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“They don’t all have a sense of humour in England” –…

first_imgThibaut Courtois is outspoken, he always has been, he doesn’t care too much for keeping his thoughts to himself. There’s nothing wrong that, as long as he accepts there’ll be a response. This has caused controversy this week, after the Chelsea goalkeeper made comments about Jordan Pickford failing to save Adnan Januzaj’s shot.After Belgium beat England, Courtois said: “The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me. I would have caught it. He was too busy throwing his legs in the air.”That led to a backlash, with Sky Sports quoting Chris Kirkland saying: “I think what people said, especially Courtois, was out of order.“To say that about another goalkeeper, you know we are in the same position. I think he might be hopefully eating his words in a few weeks team if we meet them in the final.”The Everton goalkeeper brushed off the comments following his great performance for England against Colombia, but there have been plenty ready to stick up for him and blast Chelsea’s stopper.Embed from Getty ImagesCourtois’ father believes it’s all got out of hand.In a World Cup column for Het Belang van Limburg, Thierry stated: “Meanwhile, in England they have reacted quite fiercely to Thibaut’s statements about their goalkeeper Pickford. Thibaut said he would have caught Januzaj’s ball because he is ten centimetres taller.“Whoever saw that interview, must have also noticed that it was a statement with a big wink. It was more to tease Adnan than to put Pickford in a bad light. But apparently they don’t all have a sense of humour in England. Too bad, you cannot say anything anymore to laugh. Ah, with things like this, they do not put Thibaut off balance.”If an England goalkeeper had jokingly made comments about Courtois after a loss then the Chelsea goalkeeper would have likely been annoyed, whether it was made in jest or not.Courtois seems to be a footballer who is continually having to have his words explained, whether it be about talking up a move to Madrid or talking down fellow professionals. Maybe, just this time, the problem doesn’t lie with the English media.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndolast_img read more

Club ready to make offer to Manchester United man, talks expected,…

first_imgAMK Spor today report Fenerbahce are ready to make an offer to sign Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini. In the past week we covered claims from Turkey that the Yellow Canaries are interested in signing the Belgian midfielder, with reports he could leave the club following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.According to AMK Spor, Fenerbahce are very serious about signing Fellaini, and the Turkish club are ready to offer him €7.5m for an 18 month contract.According to the newspaper, Fenerbahce are now waiting for Fellaini’s response and the initial reaction coming from the player’s camp is that he would be interested in continuing his career in Turkey.Fenerbahce will reportedly hold talks with Manchester United and if Fellaini says yes to their offer the Turkish club are confident they can convince Manchester United over a deal.The player is contracted to the Premier League club until June 2020 after extending his contract last summer.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndolast_img read more

Cardiff competing intensely with clubs to sign free agent, player’s camp…

first_imgLewis Holtby’s contract at Hamburg will expire at the end of this month and the midfielder has already confirmed his decision to leave the second division German side. “After five intensive years at HSV, the signs are currently saying goodbye. I’m at the age where I am playing my best football and would like to be part of a great project again. We are currently in the active talks with relevant options,” Sport Bild quoted him as saying.The German newspaper claims five clubs are competing ‘intensely’ for the former Tottenham Hotspur man, including Cardiff City.The Bluebirds join Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, Greek club PAOK and MLS side Chicago Fire for the 28-year-old’s signature.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s claimed the player’s camp are in negotiations with the Welsh side and four other clubs, but Sport Bild doesn’t provide an update as to where he will play next season.A move to Cardiff City will see the German play in the second division of English football, and what he thinks about that isn’t covered either.If the Championship club win the battle, they can sign Holtby on a free transfer.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undolast_img read more

