I began September by flying to Houston to spend Labor Day with my kids. As always, we visited one of my favorite steak restaurants, Vic & Anthony’s. The next night I took my kids to see Drake and Future in concert at the Toyota Center. The following day we had a BBQ at my sister’s house and watched college football all day, enjoying a great spread of food, including some amazing bbq from my brother-in-law’s 12-foot smoker. After Labor Day, I flew back to Seattle to tape Seahawks All-Access and get the Seahawks regular season underway.
I traveled down to the S1M offices in Irvine for some important meetings, including Elite Golf Events and Tournaments to finalize our new three-year partnership which will provide our Aggregated Marketing Platform to over 5,700 golf tournaments annually.
The main reason for the trip, however, was our Sports 1 Marketing fantasy football draft. We had a big buffet of game-day food including wings and pizza to accompany our 14-person draft. I have a really solid team led by Eli Manning, David Johnson, and Amari Cooper and even though I got off to a slow start, I’m looking forward to turning my team around.
I flew back up to Seattle for our home opener against the Miami Dolphins, where we had a dogfight. We ended up coming back in the final forty seconds when Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a short touchdown pass to win the game 12-10.
The following week I had an interesting conference call with Harold Reynolds, former MLB player, and the famous sports film producer Gary Waksman to discuss an upcoming film project. I look forward to being able to share more with you on the project in due time.
The next week I had a lot of interviews locally in the Seattle area to promote our Fashion First fundraiser. In its 16th season, Fashion First is the longest running independent fashion show in Seattle, and this year we raised over $80,000. With those funds, we will be able to provide a record number of scholarships for students in the Western Washington area in 2017. Thank you to everyone who attended and those who graciously donated!
The next morning, I jumped on a flight back down to Southern California to prepare for our Sunday matchup against the LA Rams. On Saturday night, I met up with friends at Nick’s Manhattan Beach for dinner, then joined my good friend Colin to celebrate his birthday. The next morning, we opened up the Coliseum after a 24 year NFL absence, in another hard fought divisional game against the Rams. Unfortunately, we ended up losing 9-3 in a defensive thriller.
I flew to Houston on September 20th to be a part of the Taste of the Nation at the Corinthian, which is a historic ballroom in downtown Houston. The purpose of the event was to showcase forty different local restaurants, chefs, and mixologists, as well as raise awareness and money for the No Kid Hungry project. I was mainly there to mingle with fans, take photos, sign autographs, and to help raise awareness for the cause and end childhood hunger.
From Houston, I flew back to Seattle to prepare for our game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon. Our team came out of the locker room with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, scoring on the third play of the game on our way to a 37-18 rout of our division rivals.
After taping Seahawks All-Access on Monday, I had lunch with Richard Adler who is a board member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. They deal with concussions and are focused on ways to make athletics safer for kids to play. I am going to be involved in some of their events and initiatives moving forward because traumatic brain injuries are a subject that’s very near and dear to me.
I was involved in a pretty interesting article with The Undefeated about the Carolina Panthers and the impacts and distractions, if any, the Charlotte protests might be for the team, especially Cam Newton. I was also interviewed for another intriguing article by Bleacher Report regarding the highly anticipated game between Louisville and Clemson, who have two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in college football in Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. The article focused on the term “Dual-Threat” which Lamar Jackson has no problem with. Conversely, Deshaun Watson believes it’s a racially biased term because he believes it portrays him as a runner and not a passer. My opinion is that I would much rather be labeled a dual threat quarterback, rather than be labeled as one-dimensional. The most important thing for a quarterback is that your passing is always the stronger component of the dual-threat, and NFL teams will find you.
On Thursday night, I hopped on a redeye to New York City to prepare for our Sunday game against the Jets, which we won 27-17. However, prior to that, I had my two daughters fly in from Houston, who are huge football fans. They are even bigger fans of the musical Hamilton, which has won eleven Tony Awards. I surprised them with tickets to the musical, and we spent quality time in the city enjoying the food and sites.
As you can see, the month of September was a very, very busy month as usual. I am very pleased with the outcome of our fundraiser with Fashion First and what we will be able to do with the funds raised. I’m also happy with the start the Seahawks have had at 3-1. I am really looking forward to the month of October, as we have a huge BBQ cook-off fundraiser with the American Royal in Kansas City to benefit the Crescent Moon Foundation. There’s not much better than eating delicious food and raising money for more scholarships in the Kansas City area. The Seahawks also have a game at the end of the month at the New Orleans Saints on Halloween, which I am really looking forward to and should be a lot of fun.
David Meltzer’s Upcoming Events
White Sulphur Springs, WV — October 11th
Mission Viejo, CA — October 14th
Tulane Law School
New Orleans, LA — October 17th
Breakfast Meets & Hot Seats
Irvine, CA — October 19th
ENP Global Leadership 2020
New York, NY — October 26th
Dynamic Disruption Sales & Marketing Summit
San Diego, CA — October 27th
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA — October 27th
SF Executive Club
San Francisco, CA — November 4th
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Beverly Hills, CA — November 16th
AMP Set To Make History on November 23rd at Barclays Center
We will be hosting the first ever Virtual Gift Night at the Barclays Center on November 23rd as the Brooklyn Nets face the Boston Celtics. Our title sponsors will be featured on all traditional media assets in the stadium, and be featured in the Virtual Incentive Program. In total, we will host 34 Virtual Gifts Nights this season split evenly between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders games. Contact us for more information how you can be involved.
