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NFL and Twitter extending partnership

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six New Live Shows Bring the Most Exciting Moments of the League’s 100th Season to the NFL Twittersphere

 

The NFL and Twitter have announced a multi-year partnership extension that will deliver a host of new live programming, original sponsored content and more highlights to Twitter’s highly engaged audience just in time for the NFL’s 100th season.

Since announcing their first partnership agreement in 2013, the NFL has developed live programming and distributed on-demand content that captures Twitter’s unique features and appeals to its highly engaged audience.

The new deal will feature new live programming built around some of the NFL’s biggest events, more game highlights each week for fans, and unique sponsored content opportunities for brands.

  • Live shows focused on NFL tentpole events – Uniquely produced for Twitter, six new live shows will capture the excitement and conversation around some of the NFL’s biggest events, including NFL Kickoff, the Thanksgiving games, the Conference Championships, the Super Bowl, the Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft while integrating entertaining conversations and trends sparked by these events on the platform.
  • New content – In addition to the live shows, fans will see a host of new content throughout the year, including:
    • ​Live pregame Q&As – Leading up to the kickoff of either a Thursday Night FootballSunday Night Football, or Monday Night Football matchup each week, a featured NFL Media personality will take over the @NFL handle for a live Q&A with fans
    • New NFL Twitter “Moments” – curated Twitter Moments featuring the best plays and tweets every week of the season and throughout the year
    • Custom NFL Twitter Votes – users will be invited to vote each week on the hottest topics and takes burning through the NFL Twittersphere. Results will be incorporated into NFL Twitter and NFL Network shows.
    • The Best Touchdowns and Celebrations – Each week, the NFL will produce custom “best touchdowns” and “best touchdown celebrations” highlight reels for Twitter

​”We’re excited to renew our partnership with Twitter,” said Blake Stuchin, NFL Vice President of Digital Media Business Development. “Millions of people use Twitter every day to follow their favorite teams and players and participate in conversations about the NFL. We expect these new live shows to be among the most popular programs on Twitter, while serving to drive awareness and tune-in of our biggest tentpole events of the year.”​

“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season by kicking off a new multiyear collaboration that will include innovative ways to serve fans and our brand partners,” said TJ Adeshola, Head of US Sports Partnerships at Twitter. “Football fans around the world will now be able to engage with more NFL premium content on Twitter, which will inspire even more conversation year-round about the league.”

 
ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and Roku). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

 

NFL announces that fans can draft Chiefs TE Travis Kelce as part of their “I Do” Crew this Summer

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jon Schwartz, NFL; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL announces next #NFL100 Experience of a Lifetime – “Travis Kelce in Your Wedding Party” – just a day after awarding one fan “Tickets for 100 Years”

Travis Kelce is training for a new position this summer – MVP of wedding season. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end is featured in the next #NFL100 Experiences of a Lifetime contest, giving one lucky couple planning to say “I do” this summer a chance to “draft” Kelce to join their wedding party. Fans are invited to click here to see how Kelce is “preparing” for one couple’s big day.

“It’s really humbling when I meet fans, because I know we’re all really grateful for the love and support, and Chiefs’ fans are some of the best,” said Kelce. “So I’m happy to be able to return the favor on a fan’s biggest day, and be the ultimate wedding party wingman. I’m a blast at weddings.”

“Travis Kelce in Your Wedding Party” is the second contest in a series of fan-centric experiences that celebrate the league’s centennial season. The grand prize winner of the first #NFL100 Experiences of a Lifetime – “Tickets for 100 Years” – was announced on stage last night during the opening minutes of the first round of the NFL Draft. Gregory Hampton of Williamsburg, VA claimed Giants season tickets for the next century to share, enjoy and pass down to others.

“Winning tickets for 100 years is my wildest dream come true,” said Gregory Hampton. “It warms my heart to know my family will be able to create a century’s worth of memorable moments at Giants’ games. Going to the stadium together and cheering on the Giants for decades to come will help strengthen the deep bond we have as a family.”

