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San Francisco 49ers quarterback fined $10,000 for wearing Beats headphones at press conference

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for attending a press conference while sporting Beats headphones on Sunday, reports ESPN. The NFL, which entered an exclusive agreement with Bose last week, is contractually obligated to ban its players from wearing non-Bose headphones while on TV.

Kaepernick, who among many other NFL players has an endorsement deal with Beats, attended the press conference while wearing a pair of pink Beats headphones, likely in support of this month’s breast cancer awareness.

New Bose-NFL deal bars players from wearing Beats headphones on camera

The NFL has signed a new marketing deal with Bose Corporation, which could spell trouble for Apple’s Beats. According to Recode, the new partnership has the National Football League banning its players from wearing Beats headphones while on TV.

The ban encompasses all other non-Bose headphone brands, not just Beats, and includes TV interviews conducted during pre-season training camps, practice and on game day—starting before kickoff and not expiring until 90 minutes after the play ends.

‘Madden NFL Mobile’ is now available in the App Store

Just in time for NFL season, EA Sports has released a mobile version of its latest Madden NFL game, aptly-named ‘Madden NFL Mobile.’ The release coincides with the game’s highly-anticipated console release, which began hitting store shelves early this morning.

The good news is, it appears that EA has really improved graphics and animations over last year’s mobile Madden title. The bad news, however, is that not much else has changed. The game still requires an Internet connection, and it’s littered with in-app purchases.

‘NFL Now’ lands on Apple TV with news and highlights

As expected, the National Football League launched the Apple TV client for its new ‘NFL Now’ service this morning. The service went live earlier this month on mobile and various streaming devices, and today it comes to Apple’s set top box.

While the NFL Now channel won’t deliver streams of live games (see NFL Sunday Ticket for that), it will provide a plethora of content for football fans. That content includes classic and recent highlights, breaking news, press events and more…

NFL Now hits iPhone, iPad and Apple TV with rich video library, personalized streams and more

As announced last week, The National Football League has launched its brand new NFL Now app. The software is available as a new channel on Apple’s $99 Apple TV media-streaming box and as a free download for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Arriving in time for the new season, NFL Now features a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches, delivers exclusive interviews and stories about the teams, breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to content in the NFL Films Archives.

The app learns from your behavior and analyzes what you like to deliver a personalized video feed of content tailored to your tastes…

Up next on Apple TV: NFL Now

Back in January, the NFL said it will be rolling out an all-new NFL Now service this summer and now a new rumor Monday morning alleged that launch is imminent. Moreover, NFL Now should launch in time for the new season as a channel on the $99 Apple TV box, too.

Announced back in January, NFL Now is a personalized on-demand video service for sports fans that delivers a steady stream of original content such as news broadcasts, features, highlights, extensive archives, live streams of press events and more.

The service will be launching across multiple platforms ahead of the 2014-2105 NFL season, which kicks off later in August…

Satellite subscription-free NFL Sunday Ticket coming to iOS, Mac this fall

NFL Sunday Ticket has announced today that it will be offered as a standalone subscription package for the first time this year. Access to the popular TV sports package, which was once exclusive to DirecTV subscribers, will be available to everyone in the 2014 NFL season for a 1-time subscription fee.
No official announcement has been made, but Sunday Ticket has put up a promotional page with details about the new service. It looks like subscription prices will start at $200, which again will not require DirecTV, and the content will be accessible from a number of devices, including iOS and Mac…

NFL deploys iBeacons in Times Square, MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl

Apple’s iBeacon technology seems to be catching on rather quickly. Just introduced at WWDC a little over 6 months ago, it’s already being deployed in grocery and retail stores, several Major League Baseball ballparks, and now apparently NFL stadiums as well.

The New York Times is reporting that the National Football League has installed iBeacons at MetLife Stadium, which is hosting the Super Bowl on Sunday, as well as Times Square. They’ll be used to help folks find their way around town, and then to the big game…

EA Sports releases free-to-play Madden NFL 25 for iPhone and iPad

Billed as “an experience 25 years in the making”, Madden NFL 25 strives to deliver the most authentic NFL football experience to date on the iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. The game challenges players to build theirUltimate Team of NFL stars and run the show on offense and defense with new and improved touch controls, game modes and more.

And in embracing the freemium trend fully, EA Sports has made the decision to release the game on a free-to-play basis, with in-app purchases ranging from as little as 99 cents to as much as a whopping 99 dollars for an All Madden Bundle pack.

If you’re a fan of professional American football this is a no-brainer as the game looks awesome and plays great. I’ve included a splashy teaser trailer and a couple additional tidbits right after the break…

Google reportedly eyeing rights to NFL games

The $99 Apple TV set-top box may be the most popular streaming device out there (not if you ask Roku), but Apple’s got some catching up to do in terms of content availability. Figuring as much, the company’s recently added WatchESPN and HBO Go streaming apps to the Apple TV’s home screen. Moreover, we’re now hearing that 24/7 Vevo music video streaming via the Apple TV could become a reality as early as later this week.

Apple’s strides in the TV space don’t resonate well with the Internet giant Google, whose Google TV platform is struggling to catch on with couch potatoes and cable-cutters. According to AllThingsD, this could change as Google’s boss Larry Page today met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other execs…

NFL iOS app updated for the 2013-14 season, adds Verizon-only streaming

As first noted by AllThingsD, The National Football League has updated its iOS software for the upcoming NFL season. Among other changes, the official NFL Mobile 8.0 app boasts a revamped appearance, with stats and data updated for the 2013-14 season. As the new version now combines two previously standalone apps, one from the NFL itself and the other by Verizon, it comes with a premium streaming feature – but only if you’re a Verizon iPhone owner.

Jailbreakers should proceed with caution as the new app isn’t supported on jailbroken devices. If you’re into professional American football, you’re probably aware that the 2013 NFL regular season opens Thursday, September 5 (the Baltimore Ravens are playing against the Broncos in Denver). I’ve included more details about the new NFL Mobile 8.0 app after the break…