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Football’s sponsors worry that they are paying for nothing

first_img Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting The Tasks Done8 Most Expensive Mistakes The World Has Ever Made6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks One market expert, who did not wish to be named, said that the risks of deserting can outweigh the financial costs, especially for companies “who are doing well” in sectors that are seen to be less affected, such as technology or the food industry. – ‘White knight’ – “You can go to them and say: ‘You can play the white knight by investing in sport in these difficult times’,” the market expert said. The value of being seen to remain loyal is reflected in the attitude of the Iberdrola Group, the main sponsor of the Spanish women’s first division. Loading… Read Also: Ronaldo has had advantages in the quarantine – Lazio chief “It is now, in this dramatic situation, that the support of sponsors is needed more than ever. You don’t pull out at times like these,” a spokesman for the Spanish electricity supply group told AFP. Even so, players in the sector estimate a 60 to 70 percent drop in investment and the prospect of several lean years. “There is of course a risk that some companies that wanted to invest will no longer do so, but will do so later,” said Bruno Bianzina, director of the Sport Market agency, a French company. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 French hotel group Accor, PSG’s main sponsor, left open the question of whether it would pay the full amount provided for in its contract (about 50 million euros, $54.7 million, a year), before saying two days later that it had honoured its commitments. “When you’re a sponsor, you want visibility,” Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin told French radio. “But at the same time, it’s in bad times that you recognise your friends and those who are there for you.” Sponsors can say overnight “we’re stopping everything because we’re in an emergency situation where we have to eliminate all the superfluous expenditure”, sports economist Jean-Pascal Gayant told AFP. “In the event of a crisis, the first budget item they cut is often the communications.” With stadiums dark, match shirts folded in closets and most players confined at home, football’s sponsors have lost all visibility and are growing restless.European clubs are struggling to offer their ‘partners’ a return on their investments as sport grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.Barcelona make 354.6m euros from sponsorship, according to Deloitte, more than any other club “We’re trying to do activities with our players for our sponsors, who are even more demanding since the lockdown. But it’s very complicated because of the health crisis,” one club marketing manager told AFP. The stars, the surest way for sponsors to attract an audience, are at home, many back in their native countries. Worse, there are no games for them to play. Matches on TV display the brands on the team jerseys or around the pitch to millions of viewers. At West Ham, one of the sponsors, high-risk finance company Basset & Gold, which the club stresses is not connected with owner David Gold, has just gone bankrupt, blaming the coronavirus crisis. Many sponsors are in sectors hit especially hard, such as airlines and hotel and restaurant chains. Some sponsors are beginning to cancel payments. – ‘Everything has to be suspended’ – Bordeaux’s main sponsor Bistro Regent has cancelled its April payment“It’s quite obvious that having no more events, everything has to be suspended, it seems so logical to me. It’s a case of force majeure,” Marc Vanhove, the boss of the Bistro Regent restaurant chain, which sponsors the Bordeaux shirt, told AFP.The Bordeaux-based chain suspended its contract, which runs until 2023, he said, “until we have the dates for the resumption”. With matches cancelled and some broadcasters, notably in France, beginning to withhold payments, club finances are already strained. “Sponsorship is particularly important for Europe’s biggest clubs,” said Deloitte, the accountancy and services firm, in the 2020 edition of its ‘Football Money League’ which ranks clubs by income. It said the primary source of revenue for its top five clubs (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and PSG) is commercial and averages 49 percent of total revenue — although that number is inflated by PSG, which reports 57 percent of revenue from sponsorship. West Ham will have to remove the name of bankrupt sponsor Basset & Gold from their sleevesLower down the Deloitte table, the proportions change.For the clubs placed 16 to 20 (Roma, Lyon, West Ham, Everton and Napoli), 65 percent of revenue comes from broadcasting.last_img read more

