On Thursday, Fenerbahce announced via Twitter: “Fenerbahce has begun to transfer talks with Robin Van Persie and his club Manchester United.” Fenerbahce signed Van Persie’s former United team-mate Nani on Monday for a reported £4.25million. If Van Persie is sold, United would have only Wayne Rooney, James Wilson and the injured Javier Hernandez – out with a broken collarbone – in their squad as recognised strikers following the exit of on-loan Falcao at the end of the season. Press Association The 31-year-old scored 30 goals for United as they won the league in 2012-13 following his £24million move from Arsenal. His impact since then, however, has been muted due to a series of niggling injuries, and he was limited to 10 goals in 29 appearances under compatriot Louis van Gaal last season. Robin van Persie appears to be heading for the Old Trafford exit with Fenerbahce confirming they have opened talks with Manchester United over the striker.
ELLSWORTH — Hancock County’s Relay for Life is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School track.The event, which will last until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 3, will feature Zumba for children from 6:30-7 p.m. for children and a 7-8 p.m. class for adults. Six instructors will be present.Donations will be collected for the American Cancer Society at the event. A full list of time-specific games, guests and other activities can be found on the event’s Facebook page.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Ronda Rousey defeated Alexa Bliss to win her first WWE Championship and celebrated with her husband Travis Browne. Finn Balor (demon) defeated Constable Corbin in a quick match. SummerSlam 2018 Main Event Results: Universal Championship Match: Roman Reigns won against Brock Lesnar to win the belt. But Strowman had announced that he would be cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase, but was unable to do so as Lesnar threw away his briefcase during the match. Intercontinental Championship Match: Seth Rollins comfortably defeated Dolph Ziggler to win the Intercontinental championship as he hit the curb stomp after connecting a superkick to win the match.Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day became the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions by defeating The Bludgeon Brothers via disqualification. However, due to disqualification, there will be no title change.Money in the Bank Briefcase Match: Braun Strowman mauled Kevin Owens after hitting a chokeslam that was followed by a running powerslam.Triple Threat Match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship:Charlotte Flair defeated Carmella and Becky Lynch to win the belt as she hit Lynch with Natural Selection. The post-match promo saw Lynch and flair hug before the former smashed her in the face, which hinted us at a heel turn for Lynch.WWE Championship Match: Samoa Joe defeated AJ Styles by disqualification as Joe constantly poked Styles’ wife sitting in the crowd, triggering Styles to attack him with a chair. Again no chair.In another grudge match, The Miz defeated Daniel Bryan as Maryse slipped a pair of brass knuckles to her husband, which was exceptionally used by the Miz to knock Bryan out. New Delhi: World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) SummerSlam 2018 is all but wrapped up after a decent show by all the WWE superstars. The four-hour long show gave the fans new champions, new feuds after violent starts and the return of Demon! Yes, the demon version of Finn Balor is back! WWE’s biggest summer event was full of twists and the fans definitely enjoyed some of those.WWE SummerSlam took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and the jam packed arena gave some memorable chants and moments for the superstars to remember.LIVE | Asian Games 2018, Day 2: Updates, Score, Medals, UpdatesThe marquee matches saw Roman Reins lock horns against ‘the beast’ Brock Lesnar for the Universal title, while AJ Styles was matched-up with Samoa Joe for the WWE title. The feud between Daniel Bryan and The Miz also continued in a grudge match between both of them. In the women’s division Ronda Rousey was up against Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s title.Here are the complete results of WWE SummerSlam: KICK OFF SHOW United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura defended his title as he beat Jeff Hardy after finishing him off with a Kinshasa. Randy Orton made a special appearance after the match, but did nothing. Rusev and Lana were defeated by Andrade Almas and Zelina VegaCruiserweight Championship Match: Cedric Alexander retained his title as he defeated Drew Gulak.Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The champions B-Team defeated The Revival as Curtis Axel won the match for the champions after mistakenly countering an attack by The Revival. For all the Latest Sports News News, WWE Wrestling News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Syracuse’s frontcourt production has been incredibly lopsided through 10 games this season.C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant dominate the touches in the high post and on the wing while SU’s trio of centers get minimal opportunities in the low post.But Sunday, Rakeem Christmas proved it may be worth giving him and DaJuan Coleman more designed plays on the block.“I thought Rakeem made a couple really good plays,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after the Orange’s 68-63 win over St. John’s. “I thought there were three or four more times where he was open, but we’re not used to getting him the ball.“We’ve got to get better at that. We’ve got to work at that. We need that threat down there in the low post.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas finished with eight points on 3-of-3 shooting against the Red Storm, including a flashy spin-to-the-right finish midway through the first half. Up until Sunday, Coleman’s baby hooks and putback layups highlighted the Syracuse centers’ near-nonexistent offensive production. But Christmas proved he can be counted on to balance the front court at times, as well.The duo will look to continue to increase its production when the No. 2 Orange (10-0) hosts High Point (3-6) on Friday at 7 p.m.“We’ve got to keep working on those two guys, getting them better offensively,” Boeheim said. “We’ve got to get better play inside, and that’s something that we’re working on really hard.”Boeheim said Mike Hopkins is at the heart of that work. Hopkins has been working with the big men to establish post-move repertoires since the start of the preseason. It showed in Coleman’s footwork and quick second-jumping ability early on, but Christmas’ growth hadn’t carried over to games until a two-possession series on Sunday.First Christmas drew a foul on Sir’Dominic Pointer on a strong take to the rim with 9:40 left in the first half. He made both free throws.Less than a minute later, he drove the ball from the high post, smoothly twisted through the paint and floated a shot up and in.“He’s making confident moves,” Fair said. “It’s good to see when Coach runs a play for him and he converts. It gives Coach confidence and him confidence.”But during the ensuing handful of possessions, Christmas established solid position on the block and his teammates failed to find him. Fair elected to swing the ball back around the perimeter and Tyler Ennis turned away from Christmas for a late Trevor Cooney cut.After the game, Grant echoed Boeheim’s statement that Christmas deserved more touches.“We’ve just got to get him the ball.” Grant said. “When he got the ball he scored or got fouled.”When Fair catches the ball on the baseline, or Grant in the high post, defenders have pressed up on them, and weak-side help has come off the centers to help on drives. But if Christmas and Coleman can knock down a couple more baskets each, those defenses will have to stay more balanced.That would also open up more shots for Cooney and Fair on the perimeter.“If the team’s knowing (Christmas) is going to score down low, it makes everybody’s job easier,” Fair said.High Point offers a chance to give both Christmas and Coleman additional opportunities in the paint against an inferior opponent.Maybe neither will emerge as a reliable offensive contributor, but there won’t be many chances for extra game reps after Friday.Boeheim said the team still has a long way to go to become a national contender, and a balanced front court would be a tremendous asset for the Orange.Said Grant: “All our post players are great in practice. They’re coming along in games now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1
USC spring football concluded on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after the annual spring game. With a thin depth chart, head coach Steve Sarkisian opted not to play a full split-squad game, instead running a similar system as last year, with a scoring system in place for both the offense and defense. With USC royalty from Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott to projected top-five pick Leonard Williams in attendance among the reported 22,788 fans, the Trojans took the field and showed off what they had been working on through 14 spring practices.Despite being in full pads, there wasn’t too much contact throughout the game, which meant that players such as tailback Justin Davis were a bit starved for touches, but this allowed