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The Best Sporting Events for Traveling to in 2020

Author: Robert Bell

Mixing sport and travel is a fantastic way to see the world. If you want to see the best action that the world has to offer, then where do you need to head to in 2020?

The following are a few of the events that you might want to see. They offer terrific sporting spectacles, as well as perhaps providing you with an incentive to visit interesting new places.

Superbowl 2020, Miami Gardens, Florida

We don’t yet know which teams will be competing in Superbowl LIV. Yet, we do know that it will be held on February 2, 2020, in the setting of Miami Gardens, Florida. This will be the sixth time that this football game is held in this stadium, but the first time in 10 years.

You can already start planning your Superbowl 2020 trip before the competing teams are decided, as tickets can now be bought online. Keen football fans will know that New England Patriots and Kansa City Chiefs are already among the favorites to win this event, according to the latest Super Bowl odds.

While you are in Florida, you can enjoy natural attractions such as Oleta River State Park, Greynolds Park, and Miramar Pineland Park. Of course, the wonderful beaches and restaurants are also pretty tempting there.

2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo

When it comes to giant sporting events, there is nothing quite like the Summer Olympics. The 2020 event is officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and is set to be a spectacular affair.

There are going to be some interesting new events added to the Olympic roster here, including 3×3 basketball, Madison cycling, and freestyle BMX, as well as surfing and skateboarding. The Japanese authorities are building 11 new venues for the event, with the National Stadium in Tokyo being the main venue. Most of the action will take place within a few kilometers of the Olympic village.

You won’t want to miss visiting the Japanese capital without sampling some of the other amazing things to do in this city. From the panoramic views from the Tokyo Skytree observation deck to the Sensō-ji, which is the oldest temple in the city, to the Imperial Palace, this is a place where you will discover unique attractions.

Champions League Final, Istanbul

The biggest prize in European club soccer will be at stake when two teams compete in the UEFA Champions League final in Turkey. The setting will be the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, which is where Liverpool famously came back from 0-3 to dramatically win the trophy from Milan in 2005.

This stadium has a 76,761, all-seated capacity and is located on the western, European side of the city. It was built as part of Turkey’s bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics and is renowned for both its size and the intense atmosphere generated inside it.

Before or after the game, there is plenty to explore in this historic city that straddles Europe and Asia. Hagi Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace Museum are all outstanding. However, for many visitors it is wandering through the mammoth Grand Bazaar that is their lingering memory of Istanbul.

Winter X Games, Calgary

The Winter X Games will be held in Calgary from 2020 through to 2022. This extreme sports event is expected to bring some 75,000 spectators to the Canadian city each of those years. They will also be hosting shows and special events while the games are going on.

Calgary was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics and has held many sporting events since then. If you are looking for something to do away from the games, then the local zoo and Calgary Tower, with a revolving restaurant at the top, are among the big attractions.

No matter what kind of sport you like, combining it with a new travel experience will let you get an unforgettable trip.

New Era Training Camp Collection Launches

Today, international sports and lifestyle brand, New Era Cap Co., Inc., launches the New Era 2019 Official NFL Training Camp Collectionfeaturing a performance fabric and an impactful yet understated design with simplified team logos on a white cap. The New Era 2019 Official NFL Training Camp Collection, featuring the NFL 100 logo on the cap’s closure, is available at neweracap.com, as well as major sporting goods and headwear retailers for a retail price range of $30-$40 USD.

“With the New Era 2019 Official NFL Training Camp Collection, we have created a stylish performance cap that will show your team pride while keeping you cool and dry,” said Ryan DiNunzio, Director of Football and Soccer at New Era Cap. “Whether you’re in the middle of an intense workout out or completing an athleisure look, this collection has an option for everyone.”

The New Era 2019 Official NFL Training Camp Collection offers a mix of silhouettes for men and women, including the 39THIRTYStretch-Fit, 9TWENTY Adjustable, 9FIFTY Snapback, Women’s 9TWENTY Adjustable, Panama Bucket, Training Bucket and Training Visor. Each cap features a team logo on the front with a unique team color stripe on the front of the brim and the back of the cap. These caps will be worn by NFL players during NFL Training Camp this year.

