‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Hit All-Time High As Cowboys Beat Saints

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‘Thursday Night Football’ Just Scored an All-Time High – on Any Network – in Early Ratings

“Thursday Night Football” just scored a new record-high in early TV ratings. Though Fox is the beneficiary of that fact now, the claim holds true for any year on any network. Yeah, it’s pretty great when the Dallas Cowboys win a close, important game.

Last night’s “TNF” earned a 14.6 rating/25 share in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen. That’s 36 percent better than 2017’s Washington Redskins-Cowboys game (a 10.7/18) on NBC.

Those numbers, which are the best primetime stats for the network thus far this season, project to be Fox’s top broadcast in the all-important evening day part since January’s NFC Championship Game. So yeah, Fox won Thursday in ratings.

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For the past few NFL seasons, NBC and CBS split the “Thursday Night Football” rights. And then Fox opened up its wallet. The package, which allows for simulcasts on NFL Network, launched in 2014.

Fox and “Thursday Night Football” do not carry the primetime Thanksgiving game nor the opening Thursday of the season, both of which were technically a “Sunday Night Football” telecasts on NBC. Doesn’t matter, last night’s contest beat both of those anyway.

The Thanksgiving night New Orleans Saints’ win — something they couldn’t do on Thursday, when the NFC South squad saw its 10-game win streak end — posted an 11.4/24 overnight rating. Find the weather-delayed 2018 Kickoff Game’s early ratings here.

Season-to-date, Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” is averaging a 10.3/19 among the metered markets, which is 4 percent better than last year’s 9.9/17 through Week 13 on CBS and NBC.

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“Thursday Night Football” just scored a new record-high in early TV ratings. Though Fox is the beneficiary of that fact now, the claim holds true for any year on any network. Yeah, it’s pretty great when the Dallas Cowboys win a close, important game.

Last night’s “TNF” earned a 14.6 rating/25 share in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen. That’s 36 percent better than 2017’s Washington Redskins-Cowboys game (a 10.7/18) on NBC.

Those numbers, which are the best primetime stats for the network thus far this season, project to be Fox’s top broadcast in the all-important evening day part since January’s NFC Championship Game. So yeah, Fox won Thursday in ratings.

For the past few NFL seasons, NBC and CBS split the “Thursday Night Football” rights. And then Fox opened up its wallet. The package, which allows for simulcasts on NFL Network, launched in 2014.

Fox and “Thursday Night Football” do not carry the primetime Thanksgiving game nor the opening Thursday of the season, both of which were technically a “Sunday Night Football” telecasts on NBC. Doesn’t matter, last night’s contest beat both of those anyway.

The Thanksgiving night New Orleans Saints’ win — something they couldn’t do on Thursday, when the NFC South squad saw its 10-game win streak end — posted an 11.4/24 overnight rating. Find the weather-delayed 2018 Kickoff Game’s early ratings here.

Season-to-date, Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” is averaging a 10.3/19 among the metered markets, which is 4 percent better than last year’s 9.9/17 through Week 13 on CBS and NBC.

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How to Live Stream the Cowboys-Redskins Game for Free

Wondering how to watch the Washington Redskins vs. the Dallas Cowboys game without cable today? You’re in luck.
The Redskins-Cowboys game airs at 1:30 p.m. PT, 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox. But there are also free options: The NFL app streams all NFL game…

Wondering how to watch the Washington Redskins vs. the Dallas Cowboys game without cable today? You’re in luck.

The Redskins-Cowboys game airs at 1:30 p.m. PT, 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox. But there are also free options: The NFL app streams all NFL games, and the Yahoo Sports: Scores & News app streams CBS, Fox and NBC games (covering all of the league’s Thanksgiving slate), plus exclusive analysis and commentary.

However, both apps are only available on your smartphones, not via wifi, so check your data plans.

Also, if you’re willing to pay but don’t have cable (or a dependable antennae), there are plenty of TV-compatible options.

Sports-centric service FuboTV is the most robust, with live-streamed games from CBS, NBC, Fox, NFL Network and NFL Redzone.

NFL Network, NBC, and Fox are all also available on Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and PS Vue, all of which provide free trials for people who haven’t previously signed up.

Cable customers can also watch games on the Fox Sports Go and the NBC app, using their service provider login.

