Under Armour Releases Performance Facemask

In late March when Under Armour announced it was shifting production to the design and manufacture of facemasks, face shields and other personal protective equipment for local healthcare workers combatting the coronavirus pandemic, the Baltimore-based company also understood athletes would need to utilize a different type of mask for the unforeseeable future. Continue reading “Under Armour Releases Performance Facemask”

LaLiga Ready to Take Advantage of Restart, Especially in U.S.

Two points separate FC Barcelona and Real Madrid atop the LaLiga standings. Five points separate five clubs between Sevilla (47 points) and Valencia (42) battling for the other two UEFA Champions League spots. As many as six clubs may be fighting for their lives in a relegation battle with a mere four points between No. 15 Valladolid (29 points) and No. 18 RCD Mallorca (25), currently in the drop zone. Continue reading “LaLiga Ready to Take Advantage of Restart, Especially in U.S.”

Question Marks Surround NFL Season Amid Pandemic

The NFL sits in a unique situation. The league is afforded more time than other sports and leagues to implement health and safety protocols, survey and analyze the industry landscape, and wait and see how the coronavirus pandemic plays out over the next few months before beginning its season less than 100 days from now. Continue reading “Question Marks Surround NFL Season Amid Pandemic”

NBA Suspension, Olympics Postponement Gives Pau Gasol Time to Rehab, Plan Future

It’s hard to find many positives in the middle of a pandemic. People are instructed to stay at home as much as possible, restaurants and bars have closed, schools have gone virtual, and sports are suspended. Continue reading “NBA Suspension, Olympics Postponement Gives Pau Gasol Time to Rehab, Plan Future”

LaLiga North America-Uninterrupted Partnership is Win-Win for Both

LaLiga, the premier domestic soccer league in Spain, wants to continue to expand its presence in North America.

Uninterrupted, the athlete-empowerment platform founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, has its sights set on the European market. Continue reading “LaLiga North America-Uninterrupted Partnership is Win-Win for Both”

How Sports Agents Like Deryk Gilmore are Preparing for the NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft is still scheduled to take place from April 23-25, albeit with a host of changes and limitations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home and social distancing mandates implemented to limit exposure. Continue reading “How Sports Agents Like Deryk Gilmore are Preparing for the NFL Draft”

Surfer Tia Blanco Staying Busy at Home During Coronavirus Pandemic

Tia Blanco isn’t used to being out of the ocean. The 22-year-old professional surfer can only recall one time she hasn’t surfed this long since she was 10—she was in New York City for a week for her sister’s graduation from New York University in 2016. Continue reading “Surfer Tia Blanco Staying Busy at Home During Coronavirus Pandemic”

Deshaun Watson, Jalen Ramsey Partner With Rally Rd

Jalen Ramsey is a huge admirer and fan of Muhammad Ali. The Los Angeles Rams cornerback appreciated Ali’s dominance in the ring, but more importantly, the boxer’s larger-than-life influence in society and culture. Ali exuded confidence that some mistook as arrogance. Ramsey can relate. Continue reading “Deshaun Watson, Jalen Ramsey Partner With Rally Rd”

FC Barcelona is Paving the Way For Women’s Soccer

Lieke Martens played soccer with boys until she was 16 years old. Some opposing players would maliciously kick out at her because she was a girl. Some would pull her ponytail because she was a girl. Some opposing team parents would even berate her from the sidelines because she was a girl. Continue reading “FC Barcelona is Paving the Way For Women’s Soccer”

USL Expansion Centers Around Stadium-Anchored Entertainment Districts

In 2016, Brett M. Johnson, principal at real estate development firm Fortuitous Partners, bought a minority stake in Arizona United SC. The soccer club was rebranded as Phoenix Rising FC later that year under new ownership led by Berke Bakay, president and CEO of Kona Grill. Continue reading “USL Expansion Centers Around Stadium-Anchored Entertainment Districts”

NFLPA Helps Players Succeed On and Off The Field

Chase Minnifield was evaluated as a potential second-round draft pick by the NFL Advisory Board heading into his senior season at the University of Virginia. Despite the high assessment, the cornerback who tied for fifth in the nation with six interceptions had bigger aspirations to be a first-round choice, so he returned to school for his final year of eligibility. Continue reading “NFLPA Helps Players Succeed On and Off The Field”

Literacy Advocate Rashad Jennings Releases New Book in Children’s Series

Since he was 6 years old, Rashad Jennings had a dream to play in the NFL. But getting there wasn’t going to be easy. Jennings always struggled in school and carried a 0.6 GPA into his junior year at Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Virginia. Continue reading “Literacy Advocate Rashad Jennings Releases New Book in Children’s Series”

How The Players Championship Separates Itself From Another Stop on the PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy will be the first to admit he isn’t fond of The Players Championship being unofficially referred to as the fifth major.

