What We’re Reading – August 28

Aug 28

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Aug 28, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 10.43.25 AMWhat the Thuzio team is reading on this Thursday morning.

Josh Gordon’s Suspension Upheld … For Now
Everybody’s talking about the Josh Gordon suspension, which was upheld yesterday by the NFL. Though new reports suggest he may take a similar route to baseball star Alex Rodriguez and bring the proceedings back to the courtroom. Is an injunction in the cards? He could be an interesting fantasy selection in the later rounds.

These last few months haven’t been kind to the NFL shield, given inconsistent takes on the Redskins name, suspensions to Gordon and Ray Rice and this report that suggests the powers that be may have ended Slap Yo Mama’s advertising during preseason games.

John Rocker will be on the new season of Survivor
The former Braves pitcher and conservative commentator is headed for national television.

Fisher Claims ESPN Fabricated Sam Shower Story
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is not happy about ESPN reporting on the showering habits of his locker room. Reporter Josina Anderson was the target of these comments to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

“I think it’s unethical. I think it’s very, very unprofessional. Not only the piece itself, the content. The manner in which she did it.”

“Obviously she came in, in all likelihood to see if there was gonna be a roster move at the 75 cutdown as it relates to Mike Sam. That didn’t happen. But she needed to do something, and it’s my understanding that she manufactured this story.

“She was out of line because she went and contacted several players on their personal time. Misled them with questions and then put this piece together.”

The network has since apologized to the team for the report.


Thuzio Mentioned On Forbes.com
A tip of the cap for our friends at Forbes for mentioning Seton Hall’s Kobayashi Midnight Madness appearance as an example of cutting-edge marketing.

Yes, This Really Happened
How about this for a #ThrowbackThursday? The dearly departed Robin Williams made the Sepp Blatter jokes we’ve all thought about during a 1994 World Cup draw skit.

There’s More Money In College Football, But Student Attendance Is Falling
Those empty seats at ‘The Swamp’ last year symbolized a trend. Ticket prices are rising and attendance is down, even at schools like Michigan.

29 Of MLB’s 30 Teams Average 3+ Hour Games
This should be a top priority of new Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Carly (Patterson) Enjoying Life 10 Years Later
What do you do after winning an Olympic gold medal? Carly Patterson chased her musical dreams before getting married and graduating college.

SI’s Longform Of Kobe Is A Must Read
Among the highlights: His new contract and what LeBron might be worth on a truly open market.

“Bryant believes that players like himself and LeBron James are underpaid, compared to what they would be worth on the free market (he told friends he thinks James would be worth roughly $75 million on an open market). With his last contract, he felt it was important to demonstrate to younger players that you should never take less than you’re worth. When I asked if he was taking a stand of sorts, this was his response:

“‘If you’re talking just from a business perspective, yeah.’”

Dick Vermeil, Ki-Jana Carter and Knute Rockne headline the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class
The former Eagles, Rams and Chiefs coach will be Thuzio Executive Club’s guest of honor on September 17th. For membership information, visit www.thuzioexecutiveclub.com. Vermeil won a Rose Bowl, upsetting #1 Ohio State, on January 1, 1976.

What We’re Reading – August 27

Aug 27

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Aug 27, 2014

Here’s what you should be reading on this steamy Wednesday at Thuzio headquarters in New York City.

NHL Expansion Is Coming
Sources are floating around the hockey world that expansion is on the horizon. Some have a new team popping up in Las Vegas, while others believe as many as four new teams could come to fruition over the next 3-5 seasons. (Think Quebec City and Seattle!) This would mean hundreds of new jobs for athletes at all levels of the sport, including NHL, AHL, ECHL and CHL.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.31.52 AMMJ, Roger Team Up
Michael Jordan was in Roger Federer’s U.S. Open box last night and with good reason. His newest tennis shoe (which releases today) looks just like a classic ‘Air Jordan.’

There’s also video of the two of them talking about the collaboration.

Hat Tip To Corey Jackson’s LinkedIn Piece
Former Browns and Broncos defensive lineman Corey Jackson penned this piece on LinkedIn on asking for his release. He has since become a top ranked speaker on high performance lifestyle.

More Women Are Playing Sports Than Ever, But Women’s Sports Aren’t Getting The Airtime
The Daily Beast has statistics that showcase how sparse women’s sports are on television, including properties traditionally hailed for showcasing female athletes.

