By Ryan ClarkINDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Three Wide Media is teaming up with Karsyn’s Krusaders to sponsor the Saturday, June 21 weekly racing program at Independence Motor Speedway. A number of promotions will be part of the June 21 event to help raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer. An “ultimate fan package” raffle will be conducted throughout the evening, offering the winner a two night/three day stay, plus Karsyn’s Krusaders merchandise, a free subscription to Dirt Late Model or Dirt Modified magazine, gift cards and much more. Karsyn’s Krusaders merchandise will also be available for purchase, plus a number of items will be thrown into the stands throughout the evening. The one-of-a-kind KK grill car will be on display and pace the five features. Cancer survivors will drop the green flag to start the five feature events.June 21 is also the Saturday Showcase for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. Increased prize money will be up for grabs in that division, which will be a weekly points race following normal qualifying procedures.Gates open at 4 p.m. on June 21, with hot laps at 6 and racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Kids ages 11 and under will be admitted free if accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25. Karsyn’s Krusaders is a not-for-profit charity started in 2010 by Andy and Jessica Miller to raise money and awareness of cancer, with a focus on childhood cancer. Karsyn’s Krusaders is a dirt track automotive racing-based cancer charity that works with drivers, race tracks and race fans across the country.The charity’s motto, “Kickin’ Cancer’s Butt One Lap at a Time,” the logo and name is based on the Millers’ daughter Karsyn who was diagnosed with high risk leukemia at age three in 2008. Karsyn was successfully treated and today is a vibrant little girl who continues to be the inspiration for the charity that helps children and their families across the country. For more information on Karsyn’s Krusaders, visit www.karsynskrusaders.org. For almost a decade now, Three Wide Media has proudly published Dirt Late Model, Dirt Modified and Flat Out Magazine.Whether you like dirt Late Models, dirt Modifieds or Sprint Cars, Three Wide Media has you covered. It’s adrenaline – cover to cover. To subscribe, advertise or for more information, go to www.threewidemedia.com.For the latest speedway news, visit www.independencemotorspeedway.com or contact Ryan Clark at 319 361-3795.
The owner of Demon Decals adds to the recognition drivers earning those titles in IMCA Central Region states in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Demon Decals gift certificates will be presented to IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact state champions during the national awards banquet in November, or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. State champions in all divisions in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma all receive $100 gift certificates from the first-year sponsor located in Rising City, Neb. “This is a unique program and one that is ideal for a company like Demon Decals. Their support of tracks and racers in the central part of the country is going to make a difference not only this year, but in the next couple of seasons,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is great to have them on board in 2020 and beyond.” RISING CITY, Neb. – Damon Richards knows first-hand the challenge that goes into and the sense of accomplishment that result from winning an IMCA state championship. “We’re really excited about this program,” said Richards, who earned the 2016 Nebraska State Hobby Stock title during his 14-year IMCA career. “It gives us the opportunity to expand and get our name out in front of a lot more people.” “Winning a state championship is a neat deal,” said Richards, son of Charger Chassis owners Jamie and Shelly Richards. “We raced at a lot of different tracks that season and ended up winning it by five points, so I know how hard it is to do.” In addition to making wraps, decals and T-shirts for circle track competitors, Demon Decals does signage and logo design, banners, graphics, lettering and wraps for commercial, recreational and personal applications. “We already do about 250 wraps a year now,” he continued. “Working with the largest sanctioning body out there is one way to help a lot of drivers in all the IMCA divisions.” More information is available by calling “The buddy down the road that does wraps” at 402 367-8464, at www.demondecals.com and on Facebook.
Purslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.”Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums.Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.”Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining.___ May 6, 2020 The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining.Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals. Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.Players for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week.The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on.Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates.The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume. PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.”___Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic.The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started. The Latest: Croatian soccer hopes to resume on May 30 German soccer could be cleared to resume when Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with the governors of the country’s 16 states.The dpa news agency reports that May 15 and 21 are being considered by the federal government as start dates for the Bundesliga.The league has introduced blanket coronavirus testing at clubs and is eager to finish the season by the end of June. That is when some player contracts expire.The push to resume has faced a backlash. There have been at least 11 positive tests of players and staff since testing began last week and Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou was suspended after posting a video showing social distancing measures being flouted at the club.___ Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June.___Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers.The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press
EAST LANSING – After a 20-point second half effort doomed Wisconsin in a humbling defeat to Purdue Sunday, the Badgers’ offensive futility seemed to finally be catching up with them. Catch up they did at the Breslin Center Thursday night as UW’s distant Big Ten title hopes finally crumbled in a 58-43 loss to Michigan State.Just like in the loss to the Boilermakers, head coach Bo Ryan said Wisconsin (20-10, 11-6 Big Ten) had open looks at the basket. But that could not alter the fact that the Badgers finished 29.4 percent from the field and a brutal 17.4 percent from three-point range.“I don’t really think I can explain [the shooting issues] and just have to have guys put them up confidently and once we get a few knocked down, we’re going to find that rhythm again,” freshman forward Sam Dekker said. “But yeah, today was just another day it wasn’t there from the outside.”When Jared Berggren sunk a 15-footer from the left corner to open the half, it appeared Wisconsin’s offense might return from the locker room following an 18-point first half with renewed energy. Yet even those hopes were quickly crushed as the Badgers missed their next 14 shots.That shooting drought – which lasted more than seven minutes – allowed the Spartans (23-7, 12-5) to take complete control with a 16-0 run and build a 21-point lead before the second half’s midway point. Senior guard Keith Appling – limited to just five points in the first period – led the onslaught by shooting 4-of-7 from the floor and grabbing 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. From that point forward, Wisconsin found itself playing a hopeless game of catch-up as freshman stud Gary Harris, alongside Appling, rediscovered the form that went strangely missing in the first half. Held without a single point in the first half, Harris posted 11 in the second half.The Badgers kept firing – missing 11 consecutive three-pointers before Dekker sunk a long ball with 12 seconds left – but they never cut the margin thinner than 15 points in the game’s final 14:17.“It’s always a combination of things – what they’re doing, what we’re not doing and you just can’t have those spells,” Ryan said. “We’ve been on the other end of that this year … you say to yourself after a game, ‘There’s no way in the world that team we just maybe beat by X number of points, there’s no way they’re that bad.’”Michigan State dominated the paint with 32 points to Wisconsin’s 12, often transforming turnovers into easy fast-break baskets that let them run away with the game.After a first half in which both teams combined for only 53 points, when Denzel Valentine dumped a pass to Travis Trice, who sunk a three as the buzzer sounded to give Michigan State a 25-18 halftime lead. That play served as a fitting opening act for a second half in which Michigan State grabbed the steering wheel and never even glanced into the rearview mirror.“When you’re in a hole, there’s looks that are open and some that aren’t,” said junior guard Ben Brust, the only UW player to finish in double figures. “Some that you probably wouldn’t want to take if you weren’t in that position. So early on, we were still there early and then just got in the hold and just couldn’t dig out of it.”The Badgers’ offense struggled mightily to find any easy baskets in the opening 20 minutes, hitting 33 percent of their shots and only two of their nine three-point tries. UW spoiled several early possessions and finished with eight turnovers in that first half, many the product of active hands and intelligent reads from Michigan State defenders.But Wisconsin’s interior defense kept the Spartans’ two premier post players – Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix – to a combined 4-of-11 shooting in the first half. The Spartans compensated by collecting six offensive rebounds in the first half, including one critical possession in which they misfired on two consecutive tries before Appling finally sunk a three-pointer.Those second-chance buckets proved crucial as Michigan State and Wisconsin shot the exact same percentage from both the field and three-point territory in the opening period.Only a 10-2 run over the closing 3:42 anchored by Brust and Dekker could save the Badgers from escaping an even uglier loss in East Lansing, where they have now not earned a victory in more than eight years.Their conference title hopes officially erased and only one game remaining in the regular season, Dekker suggested the double-digit loss may have been the wake-up call UW needed ahead of next week’s Big Ten tournament and the approaching NCAA tournament.“In that hot streak we had just the past three weeks, we thought we were invincible and we were playing good basketball,” Dekker said. “It’s just a thing you get into when everything’s your way, it becomes easy.“And now that we take two Ls here, things aren’t as easy for us now and we just have to be mature about it, we have to get back on the court and work 10 times as hard.”
