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NFL in the UK, is American Football Finally Making Waves Across the Pond?

April 16th, 2015 at 12:46 PM
By Sports Media 101

Over in the UK, it appears that the Brits are developing a bit of a thing for American Football: When tickets went online in in early 2015 they were sold out in minutes for games being played in November. Fans have been filling London streets in the official NFL Fan Rallies, with 40,000 expected to attend. Even online sportsbooks are getting in on the NFL action with UK betting sites pumping out unprecedented NFL offers to British gamblers (click here for betting information). The question is though, can the Brits handle American football for the long term or is it just a fling?

This year will see 6 NFL teams play in one of the UK’s most prominent sports site, Wembley stadium. Fans in Britain, including quite a few traveling Americans will get to see the New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions vs the Kansas City Chief. NFL big dog Mark Waller, thought what really was going to get the fans going was the prospect of the first Divisional rivalry to be played on British soil between the Jets and the Dolphins. With all this off field success there is even talk that the NFL might open up permanent shop with a London Franchise.

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FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big

September 28th, 2013 at 9:37 AM
By Sports Media 101

Sports Media 101 Inc. is proud to announce an official, and exclusive, fantasy football partnership with FightClub.com.

FightClub offers weekly fantasy football games suited for both the novice and professional fantasy football player, encompassing NFL football and NCAA football.

Sign-up is free and all new participants receive an immediate $5 credit. Additionally, if you sign-up through Sports Media 101 or any of our subsidiaries, you have a chance to win an additional $25 bonus each week. The $25 bonus will be awarded to whoever scores the most points. In other words, whoever proves to be the top dog.

In addition to the weekly games, $5 in free credit and the potential $25 bonus, everyone who signs up will have an opportunity to play the Sports Media 101 experts, as well as fellow fans and readers.

Players can win money each and every week, and do not have to worry about forgetting to set lineups, make waiver wire moves or trades. Your roster is set uniquely each week without a draft based solely on who you feel has the best match-ups. Ultimately, it's a true test of your Football IQ.

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NFL Mock Draft 2013: End of the First Round

April 25th, 2013 at 6:06 PM
By Donald Lappe

Time to wrap up our 2013 NFL Mock Draft with the final six selections of the first round. These are the elite teams from last season and these picks can often be just as productive as the early first round selections. They may not be as flashy, but especially in this year's NFL Draft there are a lot of solid prospects to choose from.

26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, Alabama – The Packers have struggled to find a running threat to pair with Aaron Rodgers and their high-powered passing game. There are other needs as well, but Eddie Lacy is an interesting fit in an offense that spreads the defense out so much and cleans up the tackle box. With limited defenders inside, can opposing defenses control a powerful runner like Eddie Lacy without him consistently grinding out 4 yards a pop?

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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Alec Ogletree, Giovani Bernard, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kevin Minter

April 25th, 2013 at 10:31 AM
By Donald Lappe

Our 2013 NFL Mock Draft is getting deeper into the first round with plenty of great values still on the draft board. The depth of the 2013 NFL Draft will be showcased first in the latter half of the opening round tonight and will continue on into the middle rounds. That gives NFL teams an opportunity to make big improvements over the course of the first three to four rounds by grabbing future starters. It will also underscore any teams that have a rough weekend at the 2013 NFL Draft.

20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, Georgia – Alec Ogletree is a big-time talent who slips because of off the field issues. If he can stay focused and out of trouble, he's a monster linebacker. The Bears just lost the face of the franchise in Brian Urlacher, though his production had slipped. Alec Ogletree is a playmaker at the second level.

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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

April 25th, 2013 at 9:29 AM
By Donald Lappe

Moving beyond the halfway point of the first round, the 2013 NFL Draft gets really interesting. You start getting to teams that barely missed out on the playoffs the year before and there are prospects hanging around that some prognosticators projected to be off the board much earlier. Given the depth of this year's NFL Draft class and the variation even within positional rankings from analyst to analyst, this is a very fluid first round. In our 2013 NFL Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers grab Xavier Rhodes of Florida State at No. 17. The Dallas Cowboys then beef up their offensive line with Jonathan Cooper at No. 18 overall and the New York Giants select Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant with the No. 19 selection in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Xavier Rhodes, Florida State – The Steelers seem destined to get a rare defensive asset one way or another with this selection. If Jarvis Jones of Georgia slips, many believe he won't get past the Steelers. If he's gone, there should be another edge rusher or Xavier Rhodes available at cornerback for Pittsburgh. Mark Mihalko of Steelers 101 made the selection for the Pittsburgh Steelers:

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