Vanderbilt Assistant Football Coach Takes ‘Step Back’ After Pro-Kanye West Tweet

Vanderbilt defensive back football coach Dan Jackson has announced he’s taking a “step back” from the team after backlash regarding a pro-Kanye West tweet earlier this week.

West has been under fire this past month and has lost major sponsors over antisemitic comments made on social media and in interviews. His comments led the the suspension of both his Twitter and Instagram.

Jackson posted support on social media for West, stating that he is “two steps ahead of everyone else.” He has since deleted the post and issued an apology where he says, “To be clear, antisemitism has no place in our society, and I reject all forms of hate.”

Athletic Director Candice Storey Lee made a statement regarding Jackson’s post and said that there will be an internal review regarding the situation.

The statement reads:

“There have been several questions and concerns expressed about a recent comment made by our defensive backs coach, Dan Jackson, on social media. As a department we understand and hear very clearly how this situation has impacted members of our community and those outside of Vanderbilt. Our internal review of the matter began immediately over the weekend, and I now want to provide an update.

“To be clear, Vanderbilt rejects antisemitism, racism and discrimination in all its forms. Consistent with Vanderbilt’s process for addressing reports of discrimination, the matter has now been referred to our Equal Opportunity and Access office for review. It is important the university follow its standard process and conduct a thorough review of the complexities of this incident. Coach Jackson and I have agreed that he will step back from his responsibilities with the team during the Equal Opportunity and Access office’s review.”

Head coach Clark Lea also made a statement regarding Jackson, saying, “It is important the university follow its standard process and conduct a thorough review of the complexities of this incident.”

Press Kit: A Run Down Of College Basketball’s Opening Week In Nashville

Destinee Wells. Photo: Courtesy of Belmont Athletics

College basketball is officially back and there are a ton of games for Nashville college hoops fans to watch this week.

There are four games that fans can sink their teeth into tonight (Nov. 7), including the highly anticipated matchup between the Vanderbilt men and Memphis at Memorial Gym at 7 p.m. CT. Vandy is coming off a very good season where they finished 19-17, marking their first winning season since 2016-17. The Commodores made a short run in the SEC Tournament and eventually made it to the NIT Quarterfinals.

Vandy will be without star Scotty Pippen Jr., but have a firm foundation built by Jerry Stackhouse, as well as solid leadership and experience from Liam Robbins, Jordan Wright and Quentin Millora-Brown.

Jerry Stackhouse. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

Robbins is a 7-foot fifth-year senior from Iowa who will be one of the team’s biggest keys for success. Last season, he averaged 6.8 points and four rebounds per game, and blocked 30 shots–the most on the team. He only played 15 games during the 2021-22 season so his ceiling is very high and can be opposing teams’ worst nightmare.

Wright started every game last season and averaged 12.3 ppg–the second most on the team. He also led the team in rebounds with 6.4 rpg and shot 42 percent from the field. The team will look to Wright to be its leading scorer.

Less than two miles up the road, the Belmont men’s basketball team will be hosting the Ohio Bobcats to kick off their season.

The Bruins will look very different this season compared to their last two after losing all-conference players such as Grayson Murphy, Nick Muszynksi and Luke Smith. Belmont’s team will be very young and inexperienced, but they will have help from All-OVC First Team senior Ben Sheppard.

Sheppard will be the heart of the Bruins this season as the team will be relying heavily on him to create offensive production. Last season, he started all 33 games and led the team in scoring, averaging 16.2 ppg and shooting for nearly 50 percent from the field.

The Bruins are also entering their first season in the Missouri Valley Conference, so this is a season that fans will most definitely want to keep an eye on.

Over in North Nashville on the Tennessee State University campus, the Tiger’s men and women’s basketball teams will be taking on historic HBCU Frisk University at the Gentry Center. The women’s team will face Fisk at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game following right after.

The TSU women’s team is also in a transitional year as three of their top scorers are no longer on the team. They will have help from Gia Adams who played 31 games, averaging 12.9 ppg.

Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. Photo: Courtesy of TSU Athletics

The men’s team were picked to be one of the favorites in the OVC this season with returning stars such as Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. who is set to be one of the most impactful players in the conference. Fitzgerald averaged 11.7 ppg, 77 assists, 33 steals and shot 34 percent from the three-point line.

