When the NFL holds it's annual Hall of Fame ceremony on August 4th, one new member of the Hall of Fame won't even get a mention. The NFL has decided that Terrell Owen's name will not be announced during either the Gold Jacket ceremony Friday or the induction ceremony Saturday. This is due to the controversial former wide receiver's decision to skip the ceremony.
Owens declined his invitation to the ceremony back in June after he failed to be voted in during his first two years on the ballot:
Instead of making the trip to Canton, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga product will be giving his Hall of Fame speech at his alma mater.
Owens' decision to skip the official induction ceremony is unprecedented. As a result, Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker released a statement via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, to address the matter.
"We are disappointed but will respect Terrell's decision not to participate in the enshrinement," Baker said. "While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL's 99th season."
Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan also weighed in on the issue. "The focus is on the guys who are here," Horrigan said, via Talk of Fame Network's Clark Judge, adding: "There's no reason to bring him up as an individual. He's not here."
While Owens will not be a part of the official ceremony, he and seven other legends will achieve football immortality. Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher will be inducted alongside Owens in the Class of 2018.
The NFL Players Association is filing a grievance against the NFL, challenging that the league's new national anthem policy "infringes on player rights."
The NFLPA announced this Tuesday morning, about six weeks after league owners informally voted to pass a policy that threatens fines for acts of protest on the sideline during the national anthem. Players have been invited to remain behind in the locker room as an alternative to taking action on the sideline.
"Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy," the NFLPA wrote in its statement. "The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.
"In advance of our filing today, we proposed to the NFL to begin confidential discussions with the NFLPA Executive Committee to find a solution to this issue instead of immediately proceeding with litigation. The NFL has agreed to proceed with those discussions and we look forward to starting them soon."
League owners first discussed the policy during their meetings in March and passed it without a formal vote during May meetings. Players and their union didn't have a part of creating this policy.
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Last season in the NFL, we learned about allegations of sexual and racial misconduct against then owner of the Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson. After a lengthy investigation, Richardson stepped away from the team, leading to it's eventual sale. Now the NFL is finally responding to the investigation and allegations by fining the former owner $2.75 million.
U.S. Attorney and SEC Chairman Mary Jo White conducted the investigation, which substantiated “claims that have been made, and identified no information that would either discredit the claims made or that would undermine the veracity of the employees who have made those claims,” the NFL said.
A Sports Illustrated article revealed that at least four employees received “significant” monetary settlements due to Richardson’s “inappropriate workplace comments and conduct.” After the story broke, Richardson announced plans to sell the Panthers and stepped back from day-to-day operations.
Last month, league owners approved a potential sale to billionaire businessman David Tepper. The transaction is expected to close over the next two weeks.
Much of the $2.75 million fine will go to various organizations fighting race and gender-based issues in the workplace and beyond.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is reportedly facing a four-game NFL suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN reported the news Friday and noted the ban is in the appeal process.
Edelman missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL during the preseason.
Edelman made 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns while playing all 16 games in 2016. He's tallied 425 receptions for 4,540 yards and 24 scores since the Pats selected the converted quarterback in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.
If the suspension is upheld, Edelman would miss games against the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins. He'd be eligible to return for the team's Week 5 clash with the Indianapolis Colts.
As the NFL owners meet in Atlanta this week, one of the major decisions on the table is where will the league hold the 2019 NFL Draft. From 1964 to 2014, there was never a question about where the NFL would hold it's annual event that sees the top collegiate football players learn where they will play for the foreseeable future. The draft would always be held in New York City. Chicago was the lucky city to be the first non-NYC host as they held the showcase in 2015 and 2016. Philadelphia hosted in 2017 and Dallas was the most recent host in 2018.
Now as the question of where pops up again, the city of Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Titans, looks to be the 2019 favorite.
In February, the NFL announced five finalists to host either the 2019 or 2020 draft: Nashville, Denver, Cleveland/Canton, Kansas City and Las Vegas.
