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VideoPropulsion MPEG Transcoder Deployed at Major Sports Venue by Technology Integrator NOR-COM

Cincinnatti, OH (PRWEB) November 29, 2013

VideoPropulsion® Interactive Television (OTC:VPTV) is pleased to announce its high-density, low-cost FloodGate® transcoder solution has been deployed in a major sports venue in Cincinnati by technology integrator NOR-COM, Inc. based in Hebron, Kentucky.

The FloodGate FG-5000 series of transcoders are capable of transcoding from as little as 8 to as many as 168 HD channels. NOR-COM deployed the FG-5400 for a major league sports venue in order to convert 12 channels of DirecTV programming from H.264 to MPEG2 for delivery to older HDTV’s over the venue’s existing coax cable plant. The system is capable of expanding to provide support for additional channels. In addition, the system can support future applications designed to deliver programming to mobile devices by transcoding the incoming H.264 to various H.264 mobile formats.

“VideoPropulsion’s FloodGate has enabled us to quickly solve a problem for our customer and preserve one of their larger technology investments in older HDTVs”, said Barb Hollman, Account Manager, of NOR-COM. “We were delighted with the ease of deployment and appreciated the outstanding support our team received from VideoPropulsion during the installation process.”

Rather than replace over 600 older HD televisions that are only capable of decoding MPEG2, the solution enabled the stadium to solve the problem with just one piece of equipment – the FloodGate FG-5000 Transcoder.

“As major sports fans ourselves, we are pleased to help provide solutions that provide additional entertainment benefits to other fans located in a major sports venue”, said Carl Pick, Founder & CEO at VideoPropulsion. “NOR-COM is a trusted integrator in the industry and they are well-known for providing quality solutions and outstanding service to their customers. We look forward to working more with their team in the future”.

For further information, contact:

Kathy Cain

Vice President of Sales


255 Info Highway

Slinger, WI 53086

(262) 644-1000 x107


Barb Holman

Account Manager


2126 Petersburg Road

Hebron, Kentucky 41048

Direct: (859) 393-0744

Office: (859) 689-7451


About FloodGate

FloodGate appliances from VideoPropulsion bring hospitality HDTV programming from satellite, and cable television MSOs to a variety of hospitality markets and support distribution via RF (coax), IPTV (Ethernet), or wireless (mobile) infrastructures. All FloodGate models automatically encrypt HD channels to meet Hollywood's strict requirements for content protection using standard technologies readily available from commercial hospitality television set and mobile device manufacturers. FloodGate systems can co-exist with most pay-per-view and video on demand systems currently deployed.

About VideoPropulsion

For nearly 40 years, VideoPropulsion has been a world leader in hardware and software for high performance, low cost per stream, digital content manipulation, and has established a reputation for providing unique HDTV, VoD, and IPTV products. The Company offers revolutionary FloodGate satellite and CATV transcryption appliances as well as OEM computer modules for a

variety of applications, including streaming, multiplexing, demultiplexing, modulation, demodulation, transcoding, encryption, and splicing MPEGformatted data.


NOR-COM brings a wealth of knowledge not only to the region but to the national and international markets. For over 40 years NOR-COM’s well trained professional team has focused on assisting each customer with the most advanced products and services to enhance their audio visual, security, IT and Communication needs. Providing exceptional sales, customer based trust, reliability, and a fair price is what continues to make NOR-COM the leader in Technology Integration.

VideoPropulsion and FloodGate are registered trademarks of VideoPropulsion Interactive Television, Inc. DirecTV is a registered trademark of DirecTV.

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9Jan/140 Tests Corvette Stingray, Jaguar F-Type and Lotus Evora in Sports Car Battle

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) October 23, 2013

Sports cars are the aspirational vehicles of the auto industry, and jumped into three of the best to compare and contrast their abilities. The article, Comparison Test: Jaguar F-Type, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Lotus Evora, puts this impressive sports car trio through their paces.

With new technologies available today like smart suspensions, active exhaust and super-fast transmissions, sports cars may be better now than ever before. The three vehicles in the new comparison benefit from a litany of tech goodies, as well as their inherent traditional sports car abilities based on lightweight materials, aggressive engines and dynamic handling.

