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NFL: Raiders swing deal with Texans for QB Schaub

Matt Schaub, the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans for the past seven NFL seasons, was traded Friday to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth-round pick in May's NFL Draft. Schaub, a 32-year-old All-Pro signal caller, was sent packing a day after the Texans signed former Tennessee quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year contract. The Raiders, who finished 4-12 in 2013, are set to pick fifth in this year's NFL Draft but have filled their need for a quarterback.

NFL: Seahawks defender Browner says his ban is done

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, set to become a free agent next week, said Tuesday that he has been reinstated by the National Football League. The NFL suspended Browner indefinitely last December after he lost an appeal over a one-year ban for a second violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy. That kept Browner out of the Super Bowl, where the Seahawks beat Denver to win their first NFL title.

NFL: Super Bowl could be at risk over anti-gay bill

National Football League officials are carefully watching the fate of controversial anti-gay legislation in Arizona as the US state prepares to host Super Bowl 49 next February. The NFL championship spectacle, which organizers estimated produced $550 to $600 million in economic impact for the New York region earlier this month, could potentially be moved from Arizona for the second time. At issue is Senate Bill 1062, which would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense against lawsuits.

NFL: Washington's Davis banned indefinitely for doping

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was suspended indefinitely without pay by the National Football League on Wednesday after a violation of the substance abuse policy. Davis, who caught seven passes for 70 yards and one touchdown in 10 games for the Redskins last season, is set to become a free agent next month. Davis, 28, was suspended for four games in 2011 after failing multiple drug tests for marijuana.

CBS to televise 8 Thursday night NFL games in new package next season

NEW YORK, N.Y. - CBS won bidding among broadcast networks to televise eight Thursday night NFL games next fall, and perhaps beyond that. The NFL said Wednesday that CBS and its broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be in the booth for eight early-season Thursday night games simulcast on the NFL Network. The league's cable network will show six Thursday night games alone, produced by CBS with Nantz and Simms also in the booth. Included in the deal is two Saturday games, but it is unclear whether they will be on CBS or the NFL Network

NFL: Super Bowl ticket resale prices rise with temperatures

Resale market prices for Super Bowl 48 tickets are rising on the eve of the big game as new weather forecasts predict relatively warm conditions with clouds and light winds. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet Sunday before a sellout crowd of about 79,000 at East Rutherford, New Jersey in the National Football League championship spectacle, the first to be played outdoors in a cold-weather city.

NFL to launch new digital video service, seeking to increase revenue from mobile advertising

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NFL, already a more than $9 billion a year business, is seeking new revenues from the expanding mobile advertising market. The league will launch a digital video service called "NFL Now" this summer, which will offer game highlights, archived NFL Films footage and original news and analysis programs. Brian Rolapp, the league's executive vice-president of media, called mobile advertising the "fastest-growing revenue stream" out there.

NFL to let football fans create personalized online service

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The National Football League, which already offers football-crazed fans programs on its own cable channel, online and mobile, is launching an "NFL Now" video service that lets fans personalize programs on Internet-connected devices. The league said NFL Now will launch this summer worldwide on mobile devices, and in the United States through Verizon Communications Inc, on Microsoft Corp's XBox One console, on Yahoo Sports and online. It expects to add other distribution partners in future, it said.

Exclusive: Fox, CBS, ESPN bid for Thursday night NFL games

By Ronald Grover LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox, CBS and ESPN have submitted bids for the rights to broadcast as many as eight Thursday night National Football League games, three people familiar with the bidding process told Reuters, as bidders began assembling for what is expected to be a highly contested auction. NBC, which already broadcasts NFL games on Sunday nights, is expected to join the bidding by Friday night, when bids are due, according to one of the people.

U.S. judge rejects $760 million NFL concussion settlement

By Scott Malone (Reuters) - A $760 million settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players, who contend the league downplayed the risk of concussions, was rejected on Tuesday by a U.S. judge who said it might not be enough to pay all of the affected players. The proposed deal, reached in August, had set aside up to $5 million for each former player diagnosed with a certain brain condition as a result of their years on the playing field.
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