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🏈 Pro Football Talk: The jury in the NFL Sunday Ticket trial has ordered the league to pay $4.7 billion to fans and $96 million in damages to bars.

Following the entry of a $4.096 billion verdict in a nationwide antitrust class action challenging the pricing model of the Sunday Ticket package (which by law will be trebled, if it stands), the league has issued a statement vowing to continue the fight.

“We are disappointed with the jury’s verdict today in the NFL Sunday Ticket class action lawsuit,” the league said in a statement issued to PFT and other outlets. “We continue to believe that our media distribution strategy, which features all NFL games broadcast on free over-the-air television in the markets of the participating teams and national distribution of our most popular games, supplemented by many additional choices including RedZone, Sunday Ticket and NFL+, is by far the most fan friendly distribution model in all of sports and entertainment. We will certainly contest this decision as we believe that the class action claims in this case are baseless and without merit. We thank the jury for their time and service and for the guidance and oversight from Judge Gutierrez throughout the trial.”

🏈 Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the final payment, if any, in the Sunday Ticket case will be spread equally among the 32 teams. On the low side, that’s $384 million. On the high end, it’s $450 million per team.

🏈 Steelers cornerback Donte Jackson had one of the highest man coverage grades (81.4) last season when he was in Carolina, according to Pro Football Focus.

🏈 Steelers cornerback Cory Trice worked out without a knee brace. Trice, a seventh-round pick out of Purdue last year, suffered a non-contact season-ending ACL injury at training camp.

Trice is heading in the right direction in regard to his recovery and fully participated in the team’s OTAs in May. Just being on the field again has made Trice feel like a kid again.

“It feels good to be back out there,” Trice told Alan Saunders of Steelers Now. “It feels like the first day of school.”

While he participated in OTAs, Trice is not fully healed as of yet. For an injury to the ACL, Trice said that it just comes down to the timeline that is set up and that he will be ready for the Steelers training camp in July.

“It’s just like a time thing,” Trice said. “As soon as I knew what happened, I went right into surgery. Now, I’m just grinding and trying to get back right… Definitely more work to do. I want to come back better. So definitely way more work to do, but I’m happy I’m able to go out there and participate… Training camp, I am going to be ready.”

🏈 The NFL and Wilson Sporting Goods have agreed to an extension, keeping Wilson as the official football of the league.

Since 1941, every point in the NFL has been scored with a Wilson football, making this one of the longest partnerships in sports history.

🏈 Steelers center Zach Frazier was tabbed by Bleacher Report as an overlooked rookie from the 2024 NFL Draft to watch in training camp.

🏈 The official Duquesne football account on X shared some of Steelers long snapper Christian Kuntz’s highlights when he was with the Dukes.

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