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Top Client Engagement Events

Apr 9

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Apr 9, 2014

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From a client’s perspective, there is nothing like a major sporting event to captivate someone’s attention. Through tickets, on-site experiences and (in our case) leveraging big-name talent, playing the right cards can make all the difference in extending a partnership or getting someone to sign on the dotted line.

Here are five of our favorite events and why:

1) The Masters
The only one of golf’s majors to be played at the same course every year is also one of sport’s most exclusive experiences. There is no public sale of tickets, limited (but very expensive and unobtrusive sponsorship) and a list of ground rules that make Miss Manners blush. Also, with about 300 members of Augusta National Golf Club (and no application process,) even the world’s wealthiest find themselves on the outside looking in, making an invitation to Amen Corner one that can’t be turned down.

Notable mention: Last year’s PGA Championship brought in an estimated $102.1 million into the New York economy according to the Governor’s office. This year the event is in the Metro Atlanta area.

2) U.S. Open Tennis
They call it love, don’t they? Take tennis’s international prestige, some of the world’s greatest athletes and host one of the biggest sporting events in New York City and you get a place to see and be seen.

Notable mention: Wimbledon has more prestige and tradition, but is also more expensive.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 3.53.13 PM3) The Kentucky Derby
The most exciting two minutes in sport concludes a wild and most elaborate celebration in the heart of ‘My Old Kentucky Home.’ While A-listers may opt for the Maxim Party and Millionaires Row versus a more traditional southern celebration, anyone can enjoy the mint juleps, big hats and betting slips galore.

Notable mention: The Belmont Stakes becomes a big deal with a Triple Crown contender. Problem is, no horse has won the Triple Crown in nearly four decades.

4) The Final Four
There are studies out there that suggest office productivity declines 30-40 percent during March Madness. With a billion dollars up for grabs and office pools throughout the country, that number is sure to rise in 2014. As for NCAA Basketball’s crown jewel, moving the event to venues like AT&T Stadium has opened up more seats, but has also increased demand for VIP Experience packages (with the best seats), like those sold through Primesport.

Notable mention: The NBA All-Star Game is in New York City and will attract the interest of your clients and corporate partners.

5) The Super Bowl
Like with the Masters, there is no public sale of tickets to ‘The Big Game.’ And with the entire football world in town, chances are there will be opportunities (through Thuzio) to activate a pro (or three). Also, it never hurts to invite a client to an event that 111.5 million people watched in 2014, even if it means they’ll miss the commercials.

Notable mention: College Football’s Playoff kicks off in 2015, offering the NCAA an equivalent to the Super Bowl.

Tales of a New York Super Bowl

Jan 30

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Jan 30, 2014

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JANUARY 30TH, 12:00 PM

Last night, Thuzio was honored to connect four-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana with Ernst & Young for a Super Bowl event in Times Square.

His event was the third of four at the company’s NYC headquarters this week. Phil Simms, Victor Cruz and Dan Marino are also on that list, each giving a ‘Chalk Talk,’ posing for photos and signing merchandise for guests.

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 12.16.16 PMOf course, our co-founder, 2012 Sports Illustrated ‘Turkey of the Year,’ Tiki Barber was also there, equipped with an office to work out of this week … and cake.

Why bring up the SI thing?

Well, for one, the old adage ‘never judge a book by its cover’ certainly applies here. The concept of Thuzio, just like every other business ever created, wasn’t universally praised upon launch, leading for notable (dis)honorable mentions like this one.

But more importantly (and probably some time next week we’ll have more time to do so), it allows us to reflect on where we were as a company and where we’re going.

We’ve been blessed by outstanding feedback from our customers and corporate clients on how to create the best celebrity experience possible. We’re also extremely thankful to have such glowing testimonials, whether they’re from a Fortune 500 company, or a mother of two booking a coaching session for their child.

