Not much to talk about this morning – the Celtics loss to Orlando is dominating the headlines in the Boston Sports world.
Today is day two of the team’s Organized Team Activities, although tomorrow is the big day since the media will be grantedÂ accessÂ – andÂ we’llÂ finally begin getting reports of how the younger players are working with the veterans.Â Hence the reason whyÂ there’s virtually no news to speak of this morning.
Meanwhile in Texas the league is holding the NFL Owners Meeting, where the Globe interviewed Patriots owner Robert Kraft who revealed there are some upgrades coming soon to Gillette Stadium.Â According to Kraft the team will be adding high definitionÂ video boards in each endzone.
Investing in the Future - Boston Globe
â€śI think excluding Dallas, theyâ€™ll be the largest,â€™â€™ Kraft said of the video boards. â€śTheyâ€™ll be HD, theyâ€™ll give us the opportunity to show a lot more replays, weâ€™ll be showing the Red Zone Channel in-stadium, with great plays at other stadiums, and itâ€™ll continue to improve the in-game stadium experience.”
KraftÂ also told the news paper that the team is looking into creating their version of the Kangaroo TV handheld video devices â€” which allow fans to review highlights, and check their fantasy rosters and out-of-town scores at their seats.
In other news Patriots guard Logan MankinsÂ is not expected to attend the team’s OTA’s – which aren’t mandatory anyway.Â MankinsÂ isn’t even under contract yet (he hasn’t signed the restricted free agent tender he was offered)Â and it’s similar to the Vince WilforkÂ situation after Wilfork also skipped them before finally reaching a new deal with the team.Â The interesting part will be when June 15th arrives and the mandatory mini-camps start.Â Â Â At that point it could get ugly sinceÂ if he hasnâ€™t signed the deal by then, New England can drop his RFA tender to 110 percent of last yearâ€™s salary ($1.5 million).
Meanwhile for the Fantasy Football people out there, Open Sports posted the 2010 Patriots fantasy preview this morning:
2010 New England Patriots Fantasy Preview – Open Sports
Around the NFL the Milwaukee SentinalÂ reported that commissioner Roger Goodell sent letters out to the governers in 44 states looking to get a “concussion law” in place to protect young athletes.
Goodell Wants Concussion LawÂ – Milwaukee Sentinal
Somewhat ironic since a report in the Philadelphia Daily News is saying that a congressional committee critized the NFL’s equipment, particularly the players’ helmets, and claims the league isn’t doing enough to protect their players.
US Reps Rip NFL Docs For Not Doing ‘What’s Best For Players’ – Philly Daily News
As you’ve probably heard, today will likely be a big day for New York City, and the media is buzzing this morning as the league is expectedÂ toÂ announce thatÂ SuperBowlÂ XLVIIIÂ will be played there in 2014.
NY is Fave Today To Land SuperBowlÂ XLVIII – New York Post
Unfortunately don’t expect the game to come to Foxboro.Â Patriots owner Robert Kraft was reportedly asked about whether or not he’d like to see one eventually be played at Gillette Stadium, but told the Globe yesterday, “That ship has sailed”.
Finally the NFL suffered a major defeat in court yesterday.Â The Supreme Court Ruled that the league’s 32 teams are individual businesses, which may have just saved fans a lot of money on merchandise.
Obviously there’s talk about how this will affect the collective barganingÂ agreement, but there’s a slightly bigger story which directly effects the fans.
In case none of you were aware the league put in place a restriction earlier this year and chose not to allow a large number ofÂ vendors (both online and brick & mortar retailers) to continue to sell “gameday” merchandise, which included jerseys and sideline apparel.Â Â Only a handful of vendors were picked by the league to continue selling these items, and as a result this severelyÂ reduced the number of dealers who could sell them – which obviously reduces competition.
In the end that means higher prices for the fans who want to purchase them – and it will be interesting to see where this case goes since I’m sure it isn’t over yet.
That’s it for this morning.Â Â We’ll have more throughout the day as it becomes available.
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