NFL stake sale: Govt may select banker on 25 June

NFL Roundup: Gleason moves on after DJs apologize

The show, Mayhem in the AM, was broadcast on 790 The Zone Monday morning. In a statement Monday, General Manager Rick Mack said the station regrets comments made about ex-New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason. Former NFL player Steve Gleason attends the Social Innovation Summit on May 30, 2013, in New York City. / Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Social Innovation Summit “790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content,” Mack said. The station lists the hosts as Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino. During the segment, two of the on-air personalities took a call from a third host who pretended to be Gleason by using a voice that sounded automated — mimicking another famous ALS patient, Stephen Hawking. The host pretending to be Gleason told a series of jokes and eventually asked the two others to do him a favor by smothering him. All three took to Twitter Monday evening to apologize to fans and others who criticized the segment.

2013 NFL Rookie Symposium to address sexual orientation

The four bankers— IDBI Capital Market Services, Avendus Capital, SBI Capital and Kotak Investment Banking—would be making presentation to the Department of Disinvestment (DoD) on 25 June. Selling fertilizer stake. AFP Earlier this month the DoD had invited expression of interest from merchant bankers with experience in public offerings/OFS to act as book running lead managers and to assist and advise government in the process. The government plans to disinvest 7.64 percent stake, or over 3.74 crore shares, of NFL through Offer For Sale (OFS) route in the domestic market. At the current market price of Rs 39.70 apiece, the 7.64 percent stake sale could fetch around Rs 148 crore to the exchequer. At present, the government holds 97.64 percent stake in NFL. An inter-ministerial panel, headed by disinvestment secretary, had cleared NFL stake sale last month. The paid-up equity capital of the company, as on 31 March 2012 was Rs 490.58 crore. The stake sale in NFL is part of DoD’s effort to meet the minimum 10 percent public shareholding norm as stipulated by market regulator Sebi for PSUs. The government uses the OFS route, popularly known as auction method, to divest its stake in PSUs that come in top 100 companies as per market capitalisation.

NFL Changes In-Stadium Bag Policy for 2013 Season, And Not For the Better

especially if you’re not sold on Shaun Phillips as the man to supplant Elvis Dumervil’s transplanted production. Best fit: Broncos 2. FB Vonta Leach — He’s been the league’s premier fullback three years running … and, yes, some consider that faint praise. But one way to neutralize nickel-heavy defenses is to put your running backs in the wake of the bruising Leach; Arian Foster and Ray Rice averaged nearly 1,400 yards rushing behind the all-pro dating back to 2010. Leach also brings championship experience and a persona that endears him to teammates. Leach recently said there are seven teams interested , and his agent said the ideal scenario would be for him to sign with Houston. So … Best fit: Texans 3. DE Israel Idonije — The rare defensive end who will get to quarterbacks and stonewall running backs.

NFL roundup: Packers release LB Bishop

“I think that Judge McHugh was able to get me do something many people have tried to get me to do for a long time:  slow down, just at life in general,” Johnson said today on “ Good Morning America .”  “She was able to get me to do that, maybe not in the best circumstances for those on the outside but I see being able to sit down and think about life and where I’m going from this point was probably on one of the best things that could happen to me right now.” The reflection by Johnson, 35, came on his first morning of freedom after Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh reduced his 30-day jail term for a probation violation down to the seven days he’d served since the June 10 in-court rear tap. Johnson had reached a deal that day with prosecutors that called for community service and counseling instead of jail on a domestic violence case involving his wife , reality TV star  Evelyn Lozada .  When asked by Judge McHugh if he was satisfied with his lawyer, Adam Swickle’s, negotiation of no jail time after Johnson had failed to meet with his probation officer for three months, Johnson gave the attorney a light tap on the rear – as football players routinely do to each other on the field. RELATED: Evelyn Lozada ‘Afraid,’ Says Chad Johnson ‘Needs To Get Help’: ‘Nightline’ Exclusive “It was a light tap.  It wasn’t in any way to disrespect the courtroom and I actually didn’t think anyone would see that because it was my third time doing so,” Johnson said on “GMA”.  “That’s the way I’ve always interacted throughout life, just in general.” While the courtroom erupted in laughter and the story of Johnson’s in-court tap later made headlines and elicited many jokes, Johnson, accused last year of head-butting Lozada, who divorced him shortly after, says he understood the gravity of why he was in court. “I think with me being Chad it kind of made the judge feel that I wasn’t being serious about the situation but, trust me, I understood exactly what I did,” said Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowler.  “I lost two of the things in life that I love the most at the time.  Football and my now beautiful, I did say beautiful, ex-wife.” “You have to understand, I haven’t had any chances because I’ve never been in any trouble before.  I’ve done nothing wrong ever. This is my first time being in trouble with the legal system,” Johnson said.  “My trouble in the past has been having fun entertaining fans when it came to playing the game of football so this is all new to me.” The man on the other end of the tap, Swickle, says he was surprised not by the tap, but by McHugh’s reaction. “Chad and I, we’re very close and it’s just the way that he communicated and thanked me,” Swickle said on “GMA.”  “I was rather surprised that the court took it to the extent that she took it but, you know, everybody’s got a method of running the courtroom and the judge felt that this was an appropriate resolution.” Johnson, who most recently played in the NFL as a Miami Dolphins receiver, pleaded no-contest to the charge of misdemeanor domestic battery. The Dolphins cut him from the team after his arrest but Johnson says he hopes to make a comeback on the football field. “I don’t want the last thing to be remembered you know, well, Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife,” Johnson said.  “I would love to  grace the football field one more time and to help some team.  I’m not injured.  There’s nothing wrong with me.” “I’ve learned my lesson, especially over those past seven days,” he said.  “I think everyone deserves a second chance. Many would say I might not deserve it.  I would like to finish my career off the right way.” ABC News’ Suzan Clarke contributed to this report.