New Era is also excited to introduce its ambassadors for the 2019 NFL season who will be featured in New Era creative campaigns for the brand’s NFL products. This year’s lineup includes newcomers like Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey, Chicago Bears’ running back Tarik Cohen and Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver Tyler Lockett. Returning ambassadors include San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo,Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, New York Jets’ safety Jamal Adams and New York Giants’ wide receiver Sterling Shepard. 

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP:

New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.neweracap.com.

Drew Brees Addresses Notorious NFC Championship Call

Today, UNTUCKit, one of the fastest growing retail brands in North America, is releasing their first-ever advertisement starring New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees.

In the ad, Brees, an investor and brand ambassador for UNTUCKit calls out the blown call from the end of this past season’s NFC Championship Game. Passing by someone wearing an UNTUCKit shirt, Brees says “At least someone made the right call.”

This represents the first time that Brees has publicly referenced the blown call, which not only cost his team a chance at the big game, but prompted new rule changes this offseason.

The ad debuts today and will appear on TV and online advertising throughout the spring. The full spot featuring Drew Brees can be viewed HERE

Michael Evans Behling

By Krishan Narsinghani

As of late, 360 Magazine sat down with actor, Michael Evans Behling, to discuss his story on becoming a series regular on the hit CW tv-show “All American.”

Behling was born in Columbus, OH but raised in Columbus, IN. Growing up, he played football, volleyball and ran track & field. Before pursuing college for track, Behling’s mother pushed him to try his hand at modeling. Flash forward one year, the biracial newcomer shot for notable brands like Nike, Finish Line and White Castle. Discovering a passion for comedic shorts via social media, Behling paved a career path that created an escape from negativity and depression. His personal life in a funk, acting molded that release and in return, made himself and others feel better. A bold move to LA quickly proceeded and transformed his life.

What do you think been your favorite part of shooting All American?

An outstanding cast. People-wise, we are a family that clicked from the beginning. There’s such a nice atmosphere including the production! Whether in the morning or night, I’m smiling going in.

Being relatively new to working the industry, what is one thing you would work on more?

To continue working even more and getting out on stage. Whether it means taking more classes and working as much I can to get even more comfortable doing my job.

One thing you’d work on less:

Before going into work. Whenever you get to set, you make something fun. The challenging part is when you get home at 3AM after a sixteen hour day and you have to prep for the next day. During the past 8 months, I didn’t sleep but it’s worth it. Being on stage, I’m still new and have a lot to learn. There are still moments where I felt like I could have done something better but it’s this feeling of “unsure” where I hesitate.

Describe your role and thoughts on your character Jordan:

Jordan is a cocky, confused, angsty high schooler who is the Beverly Hills High School quarterback. He’s dealing with some major identity issues, especially when Spencer comes to town and sees how his father and him connect – I think he’s got a really good heart and a lot of love for his sister and mom, but wants to connect with his Dad and fill his shoes. He’s slightly a jock with underlying actions and a lot of pain I have to hit while on set. Jordan’s a mixed kid who’s struggling to find himself but vicariously living through his dad. We’re both mixed so there’s a strong connection.

What advice to you have for minorities and kids of color breaking into the industry?

Right now we have an advantage – use this time now to get your training, get headshots and get whatever you need to get into the room. What’s the number one thing you could do before you get in? Ask yourself why you want to be in the industry. Do you know why you want to get into the industry for the right reasons? It’s because you want to make a change and love the craft. You love entertainment and make a positive change in somebody’s life.

One you get into the room, and you perform it’s out of your control. The door is going to open at some point. Stay positive and don’t get discouraged.

Super Bowl LIII: Patriots vs Rams

In Wake of NFL Post-Season Controversies Public Wants Rule Changes for Pass Interference and OT

Nation also ‘tired’ of seeing Patriots in Super Bowl; thinks legalized gambling can lead to scandal

By an overwhelming margin, the public wants instant replay for judgment calls such as pass interference, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week.

Asked if replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference, 82% said yes, with only 10% saying no and the rest having no opinion or saying they did not know.

Among those who said they followed the sport closely, even more, 89%, said yes, while only 7% said no.

Even among the respondents who said they follow the NFL very closely, 85% said yes, they “think instant replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference.” Among that group of very close followers, however, 13% said “no.”

