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Netflix Has No Plans To Pursue Live Sports Programming

Sep 17, 2018 1:13 PM

Netflix has not plans to pursue live sports broadcasting, which is something their rival Amazon has done.

“I think in terms of live sports there’s nothing we can do differently from a television broadcaster, so it doesn’t add additional value,” said Netflix VP of business development EMEA Maria Ferreras. “You can never say never, but there’s no plans to go into that.”

Netflix, however, will continue to look to pursue documentary programming in the sports category.

The NFL has streaming rights deals with Amazon and Verizon.

Robert Mitchell/Variety

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Eagles-Falcons Has 13.4 Overnight Rating, Continuing Downward Trend

Sep 7, 2018 10:03 AM

The NFL's Kickoff game between the Eagles and Falcons had an overnight rating of 13.4, which is down from last year's 14.6.

2017: Chiefs/Pats: 14.6
Panthers/Broncos: 16.5
2015: Steelers/Pats: 17.7
2014: Packers/Seahawks: 16.8
2013: Ravens/Broncos: 16.2

The 14.6 rating still beat Game 1 of The Finals, which had a 12.4 overnight rating. Game 7 of the 2017 World Series had a 15.8 rating, but the other games were 12.6 or lower.


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U.S. Gambling Market Could Be Worth $2.3 Billion Annually To NFL

Sep 5, 2018 10:49 AM

Nielsen anticipates the U.S. sports gambling market being worth $2.3 billion annually to the NFL.

The report, released Wednesday, was commissioned by the American Gaming Association, the trade group that represents the gambling business.

A nationwide, legal sports betting product available to all would affect annual media rights fees by nearly 18 percent, sponsorship by more than 7 percent and ticket sales by more than 6 percent.

Nielsen's report does not factor in so-called "integrity fees."

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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NFL Wasn't Given Advance Notice Of Nike's Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign

Sep 4, 2018 11:32 PM

The NFL was not aware of Nike's ad campaign plans involving Colin Kaepernick before it was launched on Monday.

The NFL is currently facing a collusion suit by Kaepernick after he's been unable to secure a job in each of the past two seasons.

A statement was released on Tuesday by the NFL regarding Kaepernick's Nike ad.

Nike is the NFL's official apparel partner.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

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NFL Releases Statement On Social Justice, Colin Kaepernick

Sep 4, 2018 4:09 PM

The NFL has released the following statement on Social Justice and Colin Kaepernick.

"The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity. We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities," said Jocelyn Moore, the NFL's Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs.

"The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action."

RealGM Staff Report

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Colin Kaepernick's Grievance Case Against NFL Going To Trial

Aug 30, 2018 6:06 PM

Colin Kaepernick's grievance against the NFL will go to trial as an arbitrator denied the league's request to throw out the case.

Kaepernick argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any NFL roster since he hit free agency in 2017.

Kaepernick began protesting police violence and racial inequality during the 2016 preseason.

Kaepernick contends the owners violated union rules by conspiring to keep him off teams.


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Aaron Rodgers: NBA Players Have More Leverage Than NFL

Aug 30, 2018 2:45 PM

Aaron Rodgers had hoped to get an opt-out in his new contract with the Green Bay Packers, or tie his salary to a percentage of the salary cap. While Rodgers signed the richest contract in NFL history, he was unable to get the Packers to agree to those concessions.

“I don’t think the NFL is ready for those type of contracts,” he said. “There’s language that need to change for those to become more standard, but there just isn’t the movement in that area on franchise side to do contract that allow players to have more of the leverage that NBA players have. Instead they would rather go traditional routes with large signing bonuses and prorate that over five years in order to minimize cap hits. That’s the desired approach and there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room in that area.”

Rodgers has a small ownership stake in the Milwaukee Bucks.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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2018 NFL Salary Cap Increased By 5.8 Percent From 2017

Aug 28, 2018 12:07 PM

The NFL salary cap is at $177,200,000 this season, representing an increase of 5.8 percent. The cap has increased by seven percent or more in the previous four seasons.

NFL Salary Cap By Year (Increase)

2018: $177,200,000 (5.8%)
2017: $167,000,000 (7.0%)
2016: $155,270,000 (7.7%)
2015: $143,280,000 (7.2%)
2014: $133,000,000 (7.5%)
2013: $123,000,000 (2.0%)
2012: $120,600,000 (0.5%)
2011: $120,000,000 (NA)
2010: No Cap (NA)
2009: $123,000,000 (5.7%)
2008: $116,000,000 (6.0%)
2007: $109,000,000 (6.4%)
2006: $102,000,000 (16.2%)
2005: $85,500,000 (5.8%)
2004: $80,582,000 (6.9%)
2003: $75,007,000 (5.2%)
2002: $71,101,000 (5.2%)
2001: $67,405,000 (7.8%)
2000: $62,172,000 (7.9%)
1999: $57,288,000 (8.6%)
1998: $52,388,000 (20.9%)
1997: $41,454,000 (1.7%)
1996: $40,753,000 (9.0%)
1995: $37,100,000 (6.7%)
1994: $34,608,000 NA

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Beto O'Rourke: Nothing More American Than Peaceful Protest

Aug 22, 2018 9:33 AM

A passionate defense of the right for NFL players to protest went viral made by Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke.