And the CBS game will of course be streamed on CBS All Access, which also offers a free trial, as well as DirectTV now, YouTube TV and PS Vue, but not Sling.

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down From Last Week, Up From 2017

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How to Watch the Cowboys-Eagles Game on ‘Sunday Night Football’ for Free

With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their connected TVs, mobile phones, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. PT at the Lincoln Financial Field Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

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While fans can watch this upcoming “Sunday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

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But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their connected TVs, mobile phones, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. PT at the Lincoln Financial Field Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Sunday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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Texans Top Cowboys In OT, ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Jump Over 2017

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Ratings: Giants-Cowboys NFL Game Crushes Sunday Competition

The Dallas Cowboys defeated NFC East rivals the New York Giants on “Sunday Night Football,” and NBC is celebrating its best Week 2 Nielsen ratings since 2015.

Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-national ratings for NBC, CBS and Fox will be subject to significant adjustment — but not nearly enough to derail the evening’s Top 2 broadcast networks.

NBC was first in ratings with a 5.1 rating/20 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 15.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. Pregame show “Football Night in America” and the game itself combined for those Nielsen numbers.

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CBS was second in ratings with a 2.0/8 and in viewers with 8.4 million. Following the New England Patriots’ loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, “60 Minutes” from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. averaged an inflated 2.6/11 and 11.9 million viewers. “Big Brother” aired over the next hour and earned a 1.7/7 and 6.5 million viewers. Reruns closed out primetime.

ABC and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. ABC was third in total viewers with 4.4 million, Fox was fourth with 1.9 million.

For ABC, following a rerun, “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8 had a 0.9/3 and 5 million viewers. At 9, “The $100,000 Pyramid” got a 0.7/3 and 4.4 million viewers. A repeat followed.

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For Fox, the Detroit Lions-San Francisco 49ers game gave way to reruns at 7:30 ET.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.1 million.

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The Dallas Cowboys defeated NFC East rivals the New York Giants on “Sunday Night Football,” and NBC is celebrating its best Week 2 Nielsen ratings since 2015.

Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-national ratings for NBC, CBS and Fox will be subject to significant adjustment — but not nearly enough to derail the evening’s Top 2 broadcast networks.

NBC was first in ratings with a 5.1 rating/20 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 15.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. Pregame show “Football Night in America” and the game itself combined for those Nielsen numbers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.0/8 and in viewers with 8.4 million. Following the New England Patriots’ loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, “60 Minutes” from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. averaged an inflated 2.6/11 and 11.9 million viewers. “Big Brother” aired over the next hour and earned a 1.7/7 and 6.5 million viewers. Reruns closed out primetime.

ABC and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. ABC was third in total viewers with 4.4 million, Fox was fourth with 1.9 million.

For ABC, following a rerun, “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8 had a 0.9/3 and 5 million viewers. At 9, “The $100,000 Pyramid” got a 0.7/3 and 4.4 million viewers. A repeat followed.

For Fox, the Detroit Lions-San Francisco 49ers game gave way to reruns at 7:30 ET.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.1 million.

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Football is (just about) back! The Arizona Cardinals beatdown of the Dallas Cowboys topped Sunday in TV ratings, which is something the rest of broadcast will just have to get used to.

Due to the nature of live sports, numbers for “Sunday Night Football” host-network NBC are considered to significant adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Dateline” at 7 p.m. had a 1.0/5 and 5.8 million viewers. The game followed and ran through primetime.

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ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 5 million. Following a rerun, “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8 received a 1.1/5 and 6.3 million viewers. “The $100,000 Pyramid” at 9 landed a 0.9/4 and 5.1 million viewers. At 10, the “To Tell the Truth” season finale closed its summer (and prime) to a 0.8/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. CBS was third in total viewers with 4.8 million viewers. Airing all repeats, Fox was fourth with 1.8 million viewers.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” at 7 had a 0.6/3 and 7.3 million viewers. At 8, “Big Brother” earned a 1.5/7 and 5.7 million viewers. Reruns followed.

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Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3. Univision had a 2 share, Telemundo got a 1 share. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 869,000.

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Football is (just about) back! The Arizona Cardinals beatdown of the Dallas Cowboys topped Sunday in TV ratings, which is something the rest of broadcast will just have to get used to.

