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The NY Giants fire their Head Coach McAdoo and General Manager Reese….

’bout time….

Both Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese are canned as the Giants continue to spiral and now sit at 2-10.

The Giants have fired Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese, the Daily News confirmed.

Benching Eli Manning and making the franchise quarterback cry for the world to see was the last straw for McAdoo. Reese, despite two Super Bowl wins in his first season of 2007 and in 2011, has missed the playoffs five of the past six seasons primarily due to his mismanagement of the roster and draft.

Only 10 of Reese’s 43 draft picks from 2010-2015 remain on the team. And his refusal this offseason to upgrade the offensive line was nothing short of malpractice. He was spared two years ago when Tom Coughlin was shown the door but couldn’t survive a second plummeting of the team on his watch.

Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch also canned McAdoo as head coach Monday morning, less than two full seasons into a four-year contract, with the Giants an unthinkable 2-10 coming off Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Raiders at the Black Hole in Oakland. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over duties as head coach, with assistant GM Kevin Abrams as GM, according to NFL Network….

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Kneeling isn’t hurting the NFL…Overexposure is….

The idea has been brought up that the kneeling during the national anthem was the causing the National Football owners a loss in viewership….

A few of those owners have been quietly expressing frustration with the continuing of the action by their players…

But the Wall Street Journal is out with different reason for a decline in people watching NFL games…

Too much product ….

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Media executives are rallying around an explanation for the National Football League’s declining TV ratings: too much football available in too many places.

Total NFL ratings through the first seven weeks have declined 5% compared with last year and about 15% versus the same stretch in 2015, which was a very strong season for the league.

The league’s aggressive media strategy in recent years has led to a flurry of new offerings: an increase of Thursday night games; games available on Verizon mobile phones and Amazon’s streaming service; highlights on the NFL-owned cable channel RedZone and social-media platforms; and full-game replays on an NFL subscription service called GamePass.

The fear among TV executives is that this has backfired, devaluing the programming.

“I think there’s a question mark for the NFL, which is just to think hard about how they are licensing,”…

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Trump help’s NFL players and Owners bond….

The more he makes noise about the players kneeling?

The more he forces the owners to back the players , who make them money…..

Atta Guy Donald !

Donald Trump inadvertently may have guaranteed there is no work stoppage in the NFL in 2021.

The 10-year collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season and NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith said in August, “I think that the likelihood of either a strike or a lockout is almost a virtual certainty.”

Smith, a former trial lawyer and litigation partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm, is a natural at agitating and lives for confrontation. He has four more years to get the players worked up. Of course, half of them will be out of the league by then.

His posturing had already begun… and along came Trump.

The moment Trump called any player who was not standing for the National Anthem a “son of a bitch,” he created a bond between the players and the owners that had never before existed. The owners had to defend the players. The players appreciated the support of the owners.

Even though seven owners had contributed $1 million to either Trump’s campaign or inauguration, they had to side with their employees…..

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The NFL will NOT discipline players who continue to kneel…

Donald Trump loses another one…..

We still have the right of free speech and expression in America…

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the National Football League’s decision to not discipline players who take a knee during the national anthem, calling it a “total disrespect” to the United States.

“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!” the president wrote on Twitter.

On Tuesday, following a meeting with owners and players, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league would not force players to stand for the national anthem….

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NFL Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott free to play for th next two weeks….

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A federal judge opened a big hole for Ezekiel Elliott Tuesday granting a temporary restraining order blocking the NFL’s efforts to suspend the Dallas Cowboys running back for six games over domestic abuse allegations.

The ruling allows Elliott to suit up for Sunday’s Week 7 away game against the San Francisco 49ers, and the game the week after against Washington.

Elliott, whose case has more twists and turns than a busted play, won the latest round in his ongoing contest after a Judge Paul Crotty cited the immediate harm Elliott faced by being sidelined.

The restraining order is in place until Oct. 30….

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Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL….Players continue to kneel…

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He’s probably done with the National Football League…

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL on Sunday, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests during the national anthem.

Kaepernick started a national conversation about political activism by athletes last season when he decided to sit, and then kneel, during the anthem to bring attention to mistreatment of African-Americans by police. Other players have continued the protests this season, prompting an angry response from President Donald Trump, who said players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of last season and remains a free agent despite a rash of injuries and poor play at the quarterback position.

Mark Geragos, one of Kaepernick’s attorneys, said in a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday that he filed the grievance “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”….

