Aguero to miss Villa clash

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not feature in this weekend’s Barclays Premier League game at Aston Villa. Manager Manuel Pellegrini has decided not to risk the Argentinian ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich after he suffered a knock in the Manchester derby last weekend. Aguero scored twice before being withdrawn after 86 minutes as City thrashed Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. No injury was indicated at the time and nothing seemed untoward when he was then rested for the midweek Capital One Cup win over Wigan. But Pellegrini has now revealed a problem and does not want to take the chance of playing Aguero at Villa Park on Saturday. Pellegrini said: “Aguero finished the last derby in the last play with a small pain, I think it was nothing important but I think it was a risk for him to play three games in the same week. “We will leave him for next Wednesday but he will be absolutely fine.” Playmaker David Silva, who has missed the last four games with a thigh strain is also not fit to return at the weekend but will be assessed ahead of the Munich game. The European champions visit the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday in the second round of games in Champions League Group D. Pellegrini said: “We will see in the week.” Pellegrini insisted the looming game against Pep Guardiola’s Munich would not affect the players’ thinking for the trip to Villa. Press Association City laboured in a goalless draw at Stoke immediately prior to their last Champions League outing against Viktoria Plzen a fortnight ago. Pellegrini had made six changes for that game and Potters boss Mark Hughes suggested City may have paid the price for prioritising the wrong game. Pellegrini said: “I am sure nobody is thinking about Bayern Munich. We are all thinking about Aston Villa. “We know it is a strong team playing at home. We need to play a very good game if we want to win and we need to win away now. “We have lost one away and drawn the other, for different reasons. “It is in the past so I don’t continue talking about those games but tomorrow we have the opportunity to win against Aston Villa. “It is very important for us to reach the first position of the table.” City have enjoyed an outstanding spell since that Stoke result, opening their Champions League campaign with a comfortable win over Plzen and then thrashing United and Wigan. In the process they scored 12 goals and the fluid attacking style Pellegrini promised when appointed, even after 10 changes against Wigan, was much in evidence. Pellegrini feels the team are getting close to playing in the manner he wants. He said: “If we repeat what we did against Manchester United, very near. “But all the games are different, performances are different, the squads are different. “The important thing is we see the same team but with different names.” Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Stevan Jovetic were among those to impress after coming into the side for the 5-0 win over Wigan on Tuesday. They may now have to make way again but Pellegrini expects all of his players to be able to slot in seamlessly when called upon and does not anticipate problems keeping everyone happy. He said: “For me that is the least problem. The problem for managers is when you don’t have players to make rotation or to play every week. That is not a problem for me. “All the players understand it is mature players that we need, an important amount of players. “I always said two in each position because we have a lot of games to play from now until the end of the year.” City’s performances in their last three games, most notably against United, have earned considerable plaudits but Pellegrini is unwilling say whether he has the Premier League’s best squad or not. He said: “We are just starting the year so it is difficult in this moment to say who is the strongest squad. “I think we have a very good squad and we will try to win all we play.” last_img read more

Football News Werder Bremen consolidate 10th spot in Bundesliga with 4-0 win over Augsburg

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Berlin: Werder Bremen continued its birthday celebrations with a 4-0 rout of Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Bremen, which marked its 120th anniversary as a club on Monday, followed up its dramatic penalty shootout win over Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup on Tuesday with its biggest league win of the season. Milot Rashica scored two goals, getting Bremen off the mark in the fifth minute and claiming his second a minute after Johannes Eggestein made it 2-0 in the 27th. Kevin Moehwald got Bremen’s fourth in the 83rd.           The win helped Bremen consolidate 10th spot and put it within striking distance of the teams chasing European qualification. Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen, fifth and sixth respectively, are just three points clear. Augsburg stayed 15th, three points above Stuttgart in the relegation playoff spot. Werder Bremen consolidated 10th spot in the Bundesliga.VFB Stuttgart have lost five out of their last six games.Augsburg are in 15th position in the Bundesliga. highlights On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund squandered a three-goal lead and drew with Hoffenheim 3-3 at home, then watched Bayern Munich cut its lead in the Bundesliga to five points by beating Schalke 3-1.          STUTTGART IN FREEFALL             Stuttgart coach Markus Weinzierl’s job was on the line after his side’s 3-0 capitulation at promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf, a relegation rival that now appears safe, 10 points clear of Stuttgart. Duesseldorf, previously bottom, appears a side reborn after five wins and two draws from its last eight league games under Friedhelm Funkel, who celebrated his 800th Bundesliga game as a coach against Stuttgart.             Stuttgart, which has five defeats in its last six games, saw Argentine forward Nicolas Gonzalez sent off late through VAR for an off-the-ball incident with Duesseldorf’s Kaan Ayhan, who was booked. last_img read more

