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Well This Was Unexpected: Eagles Cut Spoon

Well This Was Unexpected: Eagles Cut Spoon

The first few days of free agency are always sure to offer a few surprises, but we're not sure anybody saw this one coming. (Well, not too many people... turns out Iggles Blog kinda called it.) The Eagles have parted ways with mid-season acquisition and veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon, who was signed through 2011.

After injuries depleted their linebacker depth early on in '09, the Eagles shipped a fifth round pick and WR Brandon Gibson to the Rams to obtain Spoon. They initially attempted to fit him into the hole in the middle, but his role soon shifted back to weakside where he had been starting in St. Louis.

We're not sure yet what exactly was the problem. Witherspoon was a never a standout, but he had a reputation for being a solid player. After an impressive first game wearing midnight green in which he recorded a sack and interception return for a touchdown against the Redskins, he admittedly faded into the background, though the group struggled as a whole and it seemed an off-season to develop his role might allow him to become more productive.

Most likely, it was partially a financial decision. Witherspoon is scheduled to make $5 million in each of the next two seasons, which sounds like a lot for somebody who was no better than average this past season. Then again, it's not as if the Eagles are loaded with quality players at the position right now, so we're not sure they should have been so quick to release him.

The early conclusion being drawn in the Twitter-verse is the team simply believes Akeem Jordan is the better option, so there was no sense holding on.

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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Chris Long donating first 6 game checks for scholarships in Charlottesville

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Chris Long donating first 6 game checks for scholarships in Charlottesville

Chris Long talked the talk. Now he's walking the walk. 

The Eagles defensive end is donating his first six game checks of the 2017 season to fund two scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. 

In August, Long spoke out about the violent protests in Charlottesville (see story).  At that time, he thought the majority of the original protesters, protesting the removal of a Confederate statue, were from out of town. He thought his neighbors were the ones trying to stop them. He also took umbrage to President Donald Trump's response, which condemned "violence on many sides."  

Now, Long is doing more than just speaking out. Based on his $1 million base salary in 2017, six games checks will amount to roughly $375,000. 

"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry," Long said in a release. "Megan (his wife) and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community." 

According to the release, the scholarships will be administered by Long's alma mater, St. Anne's-Belfield School. Two members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia will be given the seven-year scholarships to go a Virginia school. The two scholarships will go to students entering sixth grade and will provide them with tuition through high school graduation. 

The Longs have actually been sponsoring a student who will graduate this spring from St. Anne's-Belfield, the release said. They have been paying for the student's tuition for the past six years. But now, Long wants to make a more public statement. 

"We want these scholarships to be reflective of what the 'Cville' community is really about -- supporting one another, social equality and building up those in our community who need it," Long said. "We hope our investment will change the lives of the students who receive the scholarship and in turn, those students can positively impact others."