During a time of crisis such as an infectious disease outbreak, everyone may show symptoms of stress, including older people and those with chronic illnesses which could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19; children and teens; responders to the crisis such as doctors, nurses, other hospital personnel, emergency services personnel, police officers, firefighters, and emergency management personnel; and people who have mental health conditions, including individuals with substance use disorders.Symptoms of stress reaction may include fear and worry about your own health and the health of loved ones and friends, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, or difficulty sleeping or concentrating among other symptoms. “This crisis has greatly impacted all of us. We are all vigilant and concerned,” said Tom Talbot, Executive Director of Community Mental Health Center, Inc. “Doing self-care is very important for us. Try to know yourself, read your body, understand how to self-regulate, know when to give yourself a break. CMHC’s mission – Partnering for Wellness: Healthy Mind. Healthy Body. Healthy Life. – helps us stay focused on this.”There are a number of steps you can take to help you cope with the challenges of this crisis:Try to limit your exposure to news of the crisis, including on social media. Hearing constant and repeated news about the crisis can be upsetting. Use reliable sources, such as the CDC website and the Indiana State Department of Health website, to seek news and health information.Take care of yourself. Try to maintain your normal eating and sleeping habits, if at all possible. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, and exercise regularly. Avoid consuming alcohol and drugs.Be sure to relax when you can. Do some favorite activities that you enjoy and that help you feel good, such as reading or watching a favorite TV show.Connect with others. We are continuing to discover ways to reach other online: through social media, teleconferencing, chat groups, etc. Talk with people who you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.Maintain and practice mindfulness and spiritual wellness. Make time for practices that enhance your sense of connection to self, nature, others, and your belief in a higher power. Such practices may include prayer, meditation, and reflection.“We are all learning new ways to cope with and how to function in our world in the midst of a great upheaval. Be kind to yourself and others. Understand that it is important to embrace hope as we move into the future,” said Talbot.CMHC provides behavioral health and substance use disorders services in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties. CMHC is continuing to maintain some services during the COVID-19 crisis, as behavioral health and substance use disorders services have been declared essential by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.For information about services, please phone the following numbers: Lawrenceburg – 812-537-7375; Batesville – 812-934-4210; Brookville – 765-647-4173; St. Leon – 812-576-1600, and Vevay – 812-427-2737. You also may contact 812-537-1302 to get information about available services. This number provides access to Emergency Services, as well, as does our 24-hour toll-free crisis line at 1-877-849-1248.
James McCarthy is confident the tag of being the most expensive Scottish-born footballer will not weigh heavily on his shoulders. Press Association The 22-year-old completed his move from Wigan to Everton for an initial £13million late on Monday evening, in the process eclipsing the £9.5million Spartak Moscow paid Celtic for Aiden McGeady and even the £12million Wolves collected from Sunderland in return for Steven Fletcher, although he was born in Shrewsbury. However, the former Hamilton midfielder, who is currently on international duty with Ireland, insists his fee will bring no added pressure. He said: “No, not at all. I am looking forward to it. It’s a new challenge and as I say, I am really looking forward to it. “I have had a few people on my case about it, and it’s one I’m going to need to take in my stride. “Hopefully I can make the step up to a big club at Everton, and it’s one I’m looking forward to. “Obviously I am delighted to be back in the Premier League. It’s a real excitement and a new challenge for myself.” McCarthy was given permission to delay his departure for Ireland as he attempted to tie up his move, but even then he had to wait literally until the 11th hour. He said: “It was hectic. It wasn’t nice to be waiting about, especially as it took until 10.50pm when we got confirmation that it was going to happen. “It was just a relief, to be honest, and such an excitement to go to such a brilliant place like Everton.