NBC Sports Philadelphia names Travis Hughes director of digital content

logo.png
NBC Sports Philadelphia

NBC Sports Philadelphia names Travis Hughes director of digital content

Philadelphia, PA (April 20, 2018) – NBC Sports Philadelphia, the home for the most comprehensive coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Sixers has named Travis Hughes Director of Digital Content for the network. He starts his new role on Monday, April 30. The move was announced by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Vice President Content, Michelle Murray.

In this newly-created position, Hughes is responsible for the network’s portfolio of multi-platform content and initiatives, across NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, digital and social media platforms, and podcasts. He’ll also lead efforts to increase brand engagement with Philadelphia’s passionate sports fans, and develop long-range content initiatives for the network.

“Combining his knowledge and passion for the home town teams, along with Travis’ success in building and growing strong brand engagement, will be a powerful combination as we continue our transformation into a multiplatform destination for Philadelphia sport fans,” said Murray.  

"I remember the day CSN came on the air in 1997, and I've been looking up to the network ever since,” said Hughes. “The opportunity to come home and join such an amazing team is a dream come true. I cannot wait to get started." 

Hughes comes to NBC Sports Philadelphia from Vox Media where he managed sports coverage at SB Nation since 2010. In that role, he oversaw 33 of the SB Nation editorial brands, which drew more than 150 million page views per year. He handled the editorial strategy around their social, partner platforms, video, search, emerging platforms, as well as building video content and distribution.

Hughes also managed Vox Media's editorial partnership with Bill Simmons Media Group's The Ringer site. He grew up in Egg Harbor, N.J., and attended Quinnipiac University, where he majored in Journalism.

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 (@NBCSPhilly).

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

Tony Hawk goes the extra mile to return a favor to young fan and it's epic

Tony Hawk goes the extra mile to return a favor to young fan and it's epic

You know him, you love him and now — there’s going to be a whole new level of respect for one of the greatest athletes in the world. 

Tony Hawk has been a household name for decades and even if you don’t follow the world of professional skateboarding, it’s not hard to recognize the legend that he is. 

Well, what he recently decided to do is just one of the best gestures we’ve seen in a long time. 

A boy named Cooper is a huge Hawk fan and was on a mission to send something to the pro. After chasing down and stopping his local FedEx truck down the street from his house, he asked if the delivery man could mail something for him. 

He quickly ran into his house to grab the item and returned to the truck holding a skateboard and asked if he could send it to Hawk. The board had almost been used to its limit — but on the bottom it had “Tony Hawk” and “Cooper” written on opposite ends.

It felt like a bit out of “Toy Story,” having a name written on the bottom of an item to show ownership — but the gesture was so wholesome, the delivery man said he would get that board to Hawk.  

Here comes the power of the internet. The delivery man, who is also a music artist in the making, used his platform and created a video in hopes to get in contact with the pro skater. He shared it on his TikTok u/fresh2deaf and it went viral overnight. 

@fresh2deaf

@tonyhawk ##fedex ##fedexlife ##fedexdriver

♬ original sound - fresh2deaf

Not even six hours after the initial video was posted, something epic happened — Hawk saw the video and responded to Cooper. Not only did he share his gratitude for the gesture of sending the board, but he wanted to make a fair trade and is sending him one of his own. 

@tonyhawk

♬ original sound - tonyhawk

I’m sure both boards will become memories that Cooper and Hawk will take with them forever. 

There is still good in the world — and Hawk was a clear reminder of that today. 

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

Premier Lacrosse League announces 2020 Championship Series

Premier Lacrosse League announces 2020 Championship Series

Get ready lax fans, the Premier Lacrosse League is brewing something fun for the summer. 

After their inaugural season in 2019 being a huge success, many were looking forward for what was to come during their second go — though due to COVID-19, co-founder of the league, Paul Rabil, announced the postponement of the season that was supposed to kick-off at the end of May. 

The league consists of seven teams, where they hold a tour-based schedule over the course of 14 weeks. Throughout that time, teams travel to major market cities as an innovative and thrilling way to help grow the game. 10 weeks are dedicated to the regular season, with one All-Star weekend and three weeks of pure playoff chaos — in the best possible way. 

Now, while the plans have shifted, fans still have something to look forward to — as it was announced Wednesday that a new, fanless tournament, the PLL Championship Series, is set to take place this summer. 

The series is scheduled to take place July 25-August 9, weeks that were originally slotted for the 2020 Summer Olympics. It will be a 16-day event with 20 games and they will be broadcasted across NBC, NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold and will also be streamed online. 


(Image credit: Premier Lacrosse League) 

Those involved with the event will have to self-quarantine for a certain amount of time leading up to the tournament and the league has also formed a COVID-19 Medical Committee to ensure the safety of all participants. 

The Premier Lacrosse League is excited to be a leader in the return of pro sports this July,” said Rabil. Although we’ve pivoted our originally scheduled season to a full quarantined, finless model, our PLL Championship Series will bring sports fans an innovative and thrilling experience that only the best players in the world can provide. It’s taken a village of top-notch executives to develop.

While a location for the event has not been decided yet, the countdown is most certainly on. 

This tournament holds all of the potential to grow the ever-evolving game of lacrosse during a time with no sports. 

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.