‘NFL GameDay Morning’ to Make UK Debut for Eagles-Jaguars London Game

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The NFL Network’s flagship show “NFL GameDay Morning” is heading overseas for the first time when the Philadelphia Eagles play the Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin will call the Oct. 28 game live from London in place of their usual home at the NFL Network’s Los Angeles studios.

In addition, “The Rich Eisen Show” namesake and ESPN veteran Eisen will handle play-by-play duties on an NFL regular season game for the first time in his 24-year broadcasting career. Melissa Stark and Peter Schrager will also be on hand to provide sideline reports.

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“After a decade-and-a-half of planting new broadcast flags for the NFL Network, this one may be the most thrilling of all,” Eisen said. “I can’t wait to get to Wembley to start the call so I’m going to use this press release to remind everyone that the yellow line is unofficial.”

The Week 8 matchup will see Carson Wentz and the reigning Super Bowl champions take on the Jaguars’ mighty defense, headed by defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

The game marks the final of the NFL’s three 2018 London Games and kicks off at 9:30 a.m. ET. on the NFL Network, as well as airing on local stations in Jacksonville and Philadelphia.

Coverage of Jaguars vs. Eagles begins at 7 a.m. ET on NFL Network with “NFL GameDay Kickoff,” hosted by Kay Adams alongside Steve Smith Sr., Reggie Bush and Kyle Brandt, live from Wembley Stadium. Halftime and postgame coverage will originate from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ and feature Colleen Wolfe, Michael Robinson and Mike Garafolo.

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Since 2007, the NFL has hosted international games every year, first in London and now with the addition of Mexico City. The Jaguars are no strangers to playing in England and have an agreement with Wembley Stadium through 2020, while the Eagles make their first visit to London.

This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks take on the Oakland Raiders at Wembley, while the Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers head there Oct. 21.

Eisen, Mariucci, Warner and Irvin have teamed up on the Emmy-nominated “NFL GameDay Morning” since 2011.

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Jaguars vs. Eagles will be streamed live through the NFL app on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices. Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers.

Fans can also watch on their phones across all wireless carriers through the NFL app and Yahoo Sports. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/watch. Audio broadcasts of the game are available via Westwood One Sports, SiriusXM and the TuneIn app.

ESPYS Parties 2018: Snoop Dogg, Chloe Kim Kick Off Biggest Week in Sports (Updating Photos)

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Rob Gronkowski Strips Off His Shirt, Flips Steaks on ‘MVP’ Season 2 (Video)

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It’s business as usual for Rob Gronkowski, both on the football field and in his role as host and producer of the reality series “MVP.”

Season 2 of the series premiered on go90 on Monday, and you can watch the trailer above. It features entrepreneurs pitching business ideas to Gronk and other star athletes, including Calais Campbell, Melvin Gordon, Chuck Liddell, Andre Ward, Terrell Owens, Julius Randle and P.K. Subban.

As you’d expect from the fun-loving New England Patriots tight end, Gronk made sure he got in on the action, from stripping off his shirt and doing ballet lunges, to flipping steaks and knocking back cocktails. There were a few balls Gronk Spiked as well, but that’s par for the course.

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“I was like a blind man in an orgy — you know what I’m talking about, Gronk,” one budding entrepreneur tells the Super Bowl champion. Well, we hope someone understands that …

“MVP” is a digital series that brings together top athletes and aspiring brands to create one-of-a-kind brand ambassador deals and out of this world opportunities for start ups.

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“Businesses pitch us on why we should endorse them and help them bring their product to the next level to show more people what they’re all about. It’s an opportunity to bring their companies up and expand them out there,” Gronkowski told TheWrap while filming Season 2, before the 2017 NFL began.

“As many of my fans know, I have saved all of the money that I’ve earned from the Patriots by primarily living off of my endorsement deals — whether it’s with Monster, Tide or any of my partners,” he added. “I understand how important these deals are to athletes who are thinking about their future beyond the field.”

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The show allows the biggest names in sports “to meet great companies to potentially form partnerships with. Finding great partners is never easy, and the fact we’ve found a way to do so while also letting our fans in on the process has been a great experience for everyone involved with this project.”

“MVP” is produced by Pitchmen co-founders Russ Axelrod and Jamie Patricof in partnership with Gronkowski.

