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XFL ratings dip on ABC in Week Two

The XFL had very strong ratings in Week One of the return from its 19-year hiatus. The Week Two ratios were strong to quite strong. According to Jake Russell of the Washington Post, the Week Two ABC games drew an average audience of 2.127 million on Saturday (New York Guardians at D.C. Defenders) and an [more]

Report: Jets felt Le’Veon Bell gained weight, lost explosiveness last year

Before running back Le'Veon Bell signed with the Jets as a free agent last offseason, there was some discussion about whether he’d be in shape after sitting out the entire 2018 season. Those concerns didn’t stop the Jets from signing him to a four-year deal, but they apparently haven’t gone away as he moves into [more]

Intriguing Tom Brady matches with coaches, cities, teammates

Monday’s PFT Live spent plenty of time addressing the report that the Raiders plan to make Patriots quarterback Tom Brady an offer in free agency. We also spent time trying to come up with ideal Brady matches. And we tried to be more specific than just putting Brady on a specific team. For the six [more]

Big Seattle crowd bumps XFL attendance by nearly 10 percent

The XFL had net attendance growth for its second week, thanks in large part of more than 29,000 Seattle fans who came out to see the Dragons defeat the Tampa Bay Vipers, 17-9. Via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the XFL attracted 76,285 fans in Week Two, a 9.5-percent bump over Week One, when [more]

Tim Tebow has “some communication” with XFL, but he decided to stick with baseball

Fifty-two weeks to the day after former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow explained his lack of interest in the AAF, Tebow explained his lack of interest in the XFL. “There was some communication,” Tebow told reporters on Sunday regarding the XFL at a press conference held in connection with his current gig as an aspiring Major [more]

Jets announce one-year deal for Daniel Brown

The Jets signed tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. Brown, 27, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month. He played 16 games for the Jets last season, starting five. Brown made seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Brown finished third on the Jets [more]

Jets sign safety Anthony Cioffi

The Jets signed safety Anthony Cioffi after working him out earlier Thursday. The team announced the signing. Cioffi, 25, spent the past two seasons in the Canadian Football League. He made 97 tackles on defense and 13 on special teams, while also contributing four sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and a touchdown for Ottawa. [more]

Jets work out CFL safety Anthony Cioffi

The Jets worked out free agent safety Anthony Cioffi on Thursday, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports. Cioffi, 25, could sign to the 90-man roster “if all checks out,” per Dunleavy. Cioffi spent the past two seasons in the Canadian Football League. He made 97 tackles on defense and 13 on special teams, [more]

New Jersey sees huge growth in sports betting

Since the floodgates opened in May 2018 for legalized sports betting, the floodgates really haven’t opened. Based on the experiences of the state whose challenge to federal law resulted in the Supreme Court ruling that authorized the state-by-state of wagering on sports, other states need to get moving. Via Stephen Edelson of the Asbury Park [more]

Jets hire Leigh Torrence to help with secondary

The Jets added to their coaching staff, hiring a former NFL defensive back. According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Jets have hired Leigh Torrence as their assistant defensive backs coach. Torrence’s coaching career began with the Saints as an intern, and he has been a defensive assistant since 2017. Torrence played [more]

Mark Gastineau wants his single-season sack record back

Nineteen years after Packers quarterback Brett Favre gifted Giants defensive end Michael Strahan the single-season sack record, the guy who previously held it wants it back. “It’s my record, and I want it to be known that it’s my record,” former Jets pass rusher Mark Gastineau told ESPN on Monday. “I’m not going to say, [more]

Ed Reed says he felt lied to by Texans in brief stay in Houston

Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed says he felt lied to by the Houston Texans in his short stay with the team during the 2013 season. In a lengthy conversation with Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report, Reed said he was recruited to Houston with a pitch to be a respected veteran voice. However, when he [more]

As it grows, XFL should play in small stadiums

All four of the Week One XFL games drew between 17,000 and 18,000 fans. But only one of the four games created the impression that the stadium was nearly full. In D.C., the Dragons-Defenders game seemed like a big deal because it was a played in a small stadium. Indeed, 17,000-plus fans in a 20,000-seat [more]

Prosecutor seeking full 18-year sentence for Kellen Winslow II after guilty plea

A San Diego prosecutor is seeking the maximum 18-year sentence to be imposed on former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II following a plea agreement reached in November ended the case. According to Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens is seeking eight years each for the two counts [more]

Will football fans embrace the XFL?

Football fans like the idea of more football. But do they really want more football? The next experiment begins in only two days. The XFL is back, after a 19-year absence. Fueled by the reality that people who will be placing legal sports wagers will need more sports on which to wager plus an investment [more]

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