The article examines these three sports cars and highlights their differences. Still, for all the ways that the Evora, Corvette and F-Type are different, they all share the ability to put a huge smile on the face of their driver.

“The one thing these sports cars definitely have in common is that they are all seriously fun, and our new comparison celebrates their dynamic abilities,” said Founder and CEO Doug Hamlin. "These are truly dream cars, indicative of the new modern era of sports cars that young auto enthusiasts will post all over their bedroom walls for years to come. At the same time, this is a serious buying decision for many customers, and the article will help any interested customer make the right decision for their needs. Readers can use the list to learn about the new models, and then access the New Cars buying guide to request a quote.”

While the three vehicles featured in the sports car comparison are all hot new models, they are also steeped in rich history. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray traces its lineage - and its name - back to the 1950's. The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is a curvaceous callback to the iconic E-Type of the 60's. The 2013 Lotus Evora S embodies all of the racing philosophy of legendary designer Colin Chapman.

Each has taken different paths in search of providing the ultimate driving experience, however. The Corvette Stingray is a front-engined two-seater with a seven-speed transmission, while the F-Type boasts an eight-speed transmission and is available only as a convertible. The Lotus Evora S employs a completely different approach, with four seats and a mid-mounted V6 engine.

Their differences are what make these sports cars so enjoyable. Each feels differently when hands are on the wheel and feet are on the pedals, and there is certainly a vehicle here to fit every enthusiast's desire. Simply put, there isn't a wrong choice in the group. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Lotus Evora S and Jaguar F-Type are at the top of their class today, and will inspire the next generation of sports cars that eventually take their place as modern day classics.

“There is a lot to choose from, and is here to help interested buyers make the right decision,” said Hamlin.

Keep checking for the latest news, photos and analysis from around the automotive industry.

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Go Beyond Sports: Unlock the Value of Sports Analytics at the Sports Analytics Innovation Summit, Sept 12 & 13, Boston

Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 20, 2013

At sports pitches, tracks and stadiums around the world, the line between success and failure is getting slimmer and sports franchises are turning to new technologies and measurements to give themselves the competitive edge.

The Sports Analytics Innovation Summit will gather over 200 sports performance and analytics leaders in Boston on September 12 & 13 for a unique event to discuss this new and often secretive field.

With the increased use of analytics across elite sports, the sharing of information on how teams are leveraging data for success both on and off the field is vital to continued growth within this specialist field. Teams from across the globe will be arriving to discuss the use of analytics in sports ranging from the development of elite athletes to targeted training techniques amongst the world's most famous major league teams.

Speakers from Manchester United, The NFL and Nike will join an elite group of analysts and innovators to share the secrets behind their sporting and business successes in a thought provoking and innovative environment.

With a multifaceted format this summit is divided into 4 tracks on the following themes: Performance Analysis, Business in Sport, Sport Tech Innovation and Digital Sport Innovation.

"We are seeing an increased dependence on analytics in all aspects of sporting performance" said Rebecca Barrie, International Events Director at Innovation Enterprise. "This summit will provide the ideal platform for those looking to learn more about this new and exciting area within not only elite sports performance but also from a marketing and business point of view, whilst also allowing those working in the field to share ideas in an informal setting".

George Hill, Managing Editor for Sports Performance & Technology had this to say about previous events "These kind of events are what those of us working in the industry need, not only to make sure we are working at the cutting edge but also to make sure we aren't making mistakes that others have made in the past. Increasingly we are seeing that without peer to peer discussions, those working within this emerging field are often not utilizing new technologies or approaches in the best ways".

With its world-class content, interactive sessions and networking opportunities this summit will provide the insight necessary to pioneer strategies in your organization.

For a complete list of speakers, timings and for registration visit:

About Innovation Enterprise:

Innovation Enterprise, a CFO Publishing company is an independent business-to-business multi-channel media brand focused on the information needs of Senior Finance, Operations, Planning, Strategy, Decision Support & Advanced Analytics executives. Products include IE.Summits, IE.Finance, IE.Analytics, IE.Operations, IE.Strategy, IE.Membership and IE.Insights.

