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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘These Activities Must be Condemned and Stopped’

GoodellBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference to answer questions and announce that he won’t resign.

“We will get our house in order first,” Goodell said as he announced enhanced domestic violence and sexual violence education programs for the league’s teams and front office. “These activities must be condemned and stopped,” Goodell said regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, and illegal use of alcohol and drugs. Goodell also announced the formation of a conduct committee.

Goodell, who has been commissioner for 8 years, once again announced he was wrong in his determination of a two-game suspension of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice.

CBS, NBC and ABC all broke in at 3:15pmET. Scott Pelley anchored on CBS, Lester Holt on NBC and George Stephanopoulos on ABC. ABC dropped out of the news conference first, followed by NBC then CBS. The cable news and sports channels, including NFL Network, also carried the news conference.

The first question went to NBC’s Peter Alexander. The next question came from CNN’s Rachel Nichols; the next from Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager. Other questions came from CBS Sports’ Sharyn Alfonsi, Fox Sports 1′s Mike Garafalo, NFL.com Columnist Judy Batista, Arise TV’s Andrew Rosario, ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, and The Associated Press’ Barry Wilner.

The news conference lasted 43 minutes.

With Ray Rice News, James Brown and Scott Pelley Kick-Off Thursday Night Football

PelleyBrownInstead of Rihanna and Jay-Z opening CBS’s premiere Thursday Night Football, CBS’s James Brown and Scott Pelley did the honors.

“Circumstances surrounding the evolving Ray Rice story is where we must begin,” Brown said at the top of the 7:30pmET pre-show, then tossing to “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley in New York who updated viewers on the case.

CBS had planned to run a segment featuring Rihanna singing the Jay Z song “Run This Town,” but that was cut in lieu of the Rice news. A few minutes later, “CBS This Morning” anchor Norah O’Donnell joined Brown on set in Baltimore. O’Donnell interviewed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week, but since then new news has come out that Rice told Goodell he hit his then-fiancee, that February night in Atlantic City, videotaped evidence of which thrust the story back on the front page this week.

As for CBS’ first Thursday Night Football (8-11pmET), the network is thrilled with the ratings outcome. The overnight ratings show a primetime household rating/share of 12.9/22, +215% higher than the comparable CBS primetime programming a year ago. This was CBS’ best primetime Thursday delivery since May 18, 2006.

Roger Goodell: ‘I Don’t Know How TMZ or Any Other Website Gets Their Information’

GoodellIn an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed how TMZ—and not the NFL—got its hands on elevator footage showing Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee.

“I don’t know how TMZ or any other website gets their information,” Goodell said. “We are particularly reliant on law enforcement, that’s the most reliable, that’s the most credible, and we don’t seek to get that information from sources that are not credible.”  Goodell said the NFL asked for the same videotape TMZ secured on “several occasions.” He also didn’t rule out the possibility of Ray Rice returning to the NFL in the future.

Last night, TMZ executive producer Harvey Levin told Greta Van Susteren he doubted Goodell’s defense.  ”Why on earth does he not think the casino [where the incident occurred] video, which is the basis for what the police have in the first place; why does he suggest that the casino isn’t as credible as the police? The police got it from the casino.”

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Ray Rice Cut By the Ravens Following TMZ Release of Elevator Video

At 4amET this morning, TMZ posted a video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his fiancee Janay Palmer — now his wife — in an Atlantic City elevator last February. By 2:30pm, Ray Rice had been suspended indefinitely by the NFL and cut by the Ravens.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for two games following revelations of the incident, but because Palmer did not press charges, Goodell only suspended Rice for two games. But the story took on a new life this morning, following the release of the video by TMZ Sports. The NFL says it did not see the video until today. The cable news networks have been covering the story extensively, and increased their coverage following news of Rice’s indefinite suspension and termination by the Ravens.

CBS Lands NFL Thursday Night Games for 2014 Season

NFLONCBSCBS has won the rights to air eight early season NFL games on Thursday nights during the 2014 season, CBS and the NFL announced today.

The early season package of games will be simulcasted on The NFL Network, who will exclusively televise eight late season games. The mix of games will feature 14 on Thursday nights and two late season games on Saturday.

“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” said CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves. “CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is excited at the opportunity to reach a wider audience: “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”

All games will be produced by CBS with its broadcast duo of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling Thursday night games. NFL Network talent will also be featured on CBS games during pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.

The deal is for the 2014 season with the NFL holding an option for an additional year.

Replacement Refs on Tap for ‘Reliable Sources’

Tomorrow on “Reliable Sources” Howard Kurtz tackles this week’s coverage of the NFL officiating story. Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports is his guest. On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, husband of former Fox News anchor Jane Skinner, sent a note to the millions of NFL fans apologizing for the now-resolved labor strife.

I believe in accountability, not excuses. And I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game. You deserve better.

As a lifelong fan, this wasn’t an easy process for anyone involved. I particularly want to commend the replacement officials for taking on an unenviable task and doing it with focus and dedication in the most adverse of circumstances.

See Goodell’s full note after the jump. In the meantime, here’s how “Saturday Night Live’s” Thursday edition took on the issue:

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NFL Films President Steve Sabol Dies At 69

Steve Sabol, one of the preeminent sports documentarians of all time, and the president of NFL Films, has died at age 69 after a battle with brain cancer.

Sabol, who spent the last 50 years of his life working for the NFL, pioneered a slew of storytelling techniques that have become commonplace on sports programming around the world. “Super slow motion, wireless mics on players, reverse angle replays, follies films, and custom composed musical scores. All that’s standard stuff today, but before NFL Films it was unheard of,” The NFL writes in its official obituary for Sabol.

“Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “Steve’s passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”

The recipient of a slew of awards and accolades over his career, Sabol received 35 Emmy Awards, running the gamut from writing and directing to producing and editing.

Sabol was the son of Ed Sabol, another video pioneer, who with his son helped found NFL Films in 1962. Steve Sabol presented his father as the elder Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Warren Sapp’s ‘Snitch’ Comment, And The Challenge It Presents for League-Owned TV Networks

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell punished the New Orleans Saints and members of its coaching staff earlier this week for paying players to hit opposing players hard and knock them out of the game. Sunday evening CNN takes a closer look at the bounty program in a special report:

There is also a media angle to the bounty story. Former player Warren Sapp–now a commentator on NFL Network–said on Twitter that former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was the “snitch.” NFL Network ended up discussing Sapp’s comments, and naming Shockey, on air.

In response, Shockey denied the allegation, and is calling on the NFL to punish Sapp:

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CBS, FOX, NBC Extend NFL Deals Through 2022

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hold a news conference this afternoon to announce the league has extended its TV partnerships with FOX, CBS and NBC through the 2022 season — the longest extension ever between the league and TV partners.

  • CBS keeps the AFC package of Sunday afternoon games it acquired in 1998. CBS first began televising NFL games in 1956 and carried the NFC package from 1970 through 1993.
  • FOX will continue with the NFC package of Sunday afternoon games that it acquired in 1994.
  • NBC will continue with Sunday Night Football games it acquired in 2006. NBC will continue to televise the Thursday night NFL season Kickoff game to open each season and will add the annual Thanksgiving primetime game starting in 2012.

CBS, FOX and NBC will each televise three Super Bowls during the term. NBC will carry Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona in 2015, Super Bowl LII in 2018 and Super Bowl LV in 2021. CBS will broadcast Super Bowl L in 2016, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and Super Bowl LVI in 2022. FOX will televise Super Bowl LI in 2017, Super Bowl LIV in 2020 and Super Bowl LVII in 2023.

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