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hit back at Jose Mourinho for the Portuguese’s “silly, disrespectful remark” as the war of words between the two managers escalated over the weekend. The Frenchman claimed his comments were not aimed at Mourinho and following his side’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Liverpool on Sunday he slammed his rival for his controversial riposte. “I do not want to go into that silly, disrespectful remark,” Wenger told BT Sport. “I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start. “The only thing I know is it’s more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me.” Wenger and Mourinho endured a fractious relationship during the Portuguese’s first spell and a fragile truce was eroded on Friday. “I’m embarrassed for him, honestly,” Wenger continued. “I’m not interested in the subject at all. That is really genuine. “I love football – and I’m sorry to disappoint you – what’s interesting for me is what happens on the pitch.” Mourinho had further to say on the subject following Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Manchester City on Saturday as well, with the 51-year-old pointing the finger of blame at “Monsieur polite” Wenger for their current spat. The former Real Madrid boss was quoted as saying by several national newspapers: “The only thing I feel is that I was very quiet in my place and somebody spoke not in a nice way about us. “After that, I don’t accept that one is always ‘Monsieur polite’ and the other one is always the bad guy. I don’t accept, I’m sorry.” Mourinho on Friday described Wenger as “a specialist in failure” – referring to Arsenal’s eight-year trophy drought – after the Gunners boss implied the Premier League title was Chelsea’s to lose. Wenger insisted his comments stating any team which says they are not in the title race – as Chelsea manager Mourinho has done countless times this season – does so out of fear of falling short of their ambition. Press Association
(REUTERS) – Part-time spinners Ish Sodhi and Martin Guptill bagged three wickets each as Zimbabwe folded on the final day of the second Test to hand New Zealand a comprehensive 254-run victory yesterday.New Zealand won the two-match series 2-0 after bowling Zimbabwe out for 132 in their second innings, though the home side were hampered by poor umpiring decisions.Sodhi took 3-19 and Guptill career-best figures of 3-11 as they tore through the Zimbabwe batting line-up after lunch, having set the home side an imposing victory target of 387.“It was a great effort, we knew it was going to be tough to take 20 wickets on this surface,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said at the post-match presentation.“Our whole squad is stepping up. It’s causing a few problems but it’s a good problem to have. It’s important we look to improve, we have a big challenge coming up in South Africa.”Zimbabwe resumed on 58 for three in the morning session and batted for 22 overs without losing a wicket, before the first of a number of bad decisions against the home side.Nightwatchman Donald Tiripano (22) had used up 96 deliveries before he was adjudged lbw by Australian umpire Paul Reiffel off the bowling of Mitchell Santner, even though the ball appeared to be missing the leg stump.With no umpire review system being used in the series, the home side were unable to challenge.First-innings centurion Craig Ervine (27) was on the end of another dubious call from Reiffel when he was incorrectly given out caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Guptill.It proved a turning-point as the home side lost their remaining five wickets for 20 runs.Sean Williams (11) was Guptill’s second victim as he smashed a drive to Williamson at short cover, before debutant Peter Moor (one) was plumb lbw to Sodhi.Graeme Cremer (1) got an inside edge on to the pad off Guptill but was given out lbw by Reiffel, before umpire Michael Gough adjudged Prince Masvaure (11) had been caught by Ross Taylor at slip off Sodhi the ball came off his pad only.There could be no complaints but the wicket that finished the game, though, as Michael Chinouya (0) offered a simple catch to Williamson.“We showed fight. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Zimbabwe skipper Cremer said.“Any cricket for us is really appreciated. We need to be playing more to be more competitive.”New Zealand now head to South Africa for a two-Test series starting in Durban on August 19.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 582 for 4 decl. (T. Latham 136, R. Taylor 124 n.o., K. Williamson 113, M. Guptill 87, B. Watling 83 n.o.)ZIMBABWE 1st innings 362 (C. Ervine 146, P. Moor 71, C. Chibhabha 60; I. Sodhi 4-60)NEW ZEALAND 2nd innings 166 for 2 decl. (K. Williamson 68 n.o., R. Taylor 67no)ZIMBABWE 2nd innings (Overnight 58-3; Target: 387 runs)T. Mawoyo lbw b Boult 35C. Chibhabha c Guptill b Wagner 21S. Raza lbw b Southee 0D. Tiripano lbw b Santner 22C. Ervine c Watling b Guptill 27P. Masvaure c Taylor b Sodhi 11S. Williams c Williamson b Guptill 11P. Moor lbw b Sodhi 1G. Cremer lbw b Guptill 1J. Nyumbu not out 0M. Chinouya c Williamson b Sodhi 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2) 3Total: (all out, 68.4 overs) 132Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-58, 3-58, 4-97, 5-112, 6-130, 7-131, 8-132, 9-132.Bowling: T. Southee 14-7-35-1, T. Boult 12-4-26-1, N. Wagner 12-5-23-1, M. Santner 12-4-15-1 I. Sodhi 114-5-19-3, M. Guptill 7-4-11-3.
