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Austin FC, Austin's newest pro soccer team, announced Thursday that the club would be entering a partnership with Austin based Netspend to be the team's official jersey sleeve sponsor.
Netspend is a payments and digital solutions provider connecting people and brands to innovative payment products. Netspend products and affiliated technologies will also be integrated within the stadium to enhance the speed and safety of food, beverage, and merchandise transactions, according to the club.
We’re very proud to announce our new Partnership with Austin FC. Like and follow @AustinFC to keep up with all the… https://t.co/HSst5uRZ7H— Netspend (@Netspend)1603375686.0
Netspend joins St. David's HealthCare and Yeti as founding partners of Austin FC, but the newest member of the Austin sporting community wants to add more local brands to the mix.
"We are proud to incorporate an Austin-based brand on the sleeve of our authentic jersey collection that will be worn by our players and available at select retail locations," said Andy Loughnane, president of Austin FC.
As a Jersey Sleeve Partner, the Netspend logo will appear on the right sleeve of Austin FC's primary and secondary jerseys, which are set to be revealed before the start of the 2021 season, the clubs inaugural year. The patch will be on fan jerseys as well on digital eSports jerseys in video games like FIFA.
The partnership also means the launch of community-focused programs. The first joint-initiative will take place Thursday at Burnet Middle School in Austin. Netspend and Austin FC will reportedly donate $10,000 in Netspend cards for purchase of school supplies to the staff at the local school.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment benefits related to the pandemic effective June 26, citing the number of current job openings and concern about potentially fraudulent unemployment claims. The benefits include a $300 weekly supplement.
"The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring communities across the state," Abbott said in a statement. "According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment jobs."
TWC listed 837,273 job openings as of Monday afternoon compared to 226,849 unemployment insurance claims filed statewide between March 31 and May 1. An estimated 1 million Texans were unemployed as of March, according to latest estimates released by the state agency.
Some local business owners, including Doc's Backyard Grill owner Charles Milligan, suspect unemployment benefits are deterring Austinites from returning to work. But others agree with economists who say multiple factors are at play, including health concerns and child care availability.
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Abbott also cited fraudulent unemployment claims. Between March 2020 and April 2021, TWC received 4.48 million unemployment benefit applications, 611,000 or around 14% of which were tagged as suspicious. Most of those tagged were blocked before any benefits were paid out, according to an April 29 press release.
Federal law requires the effective date of such benefits change to be at least 30 days after the U.S. Department of Labor is notified.
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