Due to the nature of live sports, numbers for “Sunday Night Football” host-network NBC are considered to significant adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Dateline” at 7 p.m. had a 1.0/5 and 5.8 million viewers. The game followed and ran through primetime.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 5 million. Following a rerun, “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8 received a 1.1/5 and 6.3 million viewers. “The $100,000 Pyramid” at 9 landed a 0.9/4 and 5.1 million viewers. At 10, the “To Tell the Truth” season finale closed its summer (and prime) to a 0.8/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. CBS was third in total viewers with 4.8 million viewers. Airing all repeats, Fox was fourth with 1.8 million viewers.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” at 7 had a 0.6/3 and 7.3 million viewers. At 8, “Big Brother” earned a 1.5/7 and 5.7 million viewers. Reruns followed.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3. Univision had a 2 share, Telemundo got a 1 share. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 869,000.

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NFL National Anthem Protests: Ice Cube Supports Dallas QB’s Controversial Stance

Count Ice Cube among those who won’t criticize Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for not supporting the National Football League national anthem protests.
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Jerry Jones Cancels Interviews, Says NFL Told Him to Not Talk About Anthem

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declined to answer questions about the national anthem issue, saying the NFL has requested that he no longer speak on the subject.

Reporter Mike Doocy of Fox 4 said he decided to cancel his interview with Jones at the Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California when he learned moments before his interview would commence that questions about the anthem were off limits.

According to the Star-Telegraph, Jones informed several other news outlets that he would not be answering questions about the anthem and that it was the NFL’s position for him to stop speaking on the matter.

The NFL did not immediately respond to TheWrap for comment.

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“We were told by Jerry and his public relations staff that the national anthem issue would be off limits,” Fox 4’s Doocy said. “And the fact we were told that at the last minute, that conditions were put on the interview in that way, I didn’t feel comfortable going on with it.”

Doocy added at the end of his segment, “In fairness to Jerry, his stance now is that the NFL doesn’t want him to talk about the anthem either. It just would’ve been nice to know that one minute prior before the interview was set to record.”

Last week speaking from the opening of training camp, Jones reiterated his position that Dallas Cowboys players would be required to stand on the field during the national anthem, but he referred to President Trump’s continued interest in the subject as “problematic.”

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“Unprecedented, if you really think about it … but like the very game itself, that’s the way it is. We feel very strongly about how we deal with it. Of course, I’d like, everybody would like, it to go away,” said Jones.

In May, the NFL banned kneeling during the national anthem, but said they will allow players to remain in the locker room in protest during the singing of the anthem.

Watch the Fox 4 segment explaining the rationale for cancelling the Jones interview below:

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declined to answer questions about the national anthem issue, saying the NFL has requested that he no longer speak on the subject.

Reporter Mike Doocy of Fox 4 said he decided to cancel his interview with Jones at the Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California when he learned moments before his interview would commence that questions about the anthem were off limits.

According to the Star-Telegraph, Jones informed several other news outlets that he would not be answering questions about the anthem and that it was the NFL’s position for him to stop speaking on the matter.

The NFL did not immediately respond to TheWrap for comment.

“We were told by Jerry and his public relations staff that the national anthem issue would be off limits,” Fox 4’s Doocy said. “And the fact we were told that at the last minute, that conditions were put on the interview in that way, I didn’t feel comfortable going on with it.”

Doocy added at the end of his segment, “In fairness to Jerry, his stance now is that the NFL doesn’t want him to talk about the anthem either. It just would’ve been nice to know that one minute prior before the interview was set to record.”

Last week speaking from the opening of training camp, Jones reiterated his position that Dallas Cowboys players would be required to stand on the field during the national anthem, but he referred to President Trump’s continued interest in the subject as “problematic.”

“Unprecedented, if you really think about it … but like the very game itself, that’s the way it is. We feel very strongly about how we deal with it. Of course, I’d like, everybody would like, it to go away,” said Jones.

In May, the NFL banned kneeling during the national anthem, but said they will allow players to remain in the locker room in protest during the singing of the anthem.

Watch the Fox 4 segment explaining the rationale for cancelling the Jones interview below:

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Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Says Trump’s Interest in NFL Is ‘Problematic’

Now we know where Jerry Jones “stands” on the issue of kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFL.

While speaking at the opening of Dallas Cowboys training camp Wednesday, team owner Jones referred to President Trump’s continued interest in the debate over racial injustice protests in the NFL as “problematic” and said he wishes it would go away.

