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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 - 8:15 A.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    NEWS
    ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
    UPDATES ARE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. GENERAL SPORTS NEWS LINKS ARE
    ALSO INCLUDED.





    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: CENTER DAVID BAAS

    "From the moment he signed with the Giants last summer through Super Bowl
    XLVI, David Baas' life was rather hectic, as he struggled to get adjusted to a
    new system and a new area of the country while battling injuries and even
    forces of nature
    .



    It all ended well for the team's starting center, of course, but he
    realizes he could stand to improve in a few areas of his game. He outlines those
    in this installment of our Giants
    summer questionnaire
    :




    So this is going to be your first extended break since you signed
    with the Giants. Is this going to be a clear-your-mind, take-it-easy kind of
    time for you?




    Nah. I have a place I train down in Florida, Athletic Edge with Mr. Mike
    Gough. I mean, I will take a little time after I leave here. We’ll take our kids
    to Disney World. I’ll try to stay away from all those Mickey ice cream bars. But
    I’ll take a few weeks. And then, the last three weeks, I’ll train down there.
    You’re stupid if you don’t because we have the conditioning test when we come
    back. I want to maintain what I’ve worked so hard for this offseason. Being in
    the Florida heat will help.




    Did it ever really hit you how crazy and up-and-down things were for
    you last year?




    Yeah, at points it did. Like I went to a Yankees game with my kids to do the roll
    call out in the bleachers
    . That was awesome. I took my ring out there and
    everybody was just storming me to take pictures of it and everything. I was just
    like, ‘This is never going to leave.’ You know in terms of football, it’s over.
    We’re looking forward. But in terms of the feeling, that’s always going to be
    there, so that’s pretty cool.




    What needs to improve after last season for you?




    There are lots of things I can do better. You just watch it now on film and
    the biggest thing from what I see is understanding the offense even better. In
    the game, I was focusing on trying to get my assignments down, where now I can
    see even in OTAs my footwork is so much better and puts me in much better
    position to help everybody else and work together. It makes a big difference
    because you don't have to think about your assignment unless there's a new play
    you're kind of learning. But other than that, it's much better. And that's the
    thing, throughout the season, I feel like I kept improving and I tried to make
    my last game my best. The OTAs and minicamp, the format changed. You don't get
    to put your helmet on people like you do in training camp. You get to use your
    hands more and that's good because it's like muscle memory. Sometimes, I tend to
    drop my hands and I need to keep them up more in my punch. So honestly, I take
    whatever I can do out here and use it to my advantage.




    So thinking too much was messing up your technique?




    Oh, especially in the beginning because, you know, I didn't want to screw up.
    But now, I have a very good grasp of the offense and I feel like I can focus on
    my technique a little bit more than I could last year.




    What positives did you take from last year?




    Well, in terms of improvement and being able to just continue to work with
    the guys, even though injuries were an up-and-down part of it. This offseason,
    I'm very happy with the way my body feels and my strength and improvement. I
    feel I can run better. That's what I wanted to do, to get back to being healthy
    and that way I can go out there and do what I'm capable of doing.




    Did you feel you proved some resiliency last year in dealing with
    everything thrown your way?




    Yeah, it definitely was tough. This game changes and that's the thing, we all
    have to be able to adapt. I feel like I did and, even more this year, I'll be
    able to take a leadership role."

    http://www.nj.com/giants/

    NY DAILY NEWS




    GIANTS' MARTELLUS BENNETT EXCITED TO PLAY WITH "UNSELFISH" ELI MANNING

    "For years, and despite two championships for New York
    Giants
    quarterback Eli
    Manning
    , many pundits have argued that Dallas Cowboys signal caller Tony Romo
    is the cream of the crop in the NFC East. However, after only a few short months
    with Big Blue, tight end Martellus Bennett strongly disagrees with that assertion,
    and anxiously awaits his time on the field with the two-time Super Bowl MVP.



    "I don’t think there’s a better quarterback than him in the NFL right now,"
    Bennett told Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger. "Watching his
    approach to the game and the way he coaches everybody up and gets everybody
    involved, I think he’s an unselfish quarterback, which is what you want. He
    throws a very catchable ball, which is always awesome. He’s a great guy, a great
    quarterback.




