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27 Mar 19
Toronto Sun

PHOENIX — Integrity of the game. That’s the reason the NFL on Tuesday made what, for it, is the epochal decision to expand replay reviews to include defensive and offensive pass interference, both calls and non-calls alike. And with that, the league suddenly wound up a day early its annual meeting at a swank resort. […]

27 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

Kingsbury to allow Cardinals ‘cellphone breaks’ https://ift.tt/2YoNNIC PHOENIX — New Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury won’t waste any time using his college coaching background to help him in the NFL. Kingsbury said Tuesday at the NFL annual meetings that he’ll implement “cell phone breaks” during team meetings. He did something similar at Texas Tech but […]

27 Mar 19
Sullys Space

The NFL owners have voted to make offensive and defensive pass interference calls, or non calls, reviewable. This is gonna be a problem. Let’s be honest, this rule is going to piss every single fan base off at some point next season. All because the Saints lost on a blown PI call in the playoffs […]

27 Mar 19
The Denver Post
PHOENIX – Former NFL executive Carmen Policy is the latest addition to the dispute involving the trustees who run the Broncos and two of owner Pat Bowlen’s children. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he had designated Policy to lead arbitration between the trustees (Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis, team counsel Rich Slivka and local attorney Mary Kelly) and Bowlen daughters Amie Klemmer and Beth Bowlen Wallace. Goodell said Policy, whose front-office career included stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns, began the process “30 to 45 days ago.” It is the first time Policy has been employed by the league in this capacity. “We’ll leave it in the hands of that process until they come to some conclusion,” Goodell said as the NFL’s annual meeting concluded. “There actually is discovery and a bunch of information being exchanged.” According to a source, Wallace and Klemmer filed a motion to dismiss arbitration and have not agreed to the process. The source added that the process could be completed by the end of the year. It is believed what is being arbitrated is the succession of the team and the trustees’ approach to selecting a new controlling owner. The revealing of arbitration means disputes involving the Broncos are on parallel paths: Bill Bowlen’s lawsuit against the trustees will be in heard in court, and Policy will lead the arbitration process between the trustees and Wallace/Klemmer. When the trustees requested arbitration in November 2018, they wanted five points confirmed by the NFL, all of which are related to the succession plan: Ownership of the team stays in the Bowlen Trust; the trustees are empowered to act on behalf of the Broncos pursuant to the trust agreement; the trustees have authority to select one child to become controlling owner or to sell the team; the trust is operating under the rules and regulations of the NFL; and the trustees’ actions have been consistent with Pat Bowlen’s plan. In their response, Klemmer and Wallace said that if arbitration began, Goodell not serve as the arbitrator. The timeline of the Broncos’ ownership saga: May: Wallace declares her desire to succeed her father as controlling owner. The trustees responded to Wallace’s announcement by saying she was “was not capable or qualified at this time” to run the Broncos. October: Brittany Bowlen, now 29, said it was her intention to succeed her father. October: Bill Bowlen filed a lawsuit demanding Ellis, Slivka and Kelly be stripped of their duties. Bowlen previously supported Wallace’s candidacy to replace her father, which meant the lawsuit was viewed as an end-around of sorts to get the trustees out of Wallace’s path to run the Broncos. November: The trustees asked the court to delay progress in the Bowlen lawsuit so the NFL could determine whether the dispute is an “ownership/team” issue or a “family” issue and requested league involvement via arbitration with Wallace and Klemmer even though they were not named in Bill Bowlen’s lawsuit. Early December: Bill Bowlen’s attorneys objected to the stay request, pointing out that he does not own a part of the Broncos and thus should not fall under the league’s jurisdiction. Mid-March: Back in court, Judge Charles Pratt declined motions by the trustees to dismiss the lawsuit and by Bill Bowlen to stay the NFL’s potential involvement via arbitration. Monday: Ellis said Brittany Bowlen will rejoin the Broncos in a “senior management position” within the next year, starting a potential path to succeeding her father and taking over the trustees’ duties. On Monday, Ellis said the lawsuit filed by Bill Bowlen has not become a distraction within the Broncos’ organization even though it involves three people (Ellis, Slivka and Kelly) who run the team on a day-to-day basis and are charged with selecting Pat Bowlen’s successor. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] “I have to tell you: The executive staff, head coach (Vic Fangio), (general manager) John Elway — everybody in our building as managed to not make it a distraction at all,” Ellis said. In the last month, Ellis said he addressed every department of the Broncos’ organization and “pretty much every employee” and provided an update on the lawsuit. “I didn’t really play my hand as to some of my personal feelings about it,” Ellils said. “I just told them I appreciated their hard work, their efforts and their ability to stay focused on their tasks at hand. Everybody in the company has done a great job at that. “For me and my fellow trustees, it’s a distraction we have to deal with. I wish I didn’t, but we do and we’re carrying out Pat’s plan. I know what he wanted. Rich and Mary know what he wanted. That’s all I can do and deal with what comes at me in terms of those who think that’s otherwise.”
27 Mar 19
WHNT.com

