first_imgBatesville 7th grade escaped with a 33-29 win over Crosstown Rival St. Louis school.Batesville was up 11 at half and scored only 4 points over the last 8 minutes of the game.  Batesville was led in points by Cooper Williams with 10, Trey Heidlage with 6, and Sam Haskamp with 5.  Defensively, Heidlage did a great job defending St. Louis’s top scorer.  Luke Belter was a monster on the glass recording 11 rebounds. Alex Westerfeld came off the bench to provide a spark with 5 rebounds and 4 points.  Sam Haskamp also led the team with 5 deflections.“Our offense is very inconsistent. We’re moving the ball and getting open looks, but we’re having trouble making those shots.  We still have work to do defensively, but it’s getting better.  The lack of practice time over the last week is showing up in the games so we desperately need to work on more fundamentals to get better for January.”  Batesville Coach Eric Feller.BMS will be in action Thursday night vs Sunman Dearborn.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.Batesville 8th beat St. Louis 51-31.1Q – 11-10 SLS; 2Q – 22-20 SLS; 3Q – 37-27 BMS.A very impressive 2nd half of team play led the Bulldogs to victory.BMS had (8) players score in the game. They were led by Isaac Barker with 18 points, Dylan Flannery 8 points, while Jayden Beal and Lane Westerfeld each had 6.BMS improves to 3-5 on the season.SLS was led by Meyers with 13 points and Siefert had 6.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.The St. Louis 8th Grade Cardinal basketball team hosted cross-town rival Batesville Monday night by the score of 51-31.The Cardinals played a fantastic first half of basketball, leading at half-time 22-20.  Starters Stuart Lamping, Kyle Siefert, Jack Kellerman, and Chandler Meyers sparked St. Louis’s offensive attack in the first two quarters.  Gavin Koester played well defensively off the bench, forcing a few Batesville turnovers.Despite the halftime lead, Batesville held the Cardinals to just 9 second half points with pressure defense and solid shooting.Meyers led the Cardinals with a season-high 13 points and played his finest overall game of the season.The boys return to action Wednesday night, hosting St. Bartholomew.Submitted by STL Coach Jon Temple.last_img read more

first_imgNorthern SportMods – 1. Chase Rudolf; 2. Adam Echter; 3. Speedy Madrid; 4. Mark Harrison; 5. Ty Weidner; 6. Taylor Kuehl; 7. Darin Center; 8. Shelby Frye; 9. Tate Johnson; 10. Terry Bahr; 11. Heath Dry; 12. Drew Costa; 13. David Jones; 14. Michael Egurola; 15. Robert Holmes; 16. Brandyn Johnson; 17. Harland Morehart; 18. Cory Parent; 19. James Meile; 20. Steve Duffy; 21. Cole Carver; 22. Donald Costa; 23. Rex Hasley. SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (March 16) – Going back to the drawing board got Jason Noll back in victory lane. Feature Results Noll topped Saturday’s All Star Night main event for IMCA Modifieds at Arizona Speedway, outrunning hard-charging Kelsie Foley for the $1,000 checkers. Noll had started fifth and dueled early with Shawn Strand, Zach Madrid and Tyler Mecl. He caught Strand for the lead following a lap seven restart and stayed in front to the finish. Foley motored from 14th to take runner-up honors. Tenth starting John Morris was third, Zach Madrid was fourth and 20th starting Spencer Wilson completed the top five. “This was just our seventh or eighth start of the year. We didn’t do so well in our four Arizona Modified Tour starts,” Noll said. “We were trying some new things and kind of shot ourselves in the foot. We went back to the drawing board, went with what we knew and the car was really good.” And Chase Rudolf racked up another Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win, racing all the way from 15th starting to take the checkers ahead of ninth starting Adam Echter. Speedy Madrid rounded out the top three. “It was a really racy track,” said Noll, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “It was fast if you could hit the top right and the bottom in (turns) one and two was really good. I could get through there really well.” Stock Cars – 1. Darryn Werkmeister; 2. Joey McCullough; 3. Aaron Hetrick; 4. Corey Hurley; 5. Robert Werkmeister; 6. Mike Nance; 7. Eric Lloyd; 8. Steve Soboski; 9. Brian Hyatt. Modifieds – 1. Jason Noll; 2. Kelsie Foley; 3. John Morris; 4. Zach Madrid; 5. Spencer Wilson; 6. Austin Kuehl; 7. Chase Alves; 8. Don Gumke; 9. Eric Center; 10. Brent Schlafmann; 11. Guy Norton; 12. Tim Jauhola; 13. Terry Haven; 14. Roy Poeling; 15. Lance White; 16. Dale Liversedge; 17. Chuck Grohnke; 18. Trevor Miller; 19. Jimmy Mills; 20. Shawn Strand; 21. Tyler Mecl; 22. Joey Moriarty; 23. Jacob Pace; 24. Bryson Curry. Jason Noll was the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature winner at All Star Night at Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Desert Image Collection Photography) Darryn Werkmeister was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner at San Tan Valley, ahead of Joey McCullough and Aaron Hetrick.last_img read more

