NETWORK ATTRACTS MORETHAN 400,000 WASHINGTON-AREA VIEWERS DURING FIRST-QUARTER DEBUT OF ROBERT GRIFFIN IIIBethesda, Md.(Aug. 10, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlanticslive coverage of the Washington Redskins preseason game at Buffalo onThursday, Aug. 9, was the highest-rated program in network history (since April2001), earning an average household rating of 9.15 in the Washington, D.C.,television market from 7-10:15 p.m. The record household rating equates to anaverage Washington-area audience of approximately 216,000 households and 297,000viewers.ComcastSportsNets coverage, which featured the debut of Redskins quarterback RobertGriffin III, posted a peak household rating of 10.75 in the Washington market during the games firstquarter, which equates to approximately 254,000 households and 402,000 viewers.Combined with the Baltimoretelevision market, approximately 470,000 WashingtonBaltimore-area viewers watchedComcast SportsNet in the first quarter. The game also aired locally on NBCWashington Nonstop.ComcastSportsNets previous all-time record for average household rating in the Washington market was an 8.10, which was earned for theWashington Capitals Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 7 against Montreal on April 28,2010. The networks highest average household rating for a Redskins preseasongame was a 4.24, set during last preseasons opening game on August 12, 2011,against the Pittsburgh Steelers. All network ratings information is since April2001, when the network became Comcast SportsNet. Prior data is unavailable.ComcastSportsNet is the leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the Redskins andwe are proud that our high-quality production was enjoyed by so many fansthroughout the region, said Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic President RebeccaOSullivan-Schulte. We look forward to serving their loyal following withgreat coverage across all of our platforms this season.Theexclusive HD home of the Redskins preseason, Comcast SportsNet will continueits live coverage of the teams exhibition schedule on Aug. 18 when they facethe Bears in Chicagoat 8 p.m. The networks Redskins schedule also includes preseason home games againstIndianapolis on Aug. 25 (4 p.m.) and Tampa Bayon Aug. 29 (7:30 p.m.) The award-winning RedskinsKickoff and Redskins Postgame Live surroundall preseason and regular-season Redskins games.
RICHMOND—The Redskins do not have to pay Junior Galette this season after placing the outside linebacker on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
The NFI list is not the same as the injured reserve list. Players on that list sustained injuries while either playing in games or while practicing or working out at the team facility.
A player on injured reserve has to get paid per the CBA. He either gets his full salary or, if he signed a contract permitting it, a partial salary.
NFI pertains to injuries suffered while participating in anything else. A player could be on NFI after getting injured in a car accident or while playing basketball. Or, as was the case with Galette, working out on his own preparing for the season. Players injured under such circumstances do not have to be paid.
This can create a sticky situation.
In a circumstance where a player gets injured doing something dumb, like getting in a car wreck while speeding, you wouldn’t create any waves in the locker room by declining to pay that player. But the team encourages players to stay in shape during the break in between minicamp and training camp. If a team declines to pay a player injured while working out on his own, as Galette was, other players could get upset and concerned that the same thing could happen to them some day.
Galette’s one-year contract calls for him to get a $1 million salary in 2016.
There also were incentives that he will not earn. The Redskins could elect to pay him the entire $1 million this year, half of it, or any portion of it they might decide to pay him. We will find out a lot about how much the Redskins want to give Galette, out with an Achilles injury for the second straight season, another shot in 2017 by how they decide to proceed.
If they want to give him another shot they will pay him most or all of the $1 million.
If they are inclined to let him walk his salary could be on the lower end.
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Baltimore Orioles (58-42) vs. Minnesota Twins (37-63), Target Field, Minneapolis, 7:10 p.m.
Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 7.38) vs. Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.67)
Keys to the Game:
— Can Jimenez, who hasn't pitched since July 8 due to paternity leave, give the Orioles an effective start?
— Can the Orioles, who remain in first place by two games, start hitting again? They scored seven runs in three games against Colorado.
News and Notes:
— Jimenez is 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA in six starts at Target Field.
— Joe Mauer was 3-for-17 (.176) with a home run off Jimenez. Brian Dozier is 6-for-19 (.316).
— Gibson is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA in four starts against the Orioles.
— Adam Jones is 1-for-11 (.091) against Gibson.
— This is the makeup for a game that was rained out on May 9. It's the second one-day trip the Orioles have made this season.
— The Orioles are 5-0 against Minnesota this season.
RICHMOND—The Redskins have placed five players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list as they get training camp started today.
The following players are on the PUP list:
- TE Derek Carrier
- WR Reggie Diggs
- WR Josh Doctson
- G Shawn Lauvao
- LB Perry Riley Jr.
The inclusion of Carrier on PUP has long been anticipated. He suffered a torn ACL in a December game in Chicago. His recovery is on schedule but he still has some work to do before he will be able to get on the field.
The name that Redskins fans did not want to see on this list was that of Doctson, the team’s first-round draft pick this year. He missed most of the offseason program with an Achilles injury and apparently it is still an issue.
Riley was a starting inside linebacker last year until he suffered a broken foot and missed the last six games of the season. He was expected to be back for the offseason program but he was seen on the sideline wearing a boot on the injured foot.
Lauvao suffered foot and ankle injuries in Week 3 last year and missed the entire season. He was seen using a scooter to get around Redskins Park in January so it’s not surprising that he isn’t ready to go. Jay Gruden said yesterday he believed that Lauvao would be ready soon.
Diggs’ injury is not known; Gruden will add some clarity to his and the other injuries when he meets with the press before practice this afternoon.
In addition, the team put OLB Junior Galette on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. He tore an Achilles' tendon working out on his own on Sunday.
The move takes Galette off of the team’s 90-man roster. The PUP list players continue to count against the limit.