Dan Snyder’s Future In 2023 A Hot Topic At NFL Owners Meetings
PHOENIX — Dan Snyder’s future in the NFL as the owner of the Washington Commanders is uncertain as his peers gathered at a luxurious resort for the league’s annual meetings and waited for word on the likely sale of the team.
Three people familiar with the details told The Associated Press on Monday that a conversation about Snyder is off the formal schedule this week. Despite his absence, Snyder remained a popular topic of discussion, even as quarterback Lamar Jackson’s trade request dominated headlines.
“I believe he has put the team up for sale.” “I believe something is on the verge of happening,” stated New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “I don’t know for sure.” We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Canadian millionaire Steve Apostolopoulos recently entered bids for the Commanders led by Josh Harris and Tilman Fertitta. When Snyder accepts an offer, he must submit the bidder’s name to the NFL for approval. That has yet to happen, according to an AP source.
With various investigations into the team’s working culture, finances, and Snyder himself ongoing, he and his wife Tanya hired a consultancy last fall to “consider possible transactions.” Tanya is still representing the team at league competitions.
There is “merit to remove” Snyder as the owner of the Commanders.
Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, has stated that there is “merit to remove” Snyder as the owner of the Commanders. That would necessitate an extraordinary vote of 24 of the other 31 team owners.
According to the Associated Press, Snyder and his attorneys have demanded that NFL owners and the league cover him against future legal liabilities and costs if he sells the club. Two owners expressed outrage at Snyder’s demand for indemnification but told the Associated Press that they wanted to see the sale process through before taking action.
According to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Snyder’s condition has altered their relationship.
“I think it’s a little more formal,” Jones said, “but that’s because of the various issues involved here.” “It isn’t ‘lovey-dovey,’ but it isn’t strained in any way.”
Snyder and the team are still under investigation by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, who was hired by the league to investigate various aspects of the organization following a congressional investigation into workplace misconduct, which included a referral to the Federal Trade Commission for potential business improprieties.
When asked if Snyder had refused to talk with White, a spokeswoman said it was a private matter between the team and the league.
Snyder is the subject of several civil cases and investigations.
The District of Columbia Attorney General filed two civil lawsuits against the Commanders late last year: one for a scheme to defraud fans of ticket money and another accusing Snyder, Commissioner Roger Goodell, and the league of conspiring to mislead fans about an investigation into the team’s workplace culture that resulted in a $10 million fine and no written report. The Commanders reached an agreement with the state of Maryland, agreeing to repay security deposits and pay a $250,000 fine.
An inquiry begun in October 2021 by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which included evidence from Snyder, Goodell, and others, concluded that the team produced a poisonous workplace atmosphere.
Other developments from Monday’s discussions included:
The NFL has created The Smart Heart Sports Coalition, a collaboration of numerous groups campaigning to adopt evidence-based policies to prevent high school kids from dying from sudden cardiac arrest.
“The NFL has a history of addressing difficult issues,” league official Anna Isaacson said. “The life of Damar Hamlin was saved.” More lives must be saved.”
The NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL, NCAA, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Korey Stringer Institute, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and Damar Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation are all part of the coalition.
According to League president Jeff Miller, schools need to have rules in place to provide good CPR and fast access to AEDs.
“A lot of the most tragic situations that unfortunately happen may be avoided if a school has an emergency action plan in place if they have someone trained in CPR and access to an AED.”
HOSTS OF THE FUTURE
According to league official Peter O’Reilly, a vote on Super Bowl 2026 and NFL draft 2025 host cities will not occur this week. According to O’Reilly, it will likely be on the agenda for the May sessions.
The Super Bowl will be held in Las Vegas next year, with New Orleans hosting the following year. The NFL draft will be held in Kansas City next month, and Detroit will host the following year. O’Reilly stated that the reinvented Pro Bowl, which includes a week of activities and competition culminating in flag football, is here to stay. According to him, 100% of the gamers polled support the new format.
SOURCE – (AP)
Spencer Carbery Hired As Capitals Coach After 2 Seasons As Maple Leafs Assistant
The Washington Capitals have appointed Spencer Carbery as their next head coach, reuniting the team with a fan favorite who had long been tipped for the position.
On Tuesday, the team revealed that they had re-signed Carbery after he had spent the previous two years as an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Before then, Carbery’s success with Washington’s top minor league club had made many believe he would succeed Peter Laviolette as head coach of the Capitals. From 2018 to 2020, Carbery coached the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League for three years before landing his first NHL job on Sheldon Keefe’s staff in Toronto.
General manager Brian MacLellan commented, “Spencer is one of the best young coaches in the game who has had success at every level in which he has coached.” To quote the hiring letter: “We feel his leadership, communication skills, ability to develop players, and familiarity with our organisation will be tremendous assets as he makes this next step in his coaching career.”