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There WHERE NFL players that DID kneel before the games yesterday , even after Donald Trump claimed to have have ‘won’ in getting the NFL head Goodell to issue a letter to his bosses the team owners…

Owners are NOT gonna inflame this issue for Trump’s ego…

Major Media coverage on this was ABSENT yesterday…It was left to second tier outfits to report something Trump would NOT like to hear….I wonder why?

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott NFL 6-game ban upheld by Federal Appeals court…

It is unknown if the  Elliott will try another court or just take the six came rip….

The chances of beating the suspension are remote due to the Players Union contract with the league…

The case involved a domestic incident….

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A federal appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations on Thursday, siding with the league in the latest high-profile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field behavior.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans granted the league’s emergency request to set aside an injunction and ordered a district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott’s case.

The case may not be done yet and further appeals were possible. One of Elliott’s representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players’ union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in Ohio and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott, one of the league’s standout running backs. The Cowboys have a bye this weekend.

The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league’s labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete….

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Anthem Protests Grow to a Nationwide Rebuke of Trump on Football Fields….

They were peaceful on the pro-football sidelines ….

And none supportered Donald Trump’s point of view…

And then the guys went out and played ball….

On three teams, nearly all the football players skipped the national anthem altogether. Dozens of others, from London to Los Angeles, knelt or locked arms on the sidelines, joined by several team owners in a league normally friendly to President Trump. Some of the sport’s biggest stars joined the kind of demonstration they have steadfastly avoided.

It was an unusual, sweeping wave of protest and defiance on the sidelines of the country’s most popular game, generated by Mr. Trump’s stream of calls to fire players who have declined to stand for the national anthem in order to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.

What had been a modest round of anthem demonstrations this season led by a handful of African-American players mushroomed and morphed into a nationwide, diverse rebuke to Mr. Trump, with even some of his staunchest supporters in the N.F.L., including several owners, joining in or condemning Mr. Trump for divisiveness.

Julius Thomas, a Miami Dolphins tight end who had previously stood for the anthem, knelt for it on Sunday with several players.

“To have the president trying to intimidate people — I wanted to send a message that I don’t condone that,” Thomas said, echoing the opinion of most N.F.L. players. “I’m not O.K. with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important.”

But the acts of defiance received a far more mixed reception from fans, both in the stadiums and on social media, suggesting that what were promoted as acts of unity might have exacerbated a divide and dragged yet another of the country’s institutions into the turbulent cross currents of race and politics…..

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Trump goes after Pro Football players….

Of which a good amount happen to be black and brown in addition to being white…..(Yes I’m going THERE)

The NFL is getting too soft for the President.

Lost in the outrage over Donald Trump calling for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem, was his take that protecting player safety is ruining the game.

“Today, if you hit too hard, 15 yards, throw him out of the game,” Trump said while throwing a pretend penalty flag during his campaign-style rally in Alabama Friday night. “They’re ruining the game, right? They’re ruining the game. It’s hurting the game.”

In his rambling speech, Trump said he watched the NFL “for a couple of minutes” and said he saw a “beautiful tackle” that resulted in a flag.

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Trump also took credit for the NFL’s TV ratings being down “massively.”

“Now the No. 1 reason happens to be, they like watching what’s happening with your truly.”….

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Tony Romo to retire to the broadcast booth….

Smart man…..

Save his shoulder and make money with a earlier schedule….

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is leaving football and going into broadcasting, even with Dallas planning to release him Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN.

Romo has received interest from CBS, Fox and NBC, and can choose to be a color commentator where he wants. That move could come as early as Tuesday, sources said.

But the decision to leave football already has been made. His run as the Cowboys’ quarterback — and an NFL player — officially ends Tuesday.

 

Dallas is expected to designate Romo as a post-June 1 release, softening the blow against the Cowboys’ cap this season. Instead of counting $24.7 million in 2017, Romo would count $10.7 million this year and $8.9 million in 2018. The Cowboys would gain $14 million in cap space, but it would not become available until June 2. But after Tuesday, Romo will no longer be with the Cowboys.

Romo’s decision came down to his health, sources close to the situation told ESPN. Romo, who turns 37 on April 21, believes his family and his health are paramount at this time in his life. He was limited to playing in just parts of five games over the past two seasons because of collarbone and back injuries, and he suffered a compression fracture in his back last August that led to him ultimately giving way to Dak Prescott…..

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The National Football League Custom Cleats….

