ESPN and FOX Both Trying to Get Peyton Manning as Prime Time Analyst

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Both ESPN and Fox have Peyton Manning atop their list to be their primetime game analyst, sources told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Manning has been approached multiple times about becoming a TV analyst since he retired, but has been reluctant.

Manning’s ultimate goal is to be like John Elway and have an ownership stake in a team, while running football operations, he has said. Multiple TV officials who have spoken to him believe that remains his long-term target, but Manning has not fully ruled out TV in the interim.

Before last season, Fox reached out to Manning to see if he would be interested in going into the studio or being a game analyst. As he has told all the networks annually, he did not want to become a broadcaster at that time. Fox will try again, but, at this point, it is ESPN who is being far more aggressive.

In the words of one source, ESPN is willing to “back up the truck” for Manning, wanting to make a splash in replacing Jon Gruden as the analyst on “Monday Night Football.” Gruden was reportedly the highest-paid ESPN employee, making more than $6.5 million before leaving for a 10-year, $100 million coaching deal with the Raiders.

A TV executive, who has spoken to Manning in the past about broadcasting, said Manning has never given off the full vibe that he wanted to be in the booth.

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Larry Nance Jr. on being traded by Lakers, joining his hometown Cavs, playing with LeBron and more

In the hours leading up to the NBA trade deadline last Thursday, the Cleveland Cavaliers were easily the most active team in the league. The Cavs completely reshaped their roster, making three different trades and parting ways with Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and their 2018 first-round pick. When all was said and done, they had acquired Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

The addition of Nance may be the most interesting, as he was born and raised in Akron and his father Larry Nance Sr. played seven seasons with Cleveland. He was a two-time All-Star with the Cavs and he’s one of only seven players to have his jersey (No. 22) retired by the franchise. Naturally, his son was a huge fan of the Cavaliers.

Growing up in Cleveland had a profound impact on Larry’s life. In fact,

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NBA podcasts du jour: Warriors are not No. 1 anymore

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The Number 2 Seed in the West Warriors February 16 06:57 AM

Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami examine a Golden State Warriors team that for the first time in the Steve Kerr era, sits in second place in the Western Conference at the All Star break. The guys break down more of the the Warriors’ bench issues, the potential playoff path and the worst contract in Bob Myers’ tenure as GM.

Episode 69: LeBron James & DJ Montage – via February 16 04:34 AM As promised #TeamChanning … lives on (kind of). We should probably come up with a new hashtag but none the less as #TeamRichard & Mason Plumlee said last week, “the show must

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Colin Kaepernick’s Deposition Request List Includes NFL Commissioners Roger Goodell’s Wife

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With the deposition phase of Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL expected to move forward in the coming weeks, a new name has been added to requests sent out by the former quarterback’s legal team: Jane Goodell, the wife of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports.

Sources with knowledge of the legal wrangling in the grievance told Yahoo Sports that Goodell’s wife was added to a list of deposition requests this week. The addition comes following a sweep of text messages, emails and telephone records by Kaepernick’s legal team over the last two months. Roger Goodell and several league executives were among those asked to turn records over, as well as a handful of NFL team personnel and coaches.

Aside from Goodell and his wife, multiple sources have told Yahoo Sports that at least nine others have now been requested for depositions going forward. Among them: Three NFL owners (Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft and Houston Texans’ Bob McNair); two head coaches (Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh and Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll); two general managers (Ravens’ Ozzie Newsome and Seahawks’ John Schneider); and two NFL executives (Executive Vice President of Operations Troy Vincent and Senior Vice President of Player Engagement Arthur McAfee).

The NFL declined to comment on Kaepernick’s grievance on Tuesday. An attorney for Kaepernick also declined to comment.

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October, alleging collusion by the league office, owners and teams, in an effort to keep him from landing another quarterback job in the NFL. Kaepernick was shown some passing interest by the Ravens and Seahawks last offseason, but each franchise passed on signing him. The cratering of talks with those franchises is believed to have led to the inclusion of coaches and executives from Baltimore and Seattle in deposition requests.

Jane Goodell’s inclusion is a more recent addition, coming months after an October Wall Street Journal report determined she had been surreptitiously using the Twitter account @forargument to defend her husband against articles and comments critical of his handling of league issues. With the account registered under the name “Jones Smith,” the pieces that Jane Goodell responded to on Twitter often included coverage of Roger Goodell’s handling of the player protests that roiled NFL the last two seasons. At one point, the @forargument Twitter account skewered an October ESPN piece focusing on Goodell and player protests, stating “[This] Reads like press release from players’ union. You can do better reporting. ([NFLPA executive director] D Smith sounds like D Trump with the inaccurate firebombs).”

When contacted by the Wall Street Journal about the account in October, Jane Goodell – who previously served as an anchor for the Fox News network – said the Twitter account was meant to defend her husband from inaccurate reporting.

