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  • Eight-Team XFL Competitor Plans to Launch in February 2019 (2nd New League, WILL stand for Anthem)

    03/20/2018 9:07:42 PM PDT · by cba123 · 12 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 3/20/2018 | Dan Gartland
    The revived XFL won’t be the only alternative football league hoping to seize Americans’ attention. Charlie Ebersol, the son of longtime NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol and director of the 30 for 30 documentary about the original XFL his father created with WWE’s Vince McMahon, announced Tuesday that he plans to launch a football league next February. (ESPN’s Darren Rovell has all the details.) The league is called the Alliance of American Football and will feature eight 50-man teams playing a 10-game schedule that begins on February 9, the Saturday after next year’s Super Bowl. Funding for the league comes...
  • Dolphins plan to move on from Ndamukong Suh, Lawrence Timmons

    03/12/2018 11:20:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 12, 2018 | Staff
    The Miami Dolphins are planning to release defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Darlington. The team also has released veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who signed with the team last offseason. While the Dolphins could make the move as early as Monday, it likely will happen Wednesday, sources said.
  • Report: Kirk Cousins to sign with the Vikings at $27-plus million annually

    03/11/2018 3:54:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Sportsnaut ^ | March 10, 2018 | Vincent Frank
    NFL free agency hasn't even started. Teams can’t negotiate with impending free agents until Monday. So how are we even hearing reports of players heading to specific teams? Well, the NFL has not done a tremendous job keeping teams in check in this regard. The plethora of reports linking Kirk Cousins to the Minnesota Vikings is the latest example of this. Now, according to SiriusXM Radio’s Adam Caplan (h/t Zig Fracassi of the same outlet), indications are that Cousins will sign a free agent deal with Minnesota once the market opens up on Wednesday. Said deal is expected to value...
  • Peyton Manning will say no to ESPN, Fox still possible

    03/09/2018 4:52:21 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/9/2018 | Andrew Marchand
    Peyton Manning may be ready for some football, but not on Monday Night. Manning has decided that if he becomes an NFL TV analyst, it will be on Fox’s new Thursday night package and not on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” sources told The Post. He is still undecided if he will work for Fox or not. Both ESPN and Fox have wanted Manning to try to replicate the sizzle CBS had with Tony Romo last fall. So what was a two-network pursuit for Manning is now down to one. Fox continues a concerted effort to turn “Thursday Night Football” into...
  • Richard Sherman released by Seattle Seahawks

    03/09/2018 10:57:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies ^ | March 9, 2018 | Marc Sessler
    ichard Sherman's marvelous and memorable run in Seattle is over. Sherman told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero he has been released by the Seahawks after seven seasons in the Pacific Northwest. Sherman's departure opens up $11 million in salary-cap space for the roster-churning 'Hawks. During an interview with KIRO-FM's Gee Scott on Friday, Sherman said, "We've had conversations and they've told me that they're going to allow me to go into free agency."
  • A team asked Derrius Guice if he likes men [NFL Draft]

    03/08/2018 10:09:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Pro Football Talk ^ | March 7, 2018 | Mike Florio
    The calendar says 2018. Some NFL locker rooms remain trapped in 1960. Running back Derrius Guice said in a Wednesday night appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio that a team asked him at the Scouting Combine if he likes men. (PFT separately has confirmed via a source with knowledge of the situation that the question was asked.)
  • Texans not interested in signing players who kneel: agents

    03/05/2018 7:36:53 PM PST · by MountainWalker · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/5/2018 | Justin Terranova
    The Texans are becoming the face of the anti-kneeling portion of the NFL. The Houston Chronicle spoke to two agents who said the team would not consider signing players who were seen kneeling during the national anthem. The report states that it’s not a directive from within the organization, but there is an understanding of which players Houston should pursue in free agency. It’s not Texans owner Bob McNair’s first foray into this controversy. McNair, according to ESPN, said in a league meeting last season that the league was letting “inmates running the prison.” Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins skipped...
  • Hawaii Has Gone Alabama Crazy, And Everyone Is Tua's Cousin

    03/01/2018 1:48:07 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies Sports ^ | Joseph Goodman
    Aerial fireworks are illegal in Hawaii. It's a big deal on the island of Oahu, and the police there vigilantly enforce the law. Before New Year's Eve, for example, the Honolulu Police Department released a statement and phone number for tipsters to snitch on their neighbors. This all probably sounds ridiculous to folks in Alabama, considering our love of fireworks superstores, but in Hawaii, Roman candles, rockets, exploding mortars, fountains, tubes, novelties, spinners, heck, even sparklers, are illegal. The state can and will prosecute anyone caught "purchasing, possessing, storing, setting off, igniting or discharging aerial devices" with a felony that...
  • Johnny Manziel recounts his 'reckless' trip to Las Vegas, says he'll play for free

    03/01/2018 7:01:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | 03/01/2018 | by Sean Wagner-McGough
    Johnny Manziel, who is trying to engineer a comeback after the disastrous start to his NFL career ended with domestic violence allegations, is taking measured steps to rehabilitate his image. That process continued on Wednesday when Manziel declared that he's willing to play for free and opened up on his infamous trip to Las Vegas during the final stretch of his two-year stint with the Browns. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on Wednesday that Manziel is willing to accept no guaranteed money from an NFL team and also work his way up from the practice squad. Later, Manziel tweeted that...
  • NFL to seek millions from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as reimbursement for legal fees

