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Montana’s Religious Refusal Bill

Montana House Sends Religious Refusal Bill To Governor Gianforte’s Desk

RFRA bill similar to controversial Indiana law signed by then Gov. Mike Pence

Today, the Montana House passed passed anti-LGBTQ Senate Bill 215, an expansive religious refusal bill that could grant a license to discriminate against Montanans and visitors, including LGBTQ people, people of faith, and women, across a wide range of goods and services in the state. The bill now heads to Governor Greg Gianforte for signature or veto. In 2015, then-Governor of Indiana Mike Pence signed a similar piece of legislation into law that encouraged widespread discrimination from medical providers, businesses, government officials and taxpayer-funded entities. Mississippi also passed a RFRA in 2016. In the wake of Indiana, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a RFRA bill at the urging of Senators John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Mitt Romney, saying that it would have “unintended consequences” and divide the state. The Arizona bill faced serious business opposition, including Apple, AT&T, Delta Airlines, Major League Baseball, and the Super Bowl House Committee.

As reported by The 19ththis is among 36 anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” measures coursing through state legislatures as part of a national flood of anti-LGBTQ legislation and an effort by national, far-right extremist groups to sow fear and division for political gain. This represents the fourth anti-LGBTQ bill sent to a governor’s desk this session, and just the second RFRA bill. Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement in reaction to today’s House vote:

Governor Gianforte was elected in part on the promise of bringing new businesses and industries to Montana. He should seriously consider vetoing this legislation, which would not just discriminate against LGBTQ people, but threaten to ward off the very businesses he is hoping to attract. In 2015, then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence saw a steep decline in revenue and loss of business that hurt Indiana. Montana could resign themselves to the same fate if this bill becomes law. The people of Montana believe in religious liberty and LGBTQ equality — those two values are not mutually exclusive. Rejecting this legislation is crucial for the equality of all and for the future of the state. In trying economic times and in the midst of a global pandemic, discrimination should not be on the agenda.

Indiana passed a similar bill which cost them $60m in lost revenue

  • The backlash from the business community and voters was swift, and Pence soon became a national disgrace. Pence’s discriminatory bill had enormous consequences for Indiana’s economy and reputation. Indianapolis’s non-profit tourism agency estimated that in their city alone, Pence’s anti-LGBTQ bill cost up to 12 conventions and $60 million in lost revenue
  • The State of Indiana had to spend $365k of taxpayer money on a PR firm to help dampen the backlash and attempt to restore the reputation of Indiana
  • A reported by the Associated Press detailed that “12 out-of-state groups were surveyed and all said that the state’s controversial religious objections law played a role in their decision to hold their events elsewhere.”

Voters strongly disapproved of Indiana’s religious refusal law and punished Pence for signing it

  • And polling conducted by HRC after the 2015 fight found that 75 percent of Hoosiers said the law was bad for the state’s economy, and 70 percent of those surveyed said they opposed it.
  • Following the embarrassing fallout, his approval ratings tanked with voters and Pence decided not to run for re-election. Yet, his appalling record on LGBTQ equality won him a place on the ticket with Trump as his running mate. Now, Pence has been working behind the scenes at the White House to push his own disgraced values onto the national stage.
  • A poll conducted by the Indianapolis tourism department showed that the city was still facing the lingering repercussions of the reputational harm it incurred as a result of the legislation a year later

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organizations working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Holiday Gift Guide and round-up article illustration by Gabrielle Archuleta for 360 MAGAZINE

Holiday Gift Guide

The team at 360 MAGAZINE has curated a list of their favorite products and we’ve put them into a Holiday Gift Guide made just for you. We know 2020 hasn’t been easy on anyone so this holiday season is the best time to show those one’s you love how much they mean to you with a personal gift. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or the big gift, these items are sure to be special for your friends and family.  

Check out our favorites below from watches to clothing to everything in between. 

LIDS x TREVOR BAUER

All-star Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 2020 Cy Young Award finalist Trevor Bauer has partnered with Lids, the leading sports retailer.