On Wednesday (Nov. 9), the Belmont women’s basketball team will host Chattanooga in their season opener as they begin a highly anticipated 2022-23 season. The ladies are coming off another historical season, winning their second straight OVC Tournament title and picking up an NCAA Tournament win against Oregon. In the end, the team lost 70-67 to the Lady Vols of Tennessee in the second round of the March Madness Tournament.

The Bruins received 14 votes in the Associated Press Preseason Women’s Basketball Poll. They welcome back the OVC Tournament MVP Destinee Wells who’s already solidified herself as a Belmont legend, leading the Bruins to two NCAA Tournament wins. Last season, Wells averaged 16.7 ppg, 140 assists, and shot for 45 percent from the field. She is supported by Tutti Jones who averaged 11.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, and 87 steals. The Bruins will be back at it on Sunday (Nov. 13) as they welcome No. 5 Louisville to the Curb Event Center. Belmont’s women’s team will be must-see basketball.

Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

The Vandy women’s team also readies for its second season behind Shea Ralph who led the Commodores to a successful 2021-22 campaign where they finished 16-19 and 12-5 at home. They went on to win two games in the WNIT before losing to MTSU 55-53.

They will be playing Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green tonight before returning home on Thursday (Nov. 10) to welcome Samford to Memorial Gym. The ‘Dores will be welcoming back stars Jordyn Cambridge and Iyana Moore. Cambridge, a Nashville native, started all 33 games last season and averaged 10.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, assisted 146 and had 129 steals. Moore is coming off a stellar freshman season where she averaged 12.7 ppg and shot 39 percent from the 3-point line.

Lipscomb’s women’s team played their season opener at noon today, falling to TCU 69-62. They will play at Northern Kentucky on Thrusday and then have their home opener against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday (Nov. 12) at Allen Arena. The player to watch is Jalyn Holcomb who averaged 10.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and shot nearly 40 percent from the field.

The Bisons’ men’s team will be opening their season against South Dakota on Wednesday before returning to Nashville to host Campbellsville-Harrodsburg on Saturday. They have ASun Preseason Player of the Year Ahsan Asadullah returning who is going to be a massive problem for defenses across the conference. He led the team in almost every major category, averaging 15.2 ppg, 9 rpg, having 114 assists, and notching 25 blocks.

Lipscomb and Belmont will face off in an early Battle of the Boulevard on Nov. 14 at Allen Arena at 7 p.m. CT.

FanDuel To Host ‘Bracket City Live’ Festival In Nashville Coinciding With March Madness

FanDuel Bracket City Live, a free three-day festival centered around music and college basketball, will take over Lower Broadway in Nashville on March 16-18, 2023, coinciding with the beginning of March Madness.

“We know visitors love to come to Nashville for live music and they love to come for sports, so putting music and sports together is a winning combination for us,” said Deana Ivey, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “We are excited to introduce a brand-new festival on legendary Lower Broadway to a national audience and for Nashville to benefit from the marketing and TV exposure as we continue to become known as a world-class event city.”

Renderings of Bracket City Live in downtown Broadway

2023 FanDuel Bracket City Live will showcase a variety of musical performances across two stages, a chance to interact with fellow fans, and the opportunity to engage in the action of college basketball. The festival’s expansive footprint will host activations and stages down Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway and along the riverfront.

The event will be produced by Populous and supported by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

“Bracket City Live is a three-day holiday to celebrate and create the unforgettable moments that come with the best time of the year for college basketball. We saw an opportunity to bring fans together and experience those moments with one another at one of the best entertainment destinations in the world,” said Bobby Sloan, associate principal at Populous and executive producer of Bracket City Live.

Renderings of Bracket City Live in downtown Broadway

Sloan’s experience over his 15 years with Populous has included work with several major leagues on events such as the NHL Winter Classic, the NFL Draft including 2019’s installment in Nashville, and MLB at Field of Dreams.

Exclusive Experience packages will be available for purchase at Bracket City Live’s website. In addition to announcing the festival, 2023 FanDuel Bracket City Live is opening its largest giveaway to fans. Starting today (Nov. 4), fans can enter to win a trip to Bracket City Live for four which includes a travel voucher, lodging, and exclusive experience packages. For more information on the contest, head to the Bracket City Website.