Teams can’t announce deals until they are officially signed.The Athletic first reported the Jets’ agreement with Desir, who was released by Colts on Saturday.The 29-year-old defensive back spent the past three seasons with Indianapolis, where he had 161 total tackles, five interceptions, 26 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 37 games, including 29 starts.Desir signed a three-year contract worth $22.5 million — including $12 million guaranteed — last March, but the Colts saved nearly $7 million on their salary cap for this season by releasing him.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Associated Press The United States governing bodies of swimming and track — two of the three top-tier Summer Games sports — have called on their national Olympic officials to push for a postponement.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJays’ Shapiro expects 4-week spring training before seasonUNDATED (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular season play can begin.Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus pandemic. — Hours after the Australian government called for its citizens to cancel all non-essential travel, the Australian rules Australian Football League announced it was postponing its seasons until May 31. Australia’s various football leagues were among the few remaining professional sports playing on across the globe in its attempts to halt the spread of the virus.— The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. That’s according to an announcement from the Dubai Media Office, a governmental agency. Officials had planned to run the race March 28 without spectators over concerns about the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.NFL-JETS-DESIRAP sources: Jets agree to 1-year deal with CB Pierre DesirNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets and cornerback Pierre Desir have agreed to terms on a deal, according to two people with direct knowledge of the contract. One of the people tells The Associated Press the contract for the former Indianapolis Colts standout is for one year. In a statement Sunday, the IOC said it will hold four weeks of discussions with global sports officials and Japanese authorities to examine the options. It says the “scenario planning” will include the possibility of changing the July 24 start date for the Games, but that “cancellation is not on the agenda.”The announcement came after IOC President Thomas Bach led a conference call with executive board members.Bach has consistently said organizers are fully committed to opening the games on July 24, even as athlete training, qualifying events and preparations for the Games are being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.Criticism of that stance has grown in recent days.National Olympic committees in Brazil and Slovenia later called for a postponement to 2021. Norway’s Olympic body said it did want athletes going to Tokyo until the global health crisis is under control. Shapiro cautioned that training camps aren’t likely to open for some time because of the outbreak. All but three of Toronto’s major league players have left the team’s spring training site in Dunedin, Florida. Shapiro says no Blue Jays players or staff have displayed any symptoms of the new coronavirus, and that no one has been tested.Shapiro spoke to reporters on Sunday from his home in Toronto.In other virus-related developments:— The St. Louis Blues say a relative of a team employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is in self-isolation along with members of the person’s family, according to the team. All Blues staff who may have come into close contact with the employee have been notified. The team says it is asking for all members of the Blues to remain isolated, monitor their health and seek advice from team medical staff.— Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac announced he is teaming up with J.U.M.P. Ministries Global Church to provide hot breakfasts and lunches to school kids age 18 and under on weekdays for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Isaac also says he’ll be helping families obtain boxes of non-perishable food items once a week, things like oatmeal and cereal and instant rice. He says the breakfasts and lunches will be grab-and-go style, and a nurse will be on site for the pickups. Issac says, “We cannot just sit on our hands while this is going on.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappVIRUS OUTBREAK-OLYMPICSIOC to consider postponing Tokyo OlympicsLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee now says it will consider the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics. March 22, 2020
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___English soccer club Tottenham says it is expecting to lose more than $250 million in revenue with Premier League matches being played without fans and its stadium no longer being used for two NFL games this year. The Latest: Tottenham expects big losses with no fans or NFL German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat. Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts.German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.”___ The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season. The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches. There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___ June 4, 2020 The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement.Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement.Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.___ They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Tottenham’s stadium opened last year and can hold more than 60,000 people. It is unclear when spectators will be allowed into events again.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “it is imperative that we now all work together … to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.”