USC’s lethal aerial attack take center stage. The Trojans’ top two signal callers both enjoyed productive days: senior starter Cody Kessler completed eight of 10 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in his brief stint on the field, including a 60 yard bomb to redshirt sophomore receiver Steven Mitchell, who continued his head-turning spring with seven catches for 90 yards.Redshirt sophomore signal caller Max Browne has also impressed many this spring, and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday. Sarkisian said that the spring game “was Max Browne’s game,” and the young quarterback put up great numbers in what will likely be his most significant time on the field until Kessler’s departure after next season. Browne completed 24 out of 37 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers, and his remarkable progress, despite a lack of game action, was not lost on his coach.“His game has drastically improved -— it’s very evident.” Sarkisian said. “As a coaching staff, [it] is very encouraging to us that our practices are that competitive. . . we can create [a competitive atmosphere that] can help a quarterback develop.”During last year’s spring game, the Trojan offense struggled as it adjusted to coach Sarkisian’s system during his first year in charge. This year, however, USC experienced no such offensive problems, which pleased Sarkisian.“I think it’s night and day [compared to last year],” Sarkisian said. “The guys are very comfortable in the system, and not just the system but the subtleties and nuances within the system.”When compared to last spring’s numbers, there is no doubt that this Trojan offense has become much more comfortable in Sarkisian’s system. In 2014, the offense fell to the defense by a score of 15-19, with Kessler completing five of 10 passes for 86 yards (Browne was five for 15, 65 yards). This year’s score was 37-23 in favor of the offense, and the quarterbacks’ stellar stat lines speak for themselves.It was widely expected that wideout Nelson Agholor’s departure would leave a gaping hole in the Trojan receiving corps, but if this spring and the spring game are any indication, USC will be just fine. Sophomore JuJu Smith capped off a productive spring with an outstanding line of nine receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown, and junior Darreus Rogers and junior college transfer Isaac Whitney made four and five grabs respectively.“To me, the receiving corps were a real positive coming out of [spring practice] that I didn’t [anticipate],” Sarkisian said.The biggest surprise of the day came from walk-on redshirt junior Christian Tober, who nabbed two short touchdown catches: one from Kessler and one from Browne.The high-octane offense might have stolen the show on Saturday, but the plays made on the other side of the ball also hinted at a bright future. The defense forced three three-and-outs against the offense, redshirt sophomore Joel Foy recovered a fumble and redshirt freshman Jalen Jones picked off a Ricky Town pass. This was all without the wealth of defensive prospects arriving in the fall, including five-star cornerback Iman Marshall.The defensive line put pressure on the quarterback, though sacks were called very quickly throughout the game in order to minimize contact. Sarkisian was satisfied with what he saw from his front four but also noted it as an area of focus in the fall.“We need to get [the defensive line] healthy … [and] we need to get the influx of these freshmen that are coming in,” Sarkisian said. “To solidify that is going to be a big point of emphasis of ours when we come back for fall camp.”Meanwhile, kickers Matt Boermeester and Alex Wood continued their battle to replace the graduated Andre Heidari, and both played perfectly on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore Boermeester opened the scoring with a 52-yard boot before hitting a 39-yarder later on. Redshirt junior Wood turned in almost an identical performance, splitting the uprights on a 51-yard attempt after nailing a 35-yarder shortly following Boermeester’s first score.USC fans got their first look at four-star recruit Ricky Town on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Ventura native went zero for one, throwing his second pass for an interception. Sarkisian shrugged off Town’s early struggles, saying that it was “part of being a true freshman quarterback.”Sophomore safety John Plattenburg is still dealing with a sprained ankle and did not participate in the spring game.Sarkisian praised junior Su’a Cravens, calling the linebacker-safety “ridiculously talented” and saying that “his effort has been contagious.”USC opens the season on September 5 against Arkansas State.
