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The NFL honors their best on Thursday night, and here is how to watch

The 2023-2024 NFL season comes to its conclusion on Sunday, when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. But ahead of the big game there is some business to be taken care of.

The annual NFL Honors awards show.

The NFL Honors debuted in 2012, seeking to honor the best players and performances of the NFL season as well as to announce the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame members. From 2012 until 2021 the show occurred the night before the Super Bowl. In 2022, the event was shifted to the Thursday before the big game.

Keegan-Michael Key is set to return as the host for the third time, having previously hosted in 2017 and 2022. A number of NFL players past and present are schedule to appear as presenters, including Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Tony Gonzalez, Damar Hamlin, Justin Jefferson, Cam Jordan, Ray Lewis, Micah Parsons and Deion Sanders.

Here is how to watch, and a look at all the nominees.

How to watch

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024

Time: 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT

Where: Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Channel: CBS/NFL Network

Streaming: Paramount+

Awards and nominees

AP Most Valuable Player

Previous Winner: Patrick Mahomes

  • Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills quarterback
  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens quarterback
  • Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers running back
  • Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys quarterback
  • Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers quarterback

AP Offensive Player of the Year

Previous Winner: Justin Jefferson

  • Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins wide receiver
  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens quarterback
  • CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver
  • Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers running back
  • Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys quarterback

AP Defensive Player of the Year

Previous Winner: Nick Bosa

  • DaRon Bland, Dallas Cowboys cornerback
  • Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end
  • Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns defensive end
  • Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys linebacker
  • T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year

Previous Winner: Garrett Wilson

  • Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions running back
  • Sam LaPorta, Detroit Lions tight end
  • Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver
  • Bijan Robinson, Atlanta Falcons running back
  • C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans quarterback

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year

Previous Winner: Sauce Gardner

  • Will Anderson, Houston Texans defensive end
  • Jalen Carter, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle
  • Joey Porter Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback
  • Kobie Turner, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle
  • Devon Witherspoon, Seattle Seahawks cornerback

AP Comeback Player of the Year

Previous Winner: Geno Smith

  • Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns quarterback
  • Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills safety
  • Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback
  • Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams quarterback
  • Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins quarterback

AP Coach of the Year

Previous Winner: Brian Daboll

  • Dan Campbell, Detroit Lions
  • John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
  • DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans
  • Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
  • Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland Browns

AP Assistant Coach of the Year

Previous Winner: DeMeco Ryans

  • Ben Johnson, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator
  • Mike Macdonald, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator
  • Todd Monken, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator
  • Jim Schwartz, Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator
  • Bobby Slowik, Houston Texans offensive coordinator

Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2024

Modern Era Finalists

  • Eric Allen, cornerback
  • Jared Allen, defensive end
  • Willie Anderson, offensive tackle
  • Jahri Evans, offensive guard
  • Dwight Freeney, defensive end
  • Antonio Gates, tight end
  • Rodney Harrison, safety
  • Devin Hester, return specialist/wide receiver
  • Torry Holt, wide receiver
  • Andre Johnson, wide receiver
  • Julius Peppers, defensive end
  • Fred Taylor, running back
  • Reggie Wayne, wide receiver
  • Patrick Willis, linebacker
  • Darren Woodson, safety

Senior Finalists

  • Randy Gradishar, linebacker
  • Steve McMichael, defensive lineman
  • Art Powell, wide receiver

Coach/Contributor Finalist

  • Buddy Parker, coach

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for their contributions and excellence both on and off the field. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on their community.

Dak Prescott was last season’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. Here are the nominees for this season’s Award.

  • Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Ledbetter
  • Atlanta Falcons: Bradley Pinion
  • Baltimore Ravens: Roquan Smith
  • Buffalo Bills: Dion Dawkins
  • Carolina Panthers: Bradley Bozeman
  • Chicago Bears: Justin Jones
  • Cincinnati Bengals: Ted Karras
  • Cleveland Browns: Anthony Walker
  • Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Lawrence
  • Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles
  • Detroit Lions: Frank Ragnow
  • Green Bay Packers: De’Vondre Campbell
  • Houston Texans: Jon Weeks
  • Indianapolis Colts: Zaire Franklin
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Dawuane Smoot
  • Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes
  • Las Vegas Raiders: Maxx Crosby
  • Los Angeles Chargers: Derwin James
  • Los Angeles Rams: Cooper Kupp
  • Miami Dolphins: Alec Ingold
  • Minnesota Vikings: Harrison Phillips
  • New England Patriots: Jonathan Jones
  • New Orleans Saints: Tyrann Mathieu
  • New York Giants: Saquon Barkley
  • New York Jets: Solomon Thomas
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward
  • San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead
  • Seattle Seahawks: Bobby Wagner
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Antoine Winfield Jr.
  • Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons
  • Washington Commanders: Terry McLaurin

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Published Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2024 20:00:00 +0000

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Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game

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Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game – originally posted on Sportslens.com

A hot discussion topic around the NBA over the last few years has been the overall product of the all-star game. In the past, the competition level in the all-star game has come into question. Specifically, on defense. The all-star game has turned into a glorified three-point and dunk contest. Not what fans want to see. 

