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Posted on 08 January 2014 by WNST Staff
NFL 2013 TV RECAP
205 MILLION FANS TUNED IN
34 of 35 MOST-WATCHED SHOWS THIS FALL
SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR: NFL GAME TV’S MOST WATCHED SHOW ALL
NFL GAME VIEWERSHIP NEARLY TRIPLES BROADCAST PRIMETIME
RECORD SEASON FOR NFL NETWORK
Football fans tuned into the 2013 NFL season in BIG numbers. According to The Nielsen Company, the 2013 regular season reached 205 million unique viewers, representing 81 percent of all television homes and 70 percent of potential viewers in the U.S.
For the season, NFL games rank as 34 of the top 35 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:
1. CBS Thanksgiving Day Game (Raiders-Cowboys), 11/28 31.7 million
2. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-49ers), 9/8 28.5 million
3. FOX Thanksgiving Day Game (Packers-Lions), 11/28 28.3 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Cowboys), 10/6 28.3 million
5. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Chiefs), 12/1 28.1 million
6. FOX Sunday National (Cowboys-Giants), 11/24 27.9 million
7. FOX Sunday National (Packers-Cowboys), 12/15 27.8 million
8. FOX Sunday National (Seahawks-49ers), 12/8 27.6 million
9. NBC Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Cowboys), 12/29 27.4 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Eagles-Broncos), 9/29 27.0 million
11. NBC Sunday Night Football (Chiefs-Broncos), 11/17 26.9 million
12. NBC Sunday Night Football (Broncos-Colts), 10/20 26.9 million
13. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Saints), 11/17 26.9 million
14. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Patriots), 10/13 26.7 million
15. NBC Sunday Night Football (Broncos-Patriots), 11/24 26.5 million
16. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Giants), 9/15 26.4 million
17. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Bears), 12/29 26.4 million
18. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-49ers), 9/22 25.6 million
19. FOX Sunday National (mostly Redskins-Broncos), 10/27 25.5 million
20. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Cowboys), 9/8 25.4 million
21. CBS Sunday National (mostly Ravens-Steelers & Texans-Chiefs), 10/20 25.3 million
22. NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 11/28 25.2 million
23. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Ravens-Broncos), 9/5 25.1 million
24. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Ravens), 12/22 24.2 million
25. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Chargers), 11/10 24.1 million
26. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Patriots), 11/3 24.0 million
27. NBC Sunday Night Football (Redskins-Cowboys), 10/13 22.1 million
28. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Redskins-Packers & Saints-Buccaneers), 9/15 21.9 million
29. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Saints-Panthers & Giants-Lions), 12/22 21.9 million
30. NBC Thanksgiving Night Game (Steelers-Ravens), 11/28 21.1 million
31. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Saints), 11/10 21.1 million
32. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Packers-Bengals, Giants-Panthers & Rams-Cowboys), 9/22 20.9 million
33. NBC Sunday Night Football (49ers-Seahawks), 9/15 20.5 million
34. NBC Sunday Night Football (Bears-Steelers), 9/22 20.5 million
35. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Falcons), 9/29 20.5 million
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Posted on 27 August 2013 by WNST Staff
AMERICA’S GAME: 2012 BALTIMORE RAVENS DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON NFL NETWORK
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 9:00 PM ET
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, Linebacker Ray Lewis & Head Coach John Harbaugh Recount the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl Winning Season
“We weren’t pretty. We weren’t perfect… But at least we were us.”
– John Harbaugh
Oscar-Nominated Actor Edward Norton Narrates
The Baltimore Ravens were 5-2 headed into their bye week. While most NFL teams would gratefully sign up for those circumstances, the Ravens were at a crossroads. Inside a tumultuous meeting room in Owings Mills, MD, a strong-minded head coach was facing his strong-minded team and the season hung in the balance.
While the meeting was described in the media as a mutiny, in actuality, a championship team was molded. The Ravens won their next four games, and despite struggling down the stretch, recovered to win the AFC North. Then, with three wins in the AFC playoffs and a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, the Baltimore Ravens were crowned Super Bowl Champions.