Sportsbet.io an Olympic winner with Rio 2016 providing 40% of bets

first_img Operator CEOs head speaker line-up for Latin America’s largest virtual betting and gaming conference May 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles New Bitcoin sportsbook Sportsbet.io has said it has enjoyed a bumper Olympic Games, with 40 per cent of bets taken during the 16-day event coming on Olympic markets.Not surprisingly tennis and football proved the most popular sports, with nearly a quarter of all Olympic bets struck in August coming on the tennis tournament in Rio, with Andy Murray’s gold medal-winning game against Argentinian Martin Del Potro seeing the most activity.Football also commanded a big slice of the action with one in five bets placed on the sport, but perhaps most surprising was the popularity of handball, which saw similar results.Serbia’s basketball match against America was the most popular individual event of the whole tournament, with Usain Bolt also proving popular with punters looking for a quick thrill.In-play betting was also at a premium, with 60 per cent of bets struck coming during events.Sportsbet.io spokesperson Joe Jordan, said: “Rio 2016 has demonstrated just how popular betting on the Olympic Games has become. Not just on tennis and football, but also handball and track events. Tennis and football will always prove popular, however it’s the popularity of the so-called lesser sports that is impressive. Nobody would have expected handball to achieve similar volumes as football.”While the Olympic numbers were boosted by tennis and football, the enhanced profile given to some sports show that there is interest in any competitive game as a betting event if it is televised and promoted enough, and perhaps if there is local involvement.Despite these figures, the industry isn’t convinced that the Olympics, and it’s four year cycle, will ever make a huge boost to the bottom line like other major international tournaments. In a poll on industry content portal TotallyGaming.com, two thirds of respondents said that the Olympics is ‘just not engaging enough for a sports betting customer’. Sportsbet.io ‘bowled over’ with Brett Lee partnership July 7, 2020 Share Sportsbet.io becomes main club partner of Southampton FC August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

How far should Orioles go to re-sign Markakis?

first_imgIt’s no secret that the Orioles want to keep Nick Markakis.The organization’s first-round pick in 2003 and the regular right fielder since 2006, Markakis is the longest-tenured Oriole and offers some value that can’t be easily measured as a longtime leader in the clubhouse. But even as executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette engages in contract talks to keep the soon-to-be 31-year-old in Baltimore for the 2015 season and beyond, everyone has a price and determining Markakis’ overall value is a tricky proposition.It was apparent a couple years ago that the Orioles weren’t going to exercise Markakis’ $17.5 million mutual option for 2015. Even as a favorite of manager Buck Showalter and his teammates, the right fielder’s numbers have declined in recent years as 2013 was his worst season and he still only produced a .729 on-base plus slugging percentage this year. He’s hit below .280 in each of his last two seasons and his slugging percentage has fallen below the .400 mark in back-to-back years as he doesn’t provide the same gap power he did as a hitter who once averaged 45 doubles or so.A simple look at his numbers over the last four years — save a productive 2012 that was limited to 102 games due to injuries — suggests the Orioles should attempt to find an upgrade in right field, but it isn’t quite