    02/26/2018 5:12:22 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 20 replies
    ESPN ^ | February 26, 2018
    The NFL is demanding reimbursement in excess of $2 million from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for court costs related to star running back Ezekiel Elliott's suspension and Jones' threatened litigation over commissioner Roger Goodell's contract, sources tell ESPN's Dan Graziano. The owners are citing a rule that has been on the books for more than two decades, that says if an owner participates in bringing litigation against other owners, he must reimburse them for the legal fees. An earlier report by The New York Times characterized the reimbursement as a fine to be levied on Jones by Goodell. The...
  • Jaguars signing Blake Bortles to 3-year, $54 million extension, report says

    02/24/2018 5:10:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Sporting News ^ | February 24, 2018 | Thomas Lott
    The Jaguars are signing quarterback Blake Bortles to an extension, according to a report from NFL Network. After a season in which the Jaguars made it to the AFC Championship Game, Jacksonville had to make a decision as to whether the team would continue with Bortles going forward, or go with someone else. It appears they chose the former.
  • 3 Reasons Why The NFL Should Fear The XFL

    02/18/2018 2:31:15 AM PST · by vannrox · 37 replies
    Return of Kings ^ | February 15, 2018 | Brian F. Lockard
    If you havenÂ’t heard, Vince McMahon is resurrecting the XFL in 2020, and if I was Roger Goodell, I would be very, very afraid. McMahon is somebody who has been in and around sports and sports entertainment for a very long time. He took the reins of the WWE in 1982, and it is still a very strong brand with high viewership and decent ratings. The WWE has been thriving for decades now. Not as long as the NFL, butÂ… you see my point.Vince is a calculating businessman, and a highly successful one. The original XFL was a failure because...
  • Report: Baylor Redshirt Football Players Involved in Sexual Assault Investigation

    02/16/2018 6:55:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    SI ^ | February 15, 2018 | Charlotte Carroll
    Two Baylor redshirt football players, along with two other student suspects, are reportedly under investigation in connection with a sexual assault involving Baylor female athletes, per KWTX. The complainant and victim are reportedly members of the school's equestrian team.
  • College football heads in wrong direction with largest attendance drop in 34 years

    02/15/2018 10:40:52 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 64 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | Feb. 13, 2018 | Dennis Dodd
    Major-college football experienced its largest per-game attendance drop in 34 years and second-largest ever, according to recently released NCAA figures. Attendance among the 129 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in 2017 was down an average of 1,409 fans per game from 2016. That marked the largest drop since 1983 when average attendance declined 1,527 fans per game from 1982. The 2017 FBS average of 42,203 fans per game is the lowest since 1997. That average attendance drop marked the second-sharpest decline since the NCAA began keeping track of college football attendance in 1948. For the first time in history, average...
  • Notre Dame Forced to Vacate Wins From National Runner-Up Season

    02/14/2018 6:04:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    SI ^ | February 13, 2018 | Dan Grantland
    The NCAA has ordered Notre Dame to vacate its football wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons after denying the school’s appeal of sanctions tied to academic misconduct. The Irish won 12 games in 2012 before losing to Alabama in the BCS championship game and went 9–4 in 2013.
  • Eagles’ Chris Long: NFL Players Care More About Their ‘Social Conscience’ Than Ratings

    02/13/2018 6:00:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 12, 2018 | Trent Baker
    During Monday’s Fox Sports 1 broadcast of “The Herd,” Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long shrugged off the NFL’s ratings drop being attributed to players like teammate Malcolm Jenkins protesting the National Anthem. Long said that “a lot of people are having more fun watching football than ever” and players are putting their social consciences over the league’s success.
  • REPORT: Chiefs Star Kareem Hunt Accused of Shoving Woman in Cleveland

    02/13/2018 3:36:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    12UP ^ | February 12, 2018 | Mark Powell
    Kareem Hunt seemingly has a bright NFL future ahead of him, assuming he doesn't get in his own way. That's easier said than done, and while we currently don't know the specifics, Hunt has been accused of a violent act that could get him in some trouble with the commissioner's office.
  • 49ers LB Reuben Foster, who once took a knee to protest police brutality, arrested for domestic [tr]

    02/12/2018 4:41:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 11, 2018 | Greg P.
    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested in Los Gato, CA today on suspected dometic violence and weapons charges:
  • Olympics viewership is down, even as NBC pays more for the rights to air it

    02/09/2018 12:23:41 PM PST · by george76 · 74 replies
    Vox Media ^ | Feb 9, 2018, | Rani Molla
    If recent trends continue, it’ll only get worse. ... NBC* paid $963 million for the rights to air the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, a 24 percent jump over the $775 million it paid for the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. ... Viewership declines aren’t really surprising, as similar trends have unfolded across the TV landscape and viewers opt for on-demand and online entertainment alternatives. Even football and the Super Bowl — considered the last holdouts where advertisers could guarantee huge live audiences would be watching — are not immune.
  • Ohio State AD Sounds Off On ‘Ridiculous’ Salaries Paid To Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher (NCAA Football)

    02/07/2018 10:55:47 AM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    Yahoo/NBC News ^ | 2-7-2018 | John Taylor
    Suffice to say, Gene Smith is not a fan of the most recent spiraling upwards of coaching salaries in college football. In prying Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State, Texas A&M is signed their new head coach to a 10-year, $75 million contract. In 2017, Nick Saban was paid $11.2 million, $2 million of which was deferred compensation, on a contract that will pay the future Hall of Famer an average of just over $8.1 annually. Even for a man in charge of one of the most profitable athletic departments in the country, those numbers are unsettling. Or “ridiculous,” in...