Posts tagged with "athletics"

football championship by ESPNPR via 360 Magazine

The NCAA Division I FCS Championship

The NCAA Division I FCS Championship will move to Sunday in 2023, airing live on ABC on January 8 at 2 p.m. ET, from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas

“We continuously work with the NCAA on ways to evolve our championship coverage,” said Dan Margulis, Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions. “Moving the FCS Championship to Sunday opens up the possibility of capitalizing on the Sunday afternoon window on ABC, which we are regularly incorporating into our college sports programming.”

“The addition of our championship game to ABC’s Sunday programming lineup is very exciting news for all of us who are passionate about Division I FCS football,” said Jermaine Truax, chair of the Division I Football Championship Committee and Bucknell University Director of Athletics and Recreation. “The committee greatly appreciates ESPN’s longtime commitment to showcasing the FCS Championship and our outstanding student-athletes and coaches. The FCS Championship is annually one of the most exciting postseason tournaments in college sports and having our national championship game on ABC will result in even more exposure for this great event.”

FCS Championship tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, September 16 at 11 a.m. ET at NCAA.com/FCS.

Last season’s FCS Playoffs were the most viewed in nearly a decade. The semifinal matchup between James Madison and North Dakota State averaged 1,145,000 viewers, making it the most-viewed FCS semifinal since 2009. The Saturday semifinal between South Dakota State and Montana State averaged 795,000 viewers, making it the most-viewed Saturday semifinal since 2009.

The FCS Championship Game first aired on ABC in 2020, when North Dakota State captured its eighth title in a 28-20 victory over James Madison.

Basketball illustration by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

ESPN Basketball Coverage

ESPN‘s exclusive presentation of the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship culminates with the most expansive production in ESPN history for the NCAA Women’s Final Four, live from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., April 1-3.

The 2022 championship will air in primetime on ESPN with a full MegaCast presentation across ESPN platforms for both the semifinals and championship game. All televised presentations of the semifinals and championship game will also be simulcast on ESPN+.

The first semifinal tips off on ESPN and ESPN+ at 7 PM ET on Friday, April 1, featuring South Carolina and Louisville. In the second semifinal on ESPN and ESPN+, Stanford and UConn are slated to show down at 9:30 PM. Winners of both games will secure spots in the national championship on Sunday, April 3, at 8 PM on ESPN and ESPN+.

ESPN’s main telecast, presented by Capital One, will feature play-by-play commentator Ryan Ruocco, analyst Rebecca Lobo, reporter Holly Rowe and sideline analyst Andraya Carter providing insight, commentary and reporting throughout the weekend. Lobo returns to Minneapolis, the site of her 1995 NCAA Championship title with the UConn Huskies.

MegaCast from Minneapolis

ESPN’s expansive production surrounding the Women’s Basketball Championship is highlighted by a MegaCast presentation across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN+ for both the semifinals and championship game.

The Bird & Taurasi Show Presented by AT&T 5G (BTS) features women’s basketball legends Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi providing their unique perspective and friendly banter live from the Target Center, with semifinal coverage on ESPNU and ESPN+, and championship action on ESPN2 and ESPN+. The duo will have their own set on the concourse level of the arena, joined by various special guests from the worlds of sports, pop culture and more.

Details on BTS Presented by AT&T 5G guests for the semifinals and championship game will be announced in the coming days.

Second Spectrum Player Tracking will be available as a MegaCast feed, as ESPN will be able to select from a suite of data-driven visualizations, including split-second shot probabilities and distances to 3-point special effects, captured through optical tracking technology that identifies and delivers the precise coordinates of every player and the ball, 25 times a second. The option—which has been utilized on select ESPN NBA telecasts—will be carried on ESPN+ for the semifinals and ESPNU and ESPN+ for the championship game. The main ESPN telecast and various studio programming will also have access to Genius Sports’ Second Spectrum technology through its unique Insight tool.