that simple with a player like Markakis. This winter’s crop of free-agent outfielders offers few options as good as Markakis, let alone better.That reality not only means it would be challenging to find a player of his caliber, but demand could be substantial in the open market, further driving up his price. The Orioles could make the $15.3 million qualifying offer that would drive down demand from other teams who would then forfeit a draft pick to sign him, but Markakis could simply accept the qualifying offer — in addition to his $2 million buyout — and essentially be back where he was with the original mutual option.Internal options to replace Markakis in right field include Steve Pearce and a variety of fourth-outfielder types such as David Lough, Alejandro De Aza, and 25-year-old outfield prospect Dariel Alvarez unless you’re going all in to re-sign slugger Nelson Cruz to a long-term contract.So, how much is Markakis really worth?The general consensus is that a win costs approximately $6 million on the open market and Markakis has averaged just over two wins above replacement (WAR) per season over the last five years if you eliminate a very productive 2012 cut short by injuries and a horrendous 2013, the two clear outliers in that period of time. If we’re to assume Markakis continues to be a 2.0 WAR player over the next few years — optimistic, but not unreasonable for a player in his early 30s — that would put him in the neighborhood of earning $12 million per year in a vacuum.Of course, that’s a statistically-driven monetary value that doesn’t consider the intangibles that Markakis brings that can’t be easily quantified or the supply and demand of the open market in any given offseason.What does each side expect from the other? Do the Orioles want Markakis to take a hometown discount after signing shortstop J.J. Hardy — who’s been a 3.65 WAR player per year since 2011 and is only slightly older — to a reasonable three-year, $40 million contract with a vesting option? Does Markakis expect the Orioles to split the difference between what the numbers suggest he’s worth per year and the $17.5 million option for 2015 that they declined? Does he expect to be paid as much as or more than Hardy even though the latter has been more valuable over the last four seasons?Even though he’s one of the few Orioles to make Baltimore his year-round home in recent years, Markakis has never had the opportunity to test the free-agent market and perhaps he’s curious to see what other teams might offer.If you’re the Orioles, a three-year contract worth somewhere between $34 million and $38 million would be acceptable if you can’t reap the benefits of a hometown discount. Perhaps a vesting fourth-year option similar to the one Hardy received — which is reportedly based on plate appearances — would be an attractive addition, but there has been too much decline in Markakis’ production in recent years to go much higher than that in terms of years or money unless you’re perfectly fine with overpaying.Entering the 2015 season at age 31, Markakis should have plenty of solid baseball ahead of him, but the last five years suggest the best you’re reasonably going to get from him is worth roughly $12 million per year on the open market and that’s assuming he doesn’t decline further. Of course, his value isn’t based solely on the numbers, but you have to be careful not to overpay for intangibles and sentimentality.Replacing Markakis wouldn’t be easy in terms of finding a leadoff hitter and replacing his leadership in the clubhouse, but the Orioles shouldn’t overpay for those qualities, either, with other players and other needs to address this offseason and in the coming years.last_img read more

