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Premier League clubs told to get ready for season to return in June

first_imgPremier League clubs told to get ready for season to return in June Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Apr 2020 11:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link44Shares Advertisement The season has been postponed since mid-March (Picture: Getty)Once the rate of new infections begin to fall, the government will be pressurised into a so-called ‘exit strategy’ that would see an easing of the lockdown measures currently in place. AdvertisementAdvertisementThere was even a discussion over whether supporters should be allowed to attend matches but the Premier League is just keen to resume in the most safe manner. With 92 matches remaining and the possibility that large sections of society will still be in self-isolation, there was a discussion over whether matches should be made available to terrestrial television and the matter is ongoing.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySky and BT Sport also want to be able to show more than their allocated share, arguing that live sport would be a boost in morale for the public. Should matters proceed as the Premier League hope, all teams and squads will have to comply to the strictest of measures to see matches played.The arrangement is also dependent on current forecasting and it’s accepted that there could be further postponements if the situation does not improve as expected. MORE: Jesse Lingard desperate to stay at Manchester United despite Arsenal interest The Premier League could return in May (Picture: Getty)The Premier League are in ‘advanced talks’ with the government over plans to resume the season in June.All 20 clubs were told to prepare for a return in June after the Premier League reached a ‘tentative’ agreement with the government that would allow matches to be played behind-closed-doors, according to the Mirror.The season has been suspended since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic reached the UK in early March and there was an initial dispute over how the season should be finished.However, after agreeing that the campaign must be finished by whatever means, the Premier League’s focus has been on a safe return and the government is forecasting for the ‘peak’ of the pandemic to hit in around 10-14 days in the UK.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Syracuse football attendance is on pace for an all-time low with 3 home games left