The Washington Capitals have appointed Spencer Carbery as their next head coach.
Carbery, now 41 years old, was a homegrown talent for the Capitals who got his start with the team’s ECHL affiliate in South Carolina. He went through many interviews this spring, including one with the San Jose Sharks for their open position from last year.
Before a rival team could pick him up, the Capitals got him back into the role they had envisioned for him. The former captain turned Tampa Bay assistant, Jeff Halpern, Philadelphia associate coach Brad Shaw and others with more experience were all passed over in favor of Carbery.
Carbery thanked the Capitals organization for allowing him to serve as team captain. I’m excited to get to know and develop chemistry with such talented players. To the Toronto Maple Leaf organization, I appreciate all the help you’ve given me over the past two seasons.
Carbery’s job is to get Washington back into the playoffs after an eight-year drought. He inherits a squad led by the aging Alex Ovechkin, who led the playoffs in scoring in 2018 and is now attempting to break Wayne Gretzky’s record for most goals scored by a player in franchise history.
The organization’s purpose, from owner Ted Leonsis to general manager Brian MacLellan, is to remain competitive for as long as Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin is under contract. Since Ovechkin is under contract for another three years, that is the most likely time frame before the team begins a reconstruction.
SOURCE – (AP)
Heat Still Lead East finals, But Celtics Roaring Back With Eye On History
MIAMI HEAT Possibly, Kevin Garnett is correct. As he exclaimed in jubilation after Boston won the NBA title in 2008, anything is possible.
Including the unthinkable.
The Celtics have earned their way into an exclusive club by being halfway to immortality. Only 14 out of the first 150 teams in NBA history to go behind 3-0 in a best-of-seven series went on to force a decisive Game 6. This percentage is just 9.3 percent. There has never been a series winner among them; by this point, most of them have been booted.
It’s not the Celtics. They are now down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, but they hold the upper hand heading into Saturday night’s Game 6 in Miami.
Jaylen Brown, a forward for the Celtics, says, “When adversity hits, you get to see what a team is made of.” The squad was stunned to find themselves down 3-0. Being down 3-0 seemed like the worst possible situation, yet we didn’t panic or split up. As a group, we kept putting. We doubled down on our defensive strengths and can now win the series.
The Celtics can become the fourth team to return from a 3-0 deficit and force a game seven if they win on Saturday. A victory on Saturday would put Boston in a position to force the series to a decisive Game 7 on Monday at TD Garden, where it would host the series for the first time.
Down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.
After a rough week, Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla reminded his team that the season is still nine months away. Sometimes you have a lousy week on the job. We didn’t choose the finest moment to have a poor week, but we did, and now we’re all pulling together and doing our hardest to keep it going.
The Denver Nuggets currently need a game. If Boston prevails, the NBA Finals will begin with the Nuggets facing the Celtics in Game 1. For Game 1, if Miami wins the East, the Heat will travel to Denver. The first episode of the titular series will air on June 1st.
Coach Michael Malone of the Nuggets stated as much on Friday, following the team’s first full practice since clinching the Western Conference title with a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. But keeping in sync is tough when you’re not actively participating in NBA games.
In Game 4, the Heat led by nine points in the third quarter and looked like they would be able to complete a series sweep. Two and a half minutes later, the Celtics had taken the lead for good. Boston took control of Game 4 with an 18-0 run, ended any remaining uncertainty with a 12-0 run in the second half, and opened Game 5 with a 20-5 run.
All told, in the 27 minutes between the beginning of the Celtics’ third-quarter outburst in Game 4 and the end of their early-game run in Game 5, the Celtics outscored the Heat 84-43.
These past two performances do not represent us. It was just a coincidence, Heat forward Jimmy Butler said. We stopped defending in the middle of the game because we weren’t making the shots we needed to win. However, that can be fixed quickly. It would help if you came out swinging a lot harder. It will be nothing but sunshine and consistency from here on out because we know we will win the next game, as I’ve said before.
At least one’s self-assurance is growing. The rest of it is.
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said frankly, “There are no excuses” for the team’s poor performance in Game 5. Even though the locker room is currently as chaotic as a scrum for a dropped ball under the basket, “not at all,” he insisted. With injuries to Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo at shooting guard, as well as the absence of starting guard Gabe Vincent for Game 5 and the sight of Kyle Lowry playing through some hand ailment, the Heat have been shorthanded in the backcourt throughout the rest of the playoffs.
Game 5 was a disaster for Miami’s starting unit, as they were outscored by their bench players 95-44. Ever since Boston’s comeback-sparking run began in Game 4, the Heat have been outscored 75-33 from 3-point range, have given up 54% field goal and 44% 3-point shooting to the Celtics, and have turned the ball over 26 times to Boston’s 12.
