Goal-line technology given go-ahead

first_imgThe English Premier League has voted to introduce goal-line technology from the 2013-14 season.British-based Hawk-Eye has been awarded the contract to provide the system.Hawk-Eye uses seven cameras per goal to detect the ball and claims its system is “millimetre accurate, ensuring no broadcast replays could disprove the decision”.The Football Association will install a system at Wembley Stadium in time for August’s Community Shield.Top-flight clubs voted to adopt the system during a meeting of the 20 Premier League chairmen on Thursday.Hawk-Eye is known for providing tennis and cricket with ball-tracking technology. Its football system notifies the referee if the ball has crossed the goal line via a vibration and optical signal sent to the officials’ watches within one second. Inventor Paul Hawkins said: “It will not slow the game down – it is not going to become like rugby.“In under a second we will provide the information to the watch, then afterwards we will show a TV replay that will definitively prove what we showed the referee was correct.“Football’s a great game. It does not need enhancements to add to the drama. Our technology is there to ensure decisions are correct.”England manager Roy Hodgson welcomed the Premier League’s move, saying it would prevent “gross injustices” affecting results.“It is something that people in football have wanted for a long time. There’s been a big debate, and for a while it was pushed back but now everyone’s on the same page and we’ve introduced it,” said Hodgson. “At least it will stop some of those gross injustices that we have seen in recent years where goals have obviously been scored and not allowed.”Once work is under way, installation of the system for the 17 Premier League clubs who avoid relegation and the three teams promoted from the Football League is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.Richard Scudamore , chief executive of the Premier League, added: “When these incidents come along, they are so controversial, so seismic, that it is all about getting it right.“If there is some technology available to help the officials get it right then it is right we should be doing it.”Stoke City chairman Peter Coates also welcomed the decision, but was wary about whether the use of technology should be extended to look at other areas, such as offside decisions. “I think we should be careful,” he said. “The great thing about our game is that it should be simple, free-flowing and that it carries on. We don’t want to become like a rugby game, so I’m probably in favour of simplicity and keeping a lot as it is.”West Ham co-owner David Gold was open-minded on further use of the technology.He said: “It’s a start, who knows where it will take us? Fans will have a big say in this, and also TV will have a big say.“We want to take the big, bad decisions out of football, and this kind of technology will do that. It’s been a good day for football.”Momentum for the introduction of goal-line technology increased after Ukraine were denied an equaliser when the ball appeared to cross the line in a 1-0 defeat by England at Euro 2012. The following month, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Zurich approved two systems for use in the sport. At this time the Premier League said it wanted to see its introduction “as soon as is practically possible”.After the IFAB vote, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said Frank Lampard’s “ghost” goal at the 2010 World Cup played a decisive role in the decision. Lampard’s “goal” came when England were 2-1 down in the second round against Germany. Fabio Capello’s team went on to lose 4-1.Lampard welcomed the Premier League’s decision, saying: “It’s a no-brainer. It’s been a long time coming but they got here in the end.“It’s a simple thing that will bring an excitement factor when it’s used. And it will give you the correct answer which I think, when it’s used at this level, is so important. We need that.”last_img read more

