Former Fusion player 'Joemeister' takes on new challenge at Harrisburg University

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Former Fusion player 'Joemeister' takes on new challenge at Harrisburg University

It’s been a roller coaster few months for former Fusion and Overwatch League professional, Joe “Joemeister” Gramano, who on Thursday accepted a varsity Overwatch coaching position at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

“Collegiate esports is on the rise,” said Gramano, who retired from professional Overwatch in September. “Some of these collegiate teams are investing more time, money and resources into their teams than Overwatch Contenders teams. That’s the reason why I was drawn into this. They are very committed, are very passionate about it and I’m on board with it.” 

Coaching wasn’t on Gramano’s immediate radar prior to his retirement. But when Harrisburg University called — and showed him around campus — the decision came easy for the Canadian, who said the whole process took about a month. 

“I jumped on the opportunity and flew out as soon as I could,” said Gramano, who was recommended by the Fusion brass. “They showed me all the commitments they made, the passion and vision they have and the investments they put behind it. I was blown away by all of it.” 

The well-liked support main joined the Fusion for Overwatch League’s inaugural season in 2017 but retired after three years of professional Overwatch play. Although he didn’t feature in any matches for the Fusion, like a backup quarterback, Gramano gained an education on team management and Overwatch success. 

The underdog Fusion advanced to the Overwatch League finals but fell to the powerhouse London Spitfire. 

“I was able to spectate a lot more,” said Gramano, who previously played for Team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup, as well as Faze Clan, Complexity Gaming and Team SoloMid. “I was able to give input to the team and they respected me as one of them. It helped me develop a more broad understanding of the game. I was able to sit back and view from the different angles.”

Bringing Gramano, a well-known name within competitive Overwatch circles, on board is another bold move in the world of esports for Harrisburg University. The esports program at Harrisburg is the school’s only varsity sport and represents games like League of Legends, Hearthstone and of course, Overwatch. Harrisburg University varsity players receive full scholarships and play in a state-of-the-arena, fully equipped esports arena. 

“The esports program at Harrisburg University has truly put the university and the city of Harrisburg on the map, and Joemeister will be a real catalyst to our growing momentum,” Harrisburg University president Dr. Eric Darr said in the school's official release.

For Gramano, moving from player to coach was a difficult decision, but also a natural transition. With Harrisburg in his corner and his interest in teaching, the 25-year-old is embracing the future.

“I was studying to be a teacher in college so teaching was always my path," he said. "Things were going well as a player, I was competing and enjoyed it for almost three years. That changed recently, and I don’t regret [retiring]. It’s part of growing up.”

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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

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NBC Sports Philadelphia announces multiplatform coverage of the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles training camp

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NBC Sports Philadelphia announces multiplatform coverage of the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles training camp

Philadelphia, PA (July 25, 2019) – NBC Sports Philadelphia announces their 2019 Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Coverage – the most comprehensive, engaging, multiplatform Eagles coverage in Philadelphia.
 
Exclusive Eagles Training Camp articles, videos, podcasts and photos can be found on the MyTeams App, on www.nbcsportsphiladelphia.com, as well as on all social media channels. Fans should also check out the Eagle Eye and 4thand Jawn podcasts here. Fans can tune in to Quick Slants and SportsNet Central all-season long.
 
Eagles Pregame Live and Eagles Postgame Live will broadcast from NBC Sports Philadelphia’s state of the art studios for all preseason Eagles games.  Michael BarkannSeth JoynerRay Didinger and Barrett Brooks are on set for both programs. Derrick GunnReuben Frank and John Clark provide unparalleled access from the field. Ed Rendell will be back to provide his insights on Eagles Postgame Live. The crew returns between quarters and at halftime for In Game Live, exclusively on Facebook Live and Periscope. Immediately after the game fans can tune into Eagles Postgame Live for instant analysis and insight with player interviews, plus Doug Pederson’s and other key players’ press conferences.
 
Eagles Pregame Live and Eagles Postgame Live will also stream live on the MyTeams app for authenticated subscribers. Out of market Eagles fans can stream the programs on Philly Pass, available here.
 
NBC Sports Philadelphia will also replay all Eagles Preseason games on the following dates and times:


Tennessee at EAGLES
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Friday, August 9 at 6:30pm
Saturday, August 10 at 12:00pm
 
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Saturday, August 10 at 9:00pm
 
EAGLES at Jacksonville
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Saturday, August 17 at 12:00pm
 
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Saturday, August 17 at 3:00pm
 
Baltimore at EAGLES
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Saturday, August 24 at 12:00pm
 
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Saturday, August 24 at 10:00pm
 
EAGLES at New York Jets
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Saturday, August 31 at 12:00pm
 
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Saturday, August 31 at 9:00pm