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NFL Network

NFL Network is an American sports-oriented pay television network, owned by the National Football League and is part of NFL Media, which includes NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL Mobile, NFL Now and NFL RedZone. Dedicated to American football, the network features game telecasts from the NFL, as well as NFL-related content including analysis programs and documentaries; the network is headquartered in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City and broadcasts its worldwide feed from Encompass Digital Media in Atlanta, Georgia. The NFL Media Campus, as well as the Network's headquarters, is scheduled to relocate to Inglewood, California by summer of 2021, where a new office building and studio will be located next to SoFi Stadium; as of February 2015, NFL Network is available to 71,867,000 pay television households in the United States. NFL Network was launched on November 4, 2003, only eight months after the owners of the league's 32 teams voted unanimously to approve its formation; the league invested $100 million to fund the network's operations.

NFL Films, which produces commercials, television programs and feature films for the NFL, is a key supplier of NFL Network's programming, with more than 4,000 hours of footage available in its library. As a result, much of the network's highlights and recaps feature NFL Films' trademark style of slow motion game action, sounds of the game, sideline conversations between players and/or team staff. Beginning with the 2006 season, the network began to broadcast eight regular season NFL games during Thursday prime time, branded as Thursday Night Football. In addition to live games, the network has provided coverage of the NFL Draft since 2006, it was simulcast in a co-production with Fox Sports for the 2018 edition, though this was only a one-year agreement as exclusive over-the-air broadcast rights will go to ABC for the 2019 edition, which will see ESPN produce a different broadcast for'casual' fans. In 2021, the network will move with the rest of NFL Media to a 200,000 square foot space on the campus of Hollywood Park, a development that features SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

In addition to office and studio space, the new facility will feature NFL Media’s first outdoor studio and space to host studio audiences. At the 2008 NFL Draft, NFL Network unveiled a revised logo, updated to match the revised NFL logo introduced around the same time. Unlike the updated logo for the league, the NFL Network's logo included subtle changes such as using a darker shade of blue and changing the "NFL" lettering to match that of the new league logo. During the 2012 NFL Draft, the network debuted an overhauled logo resembling that used by sister network NFL Red Zone; the logo underwent another minor change during the 2015 NFL season, when as part of the league's year-long celebration of Super Bowl 50, the logo took a gold hue in line with the league celebrating the game's golden anniversary. The network unveiled an updated ticker at the start of the 2017 season, replacing the one used since the 2012 rebranding. Prior to the 2012 season, the NFL Network aired live primetime games on Thursdays beginning in mid-November.

Starting with the 2012 season, the network began televising one live Thursday night game each week from Weeks 2 through 15, as well as one live Saturday night game during Week 16. As a result of the addition of these extra games, every NFL team now appears in at least one timeslot-exclusive nationally televised game; as with the games broadcast by ESPN's Monday Night Football, the NFL Network telecasts are aired on a designated broadcast television station in the primary markets of the participating teams, although prior to the suspension of blackout rules in 2015 stations in the home team's market only carried it if the televised game sold out all remaining available tickets 72 hours prior to the game's start time. When Thursday Night Football premiered, veteran television announcer Bryant Gumbel served as play-by-play announcer, with former Fox and current NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth serving as color commentator for the broadcasts. Collinsworth won the Sports Emmy for best game analyst for his work on the NFL Network telecasts.

Dick Vermeil replaced Collinsworth for two games in 2006. In August 2007, the network televised the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints as NBC opted to cover that year's preseason game in China, canceled; the 2007 schedule began on November 22, with a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Gumbel and Collinsworth returned. Bob Papa the radio voice of the New York Giants on local sports talk station WFAN, announced the games starting in 2008. Former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen was named Collinsworth's replacement at the same time. Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann joined Papa and Millen in the booth for the 2010-11 season. In May 2011, NFL Network announced that Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock would serve as the announcers for that season's game broadcasts. In the 2014 season, CBS Sports took ov

Newton Grove, North Carolina

Newton Grove, chartered in 1879, is a town in Sampson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 569 as of the 2010 census. Thirteen Oaks and the Isaac Williams House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Newton Grove is located at 35°14′48″N 78°21′25″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles.3.1 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square miles of it is water. There is a large, six-way roundabout in the center of town, with a hexagonal loop road around it, named circle street, contrary to its shape; as of the census of 2000, there were 606 people, 223 households, 152 families residing in the town. The population density was 197.2 people per square mile. There were 240 housing units at an average density of 78.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 77.72% White, 11.39% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 8.75% from other races, 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.19% of the population.

There were 223 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.8% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.15. In the town, the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males. The median income for a household in the town was $35,000, the median income for a family was $51,250. Males had a median income of $31,667 versus $37,750 for females; the per capita income for the town was $19,295. About 7.0% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

Newton Grove is home to Hobbton High School, a small 1A division school established in 1957

Vincenzo Calvesi

Vincenzo Calvesi was an Italian operatic tenor and impresario. A skillful lyric tenor, he began his career performing in opera houses in Italy during the 1770s, he was active in Dresden in 1782 to 1783 and spent most of his time performing in Vienna from 1785 to 1794. He is best remembered today for creating the role of Ferrando in the world premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte in 1790; that same year the Viennese publication Grundsätze zur Theaterkritik described him as "one of the best tenors from Italy…with a voice sweet and sonorous." He was active in Rome as an impresario up until 1811. Calvesi was born in the son of Bernhard Calvesi, a papal chamberlain, his date of birth, his musical education, the details of his youth are now unknown. The first definite account of the singer was in 1777 for a series of performances in operas in Rome, he performed in comic operas in Italy up through 1782. From 1782 to 1783 he sang in Dresden at the newly opened Kurfürstliches Hoftheater. In 1784 he appeared at La Scala in the Milan premiere of Domenico Cimarosa's Chi dell'altrui si veste presto si spogli.

While performing in Italy he married the soprano Teresa Calvesi who specialized in comprimario and soubrette roles. In 1785 Calvesi and his wife joined the roster of singers at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Calvesi made his first appearance at that opera house as Sandrino in Giovanni Paisiello's Il re Teodoro in 1785. In July of that year he created the role of Casimiro in the premiere of Stephen Storace's Gli sposi malcontenti. On 8 January 1788 he performed the role of Atar in the premiere of Antonio Salieri's Axur, re d'Ormus opposite his wife as Fiammetta. Tesesa sang supporting roles in Vienna in productions with her husband, up through 1791, she was active in theatres in London and Italy while her husband remained in Austria. Calvesi continued to perform at the Burgtheater until 1794, with the exception of the majority of 1788, when he was at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, he sang in several more world premieres at the Burgtheater, most notably portraying the role of Ferrando in the premiere of Mozart's Così fan tutte on 26 January 1790.

Other roles he created in Vienna were Artemidoro in Salieri's La grotta di Trofonio, Eufemio of Syracuse in Storace's Gli equivoci, Prince Don Giovanni in Vicente Martín y Soler's Una cosa rara, Endimione in Soler's L'arbore di Diana. On 5 November 1785 he performed the part of the Count in the world premiere of Mozart's quartet Dite almeno, in che mancai, K. 479. He sang in the premiere of Mozart's trio Mandina amabile, K. 480 on the following 21 November, written by Mozart for Francesco Bianchi's La villanella rapita. In 1794 Calvesi returned to his native Italy. Somewhere around 1796 he began working in Rome as an impresario, he was one of the city's leading organizers of concerts and theatrical events up through 1811. After that his whereabouts and activities are unknown. Michael Lorenz: "Light on Vincenzo Calvesi's Origin", Vienna, 2014