Lakers could not overcome injuries in loss to Memphis

first_imgThe Lakers finished their fourth game in five nights with the injury bug offering a stronger pinch. While D’Angelo Russell (left knee) and Nick Young (right foot) remained sidelined, the Lakers ruled out forward Larry Nance Jr. (right knee contusion) beforehand and guard Jose Calderon (strained right hamstring) eight minutes into the game.Nance and Calderon said they felt fine, though the Lakers will reevaluate them on Sunday. Russell will see team doctors on Monday. Young has stopped wearing a boot to protect the strained muscle in his right calf since Friday, though he is sidelined for one to three more weeks. “We had a lot of guys play big minutes out of position and in lineups they weren’t used to playing with because of injuries,” Walton said. “Instead of focusing on the disappointment of the loss, I’m going to focus on the fact we got after it.” Still, the Grizzlies (13-8) did not have Vince Carter (right hip), Mike Conley (lower back), James Ennis III (right calf), Chandler Parsons (left knee), Zach Randolph (personal) and Brandan Wright (left ankle). Memphis did just fine with Troy Daniels (31 points), Marc Gasol (19) and JaMychal Green (16) leading the way. Despite Walton’s encouraging outlook, he wanted more from Randle after posting 39 double-doubles in his first 100 games of his NBA career. Walton yanked Randle after he collected his third foul with 7:13 left in the third quarter. Walton and Randle then talked in depth before he went to the bench. Randle said Walton pointed out various issues, including his foul trouble and how he can improve on helpside defense. “We expect Julius to be great. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that,” Walton said. “Everything that I tell Julius is all about trying to make him better and make him realize this is his team as much as anybody else’s.”Walton correctly thought Randle took the feedback constructively. “It’s important to have an open communication and open dialogue,” Randle said. “He trusts what I’m saying and for me, I’m able to accept (Walton) and trust what he says.”All of which captured the Lakers’ latest growing pains both with their health and development. MEMPHIS >> The overwhelming feeling increased as the Lakers’ roster size dwindled. With everything influx, the Lakers’ available options could not come together in crunch time.The Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 103-100 on Saturday at FedEx Forum, ending a four-game trip that featured the team failing to rise to the moment. After finishing with only six points on 3-of-8 shooting and six rebounds, Lakers forward Julius Randle missed three foul shots that could have tied the game with 5.9 seconds left. “It’s over with,” Randle said. “You just try to move on to the next one.” After posting eight points on a 4-of-16 mark from the field, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson missed a game-tying 3-pointer moments after Randle’s missed foul shots. Randle rebounded the ball and found Clarkson, whose 24-foot 3-pointer fell short with 4.8 seconds left.“I’ve been playing like some (crap) recently,” said Clarkson, who has shot 35 percent from the field in the past five games. “I have to pick it up.”Despite finishing with his second career-best performance with 40 points on a 11-of-20 mark from the field and 14-of-14 clip from the free-throw line, Lou Williams could not lift the Lakers to victory. He missed a 23-foot fade-away that could have tied the game with 20.8 seconds remaining. “At that point in the game, I’m just trying to get a shot off,” Williams said. “I’ll take that shot.”The Lakers (10-12) did not want to take a 1-3 record on their latest trip. Nonetheless, Lakers coach Luke Walton told his players he felt “real proud of the way we fought” because of external circumstances. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dwyane Wade’s retirement tour stop in Charlotte conjures up memories of ‘Purple Shirt Guy’