Whether it's delivered online, or in person, everything IE produces reflects the company's unshakeable belief in the power of information to spur innovation.


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New Ballet Flats Create Winning Look for College Sports Fans

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 18, 2013

Female fans of college sports can now complete their game day look with chic and comfortable ballet flats from LillyU. The very first fashionable footwear line created exclusively for the soles of 78 million female collegiate fans is now available and ready for kickoff for the fall football season.

Dubbed Tailgate Toes, the LillyU line is centered around the excitement of sporting ones school colors. It came about when Kassie Rempel, the founder of Lillybee shoes and University of North Carolina graduate embarked on a quest to look spiritedly stylish at a UNC basketball game. Finding little in the stylish but spirited category, with her background in shoe design and with Rempels business partner, Lisa Palmers background in wholesale, the two founded LillyU in February 2013.

The bi-color striped shoes (available in whole sizes from 6-11) retail for $ 58. Fans can accessorize their flats with one of three shoe-clip options; solid colored bows ($ 15), solid colored bows with school mascots ($ 18) or round enamel shoe clips with the school lettering ($ 28).

Participating collegiate shops, on and off campus bookstores, fan shops and specialty boutiques will carry the shoes. In addition, the flats can be ordered directly from, where purchasers currently receive free shipping on all U.S. orders. Below is a list of the universities that are represented:

Auburn University Auburn, AL

Clemson University Clemson, SC

Duke Durham, NC

Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA

North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

Ohio State University Columbus, OH

Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK

Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

Texas A&M University College Station, TX

Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX

Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX

The Pennsylvania State University - State College, PA

The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ

The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Oklahoma Norman, OK

The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX

The University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

University of Florida Gainesville, FL

University of Georgia Athens, GA

University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

University of Missouri Columbia, MO

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC

University of South Carolina Columbia, SC

University of Tennessee Knoxville Knoxville, TN

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Vanderbilt Nashville, TN

Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Wake Forest Winston Salem, NC

To order, visit or call 202-333-1036.

According to IMG College

-There are 78 million female college sports fans, more than any major sports league.

Statistics from NACS (National Association of College Stores)

-$ 10.23 Billion Annually

Total U.S. College Store Market

-$ 4.5 Billion Annually

Total Non-Book Sales

-College enrollment for 2011 was 19.1 million students.

-College students have an average of $ 179 per month to spend on discretionary purchases.

About LillyU

Based in Washington, DC, LillyU is the brainchild of Kassie Rempel, an admitted shoe-freak and born-and-bred Carolina fan. Kassie founded an e-commerce shoe boutique called, SimplySoles, and sold it in 2012 to focus on her new passion footwear for fans. While its true she technically created the line just so shed look spiritedly stylish at the Dean Dome, she is thrilled to be able to share the collection with fans of all sorts (Duke perhaps excluded). The line and label wouldnt exist without the guardianship and stewardship of Kassies partner, Lisa Palmer. Both Kassie and Lisa each, separately, founded a company called Lillybee. It was their love of their independent lines (one designed shoes, the other childrens clothing) that first brought them together. After speaking about it for so many years, in 2012 they finally fused their knowledge, passion, and experience into one joint and single company, Lillybee LLC (the parent company of LillyU).


Media Contact: Darlene Fiske, 512-331-7755, darlene(at)thefiskegroup(dot)com

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Montana Techs Installation of a Shaw Sports Turf Field Underway and Expected to Pay Dividends in Football

Butte, Montana (PRWEB) June 12, 2013

Former Montana Tech football coach Bob Green once compared his football team to a woodpecker in a petrified forest. He said they just keep busy and look for opportunities.

Thats what the now retired coach has always done and, as the man at the forefront of the soon-to-be-completed Digger Turf project, his persistence has paid off.

As part of the massive project, Montana Tech will now be playing on a state-of-the-art synthetic surface from Shaw Sports Turf.

Along with the field improvements, Montana Tech will be looking to improve the football program. The Orediggers, who were 8-3 under Chuck Morrell last season, are making their case as a force to be reckoned with in the Frontier Conference and the NAIA. The Orediggers are ranked as high as 11th in one early pre-season poll.