FIFA Officials Arrive for Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour

first_imgThe Women’s World Cup trophy is on a tour of all 24 countries qualified to participate at the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals taking place in nine cities in France between 7th June and 7th July this year.African champions Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa will represent Africa at the championship, with the Super Falcons the only African country to have taken part in all editions of the competition to date, and one of only seven countries worldwide with that special stripe.The trophy will be received during a welcome ceremony at the Conference Room of the Sports Minister at the National Stadium, Abuja this morning, before the train moves to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel for a couple of video documentaries, an address by the NFF’s Acting President and photo sessions.Akinwunmi will be joined at the ceremony by Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, NFF Management officials and directors in the Sports Ministry.Some players of the Super Falcons, who returned from a two-match tour of Spain on Tuesday afternoon, pupils from two schools within the Abuja metropolis as well as media representatives and other stakeholders will also be part of the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Officials from world football-ruling body, FIFA have arrived in Nigeria with the original FIFA Women’s World Cup for a trophy tour scheduled for today in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.Acting President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi received the officials in company with Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications), Sunday Okayi (Assistant Director, Competitions), Ruth David (Head of Women’s Football), Emmanuel Adesanya (Competitions) and other federation officials.While Nicole Fisch (lead for women’s football project) and Sarai Bareman (chief women’s football officer) flew into Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight, Vanessa Marques (lead for marketing project) arrived aboard an Emirates Airline flight.last_img read more

