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Football Stars At Your Fantasy Draft? It Can Happen!

Jul 7

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Jul 7, 2014

It’s coming …

The 2014 NFL season and perhaps, just as important, Fantasy Football.

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimates that 33 million Americans spend $467 per person (approximately $15 billion) playing the numbers. That number is more than the NFL’s annual revenue. It has fueled viewers to opt for the in-home experience over stadium viewing. It has also caught the eye of players past and present, who participate in Fantasy Football events through Thuzio’s online talent booking platform.

Below are some of the many football talent who offer a ‘Fantasy Draft’ product on Thuzio. With just a few clicks, fans can have a player partake in a league’s selection festivities.

Featured Talent:
Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 11.18.41 AMJay Glazer – $7,500
Few NFL experts are as tuned into what’s going on around the league as the FOX Sports insider.

Dexter Jackson – $500
Who better to hand out your fantasy league’s trophy than the Super Bowl XXXVII Most Valuable Player.

Louis Vasquez – $750
The Broncos All-Pro offensive lineman will be responsible with protecting most people’s top overall fantasy selection … quarterback Peyton Manning.

TJ Ward – $2,000
An underrated signing by Broncos, the All-Pro second teamer finished the year with 123 tackles, including one that ended the season of fantasy favorite Rob Gronkowski.

Ken O’Brien – $1,000
We’re betting that O’Brien has a few pretty good draft stories, specifically those from 1983.

Vince Papale – $2,500
Because Invincible. Also, Papale was the oldest rookie in NFL history, breaking into the league at age 30.

Morten Anderson – $1,000
Don’t forget the kicker when it comes to racking up those fantasy points, especially the NFL’s all-time scoring leader.

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 4.27.48 PMMarcellus Wiley – $2,000
The former Pro Bowl defensive end and Columbia University graduate is currently the host of SportsNation on ESPN.

Daunte Culpepper – $1,000
The former Madden cover athlete and Vikings/Dolphins quarterback was a top pick in many fantasy leagues just a decade ago.

Eric Berry – $2,000
The 2013 Pro Bowler was also named as one of the league’s Top 50 players by the NFL Network.

Joique Bell – $1,000
Bell is truly a hometown hero, having played Division II football at nearby Wayne State University.

Joe Klecko – $4,000
With Klecko, the New York Stock Exchange meets the New York Sack Exchange.

Steve Weatherford – $3,700
The Giants kicker is a popular figure in the locker room and well liked on social media, where he consistently interacts with fans.

Mark Brunell – $750
If there is a Broncos fan that you just can’t stand, what better act as commish than to have Brunell share stories of a certain AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Mile High Stadium.

More Talent:
Kevin Gilbride – $1,500, Shaun O’Hara – $1,250, Darryl Talley – $1,000, Ricky Watters – $1,250, Denarius Moore – $1,500, Thurman Thomas – $5,000, Muhammad Wilkerson – $3,500, Joe Andruzzi - $1,000, Jarvis Green – $1,000, Chad Brown – $500, Joique Bell – $1,000, Nick Novak – $1,250, Albert Haynesworth – $1,000, Charle Garner – $500, Christian Okoye – $1,000, Cato June – $625, Jenny Dell $750, Nick Ferguson – $600, Max Lane – $800, Steve Nelson – $500, Terence Mathis – $625, Emery Moorehead – $1,200, Natrone Means – $600, Dorsey Levens – $1,250, Duce Staley – $750, Kevin Mawae – $1,500, Mike Quick – $1,500, Drew Pearson – $1,500, Steve Beuerlein – $2,000, Zak DeOssie – $1,250, Bart Oates – $1,500, Roman Oben – $500, Ray Lucas – $2,000, Bob Wischusen $1,000, Dick Stockton – $1,000, Isaiah Kacyvenski – $1,000, Heath Evans – $2,000, Anthony Becht – $500, Martin Gramatica – $500.

11 Thuzio Football Legends for 2014

Jun 24

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Jun 24, 2014

This time next month, 32 NFL Training Camps will kick-off at hot and humid practice fields across the country.

The ultimate destination on everyone’s mind? The Arizona desert for Super Bowl XLIX.