PHOENIX (AP) — Pass interference, whether flagged or not, can be challenged by coaches and reviewed by officials next season. NFL team owners voted Tuesday on a one-year trial basis to include those often-controversial penalties in the officiating replay review system. Coaches still will have two challenges per game, and in the final two minutes […]

27 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

Mark Murphy: Packers discussing Canadian preseason game with Raiders https://ift.tt/2UbAHiz Mark Murphy: Packers discussing Canadian preseason game with Raiders Posted by Curtis Crabtree on March 26, 2019, 10:09 PM EDT Getty Images Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said at the league meetings […]

27 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

Isaiah Crowell set to visit Raiders https://ift.tt/2Ystie7 Isaiah Crowell set to visit Raiders Posted by Josh Alper on March 26, 2019, 10:02 PM EDT Getty Images Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock indicated the team will wait until after the draft to determine whether […]

27 Mar 19
Archy Worldys

21:50 ET Kevin SeifertNFL nation Shut down ESPN.com national NFL author ESPN.com NFC North Reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 PHOENIX – NFL owners on Tuesday approved a massive philosophical expansion of their replay verification system. They bowed to pressure from coaches and fans outraged by a failed pass interval in the […]

27 Mar 19
Boston Herald
PHOENIX — The NFL passed a significant rule change in the final hour of its annual league meeting, making all pass interference calls — and non-calls — subject to replay review. The new rule comes on the heels of a controversial no-call that went a long way in deciding the outcome of the NFC Championship Game. With less than two minutes remaining and the Saints driving, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman blasted receiver Tommylee Lewis before the ball arrived. The pass fell incomplete, and no flag was thrown. If defensive pass interference had been called, the Saints likely would have been able to run out the clock and kick the game-winning field goal. Under the new rule, such a play is subject to challenge by coaches until the final two minutes, when booth review takes over. The rule is in effect for one year and will be reassessed after the 2019 season. Naturally, Saints coach Sean Payton was pushing hard for a change. “I think it’s more about the football element (than a personal victory),” Payton told reporters. “This isn’t going to be perfect always, and we know that. The mere shape of the ball tells you it’s not going to bounce the same way. But these are fouls that the analysts are able to point and say, ‘Hey, they’re the most impactful fouls.’ I think we got it right.’” Falcons CEO and President Rich McKay, the chairman of the NFL’s competition committee, recognized Payton’s contributions. “Sean was great on the committee,” McKay said. “He’s got an opinion and he knows how to express it and he’s articulate with it. And he had a great point of view.” The new rule would have impacted a critical play in Super Bowl LIII, as well. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the competition committee said pass interference would have been called on replay review versus Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore with 4:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. Gilmore subtly grabbed the left arm of Brandin Cooks, and Cooks was unable to haul in a pass at the 1-yard line. On the ensuing play, Rams quarterback Jared Goff tried a similar throw and was intercepted by Pats safety Duron Harmon. New England held a 10-3 lead at the time. The Patriots have previously advocated for all plays to become reviewable. In past years, their proposals did not pass. “We don’t have any proposals on the table this year,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said yesterday morning at the coaches’ breakfast. “There are several out there, we’ll see how it goes. Some big decisions.” Owners voted 31-1 in favor of making pass interference part of the replay/challenge system. “I personally believe it was the fact that every club wanted to get, and the league wanted to get these plays right,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a press conference after the vote. “Replay is to get it right. And ultimately people compromised, I think, on long-held views because they want to get the system right. They want to get the play right.”
27 Mar 19
Boston Herald