School Soccer: How Emma Okwuokei, Ben Popoola Helped St. Thomas Aquinas…

first_imgBy Tony EluemunorHey, let’s jolt some memories and challenge administrators to enhance sports facilities in secondary schools or Nigeria will ever remain feeble in sports.Once, secondary school sports competitions thrived. Catching sports greats young was no empty phrase then. Fully elected sports officials organized Local Council competitions, and from there deserving students represented the LGAs in zonal and state competitions. The state representatives would then meet at the Zonal tests (Nigeria was divided into four zones) and from there qualifiers would compete at the national Hussey Shield (for boys) and Lady Manuwa Cup (for girls) and Grier Cup competitions. Then, the sprinter Peter Ofili, and footballers such as Clement Okwufuleze, (alias Piccolo), Ogbueze, Kizito Oshodi, Emilo John, Nnamdi Nwokocha, goalkeeper Raph Uweche (Bastic), etc, were household names while they were students.Vice-Principal Fawehinmi (standing left in native dress and cap) and Principal Evans (standing right in shirt and trouser) with the football teamThe Daily Times of Friday September 28, 1951 published this: “But the event that I shall always remember most is the 220 yards relay, which was won by St Gregory’s College from King’s College by inches. The third lap of this relay produced a terrible duel between Ibisi (St Greg’s) and Idowu (King’s College); and in the last leg, Abengowe had the baton ten yards ahead of Munis, the frail sprinter from St Gregory’s. I had run the second leg and was looking forward to a King’s College victory in record-breaking time (the record then stood at 1’ 36” held by Government College Ibadan). I remember our Games Master, Mr. J. A. Ojo, turning his back to the track and muttering in Yoruba “Otan” (it is finished). But what was that? Munis was fast gaining on Abengowe. On and on came the wonderful Munis who now appeared to be running on air, on and on until he passed Abengowe at the tap in 1’ 37.2”. That was from the great musicologist and sports analyst, late Prof. Sam Akpabot, and he wrote about the Grier Cup Competition of 1946.Even in 1969, as the Civil War raged, competitions held. Hey, I am writing a book on St. Anthony’s College, Ubulu-Uku, my alma mater (Latin for “nourishing or bountiful mother.”). The school scored 100 per cent in the West African School Certificate exam and won the Giwa-Osagie Football Cup for Mid-West Secondary Schools in 1969, but I should save further materials for my book. I could focus on Immaculate Conception College, Benin-City which Josiah Dombraye played for same year, or the formidable Hussey College, Warri where he went to for his HSC and teamed up with other schoolboy greats – Morton Owolo, Didiare, Clement Okwufulueze (from Anglican Grammar School, Ubulu-Uku), Adinkwe, Opone, Gigi Donbraye, Thompson Usiyan, Zion Ogunfehimi (goalkeeper) Franklin Howard, Clement Temile, Mike Obiku, and John Umugheli , in the 1970 team. But I’ll leave out Mid-West totally.So, let’s turn to 1969 Western State school soccer champions; St. Thomas Aquinas College, Akure that won the Omitola Football Cup. The old Western state comprised of today’s Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states.Mr. Emma Okwuokei had finished from St. Michael’s Secondary School, Ogwashi Uku, in 1968 and was in Aquina’s in Akure for HSC; his elder brother, Charles (ex-Anthony’s Ubulu-Uku) was a Policeman in the town. He said Aquinas was by then a sports power house, “always in contention with local rival, Oyemakun Grammar School.”1969; Thomas Aquinas had beaten all the other zonal schools, Ondo Boys’ High School, Ekiti Parapo Grammar School, C.K. C Ado-Ekiti, Manuwa Memorial Grammar School, Ijuodo, near Okitipupa, etc and met another Akure school, Oyemakun Grammar School at the zonal finals. Mr. Okwuokei’s face lit up ashe reminisced: “The rivalry between the two schools divided the entire town. People thronged our matches. As we filed out into the field for that match, I led my team. I can never forget that day, even if I were to live for a thousand years. I scored the lone goal. I was carried shoulder high by the other students for the four kilometre walk, a triumphant march, through the centre of the town to our school. We walloped Victory College, Ikare, 2-0, and also beat Baptist Ejigbo”.The final was at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan and against Baptist High School, Abeokuta which produced the Afro-beat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Head of the Interim National Government, Ernest Shoneikan and MKO Abiola. Final scores: Thomas Aquinas, Akure 2, Baptist Abeokuta 1. Mrs Omitola, the wife of the thenMrs Omitola handing the Cup to St. Thomas Aquinas Captain.Western state’s Commissioner of Police, Francis Omitola, presented the Cup to the winners.Okwuokei was invited to the Western State Academicals camp. That great Ibadan football club, the fore-runner of the IICC, the WNDC (Western Nigeria Development Cooperation invited him too. Please note that Okwuokei did not beg or bribe any coach or official for the invitations.Okwuokei’s team included Ben Popoola, whom he said was a truly gifted footballer: “It was clear to us that Ben would go places, and he did. He not only played for Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin in its glorious days, but he played for the national football team then known as the Green Eagles. Popoola was about the youngest He was a great dribbler that often wriggled his way through a defence, no matter how tight, only to get us a much-needed goal or create a chance for another to score. He was a remarkable schemer. He had that ‘don’t dirty me’ style that made him to avoid injurious contact with defenders. Here is Reuters’ report of Green Eagles match against Ivory Coast on 14th July 1974; “substitute player Ben Popoola opened the scoring in the 70th minute with a fast low shot into a corner of the net. The goal obviously boosted the Eagles’ morale and in the 88th minute forward striker Sunday Izevbigie netted the second goal”. Both scorers belonged to Bendel Insurance of Benin.Mr. Okuwokei, from Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha LGA of Delta state, left competitive soccer after that. He is retired from the Nigerian Customs, and lives in Asaba. He remembers the school Captain, Boone Fawahinmi, Assistant Captain, Uche Okoko (from Asaba) and his brother Madu Okoko (the goalkeeper) Tunde Ashagba (Akplasima), the team’s hard-tackling defender from Ondo and one Adebayo.On how to replicate the glorious days of secondary school sports, Mr. Okwuokei who also represented the school and later the Zone in Javelin and Pole-Vault, said that schools require good sports facilities.“We had a very nice field, the school was managed by the Irish missionaries. The boarding house system ensured that we had enough time for sports training as it brings a large number of students together, they live in close proximity. He said the teachers were committed – Principal Evans, Vice-Principal Fatoyibo the rest of the teachers. It all begins from school, that is where Jamaica spots its sprinters. It once fed our national team. We must go back to the grassroots. Then Nigeria must strengthen its national league”.* Tony Eluemunor, a leading authority on the Presidency, lives in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USG President Trenton Stone delivers address

