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Archive for September 25th, 2019

Blue Jackets recall LW Marcus Hannikainen from Cleveland Monsters

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  He is expected to play in tonight’s preseason game at the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Hannikainen, 26, set career highs in 2018-19 with four goals and three assists for seven points in 44 games with the Blue Jackets.  The Helsinki, Finland native has registered 8-7-15 and 14 penalty minutes in 91 career games with the Jackets since making his league debut in 2015-16.  Originally signed to an entry level contract with Columbus on Apr. 20, 2015, he has added 26-34-60, 42 penalty minutes and a +13 plus/minus rating in 91 career AHL contests with the Monsters.

Markus Hannikainen

 

Columbus, 2-2-0 in preseason play, returns to action tonight when it visits the Sabres.  Game time from KeyBank Center is 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.

 

The Blue Jackets open their 19th regular season vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, October 4.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.

 

Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season, including the Friday, October 4 home opener against Toront are on sale now.  Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 campaign are also currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

NTT IndyCar Series on NBC very popular: Viewership up 9% over 2018

 

 

2019 Season Averages Total Audience Delivery of 1.105 Million Viewers Across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and NBC Sports App

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Posts 15% Viewership Increase on NBC vs. 2018 Season Finale at Sonoma on NBCSN

Season Punctuated by First-Ever Indianapolis 500 on NBC; 5.475 Million Viewers up 11% vs. 2018 Indy 500 on ABC

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 24, 2019 – NBC Sports’ first year as the exclusive media partner of INDYCAR resulted in a 9% viewership increase for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season vs. 2018, according to data from the Nielsen company and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

The 16* races in 2019 averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.105 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, up 9% vs. 2018 (1.011 million on ABC, NBCSN, digital). Eight races were broadcast on NBC this season vs. five network-broadcast exposures last year on ABC. NBCSN televised eight races this year as compared to 11 last year.

The season was punctuated by the first-ever Indianapolis 500 on NBC. With a thrilling finish and 300,000+ fans in attendance, the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” averaged a TAD of 5.475 million viewers, up 11% vs. the 2018 race (TV-only 4.913 million, ABC). Excluding the Indy 500, the seven remaining races broadcast on NBC averaged a TAD of 929,000 viewers, up 3% vs. ABC’s four non-Indy 500 races last year (906,000).

Other highlights include:

  • The season-opening St. Petersburg race in March on NBCSN averaged a TAD of 499,000 viewers, making it the most-watched INDYCAR season opener in the network’s history. The TAD of 499,000 viewers was up 93% vs. NBCSN’s first race last season in Phoenix (primetime; 258,000).
  • June’s Road America race on NBC posted a TAD of 1.108 million viewers to stand as NBC Sports’ most-watched INDYCAR race to date, excluding the Indy 500.
  • NBCSN’s most-watched race of the 2019 season was at Pocono in August, which averaged a TAD of 553,000 viewers to stand as the most-watched INDYCAR race on cable since last season’s finale from Sonoma on NBCSN (638,000).
  • The series finale Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., averaged a TAD of 736,000 viewers on Sunday afternoon, up 15% vs. the 2018 series finale at Sonoma, which aired on NBCSN (638,000). The race averaged a household rating of 0.50 and a TV-only audience of 732,000 viewers.

Across NBC Sports streaming platforms, the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season delivered a total of 12.9 million live minutes and an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 6,300 viewers.

Following are the Top 10 markets for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season across NBC Sports:

Rank Market Rating
1 Indianapolis 3.78
2 Milwaukee 1.62
3 Dayton, OH 1.59
4 West Palm Beach 1.57
5 Ft. Myers 1.55
6 Sacramento 1.40
7 Richmond-Petersburg 1.36
8 Columbus, OH 1.32
9 Cincinnati 1.31
10 Tulsa 1.30

*Note: NBC Sports is excluding weather-impacted races — Iowa in 2019 and Barber in 2018 — from all season averages.

