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”
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”
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”
RCD Mallorca might be a minnow among the legends of La Liga, but the island-based club is trying to make a name for itself in the Spanish soccer scene as it’s risen from the depths of the lower leagues to the top tier. Continue reading “A Look at RCD Mallorca’s Rise To LaLiga”
Sydney Leroux admits she spent more money on babysitters and nannies for her children than she made last year playing for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Continue reading “How the NWSL Can Learn From the WBNA’s New CBA”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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 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”
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”
Dr. David Chao remembers sitting on his couch watching football with his family one of the first times after spending 17 seasons as San Diego Chargers team doctor. Continue reading “How Dr. David Chao Became @ProFootballDoc”
Kevin Ollie played point guard in the NBA for 13 seasons for a dozen teams between 1997-2010, most notably three stints with the Philadelphia 76ers. Continue reading “Kevin Ollie’s Mission To Spread Holistic Healthcare”
Lindsey Vonn is having no trouble keeping busy since hanging up her skis following a decorated 17-year career that includes three Olympic medals and 82 World Cup victories. Continue reading “Lindsey Vonn Launching Production Company”
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”
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’”
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 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”
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”
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”
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”
All Carli Lloyd is asking for is a fair shot.
At 37 years old, the United States Women’s National Team forward said she feels the best she’s ever felt physically and still has a lot left to contribute. Continue reading “Carli Lloyd Has Sights Set on 2020 Olympics, Then Maybe the NFL”
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 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”
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 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”
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”
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 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”
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”
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”
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has garnered plenty of headlines and comments regarding his viral workout videos and weightlifting accomplishments. The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has also been dubbed “Saquads,” a nickname former Giants teammate Odell Beckham Jr. loves and suggested Barkley embrace. Continue reading “Saquon Barkley Stepping Up as Leader On and Off Field”
The International Champions Cup began in 2013 as a way to increase the significance of European soccer clubs’ preseason tours. Relevent Sports Group transformed a handful of seemingly meaningless summer friendlies with nothing on the line into an annual competition featuring some of the game’s greatest clubs including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris St. Germain. Continue reading “2019 International Champions Cup ‘Biggest and Best,’ According to Exec”
It’s well known that Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper grew up a New York Yankees fan. He idolized players like Derek Jeter and Paul O’Neill, not only wanting to emulate their play on the field, but how they conducted themselves off it. Continue reading “Bryce Harper Donates Apparel to Little League That Was Robbed”
Kanoa Igarashi can’t wait for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The 21-year-old professional surfer not only gets to honor his ancestral roots by representing Japan, but also gets to showcase the sport’s growth and popularity to a new audience. Continue reading “Surfing’s Popularity Evident at US Open and By Inclusion in 2020 Olympics”
Samuel Eto’o knows a thing or two about the FIFA World Cup.
The decorated forward represented Cameroon at four tournaments (2014, 2010, 2002, 1998) during his lengthy international career and is one of just three African players all-time to compete on soccer’s grandest stage four times. Continue reading “Samuel Eto’o Says 2022 World Cup Will Be ‘Best in the World’”
SSC Napoli returns to the United States for the first time in 30 years next month for two matches against FC Barcelona in the inaugural LaLiga-Serie A Cup. The Italian side also recently launched its exclusive brand store on Amazon.com in America. Continue reading “SSC Napoli Has Sights Set on US Market”
Jon Gruden never played in the NFL. In fact, he didn’t play much college football either. The current Oakland Raiders head coach served as a backup quarterback at the University of Dayton during his college days. Continue reading “Dick’s Sporting Goods Pledges to Provide Sports to 1 Million Children By 2024”
Katy Sherratt first heard about Back on My Feet while she was leading projects in Accenture Strategy’s practice in New York City. A representative had come in looking for help developing the nonprofit’s growth strategy. Continue reading “Back On My Feet Combats Homelessness Through Running”
A sellout crowd of 62,493 were in attendance for the 2019 Gold Cup Final on July 7 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The majority of the fans, though, weren’t rooting for the home team. The Soldier Field stands were a sea of green, white and red. The sights and sounds seemed more like Estadio Azteca. Continue reading “Jorge Campos Hopes to See More Mexican Players in MLS”
The only business experience Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph had in high school was a personal finance class. Rudolph took the class, where he learned things like balancing a checkbook, as an elective. Continue reading “Kyle Rudolph Helping Inspire Young Entrepreneurs”
Bryson DeChambeau hasn’t played Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, before but that doesn’t mean the 25-year-old golfer isn’t prepared for The Northern Trust. Continue reading “Bryson DeChambeau Hopes to Get Hot Ahead of FedEx Cup Playoffs”
While soccer has seen visible growth in both interest and participation in the United States, unfortunately not everyone attracted to the world’s most-popular sport has a platform to play and enjoy it.
Powerade, the official sports drink of the U.S. Women’s National Team, is partnering with the United States Soccer Foundation to change that. Continue reading “Powerade, U.S. Soccer Foundation Create Safe Spaces For Girls to Play”
When David Neal joined FOX Sports in 2012, executives David Hill and Eric Shanks told the veteran producer a major priority was to elevate the FIFA Women’s World Cup and its broadcast. The event is considered one of the crown jewels at FOX Sports. Continue reading “Women’s World Cup a Priority for FOX Sports”
One of the five pillars for LaLiga North America, the joint venture between LaLiga and Relevent Sports to expand Spanish soccer and the league’s brand in the United States and Canada, is to develop talent while promoting the sport as a whole. Continue reading “LaLiga Partners With Alianza De Futbol”
Jokin Aperribay referred to it as one of the worst parts of his job. The Real Sociedad president said selling a player—no matter the price tag or transfer fee—is always an unhappy moment. Continue reading “Real Sociedad Takes Pride in Promoting Local Youth Players”
The popularity of soccer—both in participation and interest—is increasing in the United States. There’s no doubting that.
According to a 2018 Gallup poll, 7% of Americans cited soccer as their favorite sport to watch, while 9% preferred America’s pastime baseball. Not only is soccer growing as a whole in the United States, but Major League Soccer (MLS), the top domestic league, has experienced a 27% rise in interest since 2012, according to Nielsen Sports Sponsorlink. Continue reading “Soccer’s Growth in U.S. Has Legends Excited”