Regarding overtime possession rules, a majority of respondents polled said that each team should get at least one possession in overtime: 58% said that both teams should have the ball, with only 33% saying the rule (a touchdown on first possession ends the game), should be left alone.

The poll received 985 adult responses across the country, using both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

“In the NFL’s championship games, referee calls and non-calls made a very big difference,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall. “And in some ways, Kansas City’s offense never getting a chance to take the field in overtime was anticlimactic – never a good thing in the entertainment business, and something the NFL may want to pay attention to along with the overwhelming support for instant replay review for judgment calls such as pass interference.”

Nation ‘Tired’ of Patriots

Perhaps the overtime rules wouldn’t have seemed so unfair if the Kansas City Chiefs hadn’t been playing the New England Patriots, who have made their way to the Super Bowl four out of the past five years.

Nearly half of Americans say they are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

46% said they were tired of seeing them, with only 25% saying their appearance would make the game more interesting.

Among those who follow the NFL closely or very closely, the number rose to 62% who are tired of seeing them against only 27% who thought their appearance would make the game more interesting.

Tom Brady

The numbers are not very good for New England quarterback Tom Brady either, whose favorable rating has fallen to only 29% after a high of 61% in February 2015, when the Poll first asked about him. That was before the penalty for “Deflategate” was instituted, and his favorable rating fell to 34% by that October.

Brady’s favorable rating was only 24% among women and 35% among men. While the overall rating is 29% favorable to 23% unfavorable, among those that follow the NFL closely it is even.

Bill Belichick

Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick had only a 20% favorable rating in this poll, about even with his standing in October of 2015 in the wake of “Deflategate.”

“Despite his brilliance on the field, it appears the effects of ‘Deflategate’ and the suggestion that Brady was a cheater may linger for the remainder of his career,” noted Director Gentile, “As for ‘Patriots Fatigue’ it will be interesting to see how it effects the ratings.”

Legal Sports Betting

Meanwhile, as legalized sports betting begins a growth period on a state-by-state basis, Americans had a strong feeling that it will inevitably lead to scandal. Asked if they believe legal betting can lead to cheating or fixing of games by players, 81% said yes, and 79% said it can lead to cheating or fixing of games by referees or umpires.

What is music to a network ear however, is that 71% say they would be more likely to watch a broadcast of a game on which they bet. Even better news is by more than 5 to 1, people 18-29 are more inclined to watch a game they bet on. This is similar with Seton Hall Sports Poll’s finding when the question was first asked last fall.

This release may be found online at http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/2019/02/02/in-wake-of-nfl-post-season-controversies-public-wants-rule-changes-for-pass-interference-and-ot/

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can befound at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone January 28-30 among adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com; Rick Gentile (917) 881-9489

Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall

michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

Last year the Supreme Court ruled that betting on sporting events could be declared legal by individual states. Do you approve of this ruling, disapprove or do you have no opinion?

1 – Approve 38%

2 – Disapprove 16

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 46

Former member of congress and ex-NBA player Tom McMillen said last week that as a result of legalized sports betting “There is a 100% chance that there will be a major gambling scandal at an institution of higher education in the United States.” Do you agree or disagree

with his statement?

1 – Agree 51

2 – Disagree 33

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 16

Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by players?

1 – Yes 81

2 – No 15

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 4

Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by referees or umpires?

1 – Yes 79

2 – No 18

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 3

Do you participate in any pools or wagering on the Super Bowl?

1 – Yes 11

2 – No 88

3 – Don’t know 0

(If No skip to Question 7)

Would you watch the game if you weren’t betting on it or participating in a pool?

1 – Yes 79

2 – No 20

3 – Don’t know 2

Have you ever participated in any pools or wagered on the Super Bowl?

1 – Yes 31

3 – No 68

4 – Don’t know 1

Would you be more likely to bet on a sports event if it was legal in your state?

1 – Yes 29

2 – No 68

3 – Don’t know 3

If you placed a bet on a sports event would it make you more likely to watch the broadcast of that event?

1 – Yes 71

2 – No 27

3 – Don’t know 2

Is your opinion of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?

1 – Favorable 29

2 – Unfavorable 23

3 – No opinion 48

How about Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, is your opinion favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?