Select a random number from the list. Only the series score of 3-2 is positive for the Heat, as it means that Miami is still one win away from completing their incredible journey as a No. 8 seed that reached the NBA Finals.
Spoelstra acknowledged that this series would be intensely contested. You know the conference finals will be tough because they always are. There is no connection between games. We won Game 3 by a wide margin. It’s really beside the point. It’s all about working together to plan and execute a spectacular performance. On Saturday, we’ll play at a much higher level. That’s all we can do is concentrate on at the moment.
SOURCE – (AP)
NFL Expects Fewer Kickoff Returns With New Fair Catch Rule Inside 25
EAGAN, Minnesota – With a focus on player safety, the NFL has driven the kickoff return even further into obscurity.
The existence of the kickoff itself is still being investigated.
The league’s owners voted Tuesday to test an upgraded touchback rule for one year, giving the receiving team the ball at its own 25 with a fair catch of a kickoff anyplace behind that yard line.
“There’ll be a lot more work to be done about how we can continue to evolve going forward,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Can we keep this play exciting but, more importantly, safe?” There will be a great deal of work to be done.”
The plan was approved despite strong opposition from coaches and players across the league, who said the alteration would result in uglier plays with squib and corner kicks, making fair receptions hard.
“I’ve been doing this a long time.” “I’ve seen these types of health and safety discussions,” Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay, head of the competition committee, said. “We tend to get ourselves to the right place, but it’s never that comfortable.”
According to the NFL’s statistical projections, the return rate for kickoffs in 2023 will drop from 38% to 31% under the new rule, and the rate of concussions on the sport’s most dangerous play will be cut by 15%. Concussions on kickoffs occur more than twice as frequently as on plays from scrimmage, and the percentage has increased dramatically in the last two years, according to McKay.
With a focus on player safety, the NFL has driven the kickoff return even further into obscurity.
One possible explanation for the recent rise in head injuries? Kickers’ improved ability to tactically hang the ball longer and higher in front of the goal line gives coverage more time to make a tackle and keeps the opponent’s drive starting deeper than the 25 for an end-zone touchback.
“We understand that there will be injuries in professional football and football at all levels.” “We’re just trying to mitigate those risks,” said Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel, a member of the competition committee that recommended the regulation be approved.
The NFL duplicated a regulation that had just been implemented in college football.
“Not to say there won’t be some unintended consequences, but sitting still and doing nothing was unacceptable,” said Jeff Miller, executive vice president of communications, public affairs, and policy for the NFL. “There may be more to come because both kickoff and punt continue to have higher injury rates than run or pass plays — and sometimes by a significant margin.” We need to keep an eye on those plays.”
McKay admitted there is no certainty that the kickoff will always be a game feature. The NFL will continue investigating alternatives, like those utilized in spring leagues. The XFL has only 5 yards between the kicking and returning teams, with movement prohibited until the returner has fielded the ball.
“You don’t want this play to be taken out of the game because special teams has been a really good part of our game and a really good part of the careers of a lot of players and coaches,” McKay said. “It’s popular. We just need to figure out how to make the plays safer.”
With a focus on player safety, the NFL has driven the kickoff return even further into obscurity.
In 2016, the league relocated touchbacks from the 20-yard line to the 25-yard line. Only 53 kickoff returns have resulted in touchdowns in the last 12 seasons since kickoff tees were moved up to the 35-yard line from the 30. Before the modification, there were 20 kickoff return touchdowns in 2010.
“I’m sure it’s like a good NFL rule.” “They always have their reasons for putting stuff in,” said Green Bay’s Keisean Nixon, who recorded one of the four kickoff return touchdowns in the 2022 season. “I ain’t never fair caught anything, so I don’t know.”
Coach Matt Eberflus of Chicago projected a tactical change towards squib, drop, and drive kicks.
“I suspect you’ll see more returns rather than less,” Eberflus said. “That’s just what I’m thinking right now,” she says, “but we’ll see what happens.”
GROWTH ON A GLOBAL SCALE
Goodell showed openness to teams spending more time overseas, with the Jacksonville Jaguars scheduled to play consecutive games in London this year.
“We’ll see how it affects the Jaguars,” Goodell stated. “Can we try three at some point?” Possibly.”
The NFL has expanded its global marketing program to include two additional clubs and four other nations, bringing the totals to 21 and 14, respectively. The New Orleans Saints were awarded the rights to France. Ireland and Northern Ireland were acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who also acquired Mexico last year. Ireland also joined the Jaguars. The Atlanta Falcons are the fifth team to sign Germany. Austria and Switzerland were granted rights to the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The program was created to assist individual teams in developing their brands outside their home markets through commercial activities and fan engagement comparable to what they do at home. The league grants rights for at least five years.
SOURCE – (AP)
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