“It doesn’t need to be,” McIlroy said. Continue reading “How The Players Championship Separates Itself From Another Stop on the PGA Tour”

Dick’s Sporting Goods Announces 2020 Women’s Initiative

Growing up, Jennie Finch was forced to wear baseball cleats as she rose to prominence as one of, if not the best fast-pitch softball player to ever play the game. It wasn’t only until after a record-setting career at the University of Arizona when Finch was able to partner with Mizuno to create a line specifically for girls and women in her sport. Continue reading “Dick’s Sporting Goods Announces 2020 Women’s Initiative”

XFL Makes its Return a Week After Super Bowl LIV

Two years since the revival of the XFL was announced, the reincarnated and redesigned professional football league officially kicks off with doubleheaders on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, a week after Super Bowl LIV concluded the 2019/20 NFL season. Continue reading “XFL Makes its Return a Week After Super Bowl LIV”

Dayanny De La Cruz is the First Female Head Chef to Host a Super Bowl

Dayanny De La Cruz fondly remembers her routine on her way home from school growing up in Nagua, Dominican Republic, which involved frequent pit stops at her grandmother’s house. There, Elvira, affectionately known as “Mama Vira,” would be in the kitchen baking fresh bread or cooking up rice and beans. Continue reading “Dayanny De La Cruz is the First Female Head Chef to Host a Super Bowl”

Xenith Launches Shadow XR Helmet

There was a period of time from 2014-18 where Xenith didn’t launch a single product. The Detroit-based football helmet, gear and apparel company was going through a transitional gap that also included rigorous amounts of research, development and investment in future products. Continue reading “Xenith Launches Shadow XR Helmet”

Lowe’s Caps First Year as NFL Sponsor at Super Bowl LIV

Lowe’s director of sports marketing Adam Jacobs admits the home improvement brand isn’t endemic when it comes to the NFL. It’s not like the Gatorade players drink during timeouts, the Microsoft Surface tablets coaches consult on the sidelines, the Bose headphones they use to call plays or the Bud Light fans drink at home or in stadiums. Continue reading “Lowe’s Caps First Year as NFL Sponsor at Super Bowl LIV”

XFL Rules Announced For 2020 Season

A double-forward pass?! A three-point play?! A five-round overtime?!

These may sound like the exaggerated rules from the first incarnation of the XFL that were developed as more of a gimmick for entertainment value similar to the WWE, but they are integral parts of the recently announced rules for the new XFL set for its rebirth on February 8. Continue reading “XFL Rules Announced For 2020 Season”

Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks To Represent Team USA at 2020 Olympics

Carissa Moore arrived on the World Surf League Championship Tour in 2010. The 27-year-old has seen the WSL and sport radically transform over the past decade, and she hopes that will continue as surfing makes its debut on the world’s biggest stage next summer at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Continue reading “Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks To Represent Team USA at 2020 Olympics”

The Rise of ‘The ThomaHawk Show’

Joe Thomas didn’t mince his words about his initial impression of Andrew Hawkins. Thomas was a Pro Bowl stalwart with the Cleveland Browns, playing 10,363 consecutive snaps on the offensive line from 2007-17. Hawkins, a wide receiver, had just signed a four-year, $13.6 million contract with the organization in 2014 after three seasons with in-state rivals Cincinnati Bengals. Continue reading “The Rise of ‘The ThomaHawk Show’”

Hard Rock Stadium Eliminating 99.4% of Single-Use Plastics By 2020

Tom Garfinkel remembers sitting in awe and disbelief as he watched the 60 Minutes special on plastic pollution. The vice chairman, president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium was taken aback by the seemingly endless amount of plastic floating in the oceans, congregating at the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Continue reading “Hard Rock Stadium Eliminating 99.4% of Single-Use Plastics By 2020”

Ashima Shiraishi is More Than Just a Rock Climber

Ashima Shiraishi has been described as a “climbing prodigy,” a “bouldering phenom,” and the “Gretzky of granite.”

