And on the latest edition of Sky Sports’ Revista de La Liga programme, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague claimed the Argentinian would be staying on with his current employers despite having had a “huge offer” from City. However, City sources have categorically denied to Press Association Sport that the club made a bid for Simeone’s services or that they are interested in the 44-year-old. Since Simeone took charge at Atletico in 2011, the trophies they have won include the Europa League and Primera Division, and they have also reached the Champions League final. Chilean Pellegrini guided City to the Barclays Premier League title, victory in the Capital One Cup final and the club’s first-ever participation in the Champions League knock-out rounds last season, his first term in the job. Since then they have suffered a second successive last-16 exit in the continental competition, and in the Premier League – their last hope of silverware in 2014-15 – they are currently second, six points behind Chelsea, who have a game in hand. Manchester City have denied making an offer to, or being interested in, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone. With City looking set to go trophyless this season, there has been plenty of talk of late about the prospect of manager Manuel Pellegrini being replaced in the summer. Simeone – who Atletico on Tuesday confirmed had signed a new contract with them through to 2020 – had been among those mentioned as a potential successor. Press Association
New Delhi: New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham is all set to miss the team’s warm-up matches, owing to a finger injury, and will be replaced by uncapped Tom Blundell, captain Kane Williamson said. With the World Cup just around the corner, New Zealand have been forced to deal with injury concerns.”Tom won’t be available for the first two warm-up games,” Williamson confirmed at the Captains’ Day conference.New Zealand are slated to clash with India on Saturday before taking on West Indies on May 28 in run up to tournament-proper. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Zealand will play two warm-up games before the World Cup.New Zealand will play their first league game against Sri Lanka. Kane Williamson is set to captain New Zealand first time in World cup event. highlights The 27-year-old Latham had picked up a finger injury during the final warm-up match against Australia before flying to the UK for the World Cup.”We are hoping he progresses nice and quickly and we will have to address it as the days go by,” the skipper added. However, if the left-hand batsman will be available for the New Zealand’s opening match against Sri Lanka on June 1, is still unclear.Meanwhile, the ICC Cricket World Cup is all set to begin on May 30 as the host England will take on South Africa at the Oval.
… Matches continue tomorrowTHERE were big wins for Melanie ‘B’ and Turkeyen on the opening night of the Guinness Greatest of the Streets football tournament’s East Coast Demerara leg at the Haslington tarmac.The evening commenced with Plaisance ‘B’ edging Portmore United 1-0 after which Young Jiggers advanced to the next round via the same margin against Uprisings.Game three was a carbon copy with Lusignan Prison advancing over Nabaclis with Melanie ‘B’ sealing the defence of the Annandale Warriors for a 3-0 win in game four.In the same breath, Turkeyen routed Mahaica 5-0 in game five before things returned to regular programming, with Future beating Doctor Yard Assassins 2-1.Top 7 overcame BV ‘A’ 2-1 via penalties after the game was tied 1-1. Non Pareil also prevailed over Buxton D & J, 1-0 on penalties after a goalless stalemate. Clonbrook made a carbon copy of the earlier game against Bare Root Mafia.Warren Gilkes gave Plaisance ‘A’ the goal they needed to get past Grove South with ‘C’ Division advancing 3-2 on penalties after their game against Hard Ballers ended goalless.Victoria Church Yard also moved onto the next round after winning 1-0 on sudden-death penalties while Belfield Ballers needled Haslington Hypers.Buxton Diamond also moved on to the next round following a 1-0 penalty shootout win over Golden Grove after a goalless affair, while Melanie ‘A’ overcame Haslington, thanks to a goal from William Europe.Meanwhile, the matches continue tomorrow with Lusignan Prison taking on Melanie ‘B’ in the first of the games from 18:00hrs, while Plaisance ‘B’ go toe-to-toe with Non Pareil City Boys in game two.Clonbrook take on BV ‘B’ in game three, with Menalie ‘A’ and Young Jiggers will be in action in game four.‘C’ Division and Future Stars play game five, Turkeyen and Top-7 face off in game six, Belfield Warriors and Plaisance ‘A’ battle in game seven and Buxton Diamond and Victoria Church Yard contest game eight.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel during the national anthem this upcoming season to support protests of social injustice, police brutality and racism. In answering a post from a fan on his Instagram account Saturday that pleaded with him not to kneel, Mayfield responded: “Pull your head out. I absolutely am.