Experience the Arts in The City of Sunrise

first_imgDon’t miss these upcoming events at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre and Art Gallery: Opening Reception: “Time Flies” Saturday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery Born and raised in France and the daughter of an artist, Rolande Reverdy Moorhead has always been immersed in the world of art and painting. Rolande is self-taught and refuses to be influenced by any particular styles, schools or artists. The medium she chooses depends largely on the subject. Rolande teaches drawing, as well as oil, watercolor, and acrylic painting. She is also an award-winning artist with work in galleries in the U.S. and France. Meet Rolande and enjoy light refreshments at this free opening reception. “Time Flies” will be on display through May 11. Feelin’ Groovy: Life and Songs of Simon and Garfunkel Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel rose to prominence in 1966, and quickly became the most popular folk-rock duo of the sixties. This program traces the arc of their success and blends visual effects with a live performance of their songs. Join Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen (the PinkSlip Duo), and sing along to your favorites, including I Am a Rock, Cecilia, and Bridge Over Troubled Water. That’s Amoré Sunday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre This pop-to-opera spectacle features live music, colorful costumes, energetic dancers, and an ensemble of singers. Enjoy a variety of timeless hits – from Exodus to My Yiddishe Momma, Beyond the Sea to Mac the Knife, and O’ Sole Mio to Nessun Dorma – plus visits from the Phantom and Elvis! . The Frozen Experience Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre Bring your family to enjoy Disney’s animated hit Frozen on the big screen. After the movie, meet Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff in the lobby for photos and special memories. Con Brio Quartet Sunday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre This talented string quartet will present a program of Brahms and Beethoven – accompanied by award-winning pianist Valeriya Polunina. “Lyrical Lounge” Teen Open Mic NightFriday, May 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Sunrise Civic Center Art GalleryThe City’s bi-monthly Lyrical Lounge provides a creative outlet for poets, musicians, and other talented teens. Take the Art Gallery stage – or be part of our all-ages audience. Admission is free and light refreshments are served. Lyrical Lounge is presented in collaboration with the Jason Taylor Foundation and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network. Disney’s “Newsies” Saturday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at 2:00 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre “Newsies the Musical” is based on Disney’s 1992 film, which in turn was inspired by the real-life 1899 New York City newsboys strike. Timely and fresh, this high-energy show addresses themes of social injustice and David-versus-Goliath struggles. Presented by the young-adult performers of Inside Out Theatre. Visit the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre and Art Gallery at 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard. The Box Office is open Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and one hour before shows. Call (954) 747-4646 for information, or purchase tickets online. [link phrase to https://www.sunrisefl.gov/tickets.html.last_img read more

Mayor Wayne Messam Declares State of Emergency

first_imgMIRAMAR, Florida – As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout Florida, Mayor of Miramar, Wayne Messam declared a state of emergency for Miramar over the weekend. Below is his statement to residents of the community:Miramar Residents,As the mayor of our city and in the interest of public safety, I signed a Declaration of State of Emergency for Miramar on Saturday, March 14th.  This action was required to position our city to receive the vital resources and reimbursements for the utilization of assets and needed supplies to keep Miramar as safe as possible as we face the threats of COVID-19.Our city administration has been working very diligently over the past several weeks in preparation of this very action along with the guidance of our federal, state and county peers.I am have been in communication with Governor DeSantis and fellow mayors in Broward County as we pool information and resources as a region.Broward County has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 confirmed cases and with Miramar being the 4th largest city in Broward, I my number one priority is public safety.In an effort to ensure public safety, please take note of the following declarative actions:As a result of my mayoral order along with the City Manager’s authority, effective this week the City of Miramar will·    Suspend senior services until further notice.·    All rentals in City facilities will be canceled or postponed. Patrons will be fully refunded for rental fees for all canceled events.·    Activities at City parks will be cancelled until further notice.·    Parents and caregivers will be required to wait in the lobby of childcare and adult daycare facilities for participants to be brought out to them.·    The Fire Department will be in contact with the State Department of Emergency Management to ensure appropriate coordination and to comply with reimbursement policies required for the State of Florida and the Federal governments.·    The Fire Department has been tasked with the purchase of all applicable tools and equipment for City use for the duration of this State of Emergency.·    All City organized sports activities suspended until further notice.·    Parks will remain open.·    Pools will remain open·    Fitness centers closed.·    PAL and Optimist canceled all activities.The below City of Miramar events will be postponed until further notice:·    Commissioner Yvette Coulborne’s Census 2020 Business Lunch and Community meeting 3/19·    Miramar Family Night, 3/20·    Paw Central Grand Opening 3/21·    Women in Fire-Rescue 2020 Summit 3/28You can be assured your city government is working diligently on behalf of our residents, corporations and city staff. Miramar has a Plan and our mission is Public Safety. Stay tuned and be informed.In Service,Mayor Wayne M. Messamlast_img read more