    Bennett believes one of the major differences between Eli and other NFL quarterbacks
    is his ability to not only find the open man, but to avoid playing
    favorites.





    "It doesn’t matter who it is or what number you are. If you’re open, he’s
    going to hit you," Bennett added. "Every quarterback has one or two guys they go
    to on most teams. But here, it’s not really like that."




    The fifth-year tight end out of Texas A&M has never been a big Romo fan,
    and even pressed to have a quarterback competition between Jon Kitna and Romo a
    season ago. And although he refrained from saying anything too derogatory, his
    comments landed him in the dog house and possibly attributed to his abysmal 2011
    season.




    However, Bennett isn't the only former teammate of Romo who believes Eli is
    the superior quarterback, as defensive tackle Chris Canty also recently weighed
    in on the debate.





    “Romo’s a tremendous quarterback, statistically he’s a top five quarterback,
    that’s undeniable,” Canty told the Dallas Morning News. “At the end of the day, in
    the clutch situations, he hasn’t performed as well as you would like him to. I
    think ultimately, that’s been the difference between their franchise and the
    Giants ability to be successful.”




    Alas, training camp draws near and with it comes chatter about how Romo is
    the best all-around quarterback in the NFC East. Manning could win 50
    championships, but Romo puts up great fantasy numbers and here in the age of the
    Internet and Madden video games, that ultimately determines your worth in the
    eyes of many "experts." Luckily for Manning, his fans and teammates don't care
    about his Madden rating, only the titles he helps bring to New
    York
    ."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT 2012: SHOULD GIANTS MAKE A MOVE?



    "The NFL will hold its annual Supplemental Draft on July 12. The New
    York Giants
    have not taken a player during this event since 1994, when they
    selected defensive back Tito Wooten. And Giants fans should remember using a
    first-round supplemental pick on quarterback Dave Brown in 1992.



    So, the Giants do not exactly have a glorious, or extensive, history with the
    Supplemental Draft. Will this year be different?




    Here, via NFL.com, is the list of players eligible for the
    Supplemental Draft:




    Boise State DB Quaylon Ewing
    Utah WR Josh Gordon
    Syracuse RB Adam
    Harris
    Iowa State OT Adrian Haughton
    Carson-Newman LB Larry
    Lumpkin
    Georgia DE Montez Robinson
    McMurray WR Houston Tuminello
    TCU RB
    Ed Wesley





    Is there anyone on that list who interest you, Giants fans? Or, more
    importantly, would prod the Giants to use a Supplemental pick? Remember, use a
    pick in the Supplemental Draft and you forfeit an equivalent pick in the
    following year's regular NFL Draft.




    NFL.com says that Gordon, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound wide receiver, is likely to
    generate the most interest. SB Nation's Mocking The Draft agrees, but adds Wesley, the TCU
    running back, to the list.




    CBS Sports offers brief profiles of all eight players. CBS says "Gordon has
    tremendous speed and natural athleticism for his 6-4, 220-pound frame, but is
    still very rough around the edges as a receiver."

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: BREVITY EDITION

    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! A brief notebook for you today.



    NFL
    Supplemental Draft Reportedly Set For July 12 - SBNation.com

    The NFL
    Supplemental Draft will reportedly take place on July 12.




    Several
    changes coming on offensive unit - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores,
    Stats, Fantasy

    For the first time in quite a while, the Giants offense
    will be undergoing a significant overhaul at nearly every position except for
    one: quarterback.




    NFC
    East training camp battles - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN

    An early look at the
    biggest training camp position battles:




    Can
    Schiano 'fix' the Bucs in one offseason? | National Football Post

    A new
    coach can bring accountability -- if the players buy into it.




    Ernie
    Palladino: New York Jets And Giants To Hit The Ground Running; Terrance Ganaway,
    David Wilson Great Young Options " CBS New York

    Before the Jets and Giants
    report to their respective summer training bases in Cortland and Albany, their
    rosters will finish their respite from football, presumably recharging for the
    long haul. And no more important aspects of each team needs the extra energy and
    focus than the ground games.

