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Archive for July 9th, 2019

NFL promotes several front office personnel to Senior Leadership roles

Gallo, Rodburg, and Signora Promoted to Senior Vice President

 

NEW YORK – The NFL has announced the promotions of Bobby GalloTracie Rodburg, and Michael Signora to senior leadership positions – in Club Business Development, Sponsorship Management, and Football and International Communications, respectively.

Bobby Gallo becomes Senior Vice President of Club Business Development after nine years with the NFL, serving most recently as Vice President. He will oversee league efforts to drive integrated support for NFL clubs in the areas of strategy, business intelligence and analytics, ticketing, sponsorship, marketing, events, and fan experience. Gallo continues to report to Peter O’Reilly, Executive Vice President of Club Business & League Events.

“Bobby has consistently found new and innovative ways to service and support both our clubs and our fans,” says O’Reilly. “Under his leadership, we will continue to partner with our clubs to deliver world class experiences for our fans and our partners.”

Tracie Rodburg becomes Senior Vice President of Sponsorship Management after 14 years of experience with the NFL’s sponsorship business. In her new role, Rodburg will manage sponsor contracts, drive revenue growth through renewals, participate in brand and creative executions, oversee club and league sponsor relationships, and coordinate key internal and external areas for NFL sponsor integration and support. She continues to report to Renie Anderson, Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President, NFL Partnerships.

“Tracie has truly helped to shape and grow the NFL’s sponsorship business over the last 14 years,” says Anderson. “As we look to maximize all the league has to offer, we are confident that she will continue to be a driver of success.”

Michael Signora becomes Senior Vice President of Football and International Communications. With over 23 years of experience in NFL Communications, he will now oversee all aspects of Football Communications – Football Publicity, Football Media Operations, and Youth Football Communications – as well as International Communications. Signora continues to report to Jocelyn Moore, Executive Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs.

“Michael is an instrumental member of the communications team, showing steadfast leadership and a deep love and understanding of every aspect of the game,” says Moore. “His credibility with the media, our clubs, and our fans – as well as his creative vision for football content – will continue to enhance the way the media and our fans consume football, both nationally and internationally.” ​

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kelsey Boyd, NFL; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Daily Almanacs for Tuesday, July 9, 2019

(courtesy History.com)

 

NUNAVUT DAY (CANADA)

Celebrated by the residents of Nunavut, Canada, on July 9 each year, Nunavut is a time to honor the efforts of those who helped to bring this territory into being. For many years, the Inuit had worked toward forming their own territory. On July 9, 1993, the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act took effect, and Nunavut was established on April 1, 1999. Nunavut Day was declared an official government holiday in 2001.

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DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

 

MLB announces Umpires, coaches and official scorers for 2019 All-Star Game

Mark Wegner, MLB Umpire 2012 photo By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Mark Wegner to serve as crew chief at 90th Midsummer Classic; Indians skipper Francona, Braves manager Snitker appointed as coaches

 

Mark Wegner, a 21-year Major League umpire, will serve as the Crew Chief and work behind the plate at Baseball’s 90th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 9th at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Wegner will work his second Midsummer Classic following his 2008 assignment at Yankee Stadium in New York. He has worked two World Series, five League Championship Series, eight Division Series and two Wild Card Games. Wegner’s crew will include Ohio native Brian O’Nora (first base), Phil Cuzzi (second base), Ohio native Tim Timmons (third base), D.J. Reyburn (left field) and Jordan Baker (right field). This will mark the third career All-Star assignment for O’Nora (2010), the second for Cuzzi (2008) and Timmons (2009), and the first for Reyburn and Baker. The Replay Official who will be based in the Replay Operations Center during the 2019 All-Star Game will be Fieldin Culbreth, a 23-year Major League Umpire. Culbreth worked the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.

The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Jose Navas (home plate) of the Southern League; Brian Walsh (first base) of the Texas League; Jonathan Parra (second base) of the Southern League; and Jacob Metz (third base) of the Eastern League. All four umpires will be on the field for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 8th. Walsh and Parra also will be a part of Sunday’s All-Star Celebrity Softball Game.

American League All-Star manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox has invited manager Terry Francona of the host Cleveland Indians to join his AL staff. Francona, who played 10 seasons in the Majors, is in his seventh season at the helm of the Indians, as well as his 19th Major League season as manager following stints with the Philadelphia Phillies (1997-2000) and Red Sox (2004-11). Francona served as manager of the AL All-Star squad in 2005 and 2008 following World Series Championships with Boston, as well as 2017 following a World Series appearance with the Indians. In addition, Francona served as a coach on John Farrell’s staff at the 2014 Midsummer Classic in Minnesota. Cora’s Red Sox staff – including assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett, bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, third base coach Carlos Febles, first base coach Tom Goodwin, hitting coach Tim Hyers, pitching coach Dana LeVangie, bench coach Ron Roenicke and coach Ramon Vázquez – also will coach the AL. James Quinlan, head athletic trainer for the Indians, Jeff Desjardins, assistant athletic trainer of the Indians, and Joe Kessler, head strength and conditioning coach of the Indians, will tend to the AL All-Stars.

