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Archive for April 14th, 2017

NFL issues statement on Raiders relocation reasons and league approval

Statement of Reasons re: Oakland Relocation

On March 27, 2017, League membership considered an application from the Oakland Raiders to relocate the club’s home territory to Las Vegas, where the club would play in a new stadium to be built through a public-private partnership.

Under the League’s Policy and Procedures on Proposed Franchise Relocations (the “Guidelines”), the application was reviewed by the NFL Finance and Stadium Committees. Prior to the member clubs meeting to consider the application, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a report addressing the factors identified in the Guidelines as relevant to the member clubs’ evaluation of proposed franchise relocations.

The Commissioner and membership had found in 2016, in the context of considering an application by the Raiders to relocate to Los Angeles, that the Raiders’ current home stadium is not adequate for NFL football, and must be replaced, a conclusion agreed to by the civic leadership in Oakland.  Notwithstanding the established preference for clubs to continue to serve their existing fans and communities, the member clubs concluded that the Raiders should be permitted to relocate from Oakland.  This conclusion has not changed in the past year.  Similarly, the Raiders are not barred by the club’s current lease from relocating to another community.

For more than a decade, the Raiders have worked diligently and in good faith to improve the club’s stadium situation in Oakland.  The NFL determined not to accept relocation applications prior to the 2015 season, and the Raiders were not permitted to relocate to Los Angeles prior to the 2016 season.  This gave Oakland leadership additional time to address the Raiders’ acknowledged stadium issues.  The NFL emphasized that the member clubs would be unlikely to accept contingent or uncertain stadium proposals as a basis for requiring a club that otherwise qualifies for relocation to remain in its home market.  The stadium proposals received from Oakland are dependent on various contingencies and involve a number of significant uncertainties that the membership concluded cannot be resolved in a reasonable time.  This is true even though the League has long accepted the community’s position that it will not invest public funds into stadium construction.

The proposal to relocate to Las Vegas involves a clearly-defined and well-financed proposal for a first-class stadium in a diverse and growing community that is well-recognized as an entertainment destination.  It offers the Raiders a genuine opportunity to resolve longstanding stadium issues and is expected to provide the club with solid future prospects.

After full consideration, the membership approved the relocation of the Raiders’ home territory to Las Vegas.

 

STATEMENT WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL announces 2017 Pre-season schedule and TV broadcasts

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The NFL has finalized its 65-game 2017 preseason schedule, which includes a slate of eight nationally televised preseason games, the league announced today.

The 2017 preseason will kick off on Thursday, August 3 (NBC, 8:00 PM ET) in Canton, Ohio when the Dallas Cowboys face the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

Following is the complete 2017 NFL preseason national television, week-by-week and team-by-team schedule:

2017 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

 

DATE GAME NETWORK (TIME)
Thursday, August 3 NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH:

Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals

NBC (8:00 PM)
     
Preseason Week 2 (August 17-21)
Thursday, August 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars ESPN (8:00 PM)
Monday, August 21 New York Giants at Cleveland Browns ESPN (8:00 PM)

 

Preseason Week 3 (August 24-27)
Friday, August 25 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks CBS (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams CBS (8:00 PM)
Sunday, August 27 Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans FOX (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 27 Cincinnati Bengals at Wash​ington Redskins FOX (4:30 PM)
Sunday, August 27 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings NBC (8:00 PM)

2017 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE​

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 3

Dallas vs. Arizona (NBC, 8/3)

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 10-14

Atlanta at Miami

Dallas at LA Rams

Denver at Chicago

Detroit at Indianapolis

Houston at Carolina

Jacksonville at New England

Minnesota at Buffalo

New Orleans at Cleveland

Oakland at Arizona

Philadelphia at Green Bay

Pittsburgh at NY Giants

San Francisco at Kansas City

Seattle at LA Chargers

Tampa Bay at Cincinnati

Tennessee at NY Jets

Washington at Baltimore

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21

Atlanta at Pittsburgh

Baltimore at Miami

Buffalo at Philadelphia

Carolina at Tennessee

Chicago at Arizona

Denver at San Francisco

Green Bay at Washington

Indianapolis at Dallas

Kansas City at Cincinnati

LA Rams at Oakland

Minnesota at Seattle

New England at Houston

New Orleans at LA Chargers

NY Giants at Cleveland (ESPN, 8/21)