With more than 1,000 football personalities on Thuzio’s talent network, let this be a simple reminder that some of your all-time favorite players are just a few clicks away. Here are a few of our favorites for corporate appearances, speaking engagements, golf outings, game watches, suite appearances and more.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.23.05 AMEric Dickerson
One of the best running backs in NFL history, Dickerson began his career in 1983, when the Los Angeles Rams took him second overall. His rookie season was electrifying, rushing for 1,808 yards and 18 touchdowns. If that was not good enough, Eric broke his own record the following season and ran for 2,105 yards, still an NFL single season record. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, five-time AP First-Team All Pro selection, and NFL MVP in 1983. After 12 unbelievable seasons, Eric finished with 13, 259 yards (7th all-time) and 90 rushing touchdowns (12th all-time). In 1999, Dickerson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He regularly works as a motivational speaker and appears at several celebrity golf tournaments. He is also the co-founder of a sports memorabilia company called Original Mini Jerseys.

Phil Simms
Entering the NFL in 1979, Simms played his entire 14-year career with the New York Giants. After his inspired career came to an end, Simms finished with 199 touchdown passes and 33,462 passing yards in 164 games played. Phil led the Giants to Super Bowl victories in 1987 and 1991. He was named NFL MVP in 1986 and was the Super Bowl MVP in 1987. A member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor, Simms had his #11 jersey retired 1995 in honor of his outstanding career. After retirement, Phil joined ESPN and then NBC as a broadcaster for Super Bowls XXX and XXXII. He even announced the Weightlifting competition at the 1996 Summer Games. From 1998-2003, he worked alongside Greg Gumbel covering AFC games on CBS. He currently broadcasts games with Jim Nantz and serves as a host of Inside the NFL on Showtime. His voice was used for the commentary in the Madden NFL 13 video game.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.22.04 AMTerrell Davis
The former Denver Broncos running back took no time in introducing himself to opposing defenses in the NFL. Though he was taken in the sixth round of the 1995 draft and entered training camp as the sixth string back, he worked to the starting lineup by the opening game and became the lowest pick to ever rush for or over 1,000 yards in a rookie season. Davis continued his strong play, earning Pro Bowl and AP First-Team All-Pro selections over the next three seasons. Terrell led the team Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998, earning the honor of Super Bowl MVP in 1998 (the same season he was named league MVP after rushing for over 2,000 yards). After retiring, the Broncos’ all-time leading rusher worked for the NFL Network as an analyst and started a line of barbecue sauces known as “Mile High Salute.”

Ronde Barber
Ronde was a selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL draft. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Barber struggled during his rookie year, but broke out in 1999 for the Bucs. Undersized for his position, Ronde gained a great amount of respect from his peers, as he was willing and able to make any open field tackle against anybody. Many consider the highlight of his career an interception return for a touchdown against the Eagles in the 2002 NFC championship game. Barber is the only cornerback in NFL history to record at least 40 interceptions and 20 sacks, and is one of three cornerbacks to record 1000 tackles in his career. He recorded a league-high 10 interceptions in the 2001 season, earning him the NFL Defensive MVP award. In May of 2013, he announced his retirement, concluding a phenomenal career. He currently resides in Tampa with his wife and daughters while working as a game analyst and contributor for FOX Sports.

Mark Rypien
Taken in the 6th round of the 1986 draft by the Washington Redskins, Rypien became the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL. He is one of five players to throw for at least 300 yards in his first NFL game. In his first full year as the Redskins starter, he threw for 3,768 yards and 22 touchdowns and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. In 1991, he had a career year, throwing for 28 touchdowns and leading the Redskins to a 14-2 record and a Super Bowl victory (he was named Super Bowl MVP). Known for his impeccably accurate deep ball, Mark finished with 18,473 yards and 115 touchdowns. After retirement, he had a brief stint as a team owner in NASCAR, selling the team to Jack Roush in 1997.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.23.51 AMLynn Swann
Swann was part of the outstanding Steelers’ draft class of 1974, which included Hall of Famers John Stallworth, Mike Webster, and Jack Lambert. Lynn played his entire nine-year career with the Steelers, leading the NFL with 577 punt return yards his rookie season. His second season, he caught 49 passes for 781 yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns. Swann won four Super Bowls with the Steelers during his career, named MVP in Super Bowl X. He is a member of the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. After retiring, Swann began his broadcasting career with ABC Sports, which he remained with until 2006. Among other things, he is currently a partial owner of the AFL expansion team, the Pittsburgh Power.

