Adams willing to put faith in youth

first_img After facing fellow strugglers Fulham on Saturday, Norwich will come up against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in their final four games. Yet Adams will not hesitate to promote from within if he feels a number of the players he knows well from his time in the academy, where he delivered the FA Youth Cup last season, can add something to the current first-team crop. “Obviously I have got a great knowledge of them all,” Adams said, when asked if youngsters could be fast-tracked into his side. “Knowing what happened last year, we had a great run in the cup and even players above them age-wise and the players who are out on loan. I have a good knowledge of them all and any player I feel will do us a job I won’t hesitate to use them. “We have got to go and pick a team to win a game at Fulham and, rightly so, I can understand people making a lot of reference to the Youth Cup team, because it was a fantastic achievement and one we were extremely proud of. “If I feel any of those players are ready to come in and give us a hand then age is not a barrier. Equally, I know their strengths and weaknesses and what they are capable of, and of course that will come into my thinking when we sit down to pick a team.” With Adams confident his more inexperienced players can cope with life in the Premier League, he has also backed his own ability to perform under pressure despite a lack of first-team managerial knowledge. “The qualities I will be looking to stamp down on are tactics, motivating players and getting them to play to instructions,” he said. “The game is the same at whatever level and obviously now I’m managing at the top level, where the margins for error are smaller than further down the ladder you go but the principles are the same.” Press Association New Norwich boss Neil Adams will have no qualms throwing a number of youngsters into the Canaries first team as he looks to fight off Barclays Premier League relegation.center_img The 48-year-old former Norwich winger was appointed manager at Carrow Road after Chris Hughton’s 20-month reign was brought to an end following a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to West Brom. Now former youth coach Adams must guide the club to safety, with their current position of 17th in the table more precarious when their remaining fixtures are taken into account. last_img read more

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This week in esports: ESIC, Golden State Warriors, Unikrn and Orlando Pirates

first_imgThere’s never a quiet week in the business world of esports. This week there’s been reports that Golden State Warriors co-owner is set to snag a spot in the North American League Championship Series when the franchise system comes into force. Additionally, Unikrn has been busy with grand expansion plans and a new joint venture, South African football club Orlando Pirates have entered esports and ESIC has handed out further bans for match fixing. ESIC and Sportradar hand out bans to two Dota playersLeonid “Sonic” Kuzmenkov and Dmitri “Ax.Mo” Morozov of Dota 2 team have, following investigation, received two year bans from future Uprise Champions Cup (“UCC”) tournaments following an investigation into their recent match against Yellow Submarine.Following the Sportradar report, ESIC has made the decision to ban both players for two years from UCC tournaments. The event technically comes under the WCA banner, but UCC are the local tournament organisers that handled the event.There were clear concerns following the match played in the World Cyber Arena (“WCA”) European Qualifiers for the CIS region last month, and thus the Esports Integrity Coalition (“ESIC”) launched an investigation of the match in question. In addition, Sportradar, a partner of ESIC, undertook an investigation on global betting patterns and fed the report to ESIC. Sportradar are amongst the leaders in preventing betting fraud, using a unique Fraud Detection System that is applied by federations such as the NBA and FIFA. Read the full article hereJoe Lacob secures NA LCS franchise slot, reports suggestJoe Lacob, the majority owner of NBA team Golden State Warriors has been accepted into the North American League of Legends Championship Series as one of ten franchise owners, ESPN reports suggest.The report, based off sources close to the Lacob family and Riot Games suggests that the $13,000,000 (£9.8m) entry fee will be payable over the next few years, with $8,000,000 (£6.03m) payable upfront and $5,000,000 (£3.77m) as an installment. Although the previously stated fee for joining the LCS was $10,000,000 (£7.54m), any entrants new to the LCS must pay an additional $3,000,000 hence bringing the figure to $13m. Furthermore, Jacob Wolf explains that the application was consulted on by Catalyst Sports & Media, a company whose esports executive vice presidents are well-known lawyer Bryce Blum and Avi Bhuiyan. The company has also consulted on Hersh Interactive’s recent investment in EnVyUs and Madison Square’s purchase of CLG. Read the full article here.Unikrn obtains Malta license and enters joint-venture in FranceDedicated esports bookmaker Unikrn has revealed ambitious European expansion plans, having obtained a Malta license and partnered with French company RBP, one of the leaders in betting in France. The joint-venture created with RBP will be named “Unikrn EU” and will effectively bring the Unikrn platform to Europe in early 2018. In addition to the partnership with RBP, Unikrn has obtained a Malta license allowing it to operate in a swathe of territories. The Unikrn platform is of course not limited to sportsbook as the company have made various investments in recent times. The team has an interest in German Counter-Strike squad BIG, as well as having a casino group and a content team fairly unique to Unikrn.Furthermore, it comes after the company’s ICO was recently revealed as the biggest esports and gaming ICO, having done over $28,000,000 in sales. The number has now surpassed $30,000,000 in Ethereum in over 112 countries and the token will “eventually follow across Europe”, according to the release. Read the full article here.Orlando Pirates join the esports frayOrlando Pirates has entered esports by way of FIFA, but has grand plans for expansion into more traditional esports titles. A statement on the team’s site read as follows: “For the first year, Orlando Pirates will focus its eSports energies on Electronic Arts franchise FIFA and will later look to moving into the more popular eSports segments such as Counter-Strike, League of Legends and/or Dota.”The club’s Brand Activation Manager Tokoloho Moeketsi, commented: “The eSports industry is exploding and there is a huge talent pool in South Africa with untapped potential.“We have noticed that the level of professionalism in eSports has continued to grow over the past years and as Orlando Pirates we feel that now is the right time to enter this industry.”The South African club will sign no less then ten players to begin with, who will all be contracted. This is a fairly strong signal that they are committed to, and believe, in esports and its capacity to be of benefit to Orlando Pirates going forward.Read the full article here.last_img read more

