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Amazon Brings ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Thursday Night Football’ Into Prime Day Push

Amazon’s annual Prime Day shopping event has long been a critical part of its online retail strategy. This year, for the first time, it is also leaning into its Prime Video division to help push new Prime subscriptions and sell even more goods. For starters, Amazon will give Prime members an exclusive first look at […]

Amazon Taps Charissa Thompson as ‘Thursday Night Football’ Studio Host

Amazon’s Thursday Night Football team continues to take shape. On Tuesday, the tech giant announced that Charissa Thompson, a veteran of ESPN and Extra, will be the main wraparound studio host for its primetime NFL telecasts. Thompson will lead Amazon’s TNF pregame, halftime and postgame coverage, joining analysts Richard Sherman, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tony Gonzalez. […]

Tony Siragusa, Super Bowl Champion and ‘Sopranos’ Actor, Dies at 55

Tony Siragusa, the NFL’s charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died. He was 55. Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately available. “This is a really sad day,” he said. “Tony was way more than my […]

Rob Gronkowski Retires From NFL, Won’t Join Tom Brady for Third Season in Tampa Bay

Four-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement again, meaning he will not join Tom Brady for a third season in Tampa Bay. In an Instagram post Tuesday, the four-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and Buccaneers thanked his teammates and coaches over the years and said he’s going back to “chilling out.” “I […]

NBC Sports Says Drew Brees Won’t Be Part of Network’s NFL, Notre Dame Coverage This Year

Drew Brees is officially done at NBC Sports after one year. NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that Brees will not be a part of the network’s NFL and Notre Dame coverage this year. The New York Post reported last month that the former quarterback would not […]

EA Sports Unveils ‘Madden NFL 23’ FieldSENSE Gameplay Features Along With Legendary Namesake Coach on Cover

EA Sports on Thursday unveiled Madden NFL 23, and within, a new gameplay feature dubbed FieldSENSE. A day prior to the official first look at the latest installment in the immensely popular pro football video game franchise, it was announced that legendary NFL coach John Madden would be honored on the cover of his namesake […]

Jeff Gladney, Arizona Cardinals Cornerback, Dies at 25

Jeff Gladney, a defensive back for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, died Monday in a car crash in Dallas. He was 25. Gladney’s death was confirmed by the Cardinals and his agent. “We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who are mourning this tremendous […]

Pepsi Steps Aside as Super Bowl Halftime Show Sponsor, as NFL Cites “Incredible” Interest From Potential Partners

The Super Bowl halftime show will be getting a new sponsor. After a decade as the lead sponsor of the marquee NFL event, Pepsi will be stepping aside from the halftime show, as it focuses its NFL marketing efforts on other areas, including a new Gatorade beverage that will be used during NFL games. The […]

Al Michaels to Cover NFL Playoffs and Olympics For NBC Sports in “Emeritus” Deal

Al Michaels isn’t parting ways with NBC Sports after all. The longtime NFL play-by-play announcer may have left NBC’s Sunday Night Football for a new role at Amazon’s Thursday Night Football, but thanks to an unusual deal with the broadcaster, he will continue to appear on NBC’s airwaves as well. NBC Sports has named Michaels […]

NBC Taps Maria Taylor as Host of ‘Football Night in America’

Maria Taylor is the new host of NBC’s NFL pregame show Football Night in America. The broadcaster, who joined NBC Sports last summer, succeeds Mike Tirico, who was recently named the lead play-by-play announcer on Sunday Night Football. She had joined the program as a co-host last year. Football Night in America is one of […]

Tom Brady to Join Fox Sports as Lead NFL Analyst Once Playing Career Ends

In a stunning and unexpected move, star Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has agreed to join Fox Sports as its lead NFL analyst, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said on the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday. Brady will join Fox Sports when he decides to retire from the NFL. In his new role, Brady will […]

Dwayne Haskins, Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback, Dies at 24

Dwayne Haskins was working on a second chapter for his young NFL career. The 24-year-old quarterback was spending time with some teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers, getting ready to compete for a starting job. That’s when his life was cut short. Haskins was killed early Saturday morning when he was hit by a dump truck […]