In the 25-year history of Lids, Bauer is the first MLB player to partner with the company. Lids will become the exclusive headwear retailer for Bauer.

Bauer caught attention for his personal merchandise and custom cleats during the 2020 baseball season, and he will unveil several limited-edition custom hats, shirts and customizations throughout the year, all of which will be available nationwide.

Bauer is Lids first ever MLB Brand Ambassador.

Trevor Bauer Favorite Lids Duke Blue Devils Hat $24.99

PUMA CLYDE ALL-PRO

PUMA announced the newest addition to the Clyde Franchise Monday with its brand new Clyde All-Pro, a basketball silhouette taking style and performance to the next level.

The Clyde Franchise is inspired by shoes worn by Walt “Clyde” Frazier on the basketball court in the 1970s but with a twist: they have all of the technology and performance of today.

The shoe is perfect for on-court training and has ProFoam+ for stability and cushioning. It also uses Matryx material, which is lightweight and durable, for support.

PUMA Clyde All-Pro$130

G-SHOCK GM110NE-1A

The GM110NE-1A is a celebration of New Era’s 100th anniversary and includes the classic headwear brand’s flag logo at the 3 o’clock position on the watch’s face.The gold accents work in conjunction with an engraved gold IP case back that features inscriptions reading “100 1920-2020,” a tribute to New Era’s long and storied history.

While carrying the design of the G-SHOCK GM110, the GM110NE-1A has a dark gray metal-forged and polished IP bezel. The GM110NE-1A also comes with two bands.

One is a black cloth band lined with green, similar to New Era’s famous 59FIFTY hat. It also has a gold buckle and band keepers on the underside, a nod to the sought after 59FIFTY cap, gold buckle, band keepers, an embroidered New Era logo and a gold-speckled back. The other is a gold-speckled black urethane band with a stainless-steel keeper.

G-SHOCK GM110NE-1A – $340

BREITLING PREMIER SPECIAL EDITION AB01186A1G1P1 EXCLUSIVE

The Breitling Premier Special Edition combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design in a distinct new color combination, with the Watches of Switzerland Group logo, inscribed onto the transparent case back. This new Special Edition is a chronograph with a commitment to everyday elegance, worthy of the legacies of both companies.

The partnership is one of a series of unique collaborations the company has rolled out in 2020 aimed at continuing to provide compelling activations for both Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS customers.

The watch features a sleek blue band made of alligator leather, that meets at a striking silver dial. The subdials compliment the band shining in blue: a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small-second sub-dial at 9 o’clock.

Each watch purchased comes accompanied by an exclusive certificate signed by Georges Kern, Breitling CEO and Brian Duffy, the Watches of Switzerland Group CEO.

Premier Special Edition AB01186A1G1P1 Exclusive$8,400

NOBIS X SERGE IBAKA

Premium Canadian outerwear brand Nobis launched its first capsule collection designed in collaboration with Toronto Raptors centre and NBA champion Serge Ibaka. Known for his #BigScarfEnergy, Ibaka teamed up with Nobis to help create a genderless collection that features nine limited-edition pieces, including a parka, anorak, bomber jacket, vests, hats and, of course, scarves.

The collection ranges in price from $50 to $850 and each piece is home launderable. Nobis fans can expect the same premium quality, style elements and technical components: The genderless hooded anorak features a modern high-low cut and front pouch, while both the anorak and bomber jacket have a water-repellent nylon shell and breathable Primaloft insulation for fast-drying warmth.

The collection’s parka is crafted from Nobis’ patented membrane lamination, seam-sealed construction and insulated with Canadian origin white duck down. The lightweight tactical vest, with multiple exterior pockets, is windproof and breathable – ideal for transitional weather and mild winter days. Reflective trims and iridescent logos on most pieces provide an accent to the neutral palette, in addition to visibility after dark. Accessories have been given the same attention to detail, with options such as a solid nylon ripstop bucket hat that’s reversible to Nobis’ signature printed polyester crosshatch, featuring a tonal “S” logo on the front and an iridescent limited-edition collection label on the back. It reverses to reveal a camouflage print and Serge’s signature “Mafuzzy” catchphrase on the rim.