“His interest in what we’re doing is problematic,” Jones told reporters gathered in Oxnard, California, according to Cowboys Wire via USA Today. “Unprecedented, if you really think about it … but like the very game itself, that’s the way it is. We feel very strongly about how we deal with it. Of course, I’d like, everybody would like, it to go away.”

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Jones reiterated that he wants his players to stand during the anthem and will require them to be on the field rather than in the locker room, according to Dallas News reporter Jon Machota.

Jerry Jones does not want players staying in the locker room during the national anthem. “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.” https://t.co/aKnk2iMbCR

— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 25, 2018

In May, the NFL banned kneeling during the national anthem, but said they will allow players to remain in the locker room in protest during the singing of the anthem.

In September 2017, President Trump specifically praised Jones’ stance on the anthem debate, tweeting, “Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”

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It was reported in July that Miami Dolphins players who kneel during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games, including anthem protests in their organizational literature as “conduct detrimental to the club.”

The NFL Players Association argued in July that the new policy “infringes on player rights” and filed a grievance with the league.

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Now we know where Jerry Jones “stands” on the issue of kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFL.

While speaking at the opening of Dallas Cowboys training camp Wednesday, team owner Jones referred to President Trump’s continued interest in the debate over racial injustice protests in the NFL as “problematic” and said he wishes it would go away.

“His interest in what we’re doing is problematic,” Jones told reporters gathered in Oxnard, California, according to Cowboys Wire via USA Today. “Unprecedented, if you really think about it … but like the very game itself, that’s the way it is. We feel very strongly about how we deal with it. Of course, I’d like, everybody would like, it to go away.”

Jones reiterated that he wants his players to stand during the anthem and will require them to be on the field rather than in the locker room, according to Dallas News reporter Jon Machota.

In May, the NFL banned kneeling during the national anthem, but said they will allow players to remain in the locker room in protest during the singing of the anthem.

In September 2017, President Trump specifically praised Jones’ stance on the anthem debate, tweeting, “Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”

It was reported in July that Miami Dolphins players who kneel during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games, including anthem protests in their organizational literature as “conduct detrimental to the club.”

The NFL Players Association argued in July that the new policy “infringes on player rights” and filed a grievance with the league.

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Dallas Cowboys Owner, Virgin Boss Partner for KAABOO Texas Music Festival at AT&T Stadium

What do you get when two billionaires join forces to make sweet music together? The KAABOO Texas festival held at one of NFL’s swankiest stadiums next year.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is partnering with KAABOO for the festival’s fourth year, which is also backed by British business, music and airline mogul, Richard Branson.

While no headline acts have been announced yet, it is safe to assume that everything will be bigger in Texas when KAABOO takes over AT&T Stadium May 3-19, 2019.

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The collaboration with Jones marks the first time an NFL franchise has teamed up with a live entertainment festival to unite the worlds of sports and music.

“We are always looking for innovative partnerships that allow us to provide our market and a diverse demographic with a unique opportunity to engage with us,” Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys CEO said. “KAABOO Texas is a chance for people from all over the world, football fan or not, to experience AT&T Stadium through an incredible live entertainment event.”

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With a capacity of 100,000, AT&T Stadium has hosted such huge events WWE WrestleMania, the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star weekend and the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

The KAABOO festival has previously been held in San Diego at the Del Mar racetrack and recently announced a destination event in Grand Cayman in 2019. The 2018 lineup for San Diego includes Katy Perry, The Foo Fighters, Halsey, Craig Ferguson, Nick Offerman and Pete Holmes.

Along with music, the festival will feature arts, dining, craft cocktails, comedy and a Vegas-style day/night club.

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What do you get when two billionaires join forces to make sweet music together? The KAABOO Texas festival held at one of NFL’s swankiest stadiums next year.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is partnering with KAABOO for the festival’s fourth year, which is also backed by British business, music and airline mogul, Richard Branson.

While no headline acts have been announced yet, it is safe to assume that everything will be bigger in Texas when KAABOO takes over AT&T Stadium May 3-19, 2019.

The collaboration with Jones marks the first time an NFL franchise has teamed up with a live entertainment festival to unite the worlds of sports and music.

