The NFL’s regular season TV ratings alarmingly dropped eight percent last season.

Berman’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” remained the most watched NFL pregame show from 11 a.m. to 12 last season, averaging 1.47 million viewers,, according to ESPN’s Bill Hofheimer. The two-hour show, airing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, competed against both “Fox NFL Kickoff” and “Fox NFL Sunday” as well as Cheap Islanders Jerseys CBS Sports’ “The NFL Today.”

ESPN is not standing pat with its flagship NFL pregame show, either. Besides giving Ponder the big chair, ESPN added ex-NFL coach Rex Ryan to the revamped crew of Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, Matt Hasselbeck, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Louis Riddick.

However, those who keep insisting that it’s too early to predict doom for this defense, and who keep rewinding the trash talk after the similar early-season beatdown by the Chiefs in 2014, should remember that the season isn’t as long as it seems on opening day.

It’s going to look much shorter if they lay another egg against Drew Brees and the Saints at the Superdome on Sept. 17. The window can close fast, especially when you give up 500 yards a game. They gave up 537 to the Chiefs, the most a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots team has ever surrendered. The 42 points surrendered were also a Belichick-era worst.

But Thompson’s “Fox NFL Kickoff” was a programming bright spot. The Cheap Jerseys AUStralia show averaged 1.341 million viewers and a 0.9 household TV rating, up 14 percent from 1.181 million viewers and the 0.8 rating the year before.

Colin Kaepernick’s fraternity brothers gathered before the Detroit Lions hosted the Arizona Cardinals to support the unsigned quarterback.

About 50 members of the Kappa Alpha Psi alumni chapter in the Motor City marched about a mile Sunday in a peaceful protest that ended just outside Ford Field.

Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. His supporters believe that the league is punishing him for refusing to stand during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality.

Falling team: Cardinals — Yes, Palmer is still standing, yes they have David Johnson at running back and a seemingly uber-determined Tyrann Mathieu on defense, but there a lot of issues on this Cardinals team that suggest this could be another frustrating year. Larry Fitzgerald is in the twilight of his career and Arians has been dissatisfied with what he has seen from the rest of his receivers. The offensive line has a troubling injury history and on defense the Cards are relying on rookies Haason Reddick and Budda Baker to contribute early Cheap Giants Jerseys after losing nearly 5,000 snaps this offseason, with Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson among those to leave. A lot needs to go right for the Cardinals not to disappoint again.

Circle this game on the schedule: Seahawks at Cardinals, Week 10, Nov. 9 — Since Cheap Hats And Jerseys the 49ers’ three-year run of NFC Championship game appearances came to an end, the division has been a fight between the Seahawks and the Cardinals and, with their second game in Seattle coming in Week 17, it is the Week 10 meeting in Arizona that seems more likely to have a decisive impact on the destination of the division title. The Cardinals will be looking for a first home win over Seattle since 2012, whether they can achieve that feat may well provide a window into whether they can wrest the division from the Seahawks.

The performance marked the second two-score game of the wide receiver’s NFL career

The appeals process and the federal lawsuit aren’t trying to establish guilt or innocence. Elliott was never charged with a crime. These processes simply seek to establish whether or not the NFL acted in a manner that is consistent with its personal conduct policy. Mazzant doesn’t believe it did.

“The NFL’s actions demonstrate that from the very beginning of the decision-making process, a cloud of fundamental unfairness followed Elliott,” Mazzant wrote in his decision. “Unfortunately, this cloud followed Elliott into the arbitration proceedings.”

It’s difficult to project how the appeals court will rule, but the NFL also filed an emergency stay. The league is seeking a quick decision for a process that often takes months:

That’s because it was Diggs who provided a lift to Minnesota’s passing attack with seven catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night’s 29-19 home victory over New Orleans.

The performance marked the second two-score game of the wide receiver’s NFL career, with the first coming in Week 15 of his rookie campaign in 2015. Diggs caught a personal-best 84 passes for 903 yards last season, but he scored only three times.

Two of those touchdown grabs last year came courtesy of quarterback Sam Bradford, who was thrust into a starting role shortly after being acquired in a preseason trade with Philadelphia. The Cheap Discount Jerseys improved Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys chemistry that Bradford has built with Diggs and fellow wideout Adam Thielen (nine catches for 157 yards) through a full offseason and preseason together was on display against the Saints.

Quarterback Joe Flacco has no doubts that he’ll be ready to play in the season opener in Cincinnati.