“We’ve seen many examples of fans incorporating their football fandom into important life events where family and friends come together to celebrate,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Travis is not only a dynamic player, but he’s also a tremendous person with a gregarious personality. To have him included in one couple’s monumental occasion is a truly special experience and underscores how football unites people.”

More #NFL100 experiences will be announced soon and continue through the league’s 100th season before culminating at Super Bowl LIV (Feb. 2, 2020) in Miami.

To enter for a chance to win “Travis Kelce in Your Wedding Party,” fans should tell us why they want Travis Kelce to be in their wedding party in an Instagram post or Tweet (picture or video), tagging @NFL and #NFL100Contest. The wedding must take place in June or July 2019 in the U.S. The winner will be selected based on how creatively he/or she conveys why they should win this experience. No purchase is necessary. The contest opens April 25 (8:00 p.m. ET) and closes May 3 (11:59:59 p.m. ET). For official rules, visit NFL.com/100/contests.

 

Notes from Round 1 of 2019 NFL Draft

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

​​2019 NFL DRAFT ROUND 1 NOTES

FOOTBALL IS FAMILY: The San Francisco 49ers selected Ohio State defensive end NICK BOSA with the second overall pick. He joins his brother, JOEY BOSA (No. 3 overall in 2016, San Diego Chargers), and his father, JOHN BOSA (No. 16 overall in 1987, Miami) as first-round selections. John Bosa joins ARCHIE MANNING as the only first-round selection with multiple first-round sons in the common draft era:​

FAMILY NAME FATHER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) SON TEAM (DRAFT YEAR)
Bosa John Miami (1987) Joey San Diego (2016)
      Nick San Francisco (2019)
Manning Archie New Orleans (1971) Peyton Indianapolis (1998)
      Eli San Diego (2004)

Michigan linebacker DEVIN BUSH JR. (No. 10, Pittsburgh) also joined his father, DEVIN BUSH SR. (1995, Atlanta) as a first-round selection. Bosa and Bush became the 10th and 11th players to join their fathers as first-round selections.

HISTORY AT NO. 1: The Arizona Cardinals selected quarterback KYLER MURRAY with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, joiningBAKER MAYFIELD (Cleveland, 2018) and SAM BRADFORD (St. Louis Rams, 2010) as Oklahoma quarterbacks to be selected No. 1 overall. This marks the second time in the common-draft era that a school has produced the No. 1 pick in consecutive NFL Drafts. Pro Football Hall of Famers RON YARY (1968) and O.J. SIMPSON (1969) were selected first overall out of the University of Southern California in consecutive years.

With Murray’s selection, this also marks the third time in the common draft era in which Heisman Trophy winners have gone No. 1 overall in consecutive drafts (SAM BRADFORD and CAM NEWTON in 2010-11; BO JACKSON and VINNY TESTAVERDE in 1986-87).

TOP-TEN QBS: Oklahoma quarterback KYLER MURRAY (No. 1, Arizona) and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (No. 6, New York Giants) were each top-ten selections in 2019. This marks the fifth consecutive year in which multiple quarterbacks were selected in the top-ten, the longest such streak in the common draft era.

THE MOST CONSECUTIVE NFL DRAFTS WITH MULTIPLE QUARTERACKS SELECTED IN THE TOP TEN

(SINCE 1967)

DRAFTS YEARS
5 2015-19*
3 2002-04
3 1993-95
3 1969-71
*Active streak

DEFENSE AT TOP: Four defensive players – NICK BOSA (No. 2, San Francisco), QUINNEN WILLIAMS (No. 3, New York Jets), CLELIN FERRELL (No. 4, Oakland) and DEVIN WHITE (No. 5, Tampa Bay) – were selected in the top-five. This marks the fifth draft since 1967 and the first since 1997 that featured four defensive players chosen in the top five picks.

