Minnesota Sports

Brett Favre Joins Brock USA In Sports Injury Prevention Mission

01 01 1970

Brett Favre and Brock USA. Safer Sports Having my last play be one where I was knocked out after hitting turf, I could get behind everything they were saying. I’m invested 100% in their message. We need to make football safer for our kids and everyone playing sports. Boulder, CO March 24, 2017 Brett Favre took his last snap as an NFL quarterback on an icy December day in Minnesota in 2010. Chicago Bears, Corey Wootton, muscled his way through the Vikings line and drove Favre’s head into the artificial turf surface. The next 15 seconds Favre lay motionless on the turf before regaining consciousness and moving his arms up to raise his body off the field. Fast forward seven years later Favre is introduced to Dan Sawyer, a man whose company started to move the entire artificial turf industry into the next generation of safer sports surfaces years before Favre retired. “It has been a slow journey in trying to get industry-wide adoption of shock pads for artificial...

Beating the Bookies at Their Own Game: Gamblers Who Exploit Oddsmaker Bias Have an Increased Ability to Predict NFL Outcomes

01 01 1970

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 24, 2017 () -- Las Vegas is notoriously good at stacking the odds against gamblers. However, a new study by the Computational Cognition Group (C2-g) demonstrates that gamblers who exploit oddsmaker decision-biases can now beat the house. The study author, Dr. Erik Schlicht (C2-g Founder), used real-world gambling data to train and evaluate machine learning algorithms under different conditions that approximate sports betting. The study evaluated models that either exploited or ignored decision-biases.  These biases could result from the human and/or algorithm estimating the spread since both are known to periodically occur. The findings demonstrate that algorithms that exploited oddsmaker biases against the house, had after-the-spread (ATS) win rates greater (65-66%) than chance and models that do not factor biases into their predictions. ...

Baseball’s Opening Day Ticket Prices: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not?

01 01 1970

Event Tickets Center “The Cubs are dominating everything right now. They led the market in Spring Training and their fans are clamoring to see them start their season as defending champions.” - Adam Young, Event Tickets Center CEO ORLANDO, Fla. March 31, 2017 With an average resale price approaching $300, tickets for the Chicago Cubs’ home debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers is baseball’s most expensive opener in 2017. The Cubs’ season opener on April 2 in St. Louis comes in second with an average purchase price of $221 on the secondary market. According to data released by online resale marketplace Event Tickets Center, both Cubs games are the only openers with average prices above $200. The next highest average prices are in Texas, Atlanta—where the Braves are set to open SunTrust Park—and Kansas City. On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest openers are in Anaheim, Minnesota and Miami. “The Cubs are dominating everything...

Angellotti Joins MMS (Medical Marketing Service, Inc.) as Director of...

01 01 1970

Medical Marketing Service Inc. (MMS) I look forward to the experience and enthusiasm Nick brings. He is a great addition to our team ... Past News Releases RSS Schaumburg, IL May 09, 2017 Medical Marketing Service, Inc. (mms) has hired Nick Angellotti as Director of Strategic Development – Recruiting. Angellotti comes to mms with experience in customer service and sales. Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where he also played football. He grew up in Elk Grove, but moved to Wauconda after his freshman year in high school. Nick currently lives in Wauconda with his wife Nicole and soon-to-be one-year-old son Nolan. A big sports fan, Nick enjoys watching football and basketball. His hobbies include golfing, downhill skiing, fishing, and playing guitar. “I look forward to the experience and enthusiasm Nick brings. He is a great addition to our team and I am...

Alliance for Community Media Honors BIG and Several of Its Members

01 01 1970

Press Release - updated: Sep 14, 2017 11:52 EDT BROOKLINE, Ma., September 14, 2017 - Brookline Interactive Group is thrilled to announce the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) recently honored them with the award for "Overall Excellence in Public Access" at this year's Hometown Media awards ceremony during the ACM Annual Conference this July. In addition, several BIG members and partners were honored on this national platform for their excellent work. Brookline's winners include The Grandstanders television show headed by Scott and Adrienne Kerman for "Best of Sports Coverage" by an Independent Producer; Get Out the Vote, a film created by Charlie Walsh for BIG's first annual 11 Day Film Sprint in October 2016, won for "Best of Voter Education" by an Independent Producer; and a community journalism piece on the Goddard House's gardening program by Marcia Hulley won for "Best of Community Impact" by an Independent Producer. "We put together our little...

ADL Forms Sports Leadership Council to Promote Positive Social Change and Combat Hate and Discrimination

01 01 1970

Initial Council members who are working with ADL to launch this initiative include: Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, who will chair the Council NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Sports Icon Billie Jean King NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott The Council will have approximately 25 members, who will be named at ADL's Annual Meeting from November 13-15 in San Francisco. Members will include longtime ADL leaders and supporters, Robert Epstein, Co-Owner and Managing Partner, Boston Celtics; and Mark Wilf, Owner and President, Minnesota Vikings. ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt is spearheading this effort along with Scott, who is a member of ADL's National Commission and past recipient of ADL's Americanism Award for his commitment to social justice. "This initiative follows a tradition...

79 Schools Catch a 2017 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from...

01 01 1970

California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program California Casualty has been supporting educators for more than 65 years, and we understand the correlation between participation in sports and higher performance in the classroom. San Mateo, CA April 03, 2017 Athletes at 79 public schools in 33 states will be gaining a competitive edge thanks to the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. A total of $83,000 was given to help middle and high school sports programs across the country purchase equipment, improve player safety and offset participation fees. Some schools received more than one grant. The program is named after California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Thomas R. Brown, an avid sportsman himself. Since its inception in 2011, more than 500 schools across the nation have received over $580,000. The 82 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants awarded this year will help: Provide participation fees and uniforms for Pennsylvania’s Rochester Middle School...

2018 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction Recipients Announced

01 01 1970

September 22, 2017 Brandi Hunt-Martin, Tom King, Jon Kretchman, Ham Wallace and Tom Weber will join the Hall of Fame Class of 2018! These outstanding individuals will be honored for their exceptional contributions to the sport on April 28th at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Walt Disney’s grand Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort. The Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution as tournament skiers, innovators, industry leaders, officials and others responsible for landmark achievements in the development of water skiing as well as those whose long periods of dedicated and generous service deserve special recognition. Jon Kretchman 8- time world record holder and barefoot jump pioneer Jon Kretchman has been a key figure of barefoot water skiing since age 13. Under the mentorship of barefoot legend Mike Seipel, Kretchman became known as the “barefoot jumping wonder child.” In 1991, just...

“Submit Harvey” Online Auction Site is Live: Fighters, Fans & Fight to Win Promotions is Raising $30,000 for Hurricane Victims

01 01 1970

“The online auction allows us to reach the global jiu-jitsu community and we found that everyone just wants to know two things: how they can help, and that the funds will actually reach those who needed it most,” explained Calimbas. Houston, Texas September 19, 2017 With a series of fundraising events, Fight to Win Promotions and the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community have raised more than $15,000 in just a couple of weeks for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. After taking to the mats in professional submission grappling matches and world-class instructor seminars, organizers expect to double those initial funds with the “Submit Harvey” online auction this week. Auction items include professional services, autographed and collector items, and more than 100 blackbelts have donated their time and talents to the cause. “The response has been overwhelming,” said Seth Daniels, CEO of Fight to Win Promotions. “I grew up in Katy, Texas and I felt...

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