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dwyane Wade’s retirement tour is nearing its finish. Filled with three NBA championships, memorable dunks and unforgettable buzzer-beaters, Wade’s NBA story is in its final chapter 16 years after the first words were written.Wade’s name will always mean more in the city of Miami, but his legend cannot be told properly without a chapter written in Charlotte. Wade’s focus remains solely on the present and not what lies ahead. He may one day explore ownership like fellow shooting guard Michael Jordan, who just so happens to own the team and venue that once housed “Purple Shirt Guy,” but until that day comes, Wade is preoccupied with putting the finishing touches on the final chapter of his playing career.”It’s definitely a cool moment, a cool story,” Wade said. “I appreciate [‘Purple Shirt Guy’] for being a part of the story because he’s added to the legend of my career.”And although “Purple Shirt Guy” has had to stew in silence for three long seasons, at least he can find solace in Wade finally heeding his advice and retiring — on Wade’s terms. MORE: Wade explains Kevin Huerter jersey swapDown 3-2 to the Hornets and in the midst of a tight Game 6 in the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs, Wade, who had scored only 13 points through the first three quarters, suddenly found a little extra motivation.Wade exchanged words and sharp looks with the now-infamous “Purple Shirt Guy,” who had been pacing the sidelines hurling heckles of “retire” at Wade all game. The Heat’s closer scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, lifting Miami to a 97-90 road victory — and Michael Deason, the fan who became a viral sensation for his attitude and attire, had a perfect seat for all of it.The final staredown might as well have been the dagger for the series, as Miami went on to win in Game 7. “Purple Shirt Guy” was accused by Hornets fans of ruining Charlotte’s attempt at advancing to the second round for the first time in 12 years.”That’s just one of those instances where, like, you hear about Spike Lee and Reggie Miller,” Heat forward Justise Winslow said. “He just kept poking the bear, and the bear went crazy.”On Wednesday night, Wade’s final trip to Charlotte as an NBA player, “Purple Shirt Guy” was nowhere to be found. Ironically, the crowd at Spectrum Center was there to celebrate Wade’s retirement rather than deride him for it.In what felt like a home game for the Heat, Wade’s eight points on 4-of-15 shooting were a far cry from the 23 he scored in that Game 6. The effect was much the same, though, as the 37-year-old looks to extend not only his season, but also his career. The Heat’s 91-84 win over the Hornets propelled Miami into the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.”It means the world to me when I can come back to a city for the last time and play in a game that means something,” Wade said. “You know it’s going to be a good basketball game, and you want to be a part of that.”MORE: Social media reacts to Wade’s game-winner vs. WarriorsWhile his direct impact on games may now be reduced, something as frivolous as making an overzealous fan eat his own words still carries weight with teammates today.Winslow was just a rookie when he watched Wade silence the Hornets crowd in 2016, but what he witnessed that April night inspires him to improve his game, regardless of the position the Heat occupy in the standings.”He’s a legend,” Winslow said. “He makes those shots look so easy and so routine that we’ve almost become accustomed to it. We still value him, but it’s like, that’s just another D-Wade fadeaway. It’s been an honor and a blessing to witness his greatness up close. It keeps all of us chasing.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Nick Young found it “tough” handling trade rumors once again

first_imgBreaking breadEven with the trade deadline passing and practice ending, Magic Johnson found another way to ingratiate himself with the Lakers by having dinner with the team’s coaching staff in Oklahoma City on Thursday night. “Just talking about the ideas, visions and what he sees and what I see,” Walton said. “It’s been a lot of healthy dialogue going on.”On Tuesday, Lakers president Jeanie Buss named Johnson the president of basketball operations, demoted Jim Buss and fired Mitch Kupchak after serving as general manager for the past 17 years. Since then, Johnson became heavily involved with both handling trades before the deadline and helping out players with individual instruction during Thursday’s practice. Johnson also told players he is open toward having any individual sessions. Walton observed “letting the other coaches get to know him and feel comfortable with him was important to him.” That’s because Johnson has expressed hope to have synergy throughout the organization. In addition toward Johnson traveling with the Lakers to Oklahoma City, scout Jesse Buss and D-Fenders president Joey Buss also went on the trip. Although Johnson was not present at the team’s morning shootaround on Friday, Johnson attended the game and later talked on the Spectrum SportsNet telecast. “There’s a reason he’s as successful as he is,” Walton said. “He has a way with people and he’s been in the office all day every day since the change has happened. He’s constantly trying to get things done. He knows what he wants. It’s been interesting and fun watching him work.”Will Johnson continue to work this way as a constant practice observer and talent companion? Though Walton said “we’ll love to have him around as much as possible,” Johnson’s recent involvement partly stemmed from planting roots with his new job. “Once we get back in the flow of things,” Walton said, “I wouldn’t expect him to be on all these one-game road trips across the country.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAlthough Lakers coach Luke Walton thought Young “was great” on handling his uncertain future, Young still called the experience “tough.” But just as he felt relief over still wearing a Lakers uniform, he encountered a different obstacle in the Lakers’ 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Young had three points on 1-of-9 shooting in 20 minutes, something that he attributed to “just getting the rust off” and Walton chalking it up to just “an off shooting night.” Still, Walton hardly viewed Young’s play or his increased focus on the young players as any reason to change Young’s role as the starting shooting guard. Instead, Walton suggested Young will play more than his season-average of 26.5 minutes considering the Lakers traded high-volume shooter Lou Williams this week to Houston.“His role will be similar for now,” Walton said. Still, Young remains mindful of the Lakers’ priorities.“I understand the business side and letting the young guys grow,” Young said. “I still consider myself one of these guys. I can make shots for them when they need me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img OKLAHOMA CITY >> As most players anxiously thumbed through their phone using the plane’s Wi-Fi connection, the Lakers alerted them they made a trade to the Houston Rockets. “Everyone was looking at me,” Lakers guard Nick Young said. “I thought I was gone.”For the third consecutive season, though, Young remained on the Lakers past the trade deadline. Instead, the Lakers traded 33-year-old point guard Marcelo Huertas to the Rockets for 22-year-old point guard Tyler Ennis.“That was tough. That’s one of my best friends off the court,” Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell said. “On the court, I learned so much from him. This is a business. Whatever happens, there’s some things we can’t control. But that’s my brother.”last_img read more