“These athletes not only bring their huge fan bases, but also represent some of the most recognizable endorsement deals out there, so we know viewers will be hooked on the show,” Axelrod said.

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Companies hoping to make deals this season include the ultimate home cocktail machine Bartesian, furniture startup Burrow and Dharma Yoga Wheel.

Viewers can watch a new episode of “MVP” every Wednesday for free only on go90.com or the go90 app, available for iOS and Android.

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‘MVP’ Gets the Super Bowl Treatment as NFL star Rob Gronkowski Returns for Season 2

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What do you get when you combine the NFL’s most charismatic star and entrepreneurs biting at the bit to become the next business success story?

The answer is reality show “MVP” — and the opportunity for a new company to get a Gronk-sized boost.

Russ Axelrod and Jamie Patricof’s “Shark Tank”-style show (available on Verizon go90) wrapped up filming on its second season just before Rob Gronkowski headed back to New England Patriots training camp last month to defend the team’s Super Bowl LI title.

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Gronk is both the host and a producer on the series and, as he told TheWrap during a recent set visit, “MVP” (which stands for “Most Valuable Partner”) is “where businesses pitch us on why we should endorse them and help them bring their product to the next level to show more people what they’re all about. It’s an opportunity to bring their companies up and expand them out there.”

These are serious words from Gronk — who’s known for being the most hyped, fun-loving player in the league — but he knows how to knuckle down to business when it matters, whether on the field, in the gym or in the boardroom.

And don’t worry, he has a blast on set too. “It’s a lot of fun doing it — being with other athletes, seeing these businesses come in … listening to pitches, ideas and reasons why they want us to join their companies and help them expand,” Gronkowski said.

“It’s also just great seeing other athletes and what they’re all about, helping to guide the way through the stuff off the field,” he added.

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For Season 2,Gronkowski has been joined by athletes at the top of their sport such as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell, NHL All-Star P.K. Subban, two time light heavyweight champion Andre Ward, UFC champion Chuck Liddell and NFL All-Pro Terrell Owens.

“I would love to get Shaq or Charles Barkley … a couple of the older guys who are now TV announcers to come on the show,” Gronkowski said. “They seem like they have great personalities.” What about his star QB, Tom Brady? “Nah, he’d never do it.”

When TheWrap was on set, Gronk and T.O. were going head-to-head in a vicious game of Pictionary along with destroying each at the basketball net throwing free throws … so yeah, it’s not all serious.

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Aside from his co-panelists, Gronkowski has been pretty impressed with the businesses that were pitching to them. “There are a lot of cool companies out there that are doing well but just want to expand and get them some buzz,” he said. Standouts for Season 2 were “a margarita machine, like a coffee espresso machine but you can make cocktails in them” (go figure!), the Maximus clothing line for big and tall people (“I definitely need that!”) and a unique skateboard concept.

As every NFL player knows, the career-span of an athlete is unpredictable, and very few players can say they’re still in the league at age 40 like Brady. Gronkowski knows better than anyone that injury can sideline you at a moment’s notice and you always have to plan ahead.

“Sports can bring you so far, but it’s always good to do things off the field and know what’s going on … have an education in the business world and know what’s out there, because sports doesn’t last your entire life,” he said. “A lot of people play for a couple of years and then go out and find what else there is to do. It happened to my family, my brothers and now they are on to new business ventures. It is good to get a business sense, business savvy and then when it comes down to that time, you’re ready to roll.”

His brothers are poster boys of that philosophy — with Dan and Gordie Gronkowski Jr. running an elite workout company called Gronk Fitness, which now boasts Gronk Zones across gyms in Boston; and Chris Gronkowski’s vacuum-insulated Ice Shaker blowing up the sports bottle industry. “He doesn’t need my help pitching that,” Rob laughed when asked if that should be on the next “MVP.” “He’s doing great on his own!”

While he’s secure in his job at the Patriots with boss Bill Belichick for a long time, Gronkowski said his dream job post-football would be “my family business — fitness equipment. I love working out, I love being active, so just to be able to keep launching new fitness products and new fitness innovations out there,” he said. “To keep grinding like crazy and keep people fit, Gronk Fitness already has my name on it so we’re good to go.”

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TheWrap also spoke with “MVP’s” creators, Axelrod and Patricof (above), about how the show came about — and how, like any booming business, it plans to expand.