″ Mayfield has been outspoken recently about the need for more understanding and justice in the nation following the killing of George Floyd, a black man, while in police custody in Minneapolis.On Friday, Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he would kneel with his players if they chose to do so during the anthem.Earlier this week, while not going as far as O’Brien, new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski made it clear he would back his players in any peaceful demonstrations.US-SOCCER-NATIONAL ANTHEMU.S. Soccer president addresses repeal of anthem policy Earnhardt returns; Burton wins Xfinity race at HomesteadMIAMI (AP) — A late caution flag gave Harrison Burton new life, and he took advantage.Burton took the inside line on the way to the lead in the final lap and held on to win the Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway — denying, among others, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Noah Gragson, who seemed to be in full command with seven laps remaining.Burton, Gragson and Austin Cindric were three-wide going into that last lap, and it was Burton — the 19-year-old son of former Cup star Jeff Burton, who wound up in front in a wild finish.GOLF-COLONIAL Players and MLB agreed to a deal March 26 calling for prorated salaries. That deal gave baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred the right to start the season provided there were no travel restrictions and games could be played before fans in regular-season ballparks. It called for “good faith” negotiations to play in empty ballparks or neutral sites.MLB made three economic offers, the last Friday, and the union proposed two. The sides remain far apart on how much players should get of the $4 billion in salaries they originally were set to earn: MLB has offered to guarantee $1.27 billion and increase the total to $1.45 billion if the postseason is completed. Players want $2.25 billion.Players insist they should not have to accept additional cuts. A unilateral decision to start play could mean the playoffs would remain at 10 teams and not expand to 16, as both sides have proposed.NFL-BROWN-MAYFIELDMayfield “absolutely” will kneel during national anthem NHL mandatory training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement to returning to play later this summer.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTV money gives NFL leg up if fans can’t fill team’s coffersUNDATED (AP) — Timing favors the NFL over other major pro sports leagues in trying to figure out how to keep the coronavirus pandemic from wrecking the 2020 season. America’s most popular sport has another big advantage if the games are played: TV money.While NFL owners could lose billions collectively with limited capacities in stadiums or no fans at all, the league is well positioned financially because of lucrative media contracts approaching $10 billion in a full 2020 season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OUTBREAKBaseball players say talks futile, tell MLB to order returnNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players told Major League Baseball additional talks to start the season during the coronavirus pandemic are futile and said owners should order a return to work, which likely would spark lengthy litigation and the sport’s return to labor wars. The union’s action could lead to a season of about 50 games rather than the 82 initially proposed by MLB. The Major League Baseball Players Association could respond by filing a grievance that would be heard by arbitrator Mark Irvings. UNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer President City Parlow Cone has apologized for the federation’s lack of leadership in the fight against racism. Parlow Cone on Saturday discussed the federation’s decision to repeal a policy that required players to stand during the national anthem.The rule had been adopted by U.S. Soccer in 2017 when national team player Megan Rapinoe kneeled during the anthem in support of Colin Kaepernick’s protests of police brutality and racial injustice.It was repealed this week during a special meeting called by Parlow Cone. On Saturday, she apologized to African Americans and other minorities “for us not being leaders in this fight.”NASCAR-BUSCHKyle Busch wins trucks race at Homestead Update on the latest sports MIAMI (AP) — Kyle Busch’s slump wasn’t much of a slump. And it’s over now anyway. Busch won the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday night, his 58th career win on the circuit and his eighth victory in his last 10 series starts.Busch had to start at the back of the field, then serve a pass-through penalty on top of that, after failing pre-race inspection. But he managed to stay on the lead lap, then worked his way to the front and made it all seem easy.The race was red flagged for 16 minutes with 26 laps to go after Sheldon Creed crashed into the yellow protective barrels at the entrance to pit road and caused a huge mess. Once things resumed, it didn’t take long for Busch to reclaim the top spot.And then a late caution sent the field into a high-pressure restart with seven laps left, but Busch just pulled away — this time, for good.NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-XFINITY June 13, 2020 Colonial spectators in bushes and temporary tents off courseFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour has returned after three months because of the pandemic, and it hasn’t taken long for fans to see what they were missing. Xander Schauffele (ZAN’-dur SHAWF’-lee) made a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 66 and a one-shot lead over an All-Star cast at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Among those one shot behind were Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland. Among the 14 players separated by three shots were Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.That sets up what should by a dynamic Sunday with no spectators allowed on the course.But there were unofficial spectators watching at Colonial even though none are allowed on the course. There weren’t even tickets for Colonial members.But some of them had obstructed views from one of