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A bit of a look to the NFL for a bit as today is NFL Kickoff Weekend.  More at NFL Business Blog. WHAT TO LOOK FOR – NFL KICKOFF 2008 WEEKEND SUPER STARTERS: There are never any guarantees in the NFL, but there are trends. And they start as early as Kickoff Weekend. History indicates that the best way for a team to start its drive towards a possible Super Bowl championship is to win in Week 1. The 42 Super Bowl winners have a 34-7-1 record in the Kickoff Weekend games of their title seasons. However, as the Super Bowl XLII champion...

Thursday September 4, 2008 is NFL Kickoff Night. To celebrate the return of Football Season, SouthWestNY Restaurant, located at 225 Liberty St./2 World Financial Center will host the Football Reporters Online (FRO) NFL Kickoff Show from 5:30pm-7pm. The staff of FRO, who have well over 100 years of “Football Experience” between them will be broadcasting a live Internet radio show @ www.Blogtalkradio.com/FootballReporters. Why deal with the crowds at Columbus Circle for the NFL’s “Kick Off Party”?? If your not going to the Game...

BRETT FARVE TO THE NEW YORK JETS – PACKERS SCREWED UP You can find over at NFL Business Blog, too, but it’s important. Green Bay Packers Quarterback Brett Farve is now former Packers QB Farve as of today. Marshall Fauk on the trade deal. My personal feeling is that the Green Bay Packers and Head Coach Mike McCarthy in general, really screwed up. I’ll get into that in more detail later. ...

Brett Favre To Tampa Bay Buccaneers – NFL Network According to NFL Network, there’s a good chance that Green Bay Packers quarterback Bret Farve is going to be traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers within 24 hours. So Mark September 28th, 2008 as a day for the Bret Farve Day Against Green Bay. What a story, especially if he wins and wins big. ...

The Scheme in Team Salary July 31, 2008 By Slavica Milosevska for Football Reporters Online Since Walter Camp in 1867 established a simple game of football to just play for fun, nothing about it has been the same. Point rules, regulations, salaries and politics have grown into what is now the NFL. William Pudge Heffelfinger was the first man to be paid to play the game for $500 in 1892, then in 1893, the Pittsburgh Athletic Club signed Grant Dibert to the first known contract. Nearly thirty years later in 1920, the first APFA trade was...

The news is all over the place regarding Brett Farve’s rumored return to play in the NFL. But look, we’ve seen this dance before and frankly I’m tired of it. Look, I’ve cried twice thinking that was the end of the line for this great legend of the game. But geez, can’t we get a chance to miss Brett and wonder what if, rather than see him step on the field and perhaps not do well? What’s the point? To prove that one can play until their 50? To test the benefits of Viagra? I’m curious....

Ok. I like you totally rolled my eye and called my Mom with the latest news of radio personality Don Imus’ latest racial slur. You know after the whole event with the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team and Don Imus referring to them as “Nappy Headed” Whatevers, then losing his job after a dramatic meeting with the classy members of that team, then returning, America was just waiting for Imus to explode with something. Today we got it. Sort of. This is the text of what Imus said from AOL Sports: When one of Imus’s...

This is the video account of Leigh Steinberg’s 22nd Super Bowl Party. This one held at the Botanical Gardens outside Scottsdale, Arizona. The video features an interview with Leigh where he talks about the “Green Initiative” he’s started, Ricky Williams, and “Athletes for Obama.” ...

I met with Oakland’s elected City Attorney and my friend John Russo the day after election day to talk about his unopposed win for a third term, how Oakland has changed, Oakland Politics and the District Three Council race, who Senator Obama should pick as his VP, what Russo’s is proudest of with the evolution of his office, and the talks between the City of Oakland and the Oakland Raiders. Russo explains that the talks are between the Raiders and the Oakland / Alameda County Joint Powers Authority and that they’re...

From NFLMedia.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/2/08 NFL STATEMENT ON LIMITED REINSTATEMENT OF ADAM JONES: Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adam Jones today that, effective immediately, he may participate in organized team activities with the Dallas Cowboys, including training camp and preseason games. In a letter to Jones, Commissioner Goodell wrote that a final determination on his reinstatement for the 2008 regular season will be made by September 1. Commissioner Goodell told Jones that his continued participation in the NFL depends on...