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Publix to require customers to wear face coverings all stores starting Tuesday

first_imgPublix announced they will require customers to wear face coverings in their stores at all times starting July 21st.In a statement, Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous said:“With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to grow and current CDC guidance indicating face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19, we believe requiring face coverings in our stores is another way we can do our part to help protect our communities.”Publix will display signs announcing the requirement at store entrances and in-store announcements will be made.Publix said the requirement will not apply to young children and those with medical conditions who are not able to wear them.last_img

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Facebook Has A Business Model Problem

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification I spent some time this week trading email with Mark Cuban about Facebook and hearing his frustrations about the way Facebook is treating its corporate customers and brand partners.The deal with Facebook, now and apparently forever, is that if brands want to reach all (or even just a large part) of the people they have rounded up over the years, it’s going to cost them a fortune.Like Cuban, a lot of brands are feeling betrayed because that wasn’t the deal when they first got on Facebook. They’ve invested time and money building up a large audience of followers, only to have the rug pulled out from under them.Cuban Isn’t The Only One Who’s AngryI’ve heard anecdotally about a huge brand that was complaining recently because it has spent four years building a following of millions of people, promoting its Facebook presence (and, by implication, Facebook itself) on expensive television ads – and now Facebook has flipped a switch and, overnight, their reach dropped by 40%.So now they’re done. They’ve been burned, and, like Cuban, they’re looking elsewhere.You might argue that Facebook has an integrity problem. What it has done here is a classic bait-and-switch maneuver, one where you change the rules after you get everybody into the tent. It’s the kind of thing you expect from a used-car dealer, not a big publicly traded company.And it’s certainly not what you expect from a company that makes such a big deal about how it doesn’t care about money, but is instead driven by a social mission. If Facebook really doesn’t care about money, why is it shaking down its best partners in such an ugly way?The Real ProblemBut Facebook has a much larger problem than a lack of integrity. Facebook has a business model problem.To be sure, Facebook will rake in $5 billion this year. But Facebook will celebrate its ninth birthday in a few months and the company still keeps poking around and testing new ways to generate revenue.Facebook’s long-term problem is that it is trying to make money via advertising, even though Facebook simply isn’t a very good vehicle for advertising.And while there are things Facebook could do to make itself into a nice platform for advertisers, those things would drive away members. That’s the conundrum.“A really nice big video ad or interstitial ad would increase their brand advertising revenue,” says Jeff Rosenblum, CEO of Questus, a digital ad agency in New York, “but the ad would be like interrupting a conversation between friends – annoying and unacceptable.”Rosenblum says a possible long-term play for Facebook might involve selling data about its members to advertisers, which could use that data to target ads on other platforms, like TV. He offers an example of two 40-year-old guys who are car shopping – one for a Volvo, the other for a Porsche. Their Facebook data could help advertisers figure out which is which.That’s a great idea, but making it happen, and turning it into a billion-dollar business, won’t be easy.“Personally, I would never bet against someone who dropped out of Harvard because he had better things to do,” Rosenblum says, “but Facebook is facing some real challenges.”Google+ Takes A Different ApproachMeanwhile, you know who stands to benefit in all of this? Google. See, Google is approaching social in a different way.Google lets you – not some algorithm – control which posts you see. And Gogle doesn’t put ads in your Google+ news feed.Instead, Google pulls info out of Google+ and uses that data to improve the results people get when they do a search.Google argues that ads work best next to search because people doing searches have reached what’s known as “the moment of commercial intent.”For example: You’re shopping for a new dishwasher. You go to Google and type in a search query. Google brings up organic resuts, plus some ads – plus some information from Google+, like the fact that your brother bought a GE dishwasher and highly recommends it.In other words: Google is using social to boost the effectiveness of its existing search business. Facebook doesn’t have a search business, so it is stuck jamming ads into your social space, which nobody likes.And now, desperate for revenue, it is shaking down members and brand partners alike, pushing them to pay Facebook just to stay in touch with each other.An Opening For Google?Google+ doesn’t have anywhere near the 1 billion members that Facebook claims. But it is growing quickly, with 400 million members and 100 million monthly active users.I imagine a lot of brands that are feeling burned by Facebook are having some very deep and thoughtful conversations with Google these days. They’re all advertising on Google already, of course. But I’m sure Google sees this as a way to grab a bigger piece of their ad budgets.Long term, which business model do you think makes more sense? Is Facebook going to drive brands away? Let us know in the comments. Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos dan lyons Tags:#e-commerce#Facebook#Google#Mark Cuban#social#Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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