NFL Notebook: Son of the 'Voice' sues league
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The son of the man whose voice is synonymous with NFL Films has filed a lawsuit against the NFL in which he claims his father's voice was misused in promoting a video game.
The deep baritone voice of legendary announcer John Facenda was part of NFL Network program titled "The Making of Madden 2006," last year, violating an agreement with the league, according to the lawsuit.
John Facenda Jr.'s attorneys filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against the league, NFL Films Inc. and NFL Properties LLC.
The league is allowed to use Facenda's voice as long as it does not constitute the endorsement of a product or service, attorney Paul Lauricella said. But Facenda's voice opened the program and was used again in what Lauricella called a "30-minute commercial for the Madden game."
"People revere the guy," Lauricella said. "They used his voice to make the program look authoritative."
Facenda, who died in 1984, was a prominent Philadelphia TV anchorman whose deep tone was dubbed the "voice of God." He was the voice of NFL Films for two decades.
"We have no problem with the Madden game or NFL Films," Lauricella said. "The problem is they used his dad's voice without permission."
Offensive lineman Jamaal Jackson signed a seven-year contract extension with Philadelphia. Jackson started the final eight games last season at center, replacing the injured Hank Fraley. Jackson spent the entire 2004 season on injured reserve with an arm injury.
With less than a week before training camp, the Falcons have not signed any of their 2006 draft picks. President and general manger Rich McKay and his negotiating team will have to make a late rush to get all five deals done before opening camp. "I'm one that says any time they get signed by more than a half hour before we report, that's OK with me," McKay said.
New York's rookie class arrived at Hofstra for seven days of classroom work and conditioning. The group did not at first include any of the draft class, none of whom was under contract until fifth-round selection Jason Pociask a tight end from Wisconsin and seventh-round defensive lineman Titus Adams from Nebraska signed late yesterday.
Kansas City has signed three draft picks: defensive back Marcus Maxey, offensive guard Tre Stallings and wide receiver Jeff Webb. Maxey was the Chiefs' fifth-round pick from Miami. Stallings, a 315-pound lineman from Mississippi, was the first of Kansas City's two picks in the sixth round. Webb, Kansas City's other sixth-round choice, played at San Diego State with Chiefs coach Herman Edwards' son, Marcus.
New Orleans has agreed to a three-year contract with seventh-round draft pick Zach Strief. Strief who started his final 40 games with Northwestern earning second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2004 and honorable mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2003. Strief is the fourth 2006 Saints' draft choice to agree to terms, joining defensive end Rob Ninkovich; cornerback Josh Lay; and wide receiver Marques Colston.
Galen Fiss, captain of the Browns' last championship team and former teammate in other sports of Dean Smith and Roger Maris, has died. He was 75. Fiss, who had Alzheimer's disease, died of cardiac arrest at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb near his home in Leawood, Kan. Fiss was a linebacker on the Cleveland team that upset the Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win the 1964 title.
First Published July 21, 2006 12:00 am