Anthony Grizanti couldn’t fathom what he heard on the other line of the phone. His nephew, Dom Madonna — an All-American starting goalie at Merrimack College — was on the verge of quitting lacrosse, the sport he’d lived and breathed his whole life.Grizanti heard the sadness in his nephew’s voice. This life of lacrosse appeared near its end.“He told me, ‘I don’t even care if I play lacrosse anymore,’” Grizanti said. “To hear him say that, to me, I was like, ‘You’ve got to get out of there. That’s not you.’”Madonna listened. He transferred from Merrimack and walked onto the Syracuse University campus in fall 2016 clad in orange and blue. Madonna, a Liverpool native, dreamed of playing goalie for SU his entire life, but after receiving little attention from premier Division I programs, he ended up playing lacrosse at a school that nearly drove him away from his life’s passion.Now, as a redshirt senior, Madonna is one of the leaders of a No. 10 Syracuse (4-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) team that needs excellence between the pipes to reach the Final Four weekend for the first time since 2013. For Madonna, simply stepping on the Carrier Dome turf is a culmination of a 22-year journey filled with roadblocks that nearly prevented him from reaching his ultimate goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Growing up, you watch all these people play at Syracuse, and now you get here, and you get a shirt with an ‘S’ and your number on it,” Madonna said. “A lot of people I think take it for granted when they’re here right away. I really think being at Merrimack first was almost beneficial to me because you really appreciate what you have when you come here.”•••Resting on Madonna’s bedroom wall is a lacrosse stick head painted SU orange. It used to have a shaft that Grizanti dyed orange and blue, but that piece eventually broke because Madonna used it so often. On the back of the head is a No. 5 for Madonna’s favorite Syracuse athlete, Donovan McNabb. Madonna walked into his room every day and stared at the stick, fantasizing about playing for SU one day.Courtesy of Virginia MadonnaAt age 2, Madonna sent an 11-year-old Grizanti to the hospital by throwing a lacrosse ball at his eye with a baby lacrosse stick. By 3, Madonna was watching full SU games, and by 5 he was playing competitively.He wanted to be like the Grizantis — his uncles Anthony and Michael — who played lacrosse and were close enough in age to be his brothers. Both went on to play collegiately.When Madonna started playing, he turned to his uncles for help. He wanted to play goalie, sort of. Once in net, Madonna ducked out of the way of what Michael called “very light shots.”When the two forced Madonna to stay put, he started crying. In response, Michael and Anthony stood on both sides of Madonna and bounced the ball off his helmet until he stopped.Madonna quickly learned the ball wouldn’t break him. From that moment on, nothing could keep him out of the cage. One day while playing lacrosse outside, Madonna fell on pavement and cut his face. His cheeks were swollen, his face was scraped and it hurt to put on his helmet. Still, he practiced.Madonna was determined to play, but his chance to compete against the country’s best vanished. Prior to fifth grade, Madonna’s family moved to McKinney — a town in central Texas about an hour outside Dallas — where lacrosse was not treated like it is in New York. Madonna had to rely on community recreation teams to practice. None of the roughly 3,000 public high schools in the state had sanctioned lacrosse.“Down there in Texas they really had no idea what the hell they were talking about,” Michael said.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHis best training came from working with his uncles. Madonna filmed his games, even in middle school, and sent the tapes to Michael and Anthony for critiques. The two often visited McKinney for weeks at a time and worked with Madonna every day until the sun set. And when it did, Madonna’s father, Dominick, set up floodlights in the backyard so his son could keep practicing.“’You know Dom, we’ve been at this for a couple hours, you can take a break now,’” Michael would say. “And he was just like, ‘No. I’m good.’”One night after practicing, Anthony marched into Dominick’s home office and told him the family had to move back north. Madonna had the talent to play D-I, but he needed exposure from the country’s top teams. Dominick and his wife, Virginia, couldn’t believe what they heard.