William Alfred Doles, 95

first_imgWilliam Alfred Doles, 95, of Greensburg, went to meet our Lord and Savior on March 24, 2019.  Al was born on September 3, 1923 in a farm house in Decatur County.  He was the son of Robert A. and Cora Mae Metz Doles.Al attended Middle Branch School and was a 1940 graduate of Greensburg High School.  He was a WWII Army Veteran.  On New Year’s Eve, 1949, he married Mary Cradick, and they celebrated 69 years of marriage on New Year’s Eve, 2018.Al was a lifetime farmer.  He was a former elder and a Sunday school teacher at First Christian Church. He was currently a member of the Sandcreek Baptist Church, the church he attended as a child with his grandfather. He was a member of the Gideons International,  he was a former president of the Decatur County Council, and he had served on the board of directors for Premier Ag. His hobbies were woodworking and collecting arrowheads from the farm.Survivors include: Loving wife, Mary Doles; Children: William (Shirley) Doles, Diane (Charles) Beggs, and Steve (Joy) Doles. Grandchildren: Jeff (Cari) Beggs, David Beggs, Katie (Mike) McNealy, Tony (Simone) Doles, Stepheni Doles, Jaquan Doles, Travon Doles and BayLynn Doles; and ten great-grand children. He is also survived by his brother, David (Rita) Doles.He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert “Junior” Doles and Donald “Gene” Doles, and by one granddaughter, Andria Joy Doles.A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 11 o’clock to 1 o’clock. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM.  Rev. Harold Carter will be officiating.  Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Gideon’s International or to Sandcreek Baptist Church.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.His family is grateful that God, in His wisdom and grace, provided Al to us as our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.last_img read more

John Wall fed up with officials after his fifth technical foul: ‘I have no respect for them’

first_img NBA trade rumors: Kings targeting Wizards SF Otto Porter Jr. “I have nothing to say to them,” Wall told reporters. “I have nothing to say to them. I have no respect for them. Simple as that.”I get the same excuse every time. Just because I’m stronger than everybody I don’t get those calls. I have no respect for them. They do their job, I do my job. I have nothing to say about them, or nothing nice to say towards them.” Related News Wall began to notice the officials weren’t calling fouls in his favor, which led to him initiating contact with 76ers guard T.J. McConnell. Wall looking for fouls, TJ looking for smoke 👀 pic.twitter.com/Cx6485oRUP— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 1, 2018When asked if it was out of frustration, Wall said he was only trying to draw a foul.”I only got one foul called against me the whole game and that was when I got that one right there and the one in the second half when I shot two free throws,” he added. “Other than that, I didn’t get a call so I just wanted to see if they (the officials) were going to call it or not.” Dwight Howard injury update: Wizards C undergoes back surgerycenter_img Wall finished with just 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds in the Wizards’ second consecutive loss. Wizards point guard John Wall was anything but pleased with Friday’s officiating crew. He unloaded on the refs in his postgame interview after picking up a technical foul in Washington’s 123-98 loss to Philadelphia. last_img read more

Spanish GP secures 2020 F1 calendar slot

first_imgThe Spanish Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 calendar at Barcelona next season after striking a fresh deal for 2020.Spain’s only F1 race was under serious threat but the Barcelona circuit has signed what appears to be a new one-year agreement to host the event again.The circuit has announced it will implement a “strategic plan with the will to create a larger project for the facilities” and secure the “feasibility” of the event.Its statement added: “The plan will serve as a framework to define the role that F1 shall have on a longer-term [basis].”According to F1, more than half a million spectators have attended the race over the last three years and reported data from the circuit that this year’s grand prix generated €163m for the region.F1 CEO Chase Carey said the parties would seek to agree a longer-term deal in the coming months and thanked Catalan president Quim Torra for “vital support” during the negotiations. “The decision to continue to stage a round of the pinnacle of motorsport in Spain, a country with a great motor racing tradition, dating back to the start of the last century, is part of our strategy of maintaining Formula 1’s European roots, while also currently expanding the championship into new territories,” said Carey.“The promoter’s willingness to be part of Formula 1 going into 2020 is proof of the sport’s ability to act as a catalyst for regions to hold world class events and also to have a positive impact on the area’s economy.“In the coming months, we will continue our discussions to see if we can further extend this advantageous relationship.”The new contract means Italy and Germany are the only remaining races at risk for 2020.Five races on the current 21-race calendar had deals that expired after this season: Spain, Germany, Britain, Italy and Mexico. With the revived Dutch GP and a new race in Vietnam being added next year, and teams only agreeing to a 22-race schedule, F1 was prepared to lose one of the existing races.Silverstone agreed a new multi-year deal for the British GP and Mexico’s future without state funding has also been secured.Monza bosses have been confident of a fresh Italian GP contract and have consistently called for government support to get that over the line to ensure it remains the only circuit to be part of every F1 season since 1950.Circuit chiefs are keen to secure the race up to its centenary year in 2022 as well as get the funding required to overhaul the circuit, with plans including removing one of Monza’s chicanes.The German GP, the fourth most-held race in F1 history, appears most at risk of dropping off the calendar. Mercedes funded this year’s race on a one-off deal but said it was not willing to continue with that arrangement longer-term.The German GP has been held 64 times since 51, with only the British, Italian and Monaco GPs appearing on the calendar more often.last_img read more