Our small, nimble team is growing, as is our expanding list of clients and athletes. We’ve created a high-end Thuzio Executive Club (call for details) that connects heavy hitters in the sports and business community. And we’ve seen our co-founder, the aforementioned Mr. Barber evolve from high-profile athlete to tech entrepreneur, attracting fans who may have never seen him play a down of professional football.

There’s a lot to be thankful for. There’s also a lot more work that still needs to be done.

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For weeks, there had been little activity on what will be Super Bowl Boulevard in 48 hours.

Not anymore.

Now, a stretch of mostly pedestrian walkway is a living, breathing construction zone, with live sets for FOX and ESPN serving as the start and finish of the National Football League’s fan festival. Thuzio Pro Eric Berry will be on Broadway signing autographs from 2-3 PM for those who are interested.

The famed Macy’s store serves as the NFL’s shopping headquarters for the week. If you want to buy a tee-shirt, a hat, or even a jacket. That’s your destination of choice.

And if you want to get into the stadium, sellers outnumber buyers at this point in time. Deals can be had for as little as $1,580 on StubHub – a great deal considering prices in years past. The StubHub package also includes an indoor tailgate party, food and drinks included, beforehand.

Everyone wants to talk about the weather, but according to The Weather Channel, that story should go away relatively soon.

“Not as cold. Just in time, it appears the frigid cold from earlier in the week will relent. Instead of daily highs in the teens and 20s, it appears upper 30s or even perhaps low 40s will be in play for the big weekend, closer to average for early February.

“Snow, freezing rain, or rain? To be clear, we are not anticipating a major storm with heavy precipitation to affect the Northeast on Super Bowl weekend. However, we are expecting a frontal system to slide into the Northeast Saturday. With colder air retreating, all precipitation types, from snow, to sleet, freezing rain, even rain, are on the table with this system. That said, some forecast guidance suggests that the front could move through with very little precipitation. While the majority of our guidance suggests most of this precipitation may fall Saturday into early Sunday, we still can’t completely rule out any lingering precipitation during the game itself.”

In other words, if you’ve ever been to a football game in the Northeast, it will be what you’d usually expect in the months of November, December and January.

Both teams arrived into town yesterday and will partake in the festivities of Media Day at the Prudential Center in Newark tomorrow.

We’ve teamed up with Quora, a social networking site to bring fans answers as to what really goes on during Super Bowl week. For Will Smith, it was the joy of victory with the New Orleans Saints, while Delanie Walker, who lost last year’s game as a member of the 49ers, admitted to shedding a few tears after the loss.

Mo Wilkerson also sang our good graces this morning on FOX 5 and the Mike Francesca Show.

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JANUARY 24TH, 11:15 AM

It doesn’t take Mike Francesca going through a Super Bowl gift bag to get us excited for the upcoming 7-10 days.

Over the last week, our phones have been ringing off the hook, as companies and fans want to turn ‘The Big Game’ into a lasting memory.

If you are a fan of a current NFL pro on Thuzio, now’s the time to pickup the phone. Many travel to New York City to attend a select few private events, but these guys would love to supplement their time with other things to do, as opposed to spending time in their hotel room.

So if you are a Chiefs bar and want to get a group together for ‘The Big Game’, or an end-of-season celebration, why not submit a request for members of the team to be there?

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 11.23.16 AMWe’ve been telling people that Super Bowl week is the athletic equivalent of New York Fashion Week. While MetLife Stadium hosts the main event, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of ways to partake in the experience.

- Super Bowl Boulevard is the NFL’s free interactive theme park, set majestically in Midtown Manhattan
– Super Bowl Media Day is open to the public at the Prudential Center in Newark
– The original Super Bowl trophy is on display at the Newark Museum
– The Museum of Moving Image is hosting a running exhibition dedicated to Madden’s (the video game) 25th Anniversary
– Super VIP events like the Taste of the NFL and the MAXIM Party will certainly be the talk of the town.
– Super Bowl Week is also Broadway Week, including 2-for-1 ticket specials
– The Rangers and Devils meet outdoors at Yankee Stadium on January 26th

We’ve been working hard to connect our clients with football legends, including Joe Montana, Brian Billick and Boomer Esiason, with many more to follow.