”I don’t know, you can never say never, that’s why I said they. My contract ends, if there’s a conversation, okay fine,” Mikel told BBC Sport.”It’s a great club, it’s a big club. They will find the right players, get that dressing room back and make sure next season they are in the playoffs or automatic promotion.”Asked if he would like to stay at Boro and if he has other options, Mikel answered : ”I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. I have conversation with my people and then we’ll see what comes out, options here and there.”There’s a lot of option but you always have to pick the right one, the one that is going to suit you and suit the way you play and what you want to achieve.”I still want to win trophies, so I will go somewhere where you know, the players, the fans and the team want to win.”That Mikel’s goal was his first in English League football since September 21, 2013 when he found the net in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Fulham and his first strike in five years and 226 days.He made his 267th career appearance in the Premier League and Championship against The Millers, with 249 of those games in the colours of Chelsea.The Eagles captain penned the short term contract until the end of the 2018-2019 season after terminating his contract with Chinese Super League’s Tianjin Teda.Mikel appeared in nineteen matches across all competitions for Middlesbrough and captained the club in their last six games in the EFL Championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi waited till the last day of the regular season before netting his maiden goal for Middlesbrough in their 2-1 win against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.The victory meant nothing to Boro and their fans as the 73 points they garnered in the Championship season could not guarantee them a place in the top six positions after Derby County defeated West Brom 3-1 in a simultaneous game.Speaking after the game, the former Chelsea stalwart strongly hinted that he was not extending his contract with Middlesbrough, stressing he has options elsewhere and wants to win trophies.
After recording their best start in the Premier League in almost a decade-two wins in two games, Arsenal fell like a pack of cards against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend while Tottenham Hotspurs against all odds, lost 0-1 at home against Newcastle. Both teams, therefore, would want to make up for lost grounds in the first North London Derby of the season on Sunday. Beyond that, the supremacy as to who really owns London is always at stakeArsenal will host Tottenham in the first north London derby of the 2019-20 season with the rivals looking for a much-needed return to winning ways. Both the Gunners and Spurs were on the end of dispiriting defeats last weekend, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men slipping to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle last Saturday. Arsenal followed that up with a 3-1 loss at Liverpool which laid bare the fact that Unai Emery’s defence is still very much a work in progress.Neither manager can afford a derby defeat before the international break, so expect a tense atmosphere in north London.Arsenal’s first dropped points of the campaign have taken some of the wind out of Emery’s sails, and while his attack shows plenty of promise, they have scored just four goals in three games – fewer than the likes of Burnley and Norwich.Spurs have struggled to break teams down this season, with a gritty 3-1 home win over Aston Villa hinting at the problems which exposed themselves once more against Newcastle.Sunday’s match should be a cagey contest, but a draw is the most likely outcome. Tottenham will want Arsenal to have plenty of the ball and then hit Emery’s men on the break, and Arsenal will want the same thing of Spurs.Meanwhile, Tottenham attacker, Lucas Moura has claimed that Spurs will prove their quality in Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal.After registering four points from games against Aston Villa and Manchester City, Spurs’ progress in the Premier League was halted by a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend.However, while Pochettino’s team have underperformed during the early weeks of the season, Moura feels that a showdown with rivals Arsenal has come at the perfect time.The Brazilian told the London Evening Standard: “Is this the perfect game for us to have after the Newcastle defeat? Yes. We need to look forward now. There are a lot of hard games to come.