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Super Bowl is the 'Super Bowl for women'

BEST: Cate Blanchett There were pales galore at

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The Oscars often have been called “the Super Bowl for women,’’ at least in advertising terms, given the magnitude of the television audience and the fact it skews female.

But in recent years the NFL has not accepted that assertion without a fight, arguing that in fact the Super Bowl for women is . . . the Super Bowl.

The NFL said an average of 44.85 million women watched Super Bowl XLVIII...

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'Draft Day' used one of Bill Belichick's scouting ideas

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick leaves

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Bill Belichick doesn't appear on camera in the upcoming movie "Draft Day," but it turns out he had quite the influence on one of the film's bigger scenes.

During a Super Bowl week press conference, Denis Leary (who plays fictional Cleveland Browns head coach Vince Penn in the movie) recalled a story from the film's production that involved the real-life New England Patriots head coach -- ...

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Bart Scott to join CBS' 'The NFL Today'

Bart Scott understands he may be cut by

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CBS announced Monday that former Jets linebacker Bart Scott will join the revamped panel of analysts for its "The NFL Today" pregame show for the 2014 season.

Previously the network said Tony Gonzalez would join the show, while Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe left.

Scott and Gonzalez join the returning James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason.

Scott, who last played in 2012, drew...

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Truth better than fiction for Seahawks

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Like most sports flicks, “Draft Day’’ has its share of realism issues. But as the film’s April opening has approached some matters beyond its control cropped up, such as the matter of the No. 1 overall selection.

In the movie, whose story centers on the 2014 NFL Draft, the Seahawks own that dubious distinction. Oops. In the real world, the Seahawks will pick dead last.

But with the cooperation...

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Some 'Draft Day' thoughts after watching the sneak preview

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The real Cleveland Browns might want to take a page from Kevin Costner and company in “Draft Day”.

A quick plot summary: “Draft Day”, directed by Ivan Reitman, takes us inside the hours leading up to and during the would-be 2014 NFL draft as fictional Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) tries to improve his struggling team while also trying to balance various personal issues....

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NFL still mulling Thursday night offers

The NFL Network will now be carried by

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The NFL continues to mull offers from a gaggle of media entities for a piece of its 13-game Thursday night package, but no deal appears imminent - at least not during Super Bowl week.

Brian Rolapp, the league's executive vice president for media, discussed the situation in broad terms Thursday after a news conference to announce a new video service called "NFL Now" that is launching this summer.

The...

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NFL announces new video service, 'NFL Now'

Eli Manning says his job lately has been

The NFL announced Thursday a new personalized video service called "NFL Now" that someone younger than me should explain to you, but I will try below.

The service, which launches this summer, was announced at a lunch-time news conference attended by numerous high-ranking NFL officials - including commissioner Roger Goodell - and current and former players. So it must have been important.

It...

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Giants VP Pat Hanlon will work for NFL Network at Rock

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And now, for something completely different . . . Pat Hanlon, the Giants' senior VP of communications, will join the NFL Network for its coverage of Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday.

The network said the following about Mr. Hanlon:

He "will provide analysis and insight into what the PR staffs, coaches and players from both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are facing from a media perspective...

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Giants, Jets are second-rate on TV

Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants looks over

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New York usually trails smaller, less cosmopolitan markets when it comes to sports ratings, especially for football, and 2013 was no exception.

Average local ratings for both the Giants and Jets dropped for a second consecutive season as the Super Bowl co-hosts finished 30th and 31st in that category among the 32 NFL teams, according to Sports Business Daily.

Giants games averaged 15.3...

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ESPN experts whiff on picks

The Amazing Kreskin

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First, full disclosure: I predicted the Titans would beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl XLVIII in Newsday’s preview section, which is why my lovely and talented wife does not permit me to bet real money on sports events.

The good news is I was not alone in whiffing dramatically on my preseason picks for the ever-wacky NFL.

Before the season ESPN sent a chart showing predictions for 35 of...

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