Ahead of Game 3 in the 2024 NBA Finals last night, the NBA Commissioner sat down with the NBA Countdown desk. Silver was asked if any changes could be made to improve the all-star game. Reluctantly, the Commissioner noted that players don’t have any real incentive to play at a high level of competition. Has the NBA given up on trying to make the all-star game competitive again?

What can the NBA do to increase the level of competition in the annual all-star game?

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon asked Commissioner Adam Silver about the possibility of a US vs. International all-star game. He offered this idea as a way to bring a new level of competition. While Silver listened to the idea, he responded saying that the league may be past the point of making the all-star game competitive again. Silver noted that it’s hard to get players to give 100% effort in a game that has no real incentives or meaning. Additionally, players do not want to risk getting injured in an all-star game.

In 2024, the all-star game was out of hand. The league returned to the East vs. West format this season. With no defense being played in the all-star game, the East won by 25 points and scored 211 total. That’s simply not a realistic score for a basketball game no matter how talented the players are. Before this year’s all-star game, NBA legends like Larry Bird went into the locker rooms and discussed the level of competition. Despite the speech from Bird, the all-star game was an offensive showcase. Hardly any defense was played.


The most exciting part of this year’s all-star weekend was the three-point shootout between Steph Curry and Sabrina Ionescu from the New York Liberty. Their shootout was a refreshing twist on all-star weekend, Compared to the product they’ve been putting out of the last several years. Is there anything the NBA can do to save the all-star game? Surely Adam Silver and his colleagues will tackle that issue this offseason.

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By: Zach Wolpin
Title: Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/adam-silver-says-the-nba-may-be-past-the-point-of-having-a-competitive-all-star-game/
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Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future

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Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future – originally posted on Sportslens.com

While the NBA Finals are still going on, the offseason is approaching. Twenty-eight of the league’s 30 teams are already in their offseason. Boston and Dallas are still battling for the rights to be the 2024 NBA Champions. Ahead of Game 2 on Sunday night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat down with NBC Sports Boston. 

Silver was asked about possible expansion in the NBA and where potential teams could be located. He was not able to give much detail, but Silver did mention how the NBA is working to see what is the best move for their league. Commissioner Silver mentioned Seattle, Las Vegas, and Mexico City.

When will the NBA expand the league past 30 teams?


As it stands, 29 of the 30 current teams in the NBA play in the United States. The Toronto Raptors are the only franchise not in America. What cities would be best for future NBA expansion? Talking with NBC Sports Boston, Adam Silver mentioned Seattle, Las Vegas, and Mexico City. Seattle is a market that would certainly be a fan favorite. They used to be home to the SuperSonics before the team was relocated and changed to the OKC Thunder. There’s no doubt Seattle would love to have a professional basketball team back in Washington.

There’s also Las Vegas, which would be a no-brainer. Several expansion teams have been added in other professional sports leagues. The NBA could follow their lead and make an expansion team in Nevada. Commissioner Silver also mentioned Mexico City as a possible expansion destination. The NBA has played a few games in Mexico City in the past. If made an expansion team, Mexico City would become the second team in the league not in the United States.


Expansion is not going to happen this offseason and the league needs some time to make that happen. They are currently in deep negotiations with NBC, ESPN, and Amazon for a new media rights package. Once that is all settled, then the league can start doing more research on expansion cities and teams. To keep the league at an even number, two cities will get an expansion team. One in the East and one in the West.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Zach Wolpin
Title: Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/adam-silver-hinted-at-three-potential-cities-for-nba-expansion-teams-in-the-future/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:56:25 +0000

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Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2024 MLB season as two of the favorites to win the World Series, and not much has changed in that regard over the first 2+ months. Both have commanding and growing leads in their respective divisions, and are still at the top of the odds list when it comes to championship likelihood.

Yankees vs. Dodgers Could Be World Series Preview

This weekend, the two powerhouses will meet for a three-game series in New York, which could very well be a preview for this October’s World Series.

Despite being 6 games behind the Yankees and in 5th place overall when it comes to the best record in the major leagues, the Dodgers are still the heavy championship favorites. Los Angeles will enter the weekend with a +290 designation to win the World Series, given their balanced attack and brutal batting order. They are currently 8 games up in the NL West, and have the second-best record in the entire National League behind the Phillies.

The Yankees are currently in second on the World Series odds list with a number of +500, but are arguably the best team in baseball right now. They have the most wins in the majors with 45, and are one of two teams (along with the Phillies) who have yet to lose a 20th game. They’ve won 8 in a row and 19 of their last 24, and have lengthened what was the smallest division lead in the majors to 4.5 games over the Orioles.

Both Teams Are Minus Money For This Weekend’s Series Overall

When it comes to the odds for the upcoming series, both teams are listed as minus-money. The Dodgers will be the slight favorites at -115, with the Yankees coming in at -105. The pitching matchup for the first game of the series on Friday will be Yoshinobu Yamamoto against Cody Poteet.

The success of the Yankees has plenty to do with star players Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, who are listed as the two favorites to win the American League MVP award.

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Title: Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview
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