Author: Tony Softli

NFL vs NFLPA ON NATIONAL ANTHEM ISSUE

The NFLPA (NFL Players Association) is mounting a counter attack on the NFL and plan to challenge  the league’s new national anthem policy.  Per Pro Football Talk who reported the NFLPA is weighing their options to challenge the legality of the policy by retaining several law firms last week. At the last NFL owners meeting it was reported that a unanimously vote to approve  a new policy on May 23 that requires players and league personnel be on the sideline to stand for the national anthem but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they...

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NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL’S CONCERNS ON SPORTS BETTING

By Tony Softli With the sports betting whirlwind in full effect, I can envision betting stations that look like ATM’s in approved states and throughout airports, malls, grocery stores and sub stations on the corners like 7-11’s. Sportsbooks outside of Nevada in casinos is the smart move.  Fantasy Football purse will grow ten fold and football apps like Fire Fan are already in place to take full advantage of the in game betting services. The NFL is not happy and quite frankly they dont want pandoras box opened any wider then it already is. Commissioner Goodell released a statement...

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Softli’s 2018 NFL Draft Rankings

By Tony Softli My fifteen year NFL Scouting career began in 1995 with the Carolina Panthers, after spending four years coaching at the University of Washington under legendary Coach Don James.  Along with my work ethic, passion and the ability to identify talent at both the college and professional levels of competition, I was blessed to have several outstanding personnel men that took me under their wing and taught me the NFL scouting business.  They called themselves dinosaurs during my interview process. The two men that hired me at Carolina were Pro Football Hall of Famers Bill Polian and...

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NFL and NFLPA Release 2018 Helmet Testing Results

By Tony Softli Today a joint press release from the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) was announced, detailing the results of their annual study assessing the performance of football helmets.  The statement made it clear that the study was for helmets worn by NFL players. Several former NFL players have been diagnosed with or have suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).  These diagnosis can only be made post-mortem, several retired players are now reporting to NFL, NFLPA and their personal doctors on symptoms of CTE.   Will the new era helmets help stop or slow the damaging effects of CTE? ...

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2018 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE

​By Tony Softli With only 15 days until the 83rd NFL Selection Meeting or better known as the NFL Draft, the excitement was stirred up today by the NFL announcing the 2018 Preseason schedules.  With Sherman now a 49er, Bennett flying like an Eagle and Beckham still a Giant, the NFL has finalized its 65-game 2018 preseason schedule, which includes eight nationally-televised games. The traditional preseason kick off will remain at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH on Thursday, August 2 (8:00 PM ET) with the Chicago Bears vs Baltimore Ravens.  NFL Network will also provide...

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