“We are always looking for innovative partnerships that allow us to provide our market and a diverse demographic with a unique opportunity to engage with us,” Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys CEO said. “KAABOO Texas is a chance for people from all over the world, football fan or not, to experience AT&T Stadium through an incredible live entertainment event.”

With a capacity of 100,000, AT&T Stadium has hosted such huge events WWE WrestleMania, the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star weekend and the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

The KAABOO festival has previously been held in San Diego at the Del Mar racetrack and recently announced a destination event in Grand Cayman in 2019. The 2018 lineup for San Diego includes Katy Perry, The Foo Fighters, Halsey, Craig Ferguson, Nick Offerman and Pete Holmes.

Along with music, the festival will feature arts, dining, craft cocktails, comedy and a Vegas-style day/night club.

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With all the political controversy and ratings slips and slides that have characterized the current NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys‘ 38-14 slam down of the Washington Redskins last night may have been the near perfect encapsulation of what is hobbling the league and broadcasters.
For one, in a Cowboys stadium that was full of empty seats clear to TV viewers, the Thursday Night Football battle was often painful to watch even as Dallas grinded their way to a likely playoff…

With all the political controversy and ratings slips and slides that have characterized the current NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys' 38-14 slam down of the Washington Redskins last night may have been the near perfect encapsulation of what is hobbling the league and broadcasters. For one, in a Cowboys stadium that was full of empty seats clear to TV viewers, the Thursday Night Football battle was often painful to watch even as Dallas grinded their way to a likely playoff…

NFL Anthem Protests Week 11 – Kneeling Continues After Veteran’s Day Respite

It’s a key weekend for the National Football League, and the results have nothing to do with playoff prospects. Instead, all eyes will turn once again to the pre-game activities and the player choices during the national anthem.
After a one-week respite by some players for Veteran’s Day – which saw participation in kneeling and other forms of protest drop significantly – the majority of players now will have to decide if they have made their point or will continue to…

It’s a key weekend for the National Football League, and the results have nothing to do with playoff prospects. Instead, all eyes will turn once again to the pre-game activities and the player choices during the national anthem. After a one-week respite by some players for Veteran’s Day – which saw participation in kneeling and other forms of protest drop significantly – the majority of players now will have to decide if they have made their point or will continue to…

ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Over New Tweets On Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Threat To Bench Players

About two weeks after Jemele Hill said  “I probably need to take some classes about how to exercise better self-control on Twitter. Lesson learned” ESPN has suspended its program host for new tweets suggesting her followers boycott advertisers of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. She made the suggestion in response to Jones’ threaten to bench any player who takes a knee during the national anthem.
“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our…

About two weeks after Jemele Hill said  "I probably need to take some classes about how to exercise better self-control on Twitter. Lesson learned” ESPN has suspended its program host for new tweets suggesting her followers boycott advertisers of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. She made the suggestion in response to Jones’ threaten to bench any player who takes a knee during the national anthem. “Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our…

ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill for Another Social Media Policy Violation

Jemele Hill has been suspended by ESPN for a second violation of the Disney-owned cable channel’s social media guidelines.

The “SportsCenter” anchor used Twitter to call for a boycott of Dallas Cowboys-advertisers after team owner Jerry Jones demanded his players stand for the national anthem or be benched. That didn’t go over well with her employer.

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” ESPN said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company do with an impulsive tweet.”

That line referred to her calling President Trump a “white supremacist” a few weeks back. She had some unkind things to say about his supporters as well, though Hill got off with just a warning.

“In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences,” the Monday statement continued. “Hence this decision.”

Also Read: ESPN Accused of Double Standard for Not Benching Jemele Hill Over Calling Trump a ‘White Supremacist’

Here are some of the tweets Hill sent out on Sunday that landed her in hot water, in chronological order:

Don’t ask Dak, Dez & other Cowboys players to protest. A more powerful statement is if you stop watching and buying their merchandise.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017

Or, how about not patronizing the advertisers who support the Cowboys? You can watch and do that, right? https://t.co/duPNqxFta7

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017

This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers. https://t.co/LFXJ9YQe74

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017

The “JJ” in question above is Jones, if you couldn’t do that math.

