Goodell on Barstool Sports ban: 'I'm not familiar with this'

Goodell on Barstool Sports ban: 'I'm not familiar with this'

HOUSTON -- Barstool Sports has brought its brand to Comedy Central this week, but its set at the Kirby Ice House here in town has been about as close as its employees have been allowed to any official Super Bowl activities.

They've been banned by the league, they've said. That means no Radio Row, no press conferences, no game. (Although one Barstool personality, PFT Commenter, found a way to get into Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on Monday.)

Roger Goodell insisted he knows nothing about a ban for Barstool. 

"I'm not familiar with this," he said Wednesday. "I really have no information on who's credentialled and who's not credentialled. I'll take your word for it. I assume there's a reason why there's a particular organization that may not be credentialled to be here, but I think you can see by looking around, we have pretty open arms about who attends the Super Bowl as a media outlet."

Barstool hasn't done much to ingratiate itself with the league. Dave Portnoy, the site's founder, has been particularly critical, especially since Deflategate began. Still, the site's readers represent a huge swath of young NFL fans so the question as to why a company with that kind of appeal wouldn't be allowed to the Super Bowl was understandable.

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.