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Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:29AM EDT
NFL commissioner thanks President Trump for a new rule removing American ads from the Super Bowl's Canadian broadcast
Canadian viewers prefer watching the much-hyped American commercials during the Super Bowl, so much so that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled last year that CTV had to carry the American ads during the big game. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell objected to the ruling because it devalued CTV's Super Bowl package, preventing it from earning more money by selling local Canadian ads. So with Trump's influence, Canada agreed to drop the provision as part of its involvement in the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “We greatly appreciate President Trump’s leadership and determination in bringing about a resolution to our intellectual property issue in Canada,” said Goodell in a statement.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
ESPN and NFL have a fractured relationship
Source: SportsBusiness Daily
The news last month that the NFL would allow Fox to carry the NFL Draft on network TV for the first time was seen as a slap in the face to ESPN, which created the draft as a TV event 38 years ago. Turns out it's part of a bitter battle between the two partners, with the NFL increasingly upset with ESPN's negative journalism coverage of the league. Meanwhile, ESPN is miffed that it has been paying the most money for NFL rights, but receiving the least attractive games for Monday Night Football. Now it's up to new ESPN president James Pitaro to fix that strained relationship.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 4:40PM EST
Female sports reporter recalls an NFL Network executive asking if she would “plan on getting knocked up” if she was hired
Source: USA Today
Lindsay McCormick, who previously hosted several ESPN shows, made the accusation on Instagram one day after several analysts were suspended from NFL Network for alleged sexual harassment. Another female sports reporter, ESPN alum Britt McHenry tweeted: “Not surprised in the slightest about one of the names in the NFL Network sexual harassment allegation. Leave it at that.”
- Ex-NFL Network employee Warren Sapp didn't dispute some of the sexual harassment accusations: The Dancing With the Stars alum said today he brought vibrators to work for "general conversation" and it wasn't "about sex. “Where is the harassment at?” Sapp said in a radio interview. “I’m the notorious one. I’m always the bad guy. That’s why I’m in here today. Ain’t no #metoo, nothing. No sexual harassment. You are not going to put that on me.”
- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL Network takes the sexual harassment lawsuit "very seriously"
Posted Sunday 10/08/17 at 2:43AM EDT
David Letterman was a surprise guest at Peyton Manning’s statue unveiling in Indianapolis
Manning first became a Late Show guest 20 years ago, months before being drafted as quarterback of Letterman’s hometown Indianapolis Colts. Manning never went on any other late-night show during Dave's tenure. He even surprised Letterman by helping deliver the final Top 10 list in 2015. On Saturday, Letterman returned the favor with a six-minute speech saluting the future hall of famer and all he’s done for Indianapolis. The visit also gave Letterman the chance to sit next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Posted Thursday 9/07/17 at 3:13PM EDT
NFL commissioner to be greeted by 70,000 clown-face towels at tonight’s Patriots-Chiefs season kickoff
Source: Sports Illustrated
Barstool Sports spent $140,000 for “Operation Clown Face” — featuring an image of Roger Goodell’s face with a clown nose that will be distributed to attendees of tonight’s game.