NEW YORK — The NFL will release its 2013 schedule Thursday night with a prime-time TV show.
Completion of the schedule was delayed because of a conflict in Baltimore, where the Orioles are playing on Sept. 5, the night of the now-traditional Thursday season kickoff. So the Super Bowl champion Ravens will open on the road.
The first full weekend of games will be Sept. 8-9. For the second straight year, the NFL will have a full slate of Thursday night games. Read More
The family of former Raiders offensive lineman Chris Riehm filed a lawsuit Friday contending that traumatic brain injury from repeated head injuries was a cause or contributing factor in Riehm’s death, asserting that the NFL “promoted and mythologized” violence.
Riehm, an offensive lineman for the Raiders from 1986 to 1988, died in March in his home state of Ohio at the age of 50, officially of a heart attack. Read More
Darrius Heyward-Bey will stick to just weaving on a football field.
Wanting to shift his focus to the upcoming summer training camp, the Raiders wide receiver pleaded no contest on Monday to misdemeanor DUI stemming from an April 7 arrest in which he was reportedly speeding and weaving on the San Francisco side of the Bay Bridge. Read More
At least he can catch a court date.Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned in a San Francisco courtroom Thursday on DUI charges, prosecutors said.Heyward-Bey was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol on April 7 for allegedly speeding and weaving on the Bay Bridge near Treasure Island. The football star was driving his 2012 Range Rover about 2 a.m., Officer Tony Tam said. Read More
Several “Vick-tim” pooches are bringing their ESPN stardom to Pacifica this weekend.
Three survivors of star NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring will make an appearance at the canine boutique AnnaBee’s on Saturday.
The canine celebrities — named Johnny Justice, Teddles and Uba — will pose for photos and offer paw-print autographs to fans, organizers said. Read More
After a rash of fan violence marred Saturday’s game, 49ers President Jed York said Monday that the team will impose an array of stricter security measures, including banning tailgating during games and asking the NFL to postpone further preseason games with the Raiders. Read More
Two men remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after one was assaulted in a Candlestick Park bathroom and another two were shot in the parking lot at Saturday night’s 49ers-Raiders game, police said.
Police interviewed witnesses Sunday and looked for suspects. Sgt. Mike Andraychak said inspectors have identified a person of interest related to one shooting. Yet information remained sketchy about the attacks, including whether anyone was arrested. Read More
As a decade of peace came to pass this week in the NFL, new opportunities opened for financing new stadiums. Yet the 49ers promptly announced that the team is still moving at full speed on its proposed new home in Santa Clara.
But proponents of keeping the team in its namesake city have their own basic message: “Don’t forget about us.” Read More
Hey football fans, San Francisco would lose $4.4 million of your money in game-day revenues at Candlestick Park if the NFL does not have a 2011 season. And that’s a “conservative” number.
Officials estimate the net impact would be about $3.5 million after factoring in savings from not having to maintain the grass or clean up after the crowds following 49ers games. Read More