first_imgJoe Cole will set out at the start of the new season with the goal of taking West Ham to Wembley and challenging for silverware. “But for me personally, I would love to finish better than 10th; would love to take this club to Wembley because at the end of the day they are the days you remember in your career – it would be a massive achievement. You look at Swansea and Wigan last year and that is their day, we would like a bit of that because it has been such a long time since West Ham have been there.” Sam Allardyce led the Hammers to 10th on their return to the Barclays Premier League and has already added to his squad ahead of the new campaign. The stand-out signings are those of Andy Carroll, who spent last season on loan at West Ham from Liverpool, and Romania captain Razvan Rat – brought in on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk. “It is a boost for the club and shows where we are going,” Cole added. “Andy Carroll is a young, England centre-forward and clubs do not usually sell them and he is a big talent. He did a good job and we just want him to get fit and come back because he is a big part of our team. “West Ham is a big club but it has been starved of success. You look at where we are in London and people want to come here and play in London and play for West Ham. It is great that players like Razvan and Andy are coming in and hopefully there will be a few more as well.” The former Chelsea ace has had his fair share of injury problems and admits his first aim for the forthcoming season is to play as often as possible and even maybe attract the attention of England manager Roy Hodgson. “I always keep my goals to myself and take it day-by-day but I just want to keep fit first and foremost,” said Cole. “When I was fit last season my performances were good so the key for me is just staying fit and if I do that, the football for me has never been a problem. The ambition will always burn every time you go out on the football pitch and you want to do well, if you’re an Englishman and you’re playing well you are inevitably going to be talked about. “I have played over 50 times for my country so if I can get playing you never know but at the moment I’m just concentrating on West Ham.” The 31-year-old midfielder returned to his boyhood club in the January transfer window after he failed to nail down a place in the Liverpool side. He progressed through the ranks at Upton Park but only ever tasted success in the Intertoto Cup. Now Cole, who played the second half of West Ham’s 3-0 win against Boreham Wood on Wednesday night, wants to see the club improve on last season’s top-10 finish and collect a winners’ medal along the way. “I think the ambition of the club at the moment is improvement,” he said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Press Association The Henrythenavigator colt followed up his victory in the Group Two Railway Stakes over Big Time by beating the same rival in the Group One Phoenix Stakes on Sunday. Most Phoenix Stakes winners progress to the National Stakes at the Curragh on September 15, but races like the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on October 12 or the Dewhurst Stakes over a furlong further on the same afternoon could be on the agenda. “It was wonderful and quite unexpected with War Command (in the race), but I guess you can never be scared of one horse and we took him on,” Alex Cole, racing manager to Sudirman’s owners, Jim and Fitri Hay, told At The Races. “David’s always told me he’s probably going to be better over seven, which is quite nice, so the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, the Middle Park or the Dewhurst are the options. “He broke the two-year-old track record over six so he’s got enough speed over six. I don’t know what he’ll be doing next year, we’ll see.” center_img Sudirman, David Wachman’s Group One-winning juvenile, has several big-race options for the rest of the season.last_img read more

first_img Despite many pundits confidently predicting Arsene Wenger’s squad would come off the rails sooner rather than later, Arsenal remain top of the Barclays Premier League, a point ahead of Manchester City who were beaten 1-0 at home by Chelsea on Monday night. Giroud is in no doubt his men have what it takes to last the distance through to May. “We have to show people that we want to answer (our critics) on the pitch and nothing more,” the France international told Arsenal Player. “That is the most important (thing) for us, the reality of the pitch. After that, if people don’t think we can finish first it is not my problem, but I know we have a good chance to win the league.” England midfielder Jack Wilshere should be available again at Anfield following an ankle problem. Gunners boss Wenger firmly believes his squad possess the character needed to pull through such a demanding schedule which could well shape the final outcome of their season. “It is a good moment for us to win a big game because we have a tough predicted month,” Wenger said. “At the moment I think we are on a good run and the best way is to continue that to keep the confidence level high and of course to stay in a strong position in the Premier League.” Wenger continued: “Mentally we are prepared for that (run) and we have shown a great response throughout the season when we had difficulties, and physically we are prepared as well. “We want to convince people that we have the quality and we want to be up there in every single game, and win every single game we play.