“We lost against Newcastle but I am sure we have the quality to go to Arsenal and come back with three points. That’s what we must try to do. Each game is different. This is a new season and we have new players. I think we are stronger now. I am sure we can go anywhere and win games.”Spurs sit in the seventh position in the standings, two points behind Arsenal ahead of the trip to the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal have won the majority of these meetings, with 82 victories and 52 draws to Spurs’ 64 triumphs.The last time Spurs beat the Gunners away from home was last December in a 2-0 EFL Cup win but their last Premier League victory at Arsenal was back in 2010.Arsenal won 4-2 at the Emirates last December, with the return fixture a 1-1 draw at Wembley in March.Defending champions, Manchester City will take on Brighton and Hove Albion today at the Etihad Stadium.Graham Potter has done a remarkable job till now with the Seagulls, but there can only be one favourite when his side lock horns with the Citizens.Pep Guardiola’s nearly perfect side are looking favourites for the title once again. After a 5-0 victory against West Ham United, their onslaught came to an abrupt halt when Tottenham Hotspur held them to a 2-2 draw. But after a convincing victory against Bournemouth, the Citizens are back on track once again.Brighton, too, had a great start to their season, winning 3-0 away at Watford. They held a formidable West Ham United side to a 1-1 draw, but were found out last week when Southampton handed them a 2-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium.When Brighton last faced the Blues in May, they were handed a 4-1 thrashing. Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez scored for the visitors. Earlier that season, City edged past with a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.It will be nothing short of a miracle if Potter’s men are able to get a draw against the defending champions at the Etihad, let alone a victory.Guardiola’s side have scored 10 goals in only three games so far. Hence, there should not be any shortage of goals at the Etihad Stadium today. Manchester City’s attacking duo has been amongst the goals so far. While Sterling has netted five goals, Aguero has found the back of the net four times.Meanwhile, Manchester United visit the South-Coast tody to take on Southampton who are a team on the rise under Ralph Hasenhuttl.Fortunately for the Old Trafford club, they have been given a boost before their trip to St. Mary’s Stadium as key Southampton man, Nathan Redmond, is ‘likely’ to miss the game against United after he picked up a knee injury.Redmond is arguably Southampton’s most important attacking player. The Englishman is mega-talented, though sometimes inconsistent, but he’s always liable to turn up and have an outstanding game.The fact that he’s missing definitely strengthens United’s case at winning all three points, though that Red Devils defence simply has to be better than last time out, while up top, the onus will be on Marcus Rashford.United shouldn’t go there and underestimate their opponent, and if they don’t this is a winnable game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players. Hopefully, they can go out there, get the job done and bring three points back to Old Trafford before the international break.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Mercedes are a cut aboveFerrari ran them close, and far closer than the final standings suggested, while Red Bull ended the year revitalised. But F1 2017 was ultimately and unequivocally Mercedes’ year.Victors in the Constructors’ Championship and Drivers’ Championship, the Silver Arrows went for gold in F1 and completed a full house: to accompany their fourth successive title double, Mercedes also claimed more pole positions and fastest laps than any other team, and even took the fastest pit-stop award for full measure too.Hamilton is among the legendsF1’s most divisive figure he might be, but not even Hamilton’s critics can deny his place in the pantheon of F1 legends after the 32-year-old became only the fifth driver in history to claim a fourth world championship.Then there was the how to add to the what: the fourth title was one thing, defeating Sebastian Vettel, another four-time champion no less, in their first wheel-to-wheel battle after a decade of avoiding each other at the summit was quite another.After Baku, their contest became personal and a real rivalry. It may have even evolved into a rivalry for the ages but for the post-summer mistakes of Vettel and Ferrari, and a turn of speed from Hamilton his opponent simply couldn’t live with. As Toto Wolff concluded: “It is just a matter of time that people will say he is on track to being the best driver that has ever existed.”Renault are F1’s best-kept secretMercedes and Ferrari are F1’s headline-making juggernauts, but Renault’s heavyweight status can surely not pass under the radar for much longer.Not only do they possess their own eponymous works outfit but in 2018 Renault will also be power providers to the sport’s two leading ‘independents’, McLaren and Red Bull. Given both teams claim to possess the best cars on the grid in 2017, Renault’s say in F1 2018 will be vast, deep and far-reaching.One way or another, they will be elite players – or at least with just as much say in determining the elite as those attention hogs at Mercedes and Ferrari.The major players have stuck their colours to the mastOff