FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 3, 2018
The Historical Basketball League (HBL) announced the creation of its Board of Advisors, initially including Marc Cantwell, Rafa Brito-Hernandez, Tammi Gaw, and Ray Jackson.
Marc Cantwell, Senior Technical Program Manager, Hulu
Marc Cantwell solves big problems for big companies with software. He is an expert solution architect, designing and building applications, tools, and integrations for critical enterprise environments. He is currently the Senior Technical Program Manager – Content Services of Hulu, LLC in addition to being Partner & Principal Software Architect of Launch Brick Labs, LLC.
Rafa “El Alcalde” Brito-Hernandez, Bilingual Radio Announcer, Cleveland Cavaliers
Nationally, Rafa Brito-Hernandez’s broadcasting experience includes 8 years as the voice of NFL for Spanish Broadcasts on Univision, he has worked 11 Super Bowls. He was also the Spanish play-by-play voice of the Miami Dolphins, as well as handling the play-by-play for Major League Baseball, boxing, and UFC. Rafa has covered the last five World Cups. With the 2015 NBA Finals, he became the first broadcaster in the United States to call the Finals of all 3 major sports in Spanish. In 2016 Rafa was the Public-Address Announcer and the voice of legendary Azteca Stadium in Mexico City for the first ever international edition of Monday Night Football. In March of 2017 Rafa became the first broadcaster to call the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Spanish for Westwood One. Today Rafa has a daily syndicated radio sports show airing in the US and Latin America, he is the cohost of the Emmy award winning show Cavs HQ on Fox Sports Ohio and also serves as the executive producer of the popular podcast “Road Trippin’ with RJ and Channing, Hosted by Allie Clifton”.
“I am honored to be part of the HBL and excited to be part of what is going to change the landscape of college basketball, a league that will really put the students needs first and will give back to the athletes by not only compensating them but also preparing them for life after college and after basketball. I believe the HBL is a great opportunity for young adults to prepare themselves for their professional careers either as professional basketball players or professional in their field of study.”
Tammi Gaw, Founder and Executive Director, Advantage Rule. LLC
Tammi Gaw has been a part of the sports landscape for over 20 years. Beginning her career as an athletic trainer at the University of Oklahoma, Tammi brought her experience as a competitive gymnast to the sports medicine world, working at both the high school and Division I university levels. In 2004, Tammi brought her knowledge of sports to the other side of the locker room door. As one of only a handful of professionals licensed as both an attorney and an athletic trainer, Tammi's unique and unconventional career has included in-house counsel positions, non-profit management and board participation, and C-suite level work with integrated planning for large and medium scale sporting events. Through her company Advantage Rule, Tammi combines her extensive experience in sports medicine, business, and law with her passion for advocacy. Whether on the field, in the boardroom and executive suite, or advocating for client groups seeking access to long term medical care for former athletes, Tammi brings invaluable insight and perspective.
"I joined the Historical Basketball League team because college athletes have been left behind as the business of the NCAA has boomed. Most basketball players will not go on to play in the NBA, and they deserve to be treated as the employees they are, and to receive the compensation that they deserve as an athlete employee while they are able to play and capitalize on their talents. I'm excited to bring my diverse medical and legal expertise to the HBL board, and look forward to revolutionizing the system that has denied athletic students that opportunity for far too long."
Ray Jackson, Founder, Rising Stars/5th Wheel Agency
Ray Jackson, an Austin native, is a youth advocate, community leader, and staff member at his alma mater, Lyndon B. Johnson High School. Jackson made college basketball history as one of the "Fab Five", a group of basketball phenoms playing for the University of Michigan. In 2011, Jackson served as an Executive Producer of the ESPN Films documentary, "The Fab Five." He is currently building his newest venture, the 5th Wheel Agency - an organization that leverages sports to improve life outcomes for young people, their families, and their communities through partnerships with schools and other community-based organizations nationwide.
The HBL is the first national basketball league for college students that will substantially compensate college athletes based on their athletic ability beyond just a college education. The HBL is founded on a simple idea: college sports are popular because they are sports played by college students, and that NCAA-style amateurism is a means of excluding athletes from the financial benefits of the league, rather than as a benefit to fans or athletes. The HBL will also be a financial boon to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that participate in the league and share (with athletes and investors) in the league’s profits. The HBL gives schools and athletes an option outside of the traditional NCAA model – providing a choice of whether to go "pro" while in college or to be amateur about it.
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