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have talked down his own side’s championship ambitions despite their dogged win at Manchester City – claiming they were the “little horse” left in the title race – but Wenger insists no definitive conclusions can be reached for several weeks yet, given how tight it is as the summit. “I said you have to wait until the end of February to have the exact idea of who will fight for the Premier League,” Wenger added. “It is an important month for many teams and maybe you will need a bit of patience.” Liverpool head into the game some eight points off the pace, but Wenger will take nothing for granted at Anfield where he knows Arsenal must be on their guard to shackle the threat of a certain Luis Suarez and strike partner Daniel Sturridge, as they did when the sides met at the Emirates Stadium back in November. “They are a team that is fluent going forward and can put you under pressure,” Wenger said. “Liverpool certainly now have more players who can make a difference, so what you want on our side is a strong defensive performance.” The Gunners head to Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime and then host Manchester United next Wednesday night, before Brendan Rodgers’ side come back to the Emirates Stadium in an FA Cup fifth-round tie on February 16. That is followed by a Champions League visit to north London by holders Bayern Munich. Press Association Striker Olivier Giroud is convinced Arsenal have the mental strength to hold their nerve and prove themselves genuine challengers through the most testing of fixtures.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal faces a Club-vs-Country row as they plan to stop Alex Iwobi from representing Nigeria at this summer’s Olympics.Earlier this month, Nigeria’s Under-23 coach Samson Siasia travelled to London to speak with his players and secure their club release for the tournament.Arsene Wenger said in April that he would allow Iwobi to join up with his country, even though it would mean that the 20-year-old would miss the start of the new season. But in his latest talks with Arsenal, Siasia now claims that the Gunners are ready to make a Under-turn on their decision.“I went to Arsenal and I saw Richard Law and he said that we still need to look at (the possibilities of the player going to the Olympics or not),” Siasia told Goal.com.“He said that he wants Iwobi to stay with Arsenal because they are having a new team and Alex is getting to play in the team for now.“He said if he leaves to play for Nigeria at the Olympics how is he going to be a part of the team and maybe someone is going to take his position.“I said, well we have to meet half way because we are trying to give Alex a platform to show himself in the Olympics and he has to look at it that way too.“He said we should continue to talk and we would see what we would do.”Despite Arsenal’s protests during negotiations, Goal.com understands that Iwobi is still confident that he will be allowed to represent Nigeria, who face Sweden, Colombia and Japan in the group stage in August.“The long and short of it is that Alex will be going to the Olympics. Wenger gave his words on the matter so there’s nothing to worry about,” a source close to the situation told Goal.com.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea would be hoping to bounce back from mid-week defeat to Wolves as they welcome Premier League leaders-Manchester City to Stamford Bridge today. The Blue have slipped to fourth position on the table after two defeats in less than two weeks and would be hoping to get back to winning ways with the visit of the Citizens, who are yet to taste defeat in the 14-week old Premier LeagueChelsea welcome the Premier League champions to Stamford Bridge in today’s late kick-off in another big clash at the top of the table. The Blues has slipped to fourth in the top-flight having only won one of their last four fixtures and face a huge task to get anything from this weekend’s blockbuster.Sarri say Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten City, who have won 13 of their 15 games this term, are the best team going. “Manchester City are in another category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four. The result is very difficult for this, because I know in every match you