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Tom Brady Suspension Upheld

July 30, 2015
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The Tom Brady “Deflategate” saga has ended, for now. Will Brinson NFL writer for CBS Sports has the story.

In a massive win for the NFL over the legal fight starting to cook up between the league, union and Tom Brady, Judge Richard Kyle ordered the lawsuit filed by the NFLPA be moved and conjoined with the NFL’s original filing in New York.

Judge Kyle noted the NFL’s action in New York “triggers application of the first-filed rule” and therefore “perceives no reason for this action to proceed in Minnesota.”

The short version of the court’s ruling?

“The Court strongly suspects the Union filed in Minnesota because it has obtained favorable rulings from this Court in the past on behalf of its members,” Judge Kyle wrote.

Yeah, pretty much. As we noted last night while looking at the lawsuit filed by the union on behalf of Brady, the NFLPA has had a ton of success in Minnesota, particularly with Judge Doty. Adrian Peterson overcame a suspension-related ruling there and based on the context of the union’s lawsuit, it seemed possible the Patriots quarterback might find similar success.

That’s out the window now and the union didn’t make any friends in Minnesota with their filing, apparently.

“Indeed, the Court sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesotaat all,” Judge Kyle wrote. “Brady plays for a team in Massachusetts; the Union is headquartered in Washington, D.C.; the NFL is headquartered in New York; the arbitration proceedings took place in New York; and the award was issued in New York.”

So now we focus on the Big Apple and the NFLPA’s next move in what feels like a lengthy legal battle.

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Russel Wilson’s Contract Negotiation with the Seahawks

July 27, 2015
Seahawk's Training Camp starts Friday. Will Wilson agree to a deal before then?

Seahawk’s Training Camp starts Friday. Will Wilson agree to a deal before then?

Articles like this is why John Clayton is a hall of fame sports writer. Many media members have made a mockery of the Seahawk’s contract negotiation with Russell Wilson. Many incorrect facts have been reported and rumors have been portrayed as non-fiction. Straight to the point, here’s exactly what is going on with Russel Wilson and the Seahawks.

For the second time this year, Russell Wilson is on the 1-yard line with time running out and the chance to reach paydirt. In the Super Bowl, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called a pass instead of a run. This week, it’s Wilson’s call.

If Wilson doesn’t reach a contract extension by the opening of training camp later this week, he is likely to play out the season for $1.542 million and await the likelihood of getting a franchise tag next February. It’s not that the Seahawks want to shut down negotiations on a long-term extension — Wilson is their most important signing. But talks won’t extend into camp.

Logic says Wilson and the Seahawks will agree to a deal. He’s arguably the seventh- or eighth-best quarterback in the league. And while the team behind him has played a huge role, the results are there. He’s 36-12 during the regular season, 6-2 in the playoffs and has been to two Super Bowls. He has made less than $3 million since coming into the league as a third-round pick. He deserves to get paid, and the Seahawks aren’t low-balling him.

But if they don’t reach a deal, the decision is his. Wilson hinted publicly he wants something in the range of $25 million a year. Aaron Rodgers is the league’s highest-paid player, with an average annual salary of $22 million. While the Seahawks might be able to finesse some kind of deal that might get the average slightly over $22 million, Wilson could still have to accept a deal much less than he believes is his market value.

According to sources, the Seahawks would be willing to give him a contract worth a little less than that of Ben Roethlisberger, who is the league’s second-highest-paid player at $21.85 million a year. That deal established this year’s top quarterback market. Roethlisberger has three Super Bowl appearances and two rings, and he’s coming off a season in which he threw for 4,952 yards and carried a team with a defense in decline.

The market for $24-25 million quarterbacks is next year, when the cap is expected to increase by as much as $10 million. Timing is everything when the cap is involved. And that’s the crux of Wilson’s dilemma: waiting could be costly. First, he would lose the $18-20 million he might be able to bank this season. Second, his bargaining leverage could be neutered by a nonexclusive franchise tag that could be around $20.3 million or less, depending on the 2016 cap number.

The nonexclusive tag does give his agent the ability to find a team willing to give him a tender worth signing. That team would have to be willing to part with two first-round picks. While Wilson might be worth two first-rounders to a number of teams, interested teams might not be willing to go that route knowing the Seahawks would probably match.