On September 2 at 9:00 PM ET exclusively on NFL Network, re-live the Ravens’ entire Championship journey through the NFL Films-produced America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens. The one-hour edition of the Emmy-Award winning series features exclusive interviews with Super Bowl MVP & quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Ray Lewis, and head coach John Harbaugh.
Oscar-nominated actor, Edward Norton narrates.
NFL Films captures the entirety of a Championship voyage which commenced in 2008 when the Ravens hired Harbaugh and drafted Flacco in the first round of the NFL Draft. The special takes viewers through the season with behind-the-scenes video and sound from Ravens team meetings, locker rooms, fields, and coaching booths. It is an all-encompassing, inside look at the Super Bowl champions.
In addition to the infamous team meeting, events featured in America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens include:
Quotes from America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens:
– “People get crazy every now and again. Guys get in arguments and that is what happened.”
– Joe Flacco on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team
– “It was challenging, it was tough. A bunch of strong-minded men, but the good news was they had a strong-minded head coach standing in front of them. So if there was going to be a fight, let’s have a fight.”
– John Harbaugh on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team
– “We probably got more accomplished in that half hour towards becoming the Champions that we were going to become than any half hour we had done all year. I couldn’t have been happier when we walked out of the meeting. I wasn’t too happy while it was going on. It was tough.”
– Harbaugh on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team
– “Sizzle was like ‘You need to get back, everything is out of order. As soon as the General leaves, it is all messed up. I have never had a meeting like that in my life.’”
– Ray Lewis on what he had heard from teammate Terrell Suggs regarding the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team
– “I was in awe of the moment; for that to play out the way it did, that game was the marker to say that this team had what it takes. It was the key to the whole season.”
–Harbaugh on the victory over the New England Patriots in which wide receiver Torrey Smith had a career game in the wake of the death of his brother
– “Ali inspired us with that attitude – it is never pretty, but we can find a way to win.”
– Lewis on the inspiration the team drew from prize fighter Muhammad Ali
– “We weren’t pretty. We weren’t perfect… But at least we were us.”
– Harbaugh on the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens
– “It is an awkward question, but it is what you have to believe. I really believe if you are going to be any good in this league that is what you have to think about yourself.” –
Flacco on saying he believes he is the best quarterback in the NFL on a Baltimore radio station
– “You feel somewhat responsible for that. You are the leader of the offense and what makes it go.”
– Flacco on the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron
– “I thought about the point that we’re going to have to beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to get to where we wanted to be. I think that makes it a little bit cooler.”
– Flacco on Ravens’ journey through the playoffs
About America’s Game
America’s Game, an Emmy Award-winning series, delves deep into the story behind the making of Super Bowl champions. Each episode is a 60-minute documentary, featuring key members of the winning team telling behind-the-scenes accounts from their championship season. With the signature NFL Films footage, combined with news clips and photos, highlights from team radio broadcasts, inside looks from team meeting rooms, sideline audio and other exclusive features, America’s Gameprovides an epic and intimate portrait of championship teams.
About NFL Network
Launched on November 4, 2003, NFL Network is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this season
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.
Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.
For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon. For more information, log on to http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.
– NFL MEDIA –
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Posted on 14 April 2013 by Brian Billick
WNST.net returns to Carroll County this Tuesday night, April 16th, for a NFL Draft Preview show starring our very own Coach Brian Billick and presented by our friends at Freedmont Mortgage.
The first Super Bowl winning head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and a former Carroll County resident himself, Coach Billick has been studying the NFL Draft for the past few months as he prepares for his NFL Network broadcast duties on Draft weekend. Coach will be ready to answer your questions about Mant’i Teo, Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu, Alec Ogletree, D.J. Fluker, Kevin Minter, Jesse Williams and any other players the Baltimore Ravens may be considering this year.