    In that, the Giants appear positioned to
    head into camp in decent shape despite the free agent disposal of the moody but
    bulky new 49er, Brandon
    Jacobs
    . With returning backs Ahmad
    Bradshaw
    , DJ Ware, Da’Rel Scott, and first-round pick David Wilson,
    they do have talent. And the most interesting of that is Wilson if one goes by
    the performance of players running around in jerseys, shorts, helmets, and the
    very little else allowed under offseason workout rules."

    http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



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    GIANTS' TRIVIA CORNER FOR TUESDAY

    "Yesterday’s question: the Giants have had some great
    running backs in their history, but their QBs have never been known to leave the
    pocket by design.



    Which QB has rushed for the most yards as a
    Giant?


      [*]Eli Manning[*]Fran Tarkenton[*]Jeff Hostetler[*]Phil Simms[/list]

      The answer: Phil Simms. Believe it. He rushed for 1252 yards
      on 349 carries over his 15-year career with the Giants (a 3.6 average).
      Longevity wins out over production in this case.




      Many thought it was Fran Tarkenton, who was known as Fran the Scrambler and
      did a lot ofthat while he was here, gaining 1126 yards over five seasons behind
      a leaky offensive line. Fran ended up with 3674 career rushing yards over his
      18-year career, so it was easy to see why most readers picked him…




      Hostetler is third on the list with 704 yards. Hoss could bolt out of the
      pocket when needed, he just didn’t play enough. He only started 25 games, which
      in retrospect doesn’t seem possible, but it is. A tremendous athlete that did
      not get enough opportunities until well into his career.




      Eli Manning may end up with many of the team’s all-timerecords, but rushing
      won’t be one of them. He is currently seventh among QBs in that categorybehind
      Charlie Conerly (685), Dave Brown (618) and Gary Wood (485) with 365 yards
      (hahaha, I said wood).




      Here’s an easy one on a hot day in NYC…..






      Which Notre Damer was not drafted in the
      first round by the Giants?



        [*] [*] [*] [*] [/list]


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      COULD GIANTS' MANNING. CRUZ SEE A DROP IN PRODUCTION IS 2012?

      "Our NFC East blogger, Jimmy Kempski, and some other NFC East
      bloggers collaborated on a list of NFC East players who may see a drop in
      production in 2012.


      Among the Giants listed were WR Victor Cruz and QB
      Eli Manning. Nothing new to us. We know Cruz will be
      up against tighter coverages this year and will gain more attention from
      defenses. If he increases his production over last season, he’d a be
      Hall-of-Famer, so this seems likely. Cruz will still get his catches and yards,
      just not as many….




      Eli is up against it, period. With an offensive line that is still unsettled,
      Jake Ballard gone and Hakeem Nicks hurting, he
      has less at his disposal. Add in the fact that the Giants drafted a RB (David
      Wilson) with their first pick, and the writing is on the wall for Eli’s 2012
      numbers. From Jimmy….




      “The offensive line last year was horrific at times, and Eli still played
      out of his mind. I don’t see how that line will be any better in 2012, so I
      expect Manning to take his fair share of shots again this season. And of course,
      add in that the Giants don’t have anything resembling a TE that’s a threat in
      the passing game, and they have unproven (although intriguing) players fighting
      for the #3WR job. I’m interested to see if Eli can repeat his 2011 with poor
      protection. I actually think he can come close, but again, this is more about
      how good Eli was last year.”

      GIANTS' NEWS AND NUGGETS FOR TUESDAY

      "Most of the beat writers hustle-up the last few days before the break and get
      as many interviews as possible. They know from experience that once minicamp is
      over it could be six weeks before they have access to the team or players
      again.


      The veterans we have heard from ad nauseum this year already. But how
      about some stories about the exciting and interesting players the Giants have
      picked up this spring?




      Don’t sweat it. SNY insider Mike Garafolo and Pat
      Traina of Inside Football
      have you covered.




      *Mike recently posted an interview with safety Will Hill, a
      top-ranked high school player out of Jersey that went off the rails at the
      University of Florida. As a result, his behavior led to him not being drafted by
      the NFL. After a year of reflecting how he blew up his football career, the
      Giants are bringing him to camp. READ




      *Another local trying to make the team this summer is Rutgers’ RB Joe
      Martinek
      , who also went undrafted. The Giants love his competitiveness
      and are hoping he shows them enough in camp to stick around. From Jorge
      Castillo of the Ledger
      ….READ




      *Pat writes about the lonely summer of seventh-round draft pick DT
      Markus Kuhn, who is still trying to gain his work visa so he
      can work out and play with his new team. READ




      *She also sat with second-year LB Jacquian Williams who,
      with one year under his belt ow, should come out flying in 2012…." Read more...


      http://www.giantsfootballblog.com/

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      YARDBARKER

      NEW YOUR GIANTS' FIVE MOST EXPLOSIVE MOMENTS OF LAST SEASON

      "With the Fourth of July comes the inevitable fireworks sessions we all will
      enjoy. However, New York Giants fans have had their share of fireworks they
      enjoyed last season. With that theme in mind, here is a list of the top five
      moments that made last season so memorably explosive.