track in the driver market, the two biggest plays of the year were Sebastian Vettel’s new deal with Ferrari and Max Verstappen’s contract extension at Red Bull. Both were commitments of length, running to the end of 2020. Lewis Hamilton is expected – not least because he expects it himself – to follow suit imminently. The deals will shape F1 on-track for the foreseeable future and perhaps beyond.With Fernando Alonso recommitting to McLaren, in the main because the Vettel and Verstappen deals barred the Spaniard’s way into Red Bull or back to Ferrari, the sport’s major players have now stuck to their colours to four different masts, a bold move in a series in which there is only ever one winning move.A single moment can define a season And decisively determine its outcomeThe points-swing triggered by Vettel’s crash at Singapore – opening the door to Hamilton in a race where Mercedes were set to struggle and Ferrari ought to have been in a class of one – was the year’s pivotal moment. There were plenty of turning points along the way, but none after September 17.Sometimes marriages just don’t workIt was a union made with the best of intentions but the McLaren-Honda marriage will ultimately be remembered for the inevitability of its divorce after three exclusively-painful seasons in failed partnership.The writing was on the wall – and the prospective divorce papers – after eight days of winter testing which plumbed new depths and resulted in Fernando Alonso delivering one of the soundbites of the year: “We have only one problem which is the power unit. There is no reliability and there is no power.”2017 came and went with no wins, no podiums, no progress – and, by halfway stage of the campaign, no real point in carrying on. Confirmation of the separation arrived in September. Reality had finally caught up with the dream.Driving an F1 car is a complicated businessThere are probably fewer buttons on Spaceships and submarines……F1 turning to the YouthTime is moving fast in F1, not least in its seemingly-relentless march towards becoming a young man’s game.For 2018, Felipe Massa’s retirement will reduce the number of 30-plus drivers to six. And at the other end of the age scale, F1 has never been so youthful. Safely assuming Charles Leclerc will join Sauber, there will be eight drivers on the grid next year aged 25 or less, of whom five – Gasly, Stroll, Ocon, Verstappen and Leclerc – will be 21 or under. F1 has turned to youth.RelatedThe 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix PreviewJuly 15, 2017In “Sports”The 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij ReviewJuly 31, 2017In “Sports”Formula 1: 2017 Summer ReviewAugust 9, 2017In “Sports”
Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share On the back of securing a deal to become title sponsor snooker’s English Open for the very first time, BetVictor has announced a further deal alongside the Euroleague Basketball in Germany.Becoming the competitions official betting partner until 2020, BetVictor is hoping it can draw upon its three quarter century strong base of expertise, to further boost the appeal and fanbase of the competition’s presence within the country.Hailing Germany as “a market of great strategic importance,” this step “further solidifies BetVictor’s commitment to providing the sport’s growing fanbase an enhanced gaming experience.”Matt Scarrott, Director of Sportsbook at BetVictor, stated: “Basketball is a roaring sport in Europe, and Euroleague Basketball competitions are playing a pivotal role in the increasing popularity of the game in basketball hotbeds, and in new territories like Germany.“We take pride in supporting Euroleague Basketball as the official betting partner in the German market. “The rise of the Euroleague Basketball is proving to have an impact in new markets embracing betting, which is interesting for our business and the gaming industry as a whole.”The 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season got underway yesterday (Thursday 11 October), and continues through today (Friday 12 October), with eight games across the continent between the best 16 teams in Europe taking place across the two days.Roser Queraltó, Euroleague Basketball’s Chief Business Officer, added: “BetVictor’s vast experience in sports, and its outstanding success in its own field, make it the perfect partner to help Euroleague Basketball on its continuous path of growth. “We are excited to work together with BetVictor to grow the sport, especially in such a key market as Germany. It’s a win-win-win situation for Euroleague Basketball, BetVictor and German fans.”This deal builds upon BetVictor’s deal earlier in the week alongside World Snooker, securing sponsorship of the first of this season’s Home Nations series, set to be held from October 15 to 21 at K2 Crawley in London.Matt Scarrott – BetVictorAddressing the link-up Matt Scarrott Director of Sportsbook at BetVictor, said: “Basketball is a roaring sport in Europe, and Euroleague Basketball competitions are playing a pivotal role in the increasing popularity of the game in basketball hotbeds and in new territories like Germany.“We take pride in supporting Euroleague Basketball as the Official Betting Partner in the German market. The rise of the Euroleague Basketball is proving to have an impact in new markets embracing betting, which is interesting for our business and the gaming industry as a whole Related Articles Submit Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020