Now pass us the coffee! The words ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ have never seemed to true.

New Talent Spotlight: Larry Allen, Paul O’Neill, The Mahre Brothers

Jan 27

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Jan 27, 2014

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One of the highlights of Super Bowl week is the announcement of the year’s Hall of Fame class.

Last year, Larry Allen, one of the strongest men to ever conquer a football field, had his name called for enshrinement among Canton’s hall of legends.

The Cowboys great played in 11 Pro Bowls, was a 7-time All-Pro, a member of two all-decade teams (1990’s, 2000’s) and was a part of Dallas’s Super Bowl XXX winning club.

You could also say that the offensive lineman, who has been inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor, may have had something to do with Emmitt Smith breaking the league’s all-time rushing record. He wasn’t afraid to use that big body of his to open up rushing lanes for #22.

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 9.47.51 AMAlso new to Thuzio this week is two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Cushing. The Texans star is a team captain and the club’s 2011 MVP. There’s also 49ers running back and South Carolina legend Marcus Lattimore, one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets in Dallas Clark, Jets running back Chris Ivory and seven year NFL and CFL veteran Reggie Givens.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games begin February 6th on the networks of NBC. One of team USA’s great Winter Olympic stories, the twin tandem of Phil and Steve Mahre, add to the plethora of five-ringed stars on the site. The older Mahre (Phil) has 27 World Cup wins, third amongst Americans all-time behind Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn, while the younger sibling (Steve) is a three-time Olympian.

The Olympic world also brings us Neal Broten, the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team member who had the most success at the NHL level. Not only is his number retired by the Dallas Stars, but he was recently voted by Minnesota Wild fans as the greatest hockey player ever from ‘The State of Hockey.’ Mitch Gaylord was the first American gymnast to get a 10.0 at the Olympics, doing so at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. Five-time U.S. outdoor champion Alysia Montano, a 2012 Olympian, specializes in the 800 meters.

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 9.50.51 AMBaseball fans (and New Yorkers) will be excited to learn that Paul O’Neill is here. The five-time World Series champion is fondly remembered for his passion and dedication for the game. Who could possibly forget his Yankee Stadium sendoff in 2001, with fans chanting his name throughout the ninth inning? Joining ‘Paulie’ is Heidi Watney of the MLB network, who does video messages for just $99 and 15-year MLB veteran Kurt Bevacqua, a member of San Diego’s 1984 World Series team.

Last, but certainly not least are current FC Dallas member Andrew Jacobson, five-time PGA Tour winner and GreenFix Golf CEO Danny Edwards and a couple of pretty good goaltenders, Flyers great Bill Clement, better known by his TV work by a new generation of hockey fans, and Islanders hero Billy Smith, the backstop of one of sport’s last great dynasties and a Vezina Trophy winner.

TD, Plunkett, Hoop Dreams & New Talent

Jan 20

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Jan 20, 2014

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It’s finally here!

Super Bowl XLVIII is set with the Broncos and Seahawks taking the MetLife Stadium field on February 2nd. It will be a meeting of the league’s best offense (Denver) and its best defense (Seattle), the first time that’s happened since 1991. The game will also feature Peyton Manning, unquestionably the sport’s offensive mastermind and Richard Sherman, a savant in the secondary.

Congrats are in order to Thuzio Pros Louis Vasquez and Derrick Coleman on their conference championships. We look forward to seeing them in the Big Apple over the next two weeks.

And what perfect timing announce the addition of two more Super Bowl MVPs to the Thuzio family, including Super Bowl XXXII MVP and Denver Broncos legend Terrell Davis.

TD rushed for three touchdowns and 157 yards in Denver’s win over Brett Farve and the Green Bay Packers, securing the franchise’s first championship after a flurry of failed attempts in the 1980′s. The following season, Davis rushed for 2,000+ yards, including a 102 yard performance in Super Bowl XXXIII against Atlanta, another Denver victory.