Clemson WR Amari Rodgers suffers torn ACL, report says

first_imgAmari Rodgers’ season could be over before it even began.According to TigerIllustrated.com, the Clemson wide receiver has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and is scheduled to have surgery. The report noted Rodgers had to be “carried off the field” after he was injured Monday at practice and an MRI exam later confirmed the extent of the injury.Rodgers seemingly confirmed the setback Tuesday on Twitter, saying he will “be back better than ever” once he’s fully healthy.God gives his toughest soldiers the toughest tasks.. I’ll be back better than ever, believe that💯🙏🏾 https://t.co/eKexryUXn2— Amari Rodgers3️⃣ (@arodgers_3) March 26, 2019Rodgers, a rising junior, ranked second on the team with 55 receptions for 575 yards and four touchdowns for the national champion Tigers in 2018.last_img read more

Guardiola fears City title collapse despite 13-point lead

first_imgGuardiola fears City title collapseManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manager Pep Guardiola has made the extraordinary suggestion that runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City could suffer a stunning collapse — even though they could be confirmed as champions this weekend if results go their way.City are 13 points clear at the top with six matches to play and could finish the weekend with their third title in seven seasons.They will take the Premier League crown if they beat Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday and second-placed Manchester United lose against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, although Albion increasingly look condemned to relegation. However, Guardiola’s side are seeking to recover from three dispiriting defeats in a row, having gone out of the Champions League after losing home and away against Liverpool in the quarter-finals, and sandwiched in between they missed the opportunity to clinch the title when United pulled off a 3-2 win last weekend.City were two up in the Manchester derby before Paul Pogba inspired a United comeback, scoring twice in the second half.Guardiola is concerned about the psychological effect of those three losses on his players as they look to secure the trophy, and warned they could still falter.“Of course it can happen, I assure you,” said Guardiola. Guardiola cited two examples of high-profile sporting collapses when examining his own team’s prospects -– Real Madrid’s miserable finish to the 2003-04 La Liga season, and Golden State Warriors’ failure to win the NBA finals in 2016.center_img The Warriors lost 4-3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers despite leading 3-1 with three matches to play, while Madrid managed to finish fourth in La Liga 14 years ago, having held an eight-point lead at the top with 12 matches to play.“Real Madrid, years ago, lost five games in a row and didn’t win the league. So of course it can happen, no doubts about that,” Guardiola said.“The players know that. It’s not necessary to say that to them. Of course it can happen –- in football, in sports.“Two years ago, never before, in the NBA finals one team recovered from 3-1 down. Cavaliers won against Golden State Warriors 4-3. They won three games in a row.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Delray Beach, Boca Raton Issue Recommendations to Wear Face Masks

first_imgHowever, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer later clarified that there are no plans at this time to issue citations to anyone who does not follow the recommendations.Other municipalities in South Florida, particularly in hard-hit Miami-Dade County, are now requiring everyone to wear face coverings inside businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants.Within Palm Beach County, Delray Beach and Boca Raton are among the municipalities with the most COVID-19 cases. Two cities in south Palm Beach County announced Thursday afternoon that they are recommending their residents and visitors wear face masks in public, in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.Boca Raton and Delray Beach took the precautionary steps within hours of each other.The actions come after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines this week and recommended that people wear “cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”The Boca Raton executive order adds that people should not use surgical masks or N95-rated masks, which are “critical supplies for health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, or other persons engaged in life and safety activities.” Chrissy Gibson, the communications and marketing manager Boca Raton, says if people defy an emergency order with a mandate, authorities could issue a “notice to appear” in court.If a judge determines the person was violating the order intentionally, the individual could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, Gibson adds.last_img read more

