Posted on November 20, 2011 by Jason Bobbitt
A personal appearance by a high profile athlete can turn any event into a “special” event. Athlete appearances are a proven marketing vehicle for generating publicity for fundraisers, trade shows, autograph signings or grand opening.
West Coast Authentic has been arranging personal appearances by well known athletes for many years. We are well known in the sports memorabilia industry therefore we have access to hundreds of athletes whom we’ve established relationships with in the past. Several of these athletes have exclusive contracts with WCA giving us premium access for personal appearances.
For more info, visit our Athlete Appearances page
Posted on November 17, 2011 by Jason Bobbitt
For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2011
WEST COAST AUTHENTIC SPONSORS MIGUEL TORRES FOR UFC 139
Deerfield Beach, Fla. – Authentic Sports Management (ASM) today announced that the leading source for extensive and original inventories of sports photos and autographed memorabilia, West Coast Authentic, will sponsor top UFC 135-pounder Miguel Angel Torres in his UFC fight in San Jose this Saturday night, November 19.
West Coast Authentic will be on display in the Octagon, visible on Torres fight shorts as well as the walk-in banner that serves as the camera backdrop during official fighter introductions. Torres’ walk-in entrance and entire fight against Pace will stream live on the UFC’s highly popular Facebook page, which has registered over six million “Likes,” at Facebook.com/UFC.
“We are pleased to support Miguel Torres at UFC 139 this weekend, not only is he a fan favorite and one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the Octagon, he is also a great ambassador for the sport,” said Jason Bobbitt, Owner, West Coast Authentic. ”We will be cheering for Miguel, and we wish him the best of luck for a fantastic fight Saturday night.”
West Coast Authentic is no stranger to the sport of MMA. The company and its trademark logo is a fixture in the world-famous Octagon, having served as a sponsor for other UFC greats including Anthony Johnson, Kenny Florian, Jon Jones, Melvin Guillard, Dominick Cruz, Gray Maynard and Ben Henderson, among others.
West Coast Authentic recognizes the immense popularity of UFC fighters and the powerful marketing potential inside the Octagon. With the “UFC on FOX” event attracting more than eight million viewers in its historic network debut Saturday, Nov. 12, West Coast Authentic has proven to be in the right place at the right time with its sponsorship choices.
UFC 139 takes place live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California this Saturday night. The preliminary fights, including Torres vs. Pace, will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET live on Facebook.com/UFC. The Spike TV telecast of two preliminary bouts will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Pay-Per-View, featuring the headlining main event between Shogun Rua vs. Dan Henderson will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Miguel Torres is part of the premier roster of fighters with ASM, including “Suga” Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Matt Mitrione, Jake Shields, Melvin Guillard, Jorge Santiago, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, Tyrone Spong, Claude Patrick, Yuri and Danillo Villefort, and Cosmo Alexandre. Companies interested in sponsorship information for Jake Shields or other ASM athletes should email email@example.com.
About West Coast Authentic – www.westcoastauthentics.com @westcoastAuth
West Coast Authentic (WCA) is home to one of the most extensive and original inventories of sports photos and autographed memorabilia in the world. At WCA, our mission is to grow your collection and make the experience fun, while attracting a whole new audience of collectors for generations to come. WCA is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and subscribes to their code of ethics in fundraising, and is a proud member of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
About Authentic Sports Management - www.AuthenticSportsMgmt.com @authsportsmgmt
Founded in 2010 and based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Authentic Sports Management (ASM) is a premier sports management and marketing company with a mandate to help clients grow and succeed while building foundations, a personal brand and establishing a life-long positive legacy. Led by Glenn Robinson, President, Neal Tabachnick, General Counsel and Jon Rubinstein, Senior Partner, ASM primarily represents and supports top athletes in mixed martial arts, the fastest growing sport in the world.
Jen Wenk, APR
Posted on November 15, 2011 by Jason Bobbitt
Ok, so you’re not really into sports but you want to buy something special for the sports fan in your life? Well, we put together a Christmas gift buying guide to help get you started.
One thing we know is sports fans love autographed memorabilia and it doesn’t necessarily have to be of their favorite athlete either. If you know generally what sport they like just then just start by looking under one of the sports categories below and remember, an autographed piece of sports memorabilia is something that he or she will cherish forever.
*UPCOMING SIGNINGS: Get that special someone a personalized, autographed item for Christmas! We are doing some more signings with UFC fighters between now and Christmas so there is still time left to get your orders in. Checkout our upcoming signings page for details.
Alexander Ovechkin Autographed 16×20 Photo $189.99
If your loved one is a hockey fan and has not heard of or doesn’t like Alexander Ovechkin, then just skip to the next sport below. This Dynamo from Russia won Rookie of the Year and a couple years later this guy lead the NHL in overall points (thats goals and assists). He won gold for Team Russia, and won a whole bunch of other awards. Believe me, this guy is good and is still good today. He will probably win a bunch more awards and will most likely be a HOFer (Hall of Famer).
Patrick Roy (HOFer) Autographed 8×10 Photo $149.99
You don’t have to be a Habs fan (aka Montreal Canadiens fan) to appreciate the goaltending mastery of Patrick Roy (pronounced patrick-a-wha). Mr. Roy is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and his legend lives on. This guy was so good that they called him “Saint Patrick” and he won not three, but four Stanley Cups (really hard to do).
Trevor Linden & Kirk Mclean autographed 8×10 Photo $134.99
For the Canucks fan, or for any hockey fan in general, this famous photo of Trevor Linden consoling Kirk McLean, is one of the best hockey photos of all time. This was taken after they lost the Stanley Cup in 1994, and it wasn’t from lack of trying. Their teammate, Cliff Ronnie described the image best by saying this… “Trevor and Kirk and the exhaustion in their faces exemplifies what everyone on our team gave that day”. Oh, did we mention that this photo is autographed by both Trevor and Kirk?
