The budding connection between football and gambling

first_imgProfessional football exists for two very important reasons. The first is to give fans a wonderful league and teams to rally around as a community. Additionally, it’s fans who watch their favorite teams and players and get inspired to become great football players themselves. The other reason professional football exists is to give sports gamblers something to do on game-day. Indeed, there has always been a comfortable relationship between European football leagues/teams and a growing gambling industry throughout Europe.In recent years, the connection football has with gambling has expanded to include relationships between the leagues, teams and players with land-based and online casino/sports book operators. These relationships have manifested into sponsorship deals that are giving exposure to all parties involved.On the football side, sponsorship deals with major gambling operations have brought a great infusion of cash to help offset the rising cost of player salaries. For the land-based and online casino operators, these deals have brought them additional exposure, which has resulted in large increases in customer bases pretty much across the board. If a deal is one that greatly benefits both parties equally, it would be appropriate to say these sponsorship deals are rock solid.Sponsorship deals – the early daysWith the rising acceptance across Europe of gambling as a viable form of adult entertainment, it has become an accepted practice for football clubs to have relationships with gambling interests. No longer do fans and regulatory bodies feel uneasy about possible integrity issues related to gamblers and gambling operators having direct access to players and teams. With much of that in the past, the two communities have been able to move forward in a sort of marriage.With that said, the first material sponsorship deals came to light just a little over 10 years ago. Online gambling giant Bwin.Party was the first one to join the fray with a T shirt sponsorship deal for Real Madrid. That deal lasted for five years, ending in 2012, with Bwin.Party then moving on to sponsorship of Manchester United. The deal with Real Madrid is estimated to have increased the online bookmaker’s customer base by 20% of the gambling market in Spain.Other major deals being signed around the start of the decade included land-based casino giant Genting Casinos’ two-year deal with Aston Villa F.C., starting in 2012. Gambling companies like 188Bet, bet365 and 12Bet.com soon followed up with sponsorship deals of its own with various premier League Clubs like Stoke City and West Ham United.Current sponsorship dealsIt turns out that what was taking place just 10 years ago was nothing more than a tip of the iceberg. Today, there are nine Premiere League teams that have game-day jersey sponsorship deals with gambling concerns and online casinos. The list includes Bournemouth (M88), Everton (SportPesa), Fulham (Dafabet), Newcastle United (Fun88), West Ham United (Betway) and Wolverhampton (W88) among others.As evidence this is a trend that is likely to continue growing, we are seeing a number of US major sports leagues and teams also signing with large online gambling operators. That includes a very recent deal signed between MGM Resorts and Major League Soccer. By the way, MGM has also signed deals with the NBA and the NFL’s New York Jets. Clearly, major sports leagues and the gambling industry understand the tremendous potential that lies within these deals. Very soon, there’s a realistic chance every team in the Premier League will have a relationship with a large gambling conglomerate. The next logical step will be the introduction of sponsorship deals for the league in general and some of the major facilities where the top teams call home. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Brand South Africa in good shape: Zuma

first_imgThe smooth running of last week’s local government elections once more demonstrated South Africa’s growth as a democracy and how it continues to attract the respect of the international community, President Jacob Zuma said after a meeting with the board of Brand South Africa on Tuesday.“For us, the elections, like many events we have held before, are once again proof of how we can help market this brand called South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting in Pretoria.“To be a democratic country is very important because now we have people who are able to link their vote to their living conditions, and that markets SA in terms of its democracy.”The elections also helped South Africa to boost its international marketing both politically and economically, Zuma said.The meeting, also attended by businesspeople and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, discussed at length the need for business and government to work together to market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.Established in 2002, Brand South Africa is tasked with developing and implementing proactive and coordinated marketing and communication strategies for the country.Brand South Africa chairperson Anita Soni said South Africa’s advanced telecommunications and research infrastructure made it one of the most attractive and competent countries in the world.“What we discussed in this meeting is that, considering the things we have, it is very important moving forward that we as South Africans become brand ambassadors for our country, because we have a lot to be proud of,” Soni said. “But it will take all of us to achieve that,” she added.Zuma used the meeting to appoint Geoffrey Rothschild, Moss Leoka, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana and Ramasela Moloto, all from the private sector, as the new members of the Brand South Africa board.New government representatives on the board are Presidency Director-General Cassius Lubisi, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, Arts and Culture Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, and Timothy Scholtz from South African Tourism.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Springboks grind out win over Pumas

