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Dragons announce July 14 as Public Safety Day



Kettering Health Network Presents Annual

Pre-Game Event on the Plaza at Fifth Third Field


DAYTON, Ohio – Kettering Health Network will be hosting a free Public Safety Day event on Sunday, July 14 on the Plaza at Fifth Third Field before the Dragons game. This touch-a-truck event allows members of the Dayton community to recognize the area’s exceptional police, fire and EMS departments and get up-close and personal with their vehicles.


From Noon until 2:30 p.m., families will enjoy plenty of FREE activities:


  • Explore special displays featuring a fire truck, ambulance, SWAT vehicles, K-9 units, police cruisers, motorcycles and more
  • Children will receive free plastic firefighter hats (while supplies last), get their face painted, experience a bronze fireman entertainer, a fire truck bounce house and more
  • All attendees can spin the wheel of health and visit numerous health fair booths hosted by Kettering Health Network services
  • The Dragons Green Team and mascots, Heater and Gem, will be roaming the event and interacting with those in attendance

A cardiac arrest survivor will be throwing out the first pitch and the crew that saved him will be honored on the field before the game. Ken Farkas was running the Air Force Marathon when he collapsed and went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The EMT’s and Paramedics from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Fire Department as well as Beavercreek Township Fire Department were the first crews on scene and started advanced lifesaving efforts. After multiple cardiac defibrillations, Ken regained his pulse and was transported by Beavercreek Township paramedics to Soin Medical Center. Today, Ken has no lasting effects from this event and had made a full recovery thanks to the dedication of these extraordinary EMS professionals.

More Information: The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play a 70-game home schedule at beautiful Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, easily accessible from Interstate 75. Individuals and groups seeking information about Dayton Dragons group tickets, lawn tickets, the season ticket wait list, sponsorship opportunities or booking a Dragons speaker are encouraged to contact the Dragons by calling (937) 228-2287, by email at, or on the web at


Dayton Dragons make roster move

July 7, 2019


The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:


Outfielder Brian Rey has been placed on temporary inactive list (family matter).


Outfielder Peterson Plaz has been promoted to Dayton from Billings.




NFL Network to air 13 Live 2019 Preseason Games

Live Preseason Games on NFL Network Include Debut of No. 1 Overall Pick Kyler Murray​

Triple-Header of Week 2 & Week 3 Preseason Games

Only Network to Show All 65 Preseason Games

Watch Live Out-of-Market Preseason Games with ‘NFL Game Pass’


NFL Network remains the only network to show the entire slate of 65 preseason games in 2019, highlighted by 13 live games.

NFL Network’s live preseason schedule kicks off Thursday, August 8 with a double-header starting at 7:00 PM ET when running back Le’Veon Bellmakes his New York Jets debut against running back Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants. At 10:00 PM ET, the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft Kyler Murray makes his preseason debut when the Arizona Cardinals host Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Additional live Week 1 preseason games on NFL Network include the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, August 9 at 7:30 PM ET, and the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, August 10 at 9:00 PM ET.

NFL Network airs four Week 2 preseason games live, beginning Friday, August 16 at 7:30 PM ET when the Chicago Bears travel to face the New York Giants. On Saturday, August 17, NFL Network carries a triple-header of live preseason games beginning at 4:00 PM ET when wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the Cleveland Browns face the Indianapolis Colts. Saturday’s triple-header continues at 7:30 PM ET when reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers, followed by the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams game in Hawaii at 10:00 PM ET.

On Saturday, August 24, NFL Network carries a triple-header of Week 3 preseason games, beginning at 1:00 PM ET when the Minnesota Vikings host the Arizona Cardinals. At 4:00 PM ET, the Dallas Cowboys host the Houston Texans, followed by the Seattle Seahawks visiting the Los Angeles Chargers at 10:00 PM ET.

NFL Network’s live preseason schedule concludes with a Week 4 double-header on Thursday, August 29 with the New York Jets hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at 7:00 PM ET and the Los Angeles Chargers traveling to face the San Francisco 49ers at 10:00 PM ET.

Live preseason games on NFL Network are subject to blackouts in the local markets of the participating teams.

To view NFL Network’s 2019 preseason schedule of live and re-aired games, visit:

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  • Live Preseason Games – Watch live out-of-market preseason games (blackout restrictions apply)
  • Game Replays – Watch full broadcast replays of NFL games, available the same day the games are played. Additional features include condensed game replays in ~ 45 minutes and ‘All-22′ coaches film footage
  • Live Gameday Audio – Listen to the live home and away radio broadcast for every NFL game
  • NFL Game Pass Film Session – Watch players and coaches from around the league break down film with Brian Baldinger and Ron Jaworski. Full episodes are available exclusively for subscribers
  • NFL Game & Show Archive – Full NFL game broadcasts from 2009-2018 are available through NFL Game Pass, as well as previous seasons of NFL shows such as Hard KnocksA Football Life, Mic’d Up and America’s Game

NFL Game Pass is available at, as well as on Smartphones, Tablets and Connected TVs via the NFL App.



