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”

Saquon Barkley Stepping Up as Leader On and Off Field

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”

2019 International Champions Cup ‘Biggest and Best,’ According to Exec

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”

Bryce Harper Donates Apparel to Little League That Was Robbed

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”

Surfing’s Popularity Evident at US Open and By Inclusion in 2020 Olympics

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 Says 2022 World Cup Will Be ‘Best in the World’

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’”

Dick’s Sporting Goods Pledges to Provide Sports to 1 Million Children By 2024

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”

Jorge Campos Hopes to See More Mexican Players in MLS

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”

Powerade, U.S. Soccer Foundation Create Safe Spaces For Girls to Play

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”

Soccer’s Growth in U.S. Has Legends Excited

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”

FC Bayern Munich Prioritizing Fan-First Approach to Internationalization

Among FC Bayern Munich’s values which include tradition, respect and financial responsibility is a very important one: club.

“FC Bayern is a company, but in the first instance it is a club with the membership at its core.”

The Bavarian soccer giants prioritize its more than 290,000 members first and foremost. Three-quarters of its stockholders are from this base, with adidas, Audi and Allianz comprising the other 25% at 8.33% apiece. Continue reading “FC Bayern Munich Prioritizing Fan-First Approach to Internationalization”

FC Barcelona, Real Madrid Paving Way for LaLiga Clubs in U.S.

When a club takes the field against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, powerhouses in La Liga and world soccer, it’s typically a David vs. Goliath scenario. The two giants of the game have won a combined 58 LaLiga titles, 49 Copa del Rey crowns and 18 UEFA Champions League trophies. Continue reading “FC Barcelona, Real Madrid Paving Way for LaLiga Clubs in U.S.”

Dodgers Foundation Partners With Up2Us Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has been utilizing baseball and softball as a tool to promote positive change in the community since it began in 1995. One of its youth programs, Dodgers RBI (Rebuilding Baseball in Inner Cities) aims to increase access to education, literacy, health and wellness, and recreational resources in underserved communities. Continue reading “Dodgers Foundation Partners With Up2Us Sports”

How FC Barcelona is Conquering the U.S. Market

The initial priority for FC Barcelona’s office in New York City, which opened in September 2016, was business development. Since then, the club has also utilized its on-the-ground presence to further the FC Barcelona brand through its foundation, academies and camps, commercial partnerships and more. Continue reading “How FC Barcelona is Conquering the U.S. Market”

AFFL Doesn’t See Itself as NFL Competitor

The football landscape in the United States is getting increasingly crowded. Once dominated by the NFL and NCAA, now football fans are offered various other viewing options throughout the year including the Alliance of American Football (AAF) and the XFL. Continue reading “AFFL Doesn’t See Itself as NFL Competitor”

Yasir Salem is Running 50 Marathons in 50 States to Honor His Late Wife

Yasir Salem arrived in his black, four-door Lincoln Mark LT to pick up Gweneviere Mann for their second date. The pickup truck, an odd sight in New York City, was a bit of a surprise to Mann, but Salem was from Texas, where driving and trucks are second nature. Continue reading “Yasir Salem is Running 50 Marathons in 50 States to Honor His Late Wife”

Beverly Ramos, NYRR Helping Hurricane-Stricken Children of Puerto Rico

Beverly Ramos felt helpless, a prisoner of her own home. Ramos and thousands of other Puerto Rico residents were forced indoors – most without power or running water – as they anxiously waited for the destruction outside to cease. Continue reading “Beverly Ramos, NYRR Helping Hurricane-Stricken Children of Puerto Rico”

NFL Exec Says Pizza Hut Partnership Has Been Fun, Authentic

NFL sponsors have been in a precarious position as of late. Brands like Nike have actively engaged with the league’s national anthem controversy, naming former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick – who started kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2016 – the face of its ‘Just Do It’ campaign’s 30th anniversary. Continue reading “NFL Exec Says Pizza Hut Partnership Has Been Fun, Authentic”