Weve been recruiting players for the style of offense well be able to run on the new field, said Morrell. We are a wide-open offensive team and the Shaw Sports Turf field is a fast and firm surface which complements our style of play.

Morrell also said the field will provide other benefits for the team and the school.

The field gives us a bright future when it comes to recruiting, he said. From a functionality standpoint, the versatility of the product lends itself to countless uses, no matter what the daily weather is like in Butte. The field will be a great source of pride to everyone associated with Montana Tech and shows the schools commitment to providing first-class facilities.

The new surface is Shaw Sports Turfs PowerBlade Bolt system. Bolt is a stronger, more resilient monofilament fiber, featuring a lightning bolt shape which creates a stronger vertical axis that causes fibers to stand upright for less breakdown and increased durability. Bolt is specifically built for performance and to reflect light for a lower luster and more natural looking field.

The Diggers football program is on the move up, said Kevin Senf, Territory Manager with Shaw Sports Turf. We are proud to involved with such a great school and great people.

Shaw Sports Turf has installed practice and stadium fields on more than 1,000 playing surfaces for all different types of sports and recreational activities, including many major collegiate programs such as Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, LSU and the University of Arkansas.

Additionally, Shaw Sports Turf installed the practice and game fields for the world champion Baltimore Ravens. Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for the Ravens, is a spokesman for Shaw Sports Turf.

The field will come in 42 separate rolls, weighing a total of 55,000 lbs. The infill will be comprised of 137,600 lbs. of sand and 316,000 lbs. of rubber. Installation will require 7,000 feet of seaming tape, 58 one pound spools of thread, and 207 pails of adhesive.

The Orediggers will be looking for opportunities to make it to the top when they open their home campaign against University of Montana Western on September 21.

About Shaw Sports Turf

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 1,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.


Chicago Bears NFL Apparel up to 75% off at Sports Fan Playground

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) May 26, 2013

Current and classic Chicago Bears NFL apparel and accessories are available at up to 75% off of retail price at the Sports Fan Playground.

The store has a variety of classic Bears NFL sports memorabilia that commemorates the classic Bears teams of the 1930s and 1940s, during the club's early years. The store also has classic Chicago Bears memorabilia from the famous 1985 Bears team that won the SuperBowl with items from classic players including Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, William "Refrigerator" Perry, and the iconic coach, Mike Ditka. Classic items include footballs, jerseys, shirts, photos, signed helmets and more.

The store has current Bears NFL apparel and merchandise including jerseys, sweatshirts, t-shirts, office products, home products, tailgating items, flags, among other items. In terms of jerseys, the top Bears NFL jerseys are available including Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers, Charles Tillman and many more.

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The Sports Fan Playground is a leading provider of top sporting goods and accessories from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, WWE, UFC, Barclays Premier League, and other top organizations around the world. The website recently added a special Nike store section, as well as classic sports memorabilia, jerseys, hats, and sporting goods equipment from major professional and college sports leagues. The store recently expanded its inventory to carry the top sporting goods and equipment for all sports including MMA, baseball, hockey, football, cheerleading, golf, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, bowling, camping, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, boxing, boating, cycling and many more.

Along with the website, the store also recently launched the new website, which specializes in the sale of IT solutions for small business and enterprise companies, as well as consumers. Items available include modems, routers, switches, adapters, cables, computer cases, speakers, cooling fans, office products, furniture, laptop computers, desktop PCs, memory, memory cards, and more from companies such as Cisco, HP, Lenovo, Apple and others.

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Georgia’s Mount Paran Christian School First Ever To Install Shaw Sports Turf’s New PowerBlade Bolt System

KENNESAW, Georgia (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

It would be difficult to find a more scenic high school campus than the 65-acre facility at Mount Paran Christian School (MPCS) in Kennesaw.

The campus views are spectacular, but there may be a new visual centerpiece, in the form of blue-and-white checkerboards.

MPCS has just completed installation of an all-new Shaw Sports Turf field at the schools stadium, which features the checkerboard pattern in the end zones.

Its been a two-year process, said Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Mitch Jordan. Other schools have installed synthetic turf and it piqued our interest. With the generous donation from two Mount Paran Christian families, this provides a major piece in the development of our athletic facilities and we couldnt be happier with our Shaw Sports Turf field.