Additional MegaCast feeds include:

  • Beyond the Rim (ESPN+): Provides an aerial camera view with main telecast commentary and replays, with an enhanced statistical feed
  • On the Rail (ESPN+): Tracks game action one full length of the floor from end to end. The stream will feature natural sound and replays

Studio Programming Spotlights Women’s College Basketball’s Greatest Stage

Studio coverage from the Target Center will be hosted by Elle Duncan, joined by analysts Rebecca Lobo, Carolyn Peck and Nikki Fargas. SportsCenter will have live updates and additional coverage throughout the weekend from Minneapolis, featuring analyst Monica McNutt. The NCAA Women’s Final Four Special Presented by Capital One tips off at 6 p.m. on Friday on ESPN, breaking down the storylines and previewing the matchups from the Target Center. The quartet will also share insights on ESPN and ESPNU between semifinals with NCAA Women’s Final Four Update Presented by Capital One.

On Saturday, ESPN will have exclusive coverage of the practice day leading into the championship game for the first time with NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship All Access Practice live on ESPN+ at 2 PM.

Leading into Sunday’s championship showdown, NCAA Women’s Championship Special Presented by Capital One will prep fans for the season finale of the 2021-22 season. Post-game coverage will be live on SportsCenter following the final buzzer from the Target Center, including presentation of the WBCA Coaches Trophy presented by Invesco QQQ, and the net-cutting ceremony, which will be presented by Werner Ladder. Also featured on Championship Sunday is a Fifty/50 essay written by Dr. Amira Rose Davis.

graph via Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Russian Athletics Poll

The Russian invasion of Ukraine features death, destruction, a refugee crisis reminiscent of World War II and worldwide condemnation. But beyond the bombs and acts of inhumanity lay multiple levels of lesser significance than the human toll, including the desire for reprisals and boycotts of all things Russian.

Included in that discussion are matters from the world of sports, and a Seton Hall Sports Poll has found that a clear majority of Americans say that governing bodies around the world should use their platforms to sanction national governments and their athletes for hostile actions against other nations and/or human right violations.

The Poll found that by a margin of 61 to 17 percent the general population of the U.S. supports such sanctions, with 67 percent of sports fans and 71 percent of avid fans in agreement. Those who said no to sanctions numbered just 16 percent of sports fans and 15 percent of avid fans. The remainder did not know or held no opinion.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll was conducted on March 11-14 across the United States using a national representative sample weighted according to gender, age, ethnicity, education, income and geography, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. The Poll featured 1,528 adult respondents with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent. 

Daniil Medvedev and Grand Slam Tennis

Asked specifically whether Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev should be banned from upcoming Grand Slam tournaments, the general population said yes by a 43-30 percent margin (27 percent “don’t know/no opinion”). Among sports fans, the margin for banning him was 44-33 percent (23 percent don’t know/no opinion) and among avid fans, it was 48-30 percent in favor of a ban, with 22 percent saying “don’t know/no opinion”. Medvedev has been ranked number one in the world, but will lose that position when the new rankings are issued on Monday.

“What is happening in Ukraine is a human tragedy that is significantly more important than sports,” said Professor Charles Grantham, Director of the Center for Sport Management within Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business, which sponsors the Poll. “Banning one of tennis’ top players from a Grand Slam tournament may seem punitive but not compared to Russia’s actions on the world stage.”  

Ice Skating

The support for banishment grew even stronger when respondents were asked whether the International Skating Union (ISU) got it right in excluding Russia from the World Figure Skating Championships later this month. That action bars, among the team, Olympic gold medalist Anna Shcherbakova and 15-year old Kamila Valieva, who made headlines earlier this year after a doping controversy. Among the general population, 54 percent supported the ban with only 20 percent opposing it (26 percent said “don’t know/no opinion”). Among sports fans, the ban was supported by a 59-21 percent margin (20 percent “don’t know/no opinion”), and among avid fans, support was 63-20 percent with 17 percent in the “don’t know/no opinion” category.

World Cup Soccer

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, has banned Russia from the 2022 World Cup competition, and this too was heavily supported by the American public. The general population favored the ban by 64-15 percent, a greater than 4 to 1 margin (21 percent said “don’t know/no opinion”). Among sports fans, support for the ban was even greater, with 69-16 percent favoring sanctions (15 percent said “don’t know/no opinion”). Among avid fans, support rose again to 71-15 percent (14 percent said “don’t know/no opinion”).