We can play out a hypothetical: Let’s say another team is willing to give Wilson a four-year deal for $100 million in 2016. With Wilson making only $1.542 million this year, that deal will still allow him to make only $101.5 million over the next five years (including 2015), an average of $20.3 million. That’s less than what the Seahawks are reportedly offering now.

To match what the Seahawks are offering now, Wilson would need a four-year deal (starting in 2016) averaging $26 million per year. Andrew Luck, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers probably don’t even have the clout to take the numbers that high.

One thing that has to be annoying to Wilson, though, is what the Seahawks can give him in 2015. Roethlisberger received a $31 million signing bonus. Cam Newton was paid $31 million this year. The Seahawks probably can’t go to more than $20 million in cash this year because of the salary cap (they have $9.27 million in cap room). Suffice it to say, things are tight.

If it’s important for Wilson to get $25 million this year, the team might be able to work out something in a five-year deal to stretch out the signing bonus pro-ration.

The clock is ticking. Wilson is always looking for the big play. Not getting $25 million a year would be disappointing to him, but we will find out this week whether he is willing to take a “checkdown” instead of gambling too much downfield.

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Seahawks Trademark 12s

July 21, 2015
Paul Allen has now trademarked "12s"

The Seahawks continue to strengthen their trademarks associated with “12”. Darren Rovel of ESPN reports.

The Seattle Seahawks are a step closer to owning more of the number 12 market.

The entity that owns the team, Paul Allen’s Northwest Football LLC, was granted the trademark to “12s” last week.

Over the last nine years, the company has filed for and received trademarks for “Spirit of 12,” “Bring on the 12,” the number 12 on flags and banners and, in March, became the owner of the trademark “We are 12.”

All told, the Seahawks are now the registered owners of 11 trademarks that involve “12,” and have filed for six more “12”-related marks.

One trademark the Seahawks do not own is “12th Man,” which was registered by Texas A&M in 1990. The team and the school struck a deal in 2006 for the Seahawks to use “12th Man” around the stadium, but the not to use it on merchandise. In 2011, that deal — which costs the Seahawks only $5,000 — was extended until June 2016.

Given the fact that the team has become more popular through back to back Super Bowls, it’s expected that A&M might ask for more money this time around. Then again, the Seahawks have protected themselves by trademarking “12.” Seahawks jerseys with “12” on the back with the nameplate “Fan” are among the most popular in the league.

Shane Hinckley, assistant vice president of business development for the Aggies, said Tuesday that the two parties have been discussing an extension of the deal and that there has been no mention of the Seahawks wanting to pay additionally to merchandise “12th Man.”

A Seahawks representative did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

A&M’s association with the 12th man can be traced back to 1922. The Seahawks famously retired the No. 12, as a tribute to their fans, in 1984.

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Franchise Tag Deadline

July 15, 2015
Bryant and Thomas were both successful in their negotiations

Bryant and Thomas were both successful in their negotiations

Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas proved why it is best to wait until the deadline to sign a new contract if a team is threatening to franchise tag you. Both receivers signed contracts before the 1 p.m. PST deadline at 5 years, $70 million with $45 million and $43.5 million guaranteed respectively. A franchise tag would’ve paid each receiver $12.8 Million for the 2015 season however, they would’ve been at risk to getting injured before locking in a long term deal. The Franchise Tag enables a team lock in a player who is due to become an unrestricted free agent. The player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five cap hits at the player’s position for the previous five years applied to the current salary cap, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. There were rumors that the management of Denver and Dallas were “colluding” with each other to drive down the numbers for both contracts. There is no penalty against agents or players discussing terms of contract negotiations, though and I believe that is why both Bryant and Thomas ended up with nearly identical contracts. Big-time NFL contract negotiations essentially come down to comparables. Comparing production within a player’s position and what a previous player received in compensation. Fore more information consider contacting a Seattle NFL Agent.

The Failure of Adidas

June 29, 2015
Arguably the worst uniform line ever assembled

Arguably the worst uniform line ever assembled

 Adidas has now written the textbook on how to fail. Unbelievable to see a brand that was the leader in the entire industry fall to the much justified criticism and ridicule. Couldn’t agree more on this outstanding article by Jim Weber of Lostletterman.com. See the piece below.