Jim Plunkett led the Raiders to a 27-10 win over Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV, throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Oakland became the first wild card team to win a Super Bowl and its QB, the second of four players to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP. (Staubach, Allen, D. Howard)

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 10.07.42 AMThere are more football legends to tell you about, like Chiefs legend, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl IV champion Bobby Bell. Named to Sporting News’s list of the 100 greatest players of all-time, the 6’4”, 230 pound linebacker / defensive end also led Minnesota to a National Championship in 1960. Charles Mann recorded 83 sacks in a 177 game career that included three Super Bowl titles, two in Washington and one with the 49ers. The four-time Pro Bowler is also in the Redskins Ring of Honor.

Want Super Bowl guts? Will anyone match what Mike Minter did back in 2004 as a member of the Carolina Panthers? The safety broke his foot in the third quarter, never came out of the game and led his team in tackles. He also forced 15 fumbles during a nine year NFL career and is currently the head coach at Campbell College.

Adalius Thomas won Super Bowl XXXV with the Baltimore Ravens during his rookie season and was a member of that 2007 New England Patriots team that finished the regular season 16-0. Another veteran linebacker, 11 year-veteran Levon Kirkland, made two Pro Bowls and won the NFL Alumni Linebacker of the Year award in 1997. The Steelers are also represented by Joey Porter and one of the team’s current wide receivers, Derek Moye)

There are two Cardinals additions to tell you about, including current linebacker and 2012 All-Pro selection Lorenzo Alexander. There’s also All-Pro Scott Player, who may be best known as the last player to wear a one-barred facemask.

Oh, and did we mention Prince Amukamara is also new this week?

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 10.09.13 AMOn to basketball, where Hoop Dreams came along before ESPN made the sports documentary cool. It also predated LeBron James and Kevin Garnett being drafted by NBA teams right out of high school.

Still, the themes of economic inequality, race, social acclimation and the cutthroat nature of trying to make it to the NBA exist, now two-decades later.

What was supposed to be a 30 minute PBS special eventually turned into a three hour feature about Arthur Agee and William Gates, two teens trying to escape the hard life in Chicago’s bad neighborhoods through basketball. Though neither accomplished the dream of making it to the NBA, the film’s numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, accomplished this.

Agee, who would commute 90 minutes from West Garfield Park to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, is new on Thuzio this week. His public speaking sessions are both motivation and inspiring. His work in the community, helping underprivileged students understand that real role models exist within the home, improves the lives of those who embrace his message.

Elsewhere around the Thuzio world? Ken Griffey Sr., another member of ‘The Big Red Machine’ and a three-time All-Star. One of the cooler moments in baseball history was watching Griffey Sr. and his son (Ken Griffey Jr.) together during the 1990 and 91 seasons in Seattle.

You probably also remember Billy Wagner, the former MLB closer who finished his career with 422 career saves and seven All-Star appearances, and Hal Morris, the former Red who now serves in a scouting role with the Angels. NHL Network broadcaster Jamal Mayers was a member of the Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup winning team and a three-time World Championship participant for Canada.

The Thuzio Super Bowl MVP’s

Jan 2

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Jan 2, 2014

As of January 1, 2014, eight Thuzio Pros have won the Super Bowl MVP award. Here’s a “who’s who” of those who have shined on the sport’s biggest stage.

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Miami Dolphins
Super Bowl VIII
The Stats: 33 carries, 145 yards rushing, 2 TDs
The Details: Csonka was so dominant that Dolphins QB Bob Griese only attempted seven passes. You can say that the NFL has evolved quite a bit since then …

Lynn Swann
Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl X
The Stats: 4 catches, 161 yards, 1 TD
The Details: Swann set a Super Bowl record with 161 receiving yards on four catches, including a 64-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw and a juggling 53-yard grab that is still one of the event’s most defining plays.

