As the coronavirus pandemic has shut down nearly all live sporting events in the country, most parts of the sports world have been impacted, from the athletes themselves, to trainers, stadium and arena workers and more.
One of those sectors has been the autograph circuit, which like almost all other public events, has been shut down.
Total Sports Enterprises, a Robinson Township company, is one of the largest sources of authentic and and autographed sports memorabilia and often works with current and former players to hold public autograph sessions.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) April 9, 2020
Since the shut down, the company has had live events canceled or postponed, preventing them from adding to their inventory and also preventing the athletes from holding public signings.
“It may have a small impact on the immediate future, but we will eventually be able to reschedule the events at a later date when there is no risk to our customers and athletes,” a TSE spokesperson told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
In the meantime, they still have plenty of items in their inventory, and they’re doing something to give back. They’re holding a sports memorabilia auction that runs through this Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The auction features items signed by Nick Bjugstad, Terry Bradshaw, James Conner, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Joe Haden, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Malik Harrison, Jack Lambert, Dan Marino, Evgeni Malkin, Bill Mazeroski, Heath Miller, Jeff Reed, Andy Russell, Bryan Rust, Ryan Shazier, Donnie Shell and JuJu Smith-Schuster, among with other things.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Congratulates Penguins Star Sidney Crosby on Career Milestone
Pittsburgh athletes have a bond, especially legendary Pittsburgh athletes. They play for the same city and are supported by the same fans.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of the connection between Pittsburgh’s teams. And he knows how much Pittsburgh fans care about the players who represent the black and gold. Saturday afternoon, Roethlisberger took to Twitter to show some love for his fellow Pittsburgh superstar athlete Sidney Crosby as he approaches a career milestone.
Congrats on the upcoming milestone, Sid! pic.twitter.com/m8AfoKAdd2
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 20, 2021
Zach Banner to Host Virtual Panel Combatting Anti-Semitism, White Supremacy
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner is hosting a virtual panel aimed at combatting anti-semitism, racial injustice and white supremacy.
The event, a “two-part conversation on combatting anti-semitism, fighting for racial justice and moving forward in unity,” will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
The first segment will be Pittsburgh focused, as Banner will be joined by Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue, and Jasiri X, a hip hop artist and co-founder of activist group 1Hood. The trio will discuss “the current national and local crisis of anti-semitism and white supremacy.”
The second portion will be center on “the power of athlete activism, their role and responsibility in engaging in these movements and their priorities in this work as team leaders, national figures and community members.” Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Washington Mystics forward Alysha Clark will join this portion of the conversation.
Dr. Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh will serve as the moderator.
Individuals interested in participating in the virtual event can register here.
I'm hosting my first virtual panel!— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) February 10, 2021
Join me, @Alysha_Clark, @JBell_19 and Pittsburgh community leaders for a discussion on combatting anti-semitism and white supremacy.
For more info and to register –> https://t.co/2PTYYrrty8 pic.twitter.com/To65EBlKLA
Pittsburgh Named Best City in America for Football Fans
While the news will come as no surprise to Steelers fans, Pittsburgh has been named the best city in America for football fans by WalletHub.
The outlet utilized a number of metrics to form its rankings, such as fan engagement, stadium capacity, ticket prices and team success.
Both professional and college football teams were considered during the exercise. Pittsburgh received also received the No. 1 spot in the Pro Football category individually, and was ranked 13th in the college football category for the Pitt Panthers.
Pittsburgh earned high marks in multiple categories, resulting in its top ranking. The city was tied with Green Bay, Wisconsin at the top of the fan engagement category. Pittsburgh also has the fourth-most accessible stadium out of NFL teams, though Steelers fans attempting to navigate the North Shore on Saturdays and Sundays may disagree.
While St. George, Utah is most likely a fine community, it was named the worst city for football fans.
Check out the full rankings at the link below.