      No. 5) Tynes
      is clutch again:
      On January 22, 2012, the Giants faced the San Francisco
      49ers in an overtime thriller for the chance to go to the Super Bowl. It was a
      tense NFC Championship showdown. 49ers kick returner Kyle Williams fumbles twice
      in the game. The second time set up a chance for Lawrence Tynes to kick a
      game-winning field goal to advance the Giants to the Super Bowl. Tynes didn't
      miss. The Giants won the game 20-17 as a direct result of that sequence of
      events.

      Watch the
      moment here


      No. 4) J.P.P. blocks a field goal: It
      was December 11, 2011 and the Dallas Cowboys were attempting a game-tying field
      goal as time expired. The Giants called a time out in an attempt to ice the
      Cowboys kicker. The next play, the Giants special teams drove through, crashing
      the line and allowing Jason Pierre-Paul to get just enough of an angle to block
      the attempt and secure the victory for the Giants. That moment, along with the
      win, allowed the Giants to gain the momentum that catapulted them into a playoff
      run.

      Watch the
      moment here



      No. 3) Cruz goes 99 yards vs Jets: It
      was Christmas Eve 2011 and the Giants faced the cross-town rival Jets for city
      supremacy. They were down early and needed a spark as the first half was coming
      to a close. Victor Cruz provided just the spark they required. On a simple out
      route to the sideline, Cruz made multiple Jets defenders miss and exploded his
      way down the field for a shocking Giants TD. That change of momentum helped the
      Giants win the game and solidify their run toward the playoffs. It also sealed
      the fate of the Jets, all but eliminating them from playoff
      contention.

      Watch the moment
      here


      No. 2) Mario's Super moment: It was Super
      Bowl 46. The Giants faced the Patriots for the second time in four years. Also,
      for the second time in four years, they were underdogs. Trailing 17-15 with just
      3:45 to go in the game, Eli Manning lobbed a perfectly thrown pass down the
      sideline. The pass was placed in a spot where only his receiver, Mario
      Manningham, could bring it down, and that's exactly what he did. The catch led
      to a TD drive and an eventual coronation of the Champion New York
      Giants.

      Watch
      the moment here


      No. 1) Eli's Hail Mary gets
      answered:
      The Giants needed a big play to exercise the ghosts of Lambeau
      Field four years ago. They needed it again this past season. That's what they
      got. On January 15, 2012, they faced the Green Bay Packers in a Divisional
      Playoff showdown for the chance to go to the NFC Championship. They were
      underdogs to the Packers having lost to them at home just a few weeks
      before.

      At the end of the first half, the Giants held a slim 13-10 lead
      over the Packers and they had possession one last time before the end of the
      half. Eli Manning heaved a pass into the end zone for one lats chance at points.
      When doing so, he kept Lawrence Tynes and a field goal attempt on the side
      line. Through multiple defenders Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks used his strong
      hands and great size to come down with the score and a lead the Giants would
      notrelinquish.

      Watch the
      moment here


      In the end, it was the swing of momentum the
      team needed and would use to go on to another improbable playoff run. One that
      was as explosive as it was memorable. All of these moments were exceptional by
      themselves, but combined, they add to the tapestry of legend that is New York
      Giants football."


      ##

      NY GIANTS COUNTING ON A COMEBACK SEASON FROM JUSTIN TUCK

      "Justin Tuck is one of the unquestioned
      leaders of the New
      York Giants
      defense. He has been a key member of two Super Bowl
      winning teams and has been named to two Pro Bowls. He was named the 62nd best player in the NFL by his peers in an NFL Network
      ranking. Still, Justin Tuck is not satisfied.