Moving Soccer Championship from Russia

Support was similarly overwhelming for UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, for dropping St. Petersburg, Russia as the site of its Champions League final (relocating it to Paris). The general population of the U.S. approved of this move and sanctions by 69-10 percent. Among sports fans, that approval rose to 74-10 percent (a greater than 7 to 1 margin). Among avid fans, an even greater margin approved of these sanctions, with 79-8 percent (nearly 10 to 1) in favor. The “don’t know/no opinion” on this was 21, 16 and 13 percent respectively.  

“Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and FIFA’s World Cup and UEFA’s Champions League are its prestigious tournaments,” said Seton Hall Marketing Professor and Poll Methodologist Daniel Ladik. “The exclusion of Russian athletes, teams, and venues sends a small but important message that the world does not approve and will not abide the actions of the Russian state.” 

ski scene by Gabrielle Marchan for use by 360 Magazine

Kokomo Murase Snowboard Win

Monster Energy congratulates Kokomo Murase on her first-place finish in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle at the Audi SnowJam in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic. In the official World Cup event sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS), the 17-year-old from Gifu, Japan, earned a dominant victory. She now ranks first in FIS World Cup Slopestyle and has secured the Crystal Globe win in overall Women’s Park & Pipe rankings.

As the penultimate event of the FIS World Cup season, the Audi SnowJam was contested from March 16-19 for the first time in five years. The contest at the popular resort inside Krkonoše National Park offered one of the last chances to collect points towards winning the 2021/22 season’s coveted Crystal Globe trophies.

Scoring points is exactly what brought Monster Energy’s Murase to the Czech Republic. The young Japanese ripper dropped into the contest ranked in first position on the FIS World Cup Slopestyle leaderboards in a tie with Canada’s Laurie Blouin at 160 points. This was her chance to build a commanding lead.

And she did. On the creative downhill course, Murase worked the rail with a switch backside boardslide pretzel into a backside 900 off the jump, Cab 720 mute grab, lipslide pretzel the kicker rail and a huge frontside 1080 lien grab at the bottom. At 89.25 points, she finished 13.00 points ahead of the next competitor for a dominant victory. To learn more about snowboard terminology, click HERE

“I’m so happy, I did my best in riding this competition and I’m very happy I won,” said Murase.

After Saturday’s win at Spindleruv Mlyn, Murase now leads the 2022 FIS Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle rankings with 260.00 points, a strong 86 points ahead of Jasmine Baird in second place. With one more contest to go, Murase also commands an unbeatable score of 396.00 points in Women’s Park & Pipe overall World Cup standings. Leading the next competitor by 122 points, the Japanese ripper has secured the season’s Crystal Globe trophy.

Will Murase also claim the Slopestyle trophy? Stay tuned for the final World Cup of the season next weekend at Silvaplana, Switzerland, from March 25-27.

Prior to this weekend’s World Cup, Murase claimed bronze in Women’s Snowboard Big Air at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. At age 13, she made history at X Games Norway 2018 as the first girl to land a 1260 double cork in competition and became the youngest Winter X Games athlete ever to win a gold medal.

For more on Kokomo Murase and the Monster Energy snowboard team, click HERE. Follow Monster Energy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for exclusive updates as the snow season continues.

About Monster Energy

Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. 

Fitness via 360 Magazine

NKR Donor Games

Mimi Mahon, a living kidney donor, will compete in the upcoming virtual National Kidney Registry (NKR) Donor Games deadlift competition, February 16-23. Mahon is the owner and head coach at Mahon Strength & Fitness, which opened its doors in January 2021 in Hamilton, Ohio.

In a general population survey, 80% of respondents felt that donating a kidney would negatively affect their health. Mahon participates in the Donor Games to refute this widely held misconception by showcasing her impressive health and fitness along with other donors from around the country.

