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Why did I create SportsWatcherss?

SportsWatcherss is something that I would’ve never dreamed of starting. But like anything in life, nothing stays the same forever.

Born and raised in Miami, FL, I grew up quickly falling in with sports, especially basketball and football. I was able to play throughout my youth, all the way through high school. Although I had the dream to take sports all the way up to the highest level, I was in love with sports games equally as much. Each fall I would purchase the newest Madden, NBA Live (which was better than 2K at that time), and NCAA Football. As I grew older, my curiosity grew as to how the game was made? How are players created? How are they able to move? What triggers the computer to move whenever I move a player? That sparked my interest in technology. Growing up, I decided my backup plan would be to become a computer animator for EA Sports.

As life continued to take place, I knew that my heart was and still is into sports and technology. With that being said, I have passion to make a positive impact while blending these two passions of mine together. After much thought, I decided to mix them all by creating SportsWatcherss.

I made SportsWatcherss a sports store that allows small businesses to sell their items on purpose. I really want to make a positive impact on people’s lives and one of the ways that can be done is by helping others succeed with their products. There are so many awesome sports items online, but no central place where people can go to look for them. While there may be large marketplaces that people can sell on, there’s not a single website  that’s committed to seeing sports related items made for and by people with the love for sports. This is why SportsWatcherss came about: to create a place where there are passionate people can sell and buy from with the love of sports.

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Finding the right sports items online for a gift.

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Each and every year men, women, and children have to this a minimum of once a year: find a gift for someone they love. Whether it be for a birthday, graduation gift, or an anniversary, finding that unique and special sports gift could be difficult: especially if you don’t know much about sports.

What kind of gift should I buy?

When it comes to buying a sports gift when you’re not sure exactly what to buy can be difficult. When buying sports gifts, people tend to think about buying:

  • Jerseys
  • Tickets
  • Mugs

While these are good gifts to buy when you know what the person wants, but if not, a few questions could come to mind: Does this person like the color/size jersey I’m buying? Why are jerseys so expensive?Will this person really be interested in these tickets? Will they use this mug if I buy it? Do they like this team?

With these thoughts in mind, one item that you can be the perfect gift is: art. While I know it wasn’t the first idea to come to mind, here are a few reasons that art is a great gift give.

1) It’s Unique.

Art is something that is seen as unique, simply because in most cases you won’t see the same piece of art twice. This makes the product special and unique. In addition, it makes you look very thoughtful.

2) It’s special.

Getting a piece of art will be special for anyone. It’s an item that someone could hold onto for years and years. By getting a piece of art as a gift, it’s something that people will always remember.

3) It’s affordable (sometimes)

With art being so abstract, art can range from $2 – $2,000,000. On our site alone, there are pieces on sale for $40, and that goes up to $2750. With that being said, we are one of the few places that have a large amount of quality art within the $40 – 60.

If you’re ever looking for a special sports gift, you should consider purchasing art.

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Top 5 College Football Players

The Top 5 College Football players this year are (via ESPN.com):

1. Ed Oliver DT, Houston

Having an estimated 50 tackles and 4.5 sacks last year while being double teamed, it’s easy to see why he is considered number 1. Oliver has been a force since his freshman year and looks to continue that this year.

2.Bryce Love RB, Standford

Last year, Bryce Love rush for over 2,000 yards. Yes, you read that right. While it may be hard to top that this year, he has a great chance to win Heisman with a remotely-close performance this year.

3.Will Grier QB, West Virgina

Grier was absolutely balling last year before he got hurt. With a strong group of receivers to throw to, look for him to ball out this year again as long as he stays healthy.

4.Christian Wilkins DT, Clemson

Wilkins could have arguably been a 1st rounder this past draft, but he chose to stay. Him and his counterpart Dexter Lawrence will be a terror to everyone they face.

5.Dexter Lawrence DT, Clemson

He is expected to reach to reach his peak this year which is a scary thing, as he has already produced big plays for the Tigers. If he can stay healthy for his junior year, looking for him to be a 1st round pick next year.

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Best Fantasy Draft WR to Draft

This is a close call: Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr. , and Antonio Brown are seemingly the best receivers in the league. From a statistical standpoint, we will do a quick review of the three and see which one to draft.