Video – Watch Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele Do A Neymar, Fights In Training

first_imgBorussia Dortmund forward, Ousmane Dembele, had to be held back by team mates, following a training ground brawl between the Frenchman and goalkeeper, Roman Burki.The 20-year-old bust-up has fuelled rumours that he wants to leave the BVB, with Barcelona and Manchester United reportedly interested in the winger.EUROSPORT:During training today, Ousmane Dembélé had to be restrained by teammates after he got in a confrontation with goalkeeper Burki pic.twitter.com/WDKLLOzYgo— M·A·J (@UltraAutistic) July 31, 2017The pair can be seen exchanging words, as fellow teammates try to mediate a peaceful resolution.Last week, Barcelona star, Neymar walked out of a pre-season training session after a serious quarrel and confrontation with Nelson Semedo.Video Credit: Twitter.comRelatedBarcelona want to “help” Ousmane Dembele Reach his Potential – ValverdeDecember 10, 2018In “Spain”Ousmane Dembele Banned from Switching Off his PhoneDecember 15, 2018In “Spain”Unlucky Dembele Ruled Out With Hamstring ProblemJanuary 15, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Velo Partners bets on eSports with Blinkpool $700,000 investment

first_img Submit RotoQL secures $3 million seed targeting growth within pending US betting market April 6, 2018 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon SBC Spotlight: UK & US partnerships point towards gambling’s new frontier April 25, 2019 Share Industry venture capital firm Velo Partners has invested $700,000 (£575,000) in eSports studio Blinkpool developer of eSports game ‘BlinkPredict’.The UK-based VC that has funded numerous growing new enterprises within betting and igaming, makes its first eSports-centric investment in Blinkpool.Releasing a corporate statement, Velo Partners stated that Blinkpool could become a billion-valuation enterprise by becoming the firm that bridges engagement between betting and the eSports community.“We focus on the gambling and gaming sector, and we see Blinkpool operating on the intersection. Often the gambling space observes iterative innovation – bar a few notable exceptions – but we don’t think a step change is off the cards with esports. When you’ve got two technical founders who understand their space, it’s hard to ignore the opportunity.” Stated Velo Partners in its funding noteLondon-based Blinkpool is founded by data and research specialists Suraj Gosai (CEO) and Jordan Douglas. Its product BlinkPredict is a mini-game to play while watching eSports.The BlinkPredict game asks viewers ‘hyper-contextual questions’ in real-time while an eSports game is being played, users can test their knowledge and understanding of the game against BlinkPredict community.Speaking to industry news source Gambling Insider, Suraj Gosai detailed that Velo Partners venture funding would be used to continue BlinkPredict product development and for the firm to secure its UK betting license Jackpot disruptor BlueRibbon secures first funding round from Velo & Ash September 4, 2018last_img read more