To stay up to date on the latest news and talent announcements for 2023 FanDuel Bracket City Live, visit BracketCityLive.com and follow the festival’s social accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The musical lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

Vanderbilt & Fanatics Partner To Provide Custom NIL Student-Athlete Apparel

Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

Vanderbilt Athletics has collaborated with Fanatics and OneTeam to provide Commodore student-athletes the opportunity to benefit from their name, image and likeness through an integrated licensed sports merchandise relationship.

Personalized t-shirts featuring the names and numbers of various Vanderbilt student-athletes are now available for purchase.

Fanatics has unveiled this apparel program with football and soccer, and plan to offer additional sports throughout the remainder of the 2022–23 season.

OneTeam is a global sports company specializing in unleashing the collective power of athletes through group licensing. OneTeam represents a range of commercial business interests on behalf of the athletes of the NFLPA, MLBPA, MLSPA, U.S. Women’s National Team PA, WNBPA, NWSLPA and U.S. Rugby PA, as well as thousands of college student-athletes.

Belmont Basketball Announces Broadcasters For Upcoming Season

Featured L-R: Belmont men’s basketball coach Casey Alexander and Belmont alumni and Bruin Sports Network’s Emily Proud. Photo: Courtesy of Belmont Athletics

Belmont University Athletics has announced the broadcasters for its upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons.

The broadcasters include, Belmont alumna Emily Proud, returning voices like Rich Tiner and Steve Layman and former basketball players like Jenny Roy and Ellie Harmeyer.

Here is the full list of Bruin Sports Network broadcasters that will appear for this season of Belmont basketball:

Steve Layman returns for his second season as lead broadcaster for Belmont men’s basketball. An award-winning broadcaster, Layman is a Nashville sports fixture in his role as sports anchor at NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV), the CBS affiliate in Nashville. Beyond calling Belmont games and serving as emcee at various campus events, Layman will also host a new podcast series on Belmont Bruins Radio on iHeartRadio. Layman came to Nashville after spending five years as sports director at KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Previously, Layman served as a play-by-play announcer for University of Illinois Athletics on the Illini Sports Network and radio co-host of Sports Talk on WDWS-AM in Champaign, Illinois. He covered Illinois men’s basketball during its historic 2005 National Runner-Up season. Layman has been honored for best sportscast by the Associated Press and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. He also received three OAB Awards for best sports special for his role as host and producer. The Illinois native has been a regular guest host on Nashville sports talk radio.

Emily Proud (’16) returns as lead sideline reporter for home Bruin Sports Network and ESPN digital broadcasts. Proud recently joined CBS Sports and 247Sports as a studio host and anchor. She previously served as weekend evening news anchor and sports reporter at WKRN-TV. Proud was named ‘Top 30 Sportscaster Under 30’ by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. The Knoxville, Tennessee native began her career at WATE-TV. A four-year letterwinner on the Belmont women’s soccer team, Proud graduated from Belmont University with honors in journalism, sports and media in 2016.

Dr. Rich Tiner returns as the voice of Belmont women’s basketball. Tiner retired as a distinguished professor of media studies and faculty athletics representative in May 2021. In his over two decades at the mic of Belmont Athletics, Tiner has called 18 Belmont NCAA Tournament games across women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball, including the Bruins’ victories over Gonzaga and Oregon. The Texas native also served on the NCAA Division I Council. Considered one of the “pioneers” of Contemporary Christian Music radio, Tiner began his career in Houston, Texas at KFMK-FM, one of the very first radio stations to program Contemporary Christian Music full-time. After several years as an air personality, his career path led him into programming, sales, and management–and ultimately into station ownership.

Greg Sage returns for his 18th season as lead color analyst for men’s basketball. Sage has been honored for outstanding writing by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and for professionalism in announcing by the Ohio Valley Conference. Prior to Belmont, Sage worked as a producer at The Golf Channel in Orlando, and a sports anchor/reporter/producer at two affiliates in his hometown of Rochester, New York. Aside from covering NFL games and calling hundreds of college games throughout his career, Sage also served as a fill-in radio talk show host for ‘The Takeo Spikes Show’ on the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.  He earned his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Jenny Roy returns for her fourth season as color analyst for select women’s basketball games. One of the most versatile players in Belmont and Ohio Valley Conference history, Roy helped the Bruins to a 108-26 record and four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2016-19. She was named 2019 OVC Tournament Most Valuable Player and celebrated her 22nd birthday by recording the third triple-double in program history. Roy finished her Belmont career with 1,029 points, 892 rebounds, 489 assists and 128 steals.