three temporary party tents and grandstands set up in the yards of nearby homes. Blatter has been notified by Swiss federal prosecutors he is an “accused person” over a loan FIFA gave in 2010 to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. The payment came from a FIFA account on April 13, 2010, and was interest-free, unsecured and later waived as a kind of gift, according to the document.The 84-year-old Blatter has denied any wrongdoing during decades of financial scandals linked to soccer’s world governing body, though he was banned from the presidency and risks being brought to trial in his home country.It is the latest allegation in Swiss and American federal investigations tying FIFA to irregular payments benefiting Jack Warner, its former vice president from Trinidad who is fighting extradition to the United States. According to police reports, Murphy initially told officers that Miller, a Texas resident who was 19 at the time of the shooting, had fallen on a wet floor and hit his head.Murphy pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of making false reports to law enforcement and discharging a firearm within city limits. He was fined, given a suspended 30-day jail sentence and placed on probation. The senior forward was also suspended from the basketball team for five games following the charges.FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERFresh Swiss investigation targets ex-FIFA president BlatterGENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter is the target of a criminal investigation in Switzerland for suspected mismanagement of a $1 million payment from soccer funds. Fitch Ratings recently affirmed its “A-plus” credit mark for the NFL and its properties in part because of the league’s media deals. Fitch says the NFL estimates each team’s media revenue at $250 million per season. The number gets bigger later in the contract, and each deal is set to expire in the next two years.So, it’s safe to say more than half of the league’s $15 billion in annual revenue comes from the TV deals shared equally among all 32 teams — unlike Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL.MLB’s attempts to get the baseball season started are being held up in part by a disagreement over how to compensate players in the likelihood that owners will have no fan-related revenue.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Major League Baseball wants an answer by the end of the weekend on its latest pay proposal. According to details obtained by The Associated Press, MLB is offering players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule beginning July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season. Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason under MLB’s plan. The cheers from there could be heard at the far end of the course.NHL-VIRUS OUTBREAKCayotes staff member tests positivePHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated at home in the Phoenix area. The teams say the staffer is asymptomatic and feeling well.The team says all other staff members or players involved in phase 2 of the NHL’s testing protocol have tested negative as teams prepare to start voluntary small-group workouts on Monday. Associated Press — There will be a small crowd in the stands for NASCAR’s Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. Some 1,000 fans, mostly members of the military, have been invited to watch the third Cup race in eight days. It will be the 22nd time that NASCAR will run at Homestead, but the first time in any month other than November. The weather is expected to be hot and humid.— Major League Baseball and the affiliated minor leagues are shut down but an independent circuit is set to open on July 3 with some fans in the seats. The American Association says six teams will play in three hubs, at least at the start of the season. Minnesota’s St. Paul Saints will play home games at Sioux Falls Stadium along with South Dakota’s Sioux Falls Canaries. Manitoba’s Winnipeg Goldeyes will be based at Newman Outdoor Field with North Dakota’s Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The Chicago Dogs will play home games at the Ballpark Commons with the Milwaukee Milkmen.— New Zealand has become one of the first nations in the world to welcome hordes of fans back into a packed sports stadium. More than 20,000 fans poured into a stadium in Dunedin to watch a rugby match Saturday, with no masks or social distancing required. New Zealand removed almost every remaining virus restriction this week after no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country for more than three weeks, and all those who contracted the disease were determined to have recovered. The only major restriction that wasn’t lifted was the shutdown of the country’s border.— A Norwich player has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the English Premier League resuming next week. The unidentified player featured in a practice game at Tottenham on Friday. He was one of two new COVID-19 cases detected after 1,200 people were tested at the 20 clubs on Thursday and Friday. Players and club staff are being tested twice a week across the league, which ends its pandemic-enforced 100-day shutdown on Wednesday with matches played in empty stadiums.