NY Jets at Detroit

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville (ESPN, 8/17)


WEEK
3 – AUGUST 24-27

Arizona at Atlanta

Buffalo at Baltimore

Carolina at Jacksonville

Chicago at Tennessee (FOX, 8/27)

Cincinnati at Washington (FOX, 8/27)

Cleveland at Tampa Bay

Green Bay at Denver

Houston at New Orleans

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

Kansas City at Seattle (CBS, 8/25)

LA Chargers at LA Rams (CBS, 8/26)

Miami at Philadelphia

New England at Detroit

NY Jets at NY Giants

Oakland at Dallas

San Francisco at Minnesota (NBC, 8/27)


WEEK 4 –
AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 1

Arizona at Denver

Baltimore at New Orleans

Cincinnati at Indianapolis

Cleveland at Chicago

Dallas at Houston

Detroit at Buffalo

Jacksonville at Atlanta

LA Chargers at San Francisco

LA Rams at Green Bay

Miami at Minnesota

NY Giants at New England

Philadelphia at NY Jets

Pittsburgh at Carolina

Seattle at Oakland

Tennessee at Kansas City

Washington at Tampa Bay

2017 PRESEASON TEAM-BY-TEAM SCHEDULE

AFC

Buffalo                               Miami                              New England                   NY Jets
Minnesota                           Atlanta                             Jacksonville                      Tennessee
at Philadelphia                    Baltimore                         at Houston                         at Detroit
at Baltimore                        at Philadelphia                 at Detroit                            at NY Giants
Detroit                                 at Minnesota                    NY Giants                         Philadelphia

Baltimore                           Cincinnati                       Cleveland                        Pittsburgh
Washington                        Tampa Bay                       New Orleans                     at NY Giants
at Miami                              Kansas City                     NY Giants (ESPN)            Atlanta
Buffalo                                at Washington (FOX)       at Tampa Bay                    Indianapolis
at New Orleans                  at Indianapolis                  at Chicago                         at Carolina

Houston                             Indianapolis                   Jacksonville                     Tennessee
at Carolina                          Detroit                              at New England                 at NY Jets
New England                      at Dallas                          Tampa Bay (ESPN)           Carolina
at New Orleans                  at Pittsburgh                    Carolina                             Chicago (FOX)
Dallas                                 Cincinnati                         at Atlanta                            at Kansas City
Denver                               Kansas City                    LA Chargers                     Oakland
at Chicago                          San Francisco                 Seattle                                at Arizona
at San Francisco                at Cincinnati                     New Orleans                      LA Rams
Green Bay                          at Seattle (CBS)              at LA Rams (CBS)             at Dallas
Arizona                               Tennessee                       at San Francisco                Seattle

NFC

Dallas                                 NY Giants                       Philadelphia                      Washington
vs Arizona * (NBC)             Pittsburgh                        at Green Bay                     at Baltimore
at LA Rams                        at Cleveland (ESPN)       Buffalo                                Green Bay
Indianapolis                        NY Jets                            Miami                                  Cincinnati (FOX)
Oakland                              at New England               at NY Jets                          at Tampa Bay
at Houston

Chicago                             Detroit                             Green Bay                        Minnesota
Denver                                at Indianapolis                 Philadelphia                       at Buffalo
at Arizona                           NY Jets                            at Washington                   at Seattle
at Tennessee (FOX)          New England                   at Denver                           San Francisco (NBC)
Cleveland                           at Buffalo                         LA Rams                            Miami

Atlanta                               Carolina                          New Orleans                   Tampa Bay
at Miami                              Houston                           at Cleveland                     at Cincinnati
at Pittsburgh                       at Tennessee                   at LA Chargers                 at Jacksonville (ESPN)
Arizona                               at Jacksonville                 Houston                           Cleveland
Jacksonville                        Pittsburgh                        Baltimore                          Washington

Arizona                              LA Rams                         San Francisco                 Seattle
vs Dallas * (NBC)               Dallas                              at Kansas City                  at LA Chargers
Oakland                              at Oakland                       Denver                              Minnesota
Chicago                              LA Chargers (CBS)         at Minnesota (NBC)          Kansas City (CBS)
at Atlanta                            at Green Bay                   LA Chargers                      at Oakland
at Denver

*NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL, AMAZON PRIME announce 2017 partnership to stream Thursday Night Football

​​​Amazon Prime to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games globally​

The National Football League (NFL) announced today it has reached an agreement with Amazon Prime as its exclusive partner to deliver a live OTT digital stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience across devices during the 2017 NFL Season. Amazon Prime Video will stream the 10 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by NBC and CBS, which will also be simulcast on NFL Network, once again securing the league’s “Tri-Cast” model of broadcast (NBC/CBS), cable (NFL Network), and digital (Amazon Prime Video) distribution.

