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Columbus Clippers offering fans deals for Thurs, Fri, Sat games to reach 600,000 fans for eighth straight year

 

Huntington Park LF (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

Thank you for all your support as the Columbus Clippers won their third consecutive Western Division title.   The team is preparing to defend their Governors’ Cup Title and try to capture our third National Title in six seasons.

 

This weekend (Thursday thru Saturday) the Clippers are going to try to set a Columbus record of drawing 600,000 to Huntington Park for the eighth consecutive season.  Normally this is a shoe in since Central Ohio loves their baseball.  But due to the heavy rains this season and all the games that were washed out, this is now a challenge!

 

The Clippers will have to average 10,274 fans for each of the last three games to reach the 600,000 mark!

 

The Clippers will be pulling out all the stops to thank our fans for our great season!

 

All Seats will be just $5 for all three games. Plus…

Thursday, September 1 will be Thirsty Thursday & $5 BrewFest.

Friday, September 2 will be Special Dime-A-Dog Friday and also $5 BrewFest.

Saturday, September 3 will feature F I R E W O R K S and all OSU fans can get in for a “buck” with their Buckeye ticket from the BGSU game !!!   SPIRIT NIGHT —– kids 18 and under — wear your CLIPPERS gear OR your OSU gear and get in FREE !!!!

 

It will also be…

“Ticket Forgiveness Weekend” — ALL tickets from any prior game this season will be honored !!!

 

And the promise that IF (and hopefully when), we hit this “milestone” that the team will once again open the gates for FREE PLAYOFF BASEBALL starting September 7.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Joe Santry; COURTESY COLUMBUS CLIPPERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

NFL Countdown to Kickoff is 9 Days: close games were the norm in 2015

​THE NFL IS SO UNPREDICTABLE THAT IN 2015

Nothing exhibits the unpredictability of the NFL more than close games:

  • Games continued to be this close. In 2015, 131 of 256 games (51.2 percent) were decided by seven points or fewer, the most of any season in NFL history.
SEASON MOST GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN OR FEWER POINTS
2015 131
2002 126
2011 125
2003 124
2013 123

 

Last season, 140 of 256 games (54.7 percent) were decided by eight points or fewer, the most since the NFL adopted the two-point conversion in 1994.

GAMES DECIDED BY ONE SCORE IN 2015
POINTS GAMES PCT.
8 or Fewer 140 of 256 54.7%
7 or Fewer 131 of 256 51.2%
3 or Fewer 59 of 256 23.0%

Sixty-eight percent of games (174 of 256) in 2015 were within one score in the fourth quarter. The 174 such games are tied for thethird-most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON MOST GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN FOURTH QUARTER
2002 177
2004 175
2015 174
2013 174
2007 173

 

BEST NFL RECORDS, PAST 10 YEARS

Over the past 10 years, four NFL teams – New England (124-36, .775), Green Bay (104-55-1, .653), Indianapolis (104-56, .650) and Pittsburgh (100-60, .625) – have posted a winning percentage of .600 or better. Those four clubs have combined for 31 playoff berths, eight Super Bowl appearances and four Super Bowl championships during that span.

The New England Patriots, under the guidance of head coach BILL BELICHICK, have the best regular-season record over the past 10 years, qualifying for the postseason nine times and winning Super Bowl XLIX.

“At the end of the day, they find ways to win,” says Buffalo Bills head coach REX RYAN about the Patriots. “That’s what championship teams do.”

The teams with the best regular-season records over the past 10 seasons (2006-15):

TEAM W L T PCT. PLAYOFF BERTHS SUPER BOWL BERTHS SUPER BOWL WINS
New England 124 36 0 .775 9 3 1
Green Bay 104 55 1 .653 8 1 1
Indianapolis 104 56 0 .650 8 2 1
Pittsburgh 100 60 0 .625 6 2 1

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Network announces “Undrafted” to air a third season on Tuesdays at 8 PM

 

Produced by NFL Media’s Original Content Group, Mandalay Sports Media & DG West

The Emmy-nominated series Undrafted returns for a third season on NFL Network, premiering Tuesday, September 13.

This season, Undrafted expands to eight, one-hour episodes airing Tuesdays at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network. The expanded season allows for deeper and richer storytelling, featuring the stories of players who were undrafted and are currently working to make their dream of playing in the NFL a reality. All eight episodes of Undrafted will re-air at 12 Midnight ET on Tuesdays and at 10:00 PM ET on Wednesdays.