Ellie Harmeyer returns for her third season as color analyst for select women’s basketball games. Like Roy, Harmeyer was a member of four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams and emerged as one of the top frontcourt players in the country in 2020. The Wisconsin native led the nation in five statistical categories as a redshirt senior as she was named Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A two-time First Team All-OVC selection, Harmeyer became the third player in Belmont history to register over 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.

Hannah Harmeyer returns for her fourth season as color analyst for select women’s basketball games. A three-year letterwinner during Belmont’s run of NCAA Tournament success, the Wisconsin native played in 57 games and shot 50 percent from 3-point field goal range for her career.

Hanley Riggs returns for her third year with the Bruin Sports Network as a sideline reporter, and second as lead sideline reporter for women’s basketball. The Belmont senior broadcast journalism major has been a regular contributor to Bruin digital ESPN productions in Olympic sports. The Tampa, Florida native serves as lead anchor and social media editor for Belmont University student media, Belmont Vision and has spent time as an intern with the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators, Sirius XM, ESPN 102.5 The Game and Ryan Seacrest Studios.

Jay Gilmore returns for his second season as a sideline reporter for select games. A veteran broadcaster whose work includes time at affiliates in Atlanta, West Palm Beach and Huntsville, Gilmore has covered NBA championship runs by the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. He most recently contributed to Tiger Sports Properties for the University of Memphis. No stranger to the Nashville market, the Middle Tennessee State University graduate has been featured on MyTV30 high school sports coverage and began his career at NewsChannel5. Gilmore serves as an instructor of journalism within the Belmont media studies program.

Noah Syverson (SEE-ver-son) returns for his second season with the Bruin Sports Network, serving as a contributor and sideline reporter for select men’s basketball games. Syverson, who called the Nashville SC regular season home finale for iHeartRadio, has been the lead broadcaster for Belmont Volleyball the past two seasons and lent his voice to baseball, women’s basketball and soccer. The Berry College graduate holds extensive experience in baseball play-by-play, serving as lead voice for the Johnson City Doughboys and Macon Bacon, and was the play-by-play voice of the Northwest Georgia high school Game of the Week. The Washington state native is completing his master’s degree in sport administration from Belmont University.

Michelle Knezovic (kuh-NEZZ-uh-vick) joins the Bruin Sports Network team in 2022-23 as a sideline reporter for select games. Producer and co-host of Robby & Rexrode on ESPN 102.5 The Game, the New York native covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators and Nashville area college teams. Knezovic hosts a weekly college basketball show and podcast and serves as an adjunct instructor at Middle Tennessee State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Vanderbilt Unveils Renderings Of Basketball Operations Center, Men’s & Women’s Basketball Courts

Rendering of the Vanderbilt basketball operations center. Rendering courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

Vanderbilt Athletics recently released a string of renderings of the new basketball operations center, as well as practice courts for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Shared via Twitter, the renderings are all part of the Vandy United initiative which will help renovate and expand the athletic fields and facilities in and around Vanderbilt’s campus. The initiative has raised up to $300 million to improve the basketball and football facilities, which include upgrades to FirstBank Stadium.

The construction for the new building will begin at the conclusion of the Vandy football season, according to Vanderbilt Deputy Athletic Director for External Affairs & Revenue Generation Tommy McClelland, via Twitter.

Here is the full thread of the new renderings:

Vanderbilt unveiled images of what men’s and women’s basketball players and staff can expect out of their new operations center and practice facilities. This includes film and meeting rooms, player lounges and hydrotherapy rooms.

The new building will be connected to the football stadium and is part of the stadium’s upgrades. The basketball operations center will be attached to FirstBank Stadium’s concourse and will feature a Jumbotron for fans attending Commodore football games.