“We’ve all seen these athlete endorsement deals but we never know the inner workings of them,” Axelrod said. “There’s been an explosion of business shows, start up-ism and entrepreneurism, so we wanted to do two things — give these athletes a chance to meet the entrepreneur, and give them a chance to get in front of athletes like Rob, which they would never have the chance to do before. They now have that platform while entertaining the viewers at home — and if they do strike a deal then this is a natural way to kick off that promotion. So everybody wins,” he added.

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The pair don’t shy away from comparisons to “Shark Tank,” but stress that “in some ways it’s the complete opposite. The whole idea is ‘how do you match up brand ambassadors with different companies?’ From that stand point it is a very different show,” Patricof said. “We love ‘Shark Tank’ — it is interesting, smart, so we respect the comparisons.”

Axelrod went on to explain that “the startups are really investing in the athletes. They’re the ones putting up the money to get the athletes to work with them. The athletes are lending their brand, and they only have one. Money comes, money goes, but Rob only has one brand and he has to manage it properly.”

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As for the A-list star power panels that included Kevin Durant, Antonio Brown and Marshall Faulk last season, “it definitely starts with our partner Gronk; he is one of the biggest names in sports,” Patricof said. “So it gives a level of credibility. It’s an exciting show … then from the quality standpoint, this is a serious production and at the same level as if you were doing ‘Shark Tank’ or a network show. The athletes saw that in year one and we definitely use our relationships and Gronk’s influence and get top people.”

Axelrod went on to explain that the athletes are actually often the target audience for the products being pitched. “For many people, they’re like gods. But this series shows that off the court or field they’re not only very business minded and smart, they’re also just guys,” he said. “So the things they like and are interested in are the things we’re all interested in.”

As for the future of aspirations of the show, “Obviously we want to continue seeing ‘MVP’ go on forever,” Patricof said. “When we started out, the whole concept was that athletes, entertainers, musicians, YouTube stars, chefs are all brands now. So why not take a concept that you can use for those different personalities?”

“We’re also looking into taking a partnership that was paired on the show and following the marketing campaigns that were built out to see how Rob or another panelist interacted with the company,” Axelrod added. “There’s a lot that goes into it from shaking hands on this stage to launching a product together — all that interacting is something the fans are interested in seeing.”

“MVP” is available on Verizon go90 here.

See Gronk in his day job tonight as the New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs at 5:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

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NFL Star Calais Campbell’s Life Story Heading to CBS in ‘The Whole Nine’

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Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell’s life story is going from the football field to the small screen, care of CBS, TheWrap has learned.

The two-time NFL Pro Bowler is set to executive produce the multi-camera comedy “The Whole Nine,” which will be written by “Sin City Saints” co-creator Chris Case, Derek Elliot and Jack Donaldson.

The plot will follow the story of a pro football player who moves into a gated community and is surprised when his overbearing family shows up on his doorstep wanting to move in, according to the network’s description of the show.

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Case, Campbell, Doug Banker of Five All in the Fifth Entertainment and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum executive produce, while Elliot and Donaldson co-executive produce.

As for Campbell’s real life story, he grew up in Denver, Colo., and was picked by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami.

The 6-foot-eight, 300-pound DE has since evolved into a leader on the team and key player in the defensive scheme. He won the Arizona Cardinals 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year award, thanks to the efforts off the field, as well as his sacks and tackles on it.

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In 2015, Campbell started all 16 games with 61 tackles, five sacks, one fumble recovery and three passes defended.

As for his family, he has seven siblings (two sisters and five brothers) — all of whom he still gets on great with, according to his website.

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In honor of their father, Charles, who died in 2004, Campbell started the CRC Foundation with his sister, Keyonne, to help children and families in need.

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‘The Whole Nine’ Comedy Inspired by NFL Star Calais Campbell’s Life Set At CBS

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CBS is developing The Whole Nine, a multi-camera comedy inspired by the life story of Arizona Cardinals football star Calais Campbell. The project is from veteran sitcom producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and CBS TV Studios, where their Tannenbaum Co. is based.
Written by Sin City Saints co-creator Chris Case, Derek Elliot & Jack Donaldson, The Whole Nine centers on a pro football player who moves into a gated community and is surprised when his overbearing family shows up…