NFL training camp 2020 dates, schedules, locations for all 32 teams

first_imgMORE: Why NFL preseason games are being canceledThe NFL remains hopeful it can at least start the 2020 NFL season on time due in part to the modified training camp schedule the league and the NFL Players Association agreed upon. While reporting dates did not change, the training camp schedule all 32 teams will follow now features periods of COVID-19 testing and acclimation so players can begin full-contact practice safely in mid-August.Of course, “safely” is a relative term during a global pandemic. Longer-than-usual acclimation and ramp-up periods in theory should help players avoid injuries when padded practices begin, but there’s no telling how the virus will impact the training camp schedule and how players can prepare for the season.We also know there will be no NFL preseason games in 2020, so teams will move straight from practices to Week 1 of the regular season barring any setbacks. The league agreed to wipe exhibition games off the schedule to make room for the extended training camp the players requested.Below is all you need to know about NFL training camp schedules for 2020, including reporting dates, the details of each period of training camp and the locations for all 32 teams.NFL training camp dates 2020Rookies report: July 21Quarterbacks and injured players report: July 23Veteran players report: July 28Full-contact practices start: Aug. 17The NFL in mid-July sent a memo to all 32 teams confirming the above reporting dates for 2020 NFL training camps, and commissioner Roger Goodell’s July 24 announcement ensured that July 28 would remain the final reporting date in that list.However, because the NFL agreed to pack such a lengthy acclimation period of strength and conditioning into the 2020 training camp schedule, padded practices — or what most consider to be actual “training camp” — won’t begin until Aug. 17.The exceptions to the NFL’s standard training camp schedule are the Chiefs and Texans, whose players were allowed to report early and will start practicing three days early because they will play in the 2020 regular-season opener Thursday, Sept. 10, three days before the Sunday slate of Week 1 games.”​The NFL clubs and the NFL Players Association approved an agreement that broadly resolves all outstanding issues relating to the opening of training camps and start of the 2020 season. Training camps will begin as scheduled,” Goodell said in a statement. “We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risk for fans, players, and club and league personnel. These plans have been guided by the medical directors of the NFL and the NFLPA and have been reviewed and endorsed by independent medical and public health experts, including the CDC, and many state and local public health officials.”The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl.”It’s worth noting that the CBA does give teams the right to set their own reporting dates if they prefer to report later, but a team doing so would risk putting itself at a competitive disadvantage.NFL training camp schedules 2020With the exception of the Chiefs and Texans, all NFL teams will conduct 2020 training camps on the same schedule. While specifics like workout/practice times and other logistics will vary from team to team, the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a specific timeline that includes acclimation and ramp-up periods before teams can begin practicing with pads.Below is the training camp schedule all NFL teams will follow. (The Chiefs and Texans’ training camp schedules play out days earlier than the dates below.)DatesPeriodJuly 28-31COVID-19 testing and virtual meetingsAug. 1-2Physicals and equipment distributionAug. 3-11Acclimation periodAug. 12-16Gradual ramp-up periodAug. 