ESI Gambling Report: Esports betting, a global lifeline for operators

first_imgEsports betting has more than just a buzz around it at the moment, indeed it has done for a while, but there are now more eyes on it than ever before. Whilst Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League have broken concurrent player records, and streaming platforms Twitch and YouTube have witnessed sizable increases in viewership, this is a market which is no longer an accessory for gambling operators, but a necessity during the current climate. With this massive underlying opportunity at hand, the ESI Gambling Report has made its return, emerging from the shadows, to evaluate the current scope of esports betting.What’s happeningThe COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the world as we know it – the gambling industry entirely unspared. A lack of traditional sports betting markets and the closing of physical casino destinations has left operators desperate for a solution to bandage bleeding revenue streams.Bookmaker holding company Flutter Entertainment, which includes under its umbrella brands such as Betfair, Paddy Power, and FanDuel (and which has a pending merger with The Stars Group, which includes Sky Bet) is but one clear-cut example, updating shareholders that earnings could see a $135.6m decline over sporting event restrictions. Bricks-and-mortar casinos have been forced to close their doors with seemingly no end in sight. On April 1st, Nevada governor Steve Sisolak extended the state’s stay-at-home order through the end of April; sending casino stocks tumbling with damage assessments growing by the day.RELATED: Nevada regulators permit eNASCAR and ESL One Los Angeles bettingEsports, although having experienced similar blows of its own dealt by the pandemic, has served as somewhat of an anomaly to all this. The digital nature of gaming has ultimately allowed for a smoother pivot to be made from arenas of impassioned fans to an entirely online structure. As we’re seeing, it’s not tampering very much with the product, either. Despite being equally as vulnerable to live event cancellations, most esports tournaments and leagues have made a seemingly seamless transition to this new online framework. It’s a case of back to their roots as it were, for some of the more hardened industry veterans at least. Impressively fast turnarounds have seen a quick, digital revival of major tournaments and event series such as the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), ESL Pro League, and the ESL One Los Angeles Dota 2 Major to put esports back on the fast track without too much of a hitch.All things considered, the esports agenda has remained relatively unchanged. With plenty of upcoming events, sportsbooks are beginning to develop a serious appetite for esports. On the other hand, bettors are expanding their own horizons by having a flutter on an esports market. Together, it’s a perfect storm – and we’ve done the work to find out just what’s happening in between the lines.A slice of the esports betting marketBetting on esports is by no means a new concept. The handle has grown alongside the proliferation of the sport itself, with the global esports betting market forecast to reach $17.2 billion (£13.9 billion) by the end of 2020, according to Wholesale Investor. Bubblings of esports in the gambling world have grown to overflow the chalice of conversation; and as we’ve learned, the current rise of esports betting is more than just talk.Bookmakers are starting to explore the competitive gaming category, while established esports books are seeing massive surges in activity. On March 18th, esports betting platform Luckbox reported a 54 percent upswing in new player registrants following cancellation of the English Premier League. Quentin Martin speaking at ESI London 2019. Photo credit: @CharlotteArtz, Esports Insider In conversation with Quentin Martin, CEO of Luckbox, he told Esports Insider: “The uptick is across the board and globally. As well as an increase in registrations, we’ve noticed an increase in average bet size – almost double since February. Almost every KPI is up during the past fortnight. This coronavirus outbreak is clearly going to make things challenging for many companies and those of us in esports are very fortunate that, in the main, business is able to continue pretty much as usual.”RELATED: Luckbox appoints Quentin Martin as CEOKey crossovers between esports and traditional sports, such as the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, are being brought to life with tremendous success and to great fanfare to boot. These collaborations, previously a pipedream for esports, are now showcasing the “immense potential of esports,” according to Rivalry’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Wimer.“Mainstream media is putting out headlines on esports being the only sport now, and on our end we have seen traditional sportsbooks that previously were not too active marketing in esports coming downstream and looking to get involved,” Wimer told Esports Insider. “Opening up the immense potential of esports to a whole new market, who is almost forced to pay attention with no traditional sports going on, is certainly a bit of a catalyst for the entire industry.”RELATED: NBA 2K Players Tournament to air on ESPNEven the National Basketball Association (NBA) has entered the ring with its own activation surrounding basketball simulation game NBA 2K. The NBA 2K Players Tournament will take 16 of the league’s most well-known and pit them against one another live on ESPN. These collaborations are putting esports in the public eye, and its betting precinct is beginning to see the benefit.Where’s the movement?Generally speaking, the most popular esports titles can be difficult for newcomers to understand. The trio typically referred to as the ‘big three’ – CS:GO, League of Legends, and Dota 2 – combined accounts for 85 percent of the esports betting handle, according to Narus Advisors and Eilers & Krejcik Gaming. But to those foreign to esports, more attractive betting opportunities lie within secondary competitive titles as esport betting aggregate platform SickOdds CEO and Founder, Tom Wade, explained.