–NBC SPORTS–

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Chris McCloskey, NBC; COURTESY NBC SPORTS & NTT INDYCAR SERIES

NFL Thursday Night Feature Game moves to FOX, NFL Network & Amazon Prime Video for Week 4 matchup, Eagles at the Packers

Eagles-Packers Thursday at 8:20 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network & Amazon Prime Video​

‘NFL GameDay Kickoff’ Airs at 6:00 PM ET From Green Bay

‘FOX NFL Thursday’ Airs From New York City at 7:30 PM ET

The 2019 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum season continues Thursday, September 26 when quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers host quarterback Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field at 8:20 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink call the action from Green Bay. Additionally, FOX’s NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira joins to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.

At 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, NFL GameDay Kickoff previews the Eagles-Packers matchup from Green Bay, with host Colleen Wolfe and analysts Joe ThomasSteve Smith Sr.Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci live from outside Lambeau Field.

Among the topics discussed this week on NFL GameDay Kickoff include:

  • How can the Philadelphia Eagles get back on track after two close losses?
  • The Green Bay Packers are 3-0 but quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not played up to the same level he has in the past. Does he need to improve for the Packers to make a Super Bowl run?
  • NFL 100 Generations – This week on NFL 100 Generations, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox meets with former All-Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware for an entertaining and enlightening one-on-one film session

At 7:30 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, the revamped FOX NFL Thursday pregame show airs from New York with Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael StrahanTerry BradshawHowie Long and Tony Gonzalez providing the final say leading up to Eagles-Packers.

At halftime on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, Strahan, Bradshaw, Long and Gonzalez break down the first half. Following the game, Wolfe, Thomas, Smith Sr. and Irvin host the postgame show from Lambeau Field and are joined by a star of the game live on-set, exclusively on NFL Network.

Additional postgame coverage continues at 12 Midnight ET with Scott HansonLindsay RhodesJames Jones and David Carr on NFL Total Access.

In addition to television availability of Eagles-Packers on FOX and NFL Network, fans also may stream the game through NFL, FOX and FOX Deportes digital properties, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch. Eagles-Packers is also available to all fans on mobile through NFL digital properties (NFL App, NFL Fantasy and NFL.com mobile web), on Yahoo Sports and other Verizon Media properties, and on club sites and apps of the Eagles and Packers. During the season, fans can learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF. NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch simulcast subject to change.

FOX Deportes’ coverage kicks off at 7:30 PM ET live from Lambeau Field. Hosts Rodolfo Landeros and Jessi Losada join new play-by-play announcer Adrian Garcia-Marquez, former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman and analyst Rolando Cantu, and reporter Jaime Motta. An edition of NFLEROS, the network’s weekly NFL program, airs immediately after Eagles-Packers.

Live game audio of Thursday Night Football will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One, and carried on SiriusXM and the TuneIn app. For a full listing of Thursday Night Football viewing options, fans can visit NFL.com/watch.

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 and NFL Network apps on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Roku and Xbox One). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork. For NFL Network audio programming, download the TuneIn app.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Claudia Martinez, FOX Sports; Andrew Howard, NFL Network; Oliver McIntosh, Amazon; Benjamin Spencer, FOX Deportes; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL announces Week 4 AFC/NFC Players of the Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXANS QB DESHAUN WATSON, JAGUARS DL CALAIS CAMPBELL &
​PATRIOTS P JAKE BAILEY NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 3

Quarterback DESHAUN WATSON of the Houston Texans, defensive lineman CALAIS CAMPBELL of the Jacksonville Jaguars and punter JAKE BAILEY of the New England Patriots are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 3 (September 19, 22-23).