Growing up in a family of athletes, Mahon learned early to value sport and competition. In addition to the NKR Donor Games, Mahon has participated in a variety of fitness competitions including CrossFit, Strong(wo)man, powerlifting, and Spartan Races. She played Division I college softball at Cleveland State University and has worked as a strength coach, softball coach, and CrossFit trainer. More than a dozen Donor Games competitors either belong to her gym or were introduced to the competitions by her.

Mahon is married to Ashley Obrest and they have a son, Niko. She is also a triplet with her sister, Ali, and brother, Chris. She also has two older brothers, Nick and Nate, as well as parents Nicki and Dale.

Mahon donated a kidney on behalf of her mother through the NKR’s paired donation program in January 2017. While Mahon was not a direct match for her mother, the NKR facilitated a swap between two incompatible pairs of recipients/donors through a paired donation. The NKR is dedicated to increasing the number of kidney transplants from living donors, improving donor-recipient matches for longer-lasting transplants, and offering protection and support to living kidney donors to make the kidney donation process safer, easier and more convenient. For more information about Mahon, including a video, visit this website. To learn more about the National Kidney Registry, visit this website.

Health clipboard graphic via Rita Azar for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Interview with Jonathan Scheiman

By: Skyler Johnson

If you’re an active person that’s ever wanted to increase your performance, you should check out Fitbiomics. They’re a small company helping athletes and health-driven people into a better lifestyle by improving gut health with a small, daily capsule. 360 was able to interview their CEO Jonathan Scheiman. Scheiman is a St. John’s and NYU graduate, who did his postdoctoral fellowship at the George Church’s lab at Harvard University. 

Can you tell me about your mission?

Our mission is to empower, educate, and elevate. We’re working to inspire and build a world where greatness is possible for everyone by driving transformation from the inside out to maximize human potential. FitBiomics is simultaneously bridging the gap between sports and science, bringing communities together, and inspiring the next generation of scientists. The new frontier of human health & wellness is Nella–a daily capsule of next-gen performance probiotics designed to help anyone pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle to a new frontier of personal best, from the inside out. Nella gives you the guts to defy your limits.

 Can you tell me about your probiotic?

With a new subscription price of $59, our daily capsule, Nella, is now easier than ever to add into a daily routine and positively impact health and wellness resolutions for 2022. The one-time purchase price remains at the current price of $75.

The product is manufactured using probiotics sourced from the microbiome of elite endurance athletes. FitBiomics supports that the source of the probiotic strains matters when it comes to athletic performance. The American-made, gluten-free, vegan probiotic is certified by Informed Sport, a service which identifies banned substances. 

The Nella probiotic supplement is trusted by elite competitors across the country, including Olympic medalists, professional athletes, and USA record holders. Additionally, FitBiomics is in partnership with and serves as the official probiotic of Fordham University Athletics and St. John’s University Athletics. 

What can we expect from your company in the next 6 months? What are your plans?

We have a lot planned as far as partnerships as well as new products in the pipeline. I can sum up the latter in one word: Veillonella. Yes, the lactic acid-eating probiotic that improves endurance and was published in Nature Medicine is in the commercial queue…so stay tuned.

What’s something about your company that people might not know about?

At our heart, we are a biotechnology company focused on continued microbiome R&D. We’re expanding our discovery platform for continued decoding of elite phenotypes to develop additional next-generation probiotics. Our mission is to improve human health and performance, holistically, across multiple functional applications.

NY Six’s High Viewership Record

The 2021 New Year’s Six delivered viewership records and multi-year audience highs from Dec. 30 – Jan. 1. This year’s New Year’s Six finished up double digits year-over-year, averaging 12.7 million viewers, and every bowl of the 2021 New Year’s Six surpassed 7.5 million viewers for just the third time of the CFP era. The non-Semifinal New Year’s Six bowls averaged nearly 11 million viewers, ranking third out of the eight years of the CFP.

Across both of ESPN’s MegaCast presentations, the College Football Playoff Semifinals averaged 16.9 million viewers, on par with 2015’s Year 2, the last time the semifinals were on a weekday New Year’s Eve. The share of TV viewers tuned in to this year’s CFP Semifinals on ESPN networks (25.9) was the best since Year 1 (2014) of the CFP era.

