NBC Sports Regional Networks are 'Headstrong' this November

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NBC Sports Regional Networks are 'Headstrong' this November

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 5, 2019 – NBC Sports Regional Networks is launching its multiplatform initiative on mental health and men’s health, HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports, throughout November. The month-long campaign begins with the debut of feature documentary HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports, on each of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, on-site activations and events planned in several key markets, and robust short-form content featuring a broad array of perspectives on mental health and men’s health.  The documentary is produced in partnership with Religion of Sports, the Sports Emmy-winning media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, and Gotham Chopra.

The documentary HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports tells the story of four elite athletes who have faced mental health challenges: Justise Winslow, forward/guard for the Miami Heat; Nathan Braaten, former Oregon State University soccer player and founder of Dam Worth It; Hayden Hurst, Baltimore Ravens tight end; and Clint Malarchuk, former goalie for the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals, and Buffalo Sabres. Six-time Pro Bowl receiver and Founder of House Of Athlete Brandon Marshall also appears in the program and serves as an executive producer.

HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports premieres this week on the NBC Sports Regional Networks, beginning Nov. 7, and debuts nationwide on NBCSN on November 20. Each network will present multiple encores throughout the month. Below are the debut days and times for each of the NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBCSN:

NBC Sports Bay Area: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. PT

NBC Sports Boston: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET

NBC Sports California: Nov. 9 at 10:30 p.m. PT

NBC Sports Chicago: Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. CT

NBC Sports Northwest: Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. PT

NBC Sports Philadelphia: Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Washington: Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET

NBCSN: Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. ET

As part of the HeadStrong initiative, a series of more than 35 short-form digital video features focused on mental health and men’s health issues will be released throughout the month on a special HeadStrong web page, www.nbcsports.com/headstrong. An additional 50-plus combined short-form digital video features will be published by the NBC Sports Regional Networks on their respective HeadStrong sites, focused on local subjects and stories. Written articles, social content, and other media will complement the feature documentary and short-form videos. A trailer of the one-hour documentary special is available here

To create additional awareness and further the conversation surrounding mental health and men’s health issues, NBC Sports Regional Networks will host special events and activations in several markets, including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington. The events, which begin this week, will feature insights from medical experts and those who have experienced mental health issues, among others, as well as screenings of HeadStrong content.

Many NBC Sports Regional Networks on-air commentators are making personal pledges to support the initiative. In partnership with Movember and their annual campaign in which men grow moustaches during November to generate awareness and raise funds for men’s health issues, more than 15 NBC Sports Regional Networks hosts, analysts and reporters will ‘grow their mo,’ and promote their efforts across platforms. Fans can follow their progress by using #HeadStrongNBC and #Movember.

The initiative follows NBC Sports Regional Networks’ successful documentary project last year on youth sports, entitled Fair Play, and the 2017 initiative TOMBOY, which focused on gender issues in sports. Both Fair Play and TOMBOY were produced by NBC Sports Regional Networks, and were televised nationwide on NBC Owned Television Stations and NBCSN.

-NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS-

ABOUT NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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, 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 NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

ABOUT RELIGION OF SPORTS

Religion of Sports is a Sports Emmy-award winning Sports Media Content company co-founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra (CCO) and also guided by Ameeth Sankaran (CEO).  The company produces content ranging from short form video to podcast to feature films that answer the core question “Why Sports Matter”.  Content includes its flagship Religion of Sports series, Shut Up & Dribble on Showtime, the Emmy-winning docu-series Tom vs. Time with Tom Brady for Facebook Watch and most recently Stephen vs The Game with Stephen Curry also for Facebook Watch. www.religionofsports.com

ABOUT MOVEMBER

Movember is the leading global men’s health charity. The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention. In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives. The charity’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. To donate or learn more, please visit Movember.com.

Media Contacts:

NBC Sports Philadelphia    

Maureen Quilter

Maureen.Quilter@nbcuni.com

Religion of Sports

info@marionpr.com

Movember

Sheryl Tirol

sheryl.tirol@movember.com

Which decade of Philadelphia sports are you? Take the quiz to find out

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Which decade of Philadelphia sports are you? Take the quiz to find out

Throughout the years, Philadelphia sports have had quite the journey. 

