Eagles announce fan initiatives

Nate Mink reporting ...

Swoop blasted green and white confetti above the heads of the 14 fans gracing this year's Eagles' season-ticket package, but the thrills are far from over for them.

Thursday inside the Eagles' auditorium at the NovaCare Complex, the group learned they will join the pep band on the field before each game to lead the stadium in the singing of "Fly, Eagles Fly."

The Eagles announced that throughout the season, the team will hold fan forums, where fans can call in and ask questions to players and members of the organization. Earlier this week, 7,000 fans joined center Jamaal Jackson, general mananger Howie Roseman and athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, addressing topics such as Kevin Kolb and how the defense stacks up against the Dallas offense.

Also, the Eagles hope to liven their stadium atmosphere, using a text-the-screen feature to give fans even more say, such as what music will play as the team runs on the field before the second half.

Applications will soon come out to try out for a drumline, as well.

Fans soon will be able to apply to be selected for a 30-person advisory committee, which will meet once a month with members of the Eagles' marketing brain trust.

"It's also something not to be taken lightly," team senior vice president Tim McDermott said. "It provides everyone a chance to hear directly from the fans on different items that may come up. It helps us have a sounding board."

Also on tap: a new 12-issue digital magazine, filled with video, audio and polls. At Lincoln Financial Field, halftime will feature an in-studio show hosted by Hugh Douglas and Don Tollefson, who will review the first half and scores around the league and give keys to the second half.

Likewise, four new TV shows will debut this fall. "Eagles Confidential" takes a look at players and coaches inside the NovaCare Complex. "The Player's Show" delves into the lives of the players - their homes, cars and charities. "Tony Luke's Eagle Mania" is an offbeat, "Saturday Night Live"-style program, and "Fandemonium" highlights the passion of Philadelphia's fans.

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