Fantasy sports betting company DraftKings unveiled its new Boston headquarters Tuesday morning. Company executives showed off their new digs near Copley Square in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood with a ribbon-cutting and tour attended by Gov. Charlie Baker and city officials. “DraftKings made a big statement here about the city of Boston and in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Baker. “They really want this to be their home. As a company that’s growing like crazy in a very fast-moving and fast-growing industry, that’s a great signal for people here in the commonwealth.” Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO of DraftKings, touted the new 150,000-square-foot facility as one of the largest single-floor office plans in Boston, doubling the size of its previous office near South Station. “Massachusetts has been home to DraftKings since our inception, and we take immense pride in being part of the vibrant technology community here,” said Robins. “Our new headquarters will foster innovation while providing a true home-field advantage as we work toward our goal of being the ultimate sports entertainment destination for fans.” #gallery-1593635-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1593635-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1593635-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1593635-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: The DraftKings logo is seen in the company’s lobby on March 26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: A worker is seen at DraftKings’ new headquarters on March 26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: Workers are seen in a “huddle” space at DraftKings’ new headquarters on March 26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: A hockey-themed “huddle” space is seen at DraftKings’ new headquarters on March 26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, left, leads Boston’s Economic Development Chief John Barros and Gov. Charlie Baker on a tour of the company’s office on March 26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: Gov. Charlie Baker signs a pole during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at DraftKings’ new headquarters on March 26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, left, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, founders Matthew Kalish and Paul Liberman, Boston’s Economic Development Chief John Barros and Gov. Charlie Baker participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new headquarters on March 26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26: DraftKings co-founders Paul Liberman, left, CEO Jason Robins and Matthey Kalish are seen at the company’s new headquarters on March 26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) According to DraftKings, the company has more than 700 employees, 65 percent of which — approximately 435 people — were hired last year alone. The new Back Bay headquarters is equipped with professional production and podcast studios with a focus on in-house content. DraftKings’ expansion comes as the U.S. Supreme Court overturned The Professional And Amateur Sports Protection Act last May, allowing states to determine their own sports gambling laws. Baker’s office estimated sports betting in the commonwealth would haul in $35 million in tax revenue in fiscal year 2020. In January, Baker introduced a sports gambling bill approving wagering lounges at the three licensed casino operations in Massachusetts as well as online sports wagering. Daily fantasy sports contests are already legal but are currently untaxed in the state. Baker’s bill would put a 12.5 percent tax on online operators like DraftKings, while sports wagering inside casinos would be taxed at 10 percent. Baker and Robins said legalized sports wagering would bring in new sports-tech jobs and tax revenues for local communities. “Our preferred option would be that this is something the Legislature takes up before they break for summer, which would probably be somewhere around August,” said Baker. “That would be the timeline that would make sense, because that would land before the start of the next NFL season.” “We think that consumers want to have an opportunity to bet legally on sports,” said Robins, adding that Americans place $150 billion a year in illegal sports bets. “That just shows people want it. So why not create a safe, legal environment, make some tax dollars for the state and create great jobs and opportunities for employees like ours?” DraftKings was founded in 2012 and is a pioneer in the daily fantasy sports industry, most recently partnering with various casinos in states that authorize sports betting.
27 Mar 19
IPO EMPIRE

Pass interference now reviewable by NFL officials  ESPN Sean Payton wants changes to replay and officiating, so NFL owners must decide if they do too  Yahoo Sports NFL will allow pass interference, including non-calls, to be reviewed on replay in major rule shift  USA TODAY NFL owners plan late night of replay discussion  ESPN NFL makes big change to […]

27 Mar 19
My Pearland News

The 53-year-old former NFL player who played with the Cowboys from 1988-1999, recently shared an Instagram post of himself in a hospital bed.   The post with the Instagram says: “Spent Sun & Mon in LA at UCLA medical Health (Ronald Reagan Hospital) doing health test. I would not usually do this but this I need to […]

27 Mar 19
News Trends & Tech

This week, NFL owners voted 31-1 in favor of expanded instant replay. Bengals owner Mike Brown was reportedly the lone negative vote.            from Cincinnati – Home https://ift.tt/2JKezYA

27 Mar 19
Timothy Sumer

Sports News by Timothy Sumer – NFL owners voted 31-1 to make offensive and defensive pass interference calls and non-calls reviewable in 2019, the NFL announced Tuesday from the annual league meetings in Phoenix. from Reuters: Sports News https://ift.tt/2HNTsTJ via Timothy Sumer