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NFL Network and NFL RedZone No Longer Available on DISH and Sling TV

LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2020: As of 9 pm ET NFL Network and NFL RedZone are no longer available to DISH and Sling TV subscribers.  While NFL Media remains committed to negotiating an agreement and has offered terms consistent with those in place with other distributors, DISH has not agreed.​

Without a distribution agreement in place for NFL Network and NFL RedZone, DISH and Sling subscribers will miss out on daily shows Good Morning FootballNFL Total Access and NFL Now and a newly launched Player’s Choice series featuring classic games and long-form storytelling from the NFL Films archive.  

For the upcoming season, NFL Network remains the only place to watch all 65 preseason games, including a record 23 live out-of-market games. Regular season action on NFL Network continues with a slate of exclusive games kicking off with a trio of matchups at the start of the NFL Season in addition to two Saturday doubleheaders in Weeks 15 & 16. In addition to games, Sunday coverage on NFL Network features the most comprehensive pregame show on television – the Emmy-nominated NFL GameDay Morning.

An icon of the sports programming landscape, NFL RedZone takes fans from game to game to see the most exciting plays as they happen.  With host Scott Hanson, fans can follow the best of live NFL action from across the country and every touchdown from every game Sunday afternoons.

NFL content has never been more popular across the media landscape.  According to the Nielsen Company, 180 million people tuned into the 2019 NFL regular season with an average of 16.5 million watching per game. NFL games accounted for 47 of the 50 most-watched TV shows among all programming during the 2019 regular season.

As the only network 100% dedicated to coverage of America’s most popular sports league, NFL Network is committed to serving the millions of NFL fans by reaching fair distribution agreements with the pay-TV industry. 

NFL Network continues to be widely distributed across the United States, including distribution agreements with major cable, satellite, telco, and OTT providers throughout the country — including DirecTV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Verizon FiOS, Fubo TV, Altice USA Optimum and Cox .

Please visit www.getnflnetwork.com to learn more.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

HBO SPORTS AND NFL FILMS RETURN WITH HARD KNOCKS: LOS ANGELES, CHRONICLING THE PRESEASON OF THE CHARGERS AND RAMS

HBO SPORTS® AND NFL FILMS RETURN WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED EDITION OF TELEVISION’S MOST ACCLAIMED SPORTS REALITY FRANCHISE

WHEN HARD KNOCKS: LOS ANGELES,

CHRONICLING THE PRESEASON OF THE CHARGERS AND RAMS

DEBUTS AUGUST 11, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

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HBO Sports, NFL Media And NFL Films 

Announce Multi-Year Renewal Of The Franchise

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HBO Sports, NFL Films and the two Los Angeles-based NFL franchises are teaming up for an unprecedented and unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: LOS ANGELES kicks off its five-episode season this summer. One of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV, the 15th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy®-winning series debuts TUESDAY, AUG. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with other hour-long episodes of the first sports-based reality series debuting subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 8 season finale.

HARD KNOCKS will have encore plays Wednesday nights and will be available to stream on HBO via HBO Max and partners’ platforms.

In an unprecedented programming move, the 2020 edition of the venerable series will spotlight both Los Angeles NFL teams: The Los Angeles Chargers of the AFC West and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFC West. The two franchises are set to share the spectacular new 70,000-seat SoFi stadium that is nearing completion in Inglewood, California.​

The arrival of HARD KNOCKS each August is a unique NFL tradition and NFL FILMS and HBO Sports are making plans for an all-new season of the most acclaimed serialized sports series on television. 

One of sports television’s most successful and enduring partnerships, HBO Sports, NFL Media and NFL Films have reached agreement on a multi-year extension of the HARD KNOCKS franchise. 

“The HARD KNOCKS franchise continues to excel as the preeminent sports reality series,” says Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports.  “Our partnership with NFL Films, which dates back to 1977, consistently produces groundbreaking television programming. We are grateful to the Chargers and Rams organizations to be able to present the 2020 training camp experience.”

“NFL Films cherishes the relationship we’ve had with HBO for over four decades, and specifically with the HARD KNOCKS franchise since 2001,” says NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover. “To be able to announce this extension as we embark on an unprecedented two team series this summer brings us incredible pride and only heightens our excitement for the return of football.”

