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Jeets Was Here on Business: Michigan Announces Partnership with The Players' Tribune

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The "Our Michigan" all-access series will cover football, men's basketball and softball.

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The University of Michigan athletic department has partnered with The Players' Tribune to provide an in-depth look at some of the best programs the Wolverines have to offer.

The all-access series, titled "Our Michigan," will cover football, men's basketball and softball with both video and written content that will give fans an all-access look at some of their favorite Michigan teams.

The Players' Tribune was founded by former New York Yankee star Derek Jeter, who was in Ann Arbor a few weekends ago for the game against BYU.

Those familiar with Jeter's career know that he initially signed to play baseball at U-M before being drafted by the Yankees.

"I first fell in love with the University of Michigan on my recruiting trip and then again while I was attending classes there. My heart has been there ever since," Jeter said. "Alongside other sports fans, I’m looking forward to getting to know these teams and these athletes. Go Blue."

The full release can be read below:

NEW YORK, N.Y.  – The Players’ Tribune (TPT) announced today the second of its all-access series, "Our Michigan," in partnership with the University of Michigan Athletic Department. With major college sports entering a dynamic new era, TPT will journey through Michigan’s historic 150th season of varsity athletics to offer an exclusive inside look at three storied Michigan teams – football, softball, and men’s basketball. Through a combination of documentary videos, first-person narratives, photo diaries and alumni stories, "Our Michigan" will give a voice to these programs while providing unique focus on what life is like for student-athletes, coaches, staff and the surrounding community of a world-class university.

TPT’s unprecedented access to game days, practice, academic experiences, life on the road and time on and off the playing field will provide fans with total immersion into the world of a Michigan student-athlete. The coverage will be multi-dimensional, using imagery and the voice of student-athletes throughout the program’s iconic history to provide a 360-degree look at the Michigan experience.

"I first fell in love with the University of Michigan on my recruiting trip and then again while I was attending classes there. My heart has been there ever since," says Derek Jeter, founding publisher of The Players’ Tribune, who signed with Michigan on a baseball scholarship before he was drafted by the New York Yankees. "Alongside other sports fans, I’m looking forward to getting to know these teams and these athletes. Go Blue."

"With the largest alumni base in the world and fans across the globe, we’re excited to share the distinctive insights of Michigan through the lens of The Players’ Tribune," said Jim Hackett, interim Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "TPT is an ideal platform for us and we embrace this opportunity for our student-athletes to share their experiences at a university that pairs academic excellence with the competition of sport."

"Derek came to us with this idea, and his excitement is infectious," says Jaymee Messler, president of The Players’ Tribune. "The partnership will give sports fans a first-of-its-kind look into one of the most storied collegiate athletic programs."

The package will debut on The Players’ Tribune this month and subsequent content will roll out throughout the seasons.

ABOUT THE PLAYERS’ TRIBUNE

The Players’ Tribune is a new digital media platform created and curated by some of the world’s top athletes. Founded by Derek Jeter in partnership with Legendary Entertainment, The Players’ Tribune features fresh content, produced daily, from the perspective of the pros. The site brings fans closer to the games they love while providing a unique insight into the daily sports conversation. For more information visit www.theplayerstribune.com, or interact with the team on Facebook (www.facebook.com/theplayerstribune) and Twitter (@playerstribune).

ABOUT MICHIGAN ATHLETICS

The University of Michigan sponsors 31 athletic teams and supports the academic and athletic experiences of more than 900 students. With a rich and storied athletics tradition dating back to 1865-66, Michigan athletic teams have claimed more than 50 national championships with students earning over 120 individual Academic All-America honors. The university boasts the winningest team in college football history and has earned more national titles in hockey and men's swimming and diving than anyone. Visit mgoblue.com for more information or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/umichathletics?fref=ts) and Twitter (@UMichAthletics).