The NFL desperately needs to hire more women — Here's why – Fox News

The National Football League, still arguably the most popular sport in America (some polls say otherwise), has endured its share of controversies and blunders over the years. But it is safe to say 2017 was a year unlike any other for the league.

Certainly there have been high points, including Texans star J.J. Watt’s awe-inspiring efforts to bring help and hope to hurricane-ravaged Houston.

And the end zone celebrations have been spectacular, effectively diminishing the “No Fun League” moniker (my personal favorites have been the Kansas City potato sack race and, of course, Irish Dancing).

But the inordinate number of serious injuries, sagging attendance and ratings, and particularly the controversy over the national anthem protests cast a shadow over the season.

Women are problem-solvers. We bring valuable insights and perspectives, creatively working to create synergies and solutions that are vital to the success of any industry, even the testosterone-filled world of professional football.

And the NFL still struggles to find answers to these and other significant issues, even with all the resources of a multibillion-dollar business.

I have a proposal. Ask the women.

A campaign by Secret Deodorant recently profiled the NFL’s Special Assistant to the Commissioner and COO Kimberly Fields, who noted that women “bring different insights, our creativity for problem-solving … this league needs that type of thought process to continue to move forward.”  Amen, sister!

Fields also spoke of sitting in a room of NFL general managers and owners and counting the women on one hand. And I believe women like her can inspire the change that must happen in order to see the game we love grow and thrive.

Women like Kimberly Fields; NFL Director of Football Development Samantha Rapoport; Dr. Jen Welter (the first woman to coach in the NFL) and others are

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NFL DFS: Best Conference Championship FanDuel and DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football picks – CBSSports.com

For the AFC and NFC Championship Games of the NFL playoffs on Sunday, which includes Jaguars-Patriots and Vikings-Eagles, the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings is running a $1.7 million Fantasy Football Quarter-Millionaire. FanDuel is running a $1.25 million Sunday Million.

Before you enter a daily fantasy lineup on DraftKings or FanDuel, you need to hear what professional DFS player Mike McClure has to say. McClure has more than $1 million in career DFS winnings and rolled through this season, entering multiple lineups that have cashed big.

For DFS tournaments during the divisional round last week, he jumped all over Titans receiver Corey Davis as a strong value play at $3,400 on DraftKings. The result: Davis caught two touchdown passes and easily returned his best DFS performance of the season with 23.3 points on DraftKings. Anyone who followed his advice was well on their way to a huge DFS payout.

Now, McClure has exhaustively studied the matchups, injuries and depth charts for Sunday’s games and locked in his optimal NFL DFS lineup. And he’s sharing it over at SportsLine.

One player he absolutely loves for Sunday: Philadelphia Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor ($6,200 on FanDuel, $4,800 on DraftKings).

On a slate with only two games, Agholor provides both extreme value and sky-high upside. Minnesota allows just 83.6 yards per game on the ground, and McClure expects the Vikings to continue to stack the box and force QB Nick Foles to beat them through the air.

Expect two-time Pro Bowler Xavier Rhodes to match up with Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery, leaving 39-year-old Terence Newman to chase Agholor, who’s 15 years younger. He had eight TDs during the regular season and should be peppered with targets on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

Lock Agholor in at his affordable price

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Air Force sports, military NFL viewing grounded by shutdown – New York Post

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio.

Games involving the Army and Navy men’s basketball teams were played as scheduled.

Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the Air Force Academy said both home and away events have been postponed. Among them were the men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno State

The American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S., put a message on its Facebook page that said its services would not be available “due to the government shutdown.”

The notice sparked angry reactions from viewers, with several noting the timing couldn’t have been worse. The two NFL conference championships are Sunday — Minnesota vs. Philadelphia and Jacksonville vs. New England.

“During NFL PLAYOFFS?!” one post read. “AFN, start a GoFundMe & broadcast these games! Make it happen!”

The Air Force Academy’s online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday. In addition to the basketball, there men’s and women’s swimming at UNLV, men’s hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men’s gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy.

The rifle team was scheduled to compete against TCU, the Coast Guard and Ohio State at TCU.

On Sunday, the academy has tennis and wrestling events scheduled.

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Five NFL draft prospects who helped themselves at Shrine Game – NFL.com

Editor’s note: Click through the tabs above to see each day’s wrap up from the week at the East-West Shrine Game.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After a week of practices here at the East-West Shrine Game, the festivities wrapped on Saturday, with the West team topping the East, 14-10, in the annual college all-star game. I had the opportunity to call the game for NFL Network, and several prospects grabbed my attention with their play.

Games like this are more about the individual performances than the outcome of the game for the scouts evaluating this year’s NFL draft prospects. It’s a great opportunity for some small-school stars that might not get a lot of attention and unheralded players from larger programs to make a statement on a big stage.

Here’s a look at five prospects that stood out to me at the Shrine Game.

Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa

Fountain was the most explosive receiver all week during practice and his explosiveness was evident in the game, as well. He finished with three catches for a game-high 61 yards and had a 30-yard punt return, too. Unfortunately, he made a costly drop toward the end of the game, but he generated some big plays for the East team. I love what he did running after the catch. He reminds me of the RamsPharoh Cooper, who made the Pro Bowl this season as a kick returner.

Kentavius Street, DE, N.C. State

Street had a great week of practice and the best get-off of any lineman in the game. The stats won’t bear it out, but he was very disruptive on Saturday. He did a lot of his damage coming off the edge, which adds to his value, but I think he’ll end up rushing from the inside once he gets

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Without military's network, NFL scrambles to provide Sunday's games to US troops – Washington Post

A sign announces the closure of the Library of Congress after Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

American military personnel will be able to watch the NFL’s conference championship games Sunday despite the government shutdown that halted broadcasts on the American Forces Network, the military’s broadcast provider.

In its place, the NFL will provide access to its streaming service, NFL Game Pass, at United Service Organizations facilities worldwide, an NFL spokesperson said Saturday afternoon. The league said it was working on additional means by which other troops also could watch the games.

USO facilities will cover some, but not all, military personnel looking for NFL action. The facilities are common on military installations, but some locations, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, may not have access to the high-speed Internet necessary to stream the games.

Other military installations, such as Navy ships, may have access to AFN but not a USO outpost.

The AFN is commonly the only portal for servicepeople to access American television while stationed abroad. NFL broadcasts routinely show soldiers saluting during the national anthem or cheering on their favorite teams while watching games shown on AFN.

But while the government is shut down, the network, based at Fort Meade in Maryland, will not operate.

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“Under a government shutdown, sports broadcasts are not considered an essential activity. We are looking for creative solutions to continue to provide our troops with some of the comforts of home,” Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokesperson, told CNN. “We hope Congress will come to a resolution, support our troops and pass a budget.”

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