      Last season was a bit of a disappointment
      for Tuck. Aside from winning the Super Bowl, that is. On the field, Tuck
      struggled with injuries, and struggled to stay on the field all season long. He
      only played in 12 games and
      made 11 starts and recorded 5 sacks and forced only 1 fumble after forcing 5
      each of the last two years.




      This year, Tuck has made headlines with
      his new facemask which should prevent opposing offensive linemen from getting
      their hands into his mask and twisting his head, something that contributed to
      his sore neck. With the new mask comes a new attitude as well. He sees the
      Giants as a team on the rise, a team that will only get better. Right now,
      there is no reason to doubt him. They are going to enter training camp
      with a healthy Terrell Thomas,
      their star cornerback recovering from an ACL injury. Tuck and fellow defensive
      end Osi Umenyiora are also healthy
      heading into camp giving the Giants one of the deepest defensive end rotations
      in football.




      Obviously, having a healthy Tuck would be
      a huge difference. If he can return to his 2008 or 2010 form the Giants defense
      could be among the best in the NFL. He has been determined all offseason to
      return to that form which should scare opposing quarterbacks."

      http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56

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      ESPN.COM

      NFC EAST PREVIEW - VIDEO


      NFC EAST: WHY THEY WILL, AND WHY THEY WON'T

      Excerpt: "SportsCenter has been running prime-time specials previewing the 2012 season for
      each NFL division. Tonight at 7 pm on ESPN, they will do their one-hour show on
      the NFC East. To help you gear up, we take a look at each of the four teams and
      the reasons why you should like their chances to finish on top... and why you
      shouldn't.

      New
      York Giants


      Why they'll win the East: Quarterback Eli
      Manning
      has established himself as one of the best in the league, and the
      most clutch. Armed with two great wide receivers in Hakeem
      Nicks
      and Victor Cruz, Manning makes the Giants a threat to win any game
      that's close in the fourth quarter. They have a dominant pass rush that makes
      life miserable for opposing quarterbacks, even the very best ones. It's a
      passing league, and the Giants pass the ball and disrupt the opponent's passing
      game as well as anyone.

      Why they won't: The Giants'
      up-and-down 2011 regular season had a lot to do with inconsistency on the
      offensive line and an inability to control the game with the run. Neither the
      line nor the run game appears to have been improved over last year, and that
      could lead to inconsistency again, in spite of the outstanding talent they have
      at other key positions. Also, it's not their turn. This division has had three
      different winners over the last three years, and no one has repeated as NFC East
      champ since the Eagles won the division four years in a row from 2001-04. Every
      team in the division has improved, so the task of repeating is not an easy one." Read more...


      NFC EAST TRAINING CAMP BATTLES

      Excerpt: "NEW YORK GIANTS

      No. 3 wide receiver: Rueben Randle versus Domenik Hixon.

      The Giants
      have two of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, but the free-agent departure
      of Mario Manningham left that No.
      3 spot open. They drafted Randle in the second round and think very highly of
      him, but that's not going to be what gets him the job. He'll need to outplay the
      other guys in training camp in order to earn it, and the other three names on
      this list have more experience in the league and the offense. My pick as the
      current favorite to open the season in that spot is Hixon, who was the favorite
      for it last year before re-injuring his knee. I think that, if he's healthy,
      he's got the best chance to land that position. But that's a huge "if" with
      Hixon, and Randle, Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan all have the physical
      tools they need to impress coaches during this competition. It's probably
      Barden's last chance to show he can stay on the field and compete. And Jernigan
      has a shot to stick if he shows he can help in the return game. But my best
      prediction is a healthy Hixon wins the job and Randle gradually takes snaps away
      from him during the year as he continues to develop into the long-term answer." Read more...

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      MISCELLANEOUS

      ROGER GOODELL UPHOLDS NFL SUSPENSIONS OF SAINTS IN BOUNTY INVESTIGATION

      "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has rejected the appeals of four players
      suspended in connection with the league’s bounty investigation of the New
      Orleans Saints.



      In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, Goodell told Jonathan Vilma, Anthony
      Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita that he retains “the inherent authority to
      reduce a suspension should facts be brought to my attention warranting the
      exercise of that discretion.




      “The record confirms that each of you was given multiple chances to meet with
      me to present your side of the story,” Goodell said. “You are each still welcome
      to do so.”