Fred Biletnikoff
Oakland Raiders
Super Bowl XI
The Stats: 4 catches, 79 yards
The Details: All four of Biletnikoff’s catches helped setup Raider touchdowns in their 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

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Chicago Bears
Super Bowl XX
The Stats: 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
The Details: Chicago’s 46 defense recorded a Super Bowl record seven sacks in one of the most lopsided title games in history.

How lopsided? The Bears D, led by Dent, held New England to just seven yards rushing.

Ottis Anderson
New York Giants
Super Bowl XXV
The Stats: 102 yards rushing, 1 TD
The Details: The Giants came into Super Bowl XXV as heavy underdogs, with Buffalo’s offense, led by Jim Kelly, getting much of the pregame attention.

Anderson was key to a New York game plan that resulted in 40:33 in possession-time, still a Super Bowl record.

Mark Rypien
Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XXVI
The Stats: 292 yards passing, 2 TDs
The Details: After a struggling in the first quarter, Washington scored 17 points before halftime, including a 10 yard TD pass from Rypien to RB Earnest Byner. The QB’s 35 yard TD pass to Gary Clark helped seal the victory.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl XXXVII
The Stats: Two first-half interceptions
The Details: Jackson became just the third defensive back in Super Bowl history to win the MVP award, joining Dallas’s Larry Brown (Super Bowl XXX) and Miami’s Jake Scott (Super Bowl VII).

Santonio Holmes
Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XLIII
The Stats: 9 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD
The Details: Holmes game-winning catch with 35 seconds left gave the Steelers a record sixth Super Bowl title. Four of his nine receptions came on Pittsburgh’s game-winning drive.

What you need to know about Super Bowl XLVIII

Dec 12

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Dec 12, 2013

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With Super Bowl XLVIII just weeks away, we here at Thuzio have complied a list of what you should know about the ‘Big Game’ at MetLife Stadium

The Toughest Ticket in History?
If the Eagles are the NFC’s Super Bowl representative, the game could become the most expensive ticket in the history of American sport. In 2005, several Philadelphia sports fans refinanced their mortgages to see the team play New England in Super Bowl XXXIX. Imagine that same fanbase, still desperate for a title, playing ‘The Big Game’ just a short drive away?

Hotels Will Be Plentiful
The four-star Affinia Shelburne has rooms for $269 a night during Super Bowl weekend, while the Empire Hotel will run you $295 per night. Expensive? Yes, but not compared to New Orleans, last year’s host city, where two-star hotels were running at nearly $1,000 a room during that same period. New York City alone has more than three-times the hotel rooms than 2012 host city Indianapolis, which could pose a problem for luxury renters looking to make a quick score.

 Don’t Panic About The Negative PR
The Super Bowl Host Committee faced public backlash when it was announced that fans won’t be able to tailgate in the MetLife Stadium parking lots come Super Bowl Sunday. While this is true, what wasn’t emphasized were the numerous, catered, tented affairs that are sold with various tickets and ticket packages. For instance, Tiki Barber and Jerry Rice will be at a pregame celebration for Primesport.

Follow the Money
At 3.8 million bucks for 30 seconds of airtime, FOX has already sold-out its in-game television inventory. The broadcast will feature 43 advertisers who have bought 30, 60, 90 and two-minute spots. The typical players, including Chevy, Doritos, GoDaddy and Anheuser-Busch InBev are all covered.

Don’t Forget The Invitations
Super Bowl party materials are already hitting Tri-State grocery shelves, which reminds us about the world’s best ‘Big Game’ invitations. Thuzio offers video messages from more than 1,000 athletes including Super Bowl MVP’s  Dexter Jackson and Fred Biletnikoff.

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As many will tell you, there’s a big difference between being on the island of Manhattan and being away from it all. The AFC and NFC Champions will stay in Jersey City, meaning the activity typically associated with the Super Bowl, including crowd-gazers, autograph seekers and ticket hopefuls will need to get used to the PATH. The Hyatt and The Westin Hotels in Downtown Jersey City will play host.