Coach was in the room when the Ravens selected the likes of Ed Reed, Todd Heap, Jamal Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ben Grubbs, Haloti Ngata, Chris McAlister, Adalius Thomas, Jarret Johnson, Sam Koch, Marshal Yanda and more. His qualifications are impeccable. (We’re also aware he was in the room when the Ravens selected Kyle Boller, but after Joe Flacco lead the Ravens to another Super Bowl title we’re pretty sure it’s time to forgive that.)
Greenmount Station is located at 1631 N. Main Street in Hampstead and is the home of Carroll County’s best crab cakes. We were blown away by the support of WNST from the Purple Rowdies in Hampstead when we rolled out that way in the fall for our “Thursday Night Live” series with Dennis Pitta and we can’t wait to be back out there. Kickoff time for the taping of the show is 7pm Tuesday night and the show will air later in the week on AM1570 WNST.net. Get there early and grab a great spot, enjoy some great food and have a cold beer, it’s going to be a fun evening.
Coach is always willing to take pictures and sign autographs for fans in attendance, as well as answer that question that’s been bugging you for 10 years. If you want to ask something along the lines of “Coach, did you ever lose the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XXXV like the Ravens did after winning Super Bowl XLVII?” he’ll give you an honest answer. (Which we’re pretty sure is “no”, but admittedly not certain.)
It’s our NFL Draft Preview Show with Coach Brian Billick presented by Freedmont Mortgage, taping Tuesday night at 7pm at Greenmount Station in Hampstead. We can’t wait to see you out there.
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Posted on 20 July 2012 by WNST Staff
NFL Network’s Kim Jones and CBS’ Bonnie Bernstein each Tweeted Friday news regarding the future of the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium.
Jones, a Penn State alum, said via Twitter “Am told that Penn State plans to take down the Paterno statue this weekend.” Bernstein said “Source: Penn State Board of Trustees voted on a conference call last night to take down Joe Paterno statue. Will happen this wknd.”
PSU officials however have not confirmed such reports when asked by various outlets. One actual denial of the report came from Daily Collegian (the student newspaper at Penn State) reporter Laura Nichols, who quoted Board member Ryan McCombie as saying “We did no such thing.”
The Paterno statue has been the subject of much debate since last week’s release of the Louis Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal in State College. Earlier in the a plane flew over Happy Valley with the message “take the statue down or we will.” A handful of Penn State students had camped out near the statue this week to protect it.
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Posted on 22 March 2012 by WNST Staff
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Posted on 17 January 2012 by WNST Staff
Top Coaches and Players from AFC and NFC Selected in Nationwide Media Balloting as Winners of NFL 101 Awards for 2011 Season
Four Pro Bowl Selections and Two Outstanding Coaches to be Honored at Kansas City’s 42nd Annual Salute to Professional Football
KANSAS CITY, MO (January 17, 2012) – Two quarterbacks who direct the league’s most high-powered offenses will join two of the most formidable defensive players and two coaches who guided their teams to playoff appearances as the 2011 winners of the annual NFL 101 Awards – the nation’s premier awards event dedicated exclusively to professional football.
The 2011 season award winners will be presented with trophies at the 42nd Annual NFL 101 Awards gala in Kansas City Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Westin Crown Center. The prestigious black-tie awards event was founded in 1969 and has evolved into what many sports insiders consider the finest awards event of its kind. This year’s event is presented by Perfect Output and ECCO Select.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been selected as the NFC Offensive Player of the Year after engineering one of the greatest offensive seasons ever recorded in the NFL. A first-time 101 Award winner, Rodgers established the best single-season passer rating in NFL history at 122.5. He passed for 4,643 yards with a 68.3 completion percentage and an incredible 45-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Rodgers led the Packers to an NFL-best 15-1 record and the NFC North Division title. For the second consecutive year and third time in his career, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Year. Brady led the Patriots to a 13-3 record and the AFC East Division title. He led the conference in passing attempts (611), completions (401), completion percentage (65.6), yards (5,235), touchdowns (39) and passer rating (105.6).
