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Teams Will Forfeit Game If They Have Non-Vaccinated Outbreak

Jul 22, 2021 2:26 PM

The NFL has sent a memo informing all teams that any regular season cancellations due to a COVID-19 spike from a given team's non-vaccinated players/staff will lead the team to forfeit the game. 

The players and staff will also lose a game check under this scenario.

No games were canceled lat year though several were postponed. 

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Packers Revenue Dropped 27 Percent During Pandemic

Jul 17, 2021 9:36 AM

The operating revenues of the Green Bay Packers dropped nearly 27 percent during the most recent fiscal year. The Packers did not have paying spectators at Lambeau Field until the playoffs.  

The Packers reported $409.8 million in expenses and $371.1 million in revenues. That's the first time since 2000 the team spent more money than it brought in.

The team had a record $506.9 million in revenues a year earlier.

"The pandemic had a significant impact on our finances. But that said, I think the Packers remain in a very strong position financially," Packers CEO/president Mark Murphy said at a Friday news conference.

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Richard Sherman Released, Now Facing Four Misdemeanors

Jul 16, 2021 8:37 AM

Richard Sherman has been released from King County (Wash.) Correctional Facility following a King County judge's order of his release without bail.

Sherman is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a second hearing to face four misdemeanor charges -- criminal trespass (domestic violence designation), malicious mischief, DUI and resisting arrest -- stemming from his arrest on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old was arrested near Seattle and booked for resisting arrest, malicious mischief and burglary domestic violence.

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Apple In Talks To Acquire NFL Sunday Ticket

Jul 14, 2021 9:37 AM

Apple is in early talks with the NFL for bringing Sunday Ticket to Apple TV+.

Sunday Ticket now airs on DirecTV, which has a deal until 2022.

Disney’s ESPN Plus and Amazon’s Prime Video are also interested.

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Ja'Wuan James Files $15M Grievance Against Broncos, Signs With Ravens

Jun 7, 2021 4:58 PM

Ja'Wuan James has filed a $15 million grievance against the Denver Broncos and has also agreed to sign a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. 

James had been guaranteed $10 million for the 2021 season, but because the injury took place off-site, it was designated as a non-football injury, meaning the Broncos were not obligated to pay his salary. The team later released him.

James is seeking his $10 million salary for the 2021 season and $5 million salary for the 2022 season, arguing that he was working out away from the facility under guidance from the Broncos.

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NFL, NFLPA Agree To Not Let 2022 Salary Cap Exceed $208.2M

May 26, 2021 2:55 PM

The salary cap for the 2022 season is expected to increase and there has been an agreement by the NFL and NFLPA to cap it at $208.2 million.

The figure would mark a record for the NFL as the 2019 season was played with a cap of $198.2 million. 

The league dropped the cap to $182.5 million due to the revenue shortfalls in 2020 from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Aldon Smith Turns Himself In Over Battery Charge

Apr 22, 2021 8:08 AM

Aldon Smith turned himself in Tuesday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with an alleged battery in the New Orleans area, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.

The Seattle Seahawks defensive end was booked and released Wednesday on $25,000 bond. Smith is scheduled to be arraigned July 14.

An arrest warrant was issued for Smith on Monday for an alleged second-degree battery that occurred Saturday evening. Smith allegedly choked a victim unconscious during a confrontation that began inside a coffee shop in Chalmette, Louisiana.

Two days before the alleged incident, the Seahawks signed Smith, 31, to a one-year deal worth $1,127,500.

In a statement Monday, the Seahawks said, "We are aware of the reports regarding Aldon Smith. Aldon notified us and we are gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time."

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NFL Will Eliminate Restrictions For Vaccinated Players

Mar 31, 2021 2:54 PM

The NFL will eliminate some restrictions from its current COVID-19 protocols for players who choose to be vaccinated. 

Among the elements that could be eliminated are the need to participate in daily testing; quarantine periods due to close contact with an infected individual; and/or refraining from social gatherings among other vaccinated individuals.

"It is also anticipated that clubs that achieve a certain rate of vaccination among its tiered staff and players may be permitted to relax restrictions that apply to meetings, meal time and use of locker rooms," the memo said.

NFL Players Association president JC Tretter argued again on Wednesday that the coronavirus-caused elimination of such things as organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamps did more good than harm in 2020.

"The good news for our sport is that while the NFL season looked and felt noticeably different from previous years,'' the Cleveland Browns center posted on the union's website, "we learned that the game of football did not suffer at the expense of protecting its players more than ever before. Our process is to follow the science on what is safest for our guys, and many of the changes this past year -- like no in-person offseason workouts/practices, the extended acclimation period before training camp and no preseason games -- gave us a year of data that demonstrates maintaining some of these changes long term is in the best interest of the game.''

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NFL Expects To Play 2021 With Full Stadiums

Mar 30, 2021 4:35 PM

Roger Goodell said the NFL's goal and expectation is to play the 2021 season with full stadiums.

“All of us in the NFL want to see every one of our fans back,” Goodell said. “Football is simply not the same without the fans and we expect to have full stadiums in the 2021 season.”

Attendance in 2020 dropped to 1.2 million compared to 16 million in 2019.

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NFL Owners Approve Expansion Of Regular Season To 17 Games

Mar 30, 2021 2:31 PM

The NFL's owners have approved the 17-game regular season beginning in 2021.

The league had the option to extend the regular season once they signed new television deals.

The NFL's owners have wanted to expand the regular season for years.

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Lawsuits Against Deshaun Watson Up To 14

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Lawyer Claims He Has Nine Clients With Claims Against Deshaun Watson

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NFL Signs 11-Year, $113 Billion Deal With Existing TV Partners

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NFL Sets 2021 Salary Cap At $182.5M, Drops $15.7M From 2020

Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFL Discovered 'Six Feet, 15 Minutes' COVID-19 Protocol Wasn't Enough

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NFL Salary Cap For 2021 Could End Up At $180M

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NFL Attendance Drops From 17M In 2019 To 1M In 2020

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NFL Will Add 17th Game To Regular Season In 2021

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NFL Won't Mandate Bubbles For Playoffs

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Fox Prioritizing Sunday Package Over Thursday Night Football

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NFL To Have 16-Team Playoffs If Regular Season Shortened

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NFL Likely To Miss Out On $2.7 Billion In Revenue Due To Limiting Fans

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ESPN/ABC Trying To Steal Sunday Night Football From NBC

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NFL Seeking Power To Regulate Ownership Structures

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TV Execs Encouraged By NFL Ratings Being Down Just 10 Percent

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NFL Not Seriously Considering Home-Market Bubbles

Washington Post (via Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk)

NFL Could See 75 Percent Increase With New TV Contracts

Tiffany Hsu/New York Times

NFL Extends Timeline On Finalizing New Media Rights Deals

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Multiple Black NFL Players Considering Strike

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NFL's 32 Teams Collectively Worth $99 Billion

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