Natalie Berenato – Betcart – Working with affiliates to grow together

first_img Ready for Amsterdam! Betcartpartners relaunches on Income Access July 12, 2017 Share Submit Share The ‘Real’ deal: Betcart teams up with the European champions September 26, 2017 Related Articles StumbleUpon Just a few weeks ago, Betcart marked its Betting on Football debut by appearing on the ‘New brands in football betting’ panel at Stamford Bridge.We caught up with the company’s head of marketing and affiliates Natalie Berenato to find out more about Betcart’s #bofcon2017 conference experience.SBC: First of all, can you name a few highlights from your Betting on Football conference debut?NB: We really enjoyed the whole event; during the day, the conference had some excellent speakers and the networking events were well organised and had great attendance.We were really happy to have Betcart on one of the panels, and with such esteemed colleagues. What we found very useful and interesting is the level of attendees at this event; we were able to make some great connections.SBC: In the new brands session at #bofcon2017, you highlighted affiliate marketing as being fundamental to your company growth; why is Betcart an attractive proposition to affiliates?NB: And Betting on Football was more proof of that! The interest we received was exponential, because we localise and we don’t just have a ‘package’ for Affiliates off the shelf, but we work with them to grow together.SBC: What did you learn from the representatives of BetStars, BetOnBrazil and EnergyBet during the session?NB: It was an interesting session, with emphasis on the importance of finding your niche in markets and do that well, which is what we feel Betcart has excelled in. We felt that we not only gave an excellent contribution, but everyone else on the panel had some very good points.Football is such a big driver within the sportsbook community, that having an event that covers this sport 360° is really a treat for us, great concept and executed very well.SBC: Finally, in a crowded sports betting marketplace, how does a brand such as Betcart differentiate its products and services?NB: We localise well. We prepare for markets and seek out what customer want/what is missing in that particular territory. We feel that with that combination, we’ve successfully filled in the gap and will continue to do so. Betcart agrees new content partnership January 30, 2018last_img read more

Jessica Harrington joins strong stable of Unibet ambassadors

first_img Submit Share Countdown to Cheltenham: Santini could deliver Henderson Gold Cup win says Coral February 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Big Weekend delivers record breaking Cricket & Tennis markets July 16, 2019 Unibet invests into mental health initiative with Newbury sponsorship August 14, 2019 StumbleUpon Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Jessica Harrington is the latest big name to be unveiled as an ambassador for Unibet.Harrington, who landed the Unibet Irish Gold Cup and Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John last year, has agreed a deal which will see her supply her exclusive thoughts to the multi-award winning Unibet blog in the lead up to this year’s big festivals.Harrington joins the likes of champion Trainer Nicky Henderson, Gold Cup-winning jockey Nico de Boinville and leading flat trainer Richard Hannon, who are all already brand ambassadors for the online sportsbook.As part of the deal, Harrington will pen a weekly blog on the Unibet website, which will become daily for each day of the Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown festivals later this year, giving racing fans a crucial insight into the wellbeing and status of runners such as Sizing John, Jezki and Supasundae.Staff at Harrington’s Commonstown Stables in County Kildare will also be fitted out with branded riding wear while the horseboxes arriving at racecourses up and down Britain and Ireland will also feature Unibet branding.Speaking of the deal, Harrington said: “My great friend Nicky has nothing but positive things to say about his partnership with Unibet and I am excited to come on board and share the latest news on the likes of Sizing John, Jezki and Our Duke.”Ed Nicholson, Head of Group Racing Communications and Sponsorship for Unibet, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Jessie on board with Unibet. Her horses captivated the imagination of the racing fraternity last spring, and it is clear to us that racing enthusiasts would welcome regular updates on her stable stars, as well as thoughts on all her weekend runners – both sides of the Irish Sea. “We intend to provide regular video updates from Commonstown Stables and provide informative and entertaining content for her Unibet blog.”last_img read more