Jordan said that availability was one of the major reasons the school chose to move to synthetic turf. With football, soccer, lacrosse, and other activities, the grass field was being used year-round by 10 teams, making maintenance difficult and leaving the natural surface little time to recover from wear and tear.

It also provides the teams there with the ability to be more effective in practice.

From a football perspective, we can practice every day on the field where we will play our games, which is different from a practice field, said Jordan. It gives us an advantage because the landmarks (yard lines, hash marks) are consistent and it helps our receivers, secondary, and linebackers improve their performance. It also means when we are in the goal line or red zone periods during practice, the field is properly marked and gives us the feel of being in a real game situation.

Jordan also believes the field offers other advantages for the school.

The Shaw Sports Turf field provides a new standard for athletics at MPCS, said Jordan. The product is the most technologically advanced and exceeds whats out there and it shows our commitment to athletics. I believe this will have a big impact on our school, both on, and off, the field.

Jordan cited several reasons for choosing the Shaw Sports Turf product.

We looked at every company out there, said Jordan. We believe Shaw Sports Turf offers a superior product, it is a local company, and they differentiated themselves with their technology and responsiveness to our needs.

The technology behind the new field is the new PowerBlade Bolt system, making MPCS the first installation of its kind.

Bolt is a stronger, more resilient monofilament fiber, featuring a lightning bolt shape which creates a stronger vertical axis that causes fibers to stand upright for less breakdown and increased durability. Bolt is specifically built for performance and to reflect light for a lower luster and more natural looking field.

Approximately 71% of Mount Paran students participate in athletics and they consistently show their commitment to their athletic programs, said Jim Watts, Territory Manager with Shaw Sports Turf. As a result, its no surprise that they selected PowerBlade Bolt, the most advanced engineered turf system in the market. We are looking forward to watching the Eagles success on this field for years to come.

Shaw Sports Turf has installed practice and stadium fields on more than 1,000 playing surfaces for all different types of sports and recreational activities, including many major collegiate programs such as Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, LSU and the University of Arkansas.

Additionally, Shaw Sports Turf installed the practice and game fields for the world champion Baltimore Ravens. Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for the Ravens, is a spokesman for Shaw Sports Turf.

The project at Mount Paran was completed in late March and is already being used by several of the schools sports teams.

About Shaw Sports Turf

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 1,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.

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Nominees & Inductees Announced for the SPORTYS Central Florida Sports Awards & Hall of Fame to be held Sept. 22 at Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) September 18, 2012

Ryan Lochte and Tyson Gay top the list of impressive nominees for the 2nd Annual SPORTYS @ Full Sail University, with Vince Carter, Annika Sorenstam and Jeff Turner to be inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

The SPORTYS will honor the top area teams, high school, collegiate and professional athletes, coaches, deserving local residents and businesses throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties. The SPORTY will be presented to the winners in ten award categories: Team of the Year, High School Athlete of the Year, College Athlete of the Year, Professional Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Business of the Year, Employee of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Media of the Year and the Community Spirit Award. See below for a complete list of award nominees.

During the show, the Class of 2012 will be inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame is the continuation of a great regional sports tradition, where 83 other Central Floridians have been honored for their distinguished accomplishments within professional and amateur sports since 1981. The 2012 class will join past inductees including Arnold Palmer, Dot Richardson, Nick Anderson, Chipper Jones and Doc Rivers, in a permanent display located on the terrace level of the Amway Center.

The Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will include:

Vince Carter Vince Carter, born in Daytona Beach, was a high school McDonalds All-American and was voted Floridas 1995 Basketball Player of the Year. An eight (8) time NBA All-Star, Carter played 1


Paul Bovi of Panorama Sports Comments on Las Vegas Proposition Wagers for Super Bowl XLIII

Laguna Beach, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2009

If it's action you crave, and the 7 point spread for this Sunday's Super Bowl match up does not tickle your fancy, help has arrived.

The vast majority of Las Vegas and offshore book makers spent the better part of last week concocting a virtual smorgasbord of proposition wagers which have now been made available to the betting public as the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the upstart Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, a city hosting their fourth NFL Championship Game.