Looking back, every decade went through some highs and lows but no matter what, it was always a thrilling time (minus those few pesky seasons that will forever haunt us ... I'm looking at you 1993 Phillies and 2010 Flyers). 

While some years see more success than others, it always seems like the four teams find a way to balance out to keep Philly sane. 

Which decade of Philadelphia sports do you resonate with the most?

Take  the quiz below and find out: 

 

Vote Now! Who is the ultimate Philly Sports Villain?

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Vote Now! Who is the ultimate Philly Sports Villain?

All last week, fans voted to find the ultimate villain for the Eagles, Sixers, Phillies and Flyers. Now, we’re down to four contestants. 

Vote for the ultimate Philly Sports Villain below. 

Here are your nominees:  

Eagles: Chip Kelly

Kelly ruined the Eagles from the inside. And even though the Birds went on to win a Super Bowl just a couple years after his ouster, that pain still runs deep. 

That’s why Kelly beat out Norman Braman, Michael Irvin and Jadeveon Clowney to become the ultimate Eagles villain. 

 

The shame of it was that Chip wasn’t a bad coach. The Eagles won 20 games in his first two years. But he was an awful general manager, getting rid of great talents like DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles. And his idea to treat NFL players like his college athletes was a complete disaster. We always say Chip the GM got Chip the Coach fired … but Chip’s personality didn’t help either. 

After Andy Reid created one of the best locker room cultures in the NFL over 14 years in Philadelphia, it didn’t take Kelly long to completely destroy it. He was cold, awkward and was devoid of what we later began to call “emotional intelligence.” 

— Dave Zangaro 

Sixers: The Colangelos 

The other villains on this list are plenty worthy and deserve your consideration.

But are they guilty of a hostile takeover, nepotism, poor personnel decisions, the mishandling of a star player’s injury and last but certainly not least making the organization the laughing stock of the entire league?

Only one father-son duo is guilty of that: The Colangelos. While you may not have been on board with Sam Hinkie’s Process, consider how disastrous Bryan Colangelo’s tenure was as the team’s president of basketball operations.

Colangelo got the Ben Simmons’ pick right … but little else after. He passed on All-Star Pascal Siakam twice late in the first round of that same draft. Under his stewardship, Joel Embiid played a game on what turned out to be a season-ending injury. He got swindled by Danny Ainge and agreed to trade for the No. 1 overall pick before even seeing Markelle Fultz work out. He also got little in return for former lottery picks Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.

And just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse, Collargate happened. While Colangelo feels “absolved” for the incident it’s still a stain for the Sixers’ organization and still a punchline around the league.

While you can’t go wrong picking any of the villains on this list, consider the Colangelo conglomerate as the biggest.

— Paul Hudrick 

Phillies: Joe Carter

It's no surprise that Carter beat out Chipper Jones, J.D. Drew and Cody Ross for ultimate Phillies Villain. The guy hit a walk-off home run to win his team a World Series, which has happened only twice in baseball history.

It was the ultimate heartbreak for Phillies fans.

Jim Salisbury had an interesting, funny story about how Carter even got to Toronto. Then-Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick was the man who orchestrated the blockbuster trade that sent Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to San Diego for Roberto Alomar and Carter. You don't see 2-for-2 trades like that anymore. 

Carter has his own wing in the Hall of Phillies Villains, though he was a very good player against most teams. He hit 402 career home runs. The biggest one came at the Phillies' expense.

— Corey Seidman

Flyers: Sidney Crosby 

Not only is Crosby the clear-cut No. 1 Flyers villain, but he’s also right up there among the top villains in Philly sports.

The rivalry with the Penguins’ star goes back to 2005 and is still humming.

Crosby has scored more goals (43) against the Flyers than he has against any other team and he owns 105 points in 70 career regular-season meetings with the orange and black. He has also knocked the Flyers out of the playoffs three times and has won three Stanley Cup titles in Pittsburgh while the Flyers continue to look for their first championship since 1975.

There’s something about the way in which he plays (and wins) that has never jived with Flyers fans. The disdain for No. 87 is authentic and it won’t be fizzling anytime soon.

— Jordan Hall