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  1. WWE® Launches ECW® As Third Brand STAMFORD, Conn., May 25, 2006 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., today announced the official launch of ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling®) as a brand extension to its RAW® and SmackDown® franchises. After acquiring the ECW assets in 2003, WWE spent the past few years re-introducing ECW to the global WWE audience and increasing the interest in its unique brand of sports entertainment. To date, WWE has successfully released three ECW DVD’s, all of which have become best sellers, and produced a very profitable ECW pay-per-view event in June 2005, with another ECW pay-per-view scheduled for this June 11, 2006. With consumer interest at an all-time high, WWE is introducing ECW as a complementary brand to RAW and SmackDown. “After keeping the ECW concept alive and creating an enormous cult-like following for all things ECW from DVD’s to PPV’s to books, we feel that now the time is right to officially launch ECW as its own stand-alone franchise,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman. “RAW, SmackDown and ECW now represent a portfolio of WWE brands for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy.” Similar to WWE’s RAW and SmackDown brands, WWE will produce, market and promote a full line of ECW products from television programs to pay-per-views to live events to licensed consumer goods. In a related announcement, The SCI FI Channel today announced it would start airing one-hour episodes of a new ECW live television program, debuting June 13 at 10 p.m. ET. (more on this announcement) World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at and WWE® BRINGS ECW® TO SCI FI CHANNEL New York, N.Y., May 25, 2006 - SCI FI Channel today announced that World Wrestling Entertainment®, the producer of the No. 1 weekly basic cable TV series, “Monday Night RAW “on USA Network, will debut a summer series on Tuesday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling®) will be an alternative brand of wrestling suited to fit the SCI FI Channel’s commitment to fuel the imagination. "Research tells us that there's a healthy appetite for wrestling among SCI FI viewers," said Bonnie Hammer, President, USA and SCI FI Channel. "With ECW, we're able to deliver to those fans unique action with a twist that's perfect for SCI FI." “ECW on SCI FI will push the boundaries of sports entertainment in new and unexpected ways,” said Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment. SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site ( and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at and ECW Going Global May 26, 2006 WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has big plans for ECW. In fact, in a Friday afternoon interview with, McMahon revealed, “We are taking the ECW brand global.” Going worldwide with the likes of Paul Heyman, Tommy Dreamer and Sabu, however, is miles away from where ECW was prior to its closing in 2001. In fact, stationed out of Philadelphia, many looked at ECW as just a northeastern wrestling promotion. But the recently re-launched ECW will not have much of a struggle making an impact both here in the United States and overseas. In fact, according to Mr. McMahon, ECW already has plans for its own Merchandising and Licensing, International Sales, consistent Live Event schedule, as well as its own set of pay-per-views. But with so much of WWE’s global enterprise behind it, can ECW be expected to be the same ECW it was when it developed its cult-like following in the late 1990s and early 2000s? “We will bring forward many of the more legendary characters of ECW’s past,” said McMahon regarding today’s ECW. “But it can’t be the same. That’s pretty much impossible. It’s now five years later. A lot of the performers now have five more years under their belt, and the ECW style has taken a great deal out of them. This is something that the ECW audience already realizes. They know that if ECW was still in business today, they would be very different from what they were five years ago.” While the re-launched ECW will undoubtedly be different from the original ECW, McMahon is adamant that the brand will not stop pushing the envelope, nor will it be like the already successful WWE brands SmackDown and RAW. “It will be an alternative, there’s no doubt about that,” claimed the WWE Chairman. “It won’t be shot the same way we shoot SmackDown or RAW. It’ll have a different feel. It will be more gritty. There will also be more imagination put into concepts and characters. But at the same time, there will need to be a delicate balance because there are three masters to serve. There’s the small, vocal ECW audience. Then there’s the SCI FI audience that is accustomed to things more SCI FI. And obviously, you have to also be true to our broader audience in terms of what sports-entertainment is today.” With so much of the vision of the new ECW brand already mapped out, many wonder what took WWE so long to re-launch the brand. According to McMahon, it was all about timing. “Over the last several years, we have been busy re-establishing the concept of ECW without it having to be its own brand,” said McMahon. “Now, with the success of The Rise and Fall of ECW DVD and the success of last year’s One Night Stand pay-per-view, it just seemed right. And it feels like this year’s One Night Stand pay-per-view will be a launch to re-establish the brand.” So with the launch of the re-established brand right around the corner, will former ECW head Paul Heyman have a role? “Absolutely,” exclaimed McMahon. “But at the end of the day, Mr. McMahon is in charge.”
