HotSports cautions FG on sports broadcast rights, urges backing for NTA

first_imgRelatedPosts FG seeks collaboration with agric stakeholders to curb post-harvest losses Strike: Group urges FG, ASUU to embrace dialogue COVID-19: JOHESU issues seven-day warning strike notice to FG Nigeria’s leading sports marketing and broadcasting company, HS Media Group, has urged the Federal Government to strategically support the local industry in line with its recent reforms, which is aimed at competitiveness in sports broadcasting in the country. HS Media Group, which provided live broadcast for the Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt last year, said the government should empower and position the nation’s public broadcaster, Nigerian Television Authority, to bid for sports broadcast rights of premium tournaments, including the English Premier League and Spanish LaLiga in addition to the existing partnership with the Federation of International Football Associations and the Confederation of African Football. According to HS Media Group President/CEO, Taye Ige, NTA has the competences, equipment and reach to provide viewing experience for Nigerians in every corner of the country, while other stations would benefit from the rights. He said the liberation of the Nigerian economy has worked positively for the country in several aspects, making reference to the telecommunication sector where opening up the industry has encouraged competitiveness among players and multiple choices by the consumers. Ige however urged the government to be cautious by not breaching the spirit of liberalisation through an immediate review of ongoing broadcasting right. “In the case of SuperSport for instance, the exclusive right to air the English Premier League for sub-Saharan Africa is expected to run till 2022,” he stated. “The government should allow that contract to run its full course while preparing the Nigerian broadcast sector for the next bid round. The government should remember that right issues are purely economic decisions that cannot be regulated by fiat but by market forces.” Ige advised that the government should encourage broadcast operators in Nigeria to become competitive with their foreign counterparts in line with the pronouncement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to reposition the industry. In his words: “It is gladdening to hear the Minister of Information and Culture say that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) would immediately implement measures aimed creating jobs, promoting local content, boosting the advert industry and bringing the broadcast industry up to par with the best practices from around the world. I will therefore expect the government to follow its words with action by aggressively supporting local broadcast entities in all ways.” NTA and HotSports, the leading subsidiary of HS Media Group, jointly provided live broadcast for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Not only was HotSports the Official Marketing Agency for NTA’s AFCON transmission, the company also produced all AFCON 2019 matches from its Lagos studios on terrestrial stations of NTA across the country. Founded in 1996, HotSports has exciting and authoritative sports broadcasting packages that offer brand owners a vehicle to the widest sports loving audience in Nigeria. It is the Official Media Partner as well as marketing consultants to the Nigeria Football Federation and has become reputable as a go-getting company committed to adding value to clients’ sponsorship investments. It has provided activations for leading brands around major continental and global sports events.Tags: FGHS Media GroupntaTaye Igelast_img read more

Robson: Van Gaal must keep Giggs

first_img There is a growing feeling within the dressing room that Giggs should be given the job full-time, but the United board want a more experienced candidate so they have turned to Van Gaal. The Holland coach is expected to be appointed this week, and Robson feels the 62-year-old must include Giggs and his former ‘Class of ’92’ graduates in his plans. “I think it would be very disappointing for those lads not to be kept on, in whatever role, as they are part of Manchester United,” Robson told MUTV. “The fans would be very disappointed if they don’t have a future in the club. “I have read that Van Gaal wants to bring in a goalkeeper coach, a fitness coach, and (Patrick) Kluivert as his assistant. “If you are talking about bringing all these people in you have to make sure that you are making the right decision and you are not allowing them too much rope. “It is up to the board to step in and say ‘you can have leeway with this, but there are definitely restrictions on this part of the club’. “That has to come from the club rather than the new coach. Sometimes I think when you go into a new club, why not give the staff a chance?” With Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti having all ruled out joining United, Van Gaal remains the only obvious choice to lead the club next season. United have always maintained the fact that Van Gaal will not be able to take over fully until after the World Cup is not a problem. Giggs has been placed in temporary charge of United following the dismissal of David Moyes, who was fired just 10 months into his six-year contract. Although Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland reminded United fans of the current squad’s faults, the interim appointment of Giggs, along with coaches Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, has raised morale at the club. Press Associationcenter_img Louis van Gaal should be forced to keep Ryan Giggs and his coaching staff at Manchester United next year, according to former captain Bryan Robson.last_img read more