Nobis x Serge Ibaka Collection$50-$850

OAKLEY SUTRO LITE

Building off the success of Oakley’s Sutro frame, this new piece of performance eyewear features a semi-rimless design and is now a pared-down version for the cyclist that prefers a more sleek design.

Inspired by the daily life of urban cyclists, Sutro Lite is a semi-rimless version of the Sutro frame shape, featuring a high-wrap shield. The lightweight design results in a bold, versatile look that protects from the elements and enhances vision with Prizm Lens Technology. An Unobtainium temple featuring ridged texture provides improved retention so the frame never loses grip, even during the most intense rides.

Oakley Sutro Lite$123.20

CELLIANT PERFORMANCE SHEETS FROM SLEEPLETICS

There’s nothing better than waking up refreshed and ready for a vigorous workout. Celliant Performance Sheets from Sleepletics are designed to help you get a restful sleep and prime you for high performance. They’re a combination of premium long-staple cotton and Celliantmineral-infused yarns. Celliant minerals convert your body heat into infrared light, returning it back to your body’s muscle and tissue in a safe and natural way.

This improves local circulation, making more oxygen available to your cells. This increase in local circulation and oxygen means you sleep better, recover faster and perform better during the day. They’re an FDA-determined General Wellness Product. 

Celliant Performance Sheetsstarting at $114

KIDROBOT X JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT FACES DUNNY ART FIGURE SERIES 2

Kidrobot x Jean-Michel Basquiat  Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2

Continuing our celebration of inspirational artists of the 20th century, Kidrobot brings art to life with the second collectible 3-inch tall Dunny art figure series featuring the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. In collaboration with the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kidrobot presents the Jean-Michel Basquiat Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2 focusing primarily on the “faces” in Basquiat’s works.

Each premium quality vinyl Dunny art figure in this series depicts a face or imagery from one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s most iconic paintings throughout his short but prolific art career. Each figure is packaged in a sealed security foil bag and a blind box to preserve the rarity and collectability of the collection. This blind box series features 13 individual art figures to hunt down.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2 – starting at $11.99

SAN DIABLO ARTISAN CHURRO SIGNATURE CHURO MAKER

SAN DIABLO ARTISAN CHURROS RELEASES SIGNATURE CHURRO MAKER

San Diablo Artisan Churros (San Diablo), the only nationwide purveyor of gourmet fresh filled churros that delivers deep-fried happiness on demand, announces the San Diablo Churro Maker. Also known as an extruder, the Churro Maker is the all-in-one tool for churro lovers to make and customize their perfect churro. The product comes with nine differently-shaped nozzles, including the San Diablo Signature Hollow Churro nozzle to make churros that can be filled with decadent sauces, creams and jams.

The Churro Maker is a hard plastic kitchen gadget that functions much like a baker’s piping bag: load churro dough into the maker and then push the dough through the nozzle. The kit offers links to delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for “heaven sent, wicked good” dough and fillings.

San Diablo Churro Maker– $23.99

DYU SMART BIKE

DYU SMART BIKE

DYU smart e-bike weighs only 18kg (39lbs), even lighter than many electric scooters, the folding shape takes only 1-meter space (39 inches). This size makes it easy to put it in the car boot and send it as a gift. Besides, it’s also very friendly and safe for old and kid.

The e-bike frame material is made of aluminum alloy which is durable and lightweight. Meanwhile, a high-end UL certificated safe battery is inside the e-bike. Front and rear double disc brakes ensure your riding safety. Ride frequently for at least 1 year without any problem.