Undrafted goes inside the lives and tells the inspirational stories of under-the-radar prospects from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds, following them on and off the field as they prepare and perform in the NFL’s Regional Combines, their college teams’ respective Pro Days, and training camps with NFL clubs.

This season, the eight-episode series profiles the following players:

 

  • Jeremiah Allison – Linebacker (Washington State)
    • After losing his mother at a young age, Jeremiah Allison excelled for four years at Washington State. Allison started all 13 games his senior year in 2015, finishing second on the team with 97 tackles. As a junior in 2014, Allison was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention
  • Mike Bercovici – Quarterback (Arizona State; currently on the San Diego Chargers’ roster)
    • Recruited as the No. 7 quarterback prospect in the country out of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, Mike Bercovici saw prominent time at quarterback as a redshirt junior in 2014, throwing for an NCAA-record 998 passing yards in his first two career starts. In 2015, Bercovici started all 13 games, was selected team captain and was the Pac-12 Football Scholar Athlete of the Year. Bercovici is currently on the San Diego Chargers’ roster
  • Mariel Cooper – Defensive Back (The Citadel; currently on the Washington Redskins’ roster)
    • After four seasons at South Carolina State where he was part of two MEAC championship teams, Mariel Cooper transferred to The Citadel in 2015. Cooper appeared in 12 games, starting 11 of them, and recorded 30 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception. Cooper is currently on the Washington Redskins’ roster
  • Jakeem Grant – Wide Receiver (Texas Tech; currently on the Miami Dolphins’ roster)
    • Jakeem Grant played four seasons at Texas Tech where he amassed 254 career receptions, 27 career receiving touchdowns and became Texas Tech’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,286). During his career at Texas Tech, Grant also scored four kickoff return touchdowns. After registering a 4.37 40 time at his Pro Day, Grant was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins
  • LaQuan McGowan – Tight End (Baylor)
    • LaQuan McGowan burst onto the national scene with an 18-yard touchdown reception as a 410-pound tight end in the 2015 Cotton Bowl against Michigan State. A former offensive lineman and special teams player, McGowan transitioned to tight end in 2014. In two seasons, McGowan caught three passes – all of which went for touchdowns
  • Swayze Waters – Punter (University of Alabama at Birmingham & Toronto Argonauts)
    • Following a four-year career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2005-08, Swayze Waters played for the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL for four seasons (2012-15) and was the CFL Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014. He and his wife are currently expecting their first child​

To view the trailer for this season of Undrafted, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mTXxfVlBl0.

Undrafted is co-produced by the NFL Media’s Original Content Group in association with Mandalay Sports Media and DG West, and was nominated for a Sports Emmy in the “Outstanding Sports Documentary Series” category in 2015.

Every year, thousands of college football players leave school with dreams of pursuing a career in the National Football League. Of those thousands, 256 players are selected in the NFL Draft. The remaining – the Undrafted – must convince coaches, executives and the professional football community they deserve a coveted roster spot on an NFL team.

In the previous two seasons of the show, Undrafted has featured the following players:

2015

George Farmer (WR, University of Southern California; currently on the Seattle Seahawks’ roster as RB)

Cole Jaeschke (QB, Upper Iowa University)

Harold Legania (DT, University of Minnesota)

Chad Toocheck (WR, University of West Alabama)

Troy Torrence (WR, St. Francis University)

Brandon Wegher (RB, University of Iowa & Morningside College; currently on the Carolina Panthers’ roster)

2014

Elijah Anderson (LB, Morehouse College)

Akeem Davis (S, University of Memphis; recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs)

Terrance Lewis (WR, Alcorn State)

Nnamdi Obukwelu (DT, Harvard University)

Jonathon Sharpe (LB, North Greenville University)

Harvey Unga (RB, Brigham Young University)

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile) and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile and Watch NFL Network apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360(NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV and Playstation 4). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

NFL content has never been more popular across the media landscape. According to the Nielsen Company, 199 million people tuned into the 2015 NFL regular season representing 78 percent of all television homes and 67 percent of potential viewers in the U.S. NFL games accounted for the top 25 and 46 of the 50 most-watched TV shows among all programming in 2015.

 

– NFL MEDIA –

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL NETWORK, NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFL NETWORK, NFLmedia.com

 

White Sox to renaming U.S. Cellular Field to Guarantee Rate Field, November 1

U.S. Cellular Field By Zukkie44 at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Guaranteed Rate, the Chicago-based national mortgage lender, and the Chicago White Sox have signed a 13-year naming rights agreement for the team’s home ballpark in Chicago, which will be named Guaranteed Rate Field beginning November 1, 2016. Financial terms of the deal between the White Sox and Guaranteed Rate were not disclosed.