April and May Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. Cancelled

first_imgFears over the coronavirus have led Stuart-based Southeast Florida Honor Flight to announce Sunday that it is cancelling its two spring flights from Palm Beach International Airport that treat war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C.“This was difficult for us, knowing that for a lot of these veterans, their clock is ticking and they’ve been waiting to go for so long,” says Kathy Sreenan, spokeswoman for the Southeast Florida group.“A lot of them even say that: ’I don’t know if I’ll even make it to the next one,” she adds. “But their health and welfare comes first.”Honor Flight takes veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to their wars’ memorials on the National Mall, and to the Air Force Memorial and to a Arlington National Cemetery changing of the guard ceremony.Each flight, which happens on a chartered American Airlines A321 Airbus, carries 80 volunteers, 80 of their guardians and 22 additional volunteers.The Southeast Florida group cancelled its April 11 and May 30 flights but will take those veterans on its fall flights, which are set for Sept. 26 and Oct. 24, according to Sreenan.“The Southeast Florida Honor Flight Board of Directors determined their best course of action based on risk assessment and averting the possibility of exposing their older, vulnerable veterans to the COVID-19 virus,” Sreenan says. “Honor Flight trips include constant handshakes and hugs by appreciative Americans throughout the day, which, although typically very appreciated, are currently not advised to avoid possible infection.”“Furthermore, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s suggestion that people over 60 years of age and those with underlying health problems “strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane…” added to the prudent call to cancel the two Spring 2020 flights, as well as the associated Operation Homecoming events at Palm Beach International Airport.”Southeast Florida Honor Flight is one of nine Honor Flight hubs in the state. Based in Stuart, it serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties, all of whom fly out of PBIA.last_img read more

Six MMA athletes earn NAC honors

first_img Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Six Maine Maritime Academy athletes were named to the North Atlantic Conference All-academic Team for the winter and spring seasons.Winter season honors went to senior basketball players Ben Russell of Farmington, Kari Jones of Nobleboro, Courtney Dufour of Augusta and Leah Jackson of Dedham.Spring season honors went to senior softball player Ashley Burnett of Danville, N.H., and junior lacrosse player Gavin Cote of Arundel.To be honored, student athletes must have reach junior academic standing, have completed at least two years of varsity competition and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Biocenter_img Fenceviewer Staff Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest Postslast_img read more

Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt gives $100M to Georgetown University

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WASHINGTON >> Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank H. McCourt Jr. is giving Georgetown University $100 million, the largest donation in the school’s history, to create a public-policy school.The Washington Post first reported the gift by McCourt, who graduated from Georgetown in 1975. McCourt, who lives in New York City, sold the Dodgers last year for a reported $2.15 billion after taking the team into bankruptcy in 2011.The donation surpasses the previous record gift to Georgetown — $87 million — in 2010.The new school, which launches in October, will be named the McCourt School of Public Policy. It will focus on analysis of massive data files from government agencies and other sources to research education, health, poverty and other subjects.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Marta breaks record to guarantee Brazil’s spot in next round