Odds Are, Weather Won’t Matter
Want a snowy Super Bowl? Don’t get your hopes up. February is the driest month of the year in East Rutherford, New Jersey with just 2.9 inches of precipitation.

Book An Athlete For Your Event
Are you a business looking to host an event during Super Bowl week? Visit our ‘Big Game’ page to see the latest football additions and inquire about the availability of our athletes. Please note that many more current players will be added as their teams get eliminated from contention.

Shawn Michaels, Ray Knight and 50+ New Talent are LIVE

Sep 30

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Sep 30, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 4.37.58 PMBig news and LOTS of new talent on Thuzio this week.

We’ll kick it off with WWE superstar Shawn Michaels, who can make your next event a ‘Royal Rumble,’ whether it be a corporate dinner or fishing expedition. He’ll also teach you the finer points of a good headlock … just in case you were wondering.

The MLB playoffs get underway this week and we have October-ready talent, like 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight. (“Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!!!”) There’s also 1987 World Series winner Tom Brunansky and Tim Leary, who kept the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, setting the stage for Kirk Gibson’s heroics.

Football season is in full swing with big offensive names joining our team. This would include Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, veteran kicker Jay Feely and Ravens receiver Marlon Brown, an undrafted free agent thrust into the spotlight for the defending Super Bowl champs.

Other active pros include Cowboys punter Chris Jones, Packers corner Jarrett Bush, Cardinals tackle Mike Gibson, Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, Jets linebacker Garrett McIntyre, Bryce Harris, Jed Collins and Justin Drescher of the Saints, Colts long snapper Matt Overton, Falcons receiver Drew Davis and Denver third-string QB Zac Dysert.Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 4.41.30 PM

Dallas Cowboys legends Melvin Renfro and John Fitzgerald headline our NFL greats. Both were instrumental for ‘America’s Team’ in Super Bowl VI and XII victories. They are joined by New York Jets Super Bowl III champion Randy Rasmussen, Gary Brackett and Marlin Jackson, both of whom won a pair of AFC titles in Indianapolis. Four-time Pro Bowler Jimmie Giles, Scott Shanle, a starting linebacker for the Super Bowl XLIV Saints and Ken Harvey, a Washington Redskins Pro Bowler, round out the pigskin crew.

On the basketball court, Mark Aguirre was a member of the ‘Bad Boys’ Detroit Pistons clubs of the 1980‘s winning back-to-back titles. M.L. Carr won NBA titles in 1981 and 1984 with the Boston Celtics, later serving as head coach, while John Lucas coached the Cavs, Spurs and 76ers after 14 NBA seasons.

There’s Caldwell Jones, an ABA All-Star who went on to play 14 years in the NBA, George McGinnis, a Pacers legend who has his number retired in Indianapolis, George Lynch won an NCAA title at North Carolina before playing 12 NBA seasons and David Wesley, whose 11,842 points ranks behind Moses Malone as the most for an undrafted player.

Elsewhere on the site, Gerry Cooney knocked out former world heavyweight champion Ken Norton Sr. in just 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden and is regarded to have one of the most devastating left hooks in boxing history. He is joined by PGA Tour golfers Mark Brooks and Arron Oberholser, also currently an analyst on The Golf Channel, strongman Brian Shaw, winner of the World’s Strongest Man and 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey player Erika Lawler - the shortest member of the American delegation in Vancouver.

Book a Super Bowl MVP for ‘Big Game’ Week in NY / NJ

Aug 22

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Aug 22, 2013

Super Bowl XLVIII super-bowl-2014will take place at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

It seems so far away, but it isn’t.

There is already a countdown clock in Times Square. Hotels, like the Loews Regency are undergoing major renovations. Top tier ticket packages through the National Football League’s ‘On Location’ program, priced at $7,199 per ticket are already sold out.

Just setting foot in the venue on Super Bowl Sunday will set fans back approximately $2,500.

This isn’t the year, or the event, to wait on booking talent.

