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”
“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”
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.”
Members of the 1999 FIFA World Cup champion United States Women’s National Team were honored during halftime of the USWNT’s 6-0 win against Belgium on April 7 in front of 20,941 fans at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Brandi Chastain Praises USWNT’s Fight for Equality”
When LaLiga and Relevent Sports Group announced a 15-year equal joint venture to promote soccer in the United States and Canada in August 2018, much of the attention surrounded the partners’ plans to bring a LaLiga match to the U.S. Continue reading “LaLiga Launching Series Catered Toward American Audience”
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”
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”
The Drone Racing League (DRL) bills itself as the sport of the future, so it’s no surprise it plans to help steer technology into tomorrow. Continue reading “DRL Testing Autonomous Drone Technology”
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”
For most, a Plan B is a backup plan, something to ensure success should Plan A falter. Dale Moss went into his NFL career with a different kind of Plan B: a business plan. Continue reading “Dale Moss Helping to Empower Entrepreneurs”
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 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”
The UFC couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off its new partnership with ESPN than with Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw on January 19 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Continue reading “UFC Thrilled With ESPN Debut”
People have health insurance in case they get sick, car insurance in case they get in an accident, home insurance in case of a fire, flood insurance in case of water damage, life insurance in case of death, travel insurance for when they’re abroad, and pet insurance for their dog. Continue reading “Why Athletes Are Investing in Pando Pooling”
Jordan Campbell grew up in a very poor area in Rubidoux, Calif. He witnessed many of his friends get involved with drugs and gangs.
Afraid Jordan would fall victim to a similar fate, Colleen and Titus Campbell uprooted their family from that environment and moved to nearby Norco. Continue reading “Inside Winner Circle Athletics”
J.B. Mauney stands backstage in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The soon-to-be 32-year-old has a beer in one hand as he answers questions from a journalist. He’d probably have a cigarette in the other if they were outside—Mauney likes smoking Marlboros. Continue reading “J.B. Mauney Is Money When It Comes To Bull Riding”
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”
Jen Welter likes being the first. Not so she can brag, but so she can pave a way for others to follow. Continue reading “Jen Welter Ready to Become a ‘Legend’ in AAF”
It’s 7 o’clock on a Saturday. A crowd clad in red jerseys shuffles in. The old man standing next to me is eating a bagel and drinking a beer. Continue reading “Alan Shearer Pleased With Premier League Growth in US”
A couple walking along the pier leans against the railing, drawn to the frenetic activity in the waters just beneath them. Later, a man on his phone pauses mid-conversation to take a picture of the same peculiar scene. Continue reading “Kayak Polo Hits New York City’s Waters”
Texas is the number one destination for disc golf in the United States with more courses and events than any other state, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association. The sport is thriving in Austin in particular. Continue reading “Why Disc Golf is So Popular in Austin”
John Carlos has been labeled a lot of things throughout his life. An Olympian. A hero. A troublemaker. An athlete. A husband. A father. A villain.
Luxury suites inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, are sold on a session-by-session basis and can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $120,000. Located at center court, the Emirates suite provides one of the most coveted views. Continue reading “Inside the Emirates Suite at the US Open”
Hong Kong, a former British colony, has been heavily influenced by Western culture. This is especially evident in its sporting scene; horse racing boasts the most spectators, while soccer, basketball, badminton, swimming, table tennis and cycling have the most participants. Continue reading “The Rise of Dodgeball in Hong Kong”
Tasha Mabin was a freshman at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Each Wednesday at 7pm, the school hosted dodgeball at the gym. At the behest of her new friends, Mabin attended the heavily populated event. Continue reading “Dodgeball’s Popularity in the United States”
Tony Romo wasted little time finding success off the field after retiring from the NFL in April 2017, joining Jim Nantz as CBS’s top commentary duo. Continue reading “Tony Romo Talks NFL Anthem Policy, New QB Era & More”
Shannon Allen, who was pregnant with her fourth child, was on her way to the grocery with the rest of her kids in tow. It was 2008, and her husband, two-time NBA champion and 10-time NBA all-star Ray Allen, was out of town on a long road trip. Continue reading “Grown Restaurants Offer Healthier Fast Food Alternative”
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York City was tasked in 1990 with creating an event that would highlight the growing relationship between Hong Kong and the United States. That summer, the first Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival took place on the Hudson River off Battery Park City. Continue reading “A Look at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NYC”
Erica Meckel was headed down a bad path.