DYU Smart E-Bike inquire for price

CORNET BARCELONA’S STEMLESS WINE GLASSES

The perfect gift for the sommelier aspirant in your life are Cornet Barcelona’s handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Sagrada stemless wine glasses. Each piece is mouth-blown and masterfully shaped by seasoned artists of the craft using Roman techniques. After being crafted to the ideal shape, each glass is  hand-painted with unparalleled attention to detail. The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of rich color inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Sagrada Familia Basilica (in Barcelona, Spain). Perfect for small get togethers and celebrations this holiday season!

Stemless Glasses$26 each, available in sets

360 x INTEGRITY BOTTLES

To ring in the holiday season, 360 Magazine launched its very own collection of bottles, stemware, and glasses in collaboration with Integrity Bottles. The bottles are sand-carved by hand with the 360 logo, painted, and etched with our trademark in either deep etch (no color), silver, or gold. The collection features seven products. Use the code “360MAG20” for 20% of your first purchase of glassware from the 360 Magazine collection. Also, the code “GIVEBACK” will save you 5% on a separate order, not limited to the 360 Magazine collection.

Decanters, Glasses & More – Varying prices starting at $19.99

Adidas x Kwasi Kessie Headphones

Adidas x Kwasi Kessie Headphones

The Adidas x Kwasi Kessie limited edition headphones were recently released as a collaboration between Adidas and Kwasi Kessie. Only 50 pairs have been made and must be won by downloading the Adidas running app and running Kwasi Nessie’s favorite route. Users should share their run on this New York route to social media through December 22nd. These exclusive headphones reimagine the popular RPT-01 sport headphones and are the first limited edition headphones released by Adidas. All 50 pairs have been customized by hand and feature black and blue leather snakeskin along the headband. If you aren’t lucky enough to snag one of the 50 limited-edition pairs, the wireless, Bluetooth RPT-01 model is still a great gift option for this season. They are available in coral, black and grey and are the perfect gift for any athlete, runner or music lover.

RPT-01 Sport on Ear – On sale for $99 

Sperry Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot

Sperry Duck Boots for 360 Magazine

These Sperry Duck boots encompass both fashion and functionality. Although Sperry is known for their summer boat shoes, these boots are a staple for anyone that wants to brace the cold this holiday season. Many of the Sperry boots are on sale now on the Sperry website. With styles made for men, women and kids, these boots are a perfect gift for the whole family. The Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot is made with premium wool to keep your feet warm. Sperry Duck boots are of course waterproof to protect against rain and snow. These are perfect gift for anyone that loves the outdoors, or that want to protect their feet from the elements. 

Sperry Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot – On sale for $81.99 

Robinson Cano MLB illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Robinson Cano Suspended for PED

By Hannah DiPilato

Major League Baseball player Robinson Cano has been suspended after testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, confirmed on Wednesday in a statement that Cano will be banned for the entire 2021 season. 

This is the 38-year-old’s second suspension due to testing positive for PED. In 2018, while Cano played for the Seattle Mariners, he tested positive for using diuretic and missed 80 games according to ESPN

At the time of his first offense, Cano said the diuretic “was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment.” He said he was unaware the drug was banned in the MLB. 

In the MLB, testing positive for a PED a second time will result in an automatic 162 game suspension. This rule is an agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. 

Neither Cano nor the players’ union has made a statement about his second positive test for a PED. 

“We were extremely disappointed to be informed about Robinson’s suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” said Mets president Sandy Alderson in a statement. “The violation is very unfortunate for him, the organization, our fans, and the sport. The Mets fully support MLB’s efforts toward eliminating performance-enhancing substances from the game.”

Cano will have to forfeit his 2021 salary where he was set to make $24 million. According to Fox Business, Cano is still set to make $48 million between 2022 and 2023. The Mets are responsible for $40 million while the Mariners agreed to pay the remaining $8 million. 

The news of Cano’s suspension is great news for player DJ LeMaiheu. According to the New York Post, LeMaiheu would be the perfect player for either the New York Mets or the New York Yankees to add to their rosters. After rejecting an $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Yankees, LeMaiheu is a free agent. 