Flacco missed 36 straight days this summer because of a lower back injury, but he was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. “I am going to be as confident as ever taking the field,” Flacco said. “I am not going to think any differently.” The only players who didn’t have a full practice were backup Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys cornerbacks Jaylen Hill (hamstring) and Sheldon Price (concussion).

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First-round pick Gareon Conley, who missed all of training camp and the four preseason games because of a right shin injury, is practicing and the Raiders’ thin secondary could need his Cheap Football Jerseys help. Before last week, when he came off the physically unable to perform list, the first time Conley faced any type of live competition was in June’s minicamp. The rookie is going to need some seasoning, and it is tough to imagine Oakland throwing him at Tennessee right off the bat with only a handful of practices under his belt. As such, it is hard to imagine seeing him active for the season opener, unless it’s as a dime back. “We’ll see how the week goes,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday. “We’ll know more about Sunday as we go through the week.”

How the Jazz really lost Gordon Hayward in 2014

Despite having the most memorable Jazz season in the post-Jerry Sloan era, Utah’s cache has been cut in half with the departure of Gordon Hayward. But it didn’t have to be this way, and it’s partially the organization’s fault that it is.

In the summer of 2014, the Jazz had the chance to offer Hayward five-year, $80 million max deal in free agency after they failed to agree to terms on an extension for the swingman’s services earlier that fall. Instead, the Jazz opted to let Hayward test the market.

That’s where things went down hill.

Yes, the Jazz went about things the right way. They built their team up through the draft and hired the perfect coach for their talent. But part of Hayward’s sudden departure has to fall on them. They could easily have, at least, one more season of Hayward in Utah. Now? We’ll never know what this team could’ve truly become.

There are more Kyries out there. There are other stars who would bristle at living in LeBron’s massive shadow, who would feel as though no matter the accolades they receive, or the money they earn, they were being shortchanged. There are more players who want exclusive glory, even if the glory comes less frequently. Kyrie isn’t alone.

But he’s the first true star to say no to LeBron, and he did it after living at the right Cheap Jerseys China hand of the King for three wildly successful years. For so long, many of us presumed that LeBron’s basketball nature made life inside his court easy. Perhaps that wasn’t an accurate assessment. Perhaps for a star who considers himself an equal to LeBron, living in the shadow is more tortuous than losing 50 games a year.

Kyrie may soon get the chance to remember what the latter Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses feels like.

There are no illusions that NBA players or coaches will participate in the November or February qualifiers.

Through three games in the Las Vegas Summer League, the 19-year-old Smith is averaging 18 points on 47 percent shooting while adding five assists per game. In his first matchup, he wowed the Thomas & Mack Center crowd with his pregame dunks. The following day, he dropped 25 points on the Suns. In Game 3, he stuck a dagger three-pointer into the hearts of the Miami Heat.

After Smith was selected on draft night, Carlisle said he expected him to be the team’s opening day starting point guard. Whatever you’ve heard about Carlisle’s reputation for favoring veterans over rookies, set it aside.

“He’s a kid who’s gotta be out there,” Carlisle says. “I’ve projected him as a starter, and so far, I’m not coming off of that.”

There are no illusions that NBA players or coaches will participate in the November or February qualifiers. USA Basketball hired Jeff Van Gundy to coach those teams and revealed that G League players, American college players, and Americans playing abroad will be tapped.

The G League, formerly the NBA D-League, typically tips off in late November. It remains to be seen whether that will be moved up to earlier in November with a schedule break for qualifiers, or moved back to December. There is also understandable skepticism that high-end college players will skip NCAA preseason in November and the end of the conference season in February to participate.

Will NBA stars play in qualifiers on the final days of June and first days of July? The stars who just wrapped up their playoff runs won’t. The stars who face free agency certainly won’t. Odds Cheap Jerseys are the players (and coaches) who run the team during this summer’s low-profile AmeriCup Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys and the in-season qualifiers will continue to do so next summer.

NBA free agent signings 2017: Tracking all the deals in one place

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, because the NBA free agency period has begun. While the salary cap jump for the 2017-18 isn’t as big as once projected, it’s still high at $99 million. It was once thought it would hit $101 million, an 8 percent increase over 2016-17. Instead, it is only projected to jump by 5 percent, slowing down the rise in massive player contracts we’ve seen over the past year.

No matter what the salary cap is, players like Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin, and Kyle Lowry will make for an exciting summer as they all head into free agency. The moves made at the top will surely have an effect on the rest of the NBA as teams try and catch up to the Golden State Warriors. Players are creating their own superteams as quickly as they can, as evidenced by the Rockets grabbing Chris Paul in a trade no one thought was possible. If this can happen in trades, it will most certainly happen in free agency too.