Marino Accepts Job With Dolphins
Dolphins Legend Dan Marino has accepted a job with the Dolphins as a special adviser to Stephen M. Ross. It will be his second front office job with the team, having served three weeks in 2004.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.30.23 AMLove Looks Up
Starter has announced that Kevin Love is its newest spokesperson with this billboard in Cleveland. Also, Starter jackets are totally making a comeback! That old-school Cavs logo, made popular by the likes of Brad Daugherty in the 1980′s, may as well.

All Roads Lead To Saturday
Coca-Cola, entering its second season as a sponsor of ESPN’s College Gameday, will showcase football fans and their journey to Saturday as part of its 2014 campaign.

“As part of its affiliation with ESPN’s popular College GameDay pre-game show, Coke Zero will once again be giving 50 fans at each campus the show visits premium seating at the games. These “Section Zero” seats will also be integrated into the program itself, reaching fans nationwide.”

Don’t Forget Those Female Fans
“What was the most watched TV event among women in 2014? It wasn’t the Academy Awards. Or the Grammys. Or the season finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It was Super Bowl XLVIII, watched by an average of 44.9 million women. Overall, they make up 46 percent of all NFL fans, and an average 63 percent of women 12 and older identify as fans.”

The NFL is doing more to court female fans, including working with women’s lifestyle magazines like Marie Claire. AdWeek has the full details, including its publisher’s Fantasy Football league, here.

College Football Playoff – Need To Know

Aug 20

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Aug 20, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 3.48.50 PMWe’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.

College Football will have a true National Champion, one determined by what happens on the field and not a series of pollsters and computers.

And it will be BIG!! Like REALLY, REALLY, REALLY FREAKING HUGE! Just like AT&T Stadium, which will play host to the inaugural championship game on January 12th, 2015.

If you think the caps are overkill, think again. College sports have completely transformed because of football and the money around it. Remember the Big East Conference, which used to have Miami and Virginia Tech? What about the Big 8, which had Nebraska? You don’t need to tell the University of Alabama that Nick Saban was the best investment in school history. Alabama chancellor Dr. Robert Witt told 60 Minutes that just last year.

The four-team College Football Playoff bracket will be seeded by a 13-member committee led by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long. In short, if you love ‘Selection Sunday,’ picking this bracket will cause just as many water cooler debates.

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 3.50.17 PMThe committee includes:
Jeff Long (Arkansas AD), Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin AD), Lt. Gen. Mike Gould (former superintendent of U.S. Air Force Academy), Pat Haden (USC AD), Tom Jernstedt (former NCAA executive vice president), Oliver Luck (West Virginia AD), Archie Manning (former Ole Miss / NFL QB), Tom Osborne (former Nebraska coach / AD), Dan Radakovich (Clemson AD), Dr. Condoleezza Rice (former U.S. Secretary of State), Mike Tranghese (former Big East commissioner), Steve Wieberg (former USA Today college football writer), Ty Willingham (former coach at Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame

Who is sponsoring what?
Dr. Pepper will become the presenting sponsor of the playoff championship trophy as an official corporate partner. Outside of Dr. Pepper, the traditional Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl sponsors remain the same with the exception of Northwestern Mutual replacing Vizio as a title sponsor in Pasadena.

As the official broadcast partner, ESPN will host a number of different activities in and around North Texas, Bristol and even Walt Disney World.

Fans looking to attend the game can visit TeamTix, which offers the chance to buy face value seats if one is willing to risk a little money on their favorite team.

The Thuzio business team believes that there is ample opportunity to conduct business around January’s festivities, especially as the event’s infrastructure is being built on a sales and sponsorship end. Those who think ahead, understand its similarities to the NCAA Basketball Tournament and build a compelling campaign won’t regret it!

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 3.54.13 PMTalent Options:
Want to activate talent around the College Football Playoff? Thuzio offers you a Top 25 (and then some) of choice.