“It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration – and love,” Jane Goodell told the Wall Street Journal. “As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete an accurate picture of a story. I’m also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love – and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!”

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NBC Explains Brief Super Bowl LII Blackout

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After the Patriots kicked a second-quarter field goal, NBC went to break, but instead of a commercial came nearly a half minute of darkness.

The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad is $5 million, though NBC said no commercial was missed, Justin Terranova of the New York Post reports.

“We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed,” a spokesperson said in a statement.”

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NFLPA’s DeMaurice Smith on a New CBA Between NFL and Players: “We Prepare for War”

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The NFL and NFL Players Association have three years remaining on their collective bargaining agreement, and already the players are digging in, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports.

Asked Thursday if he had any hopes for a smooth agreement ahead of the deal’s 2021 expiration, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said: “No. DeMaurice Smith.”

Speaking at his annual Super Bowl news conference, Smith added: “So if we’re able to get a collective bargaining agreement done, that’s great. But all of these men went through a unilateral declared war on players in 2010 and 2011. I think it’s important for [NFL commissioner Roger Goodell] and I to have a wonderful open discussion, but he represents the owners, and we represent the players.”

Owners locked out players in the spring of 2011, wiping out offseason practices and delaying free agency before the sides reached a 10-year agreement in July 2011.

Players plan to pursue changes in the next agreement, and they are significant enough that Smith ruled out the possibility of extending the current deal.

“Everyone likes to position that there would be some kind of extension,” he said. “This collective bargaining agreement was painfully negotiated at a time when the league secured a $4 billion war chest to basically put us out of business. There are a lot of great things about the collective bargaining agreement, but whether it’s the great things or the thing that we don’t like, collective bargaining agreements are grinding, exhausting elements that come out of two parties that want fundamentally different things. So, I could never imagine a world where you would simply put a page on the back of it that says, ‘This document is now extended until 2035.”

Among the desired changes, said New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie, is the issue of player discipline. The league had another series of fights with players over discipline during 2017, most notably through a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys tailback Ezekiel Elliott.

“This is an issue that has been a thorn in our side — commissioner discipline — that we want to collectively bargain,” DeOssie said. “To allow them to have the autonomy to make those decisions, it’s obviously not good for us and it’s not good for the NFL. Any way that we can move forward and get that collectively bargained is something that we really want.”

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The Sometimes Late but Always Consistent NFL Power Poll: Super Bowl Edition

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By Bryan Dietzler

Well, folks, the biggest game of the football year is about to arrive. We are all set on who is going to play in the Super Bowl and it looks like it’s going to be a good one. The New England Patriots, who seemingly go every single year are headed for another Super Bowl visit. The Philadelphia Eagles are making an appearance after not having been to the Super Bowl for a long time.

But which team is the best? No matter who you pick fans are going tell you that you are wrong. So instead of picking a team to win or coming up with a two-team power poll, I am just going to say a few things about each team and not make a prediction.

New England Patriots-The Patriots are truly the class of the NFL. They just keep winning and it’s all thanks to the quarterback-coach combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. These two have singlehandedly dominated the NFL over the past few years. There are many people who feel that they cheat or that the NFL is conspiring to continue to make them champions by paying off referees and relaxing the rules so that they win. We all know that this isn’t true. The Patriots are just that good and will continue to be so until the “gang” breaks up.

New England is the Cadillac of the AFC and is its most dominant team. They get to where they are at by putting together a team that fits the scheme they want to run. Belichick targets players that are going to fit well in his system. A guy that might not work out for one team could come to New England and have success. That player may not be a star but he’s going to be an important part of a team that is going to win a lot of games. It’s just a bunch of individual pieces put together well to keep winning games.

Philadelphia Eagles-The Eagles are the best team in the NFC and have been all season. Even when quarterback Carson Wentz went down, you knew this team would still be able to win. They have a tough defense that doesn’t give up that many yards or points. Their offense is opportunistic. What happened with Wentz was difficult but Nick Foles has been able to step it up and play well enough to get Philadelphia through some tough times. He proved himself big time in their game against the Vikings. He will have one more tough test ahead of him.

Can he deliver?

The Eagles defense is what made them great this season and they need to step it up against the guy who is the best quarterback in the NFL in Brady. If they can get a good pass rush on him and not give him too much time to throw the ball they could be in business. While New England doesn’t have a lot of playmakers at wide receiver, their guys are very effective at coming up with clutch catches. Philadelphia’s secondary is good and needs to be able to keep New England’s wide receivers in check.

I think that this game is too close to call. It will be a good game though. I don’t expect a dominant performance by either team. But the team that is the most disciplined and makes the fewest mistakes, of course, will win this game. We should just hope for a good game that is more like what we saw at the end of last year’s Super Bowl. It would be good for the fans and good for the game of football.

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