___Badminton tournaments in Australia, India and South Korea have been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The suspended Australian Open can’t find new dates. The Hyderabad Open in August and Korea Masters in November were part of the revamped calendar announced last month but have now been put off. The Korea Open in September is still on.The world tour is scheduled to resume at the end of August in Lingshui, China.___The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games.Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.” All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus.The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.___Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches. ___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.” Associated Press The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini. Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16.Basel also faces a potential clash with this season’s Europa League possibly overlapping with next season’s preliminary rounds.Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
“I thought it was really helpful to get different perspectives from people who are working in politics, from people working in nonprofits and for the people [who have] experienced homelessness themselves,” Chung said. Community activists, Los Angeles officials and individuals who have experienced homelessness joined in conversation with one another Tuesday to discuss policy initiatives and the impact of poverty. The event, titled “A conversation about LA’s homeless crisis,” was hosted by Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism professors Mary Murphy and Sandy Tolan. “There’s all these things that we don’t think about that we take for granted [such as] mailing services, or internet, or electricity or transportation,” Kim said. “There’s a lot of misinformation as to the kinds of people experiencing homelessness — ‘Oh they don’t want to work’ or ‘Oh they’re all mentally ill,” and that’s just not true.” Murphy ended the panel by discussing the responsibility that journalists and students have to be aware of the homeless community. “[The club] provides a sense of community … They are estranged from their family, they have destroyed relationships in the process,” Mitchell said. “One of the fundamental things that all human beings needs is relationships. … [The program] is a partnership of people like me who are not [experiencing homelessness] and people who are.” Annenberg professor Sandy Tolan (center) co-hosted an event about reporting on homelessness with professor Mary Murphy Tuesday. (Shaylee Navarro/Daily Trojan) Craig Mitchell, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge and founder of the Skid Row Running Club described his organization as an opportunity for individuals to come together and form a community between people who experience homelessness and homelessness advocates. Tolan began the event by introducing the students who organized the event and their two-year project on homelessness reporting. The projects included stories of people facing evictions, individuals living in their cars and even a USC student’s struggles with remaining in a stable housing unit. Panelist Demetri Bryant, who has experienced homelessness in the Los Angeles area, said that people who have dealt with the same conditions have to advocate for themselves because no one else in the community cares enough to advocate for their rights. “When I was young, [my family] was facing no fault eviction,” Cruz said. “Last year, the landlord served us another no fault eviction … If you don’t know what your resources are or if you are unable to put in the time to find these resources, your options are extremely limited.” According to the most recent records from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 50,000 Angelenos are currently experiencing homelessness. Around 9% of four-year undergraduate students in the U.S. have reported that they experienced homelessness in 2018. Janet Kim, representative of the SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, said that the program was established as a way to get to know the homeless community as well as break barriers and stigma surrounding the issue. “For journalists, one of the reason we did this class … is because this is a priority for journalists — we have to expose this, we have to write about it,” Murphy said. Murphy mentioned her advocacy work with the homelessness initiative, which specifically centers its efforts on Skid Row. “When you’re a homeless person you need to be proactive,” Bryant said. “You need to be making an effort to do for yourself, and you can’t sit around waiting for people to do stuff for you because they won’t.” “I’ve been volunteering in Skid Row for 30 years, I’ve been volunteering for people experiencing homeless,” Murphy said. “This kind of panel where we have people who have experienced homelessness, people who are trying to solve the problem, this communion, this conversation is part of the answer.” Panelist Diana Cruz was the first individual to share her experience with homelessness, particularly with evictions. She said her situation is not unusual; however, there continues to be limited resources and a lack of support for her as well as others. Kelly Chung, a junior majoring in business administration, said that listening to different perspectives on the issue of homelessness provided helpful insight.
Photo © – Tipp FM There’s a four-way share at the top of the leaderboard into the weekend at the US Open golf.Americans Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka and English duo Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are all seven-under par at Erin Hills.Jamie Lovemark, J-B Holmes and first round leader Rickie Fowler are all six-under. Shane Lowry’s the only Irish player to make the weekend, he’s one-over into today’s third round.Graeme McDowell, Paul Dunne and Rory McIlroy all missed the cut with defending champion Dustin Johnson and world number three Jason Day.