With more than a quarter-million businesses in the Tri-State area, including 50+ Fortune 500 companies, there is a significant gap between talent supply and demand. Those who plan early will not only have a greater selection of names to choose from, but more favorable price points for their Super Bowl events.  Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 3.43.16 PM

Need another reason to be convinced? PLAYBOY publisher John Lumpkin said the following to ESPN about how corporate clients dealt with the Super Bowl in Indianapolis in 2012.

“I feel a lot of people held back because they didn’t take Indianapolis serious; we doubled down,” Lumpkin says. “It was a very sexy, seductive night and … I think … a lot of the parties moved their party to Saturday night so they wouldn’t have to compete with our party on Friday.”

New York City is not Indianapolis. Not by a country miles.

Thuzio can connect companies with more than 300 NFL legends past and present, a number that continues to grow by the day. This includes Super Bowl XI MVP Fred Biletnikoff, Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis Anderson and uper Bowl XXXVII MVP Dexter Jackson.

Other Super Bowl notables include Dan Reeves, who has played and coached in more Super Bowls than anyone in NFL history, Brian Billick, who coached the Super Bowl XXXV champion Baltimore Ravens and Paul Warfield, a member of the ’72 Miami Dolphins team that went a perfect 17-0.

There’s two-time Super Bowl champion Lawrence Taylor, 49er legends Roger Craig and Dwight Clark, Ty Law, who made a critical interception in Super Bowl XXXVI, Antwaan Randle-El, who orchestrated a trick play to help win Super Bowl XL and Duane Starks, whose interception in Super Bowl XXXV broke the game open.

Pro Football Hall of Famers 602748_333403450104059_1847115481_nEric Dickerson, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Jackie Slater and Cris Carter are all available for your Super Bowl festivities, as are All-Pros Tiki Barber, Daunte Culpepper, Mark Brunell, Andre Reed, Martin Gramatica, Darren Sharper and Mark Clayton.

Bottom line: If you have an event in New York City during Super Bowl week, whether that’s a luncheon, a tailgate, dinners, parties, or a game watch, now is the time to figure out who you want there.

It could be the difference between having a Super Bowl MVP entertaining your clients, or a guy nobody’s heard of.

This Week @ Thuzio – New Talent, Save the Date, Nova and AmA’s

Aug 20

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Aug 20, 2013

Two weeks.

Two weeks to make your fantasy selections before the Ravens and Broncos kickoff the 2013 NFL season.

Two weeks for your favorite team to avoid the dreaded preseason injury bug.

It means that a new version of Madden is about to hit the shelves.

It also means that now, yes NOW, is the time to start planning your events around ‘The Big Game’ at the Meadowlands. This isn’t the year to throw something together last minute.

You’ve been waiting all summer for football. The waiting is almost over.

College Legends Live Here:
Tyus Edney vs. Missouri, Bobby Hurley running the point, Danny Kannel behind center for FSU. They may graduate, but you never will.

Top College Experiences on Thuzio

Even More New Talent:
John Kruk joins Curt Schilling, Mitch Williams and Mickey Morandini as members of the 1993 Phillies now on Thuzio. The former slugger was also part of a memorable All-Star Game exchange with Randy Johnson that same season. Let’s just say a pitch got away and things got a little messy.

We’ve seen lots of requests for on-air talent, which is why we’ve added ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi, Doris Burke, Dave Pasch, LaPhonso Ellis, Dan Dakich and Dave O’Brien.

The pen is mightier at Sports Illustrated, which has brought baseball expert Tom Verducci and soccer writer Grant Wahl to the table.

There’s also Pac-12 sideline reporter Jill Savage, former QB Shaun King, former MLB player turned broadcaster Dave ‘Soup’ Campbell, MLB GM turned broadcaster Jim Bowden and Super Bowl XLVII champion Matt Birk, who just retired from the NFL after 15 seasons in the league.

