Archive for June, 2012

2012 NFL Rookie Symposium Kicks Off Sunday Stressing History, Experience, Expectations & Responsibility




The NFL kicks off its 15th Rookie Symposium on Sunday (June 24), emphasizing the sport’s legacy, tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility. The four-day orientation will be held at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Ohio and for the first time will feature speakers and a history session at the nearby Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Led by NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT, the symposium will also introduce a new format to facilitate more effective learning by separating the rookies into smaller groups divided by conference.

“We have reduced the number of draftees simultaneously attending the symposium to create the most favorable learning environment,” said Vincent, a five-time Pro Bowler and former NFL Players Association president. “Each rookie should leave the symposium with the knowledge and history of where our game began, where it is today, and challenged to make a positive personal impact on the future of our game. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing players with the best resources to succeed both on and off the field.”

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NFL and LISC Announce $2.5 Million in Field Grants as Part of NFL Grassroots Program

Grants are part of 14-Year, $32.5 Million NFL Commitment Enhancing Low-Income Communities

The National Football League Grassroots Program is supporting the development and renovation of community fields with 15 new grants totaling $2.5 million being directed to schools, parks and facilities across the country, it was announced today.

For the complete relase, click here

NFL Celebrates Kipp Raíces Academy, Winner of Inaugural NFL PLAY 60 Bus Stops With You Contest

NFL Players, Coaches, Cheerleaders and Team Mascots From Around the League to Bring $25,000 in Donated Equipment to the School

The NFL PLAY 60 bus is on the move. On Monday, June 18, the bus will arrive at KIPP Raíces Academy, in Los Angeles, California. The school is the winner of the inaugural national NFL PLAY 60 Bus Stops with You Contest.

As part of the event, NFL players, coaches, cheerleaders and team mascots from around the league will deliver $25,000 in fitness equipment to the school, donated by the NFL. 

Players including San Francisco 49ers LB NAVORRO BOWMAN; New York Giants RB AHMAD BRADSHAW; Green Bay Packers WR RANDALL COBB; Green Bay Packers LB CLAY MATTHEWS; Oakland Raiders RB DARREN MCFADDEN; Denver Broncos LB VON MILLER; San Diego Chargers QB PHILIP RIVERS; Houston Texans DE JJ WATT; NFL Network analyst WILLIE MCGINEST; and Hall of Fame members MIKE HAYNES, JAMES LOFTON and WARREN MOON will be riding along on the bus and participating in the event. They will be joined by Seattle Seahawks Head Coach PETE CARROLL, Arizona Cardinals mascot Big Red, Cleveland Browns mascot Chomps, and cheerleaders from the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.

Nearly 3,000 communities entered the NFL PLAY 60 Bus Stops With You Contest by writing a short essay and submitting a photo on describing how the NFL PLAY 60 bus could help the youth in their town be more active.

For the complete release, click here

Second Arbitrator Upholds NFL Position on Discipline in Bounty Case

Arbitrator Shyam Das today upheld the authority of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to impose discipline on current and former New Orleans Saints players for their role in the pay-for-performance/bounty program that operated during the 2009 through 2011 seasons. This was the second decision by an arbitrator this week rejecting NFLPA challenges to such discipline.

After Commissioner Goodell suspended four players for their involvement in the bounty program, the NFL Players Association filed a grievance claiming that the NFL had waived any right to impose discipline on players for conduct occurring prior to August 4, 2011 when the Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed. After reviewing the relevant language of the CBA, Arbitrator Das dismissed the NFLPA’s grievance, holding that the provision waiver relied upon by the union “does not . . . constitute an agreement by the NFL that the Commissioner relinquishes authority to impose discipline for conduct detrimental occurring prior to the execution of the CBA on August 4, 2011.”

Each of the players disciplined has filed an appeal, which will now be heard by Commissioner Goodell under the procedures set forth in the CBA.

To read the arbitrator’s complete decision, click here

Sixth annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” kicks off June 18

Top NFL Producers & Talent to Instruct Players: CBS’ James Brown to Serve as Host Joined By Ron Jaworski, Curt Menefee, Kenny Albert & Dick Vermeil

First-Time “Advanced” Curriculum Offered to 3 Former Boot Campers

Players can earn guest hosting opportunity on SiriusXM NFL Radio & NFL TV and radio partners in U.K.

Twenty three current and former NFL players, including CHAD BROWN, TROY BROWN, NATE BURLESON, KRIS JENKINS and JARRETT PAYTON, will take part in the sixth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from June 18-21, is directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments and covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners – CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio, plus local radio and TV.  It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation.  Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives.  Each player also will serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio alongside hosts Rich Gannon, Adam Schein, Tim Ryan, Pat Kirwan and Ross Tucker.

New this year, three veteran Broadcast Boot Campers – ADAM ARCHULETA (Class of 2010), JOHN FINA (2011) and MICHEAL YOUNG (2010) – will participate in “Boot Camp Advanced” featuring one-on-one training with faculty members offering extensive training in speech and vocal techniques, getting the most out of production meetings, and studio and play-by-play analysis.

Also for the first time, the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp Class of 2012 will have the opportunity to earn a guest hosting spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio and one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2012 season. Last season former NFL players ROCKY BOIMAN and NICK FERGUSON were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K. Later in the season, Boiman earned additional game assignments including the Playoffs and Super Bowl for Sky TV and BBC Radio.

Of the 105 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp from 2007-2011, 44 have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.

“We are excited to continue and expand the Broadcast Boot Camp which for many current and former players has been a springboard to successful careers off the field,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement.

The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is one of several NFL Player Engagement programs to assist players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next.

Enrollment criteria for the Broadcast Boot Camp include NFL playing experience, essays, and demonstrated interest in media.

Click here for the full press release including the list of current and former NFL players enrolled in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp and the faculty, which has more than 400 years of broadcasting experience.

NFL Statement on Stephen Burbank’s Arbitration Ruling Today in Saints Bounty Case

System Arbitrator Stephen Burbank upheld the commissioner’s authority under the Collective Bargaining Agreement to impose “conduct detrimental” discipline on players who provided or offered to provide financial incentives to injure opponents. He also upheld the commissioner’s authority to impose such discipline against players who obstructed a league investigation. The System Arbitrator thus confirmed the commissioner’s authority to suspend Mr. Fujita, Mr. Smith and Mr. Vilma. He invited the commissioner to clarify the precise basis for his discipline of Mr. Hargrove who, among other things, was found to have lied to the league’s investigators and obstructed their investigation.

NFL Statement on Negotiations with NFL Referees Association

Negotiations with the NFL Referees Association on a new collective bargaining agreement remain unresolved and the previous CBA has expired. Therefore, in order to ensure that there is no disruption to NFL games this season we will proceed immediately with the hiring and training of replacement officials.

Our goal is to maintain the highest quality of officiating for our teams, players, and fans, including proper enforcement of the playing rules and efficient management of our games.

Another negotiating session took place Sunday under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. We appreciate the efforts of the FMCS and will continue to be available to the NFLRA and the FMCS to negotiate a fair resolution. We have great respect for our officials and in keeping with that view have made a proposal that includes substantial increases in compensation for all game officials. 

Background notes:

  • The NFL negotiating team is led by Jeff Pash and Ray Anderson.
  • The previous agreement was for six years (2006-2011).
  • Negotiations on a new CBA began last October.
  • Regional training sessions for replacement officials will begin later this month.