Cris Carter
Cris started his career in 1987, making his presence known when the Vikings signed him in 1989. Carter’s best season came in 1995, when he caught 122 passes for 1,371 yards and 17 touchdowns. He finished his career with 13, 899 yards and 130 touchdowns, good for ninth and fourth all-time respectively. Throughout his illustrious career, Carter was elected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1993-2000 and was a two-time AP First-Team All-Pro. He is a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. He can now be seen on Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live, and SportsCenter on ESPN. Cris is the founder of the Carter-White Charitable Foundation, which helps underprivileged children emotionally and financially.

Tony Dorsett
The former Dallas Cowboys phenomenon played 11 seasons for America’s Team, rushing his way to the record books along the way. Dorsett ran for a total of 12,739 yards during his career, eighth all-time in the NFL. On January 3, 1983, Dorsett took the ball from his own one-yard line and sprinted 99 yards for a touchdown, the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. Tony won one Super Bowl, the same year he won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. He currently hosts the Tony Dorsett Celebrity Golf Classic, which, in its 17th year, has raised $5 million in support of McGuire Memorial. He is also a big promoter of sleep apnea awareness, helping over 150 former players get treated for the condition.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.26.12 AMLaDainian Tomlinson
One of the most decorated NFL players of all time, LaDainian rose to stardom as soon as he entered the league, rushing for the first of eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in his rookie year. After rushing for over 7,000 yards in his first five seasons in San Diego, LT made his mark in history in 2006, one of the best seasons ever recorded by an NFL running back. Tomlinson ran a league-high 1,815 yards with an average of over five yards/carry. He was not just running far, he was scoring at a record pace too, crossing the end zone 31 times, an NFL record for one season. This magnificent season earned LaDainian the titles of AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year, and NFL MVP. LT finished his career fifth all time in rushing with 13,684 yards and second in touchdown runs with 145, only behind Emmitt Smith. In 2012, Tomlinson joined the crew at NFL Network’s “First on the Field” as an analyst. He is very charitable as well, working closely with his organization, The Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, to help needy children in the fight against hunger.

Derrick Brooks
Drafted in the 1995, Brooks played his entire 14-year career with Buccaneers. During this span, he started in 221 of 224 games, recording 1,301 tackles, good for seventh in history. In just his second season, Derrick broke out as a star defender, leading the team in tackles with 132 and picking off his first pass. He only trended upward, making his first of 11 Pro Bowl appearances in 1997. After the 2002 season, Derrick’s Bucs faced Jerry Rice’s Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Though underdogs going in, Brooks and the Buccaneers’ #1 ranked defense took care of the Oakland’s dangerous attack, and went on to win their first title in franchise history. After an unbelievable career, Brooks retired in 2010. On August 2, 2014, he will be formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a very deserving honor for one of the best linebackers in modern NFL history. Brooks is now a football analyst for ESPN as well as co-host of “The Red Zone” on Sirius Radio. He is also the team president for the Tampa Bay Storm, an Arena Football team.

Edgerrin James
After a remarkable career playing for the Miami Hurricanes, James began his NFL career in 1999, taken fourth overall by the Indianapolis Colts. He immediately made an impact, rushing for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and becoming the most recent player to win the rushing title in a rookie season. James finished his career with 12,246 rushing yards and 80 touchdowns. He is a member of the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team and the Colts Ring of Honor. After retirement, Edgerrin went from being a full-time athlete to a full-time traveler, consistently flying to New York, Vegas, Albuquerque and South Florida all in one trip. However, his six children keep him close to home, as family is a big priority for the former NFL star. He is a co-owner of and indoor go-cart track in Arizona, which he bought with former teammate Matt Leinart. During the college football season, you can find Edgerrin at his alma mater (The U), to which he donated $250,000 in 2000, the largest donation ever made by a former athlete.