— At a Spanish league match in which spectators were banned, a man ran on to the pitch and briefly delayed Mallorca (mah-YOHR’-kah) vs. Barcelona. Televised images showed the man walk on to the field and take a photo of himself with his mobile phone a few meters in front of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba. It is unclear if the young man, who was wearing an Argentina soccer shirt approached other players before he was escorted off by security. Play quickly resumed. USOPC-PROTEST PROBLEMSUS Olympic leaders eye change on protests amid wary athletesDENVER (AP) — U.S. Olympic leaders are open to changing a longstanding rule restricting protests at the Olympics. But the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is also facing backlash from some of its own athletes who feel they’ve been kept out of the loop.The USOPC is forming an athletes’ group to look into racial issues that have been exposed across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis. But the committee made the move before consulting with the group that is supposed to represent athletes on the U.S. team. That upset some athletes.Both the athletes and the USOPC are working out their differences. And both agree that attacking the problem of racism and social injustice is more important than internal squabbling. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MURPHY-SHOOTING LAWSUITLawsuit: Coach told Drake player to lie after shootingDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Drake University student who was accidentally shot in the head by a basketball player alleges in a lawsuit that a coach instructed the player to lie to police.The Des Moines Register reports that Nathaniel Miller Jr. filed the lawsuit this week against the university, Bulldogs forward Tremell Murphy and the managers of the off-campus property near the university where the shooting happened during a party last August. It alleges that an unidentified coach showed up before officers arrived and told Murphy to deny any involvement. The lawsuit also alleges that proper medical care for the victim was delayed because of the misdirection from witnessesThe university disputed the lawsuit’s claims in a statement Friday.
LONDON, England (Reuters) – The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner and West Indies opener Chris Gayle are among the most expensive players listed in Sunday’s draft for the new domestic tournament The Hundred.Smith helped Australia retain the Ashes in England last month while Warner endured a miserable series, managing just one fifty in five Tests.Paceman Mitchell Starc, who played just one Test in that series, is the third Australian in the six-man group who will command a £125 000 ($159 400) reserve price, the ECB said in a statement.Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and fellow speedster Kagiso Rabada of South Africa are the other players in the top bracket for the inaugural edition of the 100-ball competition, which will be played in July-August next year.Five of the eight city-based sides will have an Australian in charge with Shane Warne, Darren Lehmann and Tom Moody among them. None of the men’s teams have a local coach.Twenty20 stalwarts Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and West Indian Andre Russell, with an identical £100 000 reserve price, are among 239 players from outside the UK to enter the draft.England World Cup winners Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett headline the 331 domestic players who have put their names forward for the draft.“Teams will select 12 players on the night – with a maximum of three overseas picks – who will join the already-announced England red-ball contracted players and Local Icons,” the ECB said in a statement.
If you haven’t already heard about the bizarre heckling accusations and eventual ejection of former North Carolina State star players Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani courtesy of well-respected ACC official Karl Hess, it’s not too late to get caught up in the absurd series of events that made all three individuals look like immature attention-seekers.To make a long story short, Gugliotta and Corchiani returned to the NC State campus to be honored for the great contributions they made on the court as players during the 1988-89 season, the year the Wolfpack last won the regular season ACC championship. Instead of being able to enjoy the recognition, the pair was tossed from the arena when Hess got tired of their heckling, something officials are expected to put up with game in and game out.Hess was reprimanded by the ACC, but not for the embarrassment of the situation itself. The technical reasoning for Hess being under fire is that he called for Gugliotta and Corchiani’s removal directly from a Raleigh police officer rather than asking the home team’s (NC State) management to take care of the situation.Now I would never discourage fans from trying to play their role in creating the home court advantage atmosphere in front of which every home team loves to play. While Gugliotta and Corchiani are 42- and 43-years-old, respectively, and might be considered beyond the age of childish taunting, they have the same right to yell at referees in favor of their team, so long as it doesn’t involve profanity-laced tirades – which has not been claimed to be the case in this instance.In an email described in an Associated Press story, sent by ACC Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball Karl Hicks to NC State Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Kingston on Monday night, the ACC said Corchiani and Gugliotta weren’t ejected for anything that they said.