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl between Georgia and Michigan netted 17.2 million viewers, peaking with 20.5 million viewers early in the action. The late Semifinal is the most-viewed non-NFL sporting event across any network and top telecast across ABC and ESPN networks since last year’s CFP National Championship game. The top four non-NFL sporting events of 2021 were CFP Semifinal and National Championship games.

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between Cincinnati and Alabama scored 16.6 million viewers, a 6% gain from Year 2’s early Semifinal (2015 Oklahoma/Clemson). Despite the scoring margin, the audience peaked at 18.2 million viewers late in the game.

Rest of New Year’s Six Notches Ratings Records

The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Capital One Venture X registered 16.6 million viewers, the second-most-viewed non-Semifinal New Year’s Six bowl game of the CFP era (2019 Washington/Ohio State, 16.9 million viewers). The audience tuning in to No. 11 Utah and No. 6 Ohio State peaked at 19.7 million viewers over the game’s closing minutes.

The CFP Semifinals and the Rose Bowl Game are the top three games of the college football season.

Additional New Year’s Six Highlights

  • The Allstate Sugar Bowl between No. 7 Baylor and No. 8 Ole Miss averaged 9.8 million viewers, peaking early in the action with 13.6 million viewers.
  • The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between No. 9 Oklahoma State and No. 5 Notre Dame registered 8.0 million viewers, up nearly 20 percent from the 2020 Fiesta Bowl. The audience peaked with 14.3 million viewers in the final moments.
  • The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl recorded 7.6 million viewers, up more than 25 percent from the past two standalone weekday primetime games (31% – 2020 Cotton Bowl; 26% – 2019 Orange Bowl). The action from Atlanta peaked with 8.7 million viewers in the final 10 minutes of play between Pittsburgh and Michigan State.
  • The 2021 New Year’s Six finished on par with the 2019 season.

Additional Holiday Week Highlights

  • The TransPerfect Music City Bowl recorded 5.6 million viewers, the most-viewed non-New Year’s Six Bowl this season, and the third-most-viewed non-New Year’s Six bowl game in the past six seasons. The matchup between Tennessee and Purdue was the most-watched Music City Bowl since 2010, and the audience peaked with 8.9 million viewers in the final 15 minutes.
  • The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl featuring Wisconsin and Arizona State registered 3.7 million viewers, up from the last two Las Vegas Bowls that both aired on ABC
  • The Duke’s Mayo Bowl, highlighted by the clash of the Carolinas and a victory mayo bath, netted 2.6 million viewers to start the morning on Thursday, Dec. 30.

Across Thursday’s four bowl games, ESPN averaged 4.9 million viewers.

1800 Mexican Mule Rusher via Exposure for use by 360 Magazine

Eighteen Hundred Tequila × LV Raiders

1800® Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila brand, announced its designation as the Official Tequila of the Las Vegas Raiders and Allegiant Stadium. The brand continues to support professional sports and the Hispanic community in Las Vegas and California by bringing the best taste in tequila to gamedays with the ultimate tailgate experience and signature cocktails for fans to enjoy.

As two heritage brands with award-winning credentials and roots in both Las Vegas and California, 1800 Tequila and the Las Vegas Raiders unite to bring the best taste in tequila to gamedays. To celebrate, 1800 Tequila is unifying Raider Nation in a way befitting of its Vegas hometown. 1800 Tequila invites Raider Nation to join them in the Allegiant Stadium concourse to enjoy the ‘Married to the Game’ ultimate tailgate hosted by Raiders superfan Josephine Skriver. The 1800 Tequila tailgate will take place before the home game on January 9th and raise a celebratory glass to the union of Raiders fans from all over the world.

1800 Tequila also created two specialty cocktails to celebrate its partnership with the Las Vegas Raiders and Allegiant Stadium: the 1800 Mexican Mule Rusher (1800 Blanco, fresh lime juice, bitters, and ginger beer) and the 1800 Pirate Paloma (1800 Cristalino, light agave, grapefruit bitters, and soda water).  

