Mystery Team May or May Not Have Deal in Place with 49ers for Quarterback Alex Smith

Mystery Team May or May Not Have Deal in Place with 49ers for Quarterback Alex Smith

In news with implications that could count twofold for some
Eagles fans, there are currently a set of conflicting rumors around the San
Francisco 49ers and their coveted property, quarterback Alex Smith.

CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday (via
Deadspin) that a trade for Smith is “effectively complete,” although a swap
cannot be finalized until the new league year begins on March 12, and which
team has allegedly agreed to deal is unknown. On the other hand, Matt Barrows
of the Sacramento Bee (via ProFootballTalk) indicates it’s all posturing from San
Francisco’s end.

ESPN.com's Adam Schefter chimed in on Monday, painting San Francisco as confident a trade will take place at some point.

We have to agree with PFT’s take on this one, which is without
Smith’s destination being named, it’s hard to regard the report he’s all-but-traded
as definite. Perhaps the 49ers are trying to drum up the price. For his part, La Canfora has not revised his story.

But it is sort of interesting from a Philadelphia
perspective. The likeliest landing spot for Smith might be the Kansas City
Chiefs, who are confirmed to be looking for a QB, and in turn have already inquired
about Nick Foles.
If Foles were to be dealt – not believed to be happening at
this point – Kansas City makes the most sense because Andy Reid would probably
be willing to give up the most.

Obviously if Kansas City can be linked to Smith in any way,
that could drive Foles’ value down. Foles could also be the Chiefs’ leverage on
the Niners, or Plan B if they are unable to pry the first-overall pick of 2005
away from San Fran at their price.

Of course, there are plenty of fans who wouldn’t mind seeing
the Eagles make a play for Smith themselves. Given what the 49ers will be
asking for, and Smith’s up-and-mostly-down career, I’m not sure the Birds should
have any serious interest in the soon-to-be 29 year old – and by all
appearances, they have none.

The story is worth following to see what develops though,
because the far-reaching impact of a trade could potentially be felt here. The
49ers will almost certainly wind up moving Smith this offseason one way or the
other due to the ascension of Colin Kapernick to starter.

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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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Eagles QB Carson Wentz favorite to win NFL MVP

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz favorite to win NFL MVP

Carson Wentz is in his second NFL season, but he could already be on his way to his first MVP award. 

At least, he's now the favorite. 

The Eagles' starting quarterback is now the favorite to win this year's NFL MVP award, according to Bovada. Wentz is just ahead of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. 

Here's the top five: 

1. Carson Wentz: +175
2. Alex Smith: +200
3. Tom Brady: +400
4. DeShaun Watson: +1,000
5. Russell Wilson: +1,200

Basically, this means that a $100 futures bet would win $175. Since Wentz pays out the least, he's the favorite. 

It's no surprise Wentz and Smith are atop this list. They have both led their teams to 5-1 records (tops in the NFL) through six games. 

Wentz has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.6. He's well on his way to becoming the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. 

The last (and only) Eagles player to win an MVP came during the 1960 championship season, when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin took the award. 

The last player to win the MVP award in his second NFL season was Kurt Warner in 1999. But Warner had a long road to get to the NFL and was 28 years old in 1999. Wentz is just 24. 

Vegas isn't alone with the Wentz hype. According to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Eagles' quarterback has the best-selling jersey of all NFL players. In another few months, those people might have the jersey of an MVP winner.