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has been named the NFC Coach of the Year in just his first year as an NFL head coach. Harbaugh guided the 49ers to a 13-3 record and the NFC West Division title after inheriting a team that finished 6-10 the previous year. Harbaugh, who was the AFC Offensive Player of the Year in 1995 as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, becomes the first person ever to win 101 awards as both a player and coach. Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is the AFC Coach of the Year. Overcoming season-long adversity including the loss of his top two quarterbacks to injuries, Kubiak led his team to a 10-6 regular season record, the AFC South Division championship and the first playoff appearance in Texans franchise history.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has been selected the NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Allen finished the regular season with a league-leading 22 sacks – one-half sack shy of the NFL single-season sack mark. He is 20th on the NFL’s all-time career sack list. The former Kansas City Chiefs player was selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his eight seasons. Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is the AFC Defensive Player of the Year. Suggs recorded an AFC-best 14 sacks and forced a team-high seven fumbles. He holds the franchise record for sacks with 81.5. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in nine seasons.
A national media committee, comprised of 101 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL, selected the winners in each award category in a nationwide vote at the conclusion of the regular season.
In addition to these award winners, the Committee of 101 also selects the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, which was created in 2007 to honor the life and legacy of the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and given in recognition of visionary leadership that has helped the NFL become the preeminent pro sports league in America. This year’s Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football award winner will be announced in February.
The awards show hosts for the evening will be NFL Network sportscaster Paul Burmeister and CBS football analyst Rich Gannon, a former NFL Most Valuable Player and two-time 101 Award winner.
Event proceeds this year will be directed to the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation through the Chiefs Children’s Fund, a 501(c)3 foundation that distributes funds to various children’s charities throughout the Kansas City area. TMC joined the Chiefs as the official Community Health Partner in September 2010. The Chiefs and TMC are working together to provide wellness education and promote healthier living for the people of Kansas City. Both TMC and the Chiefs play a vital role in the Kansas City community and this partnership capitalizes on two well-established brands for the common goal of improving the health status of the community in general, and of the citizens in the urban core particularly.
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Posted on 03 January 2012 by WNST Staff
Navy’s Tuani Selected To Play In The East-West Shrine Game
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani has been selected to the 87th annual East-West Shrine All-Star Game, which will take place Saturday, January 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised by the NFL Network starting at 4:00 PM.
As the longest running and most respected all-star football game, the East-West Shrine Game has been part of the sports landscape since 1925. Some of the former greats that have played in the game include Navy’s own Roger Staubach, Tom Brady, John Elway, Brett Favre, Dick Butkus, Gayle Sayers and Walter Payton. 45 players that played in the game last year were drafted and 62 former players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Currently 243 players on active NFL rosters played in the East-West Shrine Game. Of the 100 players that played in last year’s game, 52 were on active NFL rosters and 18 more were on the practice squad.
Tuani will be the 24th Navy player to play in the game and his selection marks the third-consecutive year that a Navy player has been chosen. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs played in last year’s game, while linebacker Ross Pospisil was selected two years ago.
Tuani is considered one of the best defensive linemen to ever play at Navy. He recorded a team-best 13 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks in 2011. His 44-career tackles for a loss are the second most in school history and just one off the school record, while his 16 career sacks are tied for third on the list.
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Posted on 17 December 2011 by WNST Staff
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco’s appearance on “Monday Night Live” with teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo, Glenn Clark, Nestor Aparicio and Luke Jones has been of great interest around the country. The interview has appeared at ESPN, NFL Network, NFL.com, SI, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Comcast SportsNet and countless other places around the internet and other forms of multi-media.
Heck, even a certain FM sports talk station in Charm City referenced the interview on-air and online, although they wouldn’t mention where it came from.
The opinions of Flacco’s comments have varied from analyst to analyst, fan to fan and even from WNST contributor to WNST contributor.
So here is the transcription of some of Flacco’s more interesting answers from Monday’s show at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium. You can hear the segment in question here.