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), the owner and operator of the ballpark, approved the change in name at a meeting of its board on Wednesday afternoon.

The White Sox retain an option under the team’s lease for the ballpark, which if exercised, could extend this naming rights deal an additional year through 2030.

“We are pleased to find, in Guaranteed Rate, a new naming rights partner founded in Chicago by Chicagoans, which shares our commitment to the city and to our fans,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the White Sox. “We view this partnership as an opportunity to connect a successful Chicago business with a historic baseball franchise, and we look forward to growing this important relationship over the coming years as millions of fans enjoy White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field.”

In addition to the naming rights partnership, the White Sox and Guaranteed Rate have agreed on sponsorship elements associated with White Sox baseball, which include various branding, promotional and hospitality benefits, along with joint marketing opportunities. Guaranteed Rate becomes the official mortgage and title company of the White Sox.

“We are incredibly excited and honored to be part of the White Sox family,” said Victor Ciardelli, president & CEO of Guaranteed Rate. “It really is a dream come true to have the Guaranteed Rate name on a hometown Chicago ballpark. We love this city and its baseball fans, and couldn’t be happier to partner with an iconic team and a legendary owner in Jerry Reinsdorf. We look forward to many great years of White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field.”

Upon the completion of existing naming rights payments to the White Sox, ISFA will receive all incremental naming rights revenue from this new agreement with Guaranteed Rate.

“ISFA is extremely pleased that the new agreement with Guaranteed Rate will generate revenue, up to $6.4 million, for the facility,” said Manny Sanchez, chairman of ISFA. “As part of ISFA’s approval process, the White Sox agreed that they will not require certain major renovations during the last three years of the current management agreement. This is just the latest example of ISFA deploying innovative strategies to protect Illinois taxpayers.”

The White Sox played at New Comiskey Park from 1991-2002 before a naming rights agreement changed the ballpark’s name to U.S. Cellular Field from 2003-2016.

“U.S. Cellular has been an important and valued partner to the organization. The partnership with U.S. Cellular paved the way for a complete, top-to-bottom renovation of the ballpark that transformed the White Sox fan experience,” said Brooks Boyer, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the White Sox. “We celebrated many memorable moments at U.S. Cellular Field throughout the years, including the 2005 World Series title. Looking forward, we will make many more incredible memories for our fans at Guaranteed Rate Field with a successful and growing partner who shares our passion for Chicago.”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY WHITE SOX MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

MLB, MLBPA team up to donate $250,000 to flood victims in Louisiana

 

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association today announced they are joining together to contribute $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that have affected parts of Louisiana.

The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations capable of lending assistance to those most in need. The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players — the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope — will each receive a $62,500 contribution.

Since the floods have ravaged the area, Major League Players from the Louisiana region have been actively raising awareness and funds to aid in the recovery efforts. Several of these Players, including Reid Brignac (Atlanta Braves), Will Harris (Houston Astros), Wade LeBlanc (Seattle Mariners), Mikie Mahtook (Tampa Bay Rays), Anthony Ranaudo (Chicago White Sox) and Ryan Schimpf (San Diego Padres) were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is directing donations to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund, which was established by Players who went to Louisiana State University (LSU), including Alex Bregman (Houston Astros), Louis Coleman (Los Angeles Dodgers), Kevin Gausman (Baltimore Orioles), HarrisDJ LeMahieu (Colorado Rockies), MahtookAaron Nola (Philadelphia Phillies), Ranaudo andSchimpf. High Socks for Hope is a non-profit foundation created and operated by Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson and his wife, Erin. High Socks for Hope was initially started to assist individuals and families in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Robertson’s hometown), but has since helped victims of natural disasters all over the country.

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “During this dire time of need in Louisiana, we hope that our joint contribution will help those impacted by this natural disaster receive the emergency support they now require.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Louisiana living in areas affected by the flooding, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to everyone who has stepped up to help in this time of need,” said MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark. “Players care deeply about the places they call home, and we’re grateful to be in a position to help Players from Louisiana provide much needed financial assistance so that the area can recover as quickly as possible from the damage caused by the flooding.”

Today’s contributions represent an ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to provide joint support for victims of natural disasters. The parties encourage others to join them in assisting with the area’s flood relief efforts.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLB, MLBpressbox and MLBPA

 

 

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