“Second tier esports titles such as Rocket League, FIFA, F1 Esports and Call of Duty have all seen traffic increases of over 200 percent throughout the platform over the past two weeks,” Wade said. “This acts as a great catalyst and ‘gateway drug’ into esports and the betting that comes with it.”Malte Hegeler, Head of Product Development for OddsMatrix, noted seeing a similar trend. “In the past weeks, we have witnessed incredible growth of these titles (FIFA & NBA 2k), making up 80% of all bets we’ve seen in esports. This is mainly because cross-over from traditional sports is excellent and bettors can easily understand that the offered betting markets and formats are the same as in the real sports.“At EveryMatrix, esports now adds 65% turnover on top of the traditional offering, and it’s growing. For bookmakers, the adoption rate of FIFA and NBA 2k among traditional bettors is a blessing during this crisis. We actually see players betting more often as FIFA matches only take between 8-15 minutes while a football match lasts close to 2 hours.”This isn’t to say traditional sports punters are shying away from the heavy-hitters of the esports world. It may in fact just point towards a previous interest being pushed across the bet slip finish line in a world without sports. The United Kingdom Gambling Commission licensed esports bookmaker Midnite, for example, told Esports Insider it has experienced its “strongest month yet.”RELATED: Midnite raises over $2.5 million in seed round“All the attention has shifted to esports with sports being postponed. Even the heavyweight sportsbooks are pushing FIFA, ESL Pro League, and other esports,” said Midnite’s Founder, Nicholas Wright. “With more fans at home and watching esports, we have seen our strongest month yet. There is no tunneled focus on specific esports titles, but we’ve seen a lot of interest in CS:GO, League of Legends, Rocket League and Call of Duty when matches started to operate again. Now that we have launched our public beta we have seen a rise in accumulators and Match Winner markets, which are more appealing to our casual users.”Clutching onto the opportunityIt would be wrong to say operators are capitalising on the current crisis situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic; in the same breath, operators with online offerings are attempting to strike while the iron is hot. The UKGC has reported a rush of activity over the last several weeks, prompting them to issue a pair of warnings to its licensees to act responsibly and nurture their consumers.If there’s any silver lining, it’s that online betting will see dramatic increases in activity and volume during this time. Moreover, sportsbooks with little experience catering to the esports audience will have an opportunity to break the ice. Esports betting platform LOOT.BET recently outlined what the common bettor looks like, and why it’s important to know your customer.Image credit: LOOT.BETThough a number of operators are struggling to survive the times, findings show bettors are risking more frequently while staying indoors at their homes. Given the situation at hand, the time is ripe for esports betting; and for a few, the stars have aligned perfectly.Esports data platform GRID and Las Vegas-based gambling company GameCo formed a powerful partnership on March 25th to bring esports betting products to North American casinos. The collaboration will see GRID’s esports data and streaming solution integrated into GameCo’s Video Game Gambling Machine offerings and partner casino destinations, both land-based and online.RELATED: GRID and GameCo: Building an esports betting product for allThe framework is said to allow the pair to “establish the landscape” for esports betting products in North America. More impressively, GRID founder and CEO Moritz Maurer believes the current surge in interest and demand will “be a brilliant driver for esports as a whole.”“I think betting done the right way can be a brilliant driver for esports as a whole. It has proven already as a massive factor for sustainability,” Maurer said. “The ecosystems thriving the most – they all have a flourishing betting segment and if it’s the right balance between oversight, control, and regulation but also the ability for brands to properly enter, I think it’s a very positive thing as a whole.” Moritz Maurer, GRID. Credit: jakhowardphotoIn February, betting media group Better Collective made a big splash with its acquisition of Counter-Strike news hub HLTV.org in a deal said to be worth £29.7 million. Sporting an impressive portfolio of iGaming brands under its umbrella, HLTV.org would arrive at Better Collective at a time when esports is on the cusp of explosive growth. Affirming its current prosperity, Better Collective CEO & Co-founder Jesper Søgaard told Esports Insider he expects the market will accelerate during this time.