Vinny Testaverde (Miami), Thurman Thomas (Oklahoma State), Rodney Peete (USC), Rex Grossman (Florida), Raghib Ismail (Notre Dame), Lawrence Taylor (North Carolina), Lynn Swann (USC), LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU), Garrison Hearst (Georgia), Eric Dickerson (SMU), Colt McCoy (Texas), Clinton Portis (Miami), Eric Crouch (Nebraska), Edgerrin James (Miami), Danny Kannell (Florida State), Billy Sims (Oklahoma), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Alvin Harper (Tennessee)

Activation Ideas:
- Have a celebrity talent at your tailgate
- Host a dinner with three former Heisman Trophy winners
- Have college legends Tweet about your College Football Playoff campaign
- Host a pep rally with a former big man on campus
- Entertain clients in your AT&T Stadium luxury suite
- Drive traffic to your North Texas retail location
And MUCH, MUCH more!

Ready To Activate?
Email Jarrod Jordan at jjordan@thuzio.com to inquire about leveraging talent around the first ever College Football Playoff in 2015.

Active Pro Football Talent

Aug 19

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Aug 19, 2014

With the 2014 NFL Preseason in full swing, here is a look at Thuzio talent currently on active rosters as of August 19th.

AFC EAST
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.29.20 AMBrandon Spikes – Buffalo
Landon Cohen – Buffalo
Thad Lewis – Buffalo
Steven Baker – Miami
Brian Hartline – Miami
Jimmy Wilson – Miami
Jason Fox – Miami
Olivier Vernon – Miami
Marcus Thigpen – Miami
Lamar Miller – Miami
Louis Delmas – Miami
Jared Odrick – Miami
Rob Gronkowski – New England
D.J. Williams – New England
Kenbrell Thompkins – New England
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.31.02 AMDominique Easley – New England
Aaron Dobson – New England
Tavon Wilson – New England
Will Smith – New England
Garrett McIntyre – New York (A)
Ryan Quigley – New York (A)
Chris Ivory – New York (A)
Damon Harrison – New York (A)
Tevita Finau – New York (A)
Dimitri Patterson – New York (A)
Bruce Campbell – New York (A)
Leger Douzable – New York (A)
Quinton Coples – New York (A)
Calvin Pryor – New York (A)
Muhammad Wilkerson – New York (A)

AFC NORTH
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.32.50 AMSteve Smith – Baltimore
Brynden Trawick – Baltimore
Jimmy Smith – Baltimore
Lardarius Webb – Baltimore
Torrey Smith – Baltimore
R.J. Stanford – Cincinnati
Kevin Huber – Cincinnati
Carlos Dunlap – Cincinnati
Travis Benjamin – Cleveland
Rex Grossman – Cleveland
Edgar Jones – Cleveland
Joe Haden – Cleveland
Jamaal Westerman – Cleveland
Sean Spence – Pittsburgh
Bruce Gradkowski – Pittsburgh
Lawrence Timmons – Pittsburgh
Derek Moye – Pittsburgh
Arthur Moats – Pittsburgh
Will Allen – Pittsburgh
Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh

AFC SOUTH
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.34.16 AMBrian Cushing – Houston
Dennis Johnson – Houston
Joe Adams – Houston
Chris Myers – Houston
Matt Overton – Indianapolis
Donald Thomas – Indianapolis
Josh Gordy – Indianapolis
Marcus Burley – Indianapolis
Darius Butler – Indianapolis
Ahmad Bradshaw – Indianapolis
TY Hilton – Indianapolis
Ace Sanders – Jacksonville
Sam Young – Jacksonville
Johnathan Cyprien – Jacksonville
Colin McCarthy – Tennessee
Delanie Walker – Tennessee

AFC WEST
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.35.38 AMRahim Moore – Denver
Zac Dysert – Denver
Louis Vasquez – Denver
Orlando Franklin – Denver
T.J. Ward – Denver
Kevin Vickerson – Denver
Jerome Murphy – Denver
Kayvon Webster – Denver
Andre Caldwell – Denver
Chase Daniel – Kansas City
Jaye Howard – Kansas City
Allen Bailey – Kansas City
Marcus Cooper – Kansas City
DeMarcus Van Dyke – Kansas City
Travis Kelce – Kansas City
Eric Berry – Kansas City
Chimdi Chekwa – Oakland
Greg Little – Oakland
Corey Liuget – San Diego
Crezdon Butler – San Diego
Eric Weddle – San Diego
Brandon Flowers – San Diego
Nick Novak – San Diego
Danny Woodhead – San Diego
Richard Marshall – San Diego

