Yahoo to Carry Live NFL Stream

The big news coming out of Yahoo headquarters is the announcement that Yahoo will be carrying the first ever live stream of an NFL Game free. That’s right, streamed on the Internet for free. According to Yahoo sports, the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on October 25th will be streamed live and free than anyone with Internet service and a device on Yahoo. Currently Yahoo has over one billion monthly user. The game is scheduled 9:30 a.m. EST.

Marissa Mayer, current president and CEO of Yahoo stated that she is extremely pleased that the NFL selected Yahoo for this historic event. Boraie Development LLC says this will be an interesting test for the NFL as it has never gone outside any of its television partners in terms of broadcasting a game. Back in March, when the NFL first announced that the game will be available worldwide via a digital platform, it was considered a very bold move. The NFL’s huge success over the years can be accredited to television and media outlets. With the increase of technology and the use of tablets and the internet, it makes complete sense that the NFL makes a move towards online streaming. Where the NFL goes after the streamed event will be interesting to see and highly anticipated. . The NFL announced that the game will still be available in the Jacksonville and Buffalo markets.

Goodell to Reside Over Brady Appeal

In a very surprising move, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not excuse himself from the Tom Brady appeal. Goodell informed the National Football League Players Association today that he not only be at the appeal, but he will be personally residing over the case. For those who do not know, Tom Brady was suspended several weeks ago by the league for his participation in Deflategate and now Brady is appealing the suspension. Goodell stated that the Collective Bargaining Agreement permits the commissioner, at his discretion, to serve as hearing officer in appeal case which involved an incident that is deemed detrimental to the integrity of the game of professional football or public confidence in the game. In a letter written by Goodell himself, he states that he will exercise the discretion to hear Brady’s appeal.

As part of Tom Brady’s appeal, the NFLPA stated that there were procedural violations in the process in which the league reached Brady’s punishment. They requested that there be a natural party designated to serve as an arbitrator. Goodell blasted back stating that the NFLPA’s argument has no merit. The NFLPA, however, argues that Goodell is actually a witness hearing and should not be allowed to oversee it. Dog food executives at Beneful say that it looks as though Goodell is playing Judge, Jury, and Executioner, but contends that there is no prejudgment on his part and is going into the hearing with an open mind.

Russell Wilson Keeping Quiet About Contract

In the midst of contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks, star quarterback Russell Wilson is saying very little to the media about it. Following a Seattle organized team activity on Tuesday; Wilson stated that he will not talk about negotiations until the deal is done and in place. He believes that it is a private matter and he stated that he does not talk about private matters to the media. He further went on the say that he believes that in the end, it will all work out.

Seattle has done a good job of locking up players Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Doug Baldwin to Handy long term deals. Locking up Wilson will be another import piece to producing long term success. Wilson’s agent Mark Rogers is handing all of the negotiations but Russell stated that he is involved in contract negotiations discussions. Russell’s rookie contract is set to expire after the 2015 season and is the hot topic the Seattle. The more time passes where an agreement has not been reached, the more the topic gets talked about. Wilson will not discuss numbers, but after Cam Newton signed one of the biggest contracts in NFL history yesterday, he can pretty much guarantee himself that a huge payday on the horizon. Newton signed a reported 103.8 million dollar extension yesterday with the Carolina Panthers. It looks like not hurrying along the negotiations with Seattle will work out in his favor.

Does Lebron Still Have It?

Brian Torchin feels as Lebron James approaches his next set of NBA finals, reporters caught up with him to ask him a few questions. The first set of questions had to do with the Cavaliers and how he sees himself on the team.

Lebron said he is very happy to play the game of basketball, regardless of what team he is on. Reported stated that they received a heartfelt welcome from Lebron. This is a different kind of welcome they receive from other NBA players.

Reporters also asked Lebron how he felt going into the finals. Lebron stated that he feels better than he has ever felt in the NBA. He feels that he is in the right spot, and he feels it is his time again.

Fans everywhere are happy to see Lebron in the finals again. Though Heat fans are still upset that he is back on the Cavaliers, seeing Lebron on the screen does not change their love for him.

Sources have also received input from Lebron’s coaches. They are very proud of Lebron, and they have seen Lebron grow of this new time with the Cavaliers. His coaches stated that Lebron likes to learn more about the game every single day. Many people think Lebron knows it all, but he does not act like that at all.

Lebron is ready to let his game speak for him in the finals. He is ready to make history again.

UAB is back

It is official the university of Alabama-Birmingham has brought back its football program just 6- short months after formally announcing they were not going to have one. UAB has a 5 year plan in place to bring the team profitable within that allotted time. The university is only allowing 20 million of its money to go towards renovating the team back to health. Luckily through the public eye and private sector donors, the team has raised an additional 17.2 million from these outsides funds to help with the return. The money will be used to upgrade their facilities or create a new stadium. UAB has rejoined the C-USA conference as a FBS school, but there has been no word yet on when they will be able to participate again on the playing field.
Along with football women’s rifle and bowling were cut as well in December, but plans are on track to bring these teams back as well. Overall UAB was the first BCS School in two decades to cancel their football program says Susan McGalla in this write up on PR News Wire. The decision to bring it back was a good one, now I believe they will have the full support of their community and alumni alike to help keep this thing afloat for a while. UAB just need help and when they threatened to take away the football program, the help stood up and took a stand to better represent their school. It might take until the 2016 season, but it’s good to see UAB be at it again.