Camera crews will head to southern California in the next few weeks to begin filming, with the action heating up in August when the cinéma vérité show focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches.

Under fourth-year head coach Sean McVay, the Rams are just a season removed from a Super Bowl appearance and have a roster featuring an intriguing mix of high-profile players, established veterans, and free-agent acquisitions. 

After an injury-plagued 2019 campaign, the Los Angeles Chargers are looking for a return to the winning formula that helped them finish tied for the AFC’s best record in 2018. Led by fourth-year head coach Anthony Lynn, the Chargers overhauled roster features young, rising stars on both sides of the ball, a new quarterback behind center and an influx of veteran talent added this offseason.

Both franchises will also be debuting new logos and uniforms when they open their new, state-of-the-art SoFi Stadium home later this year. 

Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn said, “Having been part of Hard Knocks before when I was with the New York Jets, my biggest takeaway from that whole experience was that you get out of it what you put into it. There’s a reason that season was probably the most popular Hard Knocks ever. If you’re going to do a show, do it right. You can’t fake it. We didn’t have a problem providing access because we built a relationship with the crew. There was a mutual trust that exists to this day with those people, and many of them will actually be working on this year’s show. Broadcasting your internal business all over the world isn’t something you regularly want to do, but in a year with as many challenges as this one has had, I’m glad we can be part of bringing football back to the fans this summer.”

“We are looking forward to having Hard Knocks in our camp this year,” said Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay.  “Hard Knocks always offers a rare opportunity for our fans to see our players’ hard work to prepare for the season, as well as gives them a peek behind the curtain to observe these guys off the field, too.  This year will be special because the show will also get an unprecedented look at SoFi Stadium, Stan Kroenke’s vision for professional football in L.A.”

Dedicated NFL Films production crews will be in both southern California training camps, shooting more than 2,300 hours of footage over the course of the series, offering an inside look at the daily rigors of an NFL training camp. With access to players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields, HARD KNOCKS will document hours of conditioning practices and meetings, chronicling players as they compete for a roster spot and bond off the field.

HBO has aired 72 memorable episodes and one anniversary special in its first 14 seasons.  No other sports reality series can match the production excellence, critical acclaim, awards and audience numbers posted by HARD KNOCKS. Episodes have averaged four million viewers over the past four years. 

Winner of 18 Sports Emmy® Awards to date, HARD KNOCKS launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, subsequently spotlighting the Cowboys (2008), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), New York Jets (2010), Miami Dolphins (2012), Bengals (2013), Atlanta Falcons (2014), Houston Texans (2015) and Los Angeles Rams (2016). The 2017 edition chronicled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and captured the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Serialized Documentary. The widely acclaimed 2018 series with the Cleveland Browns earned two Sports Emmy® Awards for production excellence. HARD KNOCKS has won a Sports Emmy® every year it has aired since 2008.​

Eight of the last ten teams featured on HARD KNOCKS have equaled or improved their win-loss record in the regular season. The Cleveland Browns launched the transformation of their organization on HBO and went from a winless 2017 season to coming within half a game (7-8-1) of a .500 campaign.  The 2019 season saw the Raiders improve their record to 7-9 from the previous year’s 4-12 mark.  The series featuring the iconic Raider franchise averaged 4.3 million viewers per episode, generating the highest viewership for the show since 2015 and the second-best viewership numbers for HARD KNOCKS in the past ten years.

Washington Post wrote, “Turning football players into people is what HBO’s HARD KNOCKS series does so well. The massive scope, meticulous editing and time-hopping special effects that highlight a production under massive time constraints are all impressive, but it’s the film crew’s access to NFL players that makes the program special.”  USA Todaysaid, “Players’ lives and their hopes and dreams play out each NFL preseason on HARD KNOCKS. It’s that month-long human drama that makes the show so profoundly compelling.”

Winner of 129 Sports Emmy® Awards, NFL Films remains a gold standard in sports television, providing unprecedented access to and legendary storytelling about the sport of professional football. NFL Films is a part of NFL Media, the owned and operated media division of the National Football League, which is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, the NFL App, NFL.com and NFL RedZone.

HARD KNOCKS: LOS ANGELES will be narrated by Liev Schreiber, marking his 14th season with the show.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

STATEMENT FROM NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL

The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.  