While the 2020 Olympic rock climbing hopeful has risen to prominence in the sport, Shiraishi doesn’t want to be defined solely by her ability to seamlessly maneuver up and down rocks and walls. Continue reading “Ashima Shiraishi is More Than Just a Rock Climber”

Konrad de la Fuente Striving To Be First American To Play For FC Barcelona

The pressures of being part of FC Barcelona’s youth academy are massive enough. Over the past 40 years, La Masia has produced some of the club’s and sport’s greatest players including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Victor Valdes and Pep Guardiola. Continue reading “Konrad de la Fuente Striving To Be First American To Play For FC Barcelona”

Business Advice From Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez’s first investment was the purchase of a single duplex in Miami in 2003. The former Texas Rangers and New York Yankees slugger needed approximately $48,000 as a down payment; mere pocket change for a player who would sign the largest free-agent contract in Major League Baseball history at that point when he inked a 10-year, $275 million deal with the New York Yankees four years later. Continue reading “Business Advice From Alex Rodriguez”

FC Barcelona’s La Masia Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

La Masia translates to “the farmhouse” in Catalan. The name for FC Barcelona’s youth academy and Spain’s first soccer residence was chosen because a masia is the building tied closely to the land around it.

For the past 40 years, La Masia has served as the epicenter of FC Barcelona, not only pumping life into soccer, but also basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal. Continue reading “FC Barcelona’s La Masia Celebrates its 40th Anniversary”

Canopy Growth Purchases BioSteel to Introduce CBD Sports Nutrition

Mark Zekulin sees a huge opportunity for CBD products. It’s why the Canopy Growth CEO had been having conversations for more than a year to find the right strategic partner to enter the sports nutrition market. Continue reading “Canopy Growth Purchases BioSteel to Introduce CBD Sports Nutrition”

Xander Schauffele More Confident Ahead of 2019 Presidents Cup

Xander Schauffele heads into his Presidents Cup debut on the heels of his best season on the PGA Tour. The 25-year-old won two events—the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and The Sentry Tournament of Champions—finished tied for second at the Masters, registered six top-10 finishes and capped his third year as a professional by finishing second in the FedEx Cup playoffs, earning $5.61 million in total. Continue reading “Xander Schauffele More Confident Ahead of 2019 Presidents Cup”

Asics Debuts the GlideRide, its New Energy-Saving Running Shoe

Liz McColgan is no stranger to running. The British former middle-distance and long-distance runner won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and captured gold in the same event at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. Continue reading “Asics Debuts the GlideRide, its New Energy-Saving Running Shoe”

Draymond Green Poised For a Big Payday as SmileDirectClub Goes Public

Draymond Green has every reason to smile. Not only did the Golden State Warriors power forward sign a four-year, $100 million max extension with the team on August 3, but Green is also showing off his pearly whites—compliments of SmileDirectClub—as the at-home orthodontics service began trading publicly on September 12. Continue reading “Draymond Green Poised For a Big Payday as SmileDirectClub Goes Public”

Los Angeles Chargers Unveil Chargers LUX for Suite Owners

The Los Angeles Chargers move into the new state-of-the-art Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park beginning with the 2020 NFL season. While fans anxiously await the Chargers’ new residence after relocating from San Diego two years ago, suite owners will be extra excited and incentivized as the organization debuts Chargers LUX to coincide with the venue’s debut. Continue reading “Los Angeles Chargers Unveil Chargers LUX for Suite Owners”

Rob Gronkowski, Gronk Nation Partner With Stadium Blitz

The Gronkowski brothers are as competitive as they are close. Known collectively as Gronk Nation, Gordie Jr., Dan, Chris, Rob and Glenn, have teamed up together for numerous business ventures and partnerships including Gronk Fitness, Ice Shaker, Gronk Bus and CBDMEDIC. Continue reading “Rob Gronkowski, Gronk Nation Partner With Stadium Blitz”

Kurt Warner Excited By Next Generation of NFL Quarterbacks

Kurt Warner is excited. The Super Bowl XXXIV winning quarterback can’t wait to sit down and turn on the TV to watch Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Sam Darnold, Carson Wentz and the next generation of NFL quarterbacks guide their respective teams week in and week out during the season. Continue reading “Kurt Warner Excited By Next Generation of NFL Quarterbacks”

LaDainian Tomlinson Talks Running Back Contracts, Chargers Chances in 2019

Le’Veon Bell missed the entire 2018/19 NFL season because he was holding out for more money. The running back didn’t get it from the Pittsburgh Steelers, but signed a four-year, $52.5 million ($25 million guaranteed) contract with the New York Jets. Continue reading “LaDainian Tomlinson Talks Running Back Contracts, Chargers Chances in 2019”

Drew Brees Delivering Wins (and Sandwiches) This Season

To say Drew Brees is a fan of Jimmy John’s is an understatement. The New Orleans Saints quarterback got his first exposure to the fast food sandwich chain while in college at Purdue University. Brees remembers ordering Jimmy John’s to his dorm room three times a week; the No. 9 (Italian Night Club) is his favorite. Continue reading “Drew Brees Delivering Wins (and Sandwiches) This Season”