If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players. https://t.co/Gc48kchkuv

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017

Also Read: ESPN Chief John Skipper Says Network ‘Is Not a Political Organization’

Today, Hill walked her day-ago tweets back a bit:

Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017

Also Read: ESPN Scolds Jemele Hill for Calling Trump a ‘White Supremacist,’ But Stays Mum on Discipline

It seems worth pointing out that ESPN is a key business partner of the National Football League, and the Cowboys are the league’s most valuable franchise. Dallas was recently on the network’s “Monday Night Football,” which drew huge TV ratings.

As a matter of fact, that was the very week the “Star-Spangled Banner” boycott was at its buzziest. Before their national anthem opportunity, Jones and his team kneeled together, locking arms. They all stood for the actual song.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started this whole #TakeAKnee thing last August, when he began quietly sitting out the national anthem in protest of racism and police brutality in this country. The whole thing exploded this season when Donald Trump called for protesting NFL players to be released from their teams.

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Jemele Hill has been suspended by ESPN for a second violation of the Disney-owned cable channel’s social media guidelines.

The “SportsCenter” anchor used Twitter to call for a boycott of Dallas Cowboys-advertisers after team owner Jerry Jones demanded his players stand for the national anthem or be benched. That didn’t go over well with her employer.

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” ESPN said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company do with an impulsive tweet.”

That line referred to her calling President Trump a “white supremacist” a few weeks back. She had some unkind things to say about his supporters as well, though Hill got off with just a warning.

“In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences,” the Monday statement continued. “Hence this decision.”

Here are some of the tweets Hill sent out on Sunday that landed her in hot water, in chronological order:

The “JJ” in question above is Jones, if you couldn’t do that math.

Today, Hill walked her day-ago tweets back a bit:

It seems worth pointing out that ESPN is a key business partner of the National Football League, and the Cowboys are the league’s most valuable franchise. Dallas was recently on the network’s “Monday Night Football,” which drew huge TV ratings.

As a matter of fact, that was the very week the “Star-Spangled Banner” boycott was at its buzziest. Before their national anthem opportunity, Jones and his team kneeled together, locking arms. They all stood for the actual song.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started this whole #TakeAKnee thing last August, when he began quietly sitting out the national anthem in protest of racism and police brutality in this country. The whole thing exploded this season when Donald Trump called for protesting NFL players to be released from their teams.

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Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Says Players Disrespecting The Flag Won’t Play

Two weeks ago, in response to Donald Trump’s criticism of the NFL’s national anthem protests, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones linked arms with his players and knelt prior to the national anthem before they took the field to play the Arizona Cardinals. Today, Jones spoke up about the recent kneeling controversy surrounding the NFL saying that disrespecting the flag will lead to not playing.
“We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but…

Two weeks ago, in response to Donald Trump’s criticism of the NFL’s national anthem protests, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones linked arms with his players and knelt prior to the national anthem before they took the field to play the Arizona Cardinals. Today, Jones spoke up about the recent kneeling controversy surrounding the NFL saying that disrespecting the flag will lead to not playing. "We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but…

Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints Will Stand For National Anthem On Sunday

What players will do during the national anthem this week has become as big a part of NFL games as who will win. Today, a key player from the Dallas Cowboys said his team will stand with hands over hearts, while the New Orleans Saints quarterback indicated they will kneel as a team before the anthem and then stand together during the song.
A report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram quotes Dallas receiver Dez Bryant saying the team will not be doing any more anthem…

What players will do during the national anthem this week has become as big a part of NFL games as who will win. Today, a key player from the Dallas Cowboys said his team will stand with hands over hearts, while the New Orleans Saints quarterback indicated they will kneel as a team before the anthem and then stand together during the song. A report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram quotes Dallas receiver Dez Bryant saying the team will not be doing any more anthem…

Jerry Jones Takes a Knee With His Team – Twitter Throws a Yellow Flag

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, locked arms with his team and knelt with them before the national anthem and ahead of the game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, continuing a wave of protests in the NFL that has sharply divided viewers.

When it was announced that the national anthem was about to begin, Jones and his team rose with arms still locked together, after which “American Idol” alum Jordin Sparks sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In the stadium, the protest was met with jeers from the crowd that were echoed on social media by viewers at home. Though some supported Jones in his show of unity, some disappointed fans promised to drop the team entirely.

