NFL Kickoff Overnight Down 7% On NBC NFL: Concussion Protocols Worked With Newton Broncos' Brandon Marshall Kneels During Anthem 49ers Make $1M Donation To Kaepernick's Cause Players Continue Push Against Goodell Winning Key For Rams To Keep Fans In L.A. Challenges Remain For Raiders' Move To Vegas Counties Fight For Possible New Redskins Stadium Bears Open To Naming Rights For Soldier Field Rodgers Starts Sixth Season With State Farm
SBD/September 6, 2013/NFL Season Preview
NFL Media Notes: Ray Lewis Brings Unique Perspective To New Analyst Role
Published September 6, 2013
PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN: In Houston, David Barron noted FS Southwest reporter Patti Smith will "be playing hurt Monday night in San Diego as she helps host the network’s Texans pre- and postgame shows." Smith suffered a torn ACL in her left knee Aug. 24 in "an accident involving an equipment cart at Reliant Stadium." She worked during the Saints-Texans game the following day and "has continued on the job since the accident." Since post-surgical patients "face travel restrictions, she will not undergo surgery until next Thursday." Smith said that she "was riding on an equipment cart when a piece of gear on the back of the cart hit an awning on Budweiser Plaza at the stadium." Smith: "A pole hit the overhang, which flipped me off the cart. I did a flip in the air, landed on my head and suffered a torn ACL" (CHRON.com, 9/5).
SUPER-SIZE ME: In N.Y., David Hinckley reported WNYW-Fox sportscaster Russ Salzberg is scheduled to "launch a Super Bowl countdown show" on Friday. The weekly half-hour show will run from 10:30-11:00pm ET and is called "Super Football Friday." It will cover "the full gamut of Super Bowl prep, and give viewers plenty of time to digest it" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/5).
DA BEARS: ChicagoBears.com's "Training Camp Central" coverage was highlighted by 237 new pieces of content across its digital platforms from July 24-Aug. 18, including 104 videos that were viewed approximately 2 million times. The site saw a 17% increase in unique visitors compared to the same period in '12, as well as a 21% gain in page views (Bears).