“According to Hess, ‘They were ejected for excessive demonstration on several calls as they came right up to the scorer’s table. The policeman at the end of the FSU bench was warned that their continual excessive demonstration that incited the crowd would result in ejection,’” the email states.The thing that is misleading about Hess’ statement is that Gugliotta and Corchiani were seated in the front row directly behind the scorer’s table. It’s not like they were climbing on top of the announcers and stat keepers to get their point across.Hess himself is a decorated former college basketball player. He starred at Liberty in the late ’70s and remains the all-time leading scorer with 2,737 points. His jersey hangs in the Vines Center’s rafter in Lynchburg, Va., just as Gugliotta and Corchiani’s dangle from the ceiling in the RBC Center in Raleigh.It was simply Hess failing at one of the keys elements of being a referee: blocking out the crowd and other external distractions. It looked like Hess was looking for someone to toss because he could, not because there was a reason to. According to an ESPN interview with Corchiani, Hess tried to throw a student out of the game earlier, only to have NC State officials allow him to remain at the game.Hess surely didn’t handle the situation like the professional the ACC claims him to be, and he certainly owes Gugliotta, Corchiani and NC State an apology for embarrassing them if he is unable to come up with a legitimate reason for throwing the two out.Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried wasn’t happy either.“I’m disappointed, quite frankly, in the ACC because not only did he throw out two of North Carolina State’s greats, he threw out two of the ACC’s greats,” Gottfried said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “The league is supporting an official rather than supporting former great players.“The former great players, in my opinion, were embarrassed and wronged when they shouldn’t have been. I don’t think you can have rabbit ears like that if you’re a referee and start throwing people out. I was disappointed in the whole thing.”The whole situation speaks to the fact that referees and fans need to better learn and understand the dynamic relationship between each other. For as long as sports exist, fans will blame refs for bad calls and of their favorite team’s losses, giving them a hard time from start to finish. And as long as the heckling is clean, officials need to deal with it.Referees on the other hand need to be retrained in the art of not being noticed. What happened to the days when officials were applauded for being “invisible” during an athletic contest? Sports already have divas on the playing surfaces and don’t need more.Refs shouldn’t take away from the game day experience, especially a guy like Hess, who’s draped in recognition from his playing days.
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Duro IkhazuagbeAs reported by THISDAY monday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the appointment of Frenchman Paul Le Guen, 52, as the new Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles.The new Eagles’ boss Le Guen who steered the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa is to be assisted by Nigerian Salisu Yusuf, who takes the role of Chief Coach.Both appointments are subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee. Le Guen is believed to be on a $40,000 per month pay while his assistant is expected to be on a N1.5million monthly. Le Guen played for Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Germain and won 17 caps for France, before coaching Rennes, Lyon, PSG (in France) and Glasgow Rangers (in Scotland). He also coached Oman.Yusuf, a former Ranch Bees star player was capped at Under-20 level by Nigeria. He is a former coach of both Kano Pillars and Enyimba of Aba.After Sunday Oliseh quit the Eagles job and Samson Siasia held forth for two games in the qualifiers for the AFCON 2017, Yusuf stepped in as an interim coach for two international friendly matches in Europe at the end of May, which Eagles won.Spokesman of the Committee, Paul Bassey, said after the meeting at the NFF secretariat yesterday that Enugu Rangers gaffer Imama Amapakabo and former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and skipper Alloy Agu, who served as assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for the games against Mali and Luxembourg in May, retained their places in the technical crew.The new crew’s immediate challenge is a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in the first week of September – a dead rubber, but which would serve as ample preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Zambia on October 3.The committee has also recommended to the NFF Board, the appointment of one-time Super Eagles’ assistant coach, Bitrus Bewarang as the new NFF Technical Director.Bewarang, who is president of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, will replace the late Coach Shaibu Amodu.There is also a recommendation that former Super Eagles’ defender Nduka Ugbade be restored to the Under-17 national team as assistant to Coach Manu Garba.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Submit Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Ahead of Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September), we spoke to Sportradar Head of Esports James Watson about data challenges in esports and his company’s relationship with ESL. Watson is part of the ‘Data Data Data’ session (14 September) in the ‘Betting on Esports’ track at next month’s event.SBC: Why did you decide to speak at Betting on Esports 2017?JW: Betting on Sports as an industry event always tackles the live issues in the sports betting ecosystem and it’s nothing short of fantastic to see Betting on Esports get its own track this year.I’m particularly looking forward to underlining how important it is for operators to partner up with live data providers that really understand the esports landscape, its