“You never really think he’s going to be able to play Division I,” Dominick said. “I mean you feel that way. Obviously you always think that. … You’re kind of stunned by it, that someone else thinks that way.”Within two years, Madonna’s family settled back into Liverpool, and Madonna’s young career began to bud. But in the world of lacrosse recruiting, it may have already been too late.Much of that, Liverpool head coach Mike Felice said, is the nature of lacrosse recruiting. Colleges often have an entire class filled before the players reach the 10th grade, Felice said. Madonna didn’t return to central New York until then, placing him at a major disadvantage.That year, as a 10th grader in 2011, Madonna helped lead Liverpool to an eventual triple-overtime loss in the New York Section III title loss to a West Genesee team featuring former SU greats Dylan Donahue and Tim Barber.“He played one hell of a game, and I’ll never forget that,” Donahue said. “We got one lucky shot.”The following year, Madonna led Liverpool back to the title game, beating West Genesee along the way and winning Liverpool’s first section title since 1989.“We always used to laugh and say, ‘Thank God Dom came,’” Felice said. “If it wasn’t for him, we probably wouldn’t be able to win that championship.”Despite being one of the top goalies in the region, Madonna, with limited college offers, landed five hours away at Merrimack, further from home than he wanted to be.During his freshman year, Madonna finished top-10 nationally in goals against average and earned a spot on the Northeast-10 All-Conference Rookie Team. That success continued in his second year. Madonna earned All-American Second Team honors while leading Merrimack to the NCAA Division II Championship semifinals, where the Warriors fell to Le Moyne.Heading into that contest, Madonna knew it would be his last game at Merrimack. He knew Merrimack was not the right fit. His mechanical engineering major was not officially accredited by Merrimack at the time, and the looming accreditation wasn’t guaranteed. And his Merrimack teammates didn’t share his passion for lacrosse, he said. Merrimack head coach Mike Morgan declined to comment for this story.“‘He would call me up and say, ‘I’m so frustrated. These guys are going out and partying. I don’t want to do that. We have to lift. We have to work out. No one’s taking it seriously,’” Anthony said. “That was tough. You’re out there busting your butt trying to go win that national championship and win that next game, and you see 10 of your teammates that are hungover from partying the night before.”School mattered to Madonna. Lacrosse was his passion. He yearned for a place where the two co-existed. He needed to come home.When Madonna decided to spend his last two years of eligibility elsewhere, he only applied to Syracuse.“I just think that there was this driving force in him that wouldn’t allow him to settle anywhere until he was at SU,” Virginia said.By the end of his sophomore season, Madonna had been accepted to Syracuse, and he committed to the school before knowing if he would play on the field. He and his family met with SU lacrosse director of operations Roy Simmons III and head coach John Desko to see about a potential spot.That summer, former SU attackman Jordan Evans walked into the locker room in Manley to work out. Right by his No. 22 locker was a new No. 25 locker for Madonna.•••In Madonna’s second start with SU, Albany couldn’t be stopped. Shot after shot found the back of the net, and the Great Danes repeatedly won the ball back on the faceoff. The offense couldn’t produce, and the defense couldn’t slow down the country’s highest-scoring attack.Madonna faced 50 shots and gave up 15 goals in a 15-3 thrashing that marked SU’s worst loss in the Carrier Dome since 1989. That marked a low point in Madonna’s career. After redshirting in 2016, playing backup in 2017 and holding Binghamton to four goals in his first start in 2018, he watched as shot after shot found twine. Even though there was little Madonna could control, he felt responsible for the loss.After the game, Madonna told former teammate Sergio Salcido that he felt embarrassed and unsure of himself. It was his first major start, Salcido told him. “Use it is as fuel.”The following week, SU hosted then-No. 9 Army in a game that went to triple overtime. Madonna made three saves in the first two overtime periods before making the biggest play of his career.Syracuse won the faceoff to open the third overtime period. Grant Murphy scooped the ground ball before passing back to Madonna. But Madonna didn’t find anyone immediately open on the clear. He scanned the field, looking left and right, before launching a 45-yard bullet downfield to a cutting Ryan Simmons. Simmons split the defense and fired the shot home for the win.“Holy sh*t moment,” Michael said. “My jaw was on the floor.