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.37.14 AMNFC EAST
Jeff Heath – Dallas
Dwayne Harris – Dallas
Ahmad Dixon – Dallas
Trindon Holliday – New York (N)
Quintin Demps – New York (N)
Rashad Jennings – New York (N)
Jacquian Williams – New York (N)
Charles James – New York (N)
Israel Idonije – New York (N)
Mark Herzlich – New York (N)
Spencer Paysinger – New York (N)
Antrel Rolle – New York (N)
John Conner – New York (N)
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.38.12 AMSteve Weatherford – New York (N)
Reuben Randle – New York (N)
Walter Thurmond – New York (N)
Prince Amukamara – New York (N)
Peyton Hillis – New York (N)
Zak DeOssie – New York (N)
Mario Manningham – New York (N)
LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia
Jaylen Watkins – Philadelphia
G.J. Kinne – Philadelphia
Donnie Jones – Philadelphia
Nolan Carroll – Philadelphia
Jon Dorenbos – Philadelphia
Evan Mathis – Philadelphia
Leonard Hankerson – Washington
Phillip Thomas – Washington
Darryl Sharpton – Washington
E.J. Biggers – Washington
Jeremy Kimbrough – Washington
Pierre Garcon – Washington
Barry Cofield – Washington
Jordan Reed – Washington
Colt McCoy – Washington
Santana Moss – Washington

NFC NORTH
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.39.02 AMLance Briggs – Chicago
Lamarr Houston – Chicago
Zach Miller – Chicago
Kelvin Hayden – Chicago
Armanti Edwards – Chicago
Ryan Mundy – Chicago
Santonio Holmes – Chicago
Martellus Bennett – Chicago
Matt Slauson – Chicago
Joique Bell – Detroit
Jed Collins – Detroit
James Ihedigbo – Detroit
Stephen Tulloch – Detroit
Drayton Florence – Detroit
Darryl Tapp – Detroit
Kevin Ogletree – Detroit
Ashlee Palmer – Detroit
Jarrett Bush – Green Bay
Andrew Datko – Green Bay
Datone Jones – Green Bay
Sam Shields – Green Bay
Fred Evans – Minnesota
Josh Robinson – Minnesota
Chad Greenway – Minnesota
Jamarca Sanford – Minnesota

NFC SOUTH
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.40.17 AMRoddy White – Atlanta
Tim Dobbins – Atlanta
Kroy Biermann – Atlanta
Kemal Ishmael – Atlanta
Drew Davis – Atlanta
Terren Jones – Atlanta
DeAndre Presley – Carolina
Greg Olsen – Carolina
Charles Johnson – Carolina
Ed Dickson – Carolina
Justin Drescher – New Orleans
Ronald Powell – New Orleans
Bryce Harris – New Orleans
Curtis Lofton – New Orleans
Greg Jones – New Orleans
Ben Watson – New Orleans
Tommy Streeter – Tampa Bay
Lavonte David – Tampa Bay
Louis Murphy – Tampa Bay
Jorvorskie Lane – Tampa Bay

NFC WEST
Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.41.33 AMPatrick Peterson – Arizona
Tyrann Mathieu – Arizona
Marcus Benard – Arizona
Jay Feely – Arizona
Paul Fanaika – Arizona
Teddy Williams – Arizona
Frank Gore – San Francisco
Blake Costanzo – San Francisco
Kassim Osgood – San Francisco
Kaleb Ramsey – San Francisco
Ian Williams – San Francisco
Marcus Lattimore – San Francisco
Anthony Davis – San Francisco
Michael Wilhoite – San Francisco
Daniel Kilgore – San Francisco
NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco
Chris Culliver – San Francisco
Derrick Coleman – Seattle
Greg Van Roten – Seattle
Terrelle Pryor – Seattle
Cooper Helfet – Seattle
Tony McDaniel – Seattle
Greg Scruggs – Seattle
Robert Quinn – St. Louis
Sammy Brown – St. Louis
Chris Givens – St. Louis
Rodney McLeod – St. Louis
Joseph Barksdale – St. Louis

Little League World Series Icons

Aug 14

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Aug 14, 2014

August may signal the end of summer, but for die-hard baseball fans, it means the start of the Little League World Series. While it may be a fun time for all involved, the LLWS is where many professional MLB players made their playing debut on the biggest of stages. In honor of the annual event beginning in Williamsport today, we take a look at a few of the best LLWS alumni who went on to have successful careers at the professional level.