“Esports is a sport that is growing in interest and already has an underlying strong growth. We expect this growth will continue, also in a long-term perspective. When traditional sports across the world are cancelled due to the pandemic, bettors to some extent turn to other sports and events to place bets. In the short term, we, therefore, expect betting on esports will grow faster than otherwise would have been the case.”RELATED: HLTV.org acquired by Better Collective for €34.5 million“Before the acquisition of HLTV.org, Better Collective had a limited exposure towards esports,” he continued. “However, here we could already see a growing interest in our esports content. Data and research show that esports, in general, is growing rapidly in interest and the same goes for betting on esports.”By some measure, this extension is already visible. In the United States, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved the state’s licensed sportsbooks to wager on ESL Pro League Season 11: North America, ESL Meisterschaft, ESL One Los Angeles, and eNASCAR. Gambling giant William Hill has already notified the Control Board of its intention to accept bets on such events. Soon enough, a majority of gambling stakeholders will follow.RELATED: Nevada regulators approve betting on ESL Pro LeagueMeanwhile, in New Jersey, a bill was motioned and advanced to allow legal, permissible esports betting on a full-time basis. The bill, A637, has been brought into the hands of the Speaker for consideration. The Garden State, which was a catalyst in the repeal of PASPA, will presumably be looking to grab this market by the horns at its earliest convenience.United States regulatory guidelines position esports in a way which makes approving wagers a toilsome endeavour to navigate. Under the current framework, each esports event requires separate licenses and approval processes to accept bets. While historically, these one-off exemptions have been few and far between in the US, the aforementioned lot arrived within two weeks of each other. Rahul Sood, Co-founder and CEO of Unikrn explained that “regulators are willing to move quickly right now,” in an interview with Legal Sports Report. Sood is well aware, because, as he told Esports Insider, his “phone has been ringing off the hook since it started.”RELATED: Supreme Court decision permits sports betting in US“I think you’re going to see states like New Jersey kind of adopt it and then other states will follow. It will become a snowball effect eventually,” Sood said. “With all these operators pushing on it, they’re doing a lot of the leg work to get [esports] where we need to go. So, I think it starts in New Jersey and then the dominoes will fall from there.”For better, or for worse?It’d be impossibly naive to predict where exactly esports betting is heading from here. Although, it seems cut-and-dry its betting handle is top of mind for a number of operators and companies looking to fill the void left by traditional sports. For better or for worse, the gambling industry is, as Sood explained, moving very fast to advance esports betting into a working position.Across all of our conversations however, a shared sentiment is that this market should be approached carefully. Despite creating an exciting atmosphere for the esports betting industry, Nicholas Wright believes “it is crucial that operators approach the opportunity responsibly.”RELATED: Esports Insider and ESIC partner for ESI LondonOn the subject of integrity and player protection, there is a lot to unfold when it comes to a global surge in interest and activity around esports betting. In speaking with Esports Integrity Commission’s Ian Smith, similar undertones of caution and vigilance were present. Ian Smith, ESIC Commissioner“We’re at the beginning of an exploration of what works and what doesn’t. But the key question is: what events, what leagues, what tournaments, what games are safely presented in a way that makes them a reasonable risk for a betting operator or regulator,” Smith told Esports Insider. “The issue of integrity within that competition will be a hell of a long way down [the operator’s] list of priorities. And while some will address it, others won’t because there’s so much urgency. And when you put urgency alongside ignorance, you don’t generally get a good result.”At the traditional sportsbook and casino level, a multi-billion dollar business has been stripped of its primary product. With the volume of operators posting diminishing revenues on a weekly basis, we don’t have to assume they are feeling the heat – they have been thrown right into the fire.During a critical time where betting operators are gasping for air, esports is, for some, one of the last products left to grab a hold of. The opportunity shouldn’t blind those at the helm, though. Smith for one, acknowledges the proliferation of esports betting places a “heavy responsibility” on ESIC.Having already grown at a lightning pace over the last several years, the esports industry has just taken a double shot of espresso and a Red Bull. But is the industry’s betting district moving too fast for its own good? Esports Insider will dissect this very topic in thorough detail in Part 2 of this ESI Gambling Report.Offering extensive coverage of 50,000+ Esports events monthly and a bespoke Esports Hosted Solution, EveryMatrix helps bookmakers to swiftly launch into esports in just 2 weeks. Click here to find out more! The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has spared few industries. Mandatory stay-at-home orders at each corner of the earth have forced people, schools, and businesses indoors to work within a new digital framework. Although for some, there’s simply no alternative.Check out the EveryMatrix esports offeringCasino floors from Vegas to Macau are eerily quiet in the wake of the global pandemic. Traditional sports leagues and events have been brought to a grinding halt almost worldwide to avoid large gatherings of people, and to flatten the curve of a highly-contagious virus. While a great many favourite sporting pastimes have evaporated, so has that of many sportsbooks’ revenue generation.Both bookmakers and bettors are hungry for wagering opportunities, and esports are close to the only show left in town. Previously sitting in the peripherals of many major sportsbooks, esports is now being viewed as an antidote to the deficiency of sports betting markets.last_img read more