After the loss of Cano for the 2021 season, the Mets are now in need of a starting second baseman. This adds to the list of starting positions that the Mets are seeking out since they are already looking for a starting pitcher, catcher and center field. The Mets could also start Jeff McNeil at second base, a position he would be comfortable in. 

Cano was traded to the Mets in 2018 sending player Jared Kelenic to the Mariners. Throughout his 16 seasons playing the sport, Cano is a .303 hitter with 334 home runs, 1,302 RBIs and two Gold Gloves according to ESPN

Cano was on his way to achieving 3,000 career hits and was at 2,624 before his suspension. This suspension will certainly create uncertainty for the future of his baseball career.

LA Dodgers and World Series illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

MLB Releases The 2020 World Series

Illustration by Kaelen Felix

MLB CELEBRATES THE PINNACLE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED SEASON WITH THE RELEASE OF THE 2020 WORLD SERIES

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully Narrates the Official World Series Documentary that Chronicles the First Dodgers Championship Since 1988

In-Depth Interviews with Dodger Superstars including Mookie Betts, World Series MVP Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw Plus Unparalleled Access to MLBߣs Postseason Bubble Gives Fans Unique Look at 2020’s Historic Championship

Two-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD Available to Purchase & Download on December 8

Like so many events, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically reshaped how this MLB season looked and felt. After navigating unprecedented challenges, playing a restructured regular season, a new postseason format and the first neutral site World Series in modern history, the historic 2020 season culminated in an unforgettable Fall Classic and with the Los Angeles Dodgers being crowned champions for the first time in since 1988.
Dodgers fans can rejoice and relive all the excitement, drama, and life-changing moments of the 2020 World Series against the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, in the official 2020 World Series film from Major League Baseball. The documentary will be available in stores December 8, 2020 on a two-disc Blu-ray+DVD combo pack and DVD from Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball. It will also be available on the same date digitally, to own and rent from all major platforms.

Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully lends his signature voice to THE 2020 WORLD SERIES, taking fans on heartfelt journey to the 2020 championship through his unique baseball perspective. As the 1982 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, which enshrined him in the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Scully has covered many of baseball’s most thrilling moments, including Sandy Koufax’s four no-hitters, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run and Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series. He has voiced over the narration for seven previous World Series documentaries including in 1959 (Dodgers), 1963 (Dodgers), 1965 (Dodgers), 1979 (Pirates), 1980 (Phillies), 1981 (Dodgers) and 1986 (Mets).

It was 32 years since the Dodgers won a World Series and the seventh in the history of the organization, bringing great joy to their fans and the city of Los Angeles in particular, said Scully. This is their winning story against the Tampa Bay Rays, and it’s an honor for me to recount just how they did it.

With MLB playing in a postseason bubble, media presence and access was limited. Producers of this year’s documentary utilized on-site crews with approved access as well as other feeds available to capture all the pulse-pounding action and emotion of the season. Expertly crafted from hundreds of hours of footage, the official World Series documentary gives fans a front row seat to this extraordinary championship run through highlights from the entire postseason and in-depth interviews and exclusive bonus features including regular season highlights, clinching moments, featurettes and more.

Fans of the Dodgers will also be able to relive their team’s entire Fall Classic from the first pitch to the last out. THE 2020 WORLD SERIES COLLECTOR’s EDITION: LOS ANGELES DODGERS, a grand slam 8-disc set that includes all six complete games of the World Series plus NLDS Game 3 and NLCS Game 7, will be available on February 9, 2021.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRESENTS THE 2020 WORLD SERIES NARRATED BY VIN SCULLY WRITTEN BY AARON COHENPRODUCED BY MATT ANDERTON & ANDREW BRENNERPRODUCERS NICHOLAS TROTTA, JON OSHEAL & KEVIN CAREY;CO-PRODUCER PAUL SOLGASR. COORDINATING PRODUCER BRUCE CORNBLATTDIRECTED BY JED TUMINARO
2020 WORLD SERIES (BLU-RAY/DVD)