The niche for each of the Big Three sports apparel companies is abundantly clear:

Nike is the gold standard, Under Armour is the millennial brand and adidas is a running joke.

Just how bad are things for the Three Stripes?

The German-based apparel company fell behind Under Armour in U.S. sales for the first time last year and is now being lapped by Nike.

2014 U.S. Sales (through August)

Nike: $11.8 billion

Under Armour: $2.6 billion

Adidas: $1.6 billion

Even more alarming than the new pecking order is how Adidas has become the butt of jokes:

If adidas is going to catch back up to Under Armour and become a respectable challenger to Nike, it’s going to have to start by earning its dignity back.

The number of missteps adidas has taken over the last two decades to fall behind an apparel company that didn’t even exist in 1995 are long and numerous.

They range from botching a shoe deal with Kobe Bryant back in 1996 to acquiring the sinking ship known as Reebok to having its splashiest recent endorsement deals in basketball and football backfire. See: Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Jeremy Lin and Robert Griffin III.

In fact, the biggest name to endorse adidas right now isn’t even an athlete, it’s Kanye West. Meanwhile, Nike has a who’s who of sports clientele (Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Aaron Rodgers, Mike Trout, etc.) and Under Armour is partnered with the two biggest rising stars in their respective sports, Stephen Curry and Jordan Spieth, not to mention the super couple of Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.

Adidas also didn’t have even one of the top 10 best selling sports shoes last August, as their current selection of footwear is extremely uninspiring. And with the NFL dropping Reebok for Nike in 2012 and the NBA moving om from adidas to The Swoosh for the upcoming season, the only one of the four major professional sports the Three Stripes now outfits is the NHL (technically, it’s Reebok).

Just pouring salt in the wound, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank called adidas “our dumbest competitor” this past February — and he wasn’t wrong.

While there are certainly plenty of hurdles facing the company and adidas America president Mark King if it wants to reverse course in the U.S. market, adidas must start with repairing its tattered image.

When I was growing up in the 1990s, I viewed adidas as Europe’s version of Nike. While it wasn’t marketed much in the United States, I associated it with luxury because it was classic and foreign.

But in failing to copy both Nike and Under Armour’s appeal to young consumers, adidas has lost its identity as a premium product.

And a lot of that is related to the heinous uniforms its been responsible for in the last several years.

Yes, Nike and Under Armour have had their misses with new uniforms — but also a lot of hits. Adidas, on the other hand, has almost exclusively had misses.

That includes sleeved NBA jerseys and college basketball abominations like the infamous “Zubaz” and “Made in March” uniforms.

Making good-looking sports uniforms isn’t rocket science. All it takes is basic fashion rules and common sense.

Unfortunately, adidas no longer has either.

As a result, you will find an unlimited amount of college sports fans on the Internet who hate that the Three Stripes outfits their favorite schools and can’t wait until their apparel contracts expire.

Notre Dame just left adidas for Under Armour, which was cause for celebration in South Bend. And adidas’ other biggest college client, Michigan, is thinking about leaving the company after a revolt by its fanbase.

It’s hard to blame either group. Adidas took arguably the two best uniforms in college football and mucked them up with eye-searing alternates that must have had Knute Rockne and Bo Schembechler rolling over in their graves:

Just adding to the embarrassment, adidas’ Michigan basketball uniforms have had several wardrobe malfunctions that make the company’s product appear not just incredibly ugly, but horribly cheap.

Even the base uniforms for adidas schools are fugly, as the football uniforms have a ridiculous shredded pattern on the shoulders and the basketball uniforms keep getting tinkered with — usually for the worse.

Adidas needs to stick with a classic and clean look that honor the uniforms of yesteryear at its partner schools — especially with nostalgia so popular these days — and put just a couple modern touches to bring the uniforms forward to the year 2015.

For instance, the University of Miami just started its partnership with adidas. After Nike went crazy with the Hurricanes’ uniform combinations and alternate helmets over the last several years, adidas needs to harken back to the heyday of “The U.”

It’s an easy, two-step process:

  1. Take Miami’s glorious uniforms from the 1980s and ‘90s.

2. Update the fabric, fit and font for the present day, like designer Jake Nevill did with these:

And voila! You have a masterpiece.