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerMadonna’s eight saves and game-winning assist earned him ACC Defensive Player of the Week.After Madonna won the award, his parents called to congratulate him, but when they did, he wasn’t focused on the award. Instead, he just talked about what he needed to do to prepare for the next week’s matchup with Virginia. The next night, Madonna went to Anthony’s house for dinner. As soon as he walked in, his focus was lacrosse.“He says hi to my kids, and then the first thing out of his mouth is, ‘Hey, what did you think of the game?’” Anthony said. “I know after (every game) … I’m going to get that text saying, ‘What’d you think?’ He could have 20 saves and two goals allowed and I know I’m going to get that text or phone call saying, ‘What’d you think?’”Since the Army game, SU has gone 2-2, defeating two top-five teams in Duke and Virginia but also giving up a combined 32 goals in losses to Rutgers and Johns Hopkins. While Syracuse has struggled on the defensive end this season, it wouldn’t be competitive in some of those games if it wasn’t for Madonna’s play, Desko said.Still, Madonna feels responsible. He wants to anchor the team. But while he’s focused on the next game at hand, he thinks back to the journey that landed him in the position he is in.In early February, 30 people packed two rows in the Carrier Dome, all friends and family of Madonna. Virginia sat in the middle of the crowd, hoping to record the first time her son’s name was called in the team’s starting lineup against Binghamton. As she pressed record and her son’s name echoed through the Dome, Madonna’s fan section hollered so loudly that the recording is muffled.When the final whistle blew, the scoreboard read Syracuse 21, Binghamton 4. Madonna talked to Anthony, asking what he could do to improve. He talked to his parents, who were at a loss for words for seeing their son compete in the Dome. Friends and family mobbed and congratulated him.Madonna thought back to the four goals he allowed, wishing he could have those back, but then he thought about the big picture.“I knew I’d never be able to live with myself if I didn’t give it a chance,” Madonna said. “If I never made the move, I wouldn’t be playing lacrosse right now. That’s kind of the surreal thing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 27, 2018 at 8:56 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTACKS ON REFEREESThe Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has given a one-year ban to Nasarawa United’s Paul Seun Komolafe for assaulting match officials during a top-flight game against Plateau United.Komolafe was also found guilty of inciting the club’s supporters to commit violence against match officials. The team’s Equipment Manager, Aliyu Mohammed Hamzat, has also been banned for life from all NPFL match venues and activities for same offence.The north central region club will also have to play their games behind closed doors for an indefinite period and given 10 days to pay a fine of N4,250,000 for breaches of league rules.The fine includes N1,250,000 compensation for the match officials.The club’s spokesman Eche Moses, was also fined $300 and cautioned for ‘releasing or causing to be released, a written press statement unfairly criticising match officials, a conduct deemed capable of bringing the League to disrepute’.Several attempts to curb violence in the nation’s domestic leagues in the past have failed.The League Management Company (LMC), who organises the NPFL, said it hopes that severe punishments such as these for clubs will serve as deterrent to protect match officials and the country’s domestic football.The LMC was set up in 2012 in an attempt to revive the troubled top-flight of Nigerian football blighted by leadership problems to TV rights and sponsorship disagreements, violence on the pitch, corruption off it and a badly organised calendar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
StumbleUpon GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger June 18, 2020 Share Related Articles Aaron Xuereb, iGCIGaming Cloud, a platform for operators and whitelabels, has revealed that Aaron Xuereb has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Data Officer.Xuereb will be based in Malta and tasked with the long term development and optimisation of iGC’s data infrastructure with a focus on providing the best user experience for all the firm’s partners. He arrives at iGC, a company which is a part of the Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), with quite extensive experience in igaming.His first role post-graduation was to develop an entire front end for a German bookmaker on behalf of Page One AG. He has since worked for the Nordic Gaming Group and Betsson.Xuereb said of his new move and role as Chief of Data: “We know what operators need to successfully run their businesses. Unfortunately, many businesses limit themselves by focusing too much on Descriptive Analytics, that is traditional revenue and customer activity reports that answer the question; what happened?”He continued: “It only took a couple of meetings with Robin (Group CEO), Ben (MD for iGC) and Mike (Group CTO) before I was convinced that iGC was where I wanted to work next.I am really impressed with the talent, passion and dedication of the people working here and how fast this company has grown in such a short time”.Other brands under the Gaming Innovation Group umbrella are Guts, Rizk and Innovation Labs. Submit GiG strengthens sportsbook profile as recovery blossoms May 5, 2020 Share GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020
StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit In response to widespread concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued new guidance to its licensees.Following advice issued by Public Health England, the UKGC has invoked its ‘well-practised and comprehensive Business Continuity Plan’ which is hoped to minimise the effect of the pandemic on the Commission’s regulatory work and wider services.Outlined in its guidance, the UKGC has encouraged operators to adopt similar contingency plans. The Commission emphasised: “First and foremost, we expect all our licensees to follow the applicable Public Health guidance. Where facilities for gambling are being offered we expect all our licensees to ensure that they have sufficient management, staffing and oversight in place to maintain compliance with the LCCP that apply to their licences. “Our expectation remains that licensees ensure the maintenance of sufficient management, staffing and oversight in order to uphold the licensing objectives. Licensees should assess their ability to maintain compliance with the LCCP and consider voluntary partial or full suspension of their offerings should compliance not be achievable and until such time that a fully compliant service can be offered. “Unfortunately, due to the way that our fee system is structured we don’t have the ability to reduce fees. We are also unable to fast track applications. We will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any changes to our expectations accordingly.”The Commission also emphasised that it expects licence holders to ‘continue to act responsibly, especially in regards to individual customer affordability and increased social responsibility interactions’, requesting that operators continue to do the following:Assess individual affordability on an ongoing basis – customers may be experiencing disrupted income. (Social Responsibility code 3.4 refers to our guidance – ‘Customer interaction- formal guidance for remote gambling operators’ )Increase social responsibility interactions and intervene where customers are showing signs of gambling related harmOnboard new customers in a socially responsible way and not exploit the current situation for marketing purposesRefresh the information they have on customers regularlyReview the levels which trigger interaction for AML and SREnsure that your gambling products have been tested by a test house before they are released to the marketEnsure that markets being offered are consistent with our previous guidance Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 Share
A dull week in esports? Not a chance. Another frenetic week of news has seen a somewhat bizarre story emerge as Edgar Davids has won a lawsuit against Riot Games over the “Striker Lucian” skin. Additionally, powerhouse Nielsen has launched an esports vertical, T-Mobile has secured deals with Cloud9 and TSM and Tespa will expand its collegiate esports offerings in conjunction with Blizzard and Psyonix. Edgar Davids and the ‘Striker Lucian’ skin.Edgar Davids wins law suit against Riot GamesIn a monumental clash of two worlds, Edgar Davids, the former professional football star for the likes of Juventus and the Netherlands has won a law suit against League of Legends developer Riot Games. The dispute was over the likeness of the “Striker Lucian” skin (pictured above). The skin, which is a purchasable in-game cosmetic feature for the character Lucian, bears a discernible likeness to the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Tottenham pro. Alongside similar dark skin and dreadlocks, the skin features Davids’ signature orange goggles – a unique accessory worn due to the footballer’s glaucoma condition.Riot must now reveal how much money the skin has made in the Netherlands, with a percentage to go to Davids as compensation, according to court documents from the case. That’s probably no small amount, as the majority of Riot’s revenues – which totalled $1.6 billion (£1.2b) last year alone – are fuelled by microtransactions just like these.Read the full article here.Nielsen launch esports verticalNielsen, a global performance management company listed on the New York Stock Exchange has