Wilson Alvarez: In 1992, Alvarez threw a no-hitter for the White Sox in just his second start in the MLB. Well before this unbelievable feat, Alvarez pitched on a Little League Team in his native country of Venezuela. The group of Maracaibo youngsters made it through the regionals to get to the 1982 LLWS, but lost in the first round.

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 3.17.40 PMChris Drury: As a child, Drury was a star both on the ice and on the field. Chris was the starting pitcher for his Trunbull, CT Little League Team, leading the way en route to an appearance in the 1989 International Final. Drury pitched a complete game five-hitter against Taiwan, collecting two RBI’s as well in the win. Because of his amazing effort, he was asked to throw out the opening pitch in game two of the 1989 World Series. That same year, he won the national peewee hockey championship, a sign of what was yet to come for the future NHL star.

Jason Bay: Jason had a very successful career in the Big Leagues, playing 11 seasons for four different teams. The three-time All-Star even earned National League Rookie of the Year recognition in 2003. Bay grew up on a baseball diamond in his hometown of Trail, Canada. In 1990, at 12 years old, Jason led his Trail Little League Team to the semifinals of the LLWS, falling to the eventual champion in Taiwan.

Jason Varitek: This two-time World Series Champion and three-time All Star has been winning at every level. Over a decade before his first MLB plate appearance, Varitek was a member of the Altamonte Springs National Little League. He played shortstop, first base, and of course, catcher for the squad that made it all the way to the 1984 International Final against Seoul, South Korea. Varitek is one of just two players to play in the LLWS final, the College World Series Championship game, and the MLB World Series.

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 3.15.42 PMGary Sheffield: Gary played 22 years in the MLB, racking up monster stats along the way. He recorded 2689 hits, 509 home runs, and batted in over 1600 runs over the course of his career, earning a trip to the All Star Game nine times. Before he was torching opposing pitchers, however, he was quite a pitcher as a kid. Sheffield helped his Belmont Heights Little League Team in Tampa, Florida to the 1980 LLWS International Final, where they fell to Taiwan by one run.

Matt Cassel: Cassel proves the LLWS does not just produce professional baseball players! Before he was throwing pigskins to professional football players in the NFL, Cassel was a young baseball star growing up in his hometown of Northridge, California. His team was known as “The Earthquake Kids”, thanks to the infamous earthquake in the Northridge area in 1994. Matt was the starting first baseman for the squad, leading the team to the International Final against Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Sean Burroughs: Growing up in a baseball family, Burroughs started playing at a young age, hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps. Sean was the star pitcher for his Long Beach, California Little League Team, winning the International Championship in both 1992 and 1993. He remains the only player in LLWS history to pitch back-to-back no-hitters.

Prince Amukamara Reddit AMA – Sunday at 3:00 PM

Aug 10

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Aug 10, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 12.31.44 PMNew York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara will take part in a special Thuzio / Reddit AmA on Sunday, August 10th at 3:00 PM.

Prince’s bio is as follows: 
Prince Amukamara is a Super Bowl champion cornerback and collegiate All-American. He has played three seasons in the National Football League and is currently a member of the New York Giants. He won a Super Bowl title and NFC Championship in his first season with the team.

Prince played collegiately at the University of Nebraska where he was a consensus All-American. He was also named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big 12. He was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft with the nineteenth overall pick.

Prince was a standout player at Apollo High School in Glendale, Arizona. He was named the State Player of the Year by the Arizona Republic. He also earned a Class 4A All-State selection.

PRINCE CAN BE BOOKED ON THUZIO FOR:
Video Messages – $99
Tweets – $625
Lunch or Dinner – $3,750
Appearances – $6,250

Some Other Current NFL Players on Thuzio include: Tyrann Mathieu, Steve Smith, Roddy White, NaVorro Bowman, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, Torrey Smith, Frank Gore, Patrick Petersen, Steve Weatherford, Mario Manningham, Mark Herzlich.

View ALL of the STARS on Thuzio here

Thuzio Raises $6 Million In Series A Funding

Aug 6

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Aug 6, 2014

Thuzio LogoNEW YORK – Thuzio (www.thuzio.com), a marketplace where businesses book Talent for sales and brand activation, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from a variety of individuals and institutions connected with sports, technology, talent and sales activation.