Nashville Voices: Vanderbilt’s Andrew Allegretta

College football is in full swing and fans all around the country are tuning into games every Saturday as the voices behind our favorite teams continue to be so important to the identity to the team.

Vanderbilt’s Director of Radio Broadcasting Andrew Allegretta has been filling that job as the play-by-play voice for Commodore football and baseball since 2021.

Andrew Allegretta. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

“Through individual experiences, what I saw, what I felt and what I was comfortable with, I gravitated to the play-by-play side of things,” he shared with The Sports Credential.

Allegretta’s passion for sports and sports broadcasting specifically, began when he was young. In middle school his passions grew with watching games and ESPN’s SportsCenter.

“I think I knew I had a bit of an interest for it at a young age,” he recalls. “About the time I was in seventh grade, it peaked my interest just by watching ESPN, SportsCenter and watching and listening to games. There was a gravitational pull there.”

It was in high school when he was looking at colleges that this passion began to formulate and narrow down into something that he could see as a possible career path. He went on to attend Syracuse, one of the top broadcasting schools in the country that has produced numerous sportscasters such as Bob Costas, Mike Tirico and many more.

“I loved my time at Syracuse. Not just from a broadcasting standpoint, but because I met some of my best friends there,” he explains. “It’s hard to ignore Syracuse’s history and tradition within the broadcasting realm. I didn’t know it to the depths then that I do now, but I knew it enough to say to myself, ‘This is something you need to take pretty seriously.’ I’m certainly glad that I did.”

At Syracuse, he worked with the radio station Z98 which had a history of being the starting point for so many broadcasters, including Sean McDonough and Marv Albert. It was here where he began to focus on the play-by-play side of the sports broadcasting world.

“Just being in that environment really motivated me, grabbed my attention and sparked my passion,” Allegretta shares. “I loved being around the game, the performance of calling the game, and working with my classmates to produce those games. I fed off the energy of it.”

After graduating from Syracuse in 2010, he got a job–which was more of an internship, according to Allegretta–with the Walla Walla Sweets, a summer league baseball team in Walla Walla, Washington.

Being a native of Maine and going to school in New York, the Walla Walla Sweets were an opportunity go to the West Coast. This began his journey of traveling and working throughout different parts of the country, resulting in his growth as both a person and as a broadcaster.

Vanderbilt football stadium. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics/Daniel Dubois

“Being on the West Coast was really valuable for me,” he notes. “I think one of the really neat things about my personal journey is that I’ve been able to travel the country and live in different part of the country. From a totally non-broadcasting standpoint, I do think that has helped me understand people from everywhere in America.”

After a summer with the Sweets, he spent time with Charleston Southern University doing play-by-play for their football and men’s basketball teams. In 2011, he got a job with Virginia Tech’s athletic department where he spent eight years.

“That was a really big grounding force for me to get in with a Power 5 school and really learn what it’s all about to be the voice of a team, a voice of a program and what it means to work within an athletic department,” he notes.

Allegretta went on to be the Director of Broadcasting for Digital Media and Olympic sports at Virginia Tech. He also served as sideline reporter and pre/post-game host for football broadcasts, as well as play-by-play broadcaster for the Hokies’ women’s basketball and baseball teams. Additionally, he anchored coverage of VT Olympic sports broadcasts on the university’s digital platforms.

Will Sheppard. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

In 2018, he was honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) in as Sportscaster of the Year for the state of Virginia.

When first getting into broadcasting he wasn’t sure if he wanted to go down the path of college athletics or professional. However, his work for Syracuse really paved the way for his successful career in the world of college sports.

“It was just the way it unfolded for me,” Allegretta notes. “I kept moving toward college athletics and the voice of the team side of things, which I’m really thankful for. I think it suits who I am personally–trying to be part of a community and getting to know people.”

In 2019, Allegretta moved from Virginia Tech to Tulane where he was named Director of Broadcasting. In 2021, he made another move to Nashville to become Vanderbilt Athletics’ Director of Broadcasting. The 2022 effort marks his first full season with the Commodores.

“For me, personally, Vanderbilt is the No. 1 job in the country,” Allegretta offers. “My nature desires to be in and around collegiate athletics, in a community and to build that continuity of the fanbase, the players and coaches over the course of time.

