For one thing, you are leading the race for the top draft pick. But seriously, even finishing at 0-16 can yield valuable resilience. So says Hue Jackson, who coached the winless 2017 Cleveland Browns.
William Dean was charged with trying to extort nearly $800,000 from former New York Giant DeAndre Baker in exchange for his clients’ recanting allegations. On Monday, charges against Mr. Baker were dropped.
Sports leagues, large employers and colleges are turning to devices that could usher in more invasive forms of surveillance.
His dazzling play at Notre Dame, a Hall of Fame Career with the Green Bay Packers, matinee-idol looks and a playboy image made him a national celebrity in the ’50s and ’60s.
As the virus surges around the country — and near team facilities — the league’s efforts to complete the season on schedule will be severely tested.
After George Floyd’s death, many athletes and sports leagues pushed back more forcefully against the president’s demand for standing during the national anthem, and he shifted away from the issue.
As coronavirus cases surge, the N.B.A. approves a shortened schedule, the N.H.L. considers realignment and the N.F.L. prepares for the possibility of an expanded postseason.
The Ravens will be tested by the Colts; the Seahawks can’t overlook the Bills; and the Cardinals and Dolphins will meet in a battle of feel-good teams.
The league imposed fines totaling $650,000 and took a draft pick away from the Raiders, who had already been penalized because their coach did not wear face coverings properly.
Those quarterbacks, as well as Philip Rivers, are showing signs of wear and tear but still thriving in the twilight of their careers. They have the Steelers, Saints, Buccaneers and Colts on course to make the playoffs.
A defensive star in Green Bay — he ran back seven interceptions for touchdowns — he played on five championship teams under Vince Lombardi and one in Dallas.
The company, working alongside Fanatics and the Los Angeles Rams is launching a pop-up shop Monday for fans to buy gear directly through the delivery service.
The store is coordinated with the first Monday Night Football game being played at the Rams SoFi stadium.
Postmates will be delivering Rams merchandise through the collaboration with Fanatics starting at 10 in the morning Pacific and running through kickoff.
In September, the company announced that it was the first official on-demand food delivery partner for the NFL. A designation that means a multi-year sponsorship for some of the biggest sporting events in the U.S. including the Super Bowl.
“Fans will be watching NFL football this season from their couch more than ever before, so teaming up with Postmates as the first official on-demand food delivery partner of the NFL was a perfect combination,” Asamoah said at the time of the NFL partnership announcement. “We’re excited for Postmates to bring an NFL experience directly to our fans’ doorsteps throughout the season and around the year.”
The deal marks the first time that the company would deliver t-shirts, hats, caps, and other branded Rams clothing and accessories to an audience. The Rams pop-up is a natural extension of the relationship between the franchise and Postmates, which began earlier in October.
As part of the deal there will be 15 different products on sale for men, women, and children priced between $30 and $100, similar to the prices that fans would expect to see from Fanatics’ online shop.
A heavy fine, but no suspensions, come after two dozen players and staff members tested positive for the virus.
Aggressive coronavirus testing made the restart of professional sports possible, but the financial pain of empty arenas lingers and plans for next year are up in the air.
Genies, has updated its software development kit and added Giphy and Gucci as new partners to enable their users to create personalized Genie avatars.
The company released the first version of its sdk in 2018 when it raised a $10 million to directly challenge Snap and Apple for avatar dominance. Now, with the latest update, the company said it has managed to create a new three dimensional rendering that can be used across platforms — if developers let Genies handle the animation.
Genies has already managed to sign up many of the biggest names in entertainment to act as their official manager through their Genies talent agency. These include celebrities like Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, and Rihanna. Genies also locked in deals with the National Football League’s player’s association along with Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association.
Now, those celebrities and athletes can monetize exclusive digital goods made by Genies on platforms like Gucci and Giphy and the fashion house and meme generator can now give users their own digital identity to play around with.