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and to those who have lost loved ones, including the families of Ms. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, the cousin of Tracy Walker of the Detroit Lions.

As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league. These tragedies inform the NFL’s commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action. We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

STATEMENT FROM NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL ON THE PASSING OF DON SHULA

“Don Shula will always be remembered as one of the greatest coaches and contributors in the history of our game. He made an extraordinarily positive impact on so many lives. The winningest coach in NFL history and the only one to lead a team to a perfect season, Coach Shula lived an unparalleled football life. As a player, Hall of Fame coach, and long-time member and co-chair of the NFL Competition Committee, he was a remarkable teacher and mentor who for decades inspired excellence and exemplified integrity. His iconic legacy will endure through his family and continue to inspire generations to come. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Don’s wife Mary Anne along to his children Dave, Donna, Sharon and Mike, the Shula family, and the Dolphins organization.”

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

2020 NFL Draft Plans

2020 NFL Draft Player selection process to proceed April 23-25 and be televised.

Public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas canceled.

In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today. 

The clubs’ selection of players will proceed as scheduled April 23-25. The NFL is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available. The selection process will be televised.

Public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas next month will not take place.

“This decision reflects our foremost priority – the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” said Commissioner Goodell. “While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

NFL STATEMENT ON ANNUAL MEETING

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the clubs today that after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts, the NFL’s annual meeting scheduled for March 29-April 1 has been canceled.

There will be full consideration and votes on any open football issues, including playing rules, bylaws, and resolutions, as well as other business matters that were on the agenda for the Annual Meeting, at the Spring meeting scheduled for March 19-20. Most of the first day will be dedicated to football-related issues. Head coaches and general managers will participate in the meeting.

This decision was made consistent with the league’s primary concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.

We will continue to closely minter developments, consult with leading experts, and be prepared to make any changes necessary as circumstances warrant.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

​​KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB PATRICK MAHOMES WINS PETE ROZELLE TROPHY AS SUPER BOWL LIV MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl LIV Most Valuable Player

Mahomes led Kansas City back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, tied for the second-largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Chiefs became the first team to record three comebacks of at least 10 points in a single postseason in NFL history.

This is the 30th time that a quarterback has won the award and at 24 years and 138 days old, Mahomes is the youngest quarterback and third-youngest player to win the Super Bowl MVP award. 

The youngest players to win Super Bowl MVP:

PLAYERTEAMSUPER BOWLAGE
Marcus AllenHOFL.A. RaidersXVIII23 years, 302 days
Lynn SwannHOFPittsburghX23 years, 317 days
Patrick MahomesKansas CityLIV24 years, 138 days


Mahomes completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown.

The award is chosen by a panel comprised of 16 media members and by fans interactively through the National Football League’s official website, NFL.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

NFL FOUNDATION, THE MIAMI DOLPHINS AND THE MIAMI SUPER BOWL HOST COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTE $2.4M FOR FIVE CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROJECTS

Huddle for 100 Volunteer Project Followed Ribbon Cutting at NFL Youth Education Town


Each year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city, through the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, by giving an annual $1 million contribution from the NFL Foundation. This year, a $2.4 million grant – supported by funding from the NFL Foundation, the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee and the Miami Dolphins – has gone to five different capital improvement projects in several different regional focus areas of South Florida including downtown Miami, Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach and Broward County. Additional support for the projects was provided by South Florida-based partners – the Downtown Development Authority, City of Miami, Miami Foundation, City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade Public Schools, Miami-Dade County, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the Memorial Foundation and Broward County Parks and Recreation.

The Super Bowl Legacy Grant projects will provide children with three youth field refurbishments that converted grass fields to synthetic fields, at Gwen Cherry Park, Goulds Park and Miami Beach Senior High School, new lighting in Bayfront Park as part of downtown Miami’s Baywalk along Biscayne Bay and the creation of an Outdoor Fitness Zone at Plantation Heritage Regional Park in Broward County.  

