Ronnie Brown the Latest Free Agent to Join Eagles

Ronnie Brown the Latest Free Agent to Join Eagles

Sooner or later, the Eagles will stop signing players. Tuesday is not that day.

The Eagles have come to terms with former Dolphins running back and second overall pick of the 2005 Draft Ronnie Brown on a one-year contract. He will presumably slide in as the number two back behind LeSean McCoy, and provide the team with a veteran presence in a relatively young backfield.

The former Auburn runner has had a pretty solid pro career, despite it being marred by injuries and much of it wasted with the hapless Dolphins. A Pro Bowler in 2008, Brown has rushed for 4,815 total yards and 36 touchdowns in his six-year career, with a very dependable 4.3 yards per carry. He has also tallied 184 receptions for 1,491 yards receiving.

Brown likely did not get much attention as a free agent in part due to his history of injuries. His '07 and '09 campaigns were cut short at seven and nine games respectively, and they may have finally taken their toll in 2010. Brown averaged a career low 3.7 YPC while rushing for 916 yards last season.

Of course, that could have something to do with the Dolphins having one of the most inept offenses in the league.

As a backup to Shady McCoy, it's yet another great addition for the Birds. The 6-0, 230 lbs. Brown has the rare combination of size and speed to double as both a power runner and a home run threat. He is also a versatile football player, as demonstrated by his receiving numbers and his participation in Miami's Wildcat scheme.

If something were to happen to McCoy, the only backs on the roster were Eldra Buckley, who is primarily a special teamer, and Dion Lewis, a rookie. Nothing against Lewis, who still has a bright future, but we'll take an experienced back as a little insurance for what is shaping up to be a special season for the Birds.

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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Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

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Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

The City of Philadelphia did an incredible job hosting the 2017 draft.

And it still wasn't enough to keep it. 

The NFL has announced the 2018 draft will be held in the Dallas Cowboys' home, AT&T Stadium. Dallas — or technically Arlington, Texas — will be the third city to host the draft in three years, following Chicago and Philly. 

It has been rumored for months that Jerry Jones had his city as the favorite to host the next draft. Turns out those rumors were right. 

Good luck topping what Philly did in 2017 though. 

“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.” 

The 2018 draft will begin on April 26. The NFL's release said the draft site will include the field, stands and outdoor plazas. 

According to the NFL, at the 2017 draft, a record 250,000 fans attended the three-day event along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The estimated economic impact for the city was $94.9 million. 

“The Draft was a family-friendly event for Philadelphians and visitors across the country,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “I thank all of our public and private partners, especially the City employees and first responders, who made this event a success and allowed Philly to shine in the national spotlight once again.”

Aside from the numbers, the draft in Philly was aesthetically pleasing. The television shots from the Parkway were gorgeous and the vibe around the entire event was special. 

Things went so well, NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O'Reilly said the draft in Philly was a "resounding success." 

It won't be coming back in 2018, but the next time it does, the city will be ready.