Mike Lombardi spent two years with the Patriots. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Mike Lombardi spent two years with the Patriots. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Mike Lombardi, who spent the last two seasons working as an assistant to the Patriots coaching staff, has decided to part ways with the franchise, according to a source.

Lombardi was hired by Bill Belichick following a short stint as GM of the Browns in 2013, as well as a four-year stretch as a member of NFL Media (2008-2012). In addition, Lombardi spent a stretch of time in the Oakland front office as well (199-2007) as well as Philly (1997-98).

Over the last two years, Lombardi was thought to be responsible for helping bring in a few of role players who grew into important puzzle pieces with the Patriots, including running back Dion Lewis and defensive end Jabaal Sheard.

The news was first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Apparently Tom Brady is a fan of Steph Curry’s new “straight fire” shoes.

The quarterback posted a picture on Facebook Thursday night watching the NBA Finals with the shoes on and the caption: My straight [fire emoji] weapons of choice this week… Locked in to watch Curry and LeBron, two of the greatest, face off tonight! ‪#‎letsgoooooo‬

Curry and Brady are both Under Armour clients.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft is already synonymous with winning in football, and apparently he wants to expand his empire to include the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

According to a report on ESPN, Kraft is part of a group attempting to buy the UFC in a deal that could top $4 billion. The report, from business reporter Darren Rovell, said that Kraft and other investors have agreed to put up $25 million to $50 million each with WME-IMG in conjunction with Dalian Wanda Group. WME is co-chaired by Ari Emanuel, reportedly the inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold character on HBO’s Entourage.

A group of investors from China are also in the running for the wildly successful UFC, the brainchild of former Boston resident Dana White.

The UFC, which has made crossover stars out of fighters like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, and Chuck Liddell, reportedly grossed over $600 million last year.

Bidding is drawing to a close and could be decided on Friday, ESPN reported.

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WEEI

Former Ravens defensive back Ed Reed was recently hired as an assistant coach by the Bills, which means things might get a little dicey in the Reed household twice a year.

Reed told the media Thursday that his son is a diehard Patriots fan.

“His mom is from Boston, though she’s not a Patriots fan. His grandmother lives up there, and the kid likes champions, man,” Reed said. “What can I say? I grew up in New Orleans, I loved my home [town] team, but I was a San Francisco [49ers] fan. I was a Joe [Montana] fan. So that’s just how it is.

“When you’re a kid and you’re watching sports growing up, who’s winning those championships? You tend to gravitate toward winners. Which is a good thing. It helps you from a work ethic standpoint, who you’re watching. Who wants to follow losers? Just saying.”

Reed said his son is “adjusting” to having his Dad work as an assistant coach for a division rival of one of his favorite teams.

“He’s adjusting, man,” Reed said. “When he came here, he left me some notes on the board. He’ll draw me some Bills stuff when I come home. It’s the best. But in his heart, I know.”

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO — There will be a chance to buy tickets to Patriots games this year.

The scene at Gillette Stadium just before kickoff. (USA Today)

The scene at Gillette Stadium just before kickoff. (USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — There will be a chance to buy tickets to Patriots games this year.

As has been the case in years past, a limited number of individual game tickets will be put on sale for the general public on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

When those tickets are sold, it will mark the 23rd consecutive season that the Patriots have sold out every game prior to the start of the season, extending the current streak to 249 consecutive games by season’s end. The streak began in 1994, the year Robert Kraft purchased the franchise, and includes preseason, regular season and postseason games.

The Patriots annually cap season ticket sales, leaving a limited number in reserve for Patriots fans who wish to purchase individual game tickets. All ticket orders will be processed exclusively through Ticketmaster. Tickets will not be sold at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office.

Ticket orders can be completed online at Ticketmaster, or by phone by calling 800-745-3000. Visa, a Patriots and NFL sponsor, will once again be the only form of payment accepted to purchase Patriots tickets. Purchases will be limited to four tickets per game. In recent years, all tickets to regular season games sold out within minutes.

For wheelchair accessible seating, the number is 508-384-9191. The Patriots have once again limited sales to four tickets per game.

The Patriots will again use variable pricing for individual games. This season, there are different prices for four levels of games; preseason, premier, marquee and elite. To view a seating map of Gillette Stadium and additional ticket information, click here.

2016 PATRIOTS PRESEASON GAMES

Date                                           Opponent                          Time                          Affiliate        Network                                                

Thursday, Aug. 11                       New Orleans Saints            7:30 p.m. ET                  WBZ              Patriots Preseason Network

Thursday, Aug. 18                       Chicago Bears                     8:00 p.m. ET                  WBZ              Patriots Preseason Network

2016 PATRIOTS PREMIER GAMES

Date                                         Opponent                            Time                             Affiliate           Network                                          

Thursday, Sept. 22            Houston Texans             8:25 p.m. ET                   WBZ                  CBS/NFLN

Sunday, Oct. 2                          Buffalo Bills                        1:00 p.m. ET                          WBZ                  CBS

Sunday, Dec. 4                        Los Angeles Rams              1:00 p.m. ET                           WFXT                FOX*

Monday, Dec. 12               Baltimore Ravens           8:30 p.m. ET                    WCVB                ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 24                    New York Jets                     1:00 p.m. ET                           WBZ                  CBS*

 

2016 PATRIOTS MARQUEE GAMES

Date                                        Opponent                             Time                      Affiliate                Network                                          

Sunday, Sept. 18                         Miami Dolphins                  1:00 p.m. ET                  WBZ                  CBS

Sunday, Oct. 16                           Cincinnati Bengals              1:00 p.m. ET                  WBZ                  CBS*

 

2016 PATRIOTS ELITE GAME

Date                                            Opponent                                Time                    Affiliate          Network                                          

Sunday, Nov. 13                     Seattle Seahawks               8:30 p.m. ET            WHDH       NBC

* – Game time and network subject to possible flexible scheduling adjustment.

Bold indicates nationally televised prime time games

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

The Patriots and Jacoby Brissett have reportedly come to an agreement on a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-4, 231-pound quarterback, who was a third-round pick of New England out of North Carolina State, is the last of the Patriots’ draft class to come to terms on a deal.

The Patriots and Jacoby Brissett have reportedly come to an agreement on a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-4, 231-pound quarterback, who was a third-round pick of New England out of North Carolina State, is the last of the Patriots’ draft class to come to terms on a deal.

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Christopher Price

The Patriots announced Thursday 2016 training camp will open when veterans report on July 27, and the first practice will be held in front of the media and fans on July 28.

The Patriots announced Thursday 2016 training camp will open when veterans report on July 27, and the first practice will be held in front of the media and fans on July 28.

New England also confirmed that it would be holding joint practices with the Saints in Foxboro on Aug. 9 and 10 in advance of their preseason contest at Gillette on Aug. 11. It’s the first of two series of joint practices — the Patriots will also be conducting workouts with the Bears on Aug. 15 and 16 prior to their preseason game in Foxboro on Aug. 18.

In addition, the team also revealed at that the 2016 induction ceremonies for Kevin Faulk into the Patriots Hall of Fame will be held Mon., Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is held on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place. Following the induction, the Patriots will host their annual in-stadium practice for Season Ticket Members and Foxborough residents inside Gillette Stadium at 7 p.m.  

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price