first_img26 August 2013The Springboks maintained their lead in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship by beating the Pumas in Mendoza on Saturday. However, after winning by 60 points in Soweto, South Africa managed only a 22-17 victory away from home.Backed by a passionate crowd, Argentina outscored South Africa two tries to one, but the unerring boot of Morne Steyn, who landed five penalties and a conversion without a miss, saw the Boks secure a win without a bonus point.“I will never complain about a victory, but the truth is we were not good today,” coach Heyneke Meyer said after the match.‘Guts and character’“It took a lot of guts and character to win here and for that I’m proud of the players. However, we all realise we will have to improve a lot if we’re going to be competitive in Brisbane and Auckland.“We always knew this was going to be a very tough match,” he added, “and that the Pumas were going to be a different opponent here than they were back in Soccer City. We learnt some very valuable lessons from this match.“We will keep our feet on the ground and our heads down and continue to work hard in the next few weeks.”Captain Jean de Villiers commented: “It was very tough out there. A year ago we drew this game, but today we won.‘We’re happy”“Although the performance was not up to the standards we set ourselves, we’re happy with the four points we got here.”Argentina had made five changes for the clash, while the Springboks were unchanged. One would have expected a convincing win for Meyer’s charges, but the South Americans played as if their 73-13 loss in Soweto had never happened.They took the game to the Boks at the breakdown especially and succeeded in dominating both territory and possession. Their commitment was unquestionable, although at times it crossed the line.Foul playAfter the match loose forwards Leonardo Senatore and Pablo Matera were cited for foul play after the match commissioner felt that both had committed red card offences during the game.Senatore is alleged to have bitten Eben Etzebeth. Luckily for him, the replay system went on the blink when referee Steve Walsh asked to have the incident looked at. Matera is alleged to have made contact with the eyes of Francois Louw.South Africa struggled to loosen the home team’s hold on the ball as the Pumas exhibited some fine handling skills with short passes, which were then backed up by their feisty attitude at the breakdown.Slow ballThey also managed to slow down the Springboks’ ball and the slower pace of delivery from Ruan Pienaar was in stark contrast to the brilliant, fast and accurate service provided by Fourie du Preez when he came on in Soweto. Pienaar should not take the blame alone. He was not protected well and a focus on the rucks and mauls will no doubt be on coach Meyer’s to do list in the coming week.While the South Africans scrum was solid, it was not dominant like it had been in Soweto, and the lineout, so assured at the FNB Stadium, was less assured this time around.On a positive note, although the Springboks trailed from early on, and a real chance existed that they might lose, their performance, while below the standard they set themselves, exhibited far more direction than they showed in 2012 when they struggled to a 16-16 draw in Mendoza.They also held the Pumas scoreless in the second half, apparently after some harsh words were shared the in change room.BenchIn addition, the South African bench is one which instills confidence and the interchanging of players, done at the right time, lends another arrow to the green and gold bow. The current team is not made up of 15 players plus extras, it is a full 23-man squad, with everyone a contributor.They will all need to be contributors for the tests that lies ahead. They face Australia in Brisbane on 7 September, followed by New Zealand in Auckland a week later, before returning home tests against the Wallabies and All Blacks.Past resultsIn seven matches in Brisbane, the Springboks have yet to win. Furthermore, the results have not been close. Australia won 30-13 in 2010, 21-6 in 2009, 49-0 in 2006 and 29-9 in 2003. A strong showing, a win even, would mark a satisfying milestone for coach Meyer and his players.South Africa last won at Eden Park in 1937, although they played to an 18-18 draw in 1994. Recent results, though, have been heavily in favour of the All Blacks: 32-12 in 2010, 26-15 in 2001 and 55-35 in 1997.Again, an opportunity awaits the the Boks, and a win in either Australia or New Zealand will do wonders for their Rugby Championship challenge.last_img read more

New iPhone Worm: How Worried Should We Be?