Long gone are the days in which the betting action was confined to strictly the point-spread and over/under. Today the proliferation of proposition wagering options has turned the Super Bowl into a gamblers' dream, with enough options to make Pacman Jones' rap sheet read like Cat in the Hat.

'Prop' bets originated in the early 1980's as a whim and now provide an expansive wagering menu which ties in to individual players, team performance, and specific events that occur within the game, or in the case of the coin toss or duration of the national anthem, ones immediately preceding it. Variations of the point spread and total are also available.

For example, while the Steelers have settled in as 7 point favorites, a bettor that anticipates a Pittsburgh blowout could opt to lay more points in exchange for better odds.

In recent years, prop wagers have taken on such a creative flavor, that they now link other sporting events taking place in and around the Super Bowl to players, stats, and events in the big game itself.

Two years ago, one casino went so far as to offer props that pitted players of the then present day Bears against those of the Mike Ditka coached 1985 team that ran off 46 consecutive points en route to their annihilation of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.

Immediately preceding the Super Bowl, LeBron James and company will make the 169 mile trek across I 80 to take on Allen Iverson and the Pistons in a nationally televised NBA contest. Creative betting shops have hung a 1 and a half point number favoring LeBron to score more points than Mike Tomlin's Steelers in addition to a few other game related wagers to stir your competitive juices.

As props vary from venue to venue, and are often times created by innovative managers striving to set their book apart from the competition, the number of props that are available has grown to mammoth proportions safely exceeding 500 in number when accounting for Nevada and offshore outlets.

The sheer size of the prop menu will create betting opportunities, as the more options that the lines makers make available, the more prone he is to an oversight or miscalculation.

A classic example of that occurred in Super Bowl XXXVI as an 'over/under' prop for then Rams receiver Ricky Proehl, opened at 14.5 yards, which was inexplicably low based on the numbers which he compiled during the regular season.

Proehl played in all 16 regular season games that season and rang up 563 yards, an average of some 35 per contest and more than twice what the 'over/under' opened. Gradually the yardage moved up, eventually closing at 16


Sports Columnist Paula Duffy Brings National Attention to Need for Protective Mouth Guards in Sports to Reduce Concussions

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 11, 2008

Paula Duffy, National Sports Examiner for and regular contributor to The Huffington Post wrote an article ('If a Simple Mouth Guard Can Prevent Concussions, Why Isn't the NFL All Over It?') that has ignited interest in and directed attention towards ways to reduce or prevent the alarming number of sports-related concussions, especially in the National Football League.

Duffy's column in the ( expressing concern for St. Louis Rams quarterback Trent Green and his return to the field after suffering two concussions in one calendar year, including one at the most severe level identified by medical professionals, elicited an informative phone call from Mahercor Laboratories, LLC. Headed up by the New England Patriot's team dentist for more than two decades, Dr. Gerald Maher, Mahercor Laboratories ( has developed an innovative mouth guard, The Maher Mouth Guard, which aids in the prevention of concussions for all athletes participating in contact sports, from professionals to youth players.

Dr. Maher says that the current NFL-approved helmet chin strap directly contributes to concussions that arise from a blow to the jaw. It compacts the end of the jawbone against the skull and increases the likelihood of the bone striking the temporal lobe of the brain, increasing the symptoms of dizziness, the sensation of seeing stars and headaches commonly known as a "ding."

The Maher Mouth Guard helps reduce the chances of suffering from a concussion. The implementation of this properly-fitted mouth guard with the prescribed thickness separates the mandible (lower jaw) from the maxilla (upper jaw). This limits the chance of obtaining a concussion via a direct blow to the jaw. This, as well as wearing properly fitted protective head gear and chin straps allows for the utmost protection from dangerous head trauma.

Duffy's articles in the and Huffington Post center on the questions surrounding the seemingly inexplicable lack of interest by the NFL to study and approve Dr. Maher's product which is already successfully used by the New England Patriots, numerous high school and college athletic programs, individual NFL players and a number of boxing, hockey and lacrosse professionals.