“Now, from Tulane to Vanderbilt, I get to do it in the SEC–the best collegiate athletic conference in the country–at a place that has won two baseball national championships. They have all of this energy around it to push it forward with what [Vandy’s Athletic Director] Candice Storey-Lee is doing now.”

It was a really easy move for Allegretta as he saw the job at Vanderbilt as the crown jewel to move into the SEC and a growing athletic department. It was also a personal move, though, as his wife has family here.

“It’s hard to beat an opportunity like this, personally. It’s not going to be everybody’s No. 1 job in the country but, for me, it is.”

Being with Vanderbilt for just one year, Allegretta has had a lot of fun calling Clark Lea‘s first season as Vandy’s football coahc, as well as being a part of the Vandy Boys great baseball season. He’s also felt the freedom to create and try to take Vandy to new level.

“It’s really just a cauldron of energy and creativity and I’ve had fun with it,” he shares. “I get the true fortune of working with people who are passionate about Vanderbilt and who know the history and legacy. Whether its Kevin Ingram coming in and being our sideline reporter for football games, or our color commentator Norm Jordan who played here in the 1980’s, I’ve got a crew that is really fun to work with.”

As the Director of Broadcasting and the lead football voice, there can be a lot of preparation involved. Allegretta is very meticulous about the prep he and his team do on game day, doing a lot of work throughout the week to try and make every aspect the best. From the pregame, to the tailgate show, to the Monday night show, it’s a bigger process than just putting on his headset and calling a game.

Vandy United rendering

“There are a lot of layers to it that are more than filling in the data, putting it into a chart and saying it into a headset,” he explains. “It’s more like how can I make sure that the engineer who’s running our broadcast has all of the technical stuff that he needs? I try to be a positive force in every aspect of our operation.”

Allegretta is really looking forward to continuing to develop the relationship between the fans. He knows it takes time and is an uphill battle, but it’s something that is really important to him. He’s also really excited about how the Vandy United upgrades will continue to unfold.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to continue getting to know the fanbase here at Vanderbilt. It means a lot to me,” he shares. “On a macro level, I’m excited for people to get out here and to slowly start to see the physical fruits of our labor around here, like the physical construction. I know its a long time coming for people to see this place really take significant strides with its facilities and on a very real level.

“I think we’re all understanding of what Vanderbilt is trying to do and the fact that we’re all in that moment together is a fun moment to be at Vanderbilt,” he sums.

Nashville Sports Council Readies Major Event Plan To Support New Titans Stadium

Rendering of new Titans stadium. Photo: Courtesy of the Tennessee Titans

Nashville Sports Council and TransPerfect Music City Bowl President/CEO Scott Ramsey has released a statement following the release of renderings earlier this week for a proposed new, enclosed Tennessee Titans stadium.

“Since its inception, the mission of the Nashville Sports Council has always been to recruit sporting events that have a positive economic impact on the Greater Nashville area,” Ramsey shares. “In our 30 years, the Sports Council has generated $1 billion in direct economic impact while simultaneously garnering national and international media coverage.

“A new enclosed stadium will only help expand on our mission and allow us to pursue sporting events like a Super Bowl, a CFP national championship, a men’s Final Four and other events that meet venue requirements we are unable to currently fulfill,” he continues. “The new stadium could also help the TransPerfect Music City Bowl position itself within the future structure of postseason college football.”

Ramsey also touched on the Nashville community at large, in particular the funding for the proposed $2.1 billion stadium. The new stadium will be funded through numerous sources: the Titans, NFL and PSL sales, a State of Tennessee $500 million contribution, additional 1% on hotel-motel tax and sales, and use taxes collected at the new stadium and its surrounding campus.

“We encourage our Sports Council members and the Nashville community at large to join us in supporting this project by working with their local representatives,” Ramsey adds. “The Sports Council looks forward to working with the Titans organization, Gov. Bill Lee’s office, Mayor John Cooper’s Office, the Nashville Metro Sports Authority and all local and state entities as we look forward to the opportunities to host additional major sports events in Nashville.”

Last week, the Mayor’s office and the Titans officially announced an agreement for a new stadium and new lease that wouldn’t force the city’s taxpayers to foot the bill for any upgrades on the stadium. Read more about it here.