“Over the past year, our technology has been sharpened by the exacting creative demands of celebrities. This advanced Genies’ march to be the go-to avatar globally,” said Akash Nigam, Genies CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “What was previously a celebrity exclusive experience, is now broadly available for consumers to use as their virtual portable identities. By opening up to the masses, we’ve now created an opportunity for tastemakers to forge new, unique relationships with their audiences through avatar digital goods.”
The SDK integrations are still highly curated and tailored (there’s a lot of heavy lifting that Genies needs to do with each one). For instance, Gucci users can try on the latest designs and the company will sell digital goods on its platform created by Genies. Giphy users will use their avatars as gifs on its site and through its distribution network.
“Our Avatar Agency has served as the go-to platform for thousands of artists, and with our next-gen, highly expressive and dynamic 3D Genie, we will further solidify our position as the universal digital identity,” said Izzy Pollak, Director of Avatar SDK at Genies. “For celebrities and everyday users alike, it unlocks new arenas and verticals for users to cultivate their avatars in. On top of traditional 2D environments like mobile apps and websites, Genies can now live in AR/VR platforms, games, and in use cases or SDK partner platforms that demand a 360-degree rendering of the digital goods they purchase,”
Football encourages fans to distance themselves from players’ humanity, rendering gruesome injuries like Dak Prescott’s and Covid-19 shutdowns like the Titans’ mere occupational hazards.
Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns will try to extend their hot streak against the Colts and the Cowboys look for a win, even as coronavirus cases thwart the league’s schedule.
Some look to the effects of the disruptions caused by the pandemic, while others find other explanations. But it’s irrefutable teams are scoring more points than in last season.
Sunday’s Jets game against the Cardinals could be in doubt after the N.F.L.’s outbreak spreads to another team.
A crew of high-wattage celebrity athletes have teamed up to invest $47.8 million into Hyperice, a developer of medical devices designed to help players and fitness buffs recover after workouts or games.
Backing the company are some of the biggest names in baseball, basketball, football, surfing, and tennis including: Seth Curry, Anthony Davis, Rickie Fowler, DeAndre Jordan, Jarvis Landry, Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Ja Morant, Naomi Osaka, Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, Ben Simmons, Kelly Slater, Fernando Tatis Jr., J.J. Watt, Russell Westbrook, and Trae Young.
The new investment gives the Irvine, Calif.-based company a valuation of $700 million, according to a statement from the company, and will be used for sales and marketing and product development, the company said.
And it wasn’t just the players that came on as investors behind the sports medicine tech developer. The investment arms of the nation’s biggest sporting leagues are also backing Hyperice. That group includes 32 Equity, which leads strategic investments for the NFL’s 32 Member Clubs; OneTeam, an investment group for the players’ associations representing baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and tennis; and the NBA itself.
The financial advisory and investment firms, Main Street Advisors and SC Holdings led the round, according to a statement.
Alongside its new cash, Hyperice has inked some key partnerships as the official recovery technology partner of the NBA and UFC leagues.
“We started Hyperice not only to help improve athletes’ performance and longevity, but to offer the same level of technology to everyday people,” said Anthony Katz, the company’s founder, in a statement. “Over the years, we have developed strong relationships with the athletes that use our products every day. Bringing them into the company as investors was a natural fit because of the authentic connection the athletes have with our brand.”
The next big push for the company is a software service to monitor and manage an athlete’s performance and recommend optimal rest and recuperation times based on information coming from integrated wearable devices and services like Apple Health and Strava, the company said.
“Since I’ve started using Hyperice, I’ve realized how crucial recovery is to getting the most out of my training and preparing my body for competition,” said tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, in a statement. “Hyperice has improved my body and overall health and I know will be fundamental to having a long and healthy career, which is why I invested and want to use my platform to encourage every athlete to take recovery seriously.”
Smart money is on the Seattle quarterback receiving at least a vote or two this year. But the better bet, counter-intuitively, might be the Bills’ Josh Allen.
The league introduced new measures, including video surveillance to monitor the wearing of masks while in team facilities or traveling, after postponing games because of an outbreak.
Cam Newton was reportedly among those who tested positive. Sunday’s game will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday, the N.F.L. said.