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government President Trenton Stone delivered his State of USG address Tuesday, highlighting the student government’s achievements including the creation of a bylaw to increase student body representation in the organization, strengthened ties with USC administration and a new $70,000 grant for the USC Student Basic Needs Fund.  Stone also announced that USG will be providing a $70,000 grant for the Student Basic Needs Fund amid the coronavirus pandemic. Funding for the grant comes after various student events, including SpringFest, were canceled.  Stone spoke on what he said he believed to be USG’s key accomplishments: strengthening student government, expanding student support resources and building unity.   Stone addressed the dire circumstances students, faculty and staff have endured with the coronavirus pandemic, which led USC to move classes online for the rest of the semester.  Stone also reflected on his and Vice President Mahin Tahsin’s campaign slogan “It’s Time,” through which they looked to create new initiatives within USC with the help of student groups, trustees and senior administrators, which they said they received under President Carol Folt’s new leadership.  “This is truly emblematic of a unique year in the history of USC and the world,” Stone said. “We come together online tonight to reflect on a year of triumph and struggle, fighting on through it all. And for this I’m humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to represent USC’s 20,000 undergraduate students through this challenging, and yet, transformative year.”  As USC community members continue to face uncertainty and anxiety with the current coronavirus crisis, Stone called on students to continue to be leaders in their communities. Stone also emphasized USG’s efforts to increase student body representation by creating the Student Assembly for Accessibility. A bylaw was also passed in early February to establish new procedures to easen the measures in place for cultural groups to become assemblies, affecting groups such as the Military Associated Student Assembly, the Native American Student Assembly and the Middle Eastern and North African Student Assembly.  Through another bylaw passed in Tuesday’s USG meeting, Stone and his team were also able to begin their restructuring initiative to reduce the USG branches into three — executive, legislative and judicial — that will provide about 20 more leadership positions. Previously, USG was composed of executive, legislative, advocacy, communications, funding and programming branches. Stone also highlighted the communication branch’s efforts to provide outreach to students.  Stone said that in this past year, USG has prioritized well-being and basic needs by expanding student resources including the $20,000 grant to USC Student Health for free HIV testing, expanding the Freshman Forgiveness policy to first-year transfer students and sustainability programs including compost bins and the Divest SC campaign. center_img Although this in-person academic year has been shortened, USG was able to use its $2.4 million budget to host 255 events with more than 51,000 attendees and reduce administrative expenses to redirect to programming and funding branches, pointing to one of USG’s strengths, Stone said.   “With direct channels of communication and frequent meetings with senior administrators and trustees, the voice of students at the highest levels of university governance has never been stronger,” Stone said.  “As a student body, we have emulated what it means to fight on, to unify as a family of Trojans and to persevere together,” Stone said. “And as we renewed our hope with the start of a new decade, we have persevered through many of our most daunting challenges.  With regard to building unity, Stone said that USG has made an effort to strengthen ties within USC by having students involved in hiring decisions for positions such as provost, athletic director and vice president of enrollment management, as well as an advisory council for President Folt and Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp. Stone pointed out that the current USG administration saw the first-ever student presentation to the Board of Trustees, led by Stone, Mahin and the Graduate Student Government to discuss the transfer forgiveness program and CalFresh subsidies. Although the student body and USG have seen various achievements, they have also faced plenty of struggle throughout the past year, Stone said. However, even with admissions scandals and campus tragedies with nine student deaths last fall, students remained resilient.  “In all, USG’s 113 members work together to build a better USG,” Stone said. “They did so to strengthen our position as a trusted campus partner and advocate for students, building onto our foundational goal to engage and empower undergraduate students.” “The state of USG is strong, not only because of the diverse range of backgrounds of our members, but because of their unified commitment to serve the student body and the world,” Stone said. “‘It’s Time’ suggested our commitment to helping turn a new page at USC, to make amends for systemic misconduct,” Stone said. “To make values-based leadership the bedrock of this institution and to rebuild and reinstate trust in a community shaken by scandal.”last_img read more