  2. Kirk Cousins contract talks with Redskins on positive track 8:40 AM ET Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer While it doesn't mean there will be a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline, there has been an improved, encouraging tone in the contract talks between the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins, league sources told ESPN. One reason for the positive outlook is that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has gotten involved, making it known how much Washington wants to re-sign Cousins. At last month's owners meetings in Chicago, Redskins president Bruce Allen and Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, had their first face-to-face meeting in the two years since Washington first used the franchise tag on the starting quarterback, sources said. It was the first of two face-to-face meetings between the two sides, as they continue to negotiate a long-term deal. Now there is a belief that even if a deal doesn't get completed before the NFL deadline for franchise players next month -- and it still will be challenging, even with the thawing between the two sides -- that one could be struck after next season, keeping Cousins in Washington long term. "There's no doubt it's been more positive lately," said one source familiar with the talks who requested anonymity. "Everything has been much more positive in the past several months." It is why there is more hope that something could get done. Last offseason, the two sides never came close to a deal. This offseason, the Redskins appear more open to recognizing Cousins' value, especially when he is scheduled to play the 2017 season on a franchise tag worth about $24 million. Playing on back-to-back franchise tags gives Cousins leverage in talks for a long-term deal, and the Redskins seem open to getting a deal done.
  3. GLOW just hit Netflix. Ten 30 min episodes with some surprising cameos.
  4. Mohu has a 65 mile range OTT antenna coming out soon so it was either WalMart or BestBuy that drastically reduced the price on their 50 mile antenna. And tell you what, the other day as I was getting the monthly bills together it SO nice to not have $165 going out to Cox Cable.
  5. Tons of info here:
  6. Just finished season 1 of Animal Kingdom from TNT. Had to do the quick 30 day trial & cancel deal on Amazon as they're the only place streaming season 1. Season 2 is on Amazon, TNT's app & Sling's on demand stream. Thought I had seen it on Hulu earlier but wasn't able to find it there now.
  7. I'll see that & raise you with "This is how bored I am" by JohnnieDevi.
  8. NFL TRAINING CAMP DATES & LOCATIONS Following is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates: AFC TEAM SITE LOCATION ROOKIES VETERANS Baltimore Under Armour Performance Center Owings Mills, MD 7/19 7/26 Buffalo St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY 7/26 7/26 Cincinnati Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH 7/25 7/27 Cleveland Cleveland Browns Training Complex Berea, OH 7/23 7/26 Denver UCHealth Training Center Englewood, CO 7/23 7/26 Houston The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, WV 7/25 7/25 Indianapolis Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center Indianapolis, IN 7/24 7/29 Jacksonville Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields Jacksonville, FL 7/19 7/26 Kansas City Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, MO 7/24 7/27 LA Chargers Jack Hammett Sports Complex Costa Mesa, CA 7/29 7/29 Miami Baptist Health Training Facility Davie, FL 7/20 7/26 New England Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA 7/24 7/26 NY Jets Atlantic Health Jets Training Center Florham Park, NJ 7/28 7/28 Oakland Napa Valley Marriott Napa, CA 7/24 7/28 Pittsburgh Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA 7/27 7/27 Tennessee Saint Thomas Sports Park Nashville, TN 7/28 7/28 NFC TEAM SITE LOCATION ROOKIES VETERANS Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ 7/21 7/21 Atlanta Atlanta Falcons Training Facility Flowery Branch, GA 7/26 7/26 Carolina Wofford College Spartanburg, SC 7/25 7/25 Chicago Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL 7/19 7/26 Dallas Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard, CA 7/19 7/22 Detroit Detroit Lions Training Facility Allen Park, MI 7/24 7/29 Green Bay St. Norbert College De Pere, WI 7/26 7/26 LA Rams University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA 7/26 7/28 Minnesota Minnesota State University, Mankato Mankato, MN 7/23 7/26 New Orleans New Orleans Saints Training Facility Metairie, LA 7/19 7/26 NY Giants Quest Diagnostics Training Center East Rutherford, NJ 7/27 7/27 Philadelphia NovaCare Training Complex Philadelphia, PA 7/23 7/26 San Francisco SAP Performance Facility Santa Clara, CA 7/27 7/27 Seattle Virginia Mason Athletic Center Renton, WA 7/29 7/29 Tampa Bay One Buccaneer Place Tampa, FL 7/25 7/27 Washington Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center Richmond, VA 7/26 7/26 Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.
  9. NFL Draft
  10. Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
  11. Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
  12. Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  13. Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
  14. Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
  15. The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.
  16. During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59p.m., New York time, on March 14th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
  17. Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  18. Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  19. First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  20. Super Bowl LII, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota.
  21. An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.
  22. NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida.
  23. Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.