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Crowd erupts in boos as owner Jerry Jones and entire Dallas Cowboys team kneel live on Monday Night Football pic.twitter.com/ZBKt3KMXYR

— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) September 26, 2017

“Turned on Monday Night Football for the National Anthem; then turned off the game. Done w/ the Dallas Cowboys & the NFL. Jerry Jones Caved,” one user wrote.

“Jerry Jones joined entire team in kneeling prior to national anthem on Monday Night Football. Cowboys are Americas teeming pile of s—,” wrote another.

The protests were sparked by President Trump’s calls for NFL owners to fire players for not standing for the anthem during a rally in Alabama Friday. Several owners joined their teams on the sidelines during Sunday’s games to lock arms in a display of unity.

Jones’ decision to kneel was most notable, however, as he has been an outspoken supporter of the president and previously said he did not support anthem protests.

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The protests first began last year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who would sit or kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and the injustice faced by African Americans.

“Jerry Jones takes the knee in an unexpected act of solidarity. Beautiful moment in history,” one supportive Twitter user wrote. Others said they were waiting on Jones to explain his decision to kneel and to explicitly condemn systemic racism.

“What matters here: what Jerry Jones says when he’s asked WHY he kneeled,” said ESPN Magazine writer Mina Kimes.

See more reactions below:

Turned on Monday Night Football for the National Anthem; then turned off the game. Done w/ the Dallas Cowboys & the NFL. Jerry Jones Caved. pic.twitter.com/besaXVzkpQ

— James Turner (@JamesTurner4947) September 26, 2017

what matters here: what Jerry Jones says when he’s asked WHY he kneeled.

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 26, 2017

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was the only NFL owner who hadn’t responded to Trump’s comments. Tonight, he joined the entire team to #TakeAKnee. pic.twitter.com/uiMaYr2LbJ

— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) September 26, 2017

Jerry Jones and the entire Dallas Cowboys kneel to protest unconstitutional injustices done to Black people in America #salute

— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) September 26, 2017

Jerry Jones takes the knee in an unexpected act of solidarity. Beautiful moment in history. pic.twitter.com/5RGkQOpNgx

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 26, 2017

*jerry jones walks onto the field to show em how a real man stands when he sees a shiny nickel*

“I’ll just reach down real quick an—aw shit pic.twitter.com/A5SNPDacog

— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) September 26, 2017

jerry jones is mad donald trump tried to tell him what to do lmaooo dassit and dassall.

— king crissle (@crissles) September 26, 2017

When you’re tempted, even briefly, to have positive feelings about Jerry Jones pic.twitter.com/kcGgblMp3R

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 26, 2017

PUT SOME RESPECT ON JERRY JONES NAME Salute my boy

— Anthony ✭ (@AMedrano2188) September 26, 2017

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, locked arms with his team and knelt with them before the national anthem and ahead of the game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, continuing a wave of protests in the NFL that has sharply divided viewers.

When it was announced that the national anthem was about to begin, Jones and his team rose with arms still locked together, after which “American Idol” alum Jordin Sparks sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In the stadium, the protest was met with jeers from the crowd that were echoed on social media by viewers at home. Though some supported Jones in his show of unity, some disappointed fans promised to drop the team entirely.

“Turned on Monday Night Football for the National Anthem; then turned off the game. Done w/ the Dallas Cowboys & the NFL. Jerry Jones Caved,” one user wrote.

“Jerry Jones joined entire team in kneeling prior to national anthem on Monday Night Football. Cowboys are Americas teeming pile of s—,” wrote another.

The protests were sparked by President Trump’s calls for NFL owners to fire players for not standing for the anthem during a rally in Alabama Friday. Several owners joined their teams on the sidelines during Sunday’s games to lock arms in a display of unity.

Jones’ decision to kneel was most notable, however, as he has been an outspoken supporter of the president and previously said he did not support anthem protests.

The protests first began last year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who would sit or kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and the injustice faced by African Americans.

“Jerry Jones takes the knee in an unexpected act of solidarity. Beautiful moment in history,” one supportive Twitter user wrote. Others said they were waiting on Jones to explain his decision to kneel and to explicitly condemn systemic racism.

“What matters here: what Jerry Jones says when he’s asked WHY he kneeled,” said ESPN Magazine writer Mina Kimes.