From NFLMedia.com 2008 NFL Unrestricted & Restricted Free-Agent Signings As Of 5/29/08 05/29/2008 2008 NFL UNRESTRICTED & RESTRICTED FREE-AGENT SIGNINGSAS OF 5/29/08(Based on official notification to NFL office) 1) 131 UNRESTRICTED free agents have signed with a NEW team:TEAMPLAYERFORMER TEAMDATE REPORTEDArizona CardinalsLB Clark HaggansPittsburgh Steelers3/27/08 DE Travis LaBoyTennessee Titans3/4/08 DE Bryan RobinsonCincinnati Bengals4/11/08 QB Brian St. PierrePittsburgh Steelers3/31/08 LB Matt StewartCleveland Browns4/17/08Atlanta...

NFL Owners opt out of CBA-Upshaw Not FazedBy Dr. Bill Chachkes-Football Reporters Online-Special to SBS Early this week the NFL owners group opted out of the collective bargaining agreement extension which was signed two years ago. Simply put, we are talking about three more years of labor peace (through 2010) even though both sides claim they “want to get the talks rolling now.” NFLPA Head Gene Upshaw wasn’t even upset. “We knew this was coming” He said. “We just didn’t think it would be so soon”....

The San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Proposition G, which if it passes, will — in the words of the Chron offer a nonbinding but nevertheless critical public expression of support for a proposal by Miami’s Lennar Corp. to develop up to 10,000 homes, about 700,000 square feet of retail space as well as artist studios, green-tech-research facilities and more than 300 acres of parks and open space in and around the old shipyard. As part of the project, Lennar also would rebuild the Alice Griffith public housing project. The endorsement...

I’m still uploading videos from the NFL Draft. For more, visit my YouTube channel Zennie62 and our NFL Draft blog. Here we see Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long get selected “number one” by the Miami Dolphins, then meet the media in the Interview Room downstairs. This is more of a kind of behind the scenes video for those who’ve never seen the process with the media. I also included his Mom holding up his Dolphins “Number One” jersey. ...

In the 7th Round of the 2008 NFL Draft a huge cheer erupted from the small-compared-to-Day-One crowd and it was for a little-known cadet who also played football for Army. Caleb Campbell, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in that last round. As that happened I talked to Dr. Bill Chackhes who gave me the details on Campbell’s story. Caleb basically deferred going to Iraq as a officer after he is to graduate with the current Army class of 2008. The Army is allowing him to play in the NFL. Everyone was enthusiastic to meet the man...

Dr. Bill Chackhes, SBS Personality, and Managing Partner of Football Writers Online.com took time to talk with me about the 2008 NFL Draft. Bill is a 34 year NFL Draft veteran; 22 years as a credentialed media member. More about Bill here: http://www.sportsbusinesssims.com/bill-chachkes.htm ...

I am in New York City for the NFL Draft. As part of our partnership with KRON TV Channel 4, San Francisco, we created these video interviews of Oakland Raiders First Round Pick Darren McFadden. You can see more of our coverage at http://kron2008nfldraft.com Agent Ian Greengross On The Thursday Before the Draft talks about character and the chance of a holdout should the Raiders draft McFadden. Agent Greengross after the Raiders pick McFadden and McFadden Press Conference Darren McFadden Interview after press conference ...

MATT WALSH | STATEMENT BY THE NFL ON MATT WALSH -NFLMedia.com Statement By The NFL On Matt Walsh04/23/2008STATEMENT BY THE NFL ON MATT WALSH An agreement has been completed between the NFL and Matt Walsh that will allow Mr. Walsh, a former videotape operator with the New England Patriots, to share with the NFL information about activities occurring during his employment with the club from 1997-2003. Commissioner Goodell will meet with Mr. Walsh in the commissioner’s office on Tuesday, May 13, the earliest date that Mr. Walsh, who lives...

NFL ANNOUNCES NATIONALLY TELEVISEDPRIMETIME KICKOFF WEEKEND GAMES The NFL announced today its 2008 Kickoff Weekend national primetime television schedule, including a Monday night doubleheader. In a tradition that began in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the NFL Thursday night season kickoff the following year. This September 4 at 7:00 PM ET on NBC, the Super Bowl XLII champion New York Giants will host their NFC East-rival Washington Redskins and their new head coach JIM ZORN. Kickoff will be 90 minutes earlier than the...

NFL Draft Order Round-By-Round – As Of Feb 29 This is the NFL Draft selection order, which could change as we get closer to the draft itself and with trades. Tentative 2008 Round-By-Round NFL Draft Order (As of February 29, 2008)03/03/2008ROUND ONE 1- 1- 1 Miami 1- 2- 2 St. Louis 1- 3- 3 Atlanta1- 4- 4 Oakland1- 5- 5 Kansas City1- 6- 6 New York Jets 1- 7- 7 New England from San Francisco1- 8- 8 Baltimore 1- 9- 9 Cincinnati1-10-10 New Orleans1-11-11 Buffalo1-12-12 Denver1-13-13 Carolina1-14-14...