Julio Jones

Jones is simply a beast. He’s strong, fast, can jump, and doesn’t drop many balls. Jones has 5 seasons of over 1,400! That’s simply crazy. From a fantasy standpoint, that solid top notch contribution. With that being said: Does that make him the best receiver?

Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham is the darling receiver of the league. Easily potentially one of the best receivers to play the game when healthy. In his 3 seasons, he had at least over 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. This makes his extremely valuable in fantasy due to the amount of touchdowns he produces and the yardage.

Antonio Brown

Brown is one of the quickest guys on the field every time he steps on it. He has the ability to create separation from anyone in the league. In his last 4 seasons, he’s had at least 1,280 yards and 9 touchdowns. Each of the last 5 years, he has had at least 100 receptions.

 

Who is the best?

From my experience of having Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, I will say this: Antonio Brown gives you a little more points due to touchdowns. I believe that Odell could produce the most points this year even though he’s coming off an injury. With that being said, Antonio Brown is the most consistent and best bet.

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Best Rookie to draft for Fantasy Football Series: WR

DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers

Our projected best rookie WR to draft for Fantasy football series is former Maryland receiver DJ Moore. The major reason we selected Moore is because of his opportunity to ball out and be an integral part of the Panthers’ team this year. With Kelvin Benjamin gone, the receiving core will look for others to step up. Outside of Futchess and Greg Olsen, Cam Newton will need others to step in order to create a dynamic passing game. With Moore’s ability to gain yards after the catch, he possesses big play potential which could make for some big weeks this year in fantasy.

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Best Rookie to draft for Fantasy Football Series: RB

Saquon Barkley – New York Giants

This should be a consensus for best rookie to draft at running back. At this point, Saquon might not only be the best rookie running back to draft, but he might be one of the best running backs. Here are a few reasons why:

Need

The Giants NEED a strong running game this year. With the return of OBJ, the passing game should be much improved. Using Barkley to run the ball will create a balance for the offense. In addition, it should take the pressure off of Eli Manning and the rest of the offense.

Opportunity

With Barkley’s skill set of being able to run and catch the ball very well, expect the Giants to use him in a number of ways. They will use him for screens, and in the passing game as a safety blanket.

Barring injury, fantasy owners can’t go wrong by selecting Saquon Barkley.

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Best Rookie to draft for Fantasy Football Series: QB

Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills

In our opinion, the best rookie quarterback to draft for your fantasy team is Josh Allen. While there are other rookie quarterbacks who are arguably better, we believe that Allen will have the best stats by the end of the 2018 season. Here are a few reasons why:

1)Competition

Although there are more NFL ready players such as Baker Mayfield or Sam Donald, they will have a harder time getting on the field than Josh Allen. In Cleveland, Tyrod Taylor is the starter for at least the start of the season. If things go well, he may remain the starter for at least this season. In Donald’s case, he will have competition between Teddy Bridgewater and Josh Mccown. We believe that Mccown will start for at least the first few games this year. For Josh Rosen, the situation is similar with Sam Bradford there. For Allen, the only threat for the starting position is Aj McCarron, who probably won’t win the starting job.

2)Opportunity

With the least amount of competition between the 4, Allen should have the most opportunity to play. Since he has that opportunity, he will have more time and chances to rack up stats.

3)Game strategy

While the Bills will more than likely be a run first team, they will have to pass to keep defenses on their heels. In addition, teams will have to pass because defenses will force them to do so.

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Alibaba Expanding into NFL

This offseason, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson spent some time in China with Alibaba. During his time in China, he host an NFL based football league.  According to sporttechie.com, the NFL launched a store on Alibaba so that users in China may have access to authentic NFL merchandise. Here is a video of Russell Wilson:

 

 

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Two Ways to Make Money in Sports from your Couch

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Today, more than ever, it’s important to have multiple streams of income. With things getting more and more expensive, many people are looking for that 2nd job or way to make money without having to go crazy to find it. For may, it would be even better to make money pertaining to something that they enjoy. Although sports is mostly an outdoor activity, I’m sure the question you’re asking is: How can I make money from my house?

Online Coaching

Believe it or not, Youtube is the most used social media site by adults in the US. People using this site more than ever for a number of reasons. It’s used to look up information, see other’s perspectives on different subject matters, and to make money.