This latest round of financing will be used to grow the company’s online network of 2,500+ athletes and other sports celebrities, expand its sales and marketing efforts, build its technology enabling businesses to identify and access the right Talent, and grow the Thuzio Executive Club (www.thuzioexecutiveclub.com) nationwide.

Investors include RSE Ventures – the investment arm of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross’s, Prudence Holdings, East Asset Management – the investment arm of Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, former NBC Sports executive producer Michael Weisman, and former Vistage CEO Rafael Pastor.

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 10.29.36 AM“We are thrilled to have such a deeply engaged and consistently helpful group of investors in our shareholder base,” said CEO Jared Augustine.

Since its launch in 2012, Thuzio has redefined Talent activation through transparent pricing and an online platform that enables customers to access thousands of talent for experiences and events. The company’s thousands of clients include EY, Yahoo!, the Young President’s Organization, Burger King, Esquire, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Benjamin Moore, Bonobos, Klout, ProShares and Amerisource Bergen — from industries such as private banking, pharmaceutical distribution, construction, legal services, specialty finance, insurance, retail, professional associations, sports & entertainment, media, philanthropy and investment management. Approximately 90 percent of the company’s business is corporate (business.thuzio.com).

“The transparency of Thuzio’s marketplace allowed us to streamline our local marketing outreach and budget accordingly,” said Jennifer Cho, National Director of M2W, a marketing agency working on behalf of MetroPCS. “With up-front pricing, we could focus on matching the right athletes with the store locations where they’d could drive the most traffic.”

Customers use Thuzio for many purposes — including client dinners, having Talent play their sport against a company’s guests, keynote speeches, corporate appearances, video greetings, hosted Q&A’s, and much more, all with real time ROI for brands, marketers and agencies.

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 10.28.44 AM“I do a tremendous amount of business development activities, and Thuzio provides me with a truly unique tool to enhance such activities by including athletes,” said Michael Rupe, a partner at King & Spaulding LLP. “I am a repeat Thuzio Booking customer and member of the Thuzio Executive Club, because including Thuzio’s Talent in business development events increases my business. Spending quality time with Thuzio’s Talent is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and, most importantly, for my clients.”

Even sports industry insiders look to Thuzio’s platform for sourcing Talent. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame, reported a 252% increase in yearly pass sales thanks to a summer programming initiative with Thuzio Talent that included Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Spud Webb and Antoine Walker.

“Thuzio has been an instrumental part in the sales and attendance growth in our appearance program,” said Jason Fiddler, Director of Museum Sales and Operations at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “They have an incredible understanding of the industry and their wide talent base sets them apart from all others.”

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 11.23.16 AMThuzio is co-founded and co-chaired by Tiki Barber, the New York Giants all-time leading rusher and Mark Gerson, the co-founder of Gerson Lehrman Group, United Hatzalah and the African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

About Thuzio
Thuzio (www.thuzio.com) is the world’s largest marketplace for Sports Talent. Thuzio enables businesses and consumers to access professional athletes, coaches, and media personalities for experiences and events.

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New Talent – August 4

Aug 4

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Aug 4, 2014

Meet some of the newest talent on the Thuzio network including a former UConn star and Penn State’s football inspiration.

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 2.37.51 PMJeremiah Trotter:
Drafted in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Stephen F. Austin, Jeremiah spent his first year learning the trade, only recording six tackles as a backup linebacker. However, brand new head coach, Andy Reid, gave Trotter the starting middle linebacker position, where he immediately shined. Over the next three seasons, he led the team with tackles, earning two trips to the Pro Bowl in that span. When his 11-year career was all said and done, Jeremiah finished with 908 combined tackles and 12.5 sacks. You can now catch Trotter analyzing Philadelphia football on the Philly sports talk radio station, 97.5 The Fanatic.

Bria Hartley:
Bria Hartley can tell you first hand what it means to be a part of the storied UConn Women’s Basketball Program. The four-year starter was an immediate sensation, playing a total of 1,209 minutes in her first season, the most ever for a Connecticut freshman. Though her junior year was statistically her worst season, she performed when it counted, helping her team win the 2013 National Championship by a remarkable 33 points over Louisville. Her senior year was outstanding, leading the team to a 40-0 record (including another title) and scoring in double-figures in 36 of those games. She finished her career eighth all-time in scoring with 1,994 points, and fifth all-time in assists with 559. Now, she plays for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, where she continues to fill the box score each and every night.