See more reactions below:

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Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Kneels With Players Before ‘Monday Night Football’ National Anthem

NFL players kneeling for the national anthem is a movement that is gaining momentum, and it isn’t going away any time soon. The latest team to join the ranks of kneelers is “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys. The team’s Twitter account posted a pic of its influential owner Jerry Jones and the players taking a knee and linking arms prior to the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before their Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale…

NFL players kneeling for the national anthem is a movement that is gaining momentum, and it isn’t going away any time soon. The latest team to join the ranks of kneelers is “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys. The team’s Twitter account posted a pic of its influential owner Jerry Jones and the players taking a knee and linking arms prior to the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before their Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale…

ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ to Break With Tradition, Air National Anthem Tonight

“Monday Night Football” isn’t missing out on the chance to telecast a national news story. Oh, and this will also be good for TV ratings. Cool how that works out.

The weekly ESPN primetime presentation of NFL football will televise tonight’s national anthem before the Dallas Cowboys-Arizona Cardinals game, TheWrap is told by an ESPN insider. That’s not something “MNF” does each week.

Additionally, “Monday Night Football” will also air the NFL’s “Inside These Lines” ad during the telecast, which debuted last night during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” Readers can watch that video above.

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Finally, reaction of the NFL, teams and players will be a conversation topic on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” pregame show (6 p.m. ET), of course, and it’s also a certainty the in-game team led by Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden will comment on the goings-on — especially around the anthem performance itself.

Tonight, sideline-watching might be the real spectator sport — especially near the Visitors’ bench, since Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is very much a stand-and-salute guy. And, ya know, that whole “America’s Team” thing (a.k.a. The Dallas Cowboys).

Neither Dallas nor Arizona has issued a statement (yet) whether players from each team will stand, sit out or take a knee tonight before the coin toss. Sadly, such a media release has become an actual thing these days.

Also Read: That Time Donald Trump Said a President ‘Should Not Be Telling’ NFL Team What to Do – Back in 2013

Oh, and there is one more part of this to report, actually. We asked a person with knowledge of the ESPN executive-level conversation if anyone at the cable network is nervous about losing viewers because of the divisive protest. The answer there was a decided “No.” This is still football, folks.

Last night’s primetime football game was down double digits in overnight ratings, but that’s definitely more a reflection of an uncompetitive contest than politically turned-off TV viewers.

In case you’ve been buried in a locker room longer than protocol calls for, hundreds of National Football League players kneeled, ditched or otherwise protested the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday. The few-minute boycott actually originated last August as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lone, silent statement about police brutality and racism in America. Some joined in last season, though the movement caught fire this weekend after President Trump bad-mouthed its participants on Twitter.

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“Monday Night Football” isn’t missing out on the chance to telecast a national news story. Oh, and this will also be good for TV ratings. Cool how that works out.

The weekly ESPN primetime presentation of NFL football will televise tonight’s national anthem before the Dallas Cowboys-Arizona Cardinals game, TheWrap is told by an ESPN insider. That’s not something “MNF” does each week.

Additionally, “Monday Night Football” will also air the NFL’s “Inside These Lines” ad during the telecast, which debuted last night during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” Readers can watch that video above.

Finally, reaction of the NFL, teams and players will be a conversation topic on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” pregame show (6 p.m. ET), of course, and it’s also a certainty the in-game team led by Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden will comment on the goings-on — especially around the anthem performance itself.

Tonight, sideline-watching might be the real spectator sport — especially near the Visitors’ bench, since Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is very much a stand-and-salute guy. And, ya know, that whole “America’s Team” thing (a.k.a. The Dallas Cowboys).

Neither Dallas nor Arizona has issued a statement (yet) whether players from each team will stand, sit out or take a knee tonight before the coin toss. Sadly, such a media release has become an actual thing these days.

Oh, and there is one more part of this to report, actually. We asked a person with knowledge of the ESPN executive-level conversation if anyone at the cable network is nervous about losing viewers because of the divisive protest. The answer there was a decided “No.” This is still football, folks.

Last night’s primetime football game was down double digits in overnight ratings, but that’s definitely more a reflection of an uncompetitive contest than politically turned-off TV viewers.

In case you’ve been buried in a locker room longer than protocol calls for, hundreds of National Football League players kneeled, ditched or otherwise protested the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday. The few-minute boycott actually originated last August as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lone, silent statement about police brutality and racism in America. Some joined in last season, though the movement caught fire this weekend after President Trump bad-mouthed its participants on Twitter.

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