first_imgHaving replaced the suspended Formiga, Andressinha went close to marking her first appearance of the tournament with a stunning goal seven minutes after the restart, but her exquisite free-kick clipped off the crossbar.But Brazil went up a gear, and after Kathellen and substitute Beatriz had both gone close, they were gifted the chance to make a breakthrough when Linari clumsily brought down Debinha.Marta made no mistake, calmly sending Laura Giuliani the wrong way to claim victory, though Australia’s 4-1 win over Jamaica meant Brazil progressed as one of the best third-placed sides, while Italy qualified as group winners. https://t.co/ZoHQo5GKTA— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 18, 2019Italy looked to have gone ahead when Girelli brilliantly took in a cross before dispatching a composed finish into the top-left corner, only for the offside flag to cut her celebrations short.Barbara came to Brazil’s rescue six minutes before halftime, reacting sharply to keep out Barbara Bonansea’s close-range volley. And it was Marta who took the glory on Tuesday, scoring from the spot in the 74th minute for her 17th World Cup goal and overtaking Miroslav Klose’s previous record, which she had matched with a spot-kick in the defeat to Australia on matchday two.Cristiana Girelli had a goal ruled out for Italy in the first half, but Brazil’s improved performance in the second half was rewarded when Marta converted from 12 yards after Elena Linari had barged into Debinha. Related News Marta made history as Brazil beat Italy 1-0 to guarantee their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.Brazil knew that a point in Valenciennes would be enough to confirm its progression from Group C regardless of Australia’s result with Jamaica. Women’s World Cup 2019: Sam Kerr scores four to book Australia’s last-16 placelast_img read more

Stephen Curry after 10 years: An NBA trailblazer by the numbers

first_img Stephen Curry after 10 years: Davidson coach says Warriors picked the perfect script in 2009 It is now the 10th anniversary of the 31-year-old being selected with the seventh pick of what was a historically significant 2009 NBA Draft.Here, with the help of Opta, we take a look at the numbers behind Curry’s incredible career in the professional ranks: Related News 43.6 – Just two men have been more efficient from beyond the arc since Curry (43.6 percent of 3-pointers made) entered the league. Kyle Korver (44.5 percent) leads the way and Seth Curry, Stephen’s younger brother, is also ahead of the Warriors guard (43.9 percent).2,483 – Curry is third in the all-time list for 3-pointers made with 2,483 in 694 appearances. He trails just Reggie Miller (2,560 from 1,389 games) and Hall of Famer Ray Allen (2,973 from 1,300 games), and Curry has a better percentage than both.6 – On six occasions, Curry has put up more than 50 points in a single game. Only Harden (18) can better that figure over the past 10 years. Few players have had a greater impact on the NBA than Stephen Curry.The Golden State Warriors point guard has spearheaded the 3-point revolution that teams across the league have adopted following Curry’s success.center_img Stephen Curry after 10 years: Analyzing the six players drafted before the Warriors star in 2009 Stephen Curry by the numbers3.6 – Since the 2009-10 season, Curry has made, on average, 3.6 3-pointers per game – more than anyone else – with the other half of the “Splash Brothers,” Klay Thompson (2.9), second. Damian Lillard (2.7), James Harden (2.6) and Buddy Hield (2.5) round out the top five.90.5 – Curry leads all players in free-throw percentage since entering the league having drained 90.5 percent of his attempts. He is the only man with a percentage greater than 90 percent.131 – In May 2016, Curry made history as the first unanimous MVP. He garnered all 131 first-place votes to win the award for a second successive season.#KiaMVP @StephenCurry30 becomes 11th player (3rd guard joining @MagicJohnson & @SteveNash) to win #BackToBack MVP pic.twitter.com/gjBOL5tOuK— NBA (@NBA) May 10, 201673 – Curry’s form that season was a large reason why Golden State went 73-9 in 2015-16, breaking the record for regular-season wins set by the Michael Jordan-inspired Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 (72). 223 – In his 694 games played, Curry has made five or more 3-pointers in 223 of them. That is 97 more than the next best over the past 10 years (Harden with 126).15 – The 31-year-old also has 15 games of 10-plus 3-pointers made. Teammate Thompson has five, while JR Smith (two) is the only other man to have done it more than once in that time.402 – Curry holds the record for most 3-pointers made in a regular season having sunk 402 in 2015-16. Curry has three of the top five spots in this category, having made 354 last year and 324 in 2016-17. Harden, selected four picks ahead of Curry in 2009, is the only other man to have hit over 300 in one campaign (378 in 2018-19).last_img read more