“We’re thrilled to welcome fans to Allegiant Stadium as the Las Vegas Raiders’ Official Tequila Partner,” says Lander Otegui, SVP Marketing for Proximo Spirits. “Raider Nation is a diverse and ardent fan base, which reflects 1800 Tequila’s values of authenticity and community. We raise a glass of 1800 Pirate Paloma to celebrate our partnership with Allegiant Stadium and the Raiders.”

About 1800 Tequila

1800 Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila and the #1 premium tequila brand in the U.S., is made with 100% Blue Weber agave harvested at its peak in Tequila, Mexico. Named after the year of origin, 1800 Tequila has never wavered from its original formula and distillation process. Now, as the best taste in tequila, 1800 Tequila has reached category leadership through its liquid superiority, deep-rooted Mexican heritage, and culture-driving collaborations with musicians and artists. The iconic bottle is also recognized for its trapezoidal shape, reminiscent of the centuries-old Mayan stone pyramids found throughout Mexico. Please visit their website to learn more about the 1800 Tequila portfolio: Blanco, Coconut, Reposado, Añejo, Milenio, Cristalino, Colección, and The Ultimate Margarita. 

About Allegiant Stadium

Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium is a global events destination, highlighted by the arrival of the NFL’s iconic Raiders in 2020. Allegiant Stadium, which won “Best Venue” honors at the 2020 World Football Summit Industry Awards, is ideally located for both visitors and locals, fully enclosed and climate-controlled with a capacity of 65,000. The technologically advanced stadium serves as the home of UNLV Football and hosts world-class entertainment including concerts by Garth Brooks, Guns N’ Roses, and The Rolling Stones and sporting events such as the Pac-12 Championship Game and Las Vegas Bowl. The stadium project is expected to generate an economic benefit of $620 million annually while creating 6,000 permanent jobs in Southern Nevada.

tory lanez image for use by 360 magazine

BITCOIN LATINUM T4PST4TS ART BASEL LAUNCH

BITCOIN LATINUM T4PST4TS ART BASEL LAUNCH BRINGS HIP HOP & COMBAT SPORTS ROYALTY TO THEIR ART BASEL LAUNCH: FIRST-EVER NFT MINTING FIGHTER DRAFT 

Leading influencers, models, and MMA superstars kicked off the next generation of Digital-Reality Sports Media on Wednesday, December 1 at Mr. Jones, with special performances by Tory Lanez & Quavo.

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

WHO:

Tory Lanez

Quavo 

Dr. Don Basile (Founder of Bitcoin Latinum)

Paul Misir (CoFounder of T4pST4TS)

Mike Chandler

Erik Apple

Helen Joseph

Paige VanZant

Gable Stevenson

Brie Willett

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

Jason White

Jorge Masvidal

Phil Hellmuth

Mayra Goñi

Austen Vanderford

Charles Rosa

Alexa Collins

WHAT:

On December 1, Bitcoin Latinum & T4PST4TS hosted GENESIS, an NFT minting and landmark sports event during Art Week Miami. The star-studded combat sports celebration brought together influencers, super fans, celebrities, icons, coaches, and more to a transformed Mr. Jones to celebrate the launch of this first-of-its-kind NFT & fan engagement platform.

The celebrity-filled event was attended by today’s best-recognized MMA fighters and tomorrow’s superstars. Landmarking this event were two intimate performances by Tory Lanez and Quavo.

Marrying the most innovative of crypto and competitive athletics, within the Metaverse, GENESIS hosts, founders Dr. Don Basile (Bitcoin Latinum) & Sensei Paul Misir (T4PST4TS), alongside UFC & MMA superstars like Mike Chandler, Eric Apple, Paige VanZant, Helen Joseph, Gable Stevenson, and noteworthies like “World’s Number One Poker Player” Phil Hellmuth,  Peruvian Model-Actress Mayra Goñi, model Alexa Collins, and rising combat sports stars Austen Vanderford & Charles Rosa entertained guests hailing from all over the world. Guests were the first ever to trade athletes, talent and coaches upon this crowd-fueled crypto and trading platform.

Hosted at Lincoln Road’s iconic nightclub, Mr. Jones, guests enjoyed hand-crafted cocktails, energetic refreshments, and passed hors d’oeuvres enjoying a color program hosted by emcees Eustace Montgomery and Eric Apple, introductions, fights, and ring girl presentations.

