Good morning, 12s. Happy December! Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, Dec. 1 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
NFL Media's 'Next Woman Up': Amy Sprangers
Now in her 21st season with the Seattle Seahawks, Amy Sprangers has played an integral role within the front office.
Sprangers currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer, leading revenue generation across sponsorship, ticketing, suites and local media rights. She has occupied various other roles since joining the franchise in 2001, including Director of Corporate Partnerships, Managing Director of Suite Sales & Service, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Suites and Senior Vice President of Revenue.
In September, NFL.com's Brooke Cersosimo created the "Next Woman Up" series, which aims to highlight women rising through the ranks in professional football. Sprangers was featured in the latest interview, which was released on Tuesday.
You can read Cersosimo’s full interview with Sprangers here and read some of the highlights below:
On keeping the Seahawks' identity throughout inevitable player and coach turnover:
"That has to do with the spirit of the team. The Seahawks' identity is our connection to our community and our fan base. The '12' for us is an iconic symbol and we pay homage to that every Sunday by raising the '12' flag, but it is an incredible connection our team has to our community no matter who is on the field or in the front office. It's a constant connector that stands for excellence, innovation, commitment to inclusiveness and bettering our community. We've had so many big-name players throughout the years, but our connection is what keeps us relevant."
On working with our partners on deals, like naming rights to the stadium:
"This is the most exciting part of my job. What I absolutely love the most are these comprehensive negotiations. Again, it really ties into the strength of your relationships. Most recently, CenturyLink, our naming rights partner, rebranded to Lumen Technologies. We met with their executive team to better understand what it was that was driving their rebrand. One thing that comes into play with that is national exposure, showcasing that gorgeous facility on national broadcasts, but there are many other factors, as well.
"So many amazing things have happened at Lumen Field, so the synergies that exist between sport and, in this case, tech innovation, are endless in terms of storytelling. That's what is critical, making sure your partnerships come to life in a genuine and authentic way that's not manufactured."
On how the industry has changed for women over her 21 seasons:
"I love that there has been a strong core of women in the NFL from its very beginning, but more and more, we are seeing the rich participation of female owners in a newly visible way that is powerful. Not only that, but we see it permeated throughout all facets of the game -- referees, coaches, athletic trainers and scouts. This is a critical movement of change that is inspiring, and it's making the NFL better and driving us forward.
"There is still a lot of room to go. I'd love to see more women represented in CEO and president roles certainly, but I believe we're going to get there."
Social Post Of The Day
Russell Wilson kept things positive on social media after the Seahawks' loss:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle on Rasheem Green’s “rare play,” which was a bright spot in Week 12.
Also at Seahawks.com, Grace Dearing with a look at the 2021 My Cause My Cleats for every player.
Bob Condotta and Adam Jude of the Seattle Times answered four questions in their weekly Four Downs column.
Brandon Gustafson of 710 ESPN Seattle wonders why DK Metcalf wasn’t involved more in Week 12.
Ty Dane Gonzalez of Sports Illustrated wrote about Rasheem Green’s quietly strong season.
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' 17-15 loss to the Washington Football Team on November 29, 2021 at FedExField. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.