The bet of Klopp and ‘Lewy’: € 50 if he scored 10 goals in a training

first_imgPlay under Guardiola: “When Pep arrived at Bayern everyone thought he would play without 9. I thought he would have to play differently. I learned a lot of Pep. I talked a lot with him about tactics and for me it was something new. I knew that if I was able to playing with Guardiola, with his way of thinking and his ideas, would be good for me. In modern football it is impossible to play without a striker. We have not seen him for several years. “Possible signing for Manchester United: “I spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson two years after signing for Dortmund. At that time, I really thought about leaving for United. Because it was Ferguson and Manchester United. Dortmund told me no. It was the first time I thought about leaving because, think about it, a call from Sir Alex Ferguson for a young player is something impressive. It was a special day for me. “Arrival of Flick by Kovac: “The players have more confidence when they know what the coach is asking for. The communication is much better. I still believe that we will play and win the Champions League final.”To play: “Now, everyone knows a lot about tactics. Before a game you can’t say: ‘Today, I’m going to try this.’ It’s impossible but if your body knows the movement, the technique … will appear at the necessary moment.”Play forward: “You can play very well. Give a good pass or a great center but, if you want to score every game you have to change your mindset. And it’s not a click:” Ok, now I’m going to score. “I think 70% is more head that skill. Not everyone can play forward. “Age: “I want to keep playing for a long time. I don’t feel like I’m 31 years old and I work to stay in the top level for five or six more years. I don’t want to be a striker who stays 90 minutes in the area waiting for the ball. I don’t like to touch the ball only 10 times per game is not enough for me, those games seem the most difficult to me, sometimes you have to be patient and you only have one in 90 minutes and you have to be ready, but I like to be part of team, of the game. I want to move and not only wait for the ball. It is what leads me to look for spaces, receive and find my teammates. I can still do everything but I also do it so I can shoot from a distance. “Routines and concentration: “Everything you do before a game is important. Routines and hobbies also because they help you reach a high level of concentration. The brain receives information that something important is coming. A psychologist asked me what I was doing and I said I didn’t know. But before the game I was more focused. I usually wear my left boot before the right one, for example. “ Klopp: “He’s an incredible guy. No matter what I tell you, you believe it. Everything comes from his heart. I used to have a lot of problems with my body language since it was always the same during matches and during training. Sometimes, you have to be more pissed off. I thought I was never going to get it. I had to change and I did it with Klopp. He told me he never knew if he was happy or pissed off. Nobody likes to change things about himself but he knew that it would make me a better player and that I would make a leap in my career. “ Robert Lewandowski is living his best year at the scorer level. An important statement if you consider the excellent level of Polish for almost a decade that has always kept him among the best points of the continent. The forward is shining at Bayern this year (38 goals in 32 games) and reviews with The Guardian his entire career in an extensive interview.The Polish explains the decisive role played by Jürgen Klopp in his career to transform him into the great scorer who is, narrates his third goal of poker to Real Madrid and also, as it was to be under the command of Pep Guardiola. Poker at Real Madrid: “If you score four goals for Real Madrid in a semifinal, it’s something special. You never forget. The best goal of the four? The third. I didn’t have much space. I saw that the ball was coming towards me, Pepe coming from the Xabi Alonso right from the left I didn’t think much I just wanted to do what I can do best: score goals You never have much time If you think too much, it’s a mistake You have to do the first thing that comes to mind If you think hard, the defense covers you. “To train: “When you practice shooting you can think: ‘It does not matter, it is in training’. But no, if you concentrate during training, it will surely be easier during a match. If you have 20 chances in training and you score 20 goals, sure that during the match you will be closer to scoring “Bet with Klopp: “In Dortmund I bet with Klopp that if I got ten goals in a single training I had to pay € 50. In the first I got three or four. After just over a week, I scored seven or eight. In three months, I already got Score each training more than ten goals. When this happened several weeks Jürgen told me: “It’s over. This is too much. I’m not going to pay you more. “That’s my mentality. It’s what helps me and makes it better.”last_img read more