Every athlete/coach is looking to find an advantage on their field of play. What better way to make money by giving your take on how your favorite sport? If you put a special twist on how teams or players can improve their games, you can create a nice passive income for yourself. If done properly, this may turn into a full-time job.

Quick steps to starting a page:

1)conduct research on others who are doing online catching videos

2) start a YouTube page

3) create videos breaking down film of players or displaying plays that work and explain why

Reselling Gear

Each and every year, online spending goes up. The beautiful thing is that there are alot of  people making money from finding vintage gear, and reselling it. According to IBIS World, the sports industry is going to make 57 billion this year as a whole, with a growth rate of 2.8% in the future.

With many marketplaces online, it’s easy to find sports gear if you don’t have any (such as alibaba.com), and resell them. The next step in this situation would be to find the right place to sell these items on. In this case, SportsWatcherss is the recommended place because buyers are only looking for sports and nothing else. This gives sellers a better chance at selling product quicker.

Here are two ways of making money right from your couch. Good luck!

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Eximious Apparel Fitness Interview

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Earlier this week, we interview one of our wonderful fitness vendors: Eximious Apparel. In our discussion, we discovered how their business started, why they chose this job over others, and more. The entire interview reads below:
Q: So how did your business get started?

A; We had a vision to inspire others to become the best versions of themselves so we decided to act on it.

Q:How did you know this was your passion?

A:We were always into helping others become better.

Q:What is the best part/worse part of being an entrepreneur?

A:The best part is seeing satisfaction when you help another person. The worst part is convincing others that your products are worth purchasing

Q:What made you choose this profession over any other job?

A:It’s something we strongly enjoy. We have a lot of fun with it.

Q:Where do you see your business in 5 years?

A:Hopefully extremely successful and one of the biggest clothing brands in the market

Q: What advice do you give to others wanting to do what you do?

A: Have a sense of urgency and keep striving.

 

SportsWatcherss is an online marketplace for sports art and fitness wear. Bought by you. Sold by you.

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Ken Karl – SportsWatcherss Artist

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Earlier this week, we interviewed one of the most talented sellers here at SportsWatcherss; An artist by the name of Ken Karl. We asked Ken a few questions about his passion for art, the best and worst part of being an entrepreneur, and more.
For more information, read the interview below:
Q: So how did your business get started?

A: I have always loved sports and I have always loved art. At an early age, I loved drawing my favorite athletes as I followed their careers. The more I drew them, the better I tried to draw them. I took the next natural step sharing them with other sports fans. I set up a website and began posting my work on Instagram and Facebook.

Q: How did you know this was your passion? 

A: I have always loved to draw and I have always loved sports. Once I started drawing, I was always looking for new things to draw that interested me. Each piece I created, challenged me to create even more interesting artwork. To this day, I’m ready to start the next piece before I finish the one I am currently working on.

Q: What is the best part/worse part of being an entrepreneur?

A: The best part is that you get to make your own decisions on what you create. If I’m honest, you also get to collect the compensation for what you create. All those late hours are easier to grind away at when you know you get the entire check at the completion of the project. The WORST part is knowing you have a great project but you can’t figure out how to market and get it to the masses.

Q: What made you choose this profession over any other job?

A:  Choosing this profession was easy for me. I love to draw, period. I enjoy each and every piece I create. I enjoy all the challenges, good and bad, each project creates for me. I also enjoy the look in each customers eyes the moment they first see the final project. It is a great feeling creating something for someone else that helps them remember a special time, event, or person. The satisfaction I receive from this is priceless.

Q: Where do you see your business in 5 years?

A: To be honest, I try not to look too far ahead. That may not be the best business strategy  I know, but that is how I have to do it. The most difficult and frustrating part of all this, is how difficult it is to market my work to the right people. I just keep trying to grind as an artist day in and day out. I keep trying to create better art on every project. I feel that if I can keep concentrating on the process of creating better art on each every piece, the rest will take care of itself… at least I hope.

Q: What advice do you give to others wanting to do what you do?
A:  I’m not sure I am the best person to ask about this. If I had to tell them anything, I would tell them to stay with it. Keep grinding and believe in themselves, especially on the days when you wonder if your career will ever take off. Stay focused on creating better art and keep pushing yourself to create better artwork, each and every project.
SportsWatcherss is an online marketplace for sports art and fitness wear. Bought by you. Sold by you.