The New Orleans Saints may not be rebuilding on the fly, or at least they are not admitting to it. There is a lot of evidence that they merely made the moves they have made this off season to get their salary cap situation under control. They have repeatedly said that QB Drew Brees is not available, and that may end up being true. What is known is the Saints have loaded up on draft picks in their off season dealings, that means they could make a move to get one of the top QB prospects or simply restock the cubbard for the QB already on their roster.
As it stands the Saints have five picks in the first 78 picks of next month's NFL draft. That gives them lots of pieces to trade away and or use the picks to invest in some young talent. Three of those picks are in the top 50 and that means they could land some very talented players if they choose to invest those picks.
At some point the Saints are going to have to replace Brees, and at some point they are going to want relief from his immense salary cap hit. While they probably don't have enough ammunition to get one of the top two QB's in this year's draft, they are not all that far off either. more >>
The NHL is looking to expand again. It has been the policy of the league for this generation to expand into non-traditional hockey markets, and even though that process has been met with very mixed results (the Atlanta Thrashers lasted 12 years before being relocated to Winnipeg) the league it set to once again expand into non-traditional markets.
There is a NFL style arena being built in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bill Foley is heading a group that wants to bring a NHL franchise to that city. They started a season ticket campaign in February, as part of the first hurdle to being approved by the league for a team. In a little less than two months they have deposits for 8,000 season tickets and are now focusing their efforts on corporate support. In Vegas, that means casinos and they will likely find a lot of support being the first major American sport league to potentially place a franchise there.
Part of what is driving the NHL's expansion it not the west instead of more traditional hockey markets in the east and in Canada is the unbalance of its league currently. The NHL reorganized its league a few years ago and that led to 16 teams in the eastern conference and just 14 in the western. It is the leagues goal to erase that imbalance. more >>
Officials from the NFL and the CFL are both looking at ways to spice up the extra point conversion. The play has become so automatic and so routine that many fans are tuning out before the game can even get to the commercial break. Conversions follow a touchdown, and that extra point attempt that was 99.6 percent successful last year in the NFL. It is a boring automatic play in most football leagues and these leagues seem very intent to change that.
In the NFL there are considering moving the point after attempt from the 2 yard line to the 15 yard line, which would make an extra point a 32-yard try. While that is still well within the range of NFL kickers, it is not as automatic play as the 15-yard current extra point attempt. The NFL also is considering a CFL-style rule that would allow the defensive team to score two points if they block the kick and return it to the opposite end zone.
The CFL is looking at rules to get more teams to try a two point conversion. These include moving a single point PAT from the 12 to the 32 yard line and moving a two point try from the five yard line to the three. That could entice coaches to go for two points, which in turn makes for a more exciting game. more >>
In each and every sport there are owners who are hated, despised, and who never get the benefit of the doubt. Most of that is usually self inflicted wounds such as Jeffery Loria in Montreal and Miami, Daniel Snyder in Washington DC and the Wilpon family in New York. The Wilpons own the New York Mets. So, faced with losing money and dwindling attendance, the Mets organization started cutting back on security at Citi Field.
"Due to the cut backs in the budget  we will be unable to maintain the high quality of security that the ballplayers, guests and staff are accustom [sic] to," a Mets budget report obtained by CBS Sports reads. "In addition the greetings at the gates, exchange of pleasantries at the gates and along with the quality [sic] of the searching [sic] at the gates will be reduced."
These documents have come to light as the security officers who were dismissed due to the budgetary concerns are suing the team. Security guards at Citi Field fell on average from 186 to 130. The full report also says that many parts of the stadium were left uncovered by security, more >>
Jay Cutler is under contract for the Chicago Bears. The Bears signed him to a massive contract extension not that long ago. Cutler is due to make $15 million guaranteed in 2015 and $10 million dollars in 2016. That is the likely the biggest reasons he remains on a team that has hired a new head coach and is getting ready to rebuild itself.
Even with all of that money invested in him, new Bears head coach John Fox says Cutler has to win the starting job this summer at the team's training camp.
"It's all an open competition. Obviously you've got to start somewhere and my experience in football, really in anything, it's not where you start a competition; it's where you finish it," Fox told CSNchicago.com. "But we've got to start the race with some kind of lineup. We have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players yet. I kind of have it in my brain and then they compete." more >>
The NFL wants to expand its presence internationally. It is already playing three games a year in London, England and by all reports making serious inroads there. Now there are reports that the NFL would like to play regular season games in Germany and in Mexico, along with a proposal to play the Pro Bowl in Brazil. There are also efforts to play games in Canada and China.
This is certainly smart business as most of the large U.S. markets are part of the NFL money-making machine already.
The best way to judge if foreign markets are good for the league or not are to play regular season games there. The NFL tried to play preseason games in London and Toronto, Canada and that effort was largely unsuccessful. Over 103,000 fans showed up for a regular season game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Phoenix Cardinals in 2003 in Mexico City, but the league has not returned there since. more >>