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NFL PARTNERS WITH EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME TO INCREASE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COACHES & DRAFT-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

(St. Petersburg, FL) The NFL is partnering with the historic East-West Shrine Game to increase development opportunities for coaches and draft-eligible players, the league announced today.

The NFL will supply the coaching staffs for the two teams from among current league assistant coaches whose teams do not advance to the playoffs. The NFL will also provide the game officials for the contest, which features some of college football’s best prospects.

The 92nd annual East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 21, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and be televised live on NFL Network.

“The East-West Shrine Game is not only a showcase for tremendous athletes who have a dream of playing at the next level, it is also a venue for upwardly mobile coaches in the NFL,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT. “This is an opportunity to further develop, evaluate and showcase our assistant coaches who may be our next generation of head coaches.”

At the conclusion of the NFL regular season, teams will nominate deserving assistant coaches who will be reviewed by a panel that includes NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Game leadership and two members of the NFL’s General Managers Advisory Committee. Once the head coaches are selected, each head coach will then fill his 12-person staff from among other NFL assistant coaches nominated by the clubs, a key job requirement for head coaches at every level of the sport.

Coaches nominated by NFL clubs must be active assistant coaches who display extraordinary teaching and communications skills, and are recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. The coaches must be accomplished at developing and preparing players to compete in the NFL.

“It is an honor for the East-West Shrine Game to partner with the NFL to promote opportunities for professional growth and development not only for our outstanding players, but also for the potential future generation of head coaches in the league,” said HAROLD RICHARDSON, executive director of the East-West Shrine Game. “We are proud to be able to provide a national stage for some of football’s greatest talents to develop their skills and showcase their abilities, all while supporting an exceptional cause.”

For more than 90 years, some of football’s greatest players and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s first college all-star football game. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Participating players make an annual visit to the local Shriners Hospital, visiting children and staff in an experience that they will truly never forget.




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“NFL Monday QB” Returns to CBS Sports Network for Third Season

(New York, NY) “NFL Monday QB” returns to CBS Sports Network for its third season, as new “NFL On CBS” analyst Trent Green, a 15-year NFL veteran and All-Pro quarterback, joins returning analysts, Super Bowl XXXVII quarterback and 2002 NFL MVP, Rich Gannon; and 17-year veteran and All-Pro quarterback, Steve Beuerlein, for the weekly show.

Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms also will serve as analysts throughout the season. Adam Schein hosts from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.

“NFL Monday QB” brings together a roster of quarterbacks providing their unique and compelling opinion as they break down the week’s games from a quarterback’s perspective focusing on how quarterback play impacted the games, key plays and clutch drives, crucial decisions, star performances, winning and losing efforts and more.

The one-hour show debuts Monday, Sept. 8 at a special season-opening time (5:00-6:00 PM, ET). After Week 1, “NFL Monday QB” airs weekly at 6:30 PM, ET through Super Bowl XLIX.

"Monday Morning QB"
“Monday Morning QB”

Green, who joins the “NFL On CBS” as a game analyst this season, quarterbacked for the San Diego Chargers (1993-94), Washington Redskins (1995-98), St. Louis Rams (1999-2000, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2000-06) and Miami Dolphins (2007). His career was highlighted by his contributions to his hometown Rams’ victory in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans, and with the Chiefs in 2001 when he became only the fourth quarterback, at the time, to throw for more than 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons (Dan Fouts, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino). Also during his time in Kansas City, Green twice led the Chiefs into the playoffs and played in two Pro Bowls. He finished his career passing for 28,475 yards and 162 touchdowns, while compiling a quarterback rating of 86.0.

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Former NFL’er London Fletcher Named Studio Analyst for CBS Sports Network’s “That Other Pregame Show”

(New York, NY) Former 16-year NFL veteran and All-Pro linebacker London Fletcher and nine-year NFL veteran Fred Smoot have been named studio analysts for CBS Sports Network’s “That Other Pregame Show”, along with former Women’s Professional Football quarterback Anita Marks. They join returning panelists Adam Schein, Amy Trask and Brandon Tierney to form CBS Sports Network’s new Sunday pregame show team.

“TOPS” kicks off its second season on Sunday, Sept. 7 and airs on Sundays throughout the NFL season from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET.

Other regular contributors to “That Other Pregame Show” are analysts from “The NFL Today” including Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott, as well as Insider Jason La Canfora. NFL on CBS announcers Phil Simms, Dan Fouts, Trent Green, Rich Gannon, Solomon Wilcots, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein, Adam Archuleta and Chris Simms will appear regularly from their game sites.

Fletcher joins CBS Sports Network after a 16-year NFL playing career with the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and helped the Rams win Super Bowl XXXIV.

"That Other Pregame Show"
“That Other Pregame Show”

Smoot spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings and was an All-American and two-time All-SEC selection at Mississippi State.

Marks is a radio veteran who can currently be heard on NBC Sports Radio and also contributes to the New York Giants broadcast team and Bleacher Report. She has previously appeared on WFAN radio in New York as well as SiriusXM. In addition to her broadcasting duties, Marks also played four years of women’s professional football as quarterback for the Miami Fury and Florida Stingrays.

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CBS “Thursday Night Football” Announcer Crew and Schedule Released

(New York, NY) The complete pregame and postgame talent roster for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and CBS is set. Joining the previously announced set featuring host James Brown and analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher will be an additional set featuring host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci.

