New York Giants (NBC)
9/5/2013 Baltimore Inner Harbor/ Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver NFLN, NBC Keith Urban, Danielle Bradbery (Anthem) Baltimore at Denver 

(NBC)

9/4/2014 CenturyLink Field, Seattle NFLN, NBC Pharrell Williams, Soundgarden, Ariana Grande (Anthem) Green Bay at Seattle (NBC)
9/10/2015 Gillette Stadium, New England NFLN, NBC Ellie Goulding, Train Pittsburgh at New England (NBC)
9/8/2016 Civic Center Park, Denver NFLN, NBC Dierks Bentley, OneRepublic, Andra Day (Anthem) Carolina at Denver (NBC)
9/7/2017 Christopher Columbus Park, Boston / Gillette Stadium, New England NFLN, NBC Guster, Flo Rida, Maren Morris (Anthem) Kansas City at New England (NBC)

 

About Shawn Mendes

Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more. Shawn Mendes made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three #1 albums, and became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018. The album shot to #1 on iTunes upon release in over 80 countries around the world. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” the first two songs released off the new album, experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have had four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 Platinum albums, and 7 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 11 million albums, 100 million singles, and has amassed over 15 billion song streams and 4 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. Shawn Mendes: The Tour begins in March 2019, with over 60 dates currently announced across Europe, North American and Asia, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21″ in 2017 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential” for 4 consecutive years.  He was also just featured in Time Magazine’s coveted Time 100 annual issue. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms.

 

NFL issues new rules involving Use of the Helmet

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Michael Signora, Jill Pike; NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

FACT SHEET – USE OF THE HELMET

The Rule: As approved by NFL clubs in March, it is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. Contact does not have to be to an opponent’s head or neck area – lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent’s torso, hips, and lower body, is also a foul. Violations of the rule will be easier to see and officiate when they occur in open space – as opposed to close line play – but this rule applies anywhere on the field at any time.​

Penalties for Violation: Loss of 15 yards. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down. The player may also be ejected. Ejection standards:

  1. Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet
  2. Unobstructed path to his opponent
  3. Contact clearly avoidable and player delivering the blow had other options


NFL WAY TO PLAY

NFL Way to Play is an educational series about proper use of the helmet to protect players from unnecessary risk and to foster culture change across all levels of football.

  • Emphasis on Stance, Posture, and Technique
    • Knees Bent
    • Pads Down
    • Hands First
    • Head Up and Out of the Way
  • Coaches/Players/Legends speak to technique and fundamentals
    • Head Coach Videos: Todd Bowles, Anthony Lynn, Doug Marrone, Dan Quinn, and Mike Vrabel volunteered to create position-specific videos to assist in educating coaches and players on position-based applications of the new rule. The videos provide coaching points of emphasis to execute proper technique:
  • Former Player Videos: Additionally, several former players have also created videos on the new rule:

Educational sessions were held with coaches May 1-2 in New York. Webinars and conference calls with all 32 coaching staffs were held May 16-17. Officiating sessions with players are occurring during training camps.


A PROCESS DRIVEN BY SCIENCE, DATA, AND EXPERIENCE​

A comprehensive review of data and video demonstrated the increased risk associated with lowering the head to align the neck and spine before initiating contact. This behavior puts both the player making the contact and the player being struck at greater risk of injury.

Why the Rule?

  • Conforms to modern coaching methods and reflects the most up-to-date science and medical knowledge
  • Protects players from unnecessary risk and reduces injuries
    • Proper use of helmets has long been a part of NFL rules
  • Intent is for the helmet to be used strictly as a protective piece of equipment
    • Works hand-in-hand with efforts to improve the protective quality of helmets
  • Promotes culture change across all levels of football to remove the head from the game

How – Our Process

 

Cowboys’ Gregory reinstated by NFL on conditional basis

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

Randy Gregory (courtesy Dallas Cowboys)

NFL Senior Vice President of Labor Policy & League Affairs ADOLPHO BIRCH notified RANDY GREGORY of the Dallas Cowboys recently that he has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis.

Gregory may join the Cowboys at training camp and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities.  Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Gregory’s clinical resources in Dallas, and subject to continued compliance with the terms of his reinstatement and all aspects of the NFL-NFLPA Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, he will be permitted to participate in all activities, including practices and games.

Gregory has been suspended without pay for violating the substance of abuse policy since January 2017 following a suspension of 14 games during the 2016 season.

 

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