FantasyBet offers daily contests for FIFA Women’s World Cup

first_img Submit StumbleUpon FantasyBet has become the first fantasy sports provider to offer daily fantasy contests for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.Starting on Friday 7 June for the opening match between France and South Korea, the site will give fantasy managers the chance to pit their wits against each other in free-to-enter and pay-to-enter contests, with bigger prizes up for grabs for the more high-profile fixtures. “The women’s game deserves a good Fantasy Football game,” said Viktor Enoksen, one of the founders at FantasyBet. “Football is simply more thrilling when you play fantasy. This is our way of adding excitement to a tournament we believe can be a gamechanger for women’s football.” Entrants must build a squad of players within a budget cap, with points being awarded and deducted depending on how the players perform. The managers with the highest points totals at the end of each contest will win a share of the prize money.FantasyBet are kicking off the Women’s World Cup with a 6-a-side £1,000 freeroll game that covers the opening round of group games, including England’s opener against Scotland.“Our 6-a-side format makes it even easier for fantasy managers to build a great team,” explained Jamie Reeves, Content Manager at FantasyBet. “Managers can choose six players from one nation should they wish, or they can spread their budget across several teams that they expect to do well.“Players can also score points for actions like key passes, goal-line clearances and battles won, but they’ll lose points for mistakes like conceding a penalty or gifting the opponent a goalscoring opportunity.“This means players who aren’t always involved in the attacking action can still be of huge value: if you contribute to your team’s performances, you’ll be rewarded.”FantasyBet is hoping to contribute to the growth in popularity that the women’s game has enjoyed since 2015’s World Cup. “We’re hearing more and more about women’s football,” Enoksen added. “Content creators and publishers are starting to realise that the intricacies of the women’s game are every bit as engaging and intriguing as the men’s.“The problem has always been exposure. With our daily fantasy offering, we’re aiming to bridge the gap between the men’s and women’s game by giving fantasy managers a platform to research around the sport and pick the strongest teams possible. And they can win some cash in the process.”When asked who they’d like to see win the tournament, Enoksen kept his cards close to his chest. “We’re an international team, so there’s definitely going to be some tension at FantasyBet HQ as the tournament progresses,” he said. “Then again, we’re hosting a special £500 tournament every time England plays, so if they get to the final that’ll mean plenty of opportunities for managers to win big.”The team at FantasyBet has also created plenty of content to help those fantasy managers that are still yet to get to grips with the best budget striker options in the women’s game. With a guide that includes bookmakers’ odds, set-piece takers and under-the-radar bargains, plus a special podcast dedicated to women’s fantasy football, there are plenty of resources available on the site’s blog. Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Winning Post – Another week, another credit card consultation