National League All-Star Manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers has invited manager Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves to join his NL staff. Snitker is in his fourth Major League season as a manager, all with the Braves, and will make his first trip to the Midsummer Classic. Roberts’ Dodgers staff – including hitting strategist Brant Brown, third base coach Dino Ebel, bench coach Bob Geren, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first base coach George Lombard, bullpen coach Mark Prior, hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc and instructor Jose Vizcaino – will also work with the NL All-Stars. Scott Sheridan, head athletic trainer of the Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Tomczyk, head athletic trainer of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Josh Seligman, strength coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, will round out the NL staff.

The official scorer for the 2019 All-Star Game will be MLB’s Cleveland-based scorer Chad Broski. MLB Cleveland-based official scorer Bob Maver will have scoring duties for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Progressive Field (July 9th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 8th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Celebrity Softball Game (July 7th), and PLAY BALL PARK at the Huntington Convention Center (July 5th-9th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 90th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the U.S., while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.allstargame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Texas Rangers prospect Sam Huff earns MVP of 2019 MLB Futures Game

 

 

Sam Huff (courtesy Down East Wood Ducks)

 

 

 

 

 

Down East catcher hits game-tying two-run homer in seventh inning

 

Cleveland, Ohio—Texas Rangers prospect Sam Huff has been selected as the recipient of the Larry Doby Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which was played on Sunday evening at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Huff, who plays for Class High-A Down East in the Carolina League, hit a game-tying two-run homer for the American League off Colorado’s Ben Bowden in the bottom of the 7th and what would have been final inning. The game between the A.L. and N.L. ended in a 2-2 tie after one extra inning was played.

Huff, who is normally a catcher, entered the game as a reserve at first base and went 1-for-2 overall. He becomes the second player from the Texas organization to ever be named as the Futures Game MVP, joining the U.S. Team’s Joey Gallo at Minnesota’s Target Field in 2014.

Huff has combined to bat .284 with 21 homers and 56 RBI in 80 games between Low-A Hickory and Down East this season. He was promoted from Hickory to Down East on May 9. Huff was selected by Texas in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Draft and is in his fourth professional season.

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GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY RANGERS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

MLB announces/releases new spots during All-Star Game Week

 

All-Stars Mike Trout, Javy Baez, Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich featured in new creative

 

MLB All-Stars Mike Trout, Javy Báez, Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich are featured in three new spots created by Major League Baseball to celebrate the star players around the Midsummer Classic. The content is a continuation of MLB’s “Let The Kids Play” campaign, which has celebrated the game’s top players showing their personality, individuality, and passion for the sport.

The creative will appear across MLB social, digital and traditional media platforms, during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on ESPN and the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on FOX, in-stadium, and also will run globally after All-Star across social, digital and broadcast media. The spots will appear as :60, :30 and :15 versions.

HUMBLE

Mike Trout narrates a spot where he talks about his values, inspiration, and family while photos and footage of the Los Angeles Angels outfielder, ranging from his childhood to his MLB career, flash across the screen. Marking the second MLB creative that Trout has appeared in this season, the piece concludes with him saying, “I just wanna play.” The words are a reference to the final line in his earlier MLB content appearance this year when he said, “Just let the kids play.” Watch here.

POWER & GRACE

Chicago Cubs infielder Javy Báez narrates a spot in Spanish, with English subtitles, about the importance of his family, adapting to living in the United States, and paying tribute to his home of Puerto Rico. In addition to old photos, the creative features the Puerto Rican national anthem while video highlights showcase Javy’s magical ability and athleticism including a no-look tag, dodging a ball thrown at him, avoiding tags, and his explosive swing. This is the first MLB spot focused on a Cubs player since the popular two year run of “Bryzzo,” which featured Báez’s teammates Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Nicknamed “El Mago,” the Magician in Spanish, Báez made a cameo in the 2017 Bryzzo campaign. Watch here.

BELLI vs. YELI

Featuring a different tone than “Humble” and “Power & Grace,” “Belli vs. Yeli” is a playful spot where Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich call their shots in a game of M-V-P. The fictional contest between the two mirrors the real-life competition for 2019 National League MVP between the two All-Stars. The spot concludes with a call out to fans, “Who Ya Got? #BELLIvsYELI.” Watch here.

“Let the Kids Play was a movement to celebrate and embrace the passion of MLB players,” said Barbara McHugh, MLB Senior Vice President, Marketing. “With these spots, we’re continuing that effort by highlighting the unique voices, individual styles of play, and the excitement around these four All-Star starters.”

The Trout and Báez spots were directed by Dex Deboree, a creative renowned for blending sports and culture into entertaining content for brands like Nike, Jordan Brand, and Fitbit. This spot marks the first non-Jordan work for Deboree’s new creative content agency, Falkon.

“Belli vs. Yeli” was produced by Film 47, a commercial and branded entertainment production company formed alongside Peter Berg’s feature film company, Film 44 and non-scripted production company Film 45.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

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