The Thursday Night Football games will be made available to the tens of millions of Amazon Prime members worldwide, on the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, game consoles, set top boxes and connected devices, which includes Amazon Fire TV, mobile devices and online. The TNF games will also be available to Prime Video members internationally in over 200 countries and territories.

“We are continually looking for ways to deliver our games to fans wherever they watch, whether on television or on digital platforms and we are thrilled to bring Thursday Night Football to Amazon”, said Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer for the NFL.  “As has been the case with all our streaming initiatives, we look forward to continuing to innovate with our partners as we learn the best ways to serve our fans both this season and into the future.”

“Our focus is on bringing customers the best premium video programming, when and how they want to watch it.  Streaming Thursday Night Football on Prime Video is a great step for us toward that vision, and offers tremendous new value for Prime members around the world,” said Jeff Blackburn, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Entertainment, Amazon. “And we’re thrilled to extend our ongoing content relationship with the NFL – the gold standard for sports entertainment – on behalf of our Prime customers.”

This agreement bolsters an already strong partnership between the NFL and Amazon around All or Nothing, the Emmy-nominated Amazon Original Series produced by NFL Films that is entering its second season.

With this partnership, the NFL has again extended its digital presence, making the most valuable content in sports and entertainment available across multiple platforms.

About Thursday Night Football

Presented by Bud Light, Thursday Night Football started in 2006 with an eight-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. By 2012, Thursday Night Football had grown to a 13-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network, where it remained through the 2013 season. For both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule.

In February of 2016, the NFL announced that both CBS and NBC will broadcast five Thursday Night Football games, growing the package to 10 broadcast games in 2016 and 2017 from eight in 2014 and 2015. All Thursday Night Football broadcast games in 2017 will continue to be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise an eight-game schedule of regular season games comprised of Thursday Night Football, late-season games on Saturday, and additional games to be determined.

For more information about ways to watch Thursday Night Football, visit: nfl.com/tnf

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL issues Statement on the death of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney at age 84

Dan Rooney 2008 By Joshua Debner, the man behind the steelers, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Statement of Commissioner Roger Goodell

Few men have contributed as much to the National Football League as Dan Rooney.  A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it was a privilege to work alongside him for so many years.  Dan’s dedication to the game, to the players and coaches, to his beloved Pittsburgh, and to Steelers fans everywhere was unparalleled.  He was a role model and trusted colleague to commissioners since Bert Bell, countless NFL owners, and so many others in and out of the NFL.  A voice of reason on a wide range of topics, including diversity and labor relations, Dan always had the league’s best interests at heart.  For my part, Dan’s friendship and counsel were both inspiring and irreplaceable.  My heart goes out to Patricia, Art, and the entire Rooney family on the loss of this extraordinary man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Indians activate Chisenhall from disabled list; option Naquin to Triple-A Columbus

Lonnie Chisenhall in field 2011 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Press Release | April 13th, 2017

The Cleveland Indians on Thursday announced the following roster moves relative to the 2017 Major League roster:

  • Activated OF LONNIE CHISENHALL from the 10-day Disabled List.
  • Optioned OF TYLER NAQUIN to AAA Columbus.

Chisenhall was placed on the disabled list on March 30 after spraining his right shoulder on March 24 in a collision with the outfield wall in Mesa, AZ against the Chicago Cubs. He batted .268 (11-41) 1-41) this spring with 5 runs, 3 2B, 2 HR & 6 RBI in 15 spring games (.806 OPS). He rehabbed between AAA Columbus and AA Akron, April 7-12, appearing in 4 games. (5-for-15, 2 R, 2B).

Naquin opened the season on the Major League roster and has appeared in six games thus far.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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