Adidas should do the same with fellow new client Arizona State, ditchingthe ridiculous
“Fear the Fork” helmets that Nike came up with
and update the “Sparky” uniforms adorned by the likes of Jake Plummer.

Of course, adidas won’t do that. It wants to make a big news splash with its new clients, which means coming up with ridiculous new concepts.

It appears the company already has plans on changing Miami’s facemask toorange and introducing six uniform combinations that include ugly shoulder designs and a blasmephous all-black set.

I don’t want to hear that classic uniforms don’t appeal to 18-year-old kids. High school recruits will love wearing any great uniform, not just ones that look like they came from some dystopian future.

After all, Alabama never changes its uniforms, and the Crimson Tide isn’t exactly hurting on the recruiting trail.

The same logic goes for alternate uniforms. Alternates are fine, as long as they are done the right way. But there’s no reason for adidas to keep pushing the brink of sanity, like with these “Uncaged” Louisville football uniforms unveiled last week that look like they need an exorcism.

There are plenty of great alternate uniforms to be had with throwbacks. The Pittsburgh Steelers “bumblebee jail” throwbacks aside, you can’t go wrong with throwback unis. In fact, the only successful alternate uniform adidas has made for Michigan is these 1989 national title throwbacks:

And if adidas is intent on designing new alternate uniforms, make it sleek and keep it simple. The best example of that is Baylor’s gold chrome helmet designed by Nike that has proven to be wildly popular.

And if Adidas is intent on designing new alternate uniforms, make it sleek and keep it simple. The best example of that is Baylor’s gold chrome helmet designed by Nike that has proven to be wildly popular.

Adidas’ recent decline starts with a very basic rule of fashion: Image is everything.

And right now, adidas’ image is a Zubaz-ified mess.

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Most Underrated Players In the NFL

June 25, 2015

KJ Wright was determined at the most underrated player on the Seahawks

KJ Wright was determined at the most underrated player on the Seahawks

Every offseason NFL Network releases their “Top 100 Players in the league”. This supposedly is determined by the voting of their NFL peers, however, the Seahawks we have talked with have said they have never received an invite to vote on the top 100. With now the longest break of the NFL season between mini-camp and training camp why not discuss the players we love, the “hidden gems”. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports put together a solid list below:

Here are the NFL’s most underrated, team-by-team:

Arizona Cardinals

Left tackle Jared Veldheer: He stepped in as a free agent last season and did a good job protecting the blind side. He is good in pass protection and has improved as a run blocker. The Cardinals love him.

Atlanta Falcons

Cornerback Desmond Trufant: He is a smooth cover player who was clearly the best defensive player on a bad defense last season. He has a chance to be a top-five corner by the end of this season.

Baltimore Ravens

Nose tackle Brandon Williams: He has developed into a quality player in the middle of their defense. He makes it tough to run on the Ravens inside. Now entering his third season, he should be even better.

Buffalo Bills

Cornerback-Safety Corey Graham: He did a nice job at corner last year in his first with the team, but he moved inside to safety this offseason and could win a starting spot there. Wherever he plays, corner, nickel, safety, he’s a player who has a knack for making plays.

Carolina Panthers

DT Kawann Short: He came in as the other tackle in the 2013 draft class withStar Lotulelei, but Short had played close to the same level as Lotulelei, who was the team’s first-round pick. They make for a nice, young duo. Short is more explosive.

Chicago Bears

Quarterback Jay Cutler: Forget the contract. And just focus on the player. Yes, he makes a lot of mistakes, but wouldn’t any quarterback if they threw 249 passes when trailing by 14 points or more like he did last season? Based on perception, you’d think he was garbage. Watch what he does this year in the Adam Gase offense.

Cincinnati Bengals

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth: Year in and year out, he’s consistently one of the best of the left tackles in the game, and rarely gets noticed. Andy Daltonnotices.

Cleveland Browns

Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins: This smallish receiver caught 63 passes for 824 yards last season, including six games of five or more catches — all with bad quarterback play. He’s a perfect slot receiver.