Syracuse men’s cross country wins 4th straight ACC title

first_img Published on October 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Syracuse improved on its 2015 ACC Championship-winning point total, dropping from 46 points all the way to 29.In the women’s race, on a 6-kilometer course, Syracuse was led by a 17th place-finishing Paige Stoner (20:32.0). Behind the lead of Stoner, the Orange finished fifth.Finishing in the other four scoring positions for Syracuse were Mary Malone (20:45.5) in 24th place, McKenzie Altmayer (21:07.5) in 39th place, Madeleine Davison (21:26.9) in 53rd place and Sydney Leiher (21:34.9) in 60th place.Notre Dame’s Anna Rohrer (19:26.4) won the race by 25 seconds over Isabelle Kennedy (19:51.7) of Boston College. No. 3 North Carolina State, the host, finished at the top with 53 points. Syracuse totaled 184 points. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Defending national champion Syracuse took home the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s cross country title, paced by the winner, Justyn Knight, along with four other runners in the top 10.With the victory, the No. 6 Syracuse men won their fifth straight conference title, and seventh in the last eight years. It was their fourth straight title since joining the ACC. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the 8-kilometer course, Knight ran a time of 22:50.7, winning the race by under two seconds over Edwin Kibichiy (22:52.2) of Louisville. Knight passed Kibichiy in the last 30 yards on the final straightaway.Coming in behind Knight to round out the Orange’s scoring quintet were Colin Bennie (23:12.8) in fifth place, Iliass Aouani (23:22.4) in sixth place, Joel Hubbard (23:25.1) in eighth place and Philo Germano (23:25.8), in ninth place.Syracuse’s 29 points put a big gap between the Orange and the runner-up, No. 16 Virginia, which had 72.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers sitting 17th in the country, second in the Big Ten

first_imgWith four conference games down and 14 more to go, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is sitting at No. 17 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten.The Badgers (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) are off to a solid 3-1 conference start in the chase for the Big Ten regular season title and a half-game back from No. 25 University of Maryland at the top of the standings.While four games out of an 18-game test is a rather juvenile progress report, establishing consistency through the first handful of challenges can set the tone for an entire conference slate to come.Football: Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt declares for 2017 NFL draftThe Watt lineage on the University of Wisconsin football team officially ended Tuesday morning, when T.J. Watt announced on Twitter Read…At this point last season, Wisconsin was 1-4 and found itself looking up from the bottom of the Big Ten table as questions continued to flurry around Greg Gard and his abrupt integration into the team as head coach following Bo Ryan’s departure.Despite his team’s rocky start last year, the Badgers rallied to a 12-6 conference finish, complemented by a Sweet 16 run and Gard has done a phenomenal job translating that late season momentum into this year’s start.Leading performersWisconsin has developed a strong balance in both scoring threats and production on the court this season. Unlike many other teams that run offensive schemes through a key scorer or star shooter, the Badgers boast a different leader in all three of the major statistical categories.Senior guard Bronson Koenig is the team’s leading scorer with 14.4 points per game, while redshirt sophomore forward Ethan Happ leads Wisconsin in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game. Happ also averages 12.9 points per game thanks to a dual threat relationship in the paint with senior forward Nigel Hayes, whose 3.2 assists per game are the most by any Badger this season. Areas of dire improvementSo far, all three of Wisconsin’s losses have come to teams ranked in the Top 25 both at the time of the matchup and in the latest Week 11 AP Poll. The trio is comprised of No. 9 University of North Carolina (16-3), No. 7 Creighton University (17-1) and No. 21 Purdue University (14-4, 3-2 ACC).While this seem to be a perfect excuse for their lone three faults, there are two ways to process these results.One interpretation is Wisconsin is in great shape considering all three of the Badgers’ losses have come to competitive, and perhaps favored teams. Another is the losses are an ominous gravestone that marks a futile tournament exit at the first sign of top 25 talent come March.It’s easy to pawn off Wisconsin’s blemishes to strength of schedule, but if UW can’t compete with Sweet 16 or debatably Elite 8 talent, then it’s going to be impossible to reach those heights.Football: Badgers sink Broncos 24-16 in Cotton BowlWhile the loss to Penn State University in the Big Ten Championship game still looms large for the Badger faithful, Read…Key remaining gamesThe Badgers already pocketed a quality win against then-No. 25 University of Indiana on the road in Bloomington in early January, but UW also dropped a key game to Purdue. With only one clash with the Boilermakers on the schedule, a head-to-head loss may come back to haunt Wisconsin at the end of the season.With the surprising emergence of the University of Minnesota (15-4, 3-3 Big Ten) this year, expect both matchups with the Golden Gophers to be tough ones down the stretch, especially the March 5 clash in Madison in the final game of the season. UW’s first game against Minnesota is this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Minneapolis.Similar to its scheduling against Purdue, Wisconsin has only one shot at current conference leader Maryland (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) this year, which is set for Feb. 19 in the Kohl Center. Assuming junior star guard Melo Trimble and the Terrapins continue their hot start through the next month, February’s meeting could showcase the deciding factor between No. 1 and No. 2 in the standings come March.last_img read more

