Chris McMahon has become MLB attraction at West Chester Rustin High School

Chris McMahon has become MLB attraction at West Chester Rustin High School

Across the front of West Chester Rustin's uniform reads the word Knights, a close resemblance to the fictional team from the movie "The Natural."

And senior pitcher Chris McMahon could very well be Rustin's version of Roy Hobbs, Robert Redford's character in the legendary movie based on a ballplayer's remarkable natural talents.

"He's unique," Rustin High School head coach Bradley Harkins said this week. "He's just a tremendous athlete, and to see him excel in soccer, basketball and baseball — his parents have been phenomenal to allow him to play other sports. He could have chosen lacrosse and he'd be one of the best players on the team. I think that has helped him rise the way he has."

McMahon is unquestionably the best baseball player to come out of Rustin High School, which hasn't had a player drafted by a big-league team since the school opened its doors in 2006. But it wasn't until last season when baseball became McMahon's full-time extracurricular activity.

"Just playing three sports really helped with athleticism," McMahon said. "Using all types of muscles in your body. Specializing in one sport — some people have their reasons why they think it's good — I think playing all three, you're not missing out on anything. I tell people to play whatever you can until you can't."

In fact, McMahon wasn't even on a major-league scout's radar until his junior year at Rustin when he hit a four-inch growth spurt, climbing from 5-foot-10 to a lanky 6-2. The velocity on his fastball increased from mid-70s as a freshman to low-90s entering his senior season, and his control is equally as impressive, having surrendered only four walks in more than 53 innings.

"I wouldn't say we could see it get to this point," Harkins said. "We knew he was a good player. We knew he had a ton of potential. His sophomore year, he really turned it up. You could see his competitive nature on the mound. He continued to grow and get stronger. Really, every year he has grown by leaps and bounds. It's been pretty amazing."

And now those scouts' radar guns have been pointed squarely this season at McMahon, who is considered the top-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania and projected to be taken during the second round of next month's MLB draft. As many as 25 to 30 scouts have routinely showed up at Rustin, where they've had to install a pair of metal benches this season for scouts to stand on.

"It started pretty full throttle," Harkins said. "At the beginning of the season, we have typical southeast Pennsylvania weather. We were indoors at the All-Star Baseball Academy, and he was throwing a live bullpen to hitters. I walk into the door of a dozen guys waiting for us to get practice started.

"That was pretty eye-opening to see a dozen middle-aged men walking around our practice. Once the games started, they have been there in full force."

Last Wednesday, McMahon and the Knights saw their season come to an end, losing to Upper Merion in the quarterfinals of the District 1 Class 5A playoffs — and McMahon isn't exactly sure where he'll be playing next season. He's committed to the University of Miami next fall, but depending on the results of draft night, McMahon could forgo a collegiate career and jump right to the professional level.

"It's exciting. Only a handful of kids get to go through this," McMahon said. "Me and my family will sit down and talk about draft day and see what's best for me. ... It's fun, it's exciting. It can be overwhelming at times, but it's fun."

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Announces Eagles Playoff Coverage

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Announces Eagles Playoff Coverage

 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES MULTIPLATFORM EAGLES PLAYOFF COVERAGE

MISSION MINNEAPOLIS SPECIALS AIR MONDAY AND FRIDAY

SPECIAL PLAYOFF EDITIONS OF QUICK SLANTS, EAGLE EYE, PODCASTS AND FACEBOOK LIVE CHATS

AUTHENTIC FAN FRIDAY: PLAYOFF PARTY  
AND LIVE SHOW AT XFINITY LIVE! ON JANUARY 12

PHILADELPHIA- (January 1, 2018) – The Road to Minneapolis goes through Philadelphia and there is no place better to provide Eagles fans non-stop coverage than NBC Sports Philadelphia.  With extensive multiplatform coverage of the team’s road to Super Bowl VII, complete with daily coverage including press conferences, insider access, expert analysis, weekly specials, and Authentic Fan Playoff Parties – no team has the Eagles covered quite like NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Beginning on Monday, January 1 and throughout the Eagles playoff run, NBC Sports Philadelphia will provide the Eagles fans with multiplatform coverage on-air, online, on social media, plus shows from Xfinity Live! 

“Mission Minneapolis”
Each Monday and Friday throughout the playoffs, NBC Sports Philadelphia will air “Mission Minneapolis” programming, as the Eagles hope to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2005.  Amy Fadool and Michael Barkann will host the specials, alongside Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks. Rob Ellis and John Clark will also provide input.

“Mission Minneapolis” Schedule:
January 1             6 p.m.   
January 5             10 p.m.
January 8             6 p.m.
January 12           6 p.m. (Live from Xfinity Live!)
January 15           6 p.m.

Authentic Fan Friday Playoff Party  at Xfinity Live! January 12
Join NBC Sports Philadelphia at Xfinity Live on Friday, January 12 at 6 p.m. for an Authentic Fan Friday: Playoff Party featuring a live broadcast of “Mission Minneapolis” with Michael Barkann, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks. In addition to the live show, there will be giveaways including two pairs of tickets to that weekend’s Eagles Playoff game and a signed Carson Wentz Jersey courtesy of Xfinity.   The event begins at 5 p.m. with free parking and $5 food specials. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, and wear their favorite Eagles gear.  The first 500 people receive a free beer courtesy of Miller Lite. 

Multiplatform Playoff Coverage
NBC Sports Philadelphia will air special playoff editions of Quick Slants, complete with accompanying podcasts. Additional coverage is provided on NBCSPortsPhiladelphia.com, with exclusive content including insider access, video blogs and “Eagle Eye” airing daily.

“Eagles Pregame Live” with Michael Barkann, Ray Didinger, Barrett Brooks and Seth Joyner, returns to Xfinity Live! for all Eagles home playoff games, airing one hour prior to kickoff.  In between each quarter, Eagles fans can log onto NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com for “In-Game Live,” as the team breaks down the action and what they can expect coming up. “Eagles Postgame Live” airs immediately after the clock hits zero. “End Game” with Amy Fadool, Barrett Brooks and Seth Joyner follow with a lighter look at the game. 

NBC Sports Philadelphia will host special playoff editions of Facebook Live with Derrick Gunn, Reuben Frank, Barrett Brooks and Ray Didinger.  Fans should like NBC Sports Philadelphia's Facebook page to make sure they never miss one.  

Must follows for total Eagles coverage during the season and throughout the playoffs.
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Rob Ellis
Derrick Gunn
John Clark
Amy Fadool
Danny Pommells              
Reuben Frank
Barrett Brooks
Dave Zangaro

About NBC Sports Philadelphia: 
NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+, part of NBC Sports Group, provide award-winning sports news, analysis, live game coverage and original programming to nearly three million viewers in the Philadelphia area, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Together the networks present more than 500 live game broadcasts annually, featuring the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies, MLS’s Philadelphia Union, NCAA and high school events, plus extensive coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles. NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcasts pre/post-game coverage and the most comprehensive local and regional sports news available. The networks’ news and original programming teams have been distinguished with numerous Emmys and Edward R. Murrow Awards, and handle sports coverage for Philadelphia's NBC10 affiliate WCAU-TV.  NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, also provides Philly sports fans with the most comprehensive and dedicated 24/7 online local sports destination that includes live streaming of Sixers basketball, Flyers hockey and Phillies baseball. The site is the go to source for up-to-the-minute sports news, game previews/recaps, highlights, numerous multimedia video clips, blogs and top-notch coverage from “Insiders” for the city’s favorite pro teams. NBC Sports Philadelphia can be found on multiple social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (@NBCSportsPhilly).

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