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving, and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

About Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) represents the highest level of professional baseball and is the most historic sports league in the United States. MLB creates, produces, and consults on original content inspired by the engaging personalities and compelling storylines at the forefront of today’s game and throughout its robust 150-year history. MLBߣs multi-platform media and licensing projects span film, television and digital distribution, including diverse and pioneering programming that taps an expansive media archive to cover historical and cultural subjects. Credits include the Academy Award nominated Moneyball; U.S. box office hit 42; critically acclaimed documentary American Masters: Ted Williams, and; the FOX series Pitch ߝ adding to renowned content that includes capturing the journeys of some of MLB’s best players on the sports’ biggest stage for the annual World Series documentary. Content is featured on trending and enduring platforms including Netflix, HBO, PBS, Showtime, FOX, ESPN, Smithsonian and more. These ventures complement the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game.

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Trevor Bauer x Lids

All-star Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 2020 Cy Young Award finalist Trevor Bauer has partnered with Lids, the leading sports retailer.

In the 25-year history of Lids, Bauer is the first MLB player to partner with the company. Lids will become the exclusive headwear retailer for Bauer.

Bauer caught attention for his personal merchandise and custom cleats during the 2020 baseball season, and he will unveil several limited-edition custom hats, shirts and customizations throughout the year, all of which will be available nationwide.

Bauer said he has been a Lids customer for many years.

“As I’ve become more invested in design and branding in recent years, the opportunity to collaborate with such an iconic retailer, especially as its first MLB athlete partner, is really meaningful,” Bauer said.

Lawrence Berger, co-founder and partner at Ames Watson and Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings, said Bauer is equally impressive on and off the mound.

“Lids has been the leading headwear retailer for years, in large part due to the popularity of baseball hats, and we cannot think of a better individual to be our first MLB athlete partner than Trevor. We look forward to combining his passion for design with our talented creative team to make some incredible merchandise and content,” Berger said.

Bauer is the reigning MLBPA Players Choice NL Outstanding Pitcher and a finalist for the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, which will be announced Wednesday.

Bauer puts his season up against those of Jacob deGrom, who won the award in 2018 and 2019, and Yu Darvish, who debuted in 2012 with Bauer and is eyeing his first Cy Young Award, as well.

Bauer posted his career-best earned run average in 2020 of 1.73, second best in baseball only behind Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber. He won five games and anchored a Reds pitching staff that landed the seventh seed in the playoffs.

He also garnered attention for contributions to baseball as a whole with his self-titled YouTube channel and Momentum, an athlete-driven media company with the goal of connecting fans to the game.

Momentum uses authentic player stories to affect the public perception of baseball. With over 500 original pieces of audio and video, Momentum has built popular series like Bauer Bytes and Live At Bats. Its content has also been distributed through digital channels and partners like PlayersTV and FOX Sports.

You can follow Bauer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

You can also follow Lids on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Man Who – Something To Believe

Following the release of their debut EP last year, Bet On You, Toronto-based, alt-indie trio The Man Who returns with a brand-new track, Something To Believe, today via Virgin Records. The anthemic track arrives alongside a powerful remixed version today produced by Calvary. The Calvary remix will be used in an MLB Network piece, New Faces in New Places, that will detail every big name who changed teams this year. The piece will air on Thursday, July 23, and Friday, July 24 on MLB Network as part of Major League Baseball’s return. The remix will also be used in other MLB Network Opening Week coverage placements.

Comprising David Walsh (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chad Walsh (bass/electric guitar, keyboards, background vocals) and Frank Goerz (drums), The Man Who takes its name from a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “The world makes way for the man who knows where he’s going.”BANNE

The Man Who traces its roots back to 2015, when a tour took Toronto-based Chad Walsh to Newfoundland, where he re-connected with his cousin, David Walsh, who was also a musician. The two began a long-distance collaboration, experimenting with vintage synthesizers and throwback hip-hop drum loops. David eventually moved to Toronto, where the two cousins recruited drummer Frank Goerz.