(All Times are Eastern)

Week 1

Thursday, August 8

7:00 PM – New York Jets vs. New York Giants

10:00 PM – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals


Friday, August 9

7:30 PM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers


Saturday, August 10

9:00 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers


Week 2


Friday, August 16

7:30 PM – Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants


Saturday, August 17

4:00 PM – Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts

7:30 PM – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

10:00 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams (Game Played in Hawaii)


Week 3


Saturday, August 24

1:00 PM – Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings

7:00 PM – Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys

10:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers


Week 4

Thursday, August 29

7:00 PM – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets

10:00 PM – Los Angeles Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers


*Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets.



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NFL International Combine going to Germany in Fall 2019

The NFL International Combine is headed to Germany for the first time.

The invitational scouting showcase, mirrored after the annual NFL Combine staged in the United States, is designed to discover and evaluate potential NFL talent from around the globe.  Up to 50 athletes will be selected to go through a series of tests in front of NFL evaluators at Sportschule Hennef, a sports training facility outside of Cologne, on October 19.

Athletes will participate in a range of speed, agility, strength and skill-based tests, each designed to assess the athlete’s suitability to play in the NFL.  Participants will be evaluated for a possible spot in the NFL’s International Player Pathway program.

Following the Combine, a select number of athletes who meet specific performance standards and display the potential to play in the NFL, will be invited to train in the US for 3 months.

“Following last year’s inaugural International Combine in Australia, we are excited to explore the talent pool internationally,” said Damani Leech, NFL Chief Operating Officer of International.  “Since 2017, the NFL’s International Player Pathway program has provided international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level and develop their skills, and we hope to discover new talent through this event in Germany.”

All participants must meet NFL eligibility requirements. Participants are also required to have citizenship outside the United States or Canada. Interested athletes should send a detailed description of their athletic career along with any video highlights to

NFL International Player Pathway Program background:

Instituted in 2017, the program aims to provide international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster. For the upcoming 2019 NFL season, eight teams will carry an additional overseas player on their practice squads as part of the International Player Pathway program.

Joining AFC East clubs for the 2019 season are: Valentine Holmes (New York Jets), a former professional rugby player in Australia, Jakob Johnson (New England Patriots), a former University of Tennessee tight end and German Football League player, Durval Queiroz Neto (Miami Dolphins), who played football in Brazil, and Christian Wade (Buffalo Bills), a former England national rugby player.

The four players that participated in the program in 2018 will return to their AFC North teams for the upcoming season. These players are: Moritz Böhringer (Cincinnati Bengals), who was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, German Football League player Christopher Ezeala (Baltimore Ravens), former British American Football League player Tigie Sankoh (Cleveland Browns) and former English professional rugby player Christian Scotland-Williamson (Pittsburgh Steelers).

Notable International Player Pathway Program Participants Currently on NFL Rosters:

Jordan Mailata, Tackle (Australia), Philadelphia Eagles

The 2018 NFL Draft culminated an exciting time for Mailata, a past program participant.  The Samoan-born Australian former professional rugby league player for the South Sydney Rabbitohs was drafted in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles (thereby making him ineligible for the International Player Pathway Program).  Converted to football full-time early in 2018, the 6-8, 350-pounder impressed NFL scouts at various workouts with his strength, footwork and athleticism, and continued his football journey with the Eagles during the 2018 season as the youngest player on their roster.

Efe Obada, Defensive End (UK), Carolina Panthers

Obada was raised in London after arriving from the Netherlands at age 10.  He signed as a free agent for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 after playing only five games of amateur football with the London Warriors. He played in the preseason for the Cowboys and spent part of the 2015 season on the club’s practice squad. He has since had spells on the rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons before joining the Carolina Panthers practice squad as part of the 2017 International Player Pathway Program. In 2018, ​Obada become the first player from the NFL International Pathway program to make a 53-man roster.  In Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Obada played his first regular season game, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his one-sack, one-interception performance.




NFL issues Statement on Ezekial Elliott incident

Ezekial Elliott on field 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Immediately following reports of an incident in Las Vegas in May involving Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL conducted a comprehensive investigation that included interviews with multiple witnesses, including security personnel and others with direct involvement, as well as a review of documentary and other information.

On Tuesday, as part of the review, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Mr. Elliott to reinforce the standards of conduct expected of him and the consequences for failing to meet those standards.

Mr. Elliott acknowledged that he demonstrated poor judgment and committed to make better choices in the future. He volunteered to take advantage of the resources available to help him continue to grow personally.

Commissioner Goodell determined there was no violation of the personal conduct policy and no further action is warranted.




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