THE NFL DRAFTS WITH THE MOST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

SELECTED IN THE TOP FIVE

(SINCE 1967)

YEAR TOP-FIVE DEFENSIVE SELECTIONS
1991 5
2019 4
1997 4
1992 4
1988 4
1985 4

The 2019 NFL Draft also featured 18 defensive players selected in the first round, tied for the second-most in the common-draft era. Only the 2006 and 2017 NFL Drafts (19) had more defensive players selected in the first round in the common-draft era.

THE NFL DRAFTS WITH THE MOST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND

(SINCE 1967)

YEAR DEFENSIVE SELECTIONS
2017 19
2006 19
2019 18
2014 18
2013 18
2010 18
2003 18

LINE DANCE: A total of 11 defensive linemen were chosen in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, tied with the 2011 draft for the most defensive linemen selected in the first round in the common draft era.

THE DEFENSIVE LINEMEN SELECTED IN THE FIRST

ROUND OF THE 2019 NFL DRAFT

NAME NO. CHOSEN TEAM
Nick Bosa 2 San Francisco
Quinnen Williams 3 New York Jets
Clelin Ferrell 4 Oakland
Josh Allen 7 Jacksonville
Ed Oliver 9 Buffalo
Christian Wilkins 13 Miami
Brian Burns 16 Carolina
Dexter Lawrence 17 Tennessee
Jeffrey Simmons 19 Los Angeles Chargers
Jerry Tillery 28 San Francisco
L.J. Collier 29 Seattle​


ORANGE CRUSH: Clemson had three defensive linemen – CLELIN FERRELL (No. 4, Oakland), CHRISTIAN WILKINS (No. 13, Miami) and DEXTER LAWRENCE (No. 17, New York Giants) – selected in the first round. This marks the first time in the common draft era in which three defensive linemen from the same school were first round selections in the same NFL Draft.

TRIO OF PICKS: The Oakland Raiders (No. 4, No. 24 and No. 27) and New York Giants (No. 6, No. 17 and No. 30) each had three picks in the first round. This marks the first time in the common draft era in which multiple teams had three or more picks in the first round.

OAKLAND 2019 1ST ROUND PICKS NEW YORK GIANTS 2019 1ST ROUND PICKS
DE Clelin Ferrell (No. 4) QB Daniel Jones (No. 6)
RB Josh Jacobs (No. 24) DT Dexter Lawrence (No. 17)
S Johnathan Abram (No. 27) CB Deandre Baker (No. 30)

 

 

 

Crew SC, with rare three-game losing streak, travels to Houston

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Cath; COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finishes stretch of three matches in eight days against one of MLS’ tough home teams

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (4-4-1, 13 pts.) travels to face the Houston Dynamo (4-1-1, 13 pts.) at BBVA Compass Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, April 27. The match begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on SportsTime Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Ashley Collins on the call. Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 1460 AM ESPN & 97.1 HD2 and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website,ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The match against the Houston Dynamo is the lone regular-season meeting between the clubs in 2019 and marks the Crew’s third match in a span of eight days.

Columbus Crew SC ventures to Houston to take on a Dynamo side that has proven itself among the best teams in Major League Soccer at home since last summer, while the Black & Gold look to avoid their first four-match losing streak since 2005.

After losing three straight at home last summer, Houston is 6-1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium since, averaging 2.3 goals per game.

Offensively for Houston, both forward Alberth Elis and midfielder Memo Rodriguez lead the team with four goals while forward Mauro Manotas holds a team-high four assists – two of which were game-winners – in addition to two goals. As a team, the Dynamo are completing 71.7 percent of their passes in the final third and 75.7% in the opponent’s half, fourth and fifth best in the league, respectively.

Columbus (4-4-1, 13 pts), meanwhile, enters Saturday’s match with a 1-2-0 road record, having most recently dropped an away tilt at Montreal via a 1-0 score line. Since Crew SC’s setback against the Impact, the Club has gone 0-2-0 in two consecutive home matches despite overall solid play.

Historically, Columbus has recorded one win in 12 games at BBVA Compass Stadium, while Houston holds an all-time home record of 5-1-6 against the Black & Gold. Crew SC’s last match in Houston came on March 11, 2017, with the Dynamo prevailing 3-1.