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer TOM GARFINKEL, Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman and President RODNEY BARRETO, Miami-Dade County Mayor CARLOS A. GIMENEZ, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman AUDREY EDMONSON, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 2 Commissioner JEAN MONESTIME, Gwen Cherry Park Foundation Chairman H.T. SMITH, Miami Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Director MARIA NARDI, Miami Dolphins WR ISAIAH FORD and Legend NAT MOORE and Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver T.Y. HILTON were present for the press conference and ribbon cutting Thursday at Gwen Cherry Park.  

“It’s important for us leave a lasting impact in Miami after Super Bowl LIV concludes,” said NFL Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of NFL Foundation, ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “In partnership with the Super Bowl Host Committee and Miami Dolphins, the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program allows us to positively affect the South Florida community for years to come. We’re proud to partner on a Huddle for 100 project here today as well, as the league has now surpassed 300 million minutes volunteered in celebration of 100 seasons of the NFL.”

The NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city with the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, made possible each year by a $1 million contribution from the NFL Foundation and matched by the Super Bowl Host Committee. This year, the NFL and Miami Super Bowl Host Committee’s grants are focused on creating opportunities for youngsters to play football and engage in athletic competition on improved athletic fields, and residents and visitors alike in South Florida to participate in exercise and outdoor activities in safe and upgraded walking paths and park facilities.  

The ribbon cutting ceremony was immediately followed by a Huddle for 100 volunteer event at the NFL Youth Education Town (YET) at Gwen Cherry Park. Huddle for 100 is the NFL’s season-long initiative to inspire people to donate 100 minutes of their time in honor of the league’s 100th season, with a goal of reaching 100 million minutes of service. Commissioner Goodell announced today that the NFL family has surpassed 300 million minutes volunteered, after surpassing the original goal on Thanksgiving Day. The NFL partnered with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces and the Mission Continues, to beautify and revitalize areas surrounding the park and community center. NFL Legends and players participated alongside 150 volunteers in activities including mulching, gardening, bench building, painting and more. The students in attendance took part in a NFL PLAY 60 clinic on the newly refurbished field as well as spent time giving back through the community activities. 

Commissioner Goodell also did a Super Bowl ticket giveaway for two very deserving brothers – Wallace Aristide, principal of Miami Northwestern Senior High and William Aristide, principal of Booker T. Washington Senior High. The Aristide’s are well-known and beloved leaders in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and are also the first brothers to oversee schools that each took home football state championship titles in different classes at the same time.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

NFL TO RETURN TO MEXICO IN 2020 AND 2021

Building on the tremendous success of NFL games in Mexico, the league will return to Mexico for one game in each of the 2020 and 2021 seasons at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today at his press conference in Miami in advance of Super Bowl LIV.

The date and time of the 2020 Mexico City game, along with the details of the NFL’s 2020 London games, will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule this spring.  The continued success and growth of the NFL’s Mexico initiative is further testament to the league’s commitment to growing the game beyond the borders of the United States.

A look at the previous regular-season games played in Mexico:​

DateOpponents & ScoreAttendance
November 18, 2019Kansas City 24, Los Angeles Chargers 1776,252
November 19, 2017New England 33, Oakland 877,357
November 21, 2016Houston 20, Oakland 2776,473*
October 2, 2005San Francisco 14, Arizona 31103,467**

* first Monday Night Football game to be played outside the U.S.

** first regular season game to be played outside the U.S.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

TORI KELLY TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE 2020 PRO BOWL PRESENTED BY VERIZON

Two-time GRAMMY award winner, TORI KELLY will sing the National Anthem at the 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 26

Tori Kelly’s new album, Inspired by True Events, is out now and Kelly will be heading overseas for her first international headline tour this spring, which follows her sold-out 2019 Acoustic Sessions tour. Produced by Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige), Inspired By True Events (Capitol/School Boy Records) marks a striking departure from the bright and breezy pop of Tori’s 2015 debut album, Unbreakable Smile. Like her 2018 passion project Hiding Place – winner of the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album, with hit single “Never Alone” named Best Gospel Performance/Song – Inspired By True Events keeps centered on her warm yet powerful vocal presence.

The 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD – the third time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks.

Fans can get access to awesome as tickets to the game are on sale now at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Those in attendance can see Kelly’s performance before watching some of their favorite players take the field for the 2020 Pro Bowl. Additional information on the game and Pro Bowl Week festivities is available at ProBowl.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations