July 27, 2009

Notes: Vick reinstated, Lotto deal

-NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Michael Vick. Assuming he finds a team to sign with, and that will surely happen, Vick will be eligible to play in the final two preseason games. That means he could be back on the field and in front of TV cameras as soon as August 27, a month from today. Goodell said he will wait to reinstate Vick for regular season games until at latest week six. Vick has not played since 2006.

-The Saints have signed an agreement to sell 900,000 $5 scratch-off tickets with the Saints' logo and promises of Saints-related prizes. The deal nets the team $155,000 in sponsorship revenue from the lottery, money the Saints didn't have access to before the NFL voted to allow scratch-off games with NFL logos on them. Meanwhile, the Louisiana Lottery enjoyed its best year of revenue in more than 15 years, the largest portion of which came from scratch-off games, which are more popular than ever. Of the Lottery's $381.1 million in revenue, $135.9 million will go to education. The Saints scratch-off features a $100,000 top prize and non-winning tickets can be turned in for a chance at season tickets, merchandise or a lunch with Sean Payton.

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