Ryan Kesler & Green Guys autographed 8×10 Photo $99.99
Here’s a great photo of forward Ryan Kesler with the infamous “Green Men” in the background. Kesler, as well as the Green Men, are well known for getting under the skin of the opposing team. Last year, Kesler was a big reason that the Canucks won the President’s Trophy (for top team in the regular season) and the Western Conference Championship. He finished the 2010/2011 season with 41 goals and 32 assists and that’s a lot for a good looking tough guy.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Autographed 8×10 Photo $49.99
Everyone loves a rookie, especially this kid, affectionately known as “The Nuge”, was No. 1 draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers and if he doesn’t become the next Gretzky, he will certainly have a chance at becoming the next Crosby. This photo, autographed by The Nuge, was from when he won a gold metal for Canada. He scored the winning goal in that tournament plus lead the team in scoring.
Tyler Seguin Autographed 16×20 Photo $119.99
In Tyler’s rookie season, he went to the Stanley Cup finals at 18 years of age with the Boston Bruins, and they took home the Cup! This six foot one inch, Brampton born prodigy was 2nd overall NHL draft pick in 2010.
Brett Lawrie Autographed 16×20 Photo $99.99
Since we are still on the topic of rookies, MLB rookie Brett Lawrie was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and since then, the Jays have never looked back. During his first major league series against Baltimore, he hit a home run. The following week, a grand slam. This Canadian born, Blue Jays rookie third-baseman is just getting started.
Brett Lawrie & Ricky Romero Autographed Baseball $169.99
The above autographed photo of Brett is pretty cool but this baseball is even cooler. It is signed by Brett Lawrie and by Blue Jays pitcher, Ricky Romero.
Larry Bird (HOFer) Autographed 8×10 Photo $159.99
What can we say about Larry Bird other than during his 13 years with the Boston Celtics he was the 1980 Rookie of the Year, a 12-time NBA All-Star and scored more than 21,000 career points. Not only did he lead the Celtics to three championships, he was co-captain of the United States Dream Team winning Olympic gold in 1992. Larry retired shortly after the 1992 Olympics and in 1998 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Anderson Silva Autographed 8×10 Photo $74.99
If your loved one likes blood and gore then he or she probably watches UFC. Born in Brazil, Anderson Silva is currently the UFC’s Middleweight title holder which he held since 2006. He is ranked #1 Middleweight of all time and probably the best pound for pound UFC fighter of all time. He has a black belt Muay Tai and Jiu-Jitsu expert and also knows his Tae Kwon Do and Judo.
Brittney Palmer Autographed 8×10 Photo $29.99
A sports memorabilia collection would not be complete if it didn’t include an autographed photo of UFC Octagon girl, Brittney Palmer.
Leonard Nimoy Autographed 8×10 Photo $189.99
Ok, maybe your thinking that the person in your life is more of a geek than a sports fan (or maybe a bit of both).
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner Autographed 8×10 Photo $349.99
Does your loved one camp out at the theater for a Twilight movie release? Well, look no further.
Hockey at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver was definitely a highlight of the games. What better way to remember Olympic Hockey than having one of these autographed babies in your den!
Jarome Iginla Autographed Olympic McFarlane $129.99
Ryan Getzlaf Autographed 16×20 Photo $99.99
For the sports fan with caviar taste, we invite you to look at these treasures!
Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus Autographed Panoramic Photo $3,999.99
Bobby Orr Autographed and Framed Jersey $1,799.99
Tiger Woods Autographed Game Used Shirt $49,999.99
Posted on November 1, 2011 by Jason Bobbitt
UFC Lightweight star “Smooth” Benson Henderson was one of nine fighters awarded a Twitter bonus by UFC President Dana White on Tuesday. Henderson will be awarded $5,000 for having the most creative tweets among fighters with 10-30,000 followers.
Standing out among Henderson’s tweets were his live tweeting during the UFC 133 conference call and giving fans the ability to participate in the question and answer process.
“It’s really exciting to be recognized by the UFC for doing what I love to do anyways, interact with the fans,” stated Henderson, who is training to fight Clay Guida in the first UFC on FOX card Nov. 12 in Anaheim, Calif.
“The sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC have the best fans in the world and we share a level of interaction between fans and athletes not seen in any other professional sport. I am thankful that the UFC allows utilize social media tools to help with this.”
Henderson holds a 14-2 professional record, and is 2-0 in the UFC after previously holding the WEC Lightweight championship. In his last fight, Henderson dominated Jim Miller. He currently trains at the MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz.
Fans can follow Henderson through his Twitter handle @SmoothOne155
Fighters were awarded Twitter bonuses in four divisions, based on the number of followers for each fighter. Within each division, bonuses were awarded for most total followers, the highest percentage of growth in followers, and the most creative tweets.
All data was tracked and gathered by Digital Royalty. White selected the winners in the creative tweets category.
Twitter Bonus Recipients
Most Followers: Anderson Silva
Largest Percentage Growth: Anderson Silva
Most Creative: Forrest Griffin
Most Followers: Antonio Minotauro Nogueira
Largest Percentage Growth: Antonio Minotauro Nogueira
Most Creative: Joe Lauzon
Most Followers: Demian Maia
Largest Percentage Growth: Demian Maia
Most Creative: Benson Henderson
Most Followers: Cris Cyborg
Largest Percentage Growth: Cris Cyborg
Most Creative: Joseph Benavidez