Dublin v LaoisKilkenny v LimerickOffaly v WaterfordThe hurling qualifiers will be held next weekend.Meanwhile the Tipp senior footballers face a trip to Cavan for their Round 2B qualifier.The other pairings are:Wexford v MonaghanWestmeath v ArmaghCarlow v LeitrimThese games will take place on the weekend of 8th/9th July with the times, dates and venues to be confirmed later today. Tipperary will face Westmeath in Round 1 of the All Ireland hurling qualifiers.Michael Ryan’s side will have home advantage for next weekend’s game.The other pairings are: Photo © Tipperary GAA
Share SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Submit Share Simon Westbury, VSoftCoSBC caught up with Simon Westbury, Managing Director for Betting on Football 2017 (3-5 May) sponsor VSoftCo, to discuss his company’s approach to virtual sports betting, why he was attracted to the event and which parts of the Stamford Bridge conference agenda he is most looking forward to.SBC: Having also sponsored last year’s Betting on Sports conference, what is it that attracts you to events organised by SBC?SW: The attraction to us is the specificity of the events, there are lots of conferences that claim to be ‘must attend’.However, these types of events apply a brush stroke philosophy, touching on lots of different topics and verticals but failing to address any particular area.The events that Rasmus Sojmark and the SBC team put together are very specific in content and speak to the vertical that VSoftCo operates in. In addition to the conference focus, we also find the networking excellent and have managed to secure contracts from contacts we have made at the show. Put simply, it’s a win-win for VSoftCo – specific content and excellent business development opportunities.SBC: What are you most looking forward to at the conference?SW: I am really looking forward to hearing from football stakeholders to understand their point of view on gaming and how the two industries can work together in closer partnership. We are also looking forward to exhibiting at the show, and I am delighted to confirm that VSoftCo’s exhibition stand will contain a penalty shoot-out simulator to allow attendees to prove they are better than England at penalties.SBC: How can virtual sports betting and football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?SW: This is an interesting area of discussion and one that VSoftCo has explored in detail in the last six months. The owners of VSoftCo also own Sheffield United Football Club (SUFC), so we have been able to work with the club to explore how we can improve our virtual products using real football. For the example, the main area we have cooperated with SUFC is using professional football players in our motion capture.We have added over 800 new sequences to the game which will mean by the end of May, VSoftCo will be the only provider of virtual football to have a fully motion captured game using professional footballers. We are looking to deepen the relationship with the club. It has been suggested we look at Pro-zone stats the club use and use this data in our virtual game to ensure that we make our virtual football as real as possible.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on virtual sports betting?SW: We are the only provider who uses real time technology, meaning that every game is a unique instance with over 2.5 million possible interactions per event rather than relaying a library of pre-recorded video clips. We have managed to use this technology to adapt to changes in football, for example within a week of the new kick off sequence occurring in real football we were able to incorporate the new kick off sequence into our virtual game.Additionally, the real-time technology allows us to offer bet markets that other suppliers cannot. For example, our first goalscorer market is the most popular market with operators, followed by 1×2. The first goalscorer market is 30% of all bets we take and no one else offers this specific market. So, by working with us operators manage to gain 30% of bets they would otherwise miss out on.So, the focus of VSoftCo going forward will be how to maximise our unique technology to maximise realism and betting opportunities for operators and players alike. We believe the technology and access to a professional football club gives us an advantage our competitors simply cannot match.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at #bofcon2017?SW: Please forgive me for being selfish here, but I am really looking forward to the panel that I am speaking on. It is a panel that incorporates some of what I have spoken with you about.The panel will address how virtual football can emulate the beautiful game and I am looking forward to pushing VSoftCo to the forefront of this discussion – the combination of our real-time technology which shows the whole match means we are in the best place to replicate real football.Our competitors can recreate a highlight show such as Match of the Day, but we can re-create the excitement that goes hand in hand with watching a real football match in real time and not knowing what will happen once the game has kicked off. Combining this real-time technology to create unique excitement and betting markets others cannot, with the heritage of a professional football club, creates an offering no one else can compete with. SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience April 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Marketing responsibly and using AI to unlock esports’ potential April 21, 2020 Related Articles