first_img Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners kick starts the week by assessing the global changes to taxes, the Australian government’s crackdown on credit cards, and the recent NHS statistics released in the UK.Global: gambling tax changes – call of dutyThis week has seen three elements of ‘bad news’ from a tax perspective. Denmark (€520m run-rate online market) has announced that it will increase online duty by 8ppts (40%) to 28% in 2021, to go some way to normalise the rate with landbased. Brazil has opted to maintain a 3% turnover duty rather than a proposed 1% of turnover for its forthcoming domestically regulated betting market. In a smaller market, but with a bigger impact for those concerned, tax increases in Lithuania (by 3ppts to 18% for retail and 13% for online) have caused Olympic Entertainment to close nine betting shops (6 of national supply) and two casinos (11%).On the one hand, it is hard not to sympathise with the reaction of the Olympic MD for Lithuania and apply it across the board: “Initiatives to aggressively change the tax environment not only create uncertainty but have also forced us to rethink and change our business model. We will move the activity from the closed facilities to other operating units, such as betting shops, casinos or the remote gambling platform.This is how we respond to changing market conditions so that we can ensure the sustainability of our business through legal action.” Higher taxes makes it harder to make money (in theory – bear with us on that) while ‘aggressive’ changes can certainly detrimentally affect business models. But if we examine each of these markets in turn, a more nuanced view can emerge.When Denmark domestically regulated online gambling in 2011 the government had to face down a state aid legal challenge from domestic retail operators for providing online with a far more favourable rate of tax (Denmark’s casinos and gaming machine face taxes of 41- 75% GGR – online is paying less than half of this). Denmark’s logic was simple: the benefits of ‘liberalisation’ outweighed the issues of differential tax treatment, while there was sufficient precedent (e.g. UK) – the European Commission agreed. However, two things then occurred.The first was rapid channel shift, with overall market growth of 58% since 2012 (ex lottery) but 189% online – retail overall grew by only 31% (all betting as operators competed against the erstwhile monopoly) while casinos have been flat (no new supply or demand) and gaming machines have declined (by 21% since 2012). The second was a very rapid growth in online advertising – with Kantar reporting that radio and TV ads has more than doubled since 2012 (triggering voluntary restrictions and calls for tighter regulation – as in many other jurisdictions). So who has won from liberalisation? – online gambling operators and media companies. Who has lost? – landbased gaming operators and the treasury.Further, given that Denmark’s rate of VAT is 25% (20% cash), growth in online gambling is tax neutral beyond the (very important) element of channelling from the black market, but a fiscal problem for channelling from landbased to online. While a 28% tax rate might squeeze some operators, it is unlikely to have a material impact on consumer choice (the number of high or at least reasonable quality licensees available) and therefore channelization, in our view. Equally, the vast majority of marketing spend tends to be focussed on market share rather than growing the market.Consequently, higher taxes tend simply to drive lower marketing spend and higher operating efficiencies (e.g. UK growth and channelling was completely unaffected by adding a 15% duty where before there was none – despite baleful industry predictions and ‘analysis’ to the contrary). A 40% tax hike, however aggressive it may sound, therefore kills a few birds with one stone: cutting advertising, levelling the playing field a little (after all retail operators tend to employ more people per € of revenue generated and are still subject to roughly double the rate of tax) and making the treasury a net beneficiary of online gambling growth away from other forms of consumer expenditure. These elements might have just made the Danish market more sustainable – remote operator cries for politicians to ‘come to their senses’, notwithstanding.Brazil’s position has less compelling outcomes for similar input logic. A 1% turnover tax would have been among the lowest in the world – Ireland doubled its tax rate to 2% last year. On a 10% blended GM, Brazil is suggesting a 30% equivalent GGR tax vs. 10%: the former gives the state a more significant but still sustainable level of skin in the game and makes growth beyond black market channelling attractive (Brazil’s GST rate is c. 17-20% in a very complicated Federal-Provincial model, so 10% would effectively mean a relative betting operator subsidy vs. general consumer taxes).However, while Ireland can meaningfully talk about a 10% GM being a representative outcome given the horseracing mix, Brazil is likely to be dominated by soccer and US sports. The former creates margins between 2% and 30%, while the latter (along with in-play) averages at around 6%. So offers that are soccer multiple led pay far less tax than offers that are singles or in-play led (which would see effective tax rates of over 50% if they tried to offer ‘natural’ prices to compete in value terms with the inevitable black market). This is likely to cause significant market distortions and black market leakage, in our view.If Brazil doesn’t want to sacrifice its potential tax base (logically enough), then a 30% GGR tax would be far more efficient than a 3% turnover tax (even a 6% one for retail), in our view – and create a win-win model for betting operators and the government (caveat: gaming still seems not to be included – so not many operators would actually net benefit, in our view, if restrictions are enforced).Lithuania is again a mixed message in terms of its regulatory policy and fiscal policy. Its online market has been growing strongly to a run-rate of €42m GGR – catching up with a landbased gambling market of €71m GGR. Channel shift has led to a relatively stagnant overall landbased supply in terms of revenue and the number of units over the last four years.Lithuania is also noticing and reacting to increased gambling advertising – with the regulator introducing significant restrictions last month. However, while online continues to benefit from a material tax advantage (going up from 10% to 13% vs. 15 to `18% for retail – so still a 5ppt or 38% advantage), this gap is likely to continue to drive retail decline (with related job losses) and encourage as many forms of online marketing as possible.UK: regulation – NHS BS offers gloomy prognosis for sensible policyThis week raised the question once again of why so many of the people who set themselves up as guardians of moral rectitude seem to be such colossal fibbers. On Tuesday, the National Health Service published details of the Health Survey for England 2018, including survey data