Nick Catone:
A wrestler since middle school, Nick swept through the competition at all levels, eventually wrestling at Rider University, where he was the 2004 NCAA Division One Conference Champion and Rider University Male Athlete of the Year. After graduating, Catone did not give up the sport, turning to mixed martial arts and the UFC. Since becoming a UFC fighter, “The Jersey Devil” has earned a 10-4 record in the welterweight division. When he is not training full-time for UFC competition, Nick coaches at his training facility in Brick, New Jersey.

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 2.39.38 PMAdam Taliaferro
In 2000, Adam Taliaferro was a heralded freshman cornerback who was destined to make an immediate impact for the Penn State Nittany Lions. In just his fifth game in college, however, his life changed forever: Adam suffered a career ending spinal chord injury during a routine tackle against Ohio State. Paralyzed on the play, Taliaferro was given a 3% chance of walking again, even after successful surgery. What happened next was truly astonishing, as after eight months of rehab, Adam learned to walk again, completely defying the odds. Soon after, he led his former football team onto the field for the first game of the 2001 season, even jogging for the cheering crowd. Adam stayed with the team as a student-assistant coach, eventually earning his degree in 2005. Taliaferro created a foundation in 2001 to help support others with spinal cord injuries, raising $80,000 every year since its inception. He currently works as a motivational speaker, practicing lawyer, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Penn State.

Tyree Washington
Tyree was a Junior College sprinting standout, running his way to State Championships and record times in the 400 meters and state records in the 200 meters. His success carried on to the national stage, earning a bronze medal in the 1997 World Championships and a gold in the 4 x 400 meter relay. He would have won gold in the 2003 400-meter relay if his running mates Calvin Harrison and Jerome Young had not been found guilty of doping violations. After instances like these, Washington felt the need to speak out on drug use in sport and establish KILLAROID. This foundation addresses the evil nature of performance enhancing drugs and encourages young athletes to make the right choices when it comes to athletic performance.

Marnie Schneider
Marnie Schneider may have never played professional football, but she might know more about the game than many professional players! Marnie’s grandfather, Leonard Tose, owned the Philadelphia Eagles while she was growing up, so she soon became the team’s biggest fan. After spending her childhood around the team, she went on to Penn State, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, eventually working at NFL Films. Now, a mother of three, has co-founded Grab A Ball and Play, providing underprivileged children opportunities to play sports. She is also writing a book about the values of networking and successful relationships.

On The Field & Off The Field Success

Jul 29

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Jul 29, 2014

Thuzio will celebrate the second anniversary of its site launch next week. For those who don’t know, the company was the brainchild of Tiki Barber, an information systems graduate from the University of Virginia, who puts his degree to good use in NFL retirement.

But Tiki isn’t the only one pursuing greatness in the business world after a career in professional sports. Here are some on-field darlings who have picked up just as many fans in the boardroom.

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.30.42 AMGreg Norman:
“The Great White Shark” was a fierce competitor on the golf course, winning 91 professional events throughout his career, earning the #1 ranking in the world 11 times, including a span of 96 straight weeks from 1995-1997. After stepping away from the game, Greg founded Great White Shark Enterprises. This multinational corporation owns an eyewear company, a golf academy, and a consulting firm for those who want to open golf courses. Norman even owns Greg Norman Australian Prime, an online marketplace to buy fresh wagyu beef, as well as Greg Norman Estates, his own line of fine wines. Norman has clearly adjusted well to life after professional golf, earning his name as a shark in his business ventures.

Eddie George:
The nine-year pro and four-time Pro-Bowler was one of the top rushers in his day, earning a spot in the 10,000-yard club when it was all said and done. George graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in landscape architecture, likely unaware just how much that education would mean to him in the future. In 2003, he founded EDGE, in Columbus, Ohio, a landscape architecture and planning firm that has designed and built several areas within the Ohio and Tennessee regions. Giving back to his university, George led the development of a sub-district of the athletics campus within Ohio State, establishing a Varsity Field Hockey Stadium, a Tennis Center, and an expansion of the football practice fields. It is obvious this is not just a hobby for Eddie, as EDGE has established itself as a reputable architecture firm that is still doing great work today.