(Thanks to our friends at SportsRadioInterviews.com…)
On fans reacting and sometimes overacting to wins and losses:
“Yeah it’s pretty hilarious. I mean everyone reacts week to week and I mean most people really have no idea what really went on in the game and how everybody played and what was supposed to be happening. I can look at an NFL game and say ‘hey this is what I thought should have happened’ but I can be way off base because I don’t know what they game planned for the week and things like that. It’s funny to see all these things. I mean look at Tim Tebow. I like Tim, but you have a tendency to want to, I don’t want to see Tim do bad, but look what happens after he wins a football game. If you watched Sportscenter today it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else. When we beat the Steelers were we on TV? No. I couldn’t even find a Baltimore Ravens highlight. I think that’s kinda the way it is around Baltimore. We don’t always get our respect but you gotta deal with it and go out there every week and just win football games.”
On the idea that there are hurdles that he needs to get past to gain peoples respect:
“It’s pretty funny. It really means nothing at the end of the day. We beat the Steelers. Just because Ben wasn’t playing doesn’t mean anything. All those games are just as important. To be honest with you, in the regular season since I’ve been here we’re .500 against those guys and if you were to ask people they would probably say we have just one win against them. It’s funny to hear that kind of thing. It just kinda goes with the territory. You just have to continue to take it, deal with it, and not really worry about it. As far as winning the big one we’ve won a lot of big games around here. The other thing is quarterbacks are not the only guy on the team to win football games. When we do win football games I don’t seem to think that a lot of people say ‘hey Joe Flacco won that football game.’ When we lose the football game that might be the case but obviously that’s not all reality. As a quarterback it’s your job to go in there and realize that and be the guy that goes out there and plays the same way every week and puts your team in position to win football games. That’s what I’ve been doing I think and that’s why we’re 10-3.”
Whether or not he pays attention to other QB’s around the league and what they are doing:
“I don’t necessarily pay attention and every week look at that and see that. I guess every now and then you do and just see kinda what they’re doing but I don’t watch the TV shows a lot. Like I said every now and then you see it and you hear it. You just do. You can’t help yourself a little bit.”
Whether or not he heard the criticism before the season started about him being the reason the Ravens didn’t have a better season:
“Last year we were a 12-4 football team. I mean we didn’t win the division because Pittsburgh had a tiebreaker and we won a playoff game. Yeah it’s not what everybody wants to hear and we didn’t win the Super Bowl but it was a pretty good year by our football team and I had a pretty good football season myself. You go home and all you want to do is not be criticized and it does seem like that. And hey my standpoint is I just think we’re disrespected as an organization when it comes to the media. We’re not a very big market, the bottom line is we don’t need a lot of help because we have a great fan-base every week and we win football games. We’re not a losing football team that needs to be out there in the media and be talked up like we are all-world. We are. We go out there and play and win football games. People usually look for a reason to put us down and where does that go to? It goes to the quarterback because we have a good defense. Teams want to see us run the ball and they want to see our defense win games. When we don’t do that and don’t win a football game where does the blame fall? Onto the quarterback. What are you gonna do? You’re the quarterback. You’re one of 32 guys that has the position that you have and it’s really not even that much because not everybody plays every week. Hey that’s why most of these guys, including myself get paid the way we do because we’re the guys that have to deal with it at the end of the day. When we don’t win they’re going to put it on us and that’s the bottom line.”
Whether or not he feels like his role in the offense has continued to evolve:
“The biggest thing for me is just the fact that when you come in as a rookie you don’t know a lot of guys, you’re a little bit uncomfortable, and you’re put in the starting spot and you’re just trying to play well. As you’re around a team, as you’re around guys you become more and more comfortable in your own skin and you become more and more comfortable to voice your opinion. Now we have a lot of young guys on the team so you have to do that. Before we were a pretty veteran offense and a pretty veteran team and a lot of those guys have developed those skills ten plus years in the NFL. It’s not my job to come in here and tell them to change something or something like that but it is my job to kinda get these young guys up to speed and mold them into the kind of player that I want them to be and they want to be. I think I’m able to be more comfortable in my own skin and voice my opinion a little bit more.”
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