17-Sept. 6Contact integration period (practice)The NFLPA pushed for so much time between training camp reporting dates and padded practices because the entire offseason program played out virtually in 2020. The players wanted to give themselves the best chance to get into football shape and avoid injuries.Below is a more detailed breakdown of the five periods in the 2020 training camp schedule.COVID-19 testing and virtual meetings (July 28-31)July 28: COVID-19 testing and virtual meetingsJuly 29: COVID-19 testing and virtual meetingsJuly 30: Virtual meetingsJuly 31: COVID-19 testing and virtual meetingsPhysicals and equipment (Aug. 1-2)After everybody has gone through a round of initial COVID-19 testing and subsequent isolation, those who tested negative will proceed with the basics of training camp prep.This is also the period where daily COVID-19 testing begins. The NFL will have players tested once a day for the first two weeks of camp, and after two weeks, if the rate of positive tests is below five percent, testing will move to every other day.As veterans across the league report to training camp, here’s a look at the first six days. pic.twitter.com/NSvGnCm75F— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 28, 2020Acclimation period (Aug. 3-11)One hour of weight room and one hour of on-field conditioningTotal strength and conditioning (small groups under 15) duration capped at two hoursNo conditioning testsOnly strength and conditioning coaches for strength and conditioning drillsOn-field strength and conditioning subject to Phase 1 rules (QBs, receivers, kickers, punters and long snappers permitted to use footballs)In addition to strength and conditioning, walkthroughs permitted up to one hour on each of the first four days and up to 75 minutes on each of the final four daysAug. 8 is an off dayGradual ramp-up period (Aug 12-16)Maximum of 3 1/2 hours of on-field time per dayFirst practice starts at 90 minutes with a max increase of 15 minutes per day up to a daily maximum of 120 minutesRemainder of daily 3 1/2 hour on-field time limit applied to walkthroughAug. 12-13: Phase 2 activities; helmets and approved protective shirts permittedAug. 14-16: Non-padded practice days (no live contact, all customary practice activities); helmets, spiders, shells permittedAug. 15 is an off dayContact integration period (Aug. 17 – Sept. 6)Duration starts at 90 minutes with 15-minute daily increasesNo increase or decrease in duration following an off dayDaily time limits dictated by CBAMaximum of 14 padded practicesThe first regular-season game of the season, Chiefs vs. Texans, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10, with the rest of the Week 1 slate scheduled to play out the following Sunday and Monday.NFL training camp locationsWhile the schedule for 2020 NFL training camp was agreed upon at the last minute, the NFL knew long ago it would need to ban training camp travel this season. So on June 2, the league told all teams that training camps would be held only at team facilities this year. Well, this should be interesting. The NFL is proceeding with 2020 training camp as scheduled without changing the reporting dates for all 32 teams.Many COVID-19 protocols, including daily testing for the first two weeks of training camp, are in place as the league attempts to start its season amid the coronavirus pandemic. But as the NFL is now seeing from MLB, a COVID-19 outbreak within at least one of its 32 team bubbles feels all but inevitable. That announcement also meant there would be no joint practices during training camps in 2020.So teams like the Steelers and Cowboys who traditionally take their training camps to St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and to Oxnard, Calif., respectively, will have to stay in town for the entirety of their 2020 training camps. Last year, 10 teams went on the road for at least part of their training camps.Below is the list of all 32 NFL team facilities.TeamSiteLocationArizona CardinalsState Farm StadiumGlendale, Ariz.Atlanta FalconsAtlanta Falcons Training FacilityFlowery Branch, Ga.Baltimore RavensUnder Armour Performance CenterOwings Mills, Md.Buffalo BillsADPRO Training Center/New Era FieldOrchard Park, N.Y.Carolina PanthersBank of America StadiumCharlotte, N.C.Chicago BearsHalas HallLake Forest, Ill.Cincinnati BengalsPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, OhioCleveland BrownsCleveland Browns Training ComplexBerea, OhioDallas CowboysThe Star in FriscoFrisco, TexasDenver