Dunne misses cut at European Masters

first_imgThe Wicklow man ended on 6 over par after two rounds.Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is also set to miss out on being involved over the weekend.Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will both be in action later this evening in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.last_img

Aleš Gornjec – Comtrade Gaming – Understanding business & the regulation of sports bonusing

first_img StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Financial incentives can be bonuses that reward playing time or increase bet size to meet bonus eligibility among a variety of other creative options and ultimately follow a player journey of attracting their interest, rewarding their investments and retaining their loyalty. Reputable gaming platforms create a streamlined bonus creation module that provides the functionality to create highly tailored campaigns that can be tested on player samples before implemented to their target group. The method behind creating a lucrative bonusing campaign should be based on measurable data and predictive modelling as seen on Comtrade Gaming’s Bonus Module on their iCore – Enterprise Gaming.Instead of focusing on mass-market sign-up bonuses, platforms can divides bonuses based on particular stages in player lifecycle development to trigger or award particular behaviour. Personalised offers are provided based on segmented playing styles and operators take a more relationship-based approach.Bring awareness to a new range of games configured onto the product portfolioDrive continuous play by multiple bonuses to be triggered by previous bonus redemptionReward VIP players to extend player lifetime valueCross-sell products to decrease additional acquisition costsOnce players begin their activities, platforms can determine and segment their particular playing style and introduce targeted incentives through real-time notifications, whether they be in-game, device push notifications or targeted e-mails. Not only does this manage player relationships, but shapes the player experience based on their particular activity. Central bonusing works with loyalty campaigns introduced later in a player’s lifecycle with data collected on CRM and business intelligence modules. For example, Comtrade Gaming’s Multi-channel bonusing is scalable and evolves with the operator through real-time activity monitoring and optimised player profiles.The bonus module on platforms are both an acquisition and retention component and is the foundation to product support. Between real-time rewards that run across any product or supplier and the automated segmentation that supplies operators with the ability to customise their marketing efforts, player conversion workflows are perfected. Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 _______________________Aleš Gornjec General Manager of Comtrade GamingAleš Gornjec founded the Comtrade Group’s gaming division and serves as Comtrade Gaming’s General Manager. Comtrade Gaming is an independent software supplier to the gaming industry that delivers open gaming platforms, casino management systems and professional services to both online and land-based sectors. Submit Aleš Gornjec – Comtrade GamingFrom a platform provider to client perspective, Aleš Gornjec General Manager of Comtrade Gaming details that the industry has to rethink and re-understand its all-round strategy with regards to bonuses and player incentives.__________________________________More than 8.5 million pages on Google are devoted to online gaming promotions, which means that there is both strategy and opportunity when focusing on this aspect of operator business. While operators are thinking in terms of acquiring quality players, players are focusing on the quantity of their bet returns.According to Gambling.net, “Whether the bonus money can help you overcome a small house edge at the blackjack tables, or allow you to show a profit against tough competition in the poker room, getting a top gambling bonus is often the difference between winning and losing in online gambling!”  Whenever a player gains something, even if occasionally, they should return.The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) recent endeavour on countering the labrynth of bonus terms is a campaign against operator evasiveness that purposely choose not to the abide by regulations and/or consumer law. The operators who pride their business on longevity and high player loyalty avoid these marketing ploys as it affects all levels of their online operations and ultimately leads to their demise. Industry-leading gaming sites make sure to substantiate bonusing campaigns with clear terms and conditions, but accountability and consent also falls on the player to inform themselves about what they are agreeing to participate in by reading the requirements and limitations. With the digitalisation of sports betting, bonusing accompanied with gamification is shaping to be one of the defining benefits to the multi-channel experience and a point of differentiation among operators.Bonusing in its current context can provide considerable benefits to players, especially as platform technology enables adjusted offers according to playing styles and player journeys to optimise the online gaming experience. The Gambling Commission’s emphasis on ensuring licensees act accordingly with bonusing terms also extends to technology providers working in the same sphere. Operators looking to be aligned with the Gambling Commission’s priorities should turn to platforms that are supported by the organisation, as is Comtrade Gaming’s iCore – The Enterprise Gaming Platform.Not all platforms are created equally and this can create a significant effect on bonus campaigns and the operator’s ability to optimise their business. The advantage of online bonuses are the immediate configuration possibilities to continue a player journey, real-time rewarding, adjustments to acquisition responses and experimentation with campaign variables. Bonusing modules within online platforms serve as a single point for bonus management across multiple brands, suppliers and products and work as the controlBonusing modules within online platforms serve as a single point for bonus management across multiple brands, suppliers and products and work as the control centre for both acquisition and retention strategies.  Customising them is done most successfully through an i-gaming platform that is capable of handling business intelligence, customer relationship management and multi-channel products.A recent survey conducted by Talend found that 67% of UK gamblers would be more loyal to a bookmaker that offered a higher level of personalised service. Surprisingly, 72% said they do not feel bookmakers are doing enough to offer this personalization. In this sense, effective bonusing can:Attract playersProvide brand transparencyIncrease player lifetime valuelast_img read more