Selling fertilizer stake. AFP

Jones, who had several brushes with the law early in his career, spoke to rookies at last year’s symposium. —Scott Pioli is bringing two decades of scouting experience to NBC’s NFL studio show, “Football Night in America,” which airs Sunday nights during the regular season. Pioli was hired to work for all NBC Sports properties and will be part of the weekday Pro Football Talk studio show with host Mike Florio, who operates the PFT website. —The woman who falsely accused linebacker Brian Banks of rape in 2002 has to pay $2.6 million in damages to the Long Beach Unified School District, according to multiple reports. Banks, then a football star at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School and given a scholarship to USC, spent five years in prison and five more on probation. Accuser Wanetta Gibson was awarded $1.5 million after suing the school district, citing an unsafe environment. Gibson admitted in 2012 that she lied about the incident. —The San Francisco 49ers and Yahoo! jointly announced that Yahoo! will be the exclusive online sports content, social networking, and photo and video sharing provider for the team and Levi’s Stadium.

Ex-NFL Star Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson: ‘I’ve Learned My Lesson’

As reported by NFL.com , almost anything short of a 12-inch-by-six-inch-by-12-inch transparent bag will be confiscated by stadium security at the gates.   That means that most women’s purses and all backpacks, fanny packs and seat cushions won’t be making it into NFL stadiums this fall. The NFL claims this is being done in the name of creating “a safe and secure environment,” but the unintended consequences of such a measure will certainly be dire.  With fewer fans willing to attend NFL games in person today, won’t this measure turn off prospective guests from visiting stadiums, especially women? And exactly how dangerous have purses and seat cushions been for other Sunday patrons? My guess is “Not very…” Do you agree with the NFL’s new bag policy? Sure, this might take care of a certain sect of potential troublemakers, but does the measure commit more harm than good? And will the end of fans bringing in their own seat cushions really make anyone at the game feel safer? Join me for our latest installment of “Let Me Get This Straight,” where I break down the consequences and repercussions of the NFL’s War On Fanny Packs. Check out my takes in the video above and leave your own thoughts in the comments below. As always, thanks for watching. 

John Abraham heads NFL’s list of best remaining free agents

The San Francisco 49ers acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens.

He thanked “the public for their support. 790 The Zone hosts Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino were fired Monday after their Monday morning segment that mocked Gleason. All three apologized on Twitter. —Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to ask for one more chance to play football. “Many would say I might not deserve it,” Johnson told GMA host Robin Roberts, one day after spending the previous seven in prison. “I would like to finish my career the right way. I don’t want the last thing to be remembered, ‘Well, Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife.’ I would love to grace the football field one more time and to help some team. I’m not injured; there’s nothing wrong with me. I’ve learned my lesson, especially after those past seven days. If it doesn’t happen, life goes on.” The lessons learned stem from Johnson’s incarceration after a Florida judge rejected a plea bargain that would’ve kept him out of jail following a probation violation.

Former NFL player Steve Gleason attends the Social Innovation Summit on May 30, 2013, in New York City.

(USATSI) The 2013 NFL Rookie Symposium, which begins Sunday, will address sexual orientation. It’s the latest step by the country’s most popular sport to create an atmosphere of acceptance for when a player comes out. In the wake of NBA player Jason Collins’ announcement that he is homosexual, Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s chief human resource officer, told ESPNNewYork.com , “I would not be surprised if there are more players coming out.” Last month, in light of the positive response to Collins coming out, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the matter, telling NFL.com that he believed a gay player would be “accepted.” “Yes. Again, I have such great respect for our players,” Goodell said at the time . “I don’t think it will just be tolerated, I think it will be accepted. These are individuals who play in our league. We’re all different in some fashion, and we’re accepting of our differences. That’s what this is all about.” Linebackers Scott Fujita and Brendon Ayanbadejo and punter Chris Kluwe have long championed gay rights, and all think NFL locker rooms could handle a gay teammate.

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