It's no surprise the NFL has found a home in London, a city with a decade of regular-season games in its past and a full-time franchise potentially in its future. It's also no surprise that the league found its way there in the first place, after a foundation had been laid by the developmental NFL Europe and years of preseason games starting with the Global Cup in 1983 and continuing with the American Bowl series.
Nebraska fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Thursday, calling for a higher level of competitiveness days after the Cornhuskers' football team lost to Northern Illinois. University chancellor Ronnie Green, who did not hire Eichorst, said in a statement that while Eichorst made positive contributions to the school, his "efforts have not translated into on-field performance." The firing is effective immediately and Nebraska will begin a search for its next athletic director. Eichorst, hired in October 2012 from the University of Miami, will be paid the approximately $1.7 million remaining on his contract, which runs through June 2019.
TV networks focused on high-priced sports programming maintain a content addiction that won’t go away. What’s the end game? Much depends on the big professional games via the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Tournament and Nascar -- to name a few -- that keep broadcast networks and some cable networks relatively healthy. The major rub? License fees for those big sports franchises continue to grow sharply higher. However, national TV advertising revenues are not keeping pace.
NFL's ratings woes continued in Week 2, and Wall Street is taking notice, given there are fewer excuses for falling viewership than there were a year ago when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were distracting TV-watching Americans. While NFL games remain some of the most-watched content on television, ratings slid 12 percent in the NFL's opening weekend, with many blaming Hurricane Irma. But without dramatic weather, the second weekend was off 15 percent year-over-year. This comes after an 8 percent ratings slump last season.
A group of four players sent the NFL a memo in August requesting league support and asking for a month to be dedicated to social activism, not long after commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly had talked to several players regarding their game-day activism efforts. According to Yahoo! Sports, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Torrey Smith, and former Arizona Cardinals wideout Anquan Boldin co-authored a 2,740-word document intended to push the NFL to honor activism in an effort "similarly to what the league already implements for breast cancer awareness, honoring military, etc." The letter was obtained by Yahoo! Sports and originally published Wednesday night.