The NFL has encouraged it’s players to sport custom cleets (shoes ) representing for their causes for week 13 of play….

We feature some of them…

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NFL Monday Night Football will come from Mexico Tonight….

The National Football League has the first of 3 annaul games  to be played in Mexico tonight….

This isn’t the first NFL game played there and the game IS a  SELLOUT.

The game is between Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans….

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This week’s “Monday Night Football” game will be played in the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City — the first time the NFL has held a regular season game south of the border since 2005.

Over the last decade, the Hispanic audience for football has boomed. NFL viewership among Hispanics has increased 28% in the past five years alone, according to Nielsen.

The NFL estimates it has about 22 million fans in Mexico, and Mexico City has the seventh largest fan base of any city in North America. (The six other cities are all in the U.S.)

The NFL airs nine games live every week in Mexico.

“The passion of the Mexican fans is consistent with the burgeoning U.S. Hispanic fan base,” the NFL said in a statement.

Tickets for this Monday’s game between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans, which will be held in a stadium with 76,000 seats, sold out in less than a day.

In the U.S., football is the top sport for Hispanic fans, and their devotion to the game is growing.

That’s especially important since sports leagues across the board are fighting to attract people to stadiums, versus watching from home.

“Hispanic sports fans value going to the game more than non-Hispanic viewers,” said Elizabeth Lindsey, a marketing expert at Wasserman. “They still value the live experience.”…

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The NFL is losing viewers….

Me?

I think the League is OVEREXPOSED with games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday and some REALLY bad teams that few want to watch play….

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WNYC also did a thoroughly unscientific poll of New Yorkers in Midtown Manhattan to learn their theories about the sharp decline in the NFL’s viewership….

1. Lacks Intensity
James Waltenburg of Roosevelt Island said he still watches football, but he understands why others may feel uninspired. “A lot of games…[are] very slow moving — not very exciting,” he observed. He cited the recent 6-6 tie between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, saying “Who wants to watch that?”

2. The Legends Have Left
It could also be a matter of mediocrity, according to Mike Bondar of Brooklyn. “I think the quality of the games has gone down. There’s not too many great teams right now,” he said. Unless a game may be beneficial to his own Fantasy Football League, Bondar said the cost-benefit analysis doesn’t work out.

3. Too Political
Josiah Thomas of Manhattan said the NFL is becoming too political for his taste. In what could be interpreted as a diss to outspoken players like Colin Kaepernick, Thomas said he won’t be watching because he’s become “disgusted” with “the attitude of certain players who make an extraordinary amount of money and feel the need to express their disdain for our societal system…[and] deem this a country to be oppressive.”

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The National Football Laegue is losing viewers ….

Could its be an OVER Exposure thing?

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The NFL has been sacked for a loss.

Once considered immune to the audience erosion plaguing the television industry, ratings for the National Football League have slipped through the first four weeks of the season.

TV networks have spent heavily on sports, and the NFL in particular, because of their must-see nature. While more viewers today watch commercial-free streaming services like Netflix or record shows on DVRs and skip the ads, sports programming primarily is still watched live, making it valuable to advertisers.

Combined, ESPN, Fox, NBC and CBS are spending an average of $5 billion a year for football rights through 2021. The games not only score big ratings and ad sales, but are crucial platforms to promote other programming.

This season, network viewership is down about 10% from last season, according to Nielsen data, with steeper declines for prime-time games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. The drop has caught advertisers and rights holders off guard and left them scrambling to find a cause.

“We’re scratching our heads,”….

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Tom Brady will take the 4 game rip….

The New England Patriots NFL star Quarterback Brady has found no joy in the Federal courts which have continually upheld the NFL commissioners right to disciple it’s members….

He’s throw in the towel….

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has decided not to take his legal battle to the Supreme Court and will accept his four-game suspension.

Brady announced his decision on his Facebook page Friday afternoon, issuing the following statement.

“I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process…

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New 2016 NFL rules….

NFL owners wrapped up their annual meetings Wednesday morning by approving two rule changes that had drawn heavy protests from coaches.

For the 2016 season only, players will be subject to automatic ejection if they commit two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the same game. The league has also moved the touchback after kickoffs to the 25-yard line, a change designed to limit the number of returns after injuries rose on the play in 2015.

Both changes were adopted as one-year experiments, to be re-evaluated after the 2016 season. The league followed a similar approach last season when changing the line of scrimmage for extra points to the 15-yard line. The rule was made permanent this week…..

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