Every Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Eisen will kick off the NFL week with Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci live from outside the stadium on NFL Total Access Kickoff. The cast will provide news and analysis of the upcoming matchup, as well as highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium as fans arrive for every Thursday Night Football game on CBS and NFL Network.

At 7:30 PM ET, Brown, Sanders and Cowher anchor NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. The show will air on CBS and be simulcast on NFL Network during Weeks 2-8 and air exclusively on NFL Network during Weeks 9-12 and 14-16. During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS and NFL Network.

Brown, Sanders and Cowher also will appear on NFL Total Access Kickoff in the 6:00-7:30 PM ET window, while Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will appear within NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from 7:30 PM ET to kickoff.

Additionally, throughout the course of the 2014 Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network and CBS analysts such as Tony Gonzalez, Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie McGinest, Terrell Davis and more will appear on-location on both the NFL Total Access Kickoff and NFL Thursday Night Kickoff pregame shows.

Immediately following each game, the Mazda Postgame Show airs live from the stadium on NFL Network and CBS. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders reprise their wildly entertaining postgame show, providing highlights, analysis and live interviews. Each week, a player or coach from the winning team will join the crew on-set to discuss the victory, receive a gift bag which will vary each week and leave their handprints on the Winning Hands wall.

The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson. The Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore.

"Thursday Night Football"
“Thursday Night Football”

2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule
(Kickoff times are 8:25 PM, ET unless otherwise noted)

Sept. 11 (Week 2): Steelers at Ravens Nov. 6 (Week 10): Browns at Bengals
Sept. 18 (Week 3): Buccaneers at Falcons Nov. 13 (Week 11): Bills at Dolphins
Sept. 25 (Week 4): Giants at Redskins Nov. 20 (Week 12): Chiefs at Raiders
Oct. 2 (Week 5): Vikings at Packers Dec. 4 (Week 14): Cowboys at Bears
Oct. 9 (Week 6): Colts at Texans Dec. 11 (Week 15): Cardinals at Rams
Oct. 16 (Week 7): Jets at Patriots Dec. 18 (Week 16): Titans at Jaguars
Oct. 23 (Week 8): Chargers at Broncos Dec. 20 (Week 16): Eagles at Redskins*
Oct. 30 (Week 9): Saints at Panthers Dec. 20 (Week 16): Chargers at 49ers*
Weeks 2-8 and one of the Saturday games from Week 16 will be broadcast by CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. Weeks 9-12 and 14-16, including one of the Saturday games during Week 16 will be televised on NFL Network.

*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco will be determined at a later date.

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“Thursday Night Football” Launches with Primetime Special “Under The Lights” on Wednesday, Sept. 10 on CBS

(New York, NY) Thursday Night Football launches its first-ever Network television coverage with a primetime special, “Under The Lights”, on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network and also on NFL Network on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET).

CBS Sports’ lead NFL play-by-play announcer and the voice of Thursday Night Football Jim Nantz will host the one-hour special that will celebrate some of the greatest and most memorable moments in the history of prime time football and preview the Thursday Night Football schedule.

"Thursday Night Football"
“Thursday Night Football”

The special will revisit classic primetime moments in NFL history and feature conversations between CBS and NFL stars including Mark Harmon, Tom Selleck, LL Cool J, Billy Gardell, Jerry Rice, Andrew Luck, Jadaveon Clowney, Ben Roethlisberger, Earl Campbell and Julio Jones as they recall their fondest and most memorable primetime moments. Campbell and Clowney talk about what it means to be a rookie in Houston, while Harmon and Luck talk Pac 10 (Pac 12) football and what it means to play in prime time.

CBS and NFL Network will begin its Network debut coverage of Thursday Night Football on September 11 with the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Baltimore Ravens. Nantz and Phil Simms, along with Tracy Wolfson reporting, will call the action. The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team.

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CBS Sports Adds Former NFL Referee Mike Carey to Football Broadcasts This Season

(New York, NY) CBS Sports has added former NFL Official Mike Carey to the broadcast team for coverage of Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network, and THE NFL ON CBS coverage on Sundays during the 2014 NFL season.

Carey will provide rules analysis, interpretation and explanations on Thursday nights from the game site, as well as NFL Network’s studio in Culver City, California and on Sundays from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.

“So many times throughout the years of watching Mike officiate, I often thought it would be great to have him someday work for CBS explaining the calls on the field,” said McManus. “We’re excited that this has now come to fruition. He will be a great complement to our Thursday Night Football and Sunday afternoon coverage.”

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Carey spent 24 years as an NFL official, including 19 as a referee. He joined the NFL from the Western Athletic Conference in 1990 as a side judge. Carey was promoted to referee for the start of the 1995 NFL season. He was the referee for Super Bowl XLII (New England Patriots-N.Y. Giants). In addition, he has officiated four playoff games as a side judge (two Wild Cards and two Conference Championships) and 14 playoff games as a referee (eight Wild Cards, five Divisionals and Super Bowl XLII).

Carey is the co-owner of Seirus Innovation, a privately held company that manufactures ski and snowboarding gloves, face protection, and other cold-weather accessories. He also is an inventor who owns or shares eight ski apparel patents. Carey is a past Chairman of the Board of Snow Sports Industries of America’s, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the NFL Officials Association.

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