Through six games this season, the Dynamo (4-1-1, 13 pts.) have totaled 13 goals, the second-most in the League of any team who has played six games or less (Toronto, 18). Of those 13 goals, eight have come at BBVA Compass Stadium. Notably, however, is that Houston is unbeaten at home this season with a 3-0-1 record, but has conceded at least one goal in each of their six overall matches.

Meanwhile, the Crew come into the weekend ranked in the top five League-wide in corners (39), successful open crosses (15), and successful corners into the box (9).

On the defensive end for Columbus, Zack Steffen has saved 82.9% of the shots he has faced this season, the best of any keeper (min. 400 mins played), while as a team, the Crew have conceded nine goals (t-5th in MLS) and posted four shutouts (t-2nd).

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BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Dynamo 2012 photo By Paul Duron, Houtexusa at English Wikipedia, https commons.wikimedia.org

 




Blue Jackets ready for Game 2 at Boston, NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi-Finals; Bruins up 1-0

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanley Cup Playoffs || Eastern Conference Semifinals || Game 2

Apr. 27, 2019 || Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins || TD Garden || 8 pm ET

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information

Television: NBC (Doc Emrick/Mike Milbury/Brian Boucher)

Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott/Jody Shelley)

The Matchup

Columbus: 4-1 in Playoffs  || 2-1 on Road  || 4.20 GF / 2.20 GA

Boston: 5-3 in Playoffs  || 3-2 at Home  || 3.25 GF / 2.38 GA

All-Time Series (Regular Season and Playoffs)

Columbus: 12-12-7 (5-6-4 on Road)
2018-19: Mar. 12 – at CBJ 7, BOS 4… Mar. 16 – at BOS 2, CBJ 1 (OT)… Apr. 2 – BOS 6, at CBJ 2

2019 Playoffs: Apr. 25 – at BOS 3, CBJ 2 (OT)… Apr. 27 – at Boston… Apr. 30 – at Columbus… May 2 – at Columbus … May 4* – at Boston… May 6* – at Columbus… May 8* – at Boston
2017-18: Oct. 30  at CBJ 4, BOS 3 (SO)… Dec. 18 – at BOS 7, CBJ 2… Mar. 19 – CBJ 5, at BOS 4 (OT)

*  Columbus is 4-3-1 in the past eight games vs. Boston and 3-3-2 in the past seven road contests in the series

*  The winning team has scored three or more goals in 10 of the past 11 meetings

*  Columbus played in its first overtime game of the 2019 postseason on Thursday at Boston, falling to 4-4 all-time in games decided after regulation (3-2 on the road)
*  The Blue Jackets fell for just the second time in the past 14 games on Thursday (both vs. Boston) and have outscored their opponents 55-25 over that stretch
*  The Jackets killed off all four of the Bruins’ power play chances on Thursday and are 9-of-10 on the penalty kill in the postseason

Blue Jackets:

* 3  Seth Jones - Has collected multiple points in back-to-back games (1-3-4) with two assists on Thursday and has assists in three-straight games (1-4-5)

* 9  Artemi Panarin - Panarin, who set CBJ single-season club records for assists and points with 28-59-87, has posted points in all five playoff games (2-4-6)

* 72  Sergei Bobrovsky - The netminder, who led the league in shutouts (nine) and finished second in wins (37) during the regular season, fell for the first time in the 2019 postseason (4-1, 2.16 GAA, .929 SV%)

 

Bruins:

* 13 Charlie Coyle - Notched the third period tying goal and overtime winner on Thursday and leads the Bruins in goals in the postseason with five

* 40  Tuukka Rask - Went 27-13-5, 2.48 and .912 SV% in 46 games during the 2018-19 regular season and is 40-33 with a 2.25 GAA and .924 SV% in 73 career playoff games

* 63  Brad Marchand - Ranked fifth-T in the NHL in scoring during the regular season with 36-64-100 and led the Bruins in scoring during the first round with 4-5-9

TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins, seen from the Rose Kennedy Greenway By Nywalton, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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