on gambling. The data indicates that the long-term decline in adult gambling participation has continued – down from 62% in 2015 and 56% in 2016 to 54% last year (excluding the National Lottery, it fell from 45% to 42% to 40%).The trend is largely visible across the board with a sustained erosion of participation in most modes of wagering (the only two forms that grew were society lotteries and non-remote novelty betting). The rate of problem gambling (using combined figures from the DSM-IV and PGSI screens) fell once again – down to 0.5% of adults from 0.9% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2016. This therefore seemed to be a mixed bag; further concern for operators that their product is losing relevance; reassurance for all that harmful gambling is (if we can tell anything from prevalence surveys) in retreat.That of course is not the way that the senior management of the NHS sees things. For its chief executive, Simon Stevens the fact that more than half of adults gambled on at least one occasion last year was a “stark reminder of how common gambling is in our society”. This was a revealing comment, suggesting that Mr Stevens is concerned not so much about the number of people who might meet the diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder (a valid health matter) or even whether gambling is increasing in popularity; but simply the fact that some grown-ups occasionally gets their kicks from playing games and placing bets (a matter of personal choice).It would seem that to Mr Stevens, the act of gambling is in itself (and irrespective of any assessment of problems) a health issue – one of equal prominence to asthma, obesity and longstanding medical conditions. This is as clear an illustration of the prohibitionist agenda that – as we have written previously – seeks to position gambling as an inherently harmful activity, similar to tobacco consumption.Mr Stevens went on to state that the data demonstrated “how easy it is to become addicted, particularly with the aggressive push into online gambling”. Of course, the data shows nothing of the kind. Indeed, it contained no information on gambling addiction. Even if we take gambling disorder as a imperfect proxy for addiction, the indication that one-in-two-hundred adults may meet the diagnostic criteria for a mild, moderate or severe disorder (down from around one-in-one-hundred-and-ten) is not really suggestive of ease.Mr Stevens perceives online gambling to be at the root of things – but do the figures support this contention? It is true that participation in online sports betting (which has been linked with relatively low to moderate levels of problem gambling in every prevalence survey since 2007) nudged up fractionally – from 7.4% to 7.8%; while online gaming (which has had a moderately high level of problem gambling in all studies) edged down from 3.1% to 3.0%.Annual participation in online gambling in total was 9.4% – exactly the same rate recorded in 2016. Indeed, it is somewhat remarkable that one-quarter-of-a-century after the emergence of remote gambling, it remains a relatively niche pastime. Given that 38% of Britons shop online at least once a week (according to a recent survey by Episerver), gambling appears if anything to be something of a laggard in e-commerce.The idea therefore that remote operators are responsible for an increase in gambling and problem gambling over the past two years is demonstrably not supported by the latest survey data. It is unclear why Mr Stevens felt the need to embellish and distort his own organisation’s data – but sadly his organisation has form. Earlier this year, at the launch of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, one of Mr Stevens’s colleagues made public comments about gambling and suicide that were based – by his own admission – on nothing more than hearsay. Recently, another high profile figure from the NHS claimed that the city of Hull was “inundated” with casinos (there are two casinos in Hull – one per 130,322 inhabitants).The fact that we cannot rely on NHS senior management to be reliable witnesses is troubling given that the Conservative Party has committed itself to a department of Health led review of gambling legislation in the next parliament. It is a disappointing aspect of the policy debate on gambling that so many of those in positions of political, regulatory and spiritual leadership have chosen in recent years to make highly public misrepresentations of the basic facts.They may not always have done so deliberately (interpretation of gambling data often requires a degree of understanding that few generalists possess) but there is a sense that they are viewing all new information through the prism of a “public health crisis”. When pressed and in private, the more honest will admit to their mistakes – but all seem incapable of public acts of correction or contrition.While remote gambling is currently the focus of ire for many of these public figures, the NHS’s misinterpretation of its own survey data should be a cause for alarm for all operators (and indeed any consumers who value the right to gamble if they choose). This is because the elimination of online betting or gaming is likely to have only a very modest effect on overall gambling participation (quite aside from the creation of a black market). If Mr Stevens wishes for gambling to become even less “common” than it currently is (a low since records began) then the National Lottery (39% annual participation), scratchcards (18%), charity lotteries (14%) and betting on horseracing (8%) are all promising targets. It will be time to bid farewell to all that funding for historic buildings and Olympic endeavour; time to tarmac over Epsom and Ascot.The nature of the debate over gambling is shifting. There is a real risk that the central question for gambling policy in the forthcoming governmental review ceases to be about the balance between consumer enjoyment and consumer protection; and concerns itself instead with whether gambling should be permitted at all.Australia: regulation – banks take evasive action on credit cardsAnother week, another consultation on whether credit cards should be permitted forms of payment for gambling services. The fact that Australia is currently reviewing the question is not particularly surprising; the identity of the reviewer is perhaps more interesting.This week, the Australian Banking Association initiated a public consultation to address a number of questions related to gambling on credit – what are the risks? Should it be permitted? Should restrictions apply to all forms of gambling? What might happen as a result of restrictions? Should banks be given more time to come up with intelligent solutions?The consultation appears to be a rare example of an industry (financial services rather than gambling in this case) getting ahead of a problem in order to give intelligent solutions a fighting chance over prohibition. The consultation runs until March 2020.__________Content provided by Regulus Partners Submit Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img