Another seven days fly by in esports. The week started slow in terms of industry news but picked up as time went by with some noteworthy announcements on Thursday and Friday to beckon us into the month of June.The most discussed news item of the week will undoubtedly be Riot’s decision to offer costly franchise spots in the NA LCS. Elsewhere, Las Vegas has paved the way for esports betting with the Senate Bill 240, Thorin became an ambassador of ESP (Esportspools) and mouz signed up its second big name sponsor in as many weeks in the form of Vodafone. There was also a partnership agreed between BT Productions (part of BT Sport) and London based creative agency Attention Seekers which will see far more esports and gaming content arriving on BT in some form and at some point. Remember, you can sign up to our esports industry newsletter, the ESI Dispatch here, for a once weekly report to ensure you never miss a trick. Riot offer franchise spots for the NA LCSRiot announced details of its plans to franchise spots in its NA LCS series this week. These slots are worth $10m (£7.7m) a go for exisiting organisations, giving the reports of Overwatch League slots a run for their (incredible amounts of) money. This model will not go live until 2018 and there will be a revenue share clause. Another notable and impressive stat is that players will see a minimum salary of $75,000 (£58,000). The players too will have an opportunity to share in the league’s revenues, and there’ll be a Players’ Association. Read all about it here. Thorin becomes an ambassador of ESPEsports historian and expert Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields became an ambassador for ESP, an esports focused fantasy and betting operator. The Canadian company has been in business since 2015 and is looking to expand its offering in esports betting.Thorin said of the partnership: “I am very excited to work with ESP moving forward. There are many shady betting sites trying to enter the esports space. However, ESP is nothing like that. They make sure everything is done by the book, ethically, and they care about the safety of the users. ESP’s product is very well cut, and I am looking forward to using it myself.”Find out more here. Vodafone announced as head sponsor of mousesportsAfter an exciting announcement last week in which it was revealed that mouz had got Dr.Pepper on board, this week saw an even more impressive achievement. With the help of JvM Sports Agency, the head sponsor of mousesports will henceforth be none other than Vodafone. You can read about it here. The same colours means it’s an ideal fit and a huge company to sponsor the German organisation in which is arguably the biggest fortnight it their history. “In Vodafone, we have found a strong and attractive brand that shares our passion and wants to shape the growth of mousesports and esports together. Connectivity is the lifeblood of esports and we are glad to not only have gained the best, but also the internationally most renowned partner”, commented mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü.Las Vegas and Senate Bill 420There has already been some, very limited, regulated esports betting taking place in Las Vegas to date. That could all be set to change after Brian Sandoval, Nevada State Governor, signed a bill (Senate Bill 420) which essentially paves the way for esports betting to be legalised in the state.This is no great surprise considering the amount of casinos making their move into esports in the past six months. Read all about it here, and more information on why it’s a very exciting time for esports in Las Vegas right now. BT Productions agrees partnership with Attention SeekersFollowing its coverage of FIFA on BT Sport, the channel isn’t satiated. BT Productions has agreed a deal with creative agency Attention Seekers which’ll bring more gaming and esports content to BT Sport. The agency, which has previously worked with the likes of EA and Xbox One, will work in BT’s Stratford studio and look to put together a series of programmes focused on gaming and esports. No more specifics have yet been revealed about the content. Phil Tucker, Attention Seekers Founder commented: “We are great admirers of BT’s forward thinking as evident from its approach to sports broadcasting and firmly believe this partnership will deliver programming that will position gaming as part of the mainstream entertainment mix, be it pro-esports, competitive gaming or entertainment based Gaming formats.”The full story can be accessed here.