Tim Tebow makes a surprising admission about his NFL career – CBSSports.com

After six years of trying to make it in the NFL, it looks like Tim Tebow has finally given up on football. Although most people probably thought Tebow’s NFL career ended four years ago, he’s never been willing to admit it.

As recently as June, Tebow left the door open when he was asked by Larry King about the possibility of a return to the NFL.

Unfortunately for you Tebow fans out there, I have some bad news: That door has now been slam closed by Tebow himself.

After going through a baseball showcase in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Tebow finally admitted something that he’s never been willing to admit: His NFL career is over.

Tebow made the admission during an interview with the NFL Network.

Q: “Is the door completely closed on football?”

Tebow: “Uh, yea.”

Q: “Was that a difficult decision for you?”

Tebow: “Obviously, I love the game. I love all the opportunities that I’ve had, all the teams I’ve played on. It’s fun. I’ll always love the game and I think I’ll always be a part of it in someway, but I also love hitting baseballs, and it’s really fun, so I’m excited about the pursuit of [baseball].”

You can see the entire interview below.

This clearly means that Tebow is now retired from football,which means what we can now start arguing about which team should retire Tebow’s jersey. Personally, I think it has to be the Broncos because he won a playoff game with them. However, I could see your argument for the Patriots because he had such memorable preseason with them in 2013.

If this it for Tebow, his NFL career will end with an overall record of 8-6 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs. The sad thing is that it’s also possible his baseball career ends this year, too.

Anyway, the downside of Tebow’s retirement is that we’re probably going to see less Tebow tweets every time an NFL quarterback goes down with an injury.

Tim Tebow makes a surprising admission about his NFL career – CBSSports.com


The NFL’s Concussion Case Could Still Go to the Supreme Court – Fortune

The family of a former NFL player is not ready to settle with the league just yet.

On Monday, the family of late Buffalo Bills fullback Carlton ?Cookie? Gilchrist filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case involving NFL players diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), The Washington Post reported.

The move by Gilchrist?s family, which came in just under the Court?s appeal deadline, throws a monkey wrench in the $1 billion class action settlement deal between the NFL and more than 5,000 former players involved with the case. Scott Gilchrist said it was ?irrational that a federal judge in Philadelphia excluded future payouts for CTE from the potential $1 billion settlement, though the science continues to develop,? the Post reported.

The players originally settled with the league about three years ago before a federal judge finalized their agreement in March, according to the New York Times. The terms of the settlement permit more than 21,000 former NFL players to receive up to $5 million of the $1 billion settlement funds for up to 65 years of their lives, the Post reported.

If Gilchrist?s family had let the deadline pass, as other players and their attorneys intended to do, the first payment would have been issued about three months after the ?effective date.? Now payouts could be delayed for several months.

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The other players? decision not to appeal the case centered largely on the fact it would prolong their fight with the NFL, as well as the settlement funds and medical benefits many retired players need as soon as possible.

Chris Seeger, co-lead counsel for the retired players, told Fortune he was disappointed with the Gilchrist family?s last minute decision to appeal.

?The Supreme Court should deny the appellants? petition, as these objections have now been exhaustively examined and overruled by both the district court and the third circuit,? Seeger said in an email. ?These appeals come with devastating consequences for the thousands of retired NFL players suffering from neurocognitive injuries, and effectively stand between truly injured retired players and their sole prospect for obtaining benefits while still alive? it is clear the few lawyers still objecting to this settlement have motives other than what is in the best interest of the retired NFL player community.?

The NFL first agreed to settle with former players after high-profile studies came out about the effects of playing pro football. Research revealed that players who sustained repeated blows to the head faced an increased risk of long-term neurological health problems, including CTE, according to the Times.

League officials long denied there was a direct correlation between playing pro football and CTE. Then in March, a league official conceded there was in fact a link between the two, the Times reported.

Fortune has reached out to the NFL and will update this story if it responds.

The NFL’s Concussion Case Could Still Go to the Supreme Court – Fortune


The NFL Draft is heading for Philadelphia in 2017 after two years in Chicago – CBSSports.com

For the third time in four years, the NFL Draft has a new home.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported that the league’s annual event will be moved to Philadelphia in 2017. The draft was held in New York in 2014, before moving to Chicago for 2015 and 2016.

The league is expected to make the official announcement on Thursday in a press conference that will be held at Philadelphia City Hall.

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The NFL Draft is headed for Philly.
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The NFL has had its eye on Philly for a while now. Back in April, it was reported that Philadelphia was a front-runner to host the 2017 draft, something that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged at the time.

“I know they’re interested in it,” Goodell said in April. “And we’re interested in Philadelphia, but among the other cities. We’ve got a lot of interest. We want to sit down after we’re done and see what the best decision is for the NFL.”

The 2017 draft will mark the first time since December 1960 that the draft has been held in the City of Brotherly Love.