A seven year old NFL study with data that is even older (1996-2001) cites an incidence of .41 concussions per game every week during the football season. Duffy's concern is for players not aware of the anecdotal evidence about the Maher Mouth Guard waiting for the league or their union to give the nod to a product for on-field use. Duffy believes solutions such as those offered by Mahercor Laboratories should be immediately evaluated for use by athletes at risk.

Things may in fact be starting to happen. Researchers recently presented statistical evidence ( of athletes treated for Temporomandibular (jaw) Disorders (TMD) prior to the fitting of the (Maher) orthotic appliance at the largest collection of concussion experts in the world, the 2008 FIFA International Conference on Concussion in Sport in Zurich Switzerland. This may be the forum needed to fully understand the relevance and benefits of these procedures.

"While a concussion policy in the league has been instituted to prevent players from being forced back onto the field without regard to their health, prevention seems to be the solution in the long run, at least to me," stated Duffy.

Mahercor Laboratories product line includes The Maher Standard Mouth Guard (LEVEL I), an introductory maxillary stabilizing mouth guard designed for someone involved in a sport where mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) from non-direct impacts to the face and jaw are to be expected. The Maher Intact Mouth Guard (LEVEL II) is designed for anyone involved in a sport where mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) from hard impacts to the face and jaws are to be expected. This mouth guard is composed of a multi-layered laminated EVA material to enhance tooth protection and a patent pending posterior occusal rim to improve condyle disk relationship to lessen the potential for concussions. The Maher B-Protect Splint (LEVEL III) is designed to position the condyle-disc assembly into the optimum position to resist concussive forces.

Since its development, no NFL Player wearing any products in The Mahercor Laboratories product line has ever succumbed to a concussion from a blow to the jaw.

About Paula Duffy:

Paula Duffy is a prominent national sports radio personality with a weekly co-hosting role on Sports Journey Radio. Duffy also serves as a national columnist for the acclaimed Huffington Post and National Sports Examiner for one of the nation's largest news sites, Formerly a senior corporate lawyer for Sony and General Counsel for Vivendi Games, Duffy is a practicing attorney frequently called upon by the national media to provide commentary on US sports stars and institutions and their collisions with the legal system. Duffy is the founder of Incidental Contact, LLC (, a sports learning site for women, which features her acclaimed Daily Dose of Duffy columns and podcasts, the instructional "Woman's Guide To" line of bestselling audio books and her Sports Knowledge To-Go packages.

About Mahercor Laboratories LLC:

Since beginning work with the New England Patriots in 1979, Dr. Maher has learned about player complaints relating to existing mouth guards first-hand. Players expressed the need to be able to breathe, talk and drink with ease and comfort, both from the sidelines as well as during play, without having to take out their mouth guard.

Based on scientific research by Jack Stenger at the University of Notre Dame. This revolutionary device not only held the jaw in place, but also allowed for continuation of common, everyday functions. After years of development, the final product materialized.

In forming Mahercor Laboratories LLC, our hope is to aid in the prevention of concussions for all athletes participating in contact sports, from professionals to youth players.

Additional information on Mahercor Laboratories LLC can be found at

For more information on how Dentists can become licensed distributors of the Maher Mouth Guard, please email certification @ or call Operations 617-968-3616.

About Dr. Gerald J. Maher:

Dr. Gerald J. Maher has practiced dentistry for more than 30 years. Specializing in TMJ and Facial Pain, Dr. Maher is a Fellow in the American Academy of Facial Pain. He received his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1973 and became a team dentist for the New England Patriots in 1979.

Dr. Maher is an active member of several dental organizations, including: The American Dental Society; the Massachusetts Dental Society; Academy of General Dentistry; Academy of Stress and Chronic Disease, American Academy of Sports Medicine; and The American Academy of Head, Neck and Facial Pain, to name a few. He is a staff doctor at Jordan Hospital, Professor of Dental Science at Massasoit Community College and serves on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance, TMJ & Oral Surgery Advisory Panel.

Dr. Maher has also published several articles on TMJ dysfunctions. He has lectured throughout the nation on subjects ranging from "Cranial Neurology" to "Stress Related Facial Pain in Athletics."

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