Legal - Football Wiretap

City Of Oakland Sues Raiders, Refers To NFL As 'Cartel'

Dec 12, 2018 9:19 AM

The city of Oakland has filed a lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders and the NFL seeking damage for what it classifies as an illegal move to Las Vegas.

The city’s statement on the lawsuit referred to the NFL as a “cartel” and cited a relocation fee that required the Raiders to pay the NFL and its owners $370 million to move to Las Vegas.

The East Bay Times reports that the team and stadium authority were in the midst of negotiations for next year and potentially beyond if delays in the new Las Vegas stadium warranted an extra year in Oakland.

The Raiders have vowed to leave early if the city followed through on its threats of legal action.

“The Raiders demand language that assures them the city will not file a lawsuit against them,” Coliseum authority executive director Scott McKibben previously told the Times.

Jason Owens/Yahoo! Sports

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NFL Projecting 2019 Salary Cap Between $187M-$191.1M

Dec 11, 2018 5:34 PM

The NFL has informed all 32 teams that projections for the 2019 salary cap are in the range of $187.0 million to $191.1 million.

The cap projection marks a 40 percent increase over the five years since the 2014 season when the cap was at $133 million.

Total projected player costs, including benefits, will be more than $7.3 billion in 2019.

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Chiefs Decide To Release Kareem Hunt

Dec 1, 2018 3:01 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have released star running back Kareem Hunt, a decision that came after video surfaced earlier Friday that showed him shoving and kicking a woman in February.

The team announced the move Friday night. Minutes earlier, the NFL had announced that Hunt, 23, had been put on the commissioner's exempt list.

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Legal, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Washington Won't Play Reuben Foster Until Legal Process Concludes

Nov 28, 2018 8:55 AM

The Washington Redskins claimed Reuben Foster on waivers Wednesday, but they claim he won't play until charges stemming from his recent domestic violence arrest are resolved.

"Today we have claimed the rights to LB Reuben Foster," Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams said in a statement.

"The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben. If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone. Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player."

Foster has been arrested twice this year for domestic violence accusations.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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49ers' Rueben Foster Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges

Nov 25, 2018 3:04 AM

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested Saturday night at the team hotel in Tampa, Florida, on charges of domestic violence.

An arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office said Foster was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. He is being held without bail.

Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel where the team is staying before playing the Buccaneers on Sunday.

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Texans Owner Bob McNair Dies At 81

Nov 24, 2018 2:34 AM

Texans owner Bob McNair died Friday in Houston, the team announced. He was 81.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce Houston Texans Founder, Senior Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and philanthropist, Robert C. McNair passed away peacefully in Houston today with his loving wife, Janice, and his family by his side," the team said in a statement.

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Cowboys Worth $10 Billion To Jerry Jones

Nov 19, 2018 2:26 PM

Jerry Jones wouldn't sell the Dallas Cowboys for any price, but if he had to sell, he says he wouldn't take less than $10 billion for the franchise.

Forbes values the Cowboys at $5 billion.

"If I had to sell the team tomorrow I wouldn’t accept anything less than $10 billion. But, I don’t want to imply that I would take $10 billion for them. The Cowboys are just not for sale. They’re a long-term asset and my immediate family -- which has been a part of making them what they are today-- they’ll own the Cowboys long after I’m gone.

"I don’t say $10 billion just to say a ridiculous number. I just think you really have to go on what people would pay. I don’t want to say at least $10 billion but I certainly think you can justify a $10 billion value, but economically I’d rather have the Cowboys than the $10 billion."

Sophie Alexander/Bloomberg

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NFL Discouraging Networks From Running Billboard Ads During Games

Nov 9, 2018 12:55 PM

Television networks have begun placing billboard ads within their telecasts of the NFL, but the league has encouraged them to remove the ads from rotation.

“Small changes in how ads are executed can really add up to how fans perceive games,” says Amanda Herald, VP of media strategy and business development at the NFL.

Billboard ads have been used on television for decades.

“Our industry is changing dramatically,” said Tom McGovern, president of Optimum Sports, a media buying unit of Omnicom Group. “How do you reduce the number of interruptions, so it creeps up engagement in the game?”