ABOUT Bitcoin Latinum

Bitcoin Latinum is the next generation, insured asset-backed cryptocurrency. Based on the Bitcoin ecosystem, Bitcoin Latinum is greener, faster, and more secure, poised to revolutionize digital transactions. Using an energy-efficient Proof of Stake consensus algorithm, Bitcoin Latinum plans to bring better transaction speed, lower fees, and more security to high growth markets such as Media, Gaming, Telecommunication, and Cloud Computing.

ABOUT TAPSTATS

Founded by Sensei Paul Misir, TapStats is building the future of Sport, as a totally new category of decentralized MMA organization built-off our now proven “fan-certified” automated judging system, direct user-to-athlete payment, and buying into fighters’ careers as crypto/NFT-based stocks to trade or hold longer-term as they appreciate and are gamified.

Similar to other sports that are opening up lower leagues, TapStats will open up the 19,000 events globally held annually in MMA & boxing as evergreen fresh new content to fans, as well unleash the next generation of superstars. TapStats is developing a fully A.I.-powered platform of real-time modeling and autonomous matchmaking around fan-created data, and the incorporation of secondary and tertiary data to build predictive data and help make the fight experience even more fun and engaging!

Interview with Dean Karnazes

Dean Carnazes is a marathon runner known for serious feats of endurance. He recently wrote a book, Runner’s High: A Life in Motion, about running and his experience as a marathon runner. I got the chance to speak with Dean about his marathon career and Runner’s High.

What was your favorite experience while running?

While I was running across the country—from LA to NYC—I got a call from the White House saying that Michelle Obama wanted me to stop in to say hi. Prank call was my first reaction. But it was real. I’ll never forget running down the hallway of the White House and out to the South Lawn to meet with the first lady. She welcomed me with a hug and said, “It’s such an honor to meet you.” I’m not making this up. 

What is your favorite part of the marathon experience?

The pain and the struggle. You remember the joyful moments, but the tough moments leave a more indelible imprint. 

Do you have a marathon that you particularly liked?

How long is the interview? (laughter) I’ve run hundreds of marathons and each is memorable in it’s own way. I once ran 50 marathons, in all 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. That experience in its totality was quite extraordinary.

Do you have a favorite place to run?

Greece. I’m 100% Greek and Greece is the birthplace of the marathon. It doesn’t get more real than that.

What athletes do you particularly admire?

The back of the packers struggling to reach the finish line before the cutoff. Sure, I admire the elite, but watching the last place finisher is more inspiring. 

I’ve been in a 2-week quarantine in a hotel in Sydney in preparation for this crazy 1,000-mile run across Australia, so I’ve been watching a lot of the Tokyo Olympics. In fact, I’ve probably watched more television in the past two weeks than I’ve watched in the past two years! 

Are there any Olympic athletes, in the most recent Tokyo Olympics, that you were particularly impressed by?

So many of the athletes impress me. But I think what impressed me the most this Olympics’ was Simone Biles withdrawal because of mental health concerns. She is such a dominant force but she became very human in showing her vulnerability.

How do you feel about energy drinks and other products that may change/enhance athletes’ performance?

Athletes will always seek anything that can provide an edge. So long as it is not a banned substance, I’m okay with it.

What, in your opinion, is your biggest accomplishment as a runner?

The fact that I am still just as passionate about running as I was when I first started. The stoke is still there after all these years.  

What was it like to write a book about something you’re so passionate about like running?

To capture my authentic running voice, I do a lot of writing while I run (by dictating into my phone). People say I truthfully capture the essence of running in my writing, and that’s because at a time when I’m experiencing the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a runner I’m taking note. To put that passion into words makes compelling reading. 

Are you happy with the way people have spoken about your book thus far?

I got an email from a gentleman this morning who said he had intended to read a couple chapters of my book last night before going to bed. Five hours later he finished the book, he told me. Then, he said, he got up. He just had to go on a run.

Yes, I’m happy with the way people have spoken about my book. That message says it all.