Archive for August, 2012

Preseason Concludes with Three National TV Games and Final Roster Cuts

Patriots at Giants, Chiefs at Packers and Broncos at Cardinals will air live on NFL Network

Final roster cut-down to 53 players set for Friday at 9 PM ET

It’s the final week of the preseason and young players around the league know this is their time to shine.

With final NFL roster cuts to 53 players this Friday, this week’s games are a last chance for many players to make their team’s roster. 

“Every single play from scrimmage is an opportunity to prove to the coaches that you’re not only good enough to play in the NFL, but you’re an indispensable part of the team,” says Giants wide receiver VICTOR CRUZ, who made the team as an undrafted free agent and went on to set a franchise single-season record with 1,536 receiving yards last year.

For many of these young players, they know this is their last opportunity to make the final 53. 

The last week of the preseason features three games on national TV as NFL Network delivers all the action.

Wednesday night, August 29, will feature a rematch of Super Bowl XLVI when the world champion New York Giants meet the New England Patriots (7:00 PM ET). Thursday, August 30, will showcase a doubleheader. The Green Bay Packers will host the Kansas City Chiefs (7:00 PM ET) and the Denver Broncos will visit the Arizona Cardinals in the nightcap (11:00 PM ET).

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NFL Network’s 2012 Preseason Broadcast Schedule Concludes with Three Live Week 4 Games

Trio of Week 4 Games Concludes NFL Network’s Live Preseason Broadcast Schedule:

New England Patriots at New York Giants – Wednesday, August 29 at 7:00 PM ET

Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers – Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 PM ET

Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals – Thursday, August 30 at 11:00 PM ET

With the kickoff of the 2012 NFL regular season just eight days away, NFL Media has the final week of the preseason covered with three games live in primetime and re-airs of all 16 Week 4 matchups.

On Wednesday, August 29 at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network, the New York Giants host the New England Patriots in a rematch Super Bowl XLVI. NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football analyst Mike Mayock is joined by play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan in the broadcast booth, while Kim Jones provides reports from the sidelines.

NFL Network’s live preseason broadcast schedule continues with two games on Thursday, August 30, beginning with the Kansas City Chiefs traveling to face the Green Bay Packers at 7:00 PM ET. At 11:00 PM ET, the Arizona Cardinals take on the Denver Broncos in their final tune-up game before the 2012 regular season begins.

NFL Total Access airs at 6:00 PM ET on Wednesday and Thursday to preview each night’s slate of games as the preseason comes to a close.’s NFL Preseason Live returns to offer fans live and on-demand access to preseason games online and in HD. Full DVR controls allow fans to pause, rewind and replay both live and archived game action. Additional viewing options include picture-in-picture and a quad view mode which provides fans the ability to watch four games on the same screen.

New to NFL Preseason Live this year is the Condensed Games feature, which allows fans to watch every play from an entire game – from opening kickoff to the final whistle – in 30 minutes and commercial-free. For the first time, NFL Preseason Live is available on Android and iOS tablets with a free download.

Fans with NFL Mobile from Verizon can watch NFL Network, including preseason games, live on their mobile devices around the clock.

Below is NFL Network’s Week 4 broadcast schedule.



Wednesday, August 29

7:00 PM – New England Patriots at New York Giants – LIVE

12 Midnight – Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys

3:00 AM – Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders (Week 3)

Thursday, August 30

12 Noon – Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (Week 3)

3:00 PM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

7:00 PM – Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers – LIVE

11:00 PM – Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals – LIVE

3:00 AM – San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

Friday, August 31

10:00 AM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

1:00 PM – Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars

4:00 PM – Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys

8:00 PM – New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles

12:00 Midnight – Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

3:00 AM – Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers

Saturday, September 1

7:00 AM – Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars

10:00 AM – New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans

1:00 PM – Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions

4:00 PM – Baltimore Ravens at St. Louis Rams

8:00 PM – Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

12 Midnight – Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns

3:00 AM – Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, September 2

7:00 AM – Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

10:00 AM – Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans

1:00 PM – New England Patriots at New York Giants

4:00 PM – New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles

7:00 PM – Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

10:00 PM – Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks

1:00 AM – San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

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Emmy-Nominated Series ‘A Football Life’ Returns Wednesday, September 12 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network


‘The Faces of Tebow’ Kicks off 13-Episode Season Airing This Fall on Wednesday Nights at 8:00 PM ET

Ray Lewis, Jimmy Johnson, Steve McNair, Tom Coughlin & Marcus Allen Among Iconic Figures Examined

The Emmy-nominated documentary series A Football Life produced by NFL Films returns for a second season Wednesday, September 12 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Airing on Wednesday nights throughout the fall, the 13-episode season examines the iconic individuals and subjects that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories.