BroncosUCHealth Training CenterEnglewood, Colo.Detroit LionsDetroit Lions Training FacilityAllen Park, Mich.Green Bay PackersLambeau FieldGreen Bay, Wisc.Houston TexansHouston Methodist Training CenterHouston, TexasIndianapolis ColtsIndiana Farm Bureau Football CenterIndianapolis, Ind.Jacksonville JaguarsTIAA Bank FieldJacksonville, Fla.Kansas City ChiefsArrowhead StadiumKansas City, Mo.Los Angeles ChargersJack Hammett Sports ComplexCosta Mesa, Calif.Los Angeles RamsCal Lutheran FacilityThousand Oaks, Calif.Miami DolphinsBaptist Health Training FacilityDavie, Fla.Minnesota VikingsTCO Performance CenterEagan, Minn.New York GiantsQuest Diagnostics Training FacilityEast Rutherford, N.J.New York JetsAtlantic Health Jets Training CenterFlorham Park, N.J.New England PatriotsGillette StadiumFoxborough, Mass.New Orleans SaintsNew Orleans Saints Training FacilityMetairie, La.Oakland RaidersRaiders headquartersHenderson, Nev.Philadelphia EaglesNovaCare ComplexPhiladelphia, Pa.Pittsburgh SteelersHeinz FieldPittsburgh, Pa.San Francisco 49ersSAP Performance FacilitySanta Clara, Calif.Seattle SeahawksVirginia Mason Athletic CenterRenton, Wash.Tampa Bay BuccaneersAdventHealth Training CenterTampa, Fla.Tennessee TitansSaint Thomas Sports ParkNashville, Tenn.Washington Football TeamWashington Football Team Training FacilityAshburn, Va.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2016)–Undefeated through victories in both the Florida and Kentucky Derbies prior to tasting defeat for the first time in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Nyquist is scheduled to return to O’Neill’s Barn 88 at Santa Anita at approximately 6:30 p.m. PDT.Ensconced at Pimlico Race Course just outside Baltimore since the Grade I Preakness, Nyquist, who’s flight was delayed by one hour this morning, left Baltimore at 12 noon EDT. His flight touched down briefly in Lexington, Ky., and is currently en route, along with his regular groom Elias Anaya, to nearby LA/Ontario International Airport, which is located 33 miles east of Santa Anita.Owned by J. Paul Reddam, last year’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male, Nyquist, who became the fourth Southern California or Santa Anita-based horse to win the Kentucky Derby in the last five years, ended up a gallant third, beaten 3 ½ lengths by 2016 Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator in the Preakness. The Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo now has eight wins from nine overall starts and has earnings of $5,119,200.Although immediate plans for Nyquist have not been announced, his ultimate objective this year is the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, to be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $314,503  INTO SATURDAY; FOUR CONSOLATION TICKETS TODAY EACH WORTH $13,231 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2019)–Hopes ran high on Friday at Santa Anita, as Wild Cat Canyon, Go Sammy Go and Artcrilic represented the hopes of three “live” tickets in Friday’s eighth and final race at Santa Anita–each with a shot at winning just under $400,000 in the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot.  It wasn’t to be however, as none of those three horses finished on top, thus creating a Jackpot carryover of $314,503 into Saturday.Although there was no single ticket winner on Friday, there were four consolation tickets with six winners, each returning $13,231.With a Jackpot carryover coming into today of $291,821, there was $99,068 in new money wagered, amounting to a total Jackpot pool of $390,889.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. and approximate post time for race four, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 2:07 p.m. PT.Saturday’s main event, the Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes, has been carded as race seven.  In what appears to be the best betting race on the card, the Simon Callaghan-trained Hidden Message, who will be ridden by Flavien Prat, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite among a field of 12 sophomore fillies going one mile on turf.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

