Welcome to Friday before a holiday weekend

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Somedays, you can just smell certain things wafting on the air.

And in the case of the NFL, since there’s nothing else going on at the moment, today is the perfect time for the classic Friday news dump, leading into what for many is a long holiday weekend.

While they’re loath to admit it, sliding bad news into a time when few people are going to notice it in the first place and it doesn’t have time to resonate is a basic strategy for public relations professionals. And the NFL employs many of those, and they are proficient at their jobs.

While Cowboys defensive end David Irving’s suspension hit in the middle of the week, the majority of league suspensions come late in the week. So if we got one or two of those today, you shouldn’t be surprised.

But that’s far from the only thing to look for.

The league has an ongoing investigation into Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott which has yet to reach a conclusion, dating back to allegations of domestic violence nearly a year ago. The team has projected confidence that Elliott will be cleared, but in the absence of resolution (or transparency), no one knows when or if that’s the case. At some point, they’re going to have bring some finality to the story, rather than letting a potentially messy situation linger closer to the time of year they’d prefer people to focus on their actual product.

There’s no guarantee any such news is coming today — specifically, later this afternoon. But it’s certainly a good day to unload things you don’t want noticed, if you happened to have such unloadable items sitting around.

23 responses to “Welcome to Friday before a holiday weekend

  1. Just remember an oft-ignored detail in the Zeke case – the NFL took Zeke’s phone logs as evidence. Yet “arbitrator” Goodell ruled such logs inadmissable for Brady’s defense. NFLPA had asked Brady not to hand over the phone itself because the NFL had no right, but Brady claimed at his arbitration that the logs would prove the NFL already had all texts sent to anyone connected with the Pats. So why refuse Brady’s chance to clear his name? Integrity Goodell claimed it would take too long (this despite 2yrs, $5M+, and only then taking Brady to court – twice), and then Fraudger had the arbitration proceedings sealed so that we wouldn’t find out.

  2. aren’t we overdue for a league-office-initiated ‘field-leveling’ action against the Patriots? just doesn’t seem fair that they get to have so many great players & coaches! come on goodell!

  3. announcing a EE suspension would be the perfect thing to keep the NFL in the news the entire holiday weekend, if that’s what they wanted.. Wait its the NFL they ALWAYS want to be the news.

  4. I love the pre-emptive cynicism that PFT has for the NFL these days. Like really love it. Haha. The league is not transparent at all but they have become comically predictable in their idiocy.

  5. The most patriotic thing that could happen this weekend is for NFL and CFL teams to all decide NOT to sign Kaepernick.

    God Bless America on its Fourth of July and God Bless Canada on it’s Canada Day tomorrow.

  6. This Friday news dump stuff is pure nonsense. That may have worked back in the days of newspapers and paperboys, but if it’s a big nane player it will get just as much attention today as it would on a Tuesday in September. If it’s a suspension announcement for say, a 3rd string LB it will be just as un-exciting.

  7. RussianBreadMaker says:
    Jun 30, 2017 7:06 AM
    Amazing how Zeke’s investigation gets so little media attention. I suppose it’s okay to allegedly beat a woman if you’re a Cowboy.

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    Not that amazing. Jerry Jones and John Mara control Goodell, which is why they employ wifebeaters, acting like it’s normal and accepted.

  8. irsaysneedle says:
    Jun 30, 2017 7:54 AM
    aren’t we overdue for a league-office-initiated ‘field-leveling’ action against the Patriots? just doesn’t seem fair that they get to have so many great players & coaches! come on goodell!

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    LOL!

    Oh, they’ve been throwing ideas alright. They have biweekly conference calls to see what the Big 7 have on the table for Framegate 3.

    Gotta do something to stop that train!

    China now wants a game out there by 2019. Without parity, Goodell can’t sell the sport there.

    Or in London. Been a huge problem for the concept of “parity” as a sales pitch.

    LMAO

    I take special pride in knowing the Pats are singlehandedly slowing/blocking European and Asian expansion.

  9. RussianBreadMaker says:
    Jun 30, 2017 7:06 AM
    Amazing how Zeke’s investigation gets so little media attention. I suppose it’s okay to allegedly beat a woman if you’re a Cowboy.

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    Amazing how you can ignore the fact that the police found that Zeke did nothing wrong after interviewing witnesses and reading text messages from the accuser asking her friends to lie for her. I think the fact that this investigation has been allowed to remain open is the real story.

    “I suppose it’s okay to allegedly beat a woman if you’re a Cowboy.”……the ignorance in the statement is stunning. You used the right when you said “allegedly”…but obviously have no clue as to what it means. Me claiming youre allegedly a moron doesnt make it so, nor does it mean you should be labeled as such.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 30, 2017 9:46 AM
    RussianBreadMaker says:
    Jun 30, 2017 7:06 AM
    Amazing how Zeke’s investigation gets so little media attention. I suppose it’s okay to allegedly beat a woman if you’re a Cowboy.

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    Not that amazing. Jerry Jones and John Mara control Goodell, which is why they employ wifebeaters, acting like it’s normal and accepted

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    Ah, yes, that must be why Goodell stole $10 million in cap space from the Cowboys (and Redskins) a few years back when they “broke”…..the “spirit” of the uncapped year when they front loaded salaries.

  11. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    Jun 30, 2017 12:48 PM
    Viking fans please don’t burn yourself with your sparklers.
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    That cracked me up. Not that it was directed to Vikings fans, it could have been directed at any fan base and I would have laughed.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 30, 2017 9:46 AM
    RussianBreadMaker says:
    Jun 30, 2017 7:06 AM
    Amazing how Zeke’s investigation gets so little media attention. I suppose it’s okay to allegedly beat a woman if you’re a Cowboy.

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    Not that amazing. Jerry Jones and John Mara control Goodell, which is why they employ wifebeaters, acting like it’s normal and accepted.

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    Aaron Hernandez……..was a Patriot…..you need to squeeze the breeze motor mouth.

  13. I admire the cynicism Florio. But forget all the trivia that gets dumped before a holiday, stay on the Helmetgate fraud scandal. I smell cover-up and no one else has the stones to bulldog it.

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