Beginning on September 12 with a unique profile on the immensely popular backup quarterback for the New York Jets, Tim Tebow, A Football Life focuses on the life and career of provocative subjects intertwined in the fabric of NFL history. On September 19, Ray Lewis: A Football Life chronicles the Baltimore Ravens linebacker’s life on and off the football field, providing an unprecedented look into the life of an NFL player. Following in the footsteps of last year’s critically-acclaimed Bill Belichick: A Football Life, Lewis became the first player in NFL history to wear a wireless microphone in every game for an entire season.

Additional subjects profiled this season include:

  • Super Bowl-winning head coaches Tom Coughlin & Jimmy Johnson
  • Late Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair
  • Hall of Fame running backs Marcus Allen & Barry Sanders
  • Former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Pro Bowl linebacker Chris Spielman
  • The Los Angeles Rams’ Fearsome Foursome
  • A celebration of “The Immaculate Reception” on its 40th anniversary
  • The untold legacy of the 1995 Cleveland Browns

Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, returns as narrator for the series.

Please click on the following link to view the trailer for this season of A Football Life:

Below is the September and October broadcast schedule for A Football Life, airing on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM ET:

  • September 12 – Tim Tebow
  • September 19 – Ray Lewis
  • September 26 – Tom Coughlin
  • October 3 – Cleveland ‘95
  • October 10 – Fearsome Foursome
  • October 17 – Steve McNair
  • October 24 – Eddie DeBartolo
  • October 31 – Chris Spielman

The eight-episode debut season of A Football Life – which earned an Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology – examined the following prominent and influential individuals: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick; late Philadelphia Eagles teammates Reggie White and Jerome Brown; Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton and Hall of Fame head coach Mike Ditka; former Super Bowl MVP and current NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner; NFL Films founder Ed Sabol; Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame head coach Tom Landry; and the late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.

Every episode of A Football Life and all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Oliver Luck Joins NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel

Former NFL quarterback OLIVER LUCK, currently serving as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for his alma mater, West Virginia, has been selected to join the NFL’s Player Safety Advisory Panel, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today.

Co-chaired by Pro Football Hall of Famers RONNIE LOTT and JOHN MADDEN, the Player Safety Advisory Panel was formed two years ago by Commissioner Goodell to assist the league in reviewing all facets of the game involving player health and safety.

“It is a real honor to have been asked to participate as a member of the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel,” says Luck, who is the father of Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. “I would like to thank the co-chairs, John Madden and Ronnie Lott, for the opportunity, and I look forward to making a positive contribution to the work of the panel.”

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Rose to Host NFL GameDay Highlights, NFL GameDay Final and the Thursday Night Edition of NFL Total Access

NFL Network has added veteran on-air talent Chris Rose to its ranks, it was announced today. Rose will host NFL Network’s signature Sunday night shows NFL GameDay Highlights and NFL GameDay Final, as well as the postgame edition of NFL Total Access following the network’s Thursday Night Football telecast.

“We’re happy to have Chris on board and he will serve as yet another valuable addition to our talented roster of hosts and analysts,” said NFL Network Executive Producer Eric Weinberger. “Both NFL GameDay Highlights and NFL GameDay Final have shown tremendous growth over the past few seasons and we have no doubt Chris will build on the success of these shows.”

NFL GameDay Highlights airs on NFL Network on Sunday nights at 7:30 PM ET during the NFL regular season and features analysts Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders joining Rose to recap all of the day’s action with game highlights, post-game press conferences and commentary, as well as preview the upcoming Sunday night matchup.

Rose will also host NFL GameDay Final at 11:30 PM ET with a trio of Hall of Famers, joining Sanders, Marshall Faulk, and Michael Irvin to dissect all of Sunday’s action. With video of post-game press conferences, game highlights, player/coach interviews, expert analysis, a preview of Monday’s game and more, NFL GameDay Final provides everything viewers need to know about the week in the NFL.