have to gain points. In the last championship in Italy I lost Serie A with 91 points, so I know very well you have to gain points in every match. City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world,” he said. Chelsea lost 2-1 at Wolves on Wednesday night despite going ahead after 18 minutes thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek. “We played very well for 55 minutes. After their first goal, that was an accident because we were in full control of the match, we were suddenly another team, without the right distances and without our football. I don’t know why. I am very worried, not with the result, but for the fact we didn’t react to the first goal of the opponent. We didn’t react at all. I worried about this,” Sarri added.Sarri made a host of changes for the trip to Molineux but the Italian doesn’t regret resting the likes of Jorginho, Pedro and David Luiz.He said: “If you asked me after 55 minutes I would say yes, I am really very happy. Then we lost everything: our football, the result, everything, for an accident, a goal. It can happen. I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team. We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.”It has taken less than two weeks for the optimism generated by a 12-match unbeaten start to Maurizio Sarri’s reign at Stamford Bridge to fizzle out and this weekend the Italian faces his biggest test to date when Manchester City visit.In fairness to the former Napoli manager, he stressed throughout the heady days of early Autumn that Chelsea were not equipped to challenge City for the title and ahead of today’s clash between the sides a 10-point gap has opened up.On Tuesday, Pep Guardiola’s City maintained a searing pace at the top with a win against Watford. Twenty-four hours later Chelsea went down 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers – their second defeat in three Premier League games.Sarri said his side had only played well for 55 minutes at Wolves and knows they will have to be at full tilt for 90 minutes this evening if they are to have any chance of halting the City juggernaut.He said he expects a “big reaction” today but already appears to have settled for a top-four scrap along with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal rather than chasing down Liverpool and champions City.“Manchester City are in another category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four,” Sarri said after the setback at Wolves. City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world. They can win the Champions League.”“English football has an exceptional holding midfielder,” said Pep Guardiola in August. If he had got his way, that outstanding anchorman would be a City player. Instead a player Guardiola was confident of signing will face them. Jorginho was reunited instead with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Rather than building a side around the Italy international, the Catalan will instead attempt to stop him constructing attacks in Chelsea vs Manchester City on Saturday.Guardiola’s argument that Jorginho is outstanding is indisputable in one respect: the former Napoli man stands out in the statistics, topping the charts for touches and passes this season. He broke the Premier League record for most passes attempted against West Ham.In contrast, he has been at his least effective in the two games when opponents have put a persistent, quick player around him; if not man-marking him, then certainly not allowing him to run the game.All of which could give Guardiola a dilemma. Sergio Aguero has a prolific record against Chelsea, with seven goals in as many games, but whether or not the Argentinian is not fit, Gabriel Jesus, who the City manager believes is the best at high pressing in the world, could be a better fit for the task of stifling Jorginho. An alternative might be to use Raheem Sterling, who has begun on the left in City’s major away games so far, as a false nine.It may suit City in another sense. Because Sarri’s 4-3-3 can be quite narrow, especially in midfield, and because N’Golo Kante has operated further upfield than many think is right, it could leave Cesar Azpilicueta isolated against Leroy Sane.Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who like City are unbeaten, started without Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at Burnley on Wednesday but still won 3-1.With a huge ‘must-win’ Champions League game coming up next week against Napoli, Klopp may well gamble on squad rotation as they travel to seventh-placed Bournemouth for today’s early kickoff.Victory for Liverpool would take them top, at least until City’s later clash with Chelsea.Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur will also have a massive Champions League night on their minds when they travel to Leicester City this evening.Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be less than pleased that his side kick off at 7:45pm GMT with a trip to Barcelona following on Tuesday – a game Tottenham will almost certainly have to win to reach the last 16 of the tournament.Fifth-placed Arsenal have no such concerns as they host Huddersfield Town today looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 21 matches.Manchester United, who are 18 points behind leaders City and eight adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea after three successive draws, are at home to bottom club Fulham.United boss Jose Mourinho has made 46 changes to his starting line-up already this season and all eyes will be on his selection again as he comes face to face with the original “tinkerman” Claudio Ranieri, now at the helm at Fulham.Mourinho left record signing Paul Pogba on the bench for Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal and also started without Romelu Lukaku, but goalscorer Anthony Martial picked up an injury against Arsenal and is a major doubt to face Fulham.Also today, Burnley host Brighton and Hove Albion while new Southampton boss manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be in the dugout for the first time as his side take on fellow strugglers Cardiff City.West Ham United will be seeking a third consecutive win when they host Crystal Palace in a London derby.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – At a special County Commission workshop on Tuesday, March 24, County Administrator Bertha Henry and directors of the County’s economic engines, transportation and human services agencies shared information about the local financial and social service impacts of COVID-19. Broward County Human ServicesCounty Commissioners expressed concern about those in our community who are most vulnerable in this type of crisis, such as the elderly and those who may have suddenly lost self-sufficiency, or are on the verge of losing self-sufficiency.Human Services agencies are working with Feeding South Florida to get meals to those who are experiencing food insecurity. Welfare visits to elderly residents are switching to phone calls, and ongoing training required for personnel is being conducted via SKYPE and teleconferencing. Counseling services are being provided by virtual means.The Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) is working closely with the Homeless Continuum of Care shelter providers, day respite and meal program providers. Broward County’s Port EvergladesThe last passenger ship to come into Port Everglades was March 20. Due to the temporary slowdown of the cruise industry, the number of ships out of the Port has decreased by 66 sailings so far this season. 664 cruise ships were anticipated this season. The ferry to the Bahamas continues, but at a reduced level.Cargo operations are strong with perishable food distribution up for the year to date. With reduced airline traffic, however, jet fuel revenues are starting to decline. Construction projects at the Port are continuing as planned. Petroleum volumes are still strong. Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Airline traffic is significantly down, and the airport is now operating at a 30-35 percent capacity. Reductions in service are expected to continue into April. The number of international destinations has dropped from 55 to 13. The remaining destinations are primarily to the Caribbean. Sixty-six of 99 concession locations in the terminals have closed.Aviation Director Mark Gale said that the economic stimulus packages now being considered by Congress should help both the airline industry and airports across the country. Expenditures are being reduced in the most prudent ways possible. Broward County is creating programs to help its 20,000+ airport workers, and vendors, by offering small business assistance and looking at opportunities for reducing rent. Broward County Transportation (BCT)BCT and Paratransit services (TOPS) are experiencing declines in ridership. Beginning March 28, BCT will operate on a Saturday schedule, Monday through Saturday. Sunday schedules continue with no change. Adjustments have been made in boarding procedures to encourage social distancing between riders and drivers. Customers, except for those who use the wheelchair ramp at the front door of the bus, will enter and exit the bus only via the rear doors. Also, bus fares have been suspended. Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO)Sheriff Gregory Tony updated the County Commission on BSO activities, and steps being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among law enforcement first responders.Deputies are engaged in educating business owners on the requirements of County Administrator Bertha Henry’s recent Emergency Order to close all non-essential businesses.Evictions have essentially stopped, and deputies are reducing their physical presence at court appearances.County Administrator’s ReportCounty Administrator Bertha Henry reported that the County is continuing to provide the essential services that our community relies on, and providing alternative means of accessing those services whenever possible, to reduce foot traffic in county buildings. Further, despite every County employee’s role as a first responder in an emergency, approximately 1,200 employees whose work responsibilities are conducive to working from home, have been deemed eligible to telework and/or are being evaluated for telework. Due to the essential and sensitive nature of many of the County’s services, not all employees are eligible for telework. Requests for telework are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The County is also being very liberal with its leave policies, to ensure that employees who wish to use accumulated annual or sick leave are permitted to do so.Watch the workshop in its entirety here. Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB)Broward hotel occupancy rates since March 15 have been between 10 and 14 percent. To date, Broward has experienced an $8.5 million loss in room revenue with an overall economic impact of $61.7 million. One major hotel has furloughed 80 percent of its staff.With the anticipated slowing of the tourism industry, the GFLCVB is looking ahead to its summer and fall campaigns. A Virtual Vacation option showcasing the best of what Broward has to offer is being developed to get potential visitors excited about a future visit here. A planned summer marketing campaign to the drive market will focus on “Lauderdeals,” expanding such successful signature celebrations as “Spa-tember” and “Restaurant Month.”last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Having led the redevelopment of European betting operator mybet Holdings’ IT Platform, the firm’s major technology development for 2016 & 2017, Sean Keogh Chief Product Officer speaks to SBC on current industry product development dynamics.Ahead of Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September), Keogh an industry technology veteran breaks down the industry’s current development framework, operator trends with regards to product output and why stakeholders have shied away from innovation._______________________SBC: Hi Sean, thanks for talking to SBC ahead of #BOSCON2017. With the industry having undertaken mass consolidation in recent years, has product development and differentiation been ‘put to one side’?Sean Keogh: I would not necessarily say so, no. Consolidation inevitably leads to individual companies retreating into themselves to a certain extent while they re-shape their organisations. Once that has been completed, there should be a new energy released for shaping the consumer proposition. Whether or not the ensuing product development actually leads to noticeable differentiation is questionable. Realistically, most participants see the brand as the main differentiator. It then comes down to the question: Does brand define a product in a deeper, meaningful manner or does it merely define message – or worse, simply the colour of the paint?SBC: Assessing the current industry infrastructure and operations framework. Are operators’ products and output constrained by their relationships with technology and platform providers? What would be a good balance for innovation and development?SK: Again, this depends very much on the operator’s sense of mission when it comes to defining a product. There is an easy quick route to market which sees the operator happily adopting and adapting the suppliers’ vanilla output. For certain markets, that can definitely work, particularly if the operator has significant marketing clout and can rake in the customers regardless of product features, usability or some form of USP. If you are a product evangelist who wants to be more proactive when it comes to the user proposition, then you need to make sure your suppliers will be able to provide you with the tools to make a difference further down the line. As the number of potential suppliers grows, their ability to give the operators flexibility will make them more attractive and thus presumably more successful, all things being equal.SBC: Detailing the industry’s current consumer proposition, where do you feel that stakeholders are underserving their customers with regards to product and choice?  SK: Ha! Realistically, in terms of choice, my impression is that we as an industry are permanently over-delivering to consumers: bet365 showed us all the way by offering all possible markets on all possible event of all possible sports (within reason, given that there is a necessity to feel confident in the integrity of the events). So in order to keep up, most sportsbooks strive to deliver the same thing. We all know that the majority of our customers will never go near the badminton or the bowls, but we have to keep them in there because someone will complain to customer care if we do not. The same applies to the staggering number of markets on offer for each event. Delivering all of this is, of course, no real hassle, so why not? The