Jackson was the Dolphins’ second first-round pick of this draft, and his assignment will be to protect their first: former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a 2017 national champion, who was selected at No. 5 overall by Miami. Jackson was the fifth offensive lineman selected in this year’s draft. “Beyond blessed that the Miami Dolphins took this bet on me,” Jackson said via Instagram. “I’m excited to get to work and prove them right.” Jackson appeared in all 39 games of his USC career, starting every game in his sophomore and junior years. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Stanford in Week 2 of the 2019 season and made the 2019 All-Pac-12 First Team. Coming out of North Canyon High School in Phoenix, Jackson was the No. 35 overall recruit in the Class of 2017 as a four-star. Offensive tackle Austin Jackson was selected 18th overall by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the NFL Draft. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) “I’m excited to get down there and meet up with a great group of guys and start working and see where this thing takes us,” Jackson said in a video posted to the Dolphins’ Twitter. Jackson’s first round selection should come as no surprise, as he was projected to be chosen on day one of the draft by many NFL analysts. While Jackson will likely be the only USC player selected Thursday, he is expected to join wide receiver and fellow Trojan Michael Pittman Jr. as 2020 draftees. Linebacker John Houston Jr., defensive lineman Christian Rector and offensive tackle Drew Richmond are also projected as potential late-round selections. Former Trojan Austin Jackson has found his NFL home, as the offensive tackle was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. Jackson became the 82nd first-round draft pick from USC of all time, the second most of any university behind Ohio State. The two schools entered the evening tied at 81, but the Buckeyes jumped in front when defensive end Chase Young and cornerback Jeff Okudah were drafted No. 2 and No. 3 overall, respectively. “It’s no pressure at all,” Jackson said of protecting a franchise quarterback in Tagovailoa. “I’m glad I’m with a great team and a team that believes in me, and I’m just really excited to get out there with the guys and build something special.” As the youngest tackle in his draft class, Jackson will have room to grow with a Dolphins team that struggled to a 5-11 finish in 2019 — last place in the AFC East. Miami’s offense finished with the sixth-fewest total yards per game last season, including the fewest rushing yards per game with just 72.3 and the eighth-fewest points per game with 19.1.
WESA and ESL have reached an agreement with Facebook to give them exclusive broadcast rights for two of their biggest tournaments, starting with ESL One Genting from January 23-28.The arrangement concerns the ESL Pro League and ESL One competitions, and the rights are for both English and Portuguese language streams. The CS:GO Pro League will also begin its Facebook Live tenure in February 2018, promising new ways to enjoy ESL competitions including streaming in 1080p/60fps and watching in Facebook 360 for Gear VR. The deal will run for four seasons of the Pro League, until December 2019.Additionally, ESL will be producing a weekly five-minute show celebrating the Dota community on Facebook Watch, Facebook’s platform for shows.“Building on our successful partnership, we believe Facebook is the perfect platform to bring both Pro League and ESL One competitions to new and existing audiences,” said Nik Adams, Senior Vice President Global Media Rights & Distribution, ESL. “With Facebook broadening their portfolio of top-tier live sports events and leagues, we are excited to add this content to their lineup and guarantee the very best of viewing experiences to our passionate fans.”Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner, WESA, said: “Not only does this mark an important step for Pro League, our teams, and our players, but it is also an incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of sports media consumption. With Facebook’s scale, especially in gaming, and the digital-first instincts of our viewers, we believe this partnership will both reach and better serve our global CS:GO audience by bringing the excitement and drama of Pro League directly to our fans.”ESL will also be utilising Facebook’s new cross-posting feature. This allows ESL to post videos and reach audiences on all participating team and player Pages, finding a new and relevant audience and seeing aggregated insights across posts for all Pages.Today’s news follows the announcement in May 2017 by ESL and Facebook to bring 5,000 hours of ESL content to Facebook. By collaborating closely, ESL has grown its community reach on Facebook from 700K to more than 25M people each month“For years ESL has used Facebook to nurture its global community while broadening the audience for esports competition to millions of fans worldwide,” said Leo Olebe, Global Director, Games Partnerships. “Having two of ESL’s most adored properties for CS:GO and Dota 2 streaming exclusively on Facebook is the next step in our efforts to delight the passionate esports community on Facebook. The ability to now watch esports in 1080p and in VR underscores our commitment to adding more ways for fans to watch and connect with each other around the esports content they love most.”Just last week, Acer became the official monitor and broadcast laptop sponsor for ESL One Genting, stating that they want to “provide the best experience for these best teams to conquer new worlds. As well as this, they also announced Intel as the official headline sponsor of the ESL UK Premiership, the UK’s national esports league.Esports Insider says: Bringing esports to any streaming service that isn’t Twitch is always going to raise a lot of question marks. However, the CS:GO Pro League has recently been streamed on YouTube and achieved record viewership, so we would hate to make assumptions before giving them a chance. That said, we’re intrigued to see how this goes for them.