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2012-13 National Football League Important Dates

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NFL Digital Media is getting Back to Football by thanking the fans with a unique rewards program only the NFL can deliver. is launching the first-ever NFL Fan Rewards program, giving fans a chance to redeem prizes as a result of their activity on

Fans earn virtual coins by taking specific actions or completing specific tasks on which can be redeemed for prizes in the Rewards store.  Fans may earn coins by visiting, reading & commenting on articles, watching videos and engaging with in their normal way.  Fans also may participate in predetermined Drives, in which users are guided through the steps that are needed to complete actions including visiting a series of pages or content related to a specific topic; registering on; voting on the Pro Bowl ballot, or signing up for Fantasy Football.

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Mariah Carey & No Doubt to Perform Live at “NFL Kickoff 2012 Presented by Bud Light” to Celebrate Start of the Season & NY Giants Super Bowl Championship on Weds. Sept 5

NBC/NFL Network Special on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET Precedes NFL Kickoff Game: DALLAS COWBOYS vs. NEW YORK GIANTS

It’s time to get Back To Football as the NFL begins its 93rd season with a rocking celebration in its special pregame show, “NFL KICKOFF 2012 PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT” – 7:30 PM ET Wednesday, September 5.  Multi-platinum global stars NO DOUBT and MARIAH CAREY are scheduled to perform in the 10th anniversary of NFL Kickoff.

Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Rockefeller Center® in New York City will air from 7:30 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network.  The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2012 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.  The Rockefeller Center show is the third Kickoff set at an iconic New York City landmark, following shows live from Times Square (2002) and Columbus Circle (2008).  This is the 10th anniversary of NFL Kickoff continuing the tradition of saluting the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium in primetime.

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NFL Announces 2012 Kickoff Events

The NFL is celebrating the Kickoff of the 2012 season with multiple events for fans around New York City.

  • First-ever NFL Fantasy Draft Week presented by DIRECTV (Aug. 22 – 24 at Best Buy Theater in NYC)
  • NFL Back To Football Run in Central Park (Aug 30)
  • NFL & Nike Back To Football Photo Day in NYC (Sept 4)
  • 2012 NFL Kickoff presented by Bud Light featuring Mariah Carey & No Doubt in Rockefeller Center (Sept 5)

2012 NFL Kickoff celebration leads to the opening game between the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ (Wednesday, September 5, 8:30 PM ET, NBC).

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Jacksonville Jaguars to Host Regular-Season Game in United Kingdom in Each of Next Four Years


With interest in the NFL in the United Kingdom at an all-time high, the Jacksonville Jaguars have made a multi-year commitment to International Series games in London.

The Jaguars will play one regular-season home game in the United Kingdom in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, all at London’s historic Wembley Stadium.  The date of the 2013 game, as well as the opposing team, will be announced in the months ahead.

“Our goal is to continue to grow the game, and this commitment by the Jacksonville Jaguars represents a major step forward in our international efforts,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL.  “We have had a tremendously positive reaction to our sport in the U.K. and we’re excited that the Jaguars are seizing this opportunity to raise the profile for the team as well as the Jacksonville community.  The NFL is committed to working with Shad Khan and the Jaguars in every respect to help them grow their brand and fan base through the NFL International Series and the many opportunities these games will offer.”

On October 11, 2011, NFL owners approved a resolution that authorized the league to schedule regular-season games in the U.K. in each of the next five years, including determining the number of games per season, the venue and the competing teams.  All clubs were permitted to volunteer to play at least one regular-season game per year as a home team in the U.K. on an annual basis for up to five years, and the Jaguars’ proposal was selected.

In addition to the Jaguars’ 2013 game in London, the league is working to add a second game in the U.K. next year, with the intention of finalizing details in the coming months.

“The Jacksonville Jaguars will be a bold and ambitious NFL franchise,” said Jaguars Owner SHAD KHAN.  “Playing a home game in London over four seasons is consistent with our vision to introduce and grow the Jaguars brand globally, and we’re appreciative of the support from the Jacksonville business community to make this a reality and winning proposition for everyone.  This is a priceless opportunity to share the business, tourism and lifestyle story of Jacksonville with international audiences, and I know it will give the Jaguars a unique and powerful identity within the league and beyond.”

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