1 – Favorable 20

2 – Unfavorable 21

3 – No opinion 59

This will be the 4th time in the last 5 years that the New England Patriots will appear in the Super Bowl. Does that make them more interesting to see play again or are you tired of seeing

them in the Super Bowl?

1 – More interesting 25

2 – Tired of seeing them 46

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 29

How closely would you say you follow the NFL, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

1 – Very closely 13

2 – Closely 27

3 – Not closely 30

4 – Not at all 30

5 – Don’t know 0

There was controversy regarding the NFC and AFC Championship Games last week because of calls, or non-calls by the referees. Do you think replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference?

1 – Yes 82

2 – No 10

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 9

In the NFL if the team that wins the coin toss for the overtime period elects to receive the ball and then scores a touchdown on the first drive, the game is over. This just happened in the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Chiefs. Do you think both teams should have a chance to possess the ball at least once in the overtime period or should the rule remain as is?

1 – Both teams should possess the ball 58

2 – Leave rule as is 33

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 9

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

Nation ‘Tired’ of Seeing Patriots in Super Bowl

Nearly half of Americas say they are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week.

46% said they were “tired” of seeing them, with only 25% finding their appearance making the game “more interesting.”

Among those who follow the NFL closely or very closely, the number rises to 62% who are tired of seeing them against only 27% who believe their appearance makes the game more interesting.

The poll received 985 adult responses across the country, using both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

Tom Brady
The numbers are not very good for New England quarterback Tom Brady either, whose favorable rating has fallen to only 29% after a high of 61% in February 2015, when the Poll first asked about him.  That was before the penalty for “Deflategate” was instituted, and his favorable rating fell to 34% by that October. 

Brady’s favorable rating was only 24% among women and 35% among men. While the overall rating is 29% favorable to 23% unfavorable, among those that follow the NFL closely it is even.

Bill Belichick
Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick had only a 20% favorable rating in this poll, about even with his standing in October of 2015 in the wake of “Deflategate.”

“Despite his brilliance on the field, it appears the effects of ‘Deflategate’ and the suggestion that Brady was a cheater may linger for the remainder of his career,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall.  “As for ‘Patriots Fatigue’ it will be interesting to see how it effects the ratings.”

Legal Sports Betting
Meanwhile, as legalized sports betting begins a growth period on a state-by-state basis, Americans had a strong feeling that it will inevitably lead to scandal.  Asked if they believe legal betting can lead to cheating or fixing of games by players, 81% said yes, and 79% said it can lead to cheating or fixing of games by referees or umpires.

What is music to a network ear however, is that 71% say they would be more likely to watch a broadcast of a game on which they bet. Even better news is by more than 5 to 1, people 18-29 are more inclined to watch a game they bet on. This is similar with Seton Hall Sports Poll’s finding when the question was first asked last fall.

WEIGHING IN ON RULE CHANGES IN WAKE OF POST-SEASON CONTROVERSIES

Replay for Pass Interference
Asked if replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference, 82% said yes, with only 10% saying no, a result consistent with those who follow the NFL closely.  

Overtime Possession Rule
And on the question of each team getting at least one possession in overtime, even if the first team scores a touchdown, 58% said both teams should have the ball, with only 33% saying the rule (a touchdown on first possession ends the game), should be left alone.

This release may be found online at http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

2 CHAINZ Super bowl Commercial

2 CHAINZ IS IN AN AWESOME SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL WITH ADAM SCOTT!

THE WORLD’S FIRST SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL YOU CAN EXPENSE WITH EXPENSIFY

CHECK IT OUT HERE & HERE

How to expense this music video: 1. Download the Expensify app. 2. Set video quality to 1080 HD, full screen. 3. Find receipts in the video, pause when the receipt is clear. 4. Snap a photo of the receipt using Expensify for the chance to get reimbursed with actual cash. 5. Skrrt! For more information visit us here.

EXPENSIFY TEAMS UP WITH 2 CHAINZ AND ADAM SCOTT

Today, Expensify, the world’s most widely used expense management platform, released a new comedic music video, “Expensify This,” featuring Grammy award-winning rapper and Def Jam Recordings artist 2 Chainz and actor Adam Scott. The music video, which takes a funny and elaborate twist on workplace expenses, is the world’s first music video you can expense. From now until February 4, fans simply download the Expensify app and snap a photo of the various receipts in the video. Then, they submit the receipts for a chance to get actual cash or win the items themselves. Prizes range from an ice-sculpted sports car, an Audi R8 and a decked-out gold jet ski to a diamond-encrusted football and a gold 2 Chainz bust. 2 Chainz and Adam Scott will both also appear in Expensify’s upcoming Super Bowl ad.