opportunities and its pitfalls. The panel will be so important for operators looking to get into esports and yet again, Betting on Sports is the place to host that discussion.SBC: Sportradar has had an esports data deal in place with ESL for a while. What fruits does the partnership provide you?JW: Our relationship with ESL has really gone from strength-to-strength since we initially partnered up in 2015. Originally this was met with curiosity by the betting industry since it really was the first deal of its kind relating to esports. Now the sector is looking back at this relationship and seeing it as a defining moment, and indeed we’ve now seen others make similar movements to try and replicate some of this success.Establishing key relationships with rights holders is one of Sportradar’s core strengths as a business, and esports is no different in that regard. Taking a look into the uniqueness, speed, depth and quality of data that can be provided by esports tournament organisers is very exciting: it’s Sportradar’s job to take this data and harness its true power by creating next generation betting products.That said, we still take integrity very seriously and it remains a core part of our team’s mantra. We were one of the founding partners of the Esports Integrity Coalition and continue to support their positive endeavours to help prevent match-fixing in esports. ESL were likewise one of the first bodies to join the coalition, and indeed, integrity was specifically one of the core catalysts behind our own partnership with them.SBC: There are endless challenges still with regards to data in esports – how do you see this progressing in coming months?JW: It’s true that data continues to be the key roadblock to providing a credible live betting product for esports, irrespective of the game title. We’re seeing that esports fans are gradually becoming more accustomed to betting through traditional betting mechanisms, which is undeniably positive, but these are also fairly smart bettors who know their subject matter inside out. Operators and providers trading on delayed or incomplete data feeds are therefore likely to suffer moving forward.One of the more interesting discussion areas looking ahead is surrounding live data provision for some of the newer game titles – for example Overwatch. With data not necessarily at the immediate forefront of the game design, this will certainly be a challenge for operators and providers alike over the next months.SBC: There’s so many data points in esports – what opportunities does it create? How do you see it compared to traditional sports? JW: On the flipside of the double-edged data sword lie a number of great opportunities that make esports primed to succeed in the live betting space. Naturally the complexity of the games implies a vast lake of data that can be used for creating equally complex models predicting game outcomes, which is especially true in the world of Dota 2 and League of Legends, where the number of data points ramps up into numbers I didn’t even know existed!Personally I see the big benefits and USPs of esports live betting in the speed and dynamism of the games themselves. After all, this is what makes esports exciting as a spectator sport for all of us – games can change in an instant and even the smallest mistake or misplay can swing the advantage in your opponent’s favour. Compared to traditional sports, this really appeals to the end-punters: anything can happen.SBC: What can attendees look forward to hearing from you on the “Data, data, data” panel at Betting on Esports?JW: I expect the panel will be a deeper dive into all of the key issues highlighted above in addition to some insight into other data-related topics in the world of esports. Sportradar can provide some invaluable input here from a betting provider perspective. I’d also like to explore the role of tournament organisers and rights holders in the world of data and how they can play their part in maximising exposure for their tournaments, using regulated betting as a mechanism, and making a few smart and simple decisions along the way.
StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Bolsa Madrid-listed Grupo Codere SA has taken a new creative approach in promoting its Codere Apuestas online sportsbook property.This April, Codere Apuestas released its new home market TV and digital advertising campaign ‘Nube’ (translated – ‘The Cloud’) – publishing/broadcasting the campaign across multiple Spanish media portals.Continuing to work with Madrid-based creative advertising agency El Ruso de Rocky, the betting group moves away from its legacy marketing strategy of promoting Codere Apuestas brand through its association with Real Madrid FC.Since 2016, Codere Apuestas has served as the official betting partner of Real Madrid, with its advertising campaigns featuring a number of Real Madrid stars promoting offers and services.In its campaign notes, El Ruso de Rocky states that it has delivered the Spanish betting market’s first high-definition advertising campaign, featuring special effects alongside exclusively composed music for Codere Apuestas.The creative agency further details that Nube seeks to develop a broader appeal for the bookmaker targeting Spanish audiences, beyond football.In 2018, Spanish betting incumbents were warned by the PSOE minority government, that Spain would likely introduce a new advertising code, introducing tougher advertising provisions on gambling and betting services.Amongst the stipulated restrictions, a new advertising code would ban Spanish licensed operators from utilising celebrities or athletes to promote gambling products/services.