Future Events Calendar

May 20

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May 20, 2014

As part of our mission to assist you with event planning, here is a calendar of future major sporting events, their dates and locations. Thuzio is your one-stop resource for leveraging talent during all of these jewel events including ‘Play With a Pro’ experiences, client engagement, brand activation and much more.

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 12.59.26 PMJune 4th, 2014 – Stanley Cup Final begins

June 5th, 2014 – NBA Finals begin

June 12th, 2014 – U.S. Open Men’s Golf Tournament begins (Pinehurst, North Carolina)

June 12th, 2014 – FIFA World Cup begins (Brazil)

June 23rd, 2014 – Wimbledon begins (London, England)

July 13th, 2014 – FIFA World Cup final (Rio, Brazil)

July 15th, 2014 – MLB All-Star Game (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

July 17th, 2014 – The Open Championship begins (Royal Liverpool, England)

August 7th, 2014 – PGA Championship begins (Louisville, Kentucky)

August 25th, 2014 – U.S. Open Tennis begins (New York, New York)

September 4th, 2014 – NFL Kickoff – Packers at Seahawks (Seattle, Washington)

October 12th, 2014 – Chicago Marathon (Chicago, Illinois)

October 22nd, 2014 – MLB World Series begins (Cities TBD)

November 2nd, 2014 – New York City Marathon (New York, New York)

December 6th, 2014 – SEC, ACC and Big 10 Championship Games (Atlanta, Charlotte, Indianapolis)

January 1st, 2015 – The Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)

January 1st, 2015 – The Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 12.57.12 PMJanuary 12th, 2015 – College Football Playoff Championship (Arlington, Texas)

January 21st, 2015 – NHL All-Star Game (Columbus, Ohio)

January 25th, 2015 – NFL Pro Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)

February 1st, 2015 – Super Bowl XLIX (Glendale, Arizona)

February 15th, 2015 – NBA All-Star Game (New York, New York)

February 22nd, 2015 – Daytona 500 (Daytona, Florida)

March 17th, 2015 – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins (Dayton, Ohio)

April 4th, 2015 – NCAA Men’s Final Four (Indianapolis, Indiana)

April 5th, 2015 – NCAA Women’s Final Four (Tampa, Florida)

April 9th, 2015 – The Masters begins (Augusta, Georgia)

April 20th, 2015 – The Boston Marathon (Boston, Massachusetts)

May 2nd, 2015 – Kentucky Derby (Louisville, Kentucky)

New Talent – May 12th: Dick Vermeil, Bob Kelly, Hubert Davis

May 12

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May 12, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 9.08.06 AMPlease welcome this week’s new Thuzio talent:

Dick Vermeil -  The legendary football coach owns the distinction of being named “Coach of the Year” on four different levels: High School, Junior College, NCAA Division I and Professional Football. Vermeil led UCLA to a Rose Bowl victory in 1975, the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XV and the St. Louis Rams to a remarkable worst-to-first Super Bowl title in 2000.

Portrayed by Greg Kinnear in the 2006 film Invincible, Vermeil gave fellow Thuzio Pro Vince Papale an opportunity to play for the Eagles. He’s also beloved by fans for frequently getting emotional during press conferences

Bob Kelly – The former Flyers enforcer scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Final, giving the ‘Broad Street Bullies’ the second of their back-to-back championships.

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 9.09.20 AMHubert Davis – The 12-year NBA veteran is currently an assistant coach under Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina. Davis had become well known, not just for being a former first round pick of the New York Knicks, but for his role on ESPN’s College Gameday from 2008-2012.

Andy Rose – The Seattle Sounders midfielder was a former team captain for Bristol City’s U-16 and U-18 teams in the UK.

Gerald Irons – The 10-year NFL linebacker is listed among the ‘100 Greatest Cleveland Browns’ of all-time. The longtime philanthropist has also served as a national spokesman for the United Way, been invited to the White House, was named one of the “Ten Outstanding People In The World” by the Osaka, Japan Junior Chamber of Commerce and is the only NFL player to have a school named after him.

Lindsay Tarpley – The North Carolina legend and US Women’s National Team member is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and ESPN Magazine’s Player of the Decade.

Troy Daniels – Currently a guard for the Houston Rockets, Daniels averaged 8.4 points-per-game last season.

