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Commissioner Goodell says NFL playoffs won’t expand in 2013

Roger Goodell (NFL photo)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Monday that the league will not be adding any teams to the playoffs for the 2013 season.

There had been talk and speculation that the NFL would expand past the current 12-team format.

The other topic at the owners meetings in Phoenix yesterday was that there is a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Ravens opening at home due to the Baltimore Orioles game on the same date.

The Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium and the Orioles at Camden Yards, just across the streek and the two stadiums share the same parking lots.

Traditionally, the NFL season opens with the Super Bowl winners playing host on the Thursday night after Labor Day.

The Ravens will not have that opportunity unless the Orioles move their night game on September 5 to the afternoon.

The NFL will not have the option of using September 4 because it is the first night of the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah.

Goodell says he has twice talked to MLB commissioner Bud Selig to help get a resolution with the Orioles, but has not heard anything back.

The NFL has moved opening nights before. Last year, the opener was moved to Wednesday avoiding a conflict with President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Bengals’ Benson gets 1-game suspension from NFL

Cedric Benson (file photo)

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson received a reduced suspension of one-game from the NFL on Tuesday for his misdemeanor assault cases settled before the season.

Benson originally was issued a three-game suspension for the incidents, but appealed on the grounds that he wasn’t under contract with any NFL team when his latest arrest occurred due to the lockout. He was arrested in Texas last July.

Benson was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges in connection with a Texas bar fight in 20120. Commissioner Roger Goodell told him in a meeting that he would not be disciplined but warned him to stay clear of trouble. Benson was arrested for misdemeanor assault again in July following an altercation with a roommate.

 

Info compiled from NFL & Cincinnati Bengals news

The league rejected Benson’s arguments, but reduced the penalty to a one-game suspension without pay and a fine equaling another game check. The 4-2 Bengals are in a bye-week currently, so Benson will miss the game in Seattle on October 30.

 

 

Pryor does well at pro day; willing to play any position in NFL

 

Terrelle Pryor at NFL workout. (photo courtesy of 247 Sports Bucknuts.com)

Terrelle Pryor had his NFL workout day on Saturday at a high school in Hempfield, Pennsylvania.

There were 17 teams that attended the pro day and the former Ohio State quarterback was timed by one scout as fast as 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a vertical leap of 31 inches.

Also, Pryor says that he will not appeal the five-game suspension that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says that he would serve as if he were still at Ohio State due to the violations any position  of NCAA rules. And Pryor is willing to play his new team wants him to.

The NFL Supplement Draft is on Monday.

 

compiled from Radio, TV & NFL.com

NFL, Players agree on new 10-year labor agreement

 

Roger Goodell (file photo)

After months of back-and-forth negotiating, between the NFL, owners and players, all fans are glad to hear that “Football is Back!”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith stood shoulder-to-shoulder in announcing the new 10-year agreement which ended the lockout which started in March.

Some of the benefits for the players include:

* An increase in salaries and benefits with the salary cap at $120 million, plus $22 million in benefits, for 2011. Owners must spend 98 percent of the salary cap in 2011-12 in cash;

* minimum-salary increases of $50,000, with increases annually;

* paying less money to unproven, untested rookies, specifically early first-round draft picks, although that money will be redirected to veterans;

* the ability to assist in the development of new stadiums because certain revenue was not included in total football revenues;

* more money to invest as gross revenues rise;

* better health benefits, including more than $1 billion for post-career injuries;

* new work rules and shortened offseason workouts, which are expected to result in fewer injuries and perhaps longer careers;

* One compromise is the schedule stays at 16 games, not moving to 18 which the owners wanted. This issue can be revisited in 2013, but the players must approve any changes.

Only one exhibition game was lost, the Hall of Fame Game, Chicago against St. Louis on August 7 in Canton, Ohio.

The rest of the preseason games will go on as usual and remains intact.

 

compiled from staff, NFL, Radio & TV news

NFL cancels Hall of Fame Game

 

Fawcett Stadium at Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio in August 1999 (photo by Paul M. Walsh via wikipedia commons)

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Thursday that the 2011 Hall of Fame Game has been canceled.

However, the Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony will still take place on August 6.

The Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams were scheduled to play in the game on August 7 in Canton, Ohio, but the commissioner said that there was not sufficient time for the two teams to prepare for the game.

Goodell said that all NFL owners wanted all 32 teams to play the same number of preseason games of four. The Rams and Bears would’ve played five each.

 

Info courtesy of the National Football League

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