“Expensify This” is part of Expensify’s new marketing campaign, “You Weren’t Born To Do Expenses,” developed by Emmy award-winning creative collective JohnXHannes New York (JXH). The comprehensive campaign kicks off this week with the world’s first music video you can expense and will feature a :30 national spot in Super Bowl LIII, plus additional digital, social and TV content that will run through the 61st Annual Grammy Awards this February and beyond.

“This might shock you, but it wasn’t my childhood dream to become an expense report magnate,” said David Barrett, Founder and CEO of Expensify. “Like everyone, I want to do so much more with my life than file expenses, so I built Expensify to take away the mundane drudgery so you can do what you were born to do. That might be spending more time with your kids, traveling to foreign countries, trying to make the world a better place, or in 2 Chainz’s case, making the most epic music video ever.”

“Expenses used to take up more time and brain space than they deserve, until Expensify boldly solved this for everyone. With the brand’s first-ever ad debuting at Super Bowl and a never-before-done music video, Expensify showcases their unmatched brave spirit. They’re an ideal partner for JXH,” said John McKelvey, Executive Creative Director of JohnXHannes New York.
“The world’s first music video you can expense is basically the greatest and most fun product demonstration ever, and even better with legendary “Expensivest” 2 Chainz,” said Hannes Ciatti, Executive Creative Director of JohnXHannes New York. “We want everyone to experience Expensify, so they can get back to what they truly set out to do,” adds Ciatti.

A final prize will be revealed during Expensify’s Super Bowl ad, a first-of-its-kind commercial you can expense. The spot featuring 2 Chainz and Adam Scott will air during the second quarter of the game and give a sneak peek behind the making of the “Expensify This” music video. The :30 spot was directed by DGA award winner Andrea Nillson of Biscuit Filmworks. For a chance to take home the most elaborate prize of all, viewers simply snap a photo of the receipt in the TV commercial and upload into the Expensify app.

“So much creativity and collaboration went into making this video,” said 2 Chainz. “It was really over the top and a lot of fun. I’m excited to be in the Expensify Super Bowl campaign and can’t wait for everyone to see the spot.”

“I’ve always wanted to be in a hip hop video and a Super Bowl commercial, so mission accomplished,” said Adam Scott. “Thanks 2 Chainz and Expensify for making it happen.”

For more information on the campaign and tutorials on how to participate, visit Expensifythis.com or follow Expensify on FacebookTwitterInstagram  or Linkedin.

Examining Concussions In Youth Sports

A recent article by Time Magazine cited that children who have been diagnosed with depression are more likely to suffer a concussion while playing youth sports. This correlation flips a common belief that athletes of all ages are more likely to experience symptoms of depression during and after suffering the effects of a concussion.

The article is just the latest in a string of new discoveries regarding brain injuries in American sports. Researchers from across the nation are looking at different angles in order to keep American athletes safer in the future. Consider that Philly.com reported that between 1.1 million and 1.9 million children and teens are treated for concussions caused by organized sports.

These numbers don’t tell the whole story as one of the links between depression and concussions is the fact that students who have suffered from depression are more in tune with their bodies. They are more likely to document the injury and speak up about an issue.

Not reporting a concussion can come from a fear of missing a game, school or after work job. It can also come from simply not understanding what is happening to a person’s body.  Concussion awareness is just as important as the equipment being used in the prevention and proper medical care after a concussion.

The Concussion Legacy Foundation has determined that at least 1 in 5 sports-related concussions are the result of a head impact with the playing field surface. The turf is the common culprit in all sports.

It’s why GreenPlay is helping athletes at all levels become safer through synthetic turfgrass technology. Turfgrass is the term used to describe engineered natural turf on playing fields. Pristine turfgrass is proven to be the benchmark for safety and performance. Compared to synthetic turf, turfgrass has shown to produce exceptional results under impact tests to access head injuries.