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Numerous reports have surfaced over the weekend regarding the first iPhone worm spotted in the wild. The worm, known as iKee, only affects modified handsets also known as “jailbroken” devices. These devices have been hacked by their owners to allow for the installation of unapproved, third-party programs that aren’t allowed in the iTunes App Store. Currently, the worm doesn’t appear to be all that malicious – it simply changes the phone’s background image to a photo of singer Rick Astley, the man whose song “Never Gonna Give You Up” has become a well-known internet meme called “rickrolling,” a joke where users are tricked into clicking links that redirect them to Astley’s YouTube video. Despite the relatively innocuous nature of this particular attack, it may be the precursor to future attacks of a more malicious nature. But how dangerous will these attacks be to the iPhone-owning population as a whole? Is there really a need for concern? About the iKee WormAccording to the hacker, 21-year-old Ashley Towns, a student living in New South Wales, Australia, iKee was created to highlight the iPhone’s poor security. Apparently unrepentant about his creation, Towns has made no attempt to hide his identity, posting on internet forums and on his Twitter page about his hack. He even cheekily tweets a response to a post on security firm’s Sophos blog where the writer had sought out the hacker’s identity via Google searches: “You know man if you wanted my number you could have asked.” And he wasn’t kidding – Towns has been happily responding to media requests via his Twitter account. For example, he told ABC News that he had personally infected 100 iPhones with the worm. From those phones, he explained, the worm will then try to spread to other devices. Perhaps the reason for his transparency has to do with the relatively harmless nature of the attack. The worm just changes the iPhone wallpaper on the affected devices. However, as the Sophos’ post points out, “accessing someone else’s computing device and changing their data without permission is an offence in many countries.”While that may be true, it’s clear that Towns feels as if he’s almost doing a public service by exposing a security vulnerability that many jailbroken iPhones face. More Hacks Expected?While this particular worm appears to be localized to Australia, it could have spread to other countries and eventually, worldwide. It also comes directly on the heels of another similar attack on jailbroken devices. Only last week, a Dutch hacker broke into jailbroken iPhones and then displayed a message on the comprised devices demanding a ransom of 5 Euros. This attack was also made possible through the same vulnerability that the iKee worm uses.Graham Cluley of Sophos predicts that other hackers will be tempted to write their own code now that they’ve seen what’s possible. In addition, some hackers may be more malicious with their creations than what we’ve seen so far. But Who is Really Being Affected?However, even if the attacks escalate, the fact of the matter is that the potential victims are a minor subset of Apple iPhone users. To begin with, they’re relatively tech-savvy to have managed to jailbreak their phones to begin with – a process which involves using downloadable software tools that unlock Apple’s control mechanisms on the device. While not overly complex, most mainstream iPhone users won’t bother to take this action, content with the iTunes App Store and its 100,000 or so available applications. And then there is the fact that the attacks don’t even affect all jailbroken iPhone owners – they only affect those who have also installed a program called SSH on their devices. The program allows users to access the iPhone’s filesystem with the username of “root” and password of “alpine.” Since few SSH users had bothered to change this root password, that left their phones open to attack. Still, how many people are we talking about here? And what sort of iPhone user are they? Although exact numbers of jailbreakers are unknown, mobile analytics firm Pinch Media recently revealed data showing there are at least 4 million of these jailbroken devices in the iPhone ecosystem. It’s not known how many of these users have also installed SSH. For the most part, it’s likely that those who have done so are knowledgeable enough to prevent future attacks on their devices even if they had become a victim of one of these recent hacks. At the very least, they’re now aware of the issue and can follow the straightforward instructions available on the web that explain how to change the root password so it’s no longer the default. More Dangerous than the iPhone Worm: Dishonest DevelopersDespite all the media hoopla over this “first iPhone worm,” it’s not something that most iPhone owners will have to worry about. What’s more concerning are the claims that a supposedly legitimate iPhone development firm has been collecting personally identifiable information from the users of its App Store-approved iPhone games which have been installed over 20 million times. According to a suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, the firm, Storm8, has been using a backdoor method which allowed them to collect the phone numbers of anyone who had installed their applications. This wouldn’t be the first time that an iPhone developer has done this, either. Apple actually provides an easy way for developers to tap into this information, if they so desire. If anything, this is the real threat that the media should be focused on, not the iPhone worm. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#web last_img read more

Injured Kyrgios pulls out of Wimbledon opener

first_imgAustralia’s Nick Kyrgios walks through Wimbledon tennis club wearing a newly released Tottenham Hotspur T-Shirt in southwest London on July 1, 2017, prior to the start of the tennis tournament on July 3. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)LONDON, United Kingdom — Nick Kyrgios suffered more injury woe as the Australian was forced to retire from his Wimbledon first round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Monday.Kyrgios admitted last week he would go into Wimbledon only “60-65 percent” fit as he struggled to recover from the left hip injury that forced him to pull out of Queen’s Club last month.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas PLAY LIST 00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madison Keys wins opening match at Wimbledon LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img A Kyrgios double fault in the eighth game gave Herbert the break that gifted him the opening set.Kyrgios, then ranked 144th, burst onto the scene at Wimbledon in 2014 when he defeated then world number one Rafael Nadal en route to the quarter-finals.With the injury impeding his movement, there was no sign of that brilliance against Herbert and when the 70th-ranked Frenchman took the second set, Kyrgios called for treatment.He spent several minutes speaking to the doctor before telling Herbert he was going to have to retire.ADVERTISEMENT The 22-year-old had reached at least the fourth round in all three of his previous Wimbledon appearances.But after losing in the second round at both the Australian and French Opens this year, Kyrgios’s miserable 2017 continued as the world number 20 lost the first two sets 6-3, 6-4 against Herbert before deciding to call it quits due to the nagging injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHerbert will face France’s Benoit Paire or Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round.From the moment he stepped onto Court Three wearing long white leggings under his shorts, Kyrgios didn’t look comfortable and he spent most of the first set trying to flex and stretch his leg. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo savours ‘fantastic moment’ of his career after winning fifth Ballon d’Or

