| | NFL 2009: NFL Broadcast Boot Camp
NFL Players to Take Part in Third "NFL Broadcast Boot Camp" June 22-25
NFL PLAYERS TO TAKE PART IN THIRD
“NFL BROADCAST BOOT CAMP” JUNE 22-25
Top NFL Producers & Talent to Instruct Players
CBS’ James Brown to Serve as Host Joined By Paul Burmeister,
Ron Jaworski, Curt Menefee, Dick Vermeil & Solomon Wilcots
Twenty-four current and former NFL players including PRIEST HOLMES, MAURICE JONES-DREW and MATT LIGHT will take part in the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, it was announced today.
The program, which runs from June 22-25, is directed by the NFL Broadcasting Department and covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners – CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Westwood One Radio, plus local radio and TV. It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives. Each player also will serve as a live radio host on SIRIUS NFL Radio.
Of the 40 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp in 2007 and 2008, 21 have already earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.
"We continue to look for ways to help players develop skills to enhance their NFL and post-NFL careers. Many of last year’s participants used this program as a career springboard and two have returned (DEREK RACKLEY and ROSS TUCKER) to help this year’s class,” said NFL Vice President of Labor Policy and Player Development ADOLPHO BIRCH.
“The support of the NFL’s broadcast partners will provide our players with a foundation for understanding the sports broadcasting business,” added CHRIS HENRY, NFL Director of Player Development.
“The NFLPA will continue to develop strategic alliances that will lead to the creation of programs like the Broadcast Boot Camp. These programs provide players the opportunity to gain valuable experience and help to prepare them for life after football,” said STACY ROBINSON, director of player development for the NFL Players Association.
The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Over the past four years, more than 470 players have participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Each offseason, with the support of team and league player development departments, more than 100 NFL players independently enroll in college courses as they work towards Master’s or Bachelor’s degrees while more than 130 others pursue career development opportunities.
Enrollment criteria for the Broadcast Boot Camp include previous participation in NFL Player Development programs, prior media experience, essays, and NFL playing experience.
Following are the NFL players enrolled in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp (most recent team in parentheses if player is a free agent):
Retired (NE, JAX, NYJ)
Retired (TB, BUF, MIA)
Retired (SD, CHI)
Retired (CIN, PIT)
Retired (KC, BAL)
With more than 400 years of broadcasting experience, following are the NFL broadcasting talent and production staff who will lend their expertise to the program:
ESPN Media Consultant
SHOW NO EMOTION