Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
• NFL and Twitter looks to continue grow digital audiences this week with their digital broadcast and live stream option with targeted tweets from
athletes, commentators, etc.
• The NFL continues its Color Rush initiative with alternative uniforms this week. Look for the Jaguars to wear the new all yellow/mustard look and for the
Titans to wear all baby blue.
• “I’m not a big fan of the mustard,” Jaguars QB Blake Bortles told reporters in Tennessee. “I think they could’ve done a better job, and I think they
should choose a different color.”
• There are several teams this season playing on Thursday night that are wearing alternative Color Rush uniforms. The reasons vary from similar color
schemes to color blind issues.
• Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix is slated to sing the opening theme song for year’s NBC’s “Thursday Night Football”. But, this week the
broadcast belongs exclusively to NFL Network and Twitter.
Sunday, October 30th, 2016
Washington Redskins at Cincinnati Bengals
• Week 8’s Sunday games will kick off with the Redskins making their NFL International debut against the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley stadium in London.
• The NFL has played a game in London every year since 2007. A total of 16 games will have been played in the UK by the end of the 2016. These games have
involved a total of 22 teams. The Bengals will forfeit real home game advantage by being the home team in the UK.
• The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Redskins’ appeal in their trademark case. The appeal attempted to challenge the law in question over offensive
trademarks. But all hope is not lost; the Supreme Court can still make precedent on the matter or another in a case they are already seeing. That case
involves a rock band but the principle remains justices whether the same trademark law violates the First Amendment.
• The Washington Redskins is valued at approximately $2.5 billion, half of which can be directly linked to its intellectual property, according to Forbes.
Its no wonder why team owner Daniel Snyder has vowed never to change the name.
Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• The city of Oakland’s hopes of keeping the Raiders in town “rest with the Fortress Investment Group,” a money management firm in San Francisco that
boasts $72.2B in assets, according to Matier & Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle.
• Fortress Investment Group happens to be led by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. Lott plans to persuade Raiders ownership to build a new stadium at the site of
the current Coliseum.
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston who was the 2015 1st overall draft pick and a Heisman winner in college recently told CSN Bay Area that he would
have liked to play for Stanford. Winston, who won a championship with Florida State, passed up on the offer to attend Stanford said “I look back all the
time and see how if I’d gone to Stanford which way my life could’ve turned. But, you know, you make decisions and you go with them and you own them.”
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts
• Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith looks to continue his mistake free play this week against the Colts.
• Smith signed a $68 million dollar four year contract in 2014 after leading the Chiefs to their first playoff appearance in three years with similar
• Smith makes an estimated $500,000 per year from sponsors Nike and Advocare.
• Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck’s sponsorship portfolio since entering the league includes deals with Nike, Gatorade, Electronic Arts and Klipsch. In
2013, Luck elected to cut ties with Gatorade so that he could sign with and take an equity stake in energy drink upstart Bodyarmor.
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
• Construction of the new Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium is nearing completion. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Falcons have ordered
$209 million worth of changes since the start of construction for the venue.
• The Falcons and not taxpayers are fiscally responsible for the construction overages
• A photograph taken at Lambeau Field last Thanksgiving of former Packers QBs Bart Starr and Brett Favre and current QB Aaron Rodgers is being branded and
sold by the team as “Legendary Quarterbacks”. Fans will be able to purchase the picture = from $99.95 to $399.95, and according to the Packers, all the
profits will be donated to charities chosen specifically by the three quarterbacks.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
• If Buffalo wins this Sunday, it would be its first season sweep of the Patriots since 1999, and the first time that New England has been swept by a
division opponent since Tom Brady became the starter in 2001.
• In the teams first meeting this season, Tom Brady was still serving the “deflate-gate” suspension. In that Week 4 matchup the Bills shut out the Patriots
and backup QB Jacoby Brissett to a 16-0 victory. That same game a fight took place between the teams, in which Bills defensive backs Aaron Williams, Robert
Blanton and Nickell Robey-Coleman were all fined
• “These two teams don’t like each other, there’s no question about that” Bills head coach Rex Ryan told reporters.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
• During NFL owner’s meetings last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed his displeasure with the league mandate precluding teams from putting
highlights on social media.
• According to Cbssports.com, Jones claimed game highlights were “team-generated content and clubs should be able to do what they want with them on social
media.” Jones also “expressed his belief that if the league can post the videos then the teams should do so as well.”
• Also in the league meetings, NFL owners "agreed not to extend primary ticketing deals” past 2017 to give the league time to “study the market and perhaps
create a new model for the 32 clubs,” according to Sports Business Journal. 31 clubs use Ticketmaster and 1 club (Lions) opting for Vertix. The league
itself is under a Ticketmaster secondary ticketing system; the annual deal is worth more than $40 million per year and also expires in 2017.
Monday, October 31st, 2016
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
• The sporting world’s eyes will be on Chicago this week for baseball reasons given that the Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908; but that didn’t
stop many current and former Bears players to congratulate their MLB contemporaries
• “Fly The W” support did not stop with the Bears; the Bulls and White Sox also took to Twitter to support the Cubs. Even President Obama and First Lady
Michelle Obama congratulated the Cubs saying “I’ll say it: Holy Cow, @Cubs fans. Even this White Sox fan was happy to see Wrigley rocking last
night.#FlyTheW” and “Way to go @Cubs!! My Dad is the reason I’m a true Cubs fan. He’d be so proud! –mo” respectively.
• In Vikings news, head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that the Bears-Vikings matchup “is a gut-check day.” Zimmer and the Vikings look to rebound from
their first loss of the season last week.