Mercy Corps Empowers Start-Up Businesses

first_imgMr. Gyeabour and one of the beneficiaries affixed their signatures to the grant agreement.-Provides US$170K in grants to 13 SMEsMercy Corps-Liberia, one of the major non-governmental organizations (NGO) operating in the social financial services sector, has provided a total of US$170,000 as grant to 13 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their operations and boost their viability.The grant is also meant to empower these local entrepreneurs to build constructive and meaningful livelihoods by equipping them with confidence, skills, and opportunities to engage with their communities and the market.Mercy Corps Country Director Kwasi Gyeabour said that the initiative is part of the organization’s sub-program, entitled, “Promoting Sustainable Partnership for Economic Transformation (PROSPECTS),” which provides employment for youth entrepreneurs.Mr. Gyeabour spoke yesterday, September 12, at a program marking the signing of a one-year social business grant contract in Monrovia with the beneficiaries. Yesterday’s event coincided with the official handling over of assorted office equipment to authorities of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the smooth operations of the national cadet program and other youth centers in Montserrado, Bong and Nimba counties.The program, according to Mr. Gyeabour, is expected to enable owners of those businesses (SMEs) benefit from financial and business advisory support from Mercy Corps.He said that the grant was provided by the Swedish Government, through its Embassy accredited to Monrovia, to move small Liberian businesses to the next level so that they are able to offer employment opportunities for some of the country’s serious-minded youth.“The beneficiaries will collect about US$7,500 to US$20, 000 as start-up grant to help them improve their businesses and also provide employment opportunities for some young people who are focused but out of job,” Gyeabour said.He added: “Before providing the grant, we thoroughly selected some of the SMEs that we could identify as the most deserving businesses through analyzing their proposals. Some of them are here today to receive their packages.”Mercy Corps Africa Director Mervyn Jouillie spoke of how he had been inspired on previous occasions by the big impact small businesses have made on the economy, “and that was why the grant was created to provide incubator support to enable young entrepreneurs with creative ideas in agriculture, ICT and creative economy start or expand their business concepts.”Jouillie expressed optimism that the initiative will lead to startups and give a boost to economic growth by issuing a call to entrepreneurs to use the fund wisely to empower their friends that would want to follow their fine examples.“For us at Mercy Corps, we strongly believe that supporting young entrepreneurs is an opportunity for the organization, because when the youth are empowered, the country will be at peace and will empower other people along the way,” Jouillie said.He said that Mercy Corps intends to work with partners, because they cannot do it all by themselves; but with the help of others, they can achieve one common goal for Liberia; that is, to empower locals to develop the country.Beneficiaries of the grant expressed gratitude to Mercy Corps for such an opportunity, which will enable them to expand their businesses.They promised to use the fund for its intended purpose as is enshrined in the agreement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aubameyang brace sparks Arsenal late show

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the first two, including a penalty opener. Substitute Alexandre Lacazette netted the third, also from the spot, after he had been fouled.But the result left both clubs in the same positions in the Premier League table, with Arsenal sixth and Stoke second bottom.The Gunners will have to play better in the first leg against CSKA Moscow on Thursday in Europe.With little chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four, Arsenal must win the Europa League to qualify for next season’s Champions League — a target that looks essential for under-fire Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as he fights to save his job.Jack Wilshere may have missed both England’s friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy but the Arsenal midfielder recovered from a knee niggle to claim the captain’s armband for the day, with goalkeeper Petr Cech absent and defender Laurent Koscielny on the bench.Stoke’s preparations had seen Ibrahim Afellay jettisoned by manager Paul Lambert for not trying in training, but Eric Pieters was restored to the starting line-up after being fined for going clubbing before the previous match.The game’s first chance belonged to Stoke, the team with the greater need of three points, as Mame Biram Diouf laid the ball back to Xherdan Shaqiri, who shifted the ball onto his preferred left foot and curled it inches wide of David Ospina’s right-hand post.Stoke continued to take the game to the hosts, who were giving away possession cheaply.Aaron Ramsey and Wilshere were both culpable in the first 15 minutes.Arsenal almost took an undeserved lead when Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a punch that will not have improved his chances of being England’s number one in the World Cup.It landed at Ramsey’s feet on the right of the six-yard box and the Welshman’s hook cleared the goalkeeper and bounced off the top of the crossbar.– Barren desert of mediocrity –Stoke City’s English goalkeeper Jack Butland (L) stops a shot from Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the English Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018It was to prove a shallow oasis in a desert of barren first-half mediocrity however as Arsenal continued to waste possession.Neither side made any changes in the interval but Arsenal at least began with added urgency, with Danny Welbeck lashing a chance just wide.Mohamed Elneny saw a shot blocked before Butland dived to deny Nacho Monreal.Wenger finally made a switch as the fit-again Lacazette came on for Welbeck, while Diouf, having taken a knock, was replaced by Saido Berahino.Shaquiri curled a right-footer straight at Ospina before seeing a corner deceive the keeper and bounce off the back post.Aubameyang was denied by a good block by Butland moments before the award of the game-deciding penalty in the 75th minute.Bruno Martins Indi’s clumsy trip of Mesut Ozil was needless and Aubameyang made him pay as he sent Butland the wrong way from the spot.Stoke gave Aubameyang too much space for a simple second goal in the 86th minute.And when Badou Ndiaye bundled over Lacazette in the 89th minute, the France striker was given a chance to convert the penalty instead of Aubameyang going for a hat-trick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates one of his two goals during the English Premier League clash against Stoke City on April 1, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1- Arsenal warmed up for their crucial Europa League quarter-final with a flattering 3-0 victory against relegation-threatened Stoke on Sunday.Three goals in the final 15 minutes put a gloss on a largely soporific performance at a well-below capacity Emirates Stadium.last_img read more