And It Begins... DeSean Asking for New Deal

And It Begins... DeSean Asking for New Deal

File this under "Not a Donovan McNabb story."

When DeSean Jackson switched representation in November, choosing vilified super agent Drew Rosenhaus, it became immediately clear he did not intend to wait very long before capitalizing on his staggering success. As it turns out, not very long may be just a few short weeks after the season's conclusion. Comcast's Derrick Gunn reports the wide receiver is ready to negotiate a four- or five-year extension with the Eagles. Hold on to your butts.

This should come as great news. Jackson was arguably the most valuable player on the club in '09, a breakout season during which he became the NFL's most dangerous playmaker. The idea he could be wearing midnight green for the next decade is unmistakably comforting. Reaching an agreement along the way is an entirely different discussion however.

Saying some of the past negotiations between the Eagles and Rosenhaus were contentious would be putting it mildly. Their greatest hits together include the Terrell Owens standoff, a tour-de-force of bizarre that ultimately ended when the team handed down a suspension for the final nine games in '05, and most recently he went to bat for Lito Sheppard, who most experts see the Jets releasing after a disappointing year in New York.

Of course, simply because some of their previous talks weren't resolved amicably doesn't mean these will end badly as well. Owens was one season into a seven-year contract and a known malcontent, and Sheppard's play had begun slipping already. These aren't among the easiest situations to settle.

And to be fair, the Eagles are not a bunch of dopes. Anybody can see Jackson is the real deal, and has far exceeded the base salaries of $470,000 and $555,000 he's due over the course of the next two seasons. It's also long been the standard operating procedure to extend young players well before their rookie contracts expire. This one is a no-brainer.

Still, the player and the team must meet halfway somewhere. The process is just getting underway, and Jackson's demands remain to be seen. While a new deal makes sense for both sides, history suggests we should be skeptical negotiations will go down without the circus coming to town.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports 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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Villanova basketball to hold exhibition doubleheader for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

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Villanova basketball to hold exhibition doubleheader for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

As many citizens in Puerto Rico continue to struggle with the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, Villanova basketball has decided to use its platform to raise money for relief.

The Villanova men’s and women’s teams will host an exhibition doubleheader Nov. 1 at the Jake Nevin Field House, with all ticket sales benefiting the organization “Unidos Por Puerto Rico.” Villanova is also encouraging fans to make additional donations at this website

The Wildcats women's team will play East Stroudsburg (Division II) at 6 p.m. The men’s team will follow, with a contest against Drexel at 8:30 p.m.

“The impact of Hurricane Irma on our fellow citizens of Puerto Rico has been tragic,” Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson said. “We are grateful that the NCAA is permitting its members to participate in making donations in this unique way as we get ready for the college basketball season. I hope the Nova Nation will join us in supporting this relief effort.”

The men’s team, ranked No. 6 nationally in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, was upset by Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season after a national championship campaign in 2015-16.

The Villanova women finished last season 20-15 overall, making a run to the semifinals of the WNIT before falling to Michigan, 65-11.

Both teams start the regular season Nov. 10, with the women visiting Hartford and the men taking on Columbia at the Wells Fargo Center.