Here are the contracts that every free agent has agreed to sign this summer.

Over the next year, more 2016 contracts will likely be moved under duress. One expects L.A. — if it is serious about being a player in 2018 free agency — to attach an attractive prospect that doesn’t fit the future to Deng. One imagines Houston finding a way out from under Anderson. Perhaps New Orleans, who is capped out and preparing to give DeMarcus Cousins a big new contract in 2018, can move Hill. Parsons and Noah are likely too onerous to escape without crushing, untenable sweeteners.

With a more modest salary cap increase and fewer teams Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys with Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys gaping space on the cap sheets, we have seen far fewer bad contracts this summer.

Sacramento added veteran, battle-tested point guard George Hill to a three-year deal worth $57 million.

The Kings had a really good draft night, picking De’Aaron Fox at No. 5 then trading No. 10 for Nos. 15 and 20 to take Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. They followed that with some even better free agent signings this week.

GM Vlade Divac then reunited Dave Joerger with Zach Randolph, a tough-nosed big man he coached in Memphis.

The Kings are in a youth movement, building around players like Fox, Skal Labissiere, and Willie Cauley-Stein for the future. But in any youth movement, the OGs are needed to bridge the gap. That’s exactly what Sacramento now has with Hill and Z-Bo, who will make sure the young Kings stay competitive while teaching them the tricks of the trade.

Boston posted the best record in the East last season and improved that roster by adding Tatum and Gordon Hayward. Further disrupting that chemistry by swapping point guards with a conference rival — as talented as Irving is — would do more harm than good.

It is unclear what the six teams that made trade offers included in their deals for Irving, but odds are if it were a package that blew Altman and Gilbert away, they would have pulled the trigger on it.

For now, as Cleveland’s front office has maintained, Kyrie Irving’s trade request remains a “fluid situation.”

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Restricted free agency won the day for the players on Thursday.

Hardaway and Otto Porter, Jr. both sought out huge, player-friendly deals and got them from teams with cap space.

Porter’s four-year, $106 million deal comes with a player option in its final year plus a 15 percent trade kicker, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. The deal also has a very weird, but great, stipulation where Porter gets paid 50 percent of his annual salary October 1 of each year.

Restricted free agency helps teams retain younger players, but we’re also seeing them hurt each other with it. But either way, the players get the payday they’re looking for.

Nene tried to re-sign with the Houston Rockets on Saturday, agreeing to a four-year, $15 million deal only for the NBA to tell both parties that they can’t do that. See, in the new CBA, there’s an over-38 clause that prevents players from signing for longer than three years if they are or would turn 38 during the length of the contract. Instead, the 34-year-old Nene settled for a three-year, $11 million deal with Houston the next day.

Nene missed out on an extra $4 million, but he’s still making $11 million. He’s a winner here. The Rockets get a quality backup big man back, one who served them well all last season. And the NBA wins because Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys you can never sneak something past them.

Last year, due to an unprecedented cap spike, every team in the league had cap space. It helped facilitate many deals happening quickly, including some lucrative ones. This Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys year, free agents may be hoping for the same type of deals while teams realize that they just don’t have that type of money. This is the result.

Tigers trade Justin Wilson, Alex Avila to Cubs

The Cubs have acquired lefty reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers for infielders Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash, as first reported by FanRag’s Jon Heyman and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal.

The trade is the second major deal of the month for the aggressive Cubs, who already sent prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease to the White Sox as part of a four-player package for lefty Jose Quintana. Chicago has opened up a 2.5-game lead on the Brewers in the NL Central after a sluggish start and is considered the favorite to win the division again this season.

Normally, that wouldn’t even be news; the All-Star Game is once again an exhibition and the game’s umpires are rarely even noticed. But the announcement comes less than a week after news broke that Hernandez filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against commissioner Rob Manfred, alleging that he has been passed over multiple times for the chance to work a World Series and has not been promoted from temporary to permanent crew chief.

For some, the appointment mixed with Hernandez’s well-documented on-field struggles may cause the first thought to be that the league allowing Hernandez to work a major event is an olive branch in the midst of an ongoing legal battle. One could argue that the decision looks like Major League Baseball is throwing Hernandez a bone, rewarding his 24 years of service with his third All-Star appointment.

Just a few minutes ago, Miguel Sano pummeled baseballs, and one of them hit the Fans Cheap Jerseys windows. Another one hit the home run obelisk. And people — most of them waiting Cheap Youth Football Jerseys for Stanton to fight Judge to the death — were so danged into it. The ooohs and ahhhhs were organic and pure.