Fashion First Seattle
September was fashion month around the world and Crescent Moon Foundation took part on September 16th, at Fashion First Seattle as the sole beneficiary of the evening. Sports 1 also sponsored the fashion show providing the Virtual Incentive Program gift bags to all attendees. The fashion show was a huge success and raised over $80,000 for the Crescent Moon Foundation!
Joe Namath Golf Tournament / New York Trip
The Sports 1 Marketing team made the annual trip to New York for the Joe Namath Celebrity Golf Classic, which features over 110 athletes and celebrities playing alongside attendees at Bethpage state golf course. David made a stop at St. Johns University to speak with the Sports Management Society and visit two of our summer trainees.
THINK and Grow Rich
David is getting together with Barbara Corcoran, Rob Dyrdek, and many more to bring THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich film to life. The Indiegogo campaign successfully raised over $100k to finish the final round of funding for the film. THINK is based on the iconic book by Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, which has inspired leaders such as Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, among others. You can learn more about THINK as well as support the campaign by visiting here.
Game On! – UCI & Game Changer
Gamers are taking over the University of California-Irvine campus with a brand new world class eSports arena. Our Aggregated Marketing Platform was used to incentivize the over 1,000+ attendees with $500 in gifts. We kicked off our partnership with Game Changer Charity to raise money for their tremendous cause and look forward to growing our relationship.
Breakfast Meets & Hot Seats
David held his 2nd Breakfast Meets and Hot Seats networking breakfast last week, but this time in Carlsbad, CA. In order to empower others to empower others, David continues to mentor in business and life. The event was standing room only again and attendees were given the opportunity to network and put David in the “Hot Seat!” For more information about the next event, please contact Colleen.
What Is Your Perception?
David is leading the charge in creating thought-provoking conversations and challenging the way that people think and live right here in Orange County! On October 14th, TEDxMission Viejo is bringing together an exceptional lineup of speakers to focus on perception. You can register and learn more about the event here.
OC Blues Win First Playoff Match in Club History
We are thrilled for our partners, the OC Blues, on winning the first ever playoff match in club history. We will be there through their playoff run to cheer on the Blues and support the program by distributing the official OC Blues’ virtual gift bag to fans at the match.
Orange County Business Journal Honors S1M as Innovators of the Year
Sports 1 Marketing was a finalist for the 2016 Innovator of the Year Award by the Orange County Business Journal. The S1M team attended the award luncheon on September 22nd, 2016 at the Irvine Hotel to accept the award.
Processing for a Cause
Our program, Processing for a Cause, continues to impress! We’d like to welcome our new September enrollees and are excited to continue helping others support their favorite cause and make an impactful difference in the community. For more information, inquire with Scott Carter.
Fantasy Football Draft
NFL is back and so is Fantasy Football! The S1M team held this years draft and had dinner around the coveted S1M Fantasy Lombardi trophy. With all the picks in, let the season – and trash talking – begin!
Athlete Network Connecting With Rio Olympians
Our partner, Athlete Network CEO, Chris Smith, was invited by the USOC to speak at the Athlete Career & Education (ACE) Olympic & Paralympic Summit 2016 in Washington D.C. presented by The Foundation for Global Sports Development. The goal of the summit is to provide an interactive experience for Olympic and Paralympic athletes with tangible takeaways on the next step in their athletic or professional careers and help them with the transition from the highs of Rio back to everyday life. In his address to 300 Olympians, Chris gave tips on how to successfully position the positive traits they have acquired competing at the highest level in sports with potential employers and how to stand out from the crowd.
If You Build It They Will Come
We have officially moved all operations in-house and built our own radio studio at the S1M offices in Irvine. You can tune in every Tuesday at 5 P.M. PST to listen to David and Jim from our brand new studio on SB Nation Radio. Get engaged and submit your #LoveItOrLeaveIt topics on Twitter to @Sports1Mktg.
The Boys are Back in Town!
Los Angeles officially has an NFL team again and David was able to take his son, Miles, to the Rams’ opening game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. While Dave’s son was unable to meet his favorite Todd Gurley, they bumped into our good friend Eric Dickerson prior to the game. The Rams got their first win of the season versus the Seattle Seahawks. Go Rams!
Youngry End of Campaign Party
On Monday, September 26th, members of the S1M team attended the Youngry End of Campaign Party in Irvine, CA to network with young entrepreneurs, tech start-ups, and innovative businesses that are reshaping the business landscape of Orange County.
Can you tame the beast? The Spartan World Championship Weekend just wrapped up in Lake Tahoe. If you missed out this past weekend, check out Spartan’s future events: Pittsburgh Sprint 10/8, South Florida Sprint 10/15, Seattle Beast & Sprint Weekend 10/22, and many more here.
California Women Network Hosts 2016 Conference
We will be partnering with Michelle Paterson and Women Network to bring our Aggregated Marketing Platform to the 2016 California Women’s Conference! The two-day event will take place on December 7th-8th in Long Beach, California and featured some of the world’s top speakers, entrepreneurs, and entertainers. Get your tickets today.
Where Were You When…?
Where Were You When…? continues to highlight some of the greatest moments in sports history! They have officially launched their new website making easier to shop your favorite sports moments. You can shop the brand new shop here.