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Although NFL Player Lamar Jackson Declined A $250M Extension Offer, A Trademark Filing Suggests He's Still Making Plays

Agreeing to terms can be a daunting task. Many things can affect what new terms on any deal could mean. From updated family life to continued desire, how a person chooses to navigate their future is never a one-size-fits-all solution. After declining a contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens, NFL quarterback Lamar Jackson is in this space of figuring out what’s next, according to ESPN.

Sep 14, 2022

StatusPRO Raises $5.2M Seed Round As It Aims To Continue Shaping The Industry Of Sports Technology

When it comes to sports and technology, StatusPRO not only gets it right but encourages others to see just how significant technology is to the sports industry and vice versa. As athletes, founders Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins and Troy Jones know the importance of using technology to make training more efficient for sports professionals across the nation. The company marries technology and sports by combining player data, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) to design a suite of training and gaming products. Now, they can continue to execute the vision for their company thanks to a $5.2 million seed round, according to a press release provided to AfroTech. Led by venture capital firms KB Partners and TitletownTech, the round also received additional backing from 49ers Enterprises, Greycoft, Haslam Sports Group, SC Holdings, Verizon Ventures, and a host of other celebrity investors. This is a huge milestone for both Hawkins and Jones. “The XR [AR and VR] market has seen...

Aug 13, 2021

These Founders Are Going Beyond The Status Pro By Combining Augmented And Virtual Reality With Sports

When it comes to the intersection of sports and technology, these founders are truly taking things beyond the status pro! As a technology company, Status Pro combines data with augmented and virtual reality giving its users an out-of-this-world experience. Created by dynamic duo, Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins and Troy Jones, the two took their love for the game of football and combined it with their desire to build a suite of training and gaming products. Now, it is changing the way coaches, players and fans experience their favorite sport. “Status Pro was birthed out of me and Hawks’ experiences as athletes,” shared Jones in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. “Originally we started off as a company focused on helping athletes get better through augmented virtual reality.” From there, the company built a desktop application that would track data from players. “Each player in NFL games wears two tracking chips, one that tracks their movement and one that creates XY grid coordinates that...

Aug 3, 2021

NFL's Calais Campbell Pledges $125K to Black-Owned Businesses, Partners With Rockefeller Foundation

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell is giving back to the Baltimore community in a major way through a new partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation. Today, theGrio shares the foundation announced its support of the NFL player’s CLLCTIVLY COVID-19 Baltimore Micro-Grant Fund — a campaign launched to offer financial assistance to Black-owned businesses in the city that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. According to theGrio, alongside its long-standing commitment to expanding equity and economic opportunity for low-wage families and communities of color, The Rockefeller Foundation has pledged $75,000 to support the grant program in addition to Campbell’s $125,000 for the Charles Richard Campbell Foundation.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by CLLCTIVLY (@cllctivly) “Black-owned businesses are the backbone of the Baltimore community and provide many essential services that are valued by all of us who are rooting for the success of Charm City,”...

Dec 14, 2020