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O’Neill looking to the future with Ireland

first_imgO’Neill has yet to sign the new deal he agreed with the F.A.I however he says it won’t be an issue and he “absolutely” wants to keep Roy Keane on as his assistant. Meanwhile, John O’Shea has praised Shane Duffy despite his red card in yesterdays defeat to the French. O’Shea says the Blackburn defender has proven his worth to the Irish set up.Today at the Euro’s Italy meet Spain at 5 and Iceland clash with England at 8.If Italy can get past defending champions Spain in Paris, they’ll face World Cup winners Germany in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Abelson Info: Could the Eleven Sports crisis benefit bookmakers?

first_img Submit Eleven Sports appoints Luis Vicente as new CEO December 13, 2019 Only four months into multi-year deals to broadcast Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, Swedish Allsvenskan and Dutch Eredivisie football, and before deals to show the Chinese Super League and UFC have even started, widespread reports suggest Eleven Sports may be forced to pull the plug on its UK gamble.Back in August, while collating TV coverage data for its Televised and Streamed Sports (TSS) product, Abelson Info predicted a rocky road for Eleven Sports disruptive attempt to break into the UK market. In what now appears a prophetic summary, Jeevan Jeyaratnam said: “If Eleven Sports are to succeed in the UK market, it must secure a platform distribution deal, it is simply not acceptable (yet) to be an unknown provider relying on apps for streaming. “There is a chance that this experiment will backfire and BT Sport or Sky will end up picking the pieces up for a knockdown rate, it may be a waiting game tactic from them, both knowing their EPL & Champions League coverage is important enough to maintain market share.”Abelson’s TSS Product owner, Brad Gonsalves, suggested the messages emanating from the Eleven Sports camp differ from those reported by the national newspapers: “Only last week Eleven Sports announced a ‘Watch Together’ feature, aimed at increasing social interactions with the streaming service. With the new feature not yet even trialled, the headlines this week suggest that it will never make it to the audience. “Eleven Sports is either incredibly confident, or incredibly naïve, when it signed the rights deals for Serie A and La Liga, outbidding experienced UK operators Sky Sports and BT Sport. The comprehension that either BT or Sky would welcome an Eleven Sports channel on their platform, after losing out on the rights deals was misplaced, and the failure to do so seems to have harmed any chance it had of making the impact it needed. With a reported subscriber base of just 50,000 (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland, the numbers simply don’t add up. “One of the major complications Eleven Sports has faced is the extreme latency in their feeds. Watching a game while betting on another screen was quickly rendered pointless as bookmaker feeds were minutes ahead. I think losing this segment of the marketplace meant the enterprise was doomed.”The Guardian report that the beleaguered streaming service are preparing to hand back the TV rights element of its deals, leaving them with streaming privileges only. A move that is almost certain to sink the enterprise in the UK & Ireland. Gonsalves added: “As predicted back in August, the big TV companies have held their nerve and look set to benefit in the second half of the season, with cut-price deals with the federations, who must rue their greed in the first instance. The situation for bookmakers, who may have witnessed a decline in interest in Italian and Spanish football, now appears positive. A likely renegotiation of TV rights would see the big games back on TV, sans lag, and once again, viable betting propositions.” Belgian Pro League selects bwin as its new betting partner August 4, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Eleven Sports scores Belgian domestic football rights deal March 19, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

ACBF to Increase Support for Liberia

first_imgMinister Brunson with other participants at the meeting.The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has reaffirmed its support to the rebuilding process of Liberia under the current leadership of President George Manneh Weah.Making the promise during a side meeting with Liberian delegation at the 27th Annual meetings of the Board of Governors of the ACBF held in the Cameroon capital of Yaoundé, the ACBF’s Executive Secretary, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie expressed his gratitude to the people of Liberia for the orderly and peaceful 2017 elections, which ushered in the democratic regime of President George Manneh Weah.Professor Nnadozie also extended his congratulations to President Weah and promised to support the Liberian leader and government through policy advisory services in addition to the Foundation’s on-going institutional capacity support and strengthening of the Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC).In response, Tanneh G. Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget and Developmental Planning, on behalf of Minister Tweah thanked Professor Nnadozie and the ACBF for its continual support to Liberia.Minister Brunson recounted the ACBF support in 2008 toward the establishment of the LIMPAC and its recent and on-going support to LIMPAC for the establishment of Econometric Forecasting and Training Lab within the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, and support towards the completion of three research studies; IMPACT of UNMIL Drawdown on the Liberian Economy, Assessing TAX ADMINISTRATION challenges on Domestic Revenue mobilization, and Analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of adopting Liberia’s new GDP series.Minister Brunson also congratulated the ACBF on becoming a specialized unit of the African Union and welcomes advisory services and support of ACBF for Liberia, especially during this critical period of drafting, costing, and finalizing of Liberia’s next medium term development strategy; the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.Madam Brunson further lamented that as a specialized unit of the AU, Liberia looks forward to the ACBF’s expertise and support for domesticating the Africa Agenda 2063 and the 2030 sustainable goals of the United Nations to Liberia’s new medium term development agenda.LIMPAC Executive Director Mr. Del-Francis Wreh who accompanied Minister Brunson at the 27th Annual meeting also thanked the ACBF for its support to the revitalization of LIMPAC. The LIMPAC Executive Director assured the ACBF boss of LIMPAC’s preparedness to implement projects and programs of the ACBF that promote the socioeconomic improvement of Liberia.In a related development, the ACBF has concluded its 27th Annual Board of Governors meetings on July 20, 2018 under the theme “Youth Employment in Africa: Focus on Developing the Critical Skills.”During the three Panel discussions, panelists shared experiences and challenges across the African continent about the growing youth unemployment and the risks it poses social cohesion and political stability on the continent. During the deliberations, participants highlighted the need for greater resources in addition to political and financial support.In this regard and now more than ever, Africa needs ACBF to not only continue playing its current capacity building coordination role, but to intensify efforts being made to effectively address development bottlenecks and better support skills development interventions. This accordingly requires increased and continual financial support to the ACBF by development partners and member states.  Member states including Liberia were also called upon to start paying their respective pledges towards the ACBF’s 2017 – 2023 strategic plans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more