Tom Gugliotta – ‘Googs’ made an NBA All-Star team in 1997 as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 13 NBA seasons, he averaged 13.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 2.8 APG’s.

Biker Sherlock – The extreme sports extraordinaire is the most decorated downhill skateboard and street luge athlete in the history of the ESPN X-Games (4 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze)

Shane Conlan – The former Buffalo Bills linebacker was a three-time Pro Bowler, a three-time AFC Champion and named to the organization’s 50th Anniversary Team.

Derrick Ward – The Giants running back won a Super Bowl ring in 2008, capping off a season in which he averaged 4.8 yards-per-carry.

The Big Game in AZ: Need To Knows

May 7

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May 7, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 11.21.13 AMFor event planners and corporate spenders, the road to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona is already underway.

The Grand Canyon State won’t just host ‘The Big Game’ on February 1, 2015, but the region (and University of Phoenix Stadium) also has the Pro Bowl on January 25. It marks the first time since 2010 that both events have been held in the same region.

Those looking to activate around America’s biggest unofficial holiday know now is the time to conduct site-visits, book hotels, lock down temporary office space, sign contracts at restaurants for private events and book tee-times at some of the region’s top courses.

That is, if they haven’t already.

Here’s what you need to know about the festivities and where Thuzio can become a corporate solution.

The Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium was voted as one of the Top 10 sporting facilities in the world by Business Week and the #1 Meeting Venue by Phoenix Business Journal. The stadium will seat 70,000+ for its second Super Bowl and boasts both a retractable roof and field. The venue, which is home to the Fiesta Bowl, will host the second College Football Playoff Championship Game in 2016.

The Cities: The stadium itself is in Glendale, a northwest suburb of Phoenix, while the league will be centered in the downtown area. The world famous Super Bowl parties will largely take place in Scottsdale, an eastern suburb. For those traveling with a group, shuttle buses are absolutely critical here.

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 11.22.58 AMThe Sights: ‘The Valley’ is known for The Grand Canyon, a popular tourist destination no matter the time of year, as is Sedona, the backdrop for 40 movies+. Hike Camelback Mountain, shop Old Town Scottsdale, or book a spa day in a region known for R&R.

The Golf: The famed Phoenix Open will take place during Super Bowl week at the TPC of Scottsdale, offering another opportunity for corporate entertainment and celebrity schmoozing. You can bet that Phil Mickelson will show up at his namesake grill at Grayhawk Golf Club, a highly recommended play, as are The Boulders, Southern Dunes Golf Club, We-Ko-Pa and Troon North.

Tickets: The easiest, most effective way is to go directly through the NFL and its ‘On Location’ service. Tickets, which can be grouped together, start at $3,499 and will be delivered immediately upon printing in January of 2015.

How Thuzio can help

Thuzio is your one-stop destination for booking ‘Big Game’ and Pro Bowl talent including 11 Super Bowl MVP’s on-site. Visit www.thuzio.com or call 1-800-656-0930 to learn more about crafting a custom experience.

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 11.26.51 AMClient Engagement: Imagine a football icon giving a chalk talk to your clients before the big game. You don’t have to be a major corporate partner or travel provider to capture this perk.

Brand Activation: Connect football pros to your ‘Big Game’ campaign through on-site events and social media.

Tailgate / Game Watch: Building a corporate themed tailgate event for your company and its top clients. Throw a ‘Big Game’ event for the ages with those who have been there before.

Corporate Dinner: Create an unforgettable, customized dinner event with ‘Big Game’ winning coaches (or MVP’s) at an upscale restaurant in the host region.

Golf Outings: Combine Arizona’s sunshine, our football talent and some of the world’s finest courses for a round of 18. Play a private round with Lawrence Taylor, or have Phil Simms play the role of MC during your company’s corporate outing.

Cross-Celebrity Opportunities: Combine sports stars, entertainers and celebrity chefs to create the ultimate ‘Big Game’ experience. It has never been easier to book a Super Bowl MVP like Joe Montana, a chef like Emeril Lagasse and The Wallflowers, all in one place.

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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JANUARY 27TH, 4:00 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 4.15.49 PMDexter Jackson
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.