All jokes aside: Kevin Hart and Mike Epps have a war of words

first_imgABC(LOS ANGELES) —  Kevin Hart and Mike Epps entered into a vicious war of words online after Epps commented that “everybody is” funnier than Kevin Hart.It all started when Epps shared a photo of him and Eddie Murphy on set of Netflix’s Dolemite. After a fan commented, “Eddie Murphy Is Funnier Than Kevin Hart Still,” Epps replied “S*** everybody is…” in a since-deleted post captured by RhymeswithSnitch.Hart apparently didn’t take the jab too lightly, later firing back directly at Epps. “@eppsie it’s a shame that everybody isn’t selling tickets like me tho…..”When ComedyHype picked the story and shared it on Instagram, Epps commented that their beef wasn’t “press worthy.”Hart, however, had plenty to say on the matter.“All I can say is that your a sad individual,” he wrote in the comments. “I talked to you several times face to face in attempts to put the B.S behind us. I even reached out to u like a man and tried to get to the bottom of your bitterness.”He continued, “You are the biggest crab I know…I will continue to shine and continue to make history and continue to do comedy at the HIGHEST level. If that makes u sick then so be it….”After Hart’s response, Epps clapped back, saying Hart was playing a “victim.”“I’ve been doing this s*** 25+ yrs Mr. Victim. Don’t get too cute lil brother,” he wrote. “This s*** is a lifetime achievement. & stop following my comments around the World Wide Web.”He continued, “The whole internet talk about you, so don’t stop here you got a lot of responding to do. And for everybody reading… this is not a beef…You seem to be a great person… but I still don’t think yo a** funny.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Turnovers cost Jazz in loss to Thunder, just like Quin Snyder anticipated

first_img Kyle Korver’s presence is giving Jazz more confidence in 3-point shooting Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, center, passes the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson (23) and center Steven Adams (12) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips) At least he’s kept a sense of humor about it all.“I was going to get everyone nice gifts for Christmas, but now it’s going to fines,” Gobert said. Utah Jazz’s green ‘Earned’ edition jersey design leaked Related AP 4 takeaways from the Utah Jazz’s 122-113 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell signs as Stance socks brand ambassador Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert dunks in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips) Karl Malone feels current Utah Jazz roster has all the tools to ‘finish what we started’ AP OKLAHOMA CITY — Utah coach Quin Snyder must have known what was coming Monday night, judging by some of his pregame comments.“The thing that’s really significant is us taking care of the basketball,” Snyder said. “If we turn the ball over we’re not going to slow them down. They force turnovers and have the most steals in the league and do a great job of converting them. If that’s the case it’s going to be a long night for us.Sure enough, the Jazz turned the ball over plenty, finishing with their second-highest number of the season with 20, including 19 through three quarters.Utah came into the game ranking 25th in the league in fewest turnovers per game at 15.2. The only other time the Jazz reached 20 turnovers for a game came in the dreadful 50-point loss at Dallas when they turned the ball over 21 times.“You can’t turn the ball over,” said Donovan Mitchell afterward. “I had six of my own, the most on the team, but you’ve got to be strong with the ball. We’ve got to execute — we just kind of gave it to them.”NO GIFTS: Rudy Gobert picked up his fourth technical foul of the season Monday night, which will cost him another $2,000. He had another technical last week for his outburst against Houston when he was ejected less than three minutes into the game for knocking some items off the scorer’s table in a fit of anger. The week before that he was fined $15,000 for his criticism of officials after a loss in Miami. Brad Rock: Utah Jazz working to get separation from the crowd JAZZ NOTES: Utah actually out-shot the Thunder 51.2 percent to 50.6 percent, thanks to a 70-percent fourth quarter when they made 14 of 20 shots with Ekpe Udoh making 5 of 5 . . . Both teams made eight 3-pointers, but the Jazz attempted 29 to OKC’s 21 . . . Utah also won the rebound battle 45 to 43 . . . The big difference came at the free-throw line where OKC made nine more free throws with 28 of 39 compared to Utah’s 19 of 30 . . . The Jazz and Thunder will meet again on Dec. 22 at Vivint Arena. Then the two teams will meet on Feb. 22 in OKC and in Salt Lake on March 11 . . . Last season, the Jazz had played all four of their regular-season games against the Thunder before Christmas. Then of course they played six games in April in the first round of the playoffs with the Jazz winning 4-2. Dear Momma: Utah Jazz’s Jae Crowder’s letter to late mother Helen Thompsonlast_img read more