The Man Who spent the most part of last year touring across North America including a support slot with BANNERS. Across all of their songs, The Man Who has already racked up more than 20 million global streams and garnered praise from Clash, Hillydilly, Elicit Magazine, Music Connection, plus many more.

Follow The Man Who: Instagram | Facebook | Youtube | Website

KBO Player Interview

As the U.S. grapples with how to bring back professional sports amidst a pandemic, one nation serves as a model: South Korea, where the wildly popular Korean Baseball Organization returned earlier this month. Correspondent Jon Frankel interviews current and former KBO players and public health expert about the country’s remarkable turnaround and what it could mean for Major League Baseball and American sports in general.

For up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports, and on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports.

Houston Astros – Apology

Nonpologies and Missed Opportunities: The Damaging Responses to a Crisis

By Sean O’Meara

When Houston Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman put the final period on the final sentence of his apology statement for remarks he made toward three sports journalists in October 2019, he probably thought he’d done a good job.

Taubman probably read the statement back to himself and checked off in his head all the points he wanted to make; including what a great guy Brandon Taubman is (“Those that know me know that I am a progressive and charitable member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father”) and how the Sports Illustrated report about his behaviour doesn’t reflect that (“the Sports Illustrated article does not reflect who I am or my values”.

Now that the dust has settled on the Houston Astros Brandon Taubman controversy, we’re able to reflect on what team leadership could have done better.

Astros management had already tried to deny the accusations on behalf of Taubman and did what a lot of organizations under fire do; they attempted to muddy the waters with a half-baked public statement, accusing the reporters of ‘fabrication’ in the process. And Taubman’s subsequent ‘apology’ was only necessary because other journalists had corroborated the allegations against him.

That Taubman or indeed the Astros put out a statement with such audacious levels of equivocation is a very bad reflection on their crisis planning. The fact that Taubman ended up getting fired and the Astros ended up apologising for how they handled the scandal, is a bad reflection on the organization’s leadership.

Here’s Taubman’s apology in full.

“This past Saturday, during our clubhouse celebration, I used inappropriate language for which I am deeply sorry and embarrassed. In retrospect, I realized that my comments were unprofessional and inappropriate,”

“My overexuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue. Those that know me know that I am a progressive and charitable member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father. I hope that those who do not know me understand that the Sports Illustrated article does not reflect who I am or my values. I am sorry if anyone was offended by my actions.”

Taubman’s nonpology did more damage than not saying anything would have done. There’s equivocating, weasly, nonpologies, and there’s whatever this is. Taubman actually manages to weaponise the language of contrition in attack against the journalists, while simultaneously giving himself a glowing character reference; “I am a progressive and charitable member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father.”

It was no real surprise that it didn’t wash. By apologizing in this manner, Taubman effectively questioned the integrity of the journalists who reported his remarks. Any communications advisor would caution against that course of action. It’s dangerous for a number of reasons, not least because it adds an extra layer of complexity to the situation and provides another thing to apologize for when you’re found out to be wrong. But then, this is exactly what Astros did as an organization when they implied that the journalists were mischief-making with their accusations.

The Astros were the next to find themselves apologizing. But not before they’d fired Taubman. Owner Jim Crane wrote a personal letter to Stephanie Apstein copping to a momentous lapse of judgement.

“On behalf of the entire Astros organization, I want to personally apologize for the statement we issued on Monday October 21st.

“We were wrong and I am sorry that we initially questioned your professionalism. We retract that statement, and I assure you that the Houston Astros will learn from this experience.”

The really frustrating thing here is that the above is an example of a good apology. In The Apology Impulse, a book I co-authored with renowned psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper, we examined what makes a good apology and what makes a bad one.