announced the launch of Nielsen Esports.The new business vertical is set to leverage the company’s expertise in media consumption and valuation to provide sponsorship valuation, fan insights, industry research and consulting services. The company has put in place an esports advisory board with several big names from the industry. It features representatives from ESL, ESPN, Facebook, FIFA, MLG/Activision Blizzard, NBA 2k, Twitch, Turner, Sony and YouTube but to name a few. Stephen Master, Managing Director of Nielsen Sports North America, and Nicole Pike, Vice President of Nielsen Games, have expanded their current roles within the Nielsen Entertainment group to co-lead the global esports business.Read the full article here.T-Mobile secure deals with Cloud9 and Team SoloMidThe company has seriously stepped up its presence in esports by joining forces with two of the most popular organisations in the West. The company has a long history of sporting sponsorships, and recently worked with Twitch when sponsoring a FGC event at E3 earlier this year.In an announcement on their website, TSM stated they “could not be happier” to be working with T-Mobile. They claim that through community integration they will give esports fans “more access to the sport they love”, although whether that will include any live events has not yet been confirmed.In a similar release on Cloud9’s official website, Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne said that they’ve found a partnership that will “elevate us to the next level”.Read the full article here.Tespa to expand collegiate esports work in conjunction with Blizzard and PsyonixThe organisation will offer more prizes, broadcasts, competitions and membership options than ever for university-level players and fans.Tespa will run its usual fare of Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm(including flagship tournament Heroes of the Dorm). This season, Blizzard will begin to emphasise Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft more than ever. Plus, for the school year, Tespa will focus on its Rocket League competitions, which began with the Summer League 2017, with the help of Psyonix. They promise at least six live broadcasts per week and expanded content, highlighting the top moments of their collegiate leagues each week.It will also offer over $1 million (£777,700.00) in scholarship money to participants. This is a sharp increase from its approximate $150,000 (£116670.00 GBP) prize pool last year in Overwatch’s Collegiate Series and the Hearthstone Training Grounds.Tespa will also launch Tespa University, which it describes as “a central online hub to help students learn about all of Tespa’s programs and how to get involved.” Here, players and fans can join the organisation, find chapters and sign up for a number of amateur on- and off-season competitive leagues, dubbed the “Training Grounds.”Read the full article here.
“He’s great. I like him much more than any other player. Everything he does is spectacular.”For former Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and England midfielder, David Beckham, despite how impressive Ronaldo is, he just doesn’t match Messi’s standard.Beckham insisted that Ronaldo “doesn’t reach the level” of Messi. “So does Messi, but it’s a question of taste and I prefer Messi’s style.”His former Brazil teammate, Ronaldo, believes both Ronaldo and Messi are “out of this world” but adds that he thinks Messi is the more complete player.“He [Messi] is out of this world. Cristiano, too, but I see Leo as more complete,” Ronaldo said. “I probably decided to retire when Messi was running past me,” Beckham added. It’s a debate that dominates social media any time either of these two footballers plays; who is better, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?Every week fans go back and forth on Twitter and Facebook over which of the two is greater, with the debates often favouring whoever is in form at that particular moment.In terms of team and individual awards, both players have attained levels of success others can only dream of.Messi has won the Ballon d’Or six times, one more than Ronaldo while the Portuguese has won two The Best FIFA Player awards in the last four years.The stats don’t make deciding any easier as there isn’t much between them.So who better to tell us which of the two is the better player than footballers who were once acknowledged to be the best in their eras?Former Barcelona and Brazil star Ronaldinho, who played with Messi at the Catalan club believes his former teammate is more talented than Cristiano Ronaldo, although he admits the Juventus forward is a great player as well.“He’s the best in history, no doubt. Nobody has done what Messi’s done. The other one [Ronaldo] is complete, he has it all,” Ronaldinho said.