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This week's topics were quite interesting, ranging from how much players will pocket in the playoffs to women in Boston professional sports front offices.
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I was wondering: is there is an expanded roster for the football playoffs like there is in baseball?
Dave Baker, New Vineyard, Maine
There is not, Dave. Just as it is in the regular season, teams get a 53-man active roster and eight-man practice squad during the postseason. On game days they must declare eight players from the 53-man inactive, meaning only 45 players are in uniform for the game (or 46 if a team has a designated third/emergency) quarterback; practice squad members cannot play in games unless they are promoted to the 53-man roster.
Quick question - how much do the players receive for each stage of the playoffs.
Fred Tobin, Darien, Conn.
Thanks for writing in, Fred. This year’s NFL postseason media guide has playoff shares breaking down like so (figures are per player):
Wild-card game: $21,000 division winning-teams/$19,000 wild card teams
Divisional round: $21,000
Conference championship: $38,000
Super Bowl XLV: $83,000 winning team/$42,000 losing team
So if the Pats win the Super Bowl this year, each player will have made $142,000. If the Seahawks, as a division-winning team that played in the wild card round, were to win, those players would receive a total of $163,000 each. If you’re interested, players who go to the Pro Bowl receive $45,000 if they’re on the winning team and $22,500 if they’re on the losing side.
Who is the highest ranking woman in the Patriots' organization? What about the Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox too?
Frank Bemis, Presque Isle, Maine
I turned to my Globe colleagues on the Celts (Gary Washburn), Sox (Pete Abraham) and Bruins (Fluto Shinzawa) beats for help on this one, Frank.
For the Patriots, the highest-ranking woman is Jennifer Ferron, vice president of marketing operations. With the Red Sox, Jennifer Flynn is a senior vice president and assistant general counsel; in terms of baseball operations, Raquel Ferreira is the director of minor league operations. Heather Walker is the senior manager of public relations for the Celtics, and for the Bruins, Amy Latimer is senior VP of sales and marketing.
Interestingly, for all of the criticism levied in Al Davis’ direction in recent years, he has a woman, Amy Trask, as the CEO of the Raiders. Other than Ferreira, there aren't any women in Boston working in personnel or the significant business aspects of these teams.
Hi, I've got a couple of questions on the “Rooney rule”:
1 - Why is it called that?
2 - Can you promote an interim coach without having to interview a minority candidate?
3 - Is there a “reverse Rooney rule”? Leslie Frazier was promoted to head coach of the Vikings (good for him); was it required that the Vikings interview a non-African American?
Keep up the good work and go PATS !!!
Marc, Raymond, N.H.
Great questions, Marc. The Rooney Rule is named for Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney, who in 2003 chaired a committee to look into the fact that despite 70 percent of NFL players being African-American, at the time only 28 percent of the dozens of assistant coaches and just two of the 32 head coaches were African-American (Herm Edwards and Tony Dungy). Now, teams are required to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior front-office openings. Of course, for the rule to work, the interviews should be legitimate and not a poor attempt to fulfill the NFL’s requirement.
With interim coaches, a minority candidate must be interviewed before the interim tag can be lifted. The Cowboys, for example, interviewed their receivers coach, Ray Sherman, and Miami assistant head coach Todd Bowles before promoting Jason Garrett, a move which had long seemed a foregone conclusion.
There is not a reverse Rooney rule; since Frazier is African-American, the Vikings were not required to interview any other candidates before promoting him.
There is one time when a team does not have to interview a minority candidate, and that is if there is already a pre-existing agreement in place to promote a member of a staff. For example – and this is only an example – if the Patriots had a deal with linebackers coach Matt Patricia for him to be “coach in waiting” and become head coach when Bill Belichick retires, they would not have to interview another candidate.
What was the company name of the Patriots’ stadium before it was Gillette?
Dan McDonald, Naples, Fla.
A blast from the past! The stadium opened in 2002 as CMGi Field; CMGi, now known as ModusLink Global Solutions, was a dot-com/technology venture that ran into major financial issues that same year and could no longer afford the reported $7.6 million annually it had agreed to pay for naming rights. Shortly thereafter, Gillette stepped in and reached an agreement to take over naming rights.