Players will be required to stay in their team’s home city during bye weeks as the league works to contain an outbreak among the Titans that has infected 13 players and staff.
Cam Newton is winning over New England, a racially complicated area accustomed to Hall of Fame quarterback play. All it’s taken are a couple wins, endorsements from his taciturn coach and a whole lot of charm.
A spate of infections in the Titans’ clubhouse forced the league to indefinitely postpone their game against the Steelers and gird for more consequences.
Federal authorities have accused two men of hacking the email and social media accounts of multiple athletes with the National Football League and the National Basketball Association and either selling or ransoming the credentials for profit.
In one case, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday, the account compromises resulted in explicit photos of one of the NFL players being posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts. The complaint didn’t identify the athlete except to call him Victim-1 and to say that he lived in New Jersey and the photos appeared on June 4, 2018.
Based on the information, the player appeared to be New York Giants defensive end Avery Moss, who, according to ESPN, found naked pictures and videos posted to his Twitter timeline shortly after finishing an OTA practice on June 4. Accounts he followed were blocked, most likely in an attempt to delay Moss from learning of the postings. More explicit videos and images appeared later but were subsequently removed within about 30 minutes.
The league announced it would move the game, scheduled for Sunday, to Monday or Tuesday to allow for more daily testing of team personnel.
A promotional video posted by the N.H.L. that glorified pain showed a disturbing embrace of violence by the league. The post has since been deleted.
The Chicago Bears great was known for his effortless, slicing runs. Revealing his dementia diagnosis years after his retirement showed the toll of those dazzling performances.
Though his career was cut short by knee injuries, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest running backs in National Football League history.
Conventional football wisdom suggests player health would benefit from either more — or less — preparation.
Monday night, the Las Vegas Raiders play their first game in a new $2 billion stadium, the physical manifestation of a long, slow embrace between the N.F.L. and legal sports wagering.
After an opening week filled with shocking upsets, the league’s expected contenders will try to return things to normalcy.
The Falcons, who play in the home city of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., are making voting rights a priority this season.
The return of professional football to a nation living on a raw and perilous edge, struggling to confront a lethal virus and trying to heal its deep racial wounds, offered fans a tense and unlikely paradox.
Several teams stayed in the locker room for the pregame playing of the national anthem, while some players knelt during it or wore decals and shirts against hate and racism.
Some familiar faces joined new teams — looking at you, Tom Brady and Cam Newton — and young stars like Lamar Jackson are ready to pick up where they left off in a season unlike any other.
Kansas City’s fans are among the loudest in pro football. But the celebratory start to their season silenced game rituals and drew mixed opinions on players’ protests of racial injustice.
After an off-season of social turmoil, the Houston Texans chose not to be on the field for the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the league’s season opener in Kansas City, Mo.
The league stuck to plans to open its season Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans, even as pandemic spikes, player opt-outs and racial unrest forced alterations.
N.F.L. teams have spent years trying to create over-the-top entertainment for fans inside stadiums. This year, they’ll just be trying to cover up echoes from empty seats.
Teams in the N.F.L. and other leagues believe performance on a tablet can predict success in a real game.
The law firm conducting the investigation into the claims of more than a dozen women will now answer to officials at league headquarters.
The players say doctors use two scales — one for Black athletes, one for white — to determine eligibility for dementia claims.
The team’s principal owner, Daniel Snyder, wanted to overhaul it this season, but, as court filings show, that task has been complicated by fractions between him and the franchise’s other shareholders.
In a year of franchise turmoil, Rivera will undergo treatment for early stage lymphoma while helping to lead organizational change.
The virus is spiking in California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Missouri — states that host 13 of 32 teams.
Fans have long been prized by leagues for their big spending on tickets and overpriced beer. Now, amid the pandemic, spectators deserve appreciation for making sports entertaining.
“I’m literally bear-hugging another creature on the other side of the ball every single play,” Leo Koloamatangi, a Jets offensive lineman, said. “If that guy has any symptoms, I’m going to get them.”