Per the report, the league isn't looking for a "buttoned-up draft." The NFL wants its prospective host cities to "reinvent the wheel" in its plans for the draft and to put together an event that takes on the "personality of its host city.
Nashville seems like the perfect venue as it is a great mix of sports town and entertainment city. Despite the NFL saying they really didn't think music was necessary to lure in fans, Nashville promises that if they host, music will be a major part of the deal. Simply put, other cities can't do music like Nashville can.
CBS and NBC’s run of broadcasting Thursday Night Football games is over, as Fox Sports has landed rights to the NFL’s Thursday night package for the next five years.
The agreement encompasses 11 regular-season games between weeks four and 15 (excluding Thanksgiving night, which NBC will continue to broadcast).
Fox will produce 18 games in total, seven of which will be broadcast solely on NFL Network. Fox will gain some rights to distribute both its Thursday and Sunday games to Fox subscribers over mobile phones and other digital outlets, but the NFL retains rights to find a digital partner to livestream the Thursday games. The league expects to name one over the course of the next few weeks.
Fox will pay more than $3 billion, according to sources, which puts the deal in the $650 million-per-season neighborhood. Fox will shell out roughly $60 million a game, up from the $45 million a game CBS and NBC were paying.
WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon stunned the sports media world by announcing he’s giving professional football a second try. Less than a week after making an appearance on the 25th anniversary broadcast of WWE Monday Night Raw, McMahon announced the creation of the new XFL.
While the new XFL will use the same name of the league McMahon and NBC tried for one season in 2001, it won’t rely on flashy cheerleaders and antics as its predecessor did, he said. McMahon said he is the sole funding source for the league, which is slated to begin in January 2020.
Plans call for eight teams with 40-player rosters in cities to be determined, with four teams making the playoffs. The season will begin in late January or early February and run for 10 weeks. No broadcast or streaming deals are in place as yet.
He added that there would be no crossover of WWE talent into the league and that he would not be the frontman of the new league as he was with the original. He went on to say that XFL games would have a faster pace and his goal was to get them to two hours. In addition, McMahon stated that the league would be a single entity and would not use the franchise model.
Snoop Dogg has been a big supporter of Colin Kaepernick, whether it has been supporting Kap's protest or helping him get to his goal of $1 million donated to charity. On the financial side, Snoop had already pledged to give $10K to Mothers Against Police Brutality in Dallas, TX, which was matched by Kaepernick. Now the "Drop It Like It's Hot" rapper is adding an additional $15K to the cause, bringing the total donation to $35K. The best part, this bring the overall donation total to $940K, just $60K away from completing the #MillionDollarPledge.
Kaep’s 2016 campaign called on citizens to help donate to organizations aimed at societal change. Over that time frame, they’ve donated to over 40 different organizations. With the goal getting closer, Kaep is kicking it into gear. On Jan. 17, the NFL free agent announced that he and 10 friends would be donating the last $100,000 over the next 10 days, which he helmed the #10for10 campaign.
The Chicago Bears have found a new general to lead their team. The team is set to officially introduce Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach in a Tuesday (Jan 9) press conference.
Nagy, 39, replaces John Fox, who was fired after posting a 14-34 record in three seasons.
The Bears interviewed five candidates before meeting with Nagy on Sunday, the day after the Chiefs' playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Nagy spent the last 10 seasons coaching under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. Reid promoted Nagy to Chiefs offensive coordinator this year -- Nagy served as Kansas City's co-offensive coordinator in 2016 -- and officially relinquished playcalling duties to the young assistant late in 2017. Kansas City won four in a row to close out the regular season before Saturday's collapse against the Titans.
Prior to 2016, Nagy spent three seasons as Kansas City's quarterbacks coach and worked closely with veteran Alex Smith, who made his first Pro Bowl in 2013.
Nagy will be the play-caller for Mitch Trubisky, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The Bears would like to keep defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but are aware their defensive coordinator has other options.