Save the Date:
We’ll be holding our first live Spreecast with Tiki Barber during the week of September 9th. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Danny Green to Participate in an AmA, Cohen, Tannenbaum Get Real:
The San Antonio Spurs guard will take fan submitted questions on Thursday, August 22nd from 1-2 PM. We imagine these will range from his team’s remarkable run to the NBA Finals, the state of UNC basketball and growing up in the New York City area.

Figure skater Sasha Cohen and former NFL General Manager Mike Tannenbaum also took part in Reddit AmA’s on behalf of Thuzio. They weren’t afraid to touch on some of the hottest topics in sports, including Tim Tebow, gay rights in Russia and what it takes to make the top of their respective fields.

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What’s the best way to spend your 9th birthday? At Yankee Stadium of course!

Ivan Nova gave young William batting practice passes, a personalized pitching session, even a tour of the ballpark. As Mel Allen would say ‘How ‘Bout That?’

Video Message Spotlight:
Ken Daniels, the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings on FOX Sports Detroit, used this message to promote H2H3, a fan led charity drive for Children’s Hospital Detroit. This fan initiative was started in 2010 and asks fans to donate based on team accomplishments.

Learn more at www.theproductionline.us.

Meet the New Talent – Sanderson, Klesko, Manning + 13 Others

Aug 12

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Aug 12, 2013

“Behind the net to Sanderson to Orrrrrrr! Bobby Orrrrrr! And the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup.” – Dan Kelly

It’s arguably the greatest moment in the history of the National Hockey League. Just 40 seconds into overtime of Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final, Derek Sanderson found Bobby Orr in front of the net, passed him puck and the legendary defenseman scored while flying in midair.

The goal would win Boston the title, cementing the legacy of both men in not one, but two countries. It didn’t hurt that the Niagara Falls native was a heartthrob, named as one of the sexist men in America by Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Sanderson is one of 16 new names on Thuzio this week across hockey, baseball, football, boxing and even cycling. Though he’s certainly not the only one to weave a magic spell when the stakes were at their highest.

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Remember Danny Manning and ‘The Miracles?‘ We do! The 1988 Wooden Award winner put Kansas on his back during that year’s NCAA Tournament, including 31 points, 18 rebounds and five steals in the championship game against Oklahoma. The Jayhawks became the first team to win the title after losing 10 regular season games. Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 10.48.14 AM

Currently the head coach at the University of Tulsa, Manning played 15 NBA seasons and was named to the All-Star team twice.

Speaking of college legends, we’re happy to have Ralph Sampson join our squad. He is the only player to win the Wooden Award twice and was selected first overall in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.

Ryan Klesko was the only player to hit a home run in three consecutive World Series games, doing so in 1995. Once a member of those popular early-1990′s Tomahawk Choppers (A.K.A. The Braves), he currently serves as a pre and post-game analyst on Fox Sports South.

Klesko is joined by former Giants pitcher Shawn Estes as new baseball talent. The former National League All-Star won 101 games over his major league career, including a 19-5 record in 1997.

Former Stanford basketball and WNBA Pro Carolyn Moos has written articles for ESPN.com, Women’s Fitness Magazine and Marie Claire. You’ve recently seen her in the news as the one-time fiance of Jason Collins.

What does it mean to be perfect? Ask Paul Warfield.

The three-time NFL champion and Hall of Fame wide receiver was a member of the 17-0 1972 Miami Dolphins. The eight-time Pro Bowler even had President Nixon draw up a play specifically for him during Super Bowl VII.

Darren Sharper was a 14 year NFL veteran as a member of the Saints, Vikings and Packers. He ranks sixth all-time with 63 career interceptions and his 376 interception return yards in 2009 set an NFL recordAdam Hayward is entering his seventh season as a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

And finally, this week’s talent is rounded out by former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mike Quick, NBA first round pick Acie Earl, former USC basketball standout Duane Cooper, boxer Holly ‘Lil Bear’ Lawson, eight year NFL veteran Willie Tullis and champion cycling coach Leroy Collins.