McIlroy hints at US campaign in 2019 in pursuit of top spot

first_imgDubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Rory McIlroy dropped a bombshell Tuesday by hinting he could give up his European Tour membership in an effort to get back to the top of the world rankings next year.The world number seven plans to concentrate on playing in the United States, especially with the changes that have been made to the 2019 world golf schedule.Four-time major winner McIlroy is a three-time champion of the Tour’s Race to Dubai and has been a part of every European Ryder Cup team since 2010.Next year, the WGC-Mexico Championship will be played in February, the Players Championship has been advanced to March, the Masters in April, the PGA Championship has been moved to May and the US Open is in June.Which means there will be one big tournament every month across the Pacific until the British Open in July.“I am starting my year off in the States (at the Tournament of Champions) and that will be the big focus of mine up until the end of August and then we will assess it from there,” said the former world No1.“I think it is the result of the changes,” he explained ahead of the Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship.“I don’t have to commit to anything until May, so I will not have played a European Tour event… I will play the WGCs and majors and events like that, but the true European Tour season does not start until July. “The way the schedule has worked for next year, it is going to be different for a lot of guys.“Everything is going to be so condensed between March and August, and that is why I am taking a big off-season to get myself ready, and then go at it hard from March all the way through to basically the end of the season.”The former world No1 has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year – his only title in the last two years – and he is eager to get back to the top echelon of the sport.“I’d maybe give it like a B-minus, and a win this week would get it up to a B,” said McIlroy about his season.“I don’t want to continue to dwell on the negatives. There’s been a lot of positives in there, as well. I’ve played very consistently. I’ve had 10 top-10s. I finished second and had a great chance to win The Open.“Obviously the game’s right there. It’s just a matter of doing it when I need to do it most.”He added: “Right now that is all sort of up in the air, but if it were to be that I don’t fulfil my membership next year, it’s not a Ryder Cup year so it’s not the end of the world.”McIlroy is ranked sixth in the Race to Dubai this week, which means even if he wins the tournament, he won’t be able to surmount front-runners Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood and secure a fourth European No1 crown.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

McCutchen, Pirates beat Rockies 5-3 for 3-game sweep

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, left, celebrates with teammate Gaby Sanchez (17) as they run off the field after a 5-3 won over the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 20, 2014.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pittsbugh Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.With the score 3-all, Matt Belisle (2-6) relieved and Josh Harrison worked out a seven-pitch walk leading off the seventh. Harrison stole second and scored on a single by McCutchen, who then was caught stealing second. Walker followed with his 14th homer.Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) pitched a one-hit seventh, All-Star Tony Watson struck out two in a perfect eighth and Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.Pittsburgh Pirates fans wave brooms after the Pirates completed a 3-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 20, 2014. The Pirates won 5-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

Cowgirls to Open NCAA Tournament Play Against Sixth Ranked Texas

first_imgLAKE CHARLES – Two days after making school history by becoming the first McNeese women’s tennis team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the Cowgirls learned of their destination on Tuesday afternoon when the NCAA released the 64-team tournament field that has them playing No. 6 seed Texas Longhorns.The match will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Texas Tennis Center in Austin. Texas A&M will take on Rice at 10 a.m. to kick off the round. The two winners will face each other at noon on Saturday with a berth to the Sweet 16 on the line. “We have a lot of fans and Texas is very close,” said Charoline Erlandsson. “It’s going to be the perfect opportunity for our fans to come and support us as well. We’ve had awesome support throughout the season, which has been amazing and very encouraging.” The Cowgirls (18-3), who won the league’s regular season and tournament title, are looking to become the first program in conference history to win a match in the national tournament.  Texas (22-4) has won 17 straight matches heading into the tournament, including a Big 12 championship.”It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait honestly,” said Cowgirl Giovanni Fioretti.  “We are from a small school and I can’t wait to go there and represent McNeese and play on those courts.”center_img “This is a great opportunity for us,” said head coach Helena Besovic, this year’s Southland Conference Coach of the Year. “Texas is always tough, but no one is unbeatable. We are going to fight and give our best and see what happens. We are a smaller school but I told the team we aren’t going to act like a small school. I told them we are not going to be small on the court.”last_img read more