O’Rourke said that he “can think of nothing more American” than “to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights.”

O'Rourke is campaigning against Ted Cruz.

“Non-violently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it,” O’Rourke said of the players. “That is why they are doing it. And I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, any time, anywhere, in any place.”

Cindy Boren/Washington Post

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NFL Had 71 Of TV's Top-100 Telecasts In 2017 Compared To 22 In 2007

Aug 20, 2018 3:40 PM

The NFL accounted for 71 of the 100 most-watched telecasts in 2017.

In 2007, that figure was 22 out of 100.

While NFL ratings have declined in recent years, they have done so at a rate far below that of most programming.

Michael Mulvihill/Fox Sports

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NFL Releases Statement After Three Dolphins Protest During Anthem
Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates while Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist.


Aaron Rodgers Supports NBA Style Soft Cap For NFL
Aaron Rodgers would like to see the NFL allow teams to go over the cap and pay a luxury tax.

Kevin Clark/The Ringer

NFL Distributed $255M Per Team During 2017 Season
Each team pulled in $255 million, according to financials revealed on Monday by the Packers.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

NFLPA Files Grievance Over Anthem Policy
The NFLPA was not consulted about the anthem policy change.

Dominique Foxworth/ESPN

NFL's PED Policy Encourages Players To Snitch
A player facing a four-game suspension can potentially cut their suspension in half if they provide information on a teammate, coach or trainer.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

NFL Warns Teams On Training Camp Concussions
NFL data showed that preseason concussions in 2017 increased by 73 percent, from 26 in 2016 to 45.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Janoris Jenkins' Brother Charged In Death
William Jenkins, the older brother of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after a body was found at the player's house in New Jersey.


Autopsy Shows 21-Year-Old Tyler Hilinski Had CTE
Mark Hilinski told "Today" that the medical examiner determined Tyler "had the brain of a 65-year-old, which is really hard to take."

Adam Rittenberg/ESPN

Martavis Bryant Hasn't Failed Or Missed Drug Test
Martavis Bryant has missed more games due to failed drug tests (20) than he has started in his four-year NFL career.

Vic Tafur/The Athletic

Al Jazeera Claims Peyton Manning 'Confirmed' Doping Allegations
Al Jazeera America claims Peyton Manning "confirmed" much of the doping allegations made against him by its primary source.

Eriq Gardner/Hollywood Reporter

Lawyer Suggests Kaepernick Case 'About To Take Dramatic Turn'
Lawyer Mark Geragos suggested a witness may be set to come forward that could provide further evidence in Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

NFL Owner Admits Being Swayed By Trump On Not Signing Kaepernick
Attorney Mark Geragos said that the unidentified owner's testimony proves collusion.

Scooby Axson/Sports Illustrated

NFL Owners Approve Policy Requiring Players To Stand For Anthem
The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not stand for the anthem.

Kevin Seifert, Dan Graziano/ESPN

NFL Considering 15-Yard Penalty For Kneeling During Anthem
Owners also discussed having the home team decide whether they want players on the field during the anthem at all.

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

Multiple Teams Considered Colin Kaepernick As Starting Caliber QB
Internal franchise documents generated as part of the free agency evaluation process as part of Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL show this viewpoint to be the case.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Panthers Finalize Terms To Sell Franchise For $2.275B
The Panthers have finalized terms to sell the franchise to David Tepper for $2.275 billion.

Judy Battista/NFL

NFL Owners To Vote On Whether To Make All Ejections Reviewable
A replay review will be required for all ejections, whether they result from a violation of the helmet rule, throwing a punch or any other flagrant act.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

49ers Could Part Ways With Reuben Foster
Reuben Foster's roster spot with the 49ers is in jeopardy after he was charged with three felonies resulting from a February arrest related to an alleged domestic violence incident.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome To Be Questioned In Kaepernick Case
The Ravens considered signing Colin Kaepernick last offseason.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Inglewood Stadium Complex Estimated To Cost Nearly $5 Billion
The cost of the stadium alone was originally projected to cost $2.6 billion.

Vincent Bonsignore/Los Angeles Daily News