Regardless of the consequences, Meckel would go out every Friday and Saturday night, sometimes even drinking during the week. Her parents were at their wits’ end, even threatening to kick their 18-year-old daughter out of the house because she wouldn’t stop partying. Continue reading “World Eskimo-Indian Olympics Celebrate, Promote Native Culture”
Jim McAlpine was a star athlete at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California. He was the starting forward on the soccer team and starting pitcher on the baseball team. Continue reading “The 420 Games Are Trying to Destigmatize Cannabis Use”
Steven Sokol is crouched along the net, ready to spring into action. A tennis ball smashes against the taut court divider and like a shot, off he goes. Sporting a white hat displaying the iconic University of Michigan “M”, Sokol sprints across the court, fetches the fuzzy yellow ball, and returns to his position, standing like a sentry at full attention. Continue reading “How To Become a US Open Ballperson”
André Lotterer was skeptical about Formula E. In 2016, the veteran endurance driver dismissed the all-electric race series, saying it was “not a sport,” it was “a political thing” that he wasn’t interested in joining. However, Lotterer has since had a change of heart and joined the TECHEETAH team for the 2017/18 Formula E campaign. Continue reading “André Lotterer Reflects on Rookie Season in Formula E”
Justin Holmes first tried out to be a US Open ballperson when he was 14 years old. Admittedly, he was nervous. Scared out of his mind. His emotions got the best of him, affecting his throwing, retrieving and movement. Continue reading “What It’s Like Being a US Open Ballperson”
Katherine Legge made history during the inaugural Formula E season in 2014/15, becoming the all-electric race series’s first female driver. A native of Guildford, England, Legge was recently announced as the first driver to join the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, a support series to Formula E, set to begin in conjunction with the 2018/19 season. Continue reading “Katherine Legge Named First Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy Driver”
Greg and Shannon Ostertag sit on their porch watching chickens and turkeys prance around the farmland. Continue reading “Greg Ostertag’s Mission to Redevelop A Small Texas Town”
Where Formula One, the highest class of single-seat auto racing, has faltered, Formula E, its newer, all-electric competitor has found success. Formula E recently concluded its second doubleheader of races in New York City; something F1 spent decades trying to get approved and scheduled. Continue reading “The Significance of Formula E’s NYC E-Prix”
Despite summer being in full swing, Mike Crews and the rest of the surfers who enjoy North Carolina’s Crystal Coast are longing for fall and winter. That’s when the best waves occur along the Southern Outer Banks. Continue reading “Surfing North Carolina’s Crystal Coast”
Panasonic Jaguar Racing finished dead last in its debut season in Formula E in 2016/17. The team is currently in the middle of the 10-team standings this year ahead of the season finale doubleheader in New York City (June 14-15), and while they’re happy with that improvement, Jaguar is proud of another feat. Continue reading “How Jaguar is Bringing Electric Cars From the Track to the Roads”
The United States men’s national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was a rude awakening to soccer players, coaches, and supporters in America. As the U.S. Soccer Federation has undergone significant changes since that fateful October evening, the wheels of change were already in motion at the youth level.
Kris Rutford and Gary Antonick met just once. Little did Rutford know, that encounter would change his life.
Rutford and his college friend Bob Mizelle took turns swimming the English Channel in 1987 and 1988. During his go in ’88, Rutford met Antonick, who also swam the Channel that year. Antonick told Rutford of another distance swim that might be of interest: the 20 Bridges Swim. Continue reading “A Look at New York City’s 20 Bridges Swim”
CBD laws in the United States are about as confusing as the science behind the compound. It’s no surprise, then, that the National Football League (NFL) has mostly shied away from allowing players to use it to treat pain. Former NFL running back Christian Okoye is trying to change that.
Ben Lecomte fell in the love with the ocean when his father first taught him to swim when he was five years old. It was from this love of the world’s waters and his father that motivated Lecomte to swim across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998. Continue reading “Why Ben Lecomte is Swimming the Pacific Ocean”
Chase Budinger would spend time during each offseason of his NBA career playing volleyball on the beaches of Southern California. He and a good group of friends would play 4-on-4 two or three times per week. Continue reading “Chase Budinger’s Transition From the NBA to Beach Volleyball”
Michael Olajide Jr stepped into the ring at the famed Gleason’s Gym in New York for what was supposed to be a routine sparring session. Two uppercuts later, Olajide Jr was left with a busted lip and an eye injury that would change his life irreversibly. Continue reading “How Former Boxer Michael Olajide Jr. Took the Fitness World By Storm”
Over the last two years, the United States national anthem has been at the center of some pretty heated debates surrounding racial inequality, human rights, and patriotism. After the National Football League (NFL) recently announced a policy mandating players “stand and show respect for the flag” during the anthem, those discussions once again amplified.
Continue reading “New NFL Anthem Policy Isn’t the Answer, Christian Okoye Says”
In 2016, pictures and videos of 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi wearing a Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag while playing soccer in Afghanistan went viral on social media. Continue reading “‘Bring Your Kit to Work Day’ Helps Benefit At-Risk Children”
Odunayo Adekuoroye was heartbroken when she lost her position on the track team at 17 years old. Her coach at the time saw how upset she was and offered her another option so she could still travel with the team: wrestling. Adekuoroye hasn’t looked back since. Continue reading “Nigerian Women’s Wrestling Continues Its Rise to Prominence”