EA announces Madden NFL deal with ESPN and Disney

first_imgAnnounced ahead of this weekend, EA and the NFL are set to team up with both ESPN and Disney XD for the exclusive broadcasting rights to the upcoming EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Championship Series. This partnership will kick off with the final rounds of the final rounds of the EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Club Championship and the all-new EA Sports Madden NFL Ultimate League – this is ESPN’s first long-term competitive agreement that spans multiple events.The Madden NFL Ultimate League commences on Friday, February 2 and will last for over two months – ultimately leading to the NFL Draft on April 28. Six players will qualify by obtaining a top-two finish at one of the three EA Majors, which includes the Madden NFL 18 Classic, Madden NFL 18 Challenge and Madden NFL 18 Club Championship. The remaining 10 players will be identified through having the highest series points.Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA said that “The Madden NFL Ultimate League is purposely designed to make superstars of our best players, allowing viewers to develop player loyalties and follow competitor rivalries.”“Through this collaboration with ESPN and Disney XD, we’ll provide ongoing coverage for fans worldwide across a variety of ESPN and Disney platforms, but also digitally through our own Madden streaming and social channels,” Sitrin continued.John Lasker, VP of ESPN Digital Media Programming, also discussed the partnership: “We’re thrilled to continue and expand our relationship with EA and the NFL in not only showcasing to our audiences these world-class esports competitions for multiple years, but also using the myriad ESPN and Disney global platforms to tell the incredible stories of these competitors.”Chris Halpin, Chief Strategy Officer of the NFL, added: “We are excited to partner with EA SPORTS and ESPN to bring the Madden Club Championship and Madden Ultimate League to the millions of Madden NFL fans globally and to broadcast these competitions from our key fan events, like the Super Bowl and the Draft.”“We are also thrilled to be the first major professional sports league to have every team represented in a premier esports event. We are confident our fans will love the competition and action,” Halpin concluded.Starting on Friday, January 26, the quarterfinals of the Madden NFL 18 Club Championship can be watched on ESPNEWS. The next broadcast will be of the final, in which fans can tune in on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.Esports Insider says: Madden NFL coming to mainstream television can only be a good thing for the esport, and it’s reassuring to say ESPN’s commitment to broadcasting competitive gaming to the masses.last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri: Coaching Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus will be step forward from Chelsea

first_imgMaurizio Sarri says returning to Italy to manage Juventus is the ‘crowning achievement of a long career’ after a year in charge of Chelsea.Sarri was presented as the new Juventus boss on Thursday following his signing on a three-year contract from Chelsea, where he won the Europa League in his final game in charge.The Blues agreed a compensation package with the Italian club, understood to be worth around £5m for Sarri, who felt he needed to return to his native country for “professional and personal needs” with his two elderly parents living there.Sarri said: “Juve are the best Italian club right now and offered me a chance to return to Italy. It’s the crowning achievement of a long career.“It’s been a long journey for me made up of gradual steps. I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea.“I preferred to go abroad to avoid going from one Italian team to another. The Premier League experience was amazing, but for family reasons I desired go back to Italy.“The opportunity was given by Juventus and it is I think also the climax of the career. I feel I have respected everybody.”Although Sarri spent all of his managerial career in Italy up until joining Chelsea, he thinks Serie A is not up to the Premier League’s standard.“It’s going to be an exciting year in Serie A, especially for the coaches. There’s a long way to go but hopefully the league can start to close the gap with the Premier League.“Chelsea FC had a lot of technically gifted players but with diverse characteristics, less fluid but just as solid.“I realised being in England how amazing their stadiums are, the atmosphere in football in Italy has to change through infrastructure.”The Italian succeeds Massimiliano Allegri, who won five consecutive Serie A titles and brought Cristiano Ronaldo to the club last summer, and Sarri said it will be an honour to train the Portuguese great.“At Chelsea I coached some very strong players, but training Cristiano Ronaldo will be yet another step forward. I’d like to help him break some new records.“When you have a player with the qualities of Paulo Dybala or Cristiano they can play in any role. What can change is only the interpretation of the role.“You have to have clear ideas on two or three players who can make a real difference for the team and then give them an environment to truly express themselves. If a team enjoys itself on the pitch then the spectators enjoy themselves and this is fuel to win.“For three years I would wake up and think about how to defeat Juventus, because they were a winning team. I gave 110 per cent but we still couldn’t do it. It was an experience and I will now give everything for this club.”Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici added: “Maurizio Sarri was always the first choice. We tried to make him understand right away that we really wanted him.“We had clear ideas from the beginning, but we had to have respect for a coach that was under contract with another club and for this we thank Chelsea for their professionalism.” Source: Sky Sportslast_img read more