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The700Level’s update on NFL free agency: overrated so far

The700Level’s update on NFL free agency: overrated so far

Free agency is set to open in the NFL at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, but already we’ve been inundated by reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in this free agent and talking to that free agent. Thanks to the so-called “legal tampering” period the league instituted last year, teams were allowed to begin negotiating with impending free agents on Saturday, three days before they can sign on the dotted line.

There is little doubt the Eagles have shown interest in most, if not all of the players that popped up in reports over the weekend. Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and Cincinnati Bengals defensive end/outside linebacker Michael Johnson were among the more prominent names the club was said to have contacted already.

As league insiders have pointed out though, gauging the actual level of interest any team has in a player can be an entirely different story.

Philadelphia’s own Andrew Brandt provided some insight into where many of these reports materialize.

Greg Gabriel for the National Football Post spent 30 seasons working in NFL scouting departments, including the Eagles. He was a lot more shall we say direct about his opinion of many of the rumors circulating.

I believe the local writers breaking these stories have done well to choose their words carefully and not make anything out to be more than it is. Using Mitchell as an example though, who was first reported to be a potential target by Eliot Shorr-Parks for NJ.com, why wouldn’t the Eagles show some level of interest? The Birds need at least one, perhaps two starters at safety. They should be shopping around, comparing prices on literally all of the practical options.

It’s also important to note the fact that the Eagles have talked to Mitchell doesn’t mean they haven’t or won’t speak to numerous others. With all of the help that’s on the market at this position, it’s hard to believe Mitchell would be any team’s No. 1 target. Frankly, I’m not certain he’s even an upgrade over Nate Allen.

Likewise, it’s entirely possible the Eagles haven’t reached out to certain potential targets yet because they’re waiting for a market to develop. Think Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd based on Geoff Mosher's report for CSNPhilly.com. We know the Birds don’t want to pay him the $9 million per year he’s said to be seeking, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have interest. Letting him field offers and swooping in late with a competitive number could prove to be part of a strategy.

What’s been happening so far feels a lot more like a feeling-out process than an actual event. I have to think for every free agent who’s been known to have contact with Philadelphia, there’s 10 others the organization has inquired about or at least considered internally.

We’ll see what happens when the curtain rises on Tuesday. As of right now though, I’m selling a lot more of these stories than I’m buying.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Sixers to play on new court design, wear special City Edition jerseys with old school bell

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Sixers to play on new court design, wear special City Edition jerseys with old school bell

The Sixers announced on Wednesday morning that they'll be unveiling their fourth edition jersey in the near future to be worn on seven tribute nights with a "Spirit of 76" theme to them.

It will include a bell logo on both the jerseys and at center court of the Wells Fargo Center.

"'Spirit of 76,' introduces a new 'bell' logo, inspired by imagery from Philadelphia's 1976 bicentennial celebration, a special center-court logo signed by 76ers full season ticket members, collectible tickets and membership boxes for season ticket members," the team said in a statement.

The team will also unveil three new sculptures at their Camden training facility to go along with the campaign.

“We are excited to announce the ‘Spirit of 76’ campaign as it provides another incredible opportunity to celebrate the proud tradition of the 76ers with the city of Philadelphia, our fans, players and alumni,” said Philadelphia 76ers Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Chris Heck. “The ‘Spirit of 76’ campaign honors the legendary icons who paved the way for this organization, while recognizing the passion and intensity of our fans.”

The City Edition jerseys will join the Association Edition (home), Icon Edition (road), and Statement Edition jerseys this season.

Below is a list of games for the "Spirit of 76" campaign where the special jerseys and court will be featured.

Thursday, Dec. 21 vs. Toronto Raptors

Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Detroit Pistons 

Friday, Feb. 2 vs. Miami Heat

Friday, Feb. 9 vs. New Orleans Pelicans 

Friday, March 2 vs. Charlotte Hornets

Friday, March 16 vs. Brooklyn Nets

Friday, April 6 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 

And here's a glimpse at the court.