OFFENSE: QB DESHAUN WATSON, HOUSTON TEXANS

DEFENSE: DL CALAIS CAMPBELL, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

SPECIAL TEAMS: P JAKE BAILEY, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

 

2019 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK​

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore LB Cameron Wake, Tennessee P Ty Long, LA Chargers
Wk 2 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB Whitney Mercilus, Houston P Jamie Gillan, Cleveland
Wk 3 QB Deshaun Watson, Houston DL Calais Campbell, Jacksonville P Jake Bailey, New England

 

 

GIANTS QB DANIEL JONES, PACKERS LB PRESTON SMITH & SAINTS P THOMAS MORSTEAD NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 3

 

Quarterback DANIEL JONES of the New York Giants, linebacker PRESTON SMITH of the Green Bay Packers and punter THOMAS MORSTEAD of the New Orleans Saints are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 3 (September 19, 22-23).

OFFENSE: QB DANIEL JONES, NEW YORK GIANTS

DEFENSE: LB PRESTON SMITH, GREEN BAY PACKERS

SPECIAL TEAMS: P THOMAS MORSTEAD, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

2019 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Dak Prescott, Dallas QB S Anthony Harris, Minnesota K Wil Lutz, New Orleans
Wk 2 QB Russell Wilson, Seattle LB Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay K Eddy Pineiro, Chicago
Wk 3 QB Daniel Jones, NY Giants LB Preston Smith, Green Bay P Thomas Morstead, New Orleans

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

National Football League current standings Week 4

Regular season standings

Division

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Buffalo Bills 3 0 0 1.000 1–0 2–0 66 47 W3
New England Patriots 3 0 0 1.000 2–0 3–0 106 17 W3
Miami Dolphins 0 3 0 .000 0–1 0–2 16 133 L3
New York Jets 0 3 0 .000 0–2 0–3 33 70 L3
AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Ravens 2 1 0 .667 0–0 1–1 110 60 L1
Cleveland Browns 1 2 0 .333 0–0 1–1 49 66 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 0 3 0 .000 0–0 0–1 49 85 L3
Cincinnati Bengals 0 3 0 .000 0–0 0–1 54 83 L3
AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Houston Texans 2 1 0 .667 1–0 2–0 68 62 W2
Indianapolis Colts 2 1 0 .667 1–0 1–1 70 71 W2
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 2 0 .333 1–1 1–2 58 60 W1
Tennessee Titans 1 2 0 .333 0–2 1–2 67 52 L2
AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Kansas City Chiefs 3 0 0 1.000 1–0 3–0 101 64 W3
Los Angeles Chargers 1 2 0 .333 0–0 1–1 60 68 L2
Oakland Raiders 1 2 0 .333 1–1 1–1 48 78 L2
Denver Broncos 0 3 0 .000 0–1 0–1 46 57 L3

 

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 3 0 0 1.000 2–0 2–0 97 44 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 1 2 0 .333 1–0 1–2 76 78 L2
New York Giants 1 2 0 .333 0–1 1–1 63 94 W1
Washington Redskins 0 3 0 .000 0–2 0–3 63 94 L3
NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 3 0 0 1.000 2–0 2–0 58 35 W3
Detroit Lions 2 0 1 .833 0–0 1–0–1 67 61 W2
Minnesota Vikings 2 1 0 .667 0–1 1–1 78 47 W1
Chicago Bears 2 1 0 .667 0–1 1–1 50 39 W2
NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New Orleans Saints 2 1 0 .667 0–0 1–1 72 82 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 2 0 .333 1–0 1–2 68 77 L1
Atlanta Falcons 1 2 0 .333 0–0 1–1 60 75 L1
Carolina Panthers 1 2 0 .333 0–1 1–2 79 70 W1
NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams 3 0 0 1.000 0–0 2–0 77 49 W3
San Francisco 49ers 3 0 0 1.000 0–0 1–0 96 54 W3
Seattle Seahawks 2 1 0 .667 0–0 0–1 76 79 L1
Arizona Cardinals 0 2 1 .167 0–0 0–1–1 64 88 L2

 

CONFERENCE INFORMATION COMPILED BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

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