Dallas Cowboys

Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford: He moved inside last season and did a nice job at tackle, even though he’s a bit undersized. He can play outside in a pinch, but it looks like he’s settled in at tackle for now.

Denver Broncos

Defensive end Malik Jackson: He has been quality player on their defense the past two years, and is poised for an even bigger role this season. He will start at end in their 3-4 scheme, but in Wade Phillips’ system, he will get more chances to get after the quarterback.

Detroit Lions

Cornerback Darius Slay:He improved greatly last season, showing off the ability to play press-man coverage, which all the good ones can do well. Entering his third season, Slay might be poised to take an even bigger step in 2015, maybe even the Pro Bowl. .

Green Bay Packers

Defensive end Mike Daniels: You’d be hard-pressed to find many outside of Green Bay who know his name, but he’s a big part of their defense. In his first season as a full-time starter, he had six sacks and did a nice job against the run. Daniels was my choice in this space last season, so maybe it’s time he starting getting the recognition.

Houston Texans

Right guard Brandon Brooks: He was their best lineman last season, developing into a good starting guard. He was a big reason why they ran the ball so well. He could push for the Pro Bowl this season.

Indianapolis Colts

Tackle Anthony Castonzo: On a line that had issues last season, he was rock solid. He might not be an elite tackle, but he shows up every week and competes and does a nice job protecting Andrew Luck‘s blindside.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Linebacker Telvin Smith: This run-and-chase linebacker is in the mold of former Tampa Bay Hall of Fame player Derrick Brooks. Smith played at 220 pounds last season, but is a little bigger this season. His speed is such a weapon. Watch him fly to the football now that he knows the defenses and assignments better.

Kansas City Chiefs

Defensive end Allen Bailey: After getting four starts in his first three seasons, he had 14 last season and took advantage of it. He had five sacks, played the run well, and is now considered a full-time starter. He also earned a four-year contact extension during the middle of the 2014 season.

Miami Dolphins

Defensive end Olivier Vernon: The fourth-year end has 30 starts and 18 total sacks the past two seasons. At the age of 24, heading into a contract year, expect him to be a valuable commodity on the open market next season if he gets there. Vernon has great speed off the edge and playing on a line with Cameron Wakeand Ndamukong Suh, he should see a lot of single blocking, which means the sack numbers will go up.

Minnesota Vikings

Safety Harrison Smith: Entering his fourth season, he has yet to play in a Pro Bowl, despite being one of the better young safeties in the game. This could be his year. He is rangy and he can tackle. That’s a good combination in today’s game.

New England Patriots

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower: He stepped in when Jerod Mayo went down and did an incredible job as the signal caller on defense. He was good against the run and pass and got eight sacks as a blitzer.

New Orleans Saints

Left tackle Terron Armstead: He was solid in his first season as a starter — he did start some as a rookie in 2013 — but he has the tools to be a Pro Bowl player. He is a great athlete and with a year of starting, he should be much improved. He missed time in December with a neck injury last season, but he’s back healthy again.

New York Giants

Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins: He was on my top-100 list, which surprised some. But he’s that good. Entering his third season, he could end this season as a dominant interior player. He’s not just one-dimensional either. He can rush the passer.

New York Jets

Inside linebacker Demario Davis: A 16-game starter last season, he led the team in solo tackles with 79 and was second in total tackles to David Harris. This fourth-year player excels in the run game. He does need to improve in pass coverage.

Oakland Raiders

Defensive tackle/nose tackle Justin Ellis: He didn’t get a sack in 2014 as a rookie, so many fans probably have no idea who he is, but he’s a good run player inside and should be even better in year No. 2. Watch out for this kid in 2015.

Philadelphia Eagles

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox: It was stunning that he didn’t get a spot in the Pro Bowl. He’s a disruptive player who didn’t pile up sacks, which hurt his chances. Opposing players know how good he is inside for the Eagles.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Left tackle Kelvin Beachum: He has made himself into a top-10 left tackle. The Steelers had a bunch of problems at times at that spot over the years, but he has put those fears to rest.

St. Louis Rams

Cornerback E.J. Gaines: Gaines started 15 games as a rookie last season, playing both outside and in the slot. He was their best corner, outplaying the gambling Janoris Jenkins. Gaines was consistent in both the run game and, more importantly, against the pass. He was a steal as a sixth-round pick.