There were abundant examples of the latter of scant examples of the former. Had this apology, with its frank concession of fault, assurances that they will do better and the notable lack of equivocation, been given as we were writing the book, and had it not been given as the humiliating culmination of evasive accountability avoiding behaviour and victim smearing, it would have been a case study for how to say sorry. In other words, had the Astros’ first apology been this frank and direct, they wouldn’t have needed to make multiples, and Taubman may still have had his job.

The Taubman affair is best characterised as a litany of missed opportunities. Taubman had the opportunity to apologize properly for his outburst. He missed it. The Astros had the opportunity to apologize on his behalf. They had the opportunity to retain his services had they managed to contain the fall-out from his original remarks. The only opportunities he grasped with both hands were the opportunities to sack Taubman and the opportunity to withdraw their accusations against the journalists. Neither reflect particularly well on the organization.

Sean O’Meara, co-author of The Apology Impulse: How the Business World Ruined Sorry and Why We Can’t Stop Saying It, is the founder and director of Essential Content, a communications and public relations consultancy. With more than 15 years of professional experience in corporate communications, O’Meara has worked with organizations including the BBC, Convergys (now Concentrix), and Co-op Bank.

New Era Celebrates Red Sox

Today New Era Cap Co., Inc., the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball, announces the New Era 2018 World Series Champions Collection, available for fans now. This collection will provide fans with five different styles to celebrate the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.

“For 162 games, the Boston Red Sox have come to the ball park, put on their New Era caps giving it their best day in and day out,” said Tim Shanahan, Director of Baseball at New Era Cap. “We are excited that the Red Sox and their fans will now be able to put on their authentic New Era 2018 World Series Champions caps and celebrate their path to a World Championship season.” 

The New Era 2018 World Series Champions Collection is available in the following styles:

  • 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room 39THIRTY® and 9TWENTY®: The official locker room cap worn by the Red Sox after winning the World Series features a team logo with “2018 World Series Champs” written on the front, a World Series trophy patch on the side and the letters “WS” stitched into the back.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room Knit: This special championship knit features “World Series Champs” stitched across the crown while proudly displaying a team logo patch on the cuff, keeping fans warm as they celebrate this victory.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Parade 9FIFTY®: Featuring the iconic World Series trophy, this snapback will be worn by the Red Sox as they celebrate victory with their fans on the streets of Boston.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Side Patch: Available in multiple silhouettes, this cap features a woven or LiquidChrome® side patch commemorating the 2018 World Series Champion with a Boston Red Sox logo in the front. This cap comes in the following silhouettes:  59FIFTY®, Low Profile 59FIFTY®, 9FIFTY®, 49FORTY®, 39THIRTY®, 9FORTY®, 9TWENTY® and Women’s 9TWENTY®.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Lifestyle Side Patch: New for this year, this cap features a matte World Series Champion LiquidChrome® side patch with either a stitched monochromatic team logo or stitched white team logo. This cap is available 59FIFTY® or 9FIFTY® silhouette.

The New Era 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room Collection is available at www.neweracap.com as well as most sporting good and headwear retailers for a retail price between $28-$40 USD.

Roberto Osuna Agrees to Peace Bond

By Reid Urban

Astros right-hander Roberto Osuna finally gained some good news regarding his domestic assault case.

According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Osuna appeared at a court hearing on Tuesday and agreed to a one-year peace bond. Because of that agreement, the assault charges from the alleged victim were withdrawn. However, under the terms of the peace bond, he will not be allowed to contact the alleged victim for one year and must avoid any further criminal charges. The reason behind the peace bond was that the alleged victim is currently in Mexico and decided not to return for court proceedings.

According to the Canadian Justice Department, a peace bond is used when “an individual (the defendant) appears likely to commit a criminal offence, but there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an offence has actually been committed.” If Osuna violates the peace bond, it can result up to four years of prison time.

So while Osuna escaped the possibly of facing assault charges stemming from this incident, it means that he’s going to have to be more careful to stay out of any more incidents that could be deemed criminal charges.