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.32.32 AMVinnie Johnson
Known and beloved by Pistons fans for hitting the shot that won Detroit its second straight NBA championship in 1990, Vinnie Johnson decided to make a new life for himself after retiring in 1992. In 1995, he founded Piston Automotive, a supplier of sub-assembled auto components, including cooling systems, chassis systems, and power train systems. In 2005, Vinnie was featured on the cover of Inc. Magazine for his work, and Piston Group was voted the #2 company overall on the list of 100 Inner City Companies. Partnered with Ford and GM, the automotive company reported earnings of $570 million in 2012.

Roger Staubach:
A two-time Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Staubach took his work ethic from the gridiron to the real estate industry, founding the Staubach Company in 1977. After retiring from football two years later, Roger built the company from the ground up, expanding nationally. Making it through the good times and bad in the Texas Economy, the company had 1,100 employees and 50 offices by 2008. After requests to expand internationally, Staubach partnered with Jones Lang Lasalle, who bought Staubach Company for $640 million. Roger still serves as Executive Chairman of JLL and continues to remain active with customers each and every day.

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Make-A-Wish Stars

Jul 24

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Jul 24, 2014

If you love Sports Center, chances are you have seen “My Wish”, the product of ESPN and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The inspiring series documents the stories of children battling life-threatening illnesses getting the chance to spend a day with their sports heroes. Moments like those we highlight below illustrate the reach of sport beyond the X’s and O’s, and the ability of an athlete to change a child’s outlook on life. Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.25.19 PM

Cole Johanson and Chris Paul
10 year-old Cole Johanson was a typical kid whose life revolved around basketball. Then, after complaining of shortness of breath, he went to the hospital and was given the news: Cole had Burkitt’s lymphoma. Treatment would be incredibly painful, but Cole continued to battle for several months, until finally he was okay to come back home. A phone message awaited him after he arrived, with Chris Paul’s voice on the other side of the line. Cole was invited to go to Paul’s hometown of North Carolina and spend the day with him. The day was incredibly memorable, starting with a game of one-on-one, a gift of new shoes and a signed ball, but most importantly, a dinner where Cole revealed his life story to his idol. Chris showed incredibly genuine interest in Cole’s struggle, and told him he was the strongest person he had ever met. Paul showed why he is one of the most respected people in the NBA, taking the time to bond with one of his biggest fans, and try to make up for what he had gone through.

Jace Andrews and Dustin Pedroia
Just moments after Jace was born, nurses informed his parents he had several heart defects, and he would need complicated open-heart surgery. The nine-hour procedure was the first of three surgeries for Jace, after which he could never live the same life as his classmates. Though sports can tire him out quicker than most boys his age, his love of baseball never wavered. A huge Boston Red Sox fan, Jace’s favorite player is Dustin Pedroia, whom he says inspires him to be his best every day. Make-A-Wish connected the two for a memorable day at Fenway. Taken by limo to the field, Jace met his idol and even hit a ball over the Green Monster. After signing the historic wall and meeting other players in the clubhouse, Jace and his family watched Boston win in a thrilling game from the best seats in the house. It was truly a remarkable experience for Jace, one he will remember for the rest of his life.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.26.53 PMJamarkus Poole and Tony Hawk
When he was a few years old, Jamarkus Poole was given an inhaler to correct breathing problems, with the worst yet to come. A few years later, he would eat a lot without gaining weight, and received a chilling diagnosis: cystic fibrosis. Because of this affliction, Jamarkus needs to use a special machine to clean out his lungs and has trouble sleeping. Though he can’t play sports, his love of skateboarding has never wavered, with Tony Hawk pictures and decorations draped all over his room. According to his parents, even a five minute meeting with Tony would change Jamarkus’ life, so Make-A-Wish partnered with Hawk and made that happen and much more. Jamarkus and his family were flown to California and met Tony at his private, indoor skate ramp. Hawk and many of his friends in the skateboarding world put on a show for the Pooles, with a private lesson for Jamarkus and a pizza party to follow. An incredible day was capped in Tony’s private office, where Jamarkus got to play a Tony Hawk video game that would not come out for another few months.