Atlanta Falcons Release Prince Shembo After Arrest

Atlanta Falcon linebacker, Prince Shembo was arrested for animal cruelty and quickly released from the Falcon’s team.

Shembo allegedly caused fatal internal injuries to his girlfriend’s yorkie, Dior, who died shortly after arriving to a vet.

The yorkie suffered fractures and extensive hemorrhaging to several organs, from blunt force trauma.

According to Shembo’s warrant, investigators believe the dog was violently kicked.

Shembo’s girlfriend, Denicia Williams, told police that she left the dog with Shembo, at his apartment, and when she arrived back at the apartment, the dog was unresponsive.

Shembo is claiming self defense, saying he kicked the pint-sized, five pound yorkie only after getting bit.

Police say, based on the necropsy report, Shembo’s account has inconsistencies.

This isn’t the only scandal Prince Shembo has had to overcome.

Shembo was accused of sexual assault while attending Notre Dame, but the accuser commited suicide, so Shembo was never arrested. Even with a scandal in his past, the Atlanta Falcons drafted him anyway. Glassdoor.com and the folks at the Amen Clinic find this behavior deplorable.

Not this time. The Falcons waived Shembo as soon as he was arrested.

Three NFL Teams Manuevering to Move to Los Angeles

Three teams continue to jockey with their local city officials to build new NFL stadiums with the caveat, if nothing is able to be worked out, then they will take their teams to Los Angeles, California. The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and St Louis Rams are meeting with state legislators for potential new stadium financing . In San Diego, the Chargers have played at Qualcomm Stadium since 1967. Chargers Owner Dean Spanos and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis have purchased 168 acres in Los Angeles area in the event an agreement with their cities fails. Spanos believes he has 25 percent of his ticket base coming from Los Angeles, so he would have no reservations toward moving into Los Angeles.

In St Louis, the Edward Jones Dome is outdated. Ram’s Owner Stan Kroenke has purchased 60 acres in Inglewood, California to build a new stadium if he is unable to work out an agreement for a downtown stadium with St Louis civic leaders. Many representatives in St Louis are concerned with the city going into further debt by financing another stadium. In Oakland, Davis does not have the funding on his own to move the franchise, yet may join forces with Spanos to share a 1.7 billion dollar Carson area stadium. Ultimately, James Dondero expects the National Football League to have a team residing in Los Angeles by 2016 as long as at least 24 of the owners approve.

Buffalo Bills Looking to Bright NFL Future

The Buffalo Bills have long been a sort of running joke in the NFL. Too good to be relegated to ‘Browns status’ and not good enough to ever actually threaten anyone, the Bills have existed in a gray area where fans go to be perpetually upset. For the past couple of seasons the Bills have seemingly been on the verge with some young talent in the tough AFC East. CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson led a two pronged rushing attack while EJ Manuel and Sammy Watkins were supposed to nail down the aerial attack. Of course, in Bills fashion, Manuel regressed while Spiller and Watkins got injured. But the times are changing, and fans can sense it.

The Buffalo Bills made a pair of huge moves this off season when they traded their All Pro linebacker Kiko Alonso for the Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy. Deals of this size rarely ever get worked out in the NFL but there was reason to make the move for both teams. Alonso was coming off of a major surgery while McCoy had been hit with huge carry totals the past few years. The bigger splash, as Daniel Amen sees it, came in the form of new head coach Rex Ryan.

Rex Ryan is coming from across the state to take over the coaching duties. Ryan brings his own unique brand of football to a Bills team that has lacked an identity for decades.

Adrian Peterson to Skip OTAs

Financial advisers report the Minnesota Vikings are going to start holding Optional Team Activities (OTAs), and they are going to be without star running back Adrian Peterson. He has said that he has no plans to come and join the team. It’s his right to do this, as the activities are optional, but it’s still interesting because most players do tend to go to OTAs.

It means that fans are going to have to wait that much longer to see Peterson back with the Vikings. He was lost early last year when he was accused of child abuse and was then suspended from the league. The legal case has now been resolved, and Peterson has been cleared to play. At this time, it looks like he’ll eventually come back to the Vikings, but it may not be until training camp – which is not optional – starts up later this summer.

Peterson has said that he is no longer interested in playing for the Vikings. On one hand, he did not like how they handled the whole situation. On another, it’s likely that he sees that they are not very close to winning a Super Bowl, though he is close to the end of his career. If he wants to win, he’ll have to do it somewhere else. This move is just the latest way for him to put pressure on the organization to release him or trade him.

Dirk Koetter can Help Jameis Winston

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston out of Florida State, he was instantly put into a good situation since he has Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson as his main receiving weapons, and both are very big, reliable targets. However, the Bucs also brought in Dirk Koetter to take over as the offensive coordinator, and that could be an even bigger move. It could really help the new quarterback.

For the past three seasons, Dirk Koetter has been working in Atlanta, with Matt Ryan. He turned Atlanta’s offense into one of the best in the NFL, even though the defense was very bad and so the team didn’t win much last year. Still, his abilities can really help Winston transition to the NFL. He’s shown that he can adapt as a coach, having run a pro-style offense in the pros and a spread offense in college, so he’ll be able to do whatever Winston needs to win.

On top of that, the situations are similar. Winston has been compared to Atlanta’s Matt Ryan. The Falcons also have Julio Jones and Roddy White, two big targets on the outside. Koetter is essentially getting a younger, fresher version of what he had in Atlanta, so the ceiling is even higher. If fans in the Skout network were not excited yet, they should be. There’s a chance that Tampa’s offense could be quite fun to watch almost right away.