The good news for Eagles fans is that December 1960 also happens to be the last time that Philly won an NFL title, which means Eagles fans should probably start thinking about snatching up Super Bowl tickets.

The bad news for Eagles fans is that if the draft’s in Philly, they won’t have a first-round pick to boo because the team traded their 2017 first-round pick to Cleveland so they could move up to the No. 2 spot in this year’s draft.

The NFL Draft is heading for Philadelphia in 2017 after two years in Chicago – CBSSports.com


Cross arena trustees seek money-making alternatives to pro hockey – Press Herald

Portland may well land another pro hockey team to replace the departed Pirates in time for the 2017-18 season, but trustees of Cross Insurance Arena are preparing for the possibility of more than one winter without a primary tenant.

On Tuesday, Godfrey Wood revealed that a potential lead investor pulled out of a deal that might have led to an East Coast Hockey League expansion franchise. Wood, who helped bring the American Hockey League Pirates to Portland from Baltimore in 1993, has been working with Brad Church to secure an ECHL team.

Church said Wednesday that the unnamed investor was encouraged with their business plan and the history of the market, but pulled out for ?personal? reasons.

?The reasons he didn?t cross the finish line weren?t economic,? said Church, former chief operating officer of the AHL Pirates.

Church said his focus has changed to buying an existing ECHL franchise instead of scrambling to meet a late September application deadline for an expansion franchise.

?We?ve got a handful of guys willing to invest in the team and willing to be part of an ownership group,? he said. ?We still need a few more people.?

Should such a sale and relocation happen, a new team would have to work around dates already booked at the arena for the 2017-18 season.

Neal Pratt, chair of the board of trustees? strategic development committee, said he emphasized to Wood and Church that Spectra, the company hired to manage the county-owned arena, would continue to schedule ?anything we get that is a money maker and you are going to have to work around that.?

?They understand that. We have no placeholder for them. We are aggressively marketing the facility and trying to attract as many quality events as we can. To the extent hockey becomes one, fantastic. In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to fill the arena.?

As far back as 2010, when trustees proposed a $33 million bond to renovate the arena, they considered the possibility of an extended stretch without professional hockey, Pratt said. Cumberland County voters convincingly approved the bond in November 2011 and work was completed in February 2014, shortly after the end of a protracted and at times contentious lease negotiation.

?The renovation was presented on its own merits,? Pratt said. ?Certainly, hockey was part of the discussion ? not the Pirates. We did not want to give the Pirates a stronger negotiating position by essentially pre-wiring their position in the then-Civic Center so that they come to us and say, ?Now we?re here and you can?t get rid of us so you have to make these concessions in our lease negotiations.? We didn?t want to give them that power. So we were very cautious about that.?

Some argued the arena could make more money without hockey than with it. A 2010 economic study projected more income from concerts, ice shows and high school or college events than from Pirates hockey games. Pratt said the board always supported hockey, however.

?Having the building active 38 nights a year is significant,? he said. ?Culturally, it provides great opportunity. It certainly brings a lot of money into the local economy.?

The University of Maine plans three college hockey games at the arena this season, two in November and one in February. Local high school teams will also use the ice for practices and games.

With prime Friday and Saturday nights no longer reserved for hockey, the arena can be more flexible for concerts and other high-revenue events.

?New options and new opportunities are available to the facility that weren?t before,? said Chris Hall, chief executive officer for the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce. ?It?s not in a bad place right now, not since the renovation.?

Pratt said because of the renovations, ?we?re now doing business with concert promoters that we haven?t done business with since the ?70s and ?80s. The taxpayers, in my judgment, made the right decision. That decision is going to put us in a far better place, with or without hockey, to continue making this a gathering place for the community and a place where people can be proud.?

Portland mayor Ethan Strimling hopes pro hockey returns.

?Having a hockey team down there is important not only to the Cross Insurance Arena, it?s important to local businesses,? he said. ?You?re going to get a few thousand people for each of those games.?

The arena ended the fiscal year that ended June 30 with an operating loss of $85,000, substantially lower than the $600,000 deficit run up in 2014-15. Significantly, the arena earned about $40,000 from hockey operations during the 2015-16 season, a bit more than expected.

?It was our objective to break even,? Pratt said. ?Because when we talk about losing money, we?re talking about the taxpayers.?

The hockey surplus does not include a $100,000 liquidated damage provision still owed by former Pirates owner Ron Cain for breaching the lease, which was scheduled to run through 2019. Pratt said he thinks there is no real dispute over that stipulation, which the trustees insisted including to guard against a mid-season departure.

The Pirates ?were telling us no other team in the AHL has this, that you guys are going overboard,? said Pratt, who said the whole notion of a break-even lease means that few damages are left if a team departs after a season?s end. ?I think we did a pretty good job trying to protect the taxpayers and the facility the best we could.?

Cross arena trustees seek money-making alternatives to pro hockey – Press Herald