San Diego Chargers

Tackle King Dunlap: He has blossomed into a quality left tackle in his two seasons with the Chargers, which is why they gave him a new four-year deal in March. Dunlap turns 30 this year, but he is still doing a good job protecting the backside for Philip Rivers. Dunlap was the lone bright spot on a bad line last year.

San Francisco 49ers

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch: He had six sacks as a rookie and played so well he put Ahmad Brooks on the bench at times. Lynch has pass-rush ability, but he’s also solid against the run. He has a bright future.

Seattle Seahawks

Outside linebacker K.J. Wright: Bobby Wagner gets a lot of deserved attention in the middle, and we know the secondary gets its share of credit, but Wright is a speedy linebacker who is also a big part of why the Seattle defense goes as well as it does. The Seahawks made the smart move to re-sign him last season and prevent him from hitting the market. A lot of teams would have come calling.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Right tackle Demar Dotson: He held out of some work this offseason because he wants a new deal, and, quite frankly, he’s earned one. He has become their best lineman and he showed his versatility last year moving to the left side late in the season. He will be back on the right side this season.

Tennessee Titans

Tight end Delanie Walker: He caught 63 passes with four touchdowns last season on a team that isn’t exactly known for its passing game. Walker is also a good blocker for a tight end who is just over 6-feet tall.

Washington Redskins

Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson: After missing all of 2013 with an injury, he emerged as a force on their defense in 2014. He is a thumper in the run game who should be better in coverage with a year of starting under his belt.

Fore more information consider contacting a Seattle NFL Agent.

Mariners First MLB Franchise to have In-Stadium Golf Simulator

June 24, 2015
Golf Simulator at Safeco Field

Safeco Field has come up with another innovative way to interact with its fans. Taylor Soper of Geekwire has the story.

Golf is meeting baseball at Safeco Field.

Mariners fans can now not only watch baseball, but also take some virtual golf shots at the ballpark thanks to a new high-tech golf simulator that opened this week underneath the centerfield bleachers.

The new 800-square foot interactive center is operated by Gregg Rogers’ Golf Performance Center, a Bellevue-based company offering instruction, fitting, and retail products that inked a sponsorship deal with the Mariners to open the facility.

Founder Gregg Rogers, a 30-year golf industry vet, told GeekWire that he’s looking forward to reaching Mariners fans — 42 percent of which are golfers — who may want to take a few swings before or during a game.

“It’s a perfect fit for our business,” said Rogers, whose company is part of the Golf Channel Academy.

Fans can hit range balls into a 120-foot wide curved screen that features projected images of real holes on courses like Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, and TPC Sawgrass (Chambers Bay, home of this week’s U.S. Open being played just south of Seattle, may be coming soon). Swings are tracked by an aboutGolf device with high-speed 3D cameras that run at 2,300 frames per second which help detect how fast, far, and in what direction the ball travels.

“It takes an image of the golf ball leaving the club face and then extrapolates data to estimate where a shot would be,” Rogers explained.

The simulator opened on Wednesday and Rogers said there’s been a good amount of interest from fans.

“There was a guy who had front row seats and ended up taking swings and hanging out here for 30 minutes,” he said. “We must be doing something right.”

Rogers hopes that the new Safeco Field attraction helps grow the game of golf, which has seen decreased overall interest in the past decade among Americans.

“We are just trying to make it cool and fun,” he said. “We are reaching a lot of juniors, which is really cool. That’s our future.”

Fans aren’t the only ones who can use the simulator, either — Rogers said he wants to help Mariners staff and players improve their golf games, too.

“For example, pitchers who have an off-day but need to be at the ballpark can come up here and do some instruction,” he said. “It’s a cool concept.”

For this weekend, fans can take swings for free. After that, there will be a $5 fee, a portion of which will go to the Mariners’ non-profit foundation.

Fans can also pay $20 for three swings to enter a “closest to the pin competition” during each game. Daily winners will receive prizes like autographed gear, golf lessons, or club fittings. Winners this week from Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will have a chance to compete in a hole-in-one competition on Sunday and take home $25,000 if they sink a virtual ace.

Fore more information consider contacting a Seattle NFL Agent.

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