The crisis puts Real Madrid sponsors in check

first_img“If there is no soccer, the sponsors may be looking for a refund of part of the money from their contracts or to make adjustments” David Hopkinson, Global Director of Real Madrid Sponsorships The great flow of money towards the accounts of Real Madrid is not the sales of soccer players, the tickets and the subscriptions for the Bernabéu, not even the television rights … it is the advertising and the marketing. An area that was going to generate this season € 371M for the club (45% of income according to the 2019-20 budget) and that it also lives gripped by the coronavirus. Without football, the sponsors do not shine and they are already, also, with the water around their necks. If they collapse, Madrid will not be immune to that tsunami … Closed factories, suffocated sectors …They are not the only sponsors harassed by the coronavirus. The Volkswagen group (owner of Audi, the brand associated with Madrid) also faces severe adjustments (only in Spain is expected a 25% drop in production), while the Korean tire multinational Hankook and the Mexican brewery Tecate (regional sponsor) have had to temporarily close several of its factories. Other white sponsors operate in strangled sectors. Not get rid Sanitas, the activity of private healthcare has fallen 80%, nor the hotel Palladium Group, the great sponsor of Madrid basketball (contributes € 7M). The World Tourism Organization has drawn a apocalyptic setting, with a 30% drop in tourists …A scenario that Madrid attends worried. “If there is no football soon, the sponsors may be looking for a refund of part of the money from their contracts or to make adjustments”, admitted last month David Hopkinson, Global Director of Sponsorships of the Madrid club. If the sponsors continue to be in check, Madrid will tremble. Almost no sponsor escapes the Covid-19 crisis. The entity has signed contracts with fourteen companies, but only Adidas and Fly emirates they have the rank of main sponsors. They are the ones that provide the bulk of the income. The new contract (until 2028) with the brand of the three bands signed in May 2019 means 100 million with bonus which can amount to € 50M more, while the Emirates airline contributes another € 70M.As well, Adidas has had to ask for a loan to the German Government of 2,400 million and there is talk of loans from private banks for another € 600M in the midst of a severe adjustment plan to be able to receive Merkel’s life jacket. Less transparent, but just as real, it has been the UAE’s rescue of its airline, Emirates, the sponsor who pays to appear exclusively on the Madrid shirt. The airline sector is in a “critical moment” according to him Financial Times and foresees losses of € 289bn this year. Emirates is no exception. Almost all of its fleet is on land And it has cut the salary of its 105,000 employees in half.last_img read more

Huskies to take on Navigators tonight and tomorrow afternoon

first_imgThe Navigators come in to Fort St. John as hot as can be. The team has compiled a record of 20-3 so far this season, and has also won their last eight games in a row. Fort St. John enters the weekend third in the league standings with a record of 16-6-0-2. The Huskies are tied with the Fairview Flyers for third place, and six points back from the Navigators. A successful weekend at home would put the Huskies back in contention for first place.Tonight’s game gets underway at 8 p.m., while Sunday afternoon’s face-off is slated for 1:30 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img

Antelope Valley cutting back on water

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.To avoid a water shortage, county water officials are urging people to conserve water repairing broken sprinkler heads, fixing leaks and refraining from watering lawns and washing their cars. About 70 percent of water is used outdoors, so not watering lawns should help significantly in ensuring an adequate water supply, Barrett said. “If they would turn off sprinklers, for most people, that would be an automatic reduction of 70 percent,” Barrett said. The county already has received three reports of water-wasting, including someone washing a car and a condominium complex where the sprinklers were running. The number to call to report over-watering is 800-675-HELP. Recorded information on the shutdown is available at 800-218-0018. LANCASTER – Residents are responding to pleas to conserve water in the face of a treatment-plant shutdown but more needs to be done. On Sunday, the first day of a six-day closure of the Quartz Hill Water Treatment Plant, affected residents cut back water use by more than 25 percent, from 50 million gallons to 37 million gallons. “Fifty percent every day would be ideal for the whole week. Thirty percent everyday would get us through the period without running out of water,” Melinda Barrett, county water conservation program manager, said Monday. “If it gets warmer, or for any reason well production goes down, we need a cushion.” The shutdown of the water treatment plant through Friday will extremely limit water supplies for customers of Waterworks District No. 40, which relies on the plant to supply 60 percent of its water. The closure affects some 45,000 households in west Lancaster and west Palmdale. In the city of Palmdale, among District 40’s customers, officials say they were cutting irrigation. “The city has been doing our part to conserve water without losing significant amounts of turf,” public works director Leon Swain said. “We are shutting it down as much as we can.” To increase water supply, District 40 is getting an additional 3 million gallons a day during the six-day period from two other water agencies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more