Owner of GreenPlay, Domenic Carapella, explains the impact pristine Turfgrass is making for athletes across the country saying, “Turfgrass helps lessen the harsh blows to the head and body that often happen during sports activities at all levels. When it comes to what we can control, the playing surface should be just as important as the equipment being worn.”

According to Greenplay Organics:

  • It’s important to discuss the issue of concussions in American youth sports in order to help drive change for the children of our country.
  • Pristine Turfgrass is the benchmark for the safest, high-performance playing surface.
  • Turfgrass is firm to run on, provides ideal traction and is resilient under bodily and head impacts.

12th Annual VIZIO Top Value Performer Award

Today, VIZIO announced the finalists for the 12th Annual VIZIO Top Value Performer Trophy, an award given to the NFL player who’s on-field performance most-exceeds the value of their contract. This year’s program features 5 strong candidates who have all had incredible performances on the field this year. From an undrafted rookie running back who lives in his parents’ basement to a young defensive stalwart helping turnaround the defensive of one of the league’s most popular teams, each of these players provided a tremendous amount of value and not only contributed to their teams’ success in 2018, but showed that the future is bright for each of them and teams they play for.

Here is the full lists of nominees for this year’s award:

  • Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  • Chris Carson, Seahawks
  • Kenny Golladay, Lions
  • Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  • Blake Martinez, Packers

The Top Value Performer is completely decided by fan votes, allowing fans to really rally behind their favorite candidate and vote as often as they’d like at VIZIO.com/TVP.  Voting is open now, until Sunday, Jan 20 at 11:59 PM PT.

Previous Winners:

2017 – Alvin Kamara

2016 – Spencer Ware

2015 – Allen Robinson

2014 – Kenny Stills

2013 – Russell Wilson

2012 – Russell Wilson

2011 – Victor Cruz

2010 – Stevie Johnson

2009 – Steve Smith

2008 – Matt Cassel

2007 – David Garrard

MORE ABOUT THE 2018 FINALISTS

Tyler Boyd, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati #83

Now in his third season, Tyler Boyd has emerged as one of the focal points of this year’s passing attack in Cincinnati. After missing games last year due to injury, Boyd has bounced back in 2018 and is showcasing why he is one of the league’s top young wideouts. This season, Boyd was the most targeted receiver in Cincinnati and produced a career-high in receptions, yards and touchdowns. A second-round pick in the 2016 Draft and with a salary of $787,179, Boyd is a TVP candidate to keep on your radar. 

Chris Carson, Running Back, Seattle #32

In his second season, Chris Carson has quickly developed into a star for Seattle. After playing in just four games as a rookie, Carson burst on to the scene this year and established himself among the league’s top running backs. With multiple games this season over 100 rushing yards, Carson has been an integral part of Seattle’s offense and ranks among league leaders in total rushing yards. As a seventh-round draft pick in 2017 with a base salary of $550,000, Carson is very strong candidate for this year’s TVP award.

Kenny Golladay, Wide Receiver, Detroit #19

In just his second season, Kenny Golladay has proven that he is one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the league. A major part of Detroit’s passing attack, Golladay posted impressive numbers and set career-highs in nearly every receiving category. With multiple games of at least 100 receiving yards, the gifted receiver is on track to record his first career 1,000-yard season. A third-round pick in the 2017 draft and with a base salary of $586,000, Golladay is a candidate to keep an eye on for this year’s TVP award.

Phillip Lindsay, Running Back, Denver #30

Born and raised in Denver, Phillip Lindsay is not just an amazing story playing for his hometown team, but one of the league’s most dangerous running backs in 2018. With incredible speed and quickness, Lindsay continues to lead Denver’s rushing attack as he is on pace to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in just his first season. An undrafted rookie, Lindsay is also a major threat in Denver’s passing attack. With a base salary of just $480,000, Lindsay is a definitely a TVP candidate worth consideration.

Blake Martinez, Linebacker, Green Bay #50

In his third season, Blake Martinez is already making his case as one of the best linebackers in the league. With a knack for being around the ball and making plays, Martinez continues to lead the much-improved Green Bay defense. With multiple games of having 10 or more tackles, Martinez has easily eclipsed 100 total tackles this year and is on pace to finish among the league leaders in that category. With a base salary of just $630,000, the 2016 fourth-round pick is a worthy candidate to capture this year’s TVP award.