      Vilma is suspended for the entire 2012 season, while Smith will miss four
      games. Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was suspended eight games, while Fujita,
      now with Cleveland, was suspended three games.




      The NFL Players Association issued a statement saying it will continue to
      pursue all options.
      “The players are disappointed with the League’s conduct
      during this process,” the statement said. “We reiterate our concerns about the
      lack of fair due process, lack of integrity of the investigation and lack of the
      jurisdictional authority to impose discipline under the collective bargaining
      agreement.




      “Moreover, the Commissioner took actions during this process that rendered it
      impossible for him to be an impartial arbitrator.”




      Goodell said he did not take his initial decision lightly and also points out
      that players did not help their cause by refusing to participate fully in the
      appeal process.




      Vilma and his attorney, Peter Ginsberg, walked out of the hearing early after
      Ginsberg raised his objections to the NFL’s handling of the entire
      investigation. The other three players, who were represented by NFL Players
      Association attorneys, sat through the hearing to observe the NFL’s presentation
      of evidence, but in protest refused to present any evidence or witnesses of
      their own, and did not question the NFL investigators who were present at the
      hearing.




      “Although you claimed to have been ‘wrongfully accused with insufficient
      evidence,’ your lawyers elected not to ask a single question of the principal
      investigators, both of whom were present at the hearing,” Goodell wrote in his
      appeal ruling.




      “You elected not to testify or to make any substantive statement, written or
      oral, in support of your appeal; you elected not to call a single witness to
      support your appeal; and you elected not to introduce a single exhibit
      addressing the merits of your appeal. Instead, your lawyers raised a series of
      jurisdictional and procedural objections that generally ignore” the collective
      bargaining agreement.




      The NFL issued a report in March saying that league investigators determined
      the Saints ran a bounty program from 2009 to 2011 that offered improper cash
      payments for hits that injured targeted opponents.




      The league has said former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran
      the program, and that general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton
      failed to put a stop to it despite warnings from the NFL at the end of the 2009
      season.




      The NFL has suspended Williams indefinitely and Payton for the whole season.
      Loomis is suspended the first half of next season, while Saints assistant head
      coach Joe Vitt was suspended for the first six games. Goodell also docked the
      Saints second-round draft picks this year and next and fined the club $500,000."

      NFL EASES BLACKOUT RULES FOR 2012 - 2013 SEASON

      "Under intense pressure from fans, the NFL has decided to ease their TV blackout rules for the
      2012-2013 season. Now, instead of a team requiring a sellout to be shown in
      local markets, they will have the option to televise their games once 85% of their
      tickets have been sold.



      "It's optional if clubs want to do this and would only affect a few teams,"
      NFL spokesman
      Brian McCarthy told NFL.com in an
      email. "Last year only 6 percent of games were blacked out in a local market.
      This figure is down significantly from 15 to 20 years ago when 25 to 30 percent
      of games were routinely blacked out."




      Under this rule alteration, teams will provide more revenue to their
      opponents if the additional 15% of tickets are sold.




      It's important to note that this may not eliminate or even decrease blackouts
      across the league as it's completely optional. However, in the event that a team
      decides to blackout a local market after failing to sell out their stadium, it
      will no longer fall on the shoulders of the NFL – any and all blame will fall at the feet of the
      owners.




      In addition to easing TV blackout rules, the NFL will offer enhanced replay within the stadiums,
      allowing all fans in attendance to view the same replays that officials are
      viewing during challenges."

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      2012 NFL TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULES, KEY QUESTIONS, FANTASY HELP AND MORE

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 - 5:01 P.M.

    Thanks Roanoke!

    Of course the answer is Justin Tuck picked in the third round!

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 - 5:01 P.M.

    [quote user="Captain Chaos"]Thanks Roanoke!

    Of course the answer is Justin Tuck picked in the third round![/quote]

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 - 5:01 P.M.

    Congrats to recent former Giants 1000+ yd rusher Derrick Ward on his retirement. Thanks for being the "Wind" RB.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d...headline_stack


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 - 5:01 P.M.

    [quote user="NYGRealityCheck"]Congrats to recent former Giants 1000+ yd rusher Derrick Ward on his retirement. Thanks for being the "Wind" RB.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d...headline_stack[/quote]

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