Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) speaks with head coach Pete Carroll, right, and assistant head coach Tom Cable during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks return to practice Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, without Richard Sherman and facing questions about how the team handled the concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) Joint statement from NFL and NFLPA on Seahawks being fined $100,000 for violating concussion protocol with Russell Wilson: pic.twitter.com/ftla486Hvt— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 21, 2017 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The NFL fined the Seattle Seahawks $100,000 for violating the concussion protocol when handling injured quarterback Russell Wilson on Nov. 9 against the Arizona Cardinals.Additionally, the league will make the coaching staff and medical staff attend a remedial training session.In a joint statement between the NFL and NFL Players Association, an investigation concluded that Wilson was not evaluated for a concussion. During the game, referee Walt Anderson called for the quarterback to be examined. Once it is determined that a medical examination is warranted, a player may only be cleared to return by the medical staff; Mr. Wilson’s return to the field without a sideline concussion evaluation was therefore in violation of the Concussion Protocol.The Thursday Night Football broadcast of the game showed Wilson entering the examination tent after being sent to the sideline by Anderson and leaving it less than 20 seconds later.Russell Wilson sent off after taking hit to the chin for concussion check, ducked in the tent then sent right back out pic.twitter.com/8HXvKOGNuG— That Dude (@cjzer0) November 10, 2017Seattle said in a statement that the “misstep was unintentional and the result of confusion on the sideline.”Wilson sustained a potential head injury when Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby hit him after a throw. It appeared Dansby’s helmet hit the facemask of Wilson’s helmet.
New York-based Afrotainment Family of Channels is to launch its Oui TV channel with StarTimes in Africa.Oui TV is a 24-hour French language channel airing African TV series and movies, including Nollywood content, with around 20 different episodes and six movies airing each day.The channel is now available in StarTimes’ basic package on DTH and digital-terrestrial TV.Afrotainment Family of channels senior vice-president of business development Eric Noue said that the company planned further rinternational launches, with channel launches planned in the near future in the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.Afrotainment offers a portfolio of nine channels in the US and Canada – Afro, Afrotainment, Afrotainment Music, Afro Sports, Abo, Oui TV, TV9JA, Haiti HD and Otown Television. The company’s offerings are available on the Dish DTH platform, Optimum Cablevision and Bell in Canada as well as on Roku and Amazon Fire TV, with a launch on Verizon FiOS planned soon.“We are delighted to have concluded this strategic partnership with StarTimes Media. Africa’s transition to digital broadcasting has improved both the quantity and quality of television programs available on the continent. This has reinvigorated the African Cultural Renaissance, which in turn should help further Africanize content broadcasted to African viewers,” said Yves Bollanga, CEO of Afrotainment.“The addition of Oui TV to StarTimes platform assists us in delivering on our promise of bringing high quality, affordable digital TV to our diverse subscribers in Africa. With the addition of Oui TV, our French speaking viewers now have more choice of their favorite series and movies, broadcasted in their home language,” said Mike Dearham, managing director of media department and VP, StarTimes Group.
A trio of execs have been upped at A+E and Sky’s A+E Networks UK joint venture.Adrian Pilkington, Izabella Wiley and Mark Neil have all landed promotions in the restructure, which comes days after company COO Nicolaus Eglau said he was exiting the channels business.Adrian PilkingtonPilkington has been upped to senior VP commercial strategy and general manager covering the Nordic, Benelux, Middle East and Africa regions.As well as running the aforementioned country operations and overseeing the teams in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Johannesburg, he will oversee channel distribution and commercial strategy across the business.Wiley expands her responsibilities from general manager, Poland, adding the wider CEE region to her remit. She has been with A+E since 2013 and built its Polish office in Warsaw.Mark Neil, meanwhile, is upped from vice president, finance, to VP finance, legal and operations.Izabella WileyHe only joined A+E three months ago from Scripps Networks Interactive where he was CFO.The promotions mean the three are now all part of the A+E Networks UK leadership team. They all report to Dean Possenniskie, MD of A+E Networks EMEA.“I’m delighted to welcome Adrian, Izabella and Mark to A+E Network UK’s leadership team,” he said.“Each has made an impressive contribution to our business and I look forward to working with them to deliver on our ambitious growth plans for the UK and our international markets.”A+E Networks UK is currently a JV between US channel operator A+E and UK pay TV operator Sky. It runs channels in the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, central and eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.