first_imgPortugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d’Or for world player of the year on Thursday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times.The Real Madrid forward won the award, handed out by magazine France Football, for the second consecutive year having led his side to the La Liga title with 25 goals and a successive Champions League crown, netting 12 goals including two in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final.Ronaldo collected the trophy in a glitzy ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in the French capital, presented by former France player David Ginola.”I feel very happy, it’s a fantastic moment in my career,” Ronaldo said upon collecting the award, standing with his mother Maria Dolores and his oldest son Cristiano Jr.”I’ve waited a long time for this. This has been a stupendous year for me, we won the Champions League and La Liga and on a personal level I was top scorer in the Champions League.”Trophies help me win prizes like this and I have to thank my team mates at Madrid and Portugal. They’ve been very important to me.”Another dream come true. Unbelievable feeling. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years.???????? pic.twitter.com/A9jyYswePD- Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 7, 2017Messi came second while Paris St Germain forward Neymar Jr, the most expensive player in the world, came third; veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finished fourth and Real midfielder Luka Modric came fifth.advertisementChelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante was the highest ranked Premier League player, coming eighth, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, ranked 10th, was the only English player to make it into the top 10.Ronaldo, who this year also helped the national side qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 while with Manchester United and collected it again in 2013, 2014 and 2016.The 32-year-old was last month named the Best FIFA Men’s Player in the global soccer body’s own awards ceremony.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez joined Ronaldo on stage and paid tribute to the Portuguese, who he said was the best player of all time alongside late Real great Alfredo di Stefano.”This fifth Ballon d’Or is a great honour and a great achievement for the club and Real Madrid fans around the world. Cristiano is the best player in the world, he represents the values of Real Madrid. Cristiano is the best player in history along with Di Stefano, he is his heir,” Perez said.The Ballon d’Or was first awarded in 1956 and was partnered with FIFA from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity once again.last_img read more

Mosquito Control Programme Strengthened

first_img Dr. Tufton said the Government of Jamaica is appreciative of the partnership with the USAID, which has facilitated ongoing support to reduce mosquito breeding and vector-borne diseases. The country’s vector management programme has been strengthened with the opening of the Mosquito Control and Research Unit (MCRU) Insectary at the University of West Indies (UWI) Mona campus in St. Andrew.A joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and UWI through support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the facility will provide for entomological study ad research aimed at controlling mosquito-borne diseases such as chikungunya, Zika, dengue fever and malaria.It will serve as Jamaica’s national mosquito control and research laboratory, complementing the insectary at the National Public Health Laboratory on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston.Speaking at the opening ceremony on Tuesday (Jan. 9), Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the establishment of the MCRU insectary “demonstrates another significant step to help advance and sustain Jamaica’s commitment to mosquito control.”It is equipped with new microscopes, supplies and equipment to advance scientific and operational research.Dr. Tufton said the Government of Jamaica is appreciative of the partnership with the USAID, which has facilitated ongoing support to reduce mosquito breeding and vector-borne diseases.The USAID, under its Zika AIRS Project (ZAP), funded the refurbishing of office and laboratory space for the MCRU, which was launched last year and the establishment of the insectary at the national lab.The MCRU unit was set up to foster data-driven monitoring and decision-making; explore innovative tools and methodologies; and build technical operational and research capacity as it relates to mosquito control.UWI Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Mona campus Principal, Professor McDonald, in his remarks, said the institution is “extremely pleased” to partner with the Ministry on the initiative and also hailed the support from USAID.He said the institution envisions the full integration of the MCRU into the research and teaching endeavours of the Mona campus.“It will certainly add to our efforts to modernise all of our facilities… (as) we continue to serve our stakeholders in Jamaica and across the Caribbean,” he noted.In his remarks, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Jamaica, Eric Khant, said advancing public health was among the priorities of the US’ engagement with the Caribbean.He contended that infectious diseases like Zika “know no borders (so) we must work together to protect our citizens.”Mr. Khant noted that the insectaries’ combined resources will provide the Ministry and UWI with “adequate space to complete the necessary surveillance and research activities to elevate mosquito control efforts in Jamaica.”The ZAP project is designed to enhance the USAID’s ability to implement vector control and entomological monitoring programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Story Highlights Speaking at the opening ceremony on Tuesday (Jan. 9), Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the establishment of the MCRU insectary “demonstrates another significant step to help advance and sustain Jamaica’s commitment to mosquito control.” The country’s vector management programme has been strengthened with the opening of the Mosquito Control and Research Unit (MCRU) Insectary at the University of West Indies (UWI) Mona campus in St. Andrew.last_img read more