RFL extends InCrowd partnership after World Cup success

first_img StumbleUpon Share Polish “trendsetter” STS launches mobile esports section November 9, 2018 OurLeague Predictor player closes in on £20,000 jackpot prize October 5, 2018 The Rugby Football League (RFL) has extended its partnership with InCrowd, continuing the RFL’s ambitions of building a world leading membership platform for spectators, viewers and participants of rugby league.In a launch that was planned to perfectly coincide with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC2017) in Australia giving new members the chance to support England in their quest for glory. Plans for a membership website and mobile apps included exclusive content, member benefits, participation features, a ticketing integration, gamification and polls to help drive fan experience and return on investment for the RFL.  InCrowd provided the necessary resource and expertise to ensure the deadline was met, resulting in the on time launch of the official Our League app and website. InCrowd worked with many of the RFL’s partners integrating Tickethour, and a loyalty scheme via Rewards4 Rugby League. Working with StreamAMG, the platform also saw live streaming of a match 4 days post launch, which proved a successful addition to increase registrations with over 40,000 live views of England’s warm up fixture against Affiliated States. Live streaming was also delivered for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup (WRLWC2017), allowing fans to fully immerse themselves in the RLWC2017 and WRLWC2017 for free, including behind the scenes content and huge prizes. The Grand Prize was an all-expenses paid trip for two to Australia, to watch the RLWC2017 final. One lucky member, Neil Cunliffe, and is wife were flown to watch England in the final in Australia as a result of finishing top of the membership leaderboard after the Quarter Finals.After RLWC2017, work was extended to the 2018 Rugby League season. In the first seven weeks of the season the Our League platforms powered by FanScore had already seen nearly 12,000 participants in the Betfred Super League predictor game and consistently receives 3,000 – 4,000 Betfred Man of the Match votes, thanks to InCrowd’s first live participation TV initiative with Sky Sports. Since launch, over 12k Our League members have voted for their Man of the Match.Richard Donlon, Systems Manager commented: “Membership is a significant step forward for the Rugby Football League. In September we didn’t have anything and now in February we have a membership system with over 36,000 active members.” Related Articles Submit Share Our League exceeds first year expectations for InCrowd and RFL November 2, 2018last_img read more