Fox has already removed billboards from Thursday Night Football, but continues to have them within their typical Sunday telecasts.

The billboards ads are often value-adds for advertisers.

Regular-season NFL games brought TV networks more than $4.35 billion over the course of just a few months.

“When you tell a client, ‘We are going to take your billboards away,’ it’s not like they don’t think it’s a very big deal,” says Dan Lovinger, executive VP of sales for NBC Sports. “It’s a very big deal.”

Brian Steinberg/Variety

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NFL's Week 9 Ratings Up Significantly From 2017

Nov 5, 2018 12:28 PM

NBC's coverage of the New England Patriots versus the Green Bay Packers had a 15.6 overnight rating, which was up 63 percent from Week 9 last season.

NFL ratings have been stronger this year than last year.

The 15.2 overnight rating for Rams-Saints was up 7 percent from last year’s late afternoon game in Week 9.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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NFL Unlikely To Reach Formal National Anthem Policy This Season

Oct 17, 2018 3:02 PM

The NFL is unlikely to institute a formal national anthem policy this season.

“The focus of the players’ association, the NFL and all of our clubs and our players is to focus on the efforts our players have continually brought (forth) as their issues in their communities and how can we make our communities better,” Roger Goodell said after the fall meetings concluded.

“They’re incredibly passionate about that. They have brought these issues greater awareness and they are working in their communities to try to make their communities better and they are working on the issues, on criminal justice reform. I’ve been on listen-and-learn tours with our players. Owners have been on listen-and-learn tours. Our players are obviously out there and you see a tremendous amount of work being done.”

In May, the NFL passed a rule that forbids players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but allowed them to stay in the locker room if they wish.

The NFL left it to teams on how to punish players and the union challenged the rule in a grievance. The NFL subsequently halted the policy.

Rob Maaddi/Associated Press

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NFL Concerned About Chargers' Financial Viability In Los Angeles
The Chargers are expected to revise its Inglewood revenue goals from $400 million to around $150 million.

Seth Wickersham/ESPN

NFL Had 'Intervention' With Seven Teams On Concussion Rates
Preseason concussions were down from 91 in 2017 to 79 this year, and there were zero on kickoff plays.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Study Finds No Truth To Suggestion Politics Have Hurt NFL Ratings
Quality football is a bigger driver of ratings than people supposedly protesting the NFL.

Matt Wynn, John Kelly/USA Today

Monday Night Football Has Highest Rating Since Week 3 Of 2017
The rating for Monday night's game matches the 9.1 rating generated by the Week 4 in 2016, which brings the NFL back to the point where its ratings slide began.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

NFL Franchise Values Plateaued In 2018
NFL franchise values increased by just two percent in 2018.

Mike Ozanian/Forbes

Netflix Has No Plans To Pursue Live Sports Programming
The NFL has streaming rights deals with Amazon and Verizon.

Robert Mitchell/Variety

Eagles-Falcons Has 13.4 Overnight Rating, Continuing Downward Trend
The 2015 game between the Patriots and Steelers had a 17.7 rating.


U.S. Gambling Market Could Be Worth $2.3 Billion Annually To NFL
Annual media rights fees could increase by 18 percent due to the interest in the new gambling market.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

NFL Wasn't Given Advance Notice Of Nike's Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign
Nike is the NFL's official apparel partner.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

NFL Releases Statement On Social Justice, Colin Kaepernick
The NFL has released the following statement on Social Justice and Colin Kaepernick.

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Colin Kaepernick's Grievance Case Against NFL Going To Trial
Colin Kaepernick argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any NFL roster since he hit free agency in 2017.


Aaron Rodgers: NBA Players Have More Leverage Than NFL
Aaron Rodgers had hoped to get an opt out in his new contract, or tie his salary to a percentage of the salary cap.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

2018 NFL Salary Cap Increased By 5.8 Percent From 2017
The cap has increased by seven percent or more in the previous four seasons.

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Beto O'Rourke: Nothing More American Than Peaceful Protest
A passionate defense of the right for NFL players to protest went viral made by Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke.

Cindy Boren/Washington Post

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

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