most critical failing is making this massive offering relevant to each individual player by reducing the noise and delivering his or her signal in an efficient manner – this is particularly important in a world where a significant proportion of all turnover is being generated on relatively small screens.SBC: Do the industries futures winners necessarily have to seek dynamic competencies and unique product offerings? Is product development necessarily a winning strategy?SK: No, not necessarily. If you can convince consumers that your brand is best, given the commoditization of the sportsbook offering across the industry, you are probably on to a winner. Realistically, if you can retain customers better than your competitors, the product can only ever be a real argument if you can come up with something truly revolutionary. Beyond that, in my opinion, speed is one of the most critical criteria: speed of delivery, speed of bet placement, speed of understanding where to go and what to do, speed of withdrawal – all these things sound banal but have become one of the most important areas for consumers’ perception of whether a product works for them or not. So brand penetration, retention and speed are probably the critical areas of focus. The point that can be relevant for product development is the continuation of brand into the product itself. This is where brains are required: if your brand message is compelling to a defined group of consumers and you are then able to make the product reflect that message, then retention becomes that much easier. This is not quite the same thing as “unique product offerings”, it will always be a nuance rather than a complete break.SBC: Are operators and industry stakeholders risk takers with regards to product development… Could this context be an issue for future innovation?SK: I think that operators have not needed to be risk takers so far. Everybody has been doing just fine with the existing model – why rock the boat? If we define risk takers as those who disrupt industries, then I feel we have to bear in mind that there is far less disruption going on that perhaps we perceive. Examples such as AirBnB and Uber are comparable to Betfair to a certain extent, but it turns out that the “traditional” method of placing a bet online is still pretty attractive. Sure, it is up to the operators to find a way to make it more attractive still. There have been plenty of examples of established players testing new trends such as social gaming or betting via AppleWatch but so far, it seems to add a bet to a bet slip and then paying for the bet in hard currency still works pretty well. There is no doubt at all that the world around us is changing at an ever-accelerating pace and developments we have no idea about today are just around the corner. My perception of the industry as a whole is that we tend to jump onto trends pretty quickly, even if we did end up talking about mobile for rather longer than I might have anticipated…SBC: You will be speaking at BOSCON2017 on product development. What do you want delegates to take away from your session?SK: In order to be credible and to differentiate, product development should be an extension of brand development. This means that those responsible for products have to be very closely involved in brand development and keep referring to the brand mission whenever a product is being manipulated.__________________________Sean Keogh Chief Product Officer mybet Holdings SE Share Khalid Ali, IBIA: Tackling sports betting corruption December 18, 2019 mybet returns with Deutsche Eishockey play-off sponsorship March 6, 2020 Submitcenter_img Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sean Keogh will be speaking on industry product development and innovation dynamics at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports Conference – BOSCON2017’  (London Olympia  – September 13-15). Click on the below banner for more information.last_img read more

first_imgRS Vice-president Enes Suljkanovic talked with BiH Minister of Civil Affairs Sredoje Nović about the International Handball TV Champions Tournament of Doboj and in its role in promoting Doboj and the entire BiH, reports FENASuljkanović who is also the president of the Executive Board of Tournament presented the plan of the Tournament for this year as well as activities which were taken so far in organising the 45th handball tournament.The office of RS Vice-president said that the tournament is very important for BiH because teams such as Barcelona, Szeged, and Montpellier have shown interest in participating in this manifestation, which is one of the oldest and of the best in the world.Nović praised the International Handball TV Champions Tournament and its significance for promotion of BiH and added that he will help as much as he can in organising the Tournament because it is in interest of the entire country, but also in the interest of Ministry he represents.last_img read more