first_imgAll it took was a new head coach, offensive scheme and director of athletics for Bethann Fischer to come out of a 13-year dormancy.“This year, we got Dino (Babers), a new team, new hope,” said Fischer, who bought Syracuse football season tickets this year for the first time since 2003. “I’m hoping there’s some light at the end of the tunnel.”But for years, college football attendance has decreased. Syracuse, and the nation, ride a steady decline in home football attendance. This year’s Carrier Dome average is on pace for a record low while national Division I FBS attendance has fallen in six of the last seven years after peaking in 2008. Syracuse’s season and group ticket figures are up, said Anthony Di Fino, Syracuse’s associate athletics director for business development.Among the measures athletic departments take to lure fans to games are new personnel, upgraded facilities and branding campaigns, such as Syracuse’s social media push, #OrangeIsTheNewFast. Colleges across the country face the challenge as fans seek enhanced at-home viewing experiences, winning teams they can root for and alternate entertainment options.“Here we go again, it’s 2-2, why should I buy tickets?” said Rodney Paul, a professor of sport management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “So much has to do with other entertainment options. What else could you do?”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt doesn’t help that the Orange is 6-12 since the start of 2015. Getting families to spend a day at the game over Destiny USA or the park is no easy feat. Facing record-low attendance, SU Athletics has launched several initiatives to lure fans through the Carrier Dome turnstiles.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorTo bolster student attendance for a nationally televised game and expose first-year students to Orange athletics, Syracuse granted all students with a valid ID free admission to the Colgate and Louisville contests. The move comes months before SU Athletics may test a new student season ticket model.By the start of next football season, SU could adopt a point system, which incentivizes students to attend athletic events through prizes. Syracuse plans on a point system because of its success at other Power 5 universities including Miami, Florida State and Boston College, Di Fino said. A “few thousand” students who had not purchased season tickets attended the UofL game because it was free.Each Syracuse home game has a theme, including Medical Appreciation Night, Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day. SU has amped up promotions during timeouts and at halftime. There are more flashes of the crowd on the video board.This summer, Syracuse upgraded Carrier Dome Wi-Fi speeds and ran its “No Huddle Tour” in Rochester, Buffalo and Binghamton, New York, for the first time since 2010, emphasizing “New York’s College Team.” Fans can meet players and coaches at the events.Over the years, SU has upgraded Carrier Dome video boards and scoreboards. An air conditioning system could be in the works, Di Fino said, declining further comment. Against Louisville, Carrier Dome temperatures eclipsed 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The taste of hot dogs, comfort of the bleachers and temperatures of the venue weigh just as heavily as the on-field product, experts say.Syracuse attendance peaked in the program’s centennial season, 1989, when it averaged 48,885 per game. Home attendance has decreased 30 percent since 2012, when the figure (45,854) eclipsed 45,000 for the first time in 13 years. In both years, the Orange won eight games and a Bowl.“Winning cures almost any problems,” Paul said.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorEven last year, when the Orange sprung to its first 3-0 start in more than 20 years — SU finished 4-8 — attendance dropped 21 percent, the largest decline among Power 5 schools over the year.At all levels, football leagues face growing scrutiny over the game’s harmful effects. Youth participation rates have declined and NFL television viewership has dropped more than 10 percent this year.Still, elite programs have drawn big crowds — even in down seasons. Teams with rich histories, like Syracuse, can leverage tradition through nostalgia, said Gregg Bocketti, an associate professor at Transylvania University who has studied attendance. More tangible upgrades help, too.Louisiana State recently installed a sound system to keep fans. Kentucky attendance jumped 6 percent its first year in a renovated stadium. Houston saw a 20 percent increase as it became a ranked team.A mix of on-field success and off-field entertainment helped Akron’s attendance soar. Despite sitting about 120 miles from mega power Ohio State, Akron’s attendance surged after reaching its first bowl game in 10 years. A new picnic area near the field complements pre- and post-game concerts and fireworks to enhance auxiliary entertainment. Parking lots now open at 7 a.m. for game-day tailgaters.“We want you here all day,” said George Van Horne, Akron’s senior associate athletics director for development and marketing.Athletic departments long for the casual fans. Whereas invested supporters, such as Michael N. Siiss, are easier to draw.Siiss and his father have been Syracuse football season ticket holders since 1993. The Schenectady, New York, residents keep their tickets through years of national prominence and struggle.“We’ve stuck with it because it’s a good bonding time for my father and I,” Siiss said. “He can tell me what the games were like back at the old Archbold Stadium. It’s a chance we have we can spend together from the capital district out to Syracuse.“It isn’t going to stop because there’s a few down seasons.”Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorStill, Syracuse history has proved winning teams draw more fans. The year the Carrier Dome opened, 1980, Syracuse football attendance soared. It dropped in 1986, a 5-6 year sandwiched between seven- and 11-win seasons. Syracuse’s all-time high came in 1989, when the Orange finished 8-4 amid a 6-year stretch of Bowl Game appearances.Over-branding can drive fans away from teams, Bocketti cautioned. Fans can feel separated from players, less ownership and less affinity for a team when they sense it belongs to corporate sponsors.How accessible the stadium is, where parking lies and how large venues are also contribute. Stadiums that are too big can always seem empty, Bocketti said, keeping fans away.“If I see on TV the stadium is half empty, it’s 82 degrees and it’s a sunny day, I am not going to attend the game,” said Thilo Kunkel, a professor of sport management at Temple University. “Why should I attend if there’s no one else there?”The next step for Syracuse is to sport a winning team. How the Orange performs in its final three home games, against No. 17 Virginia Tech and then North Carolina State and No. 14 Florida State, may determine whether fans flock to the Dome — or signify more down years to come.“Everyone’s along for the ride as we do this,” Di Fino said. 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Virginia Lee (Reed) Stamm, 66, Caldwell: Oct. 11, 1946 – June 7, 2013

first_imgVirginia Lee (Reed) Stamm was born October 11, 1946 at Caldwell to Hugh and Betty (Claypole) Reed. Virginia died on Friday, June 7, 2013 at Haysville. She was 66 years old.Virginia enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, flowers and spending time with her family.She was preceded in death by her grandparents, and her parents Hugh and Betty Reed and brother Billy Reed.Her survivors include three daughters; Tammy Longbrake of Goddard, Tina Stamm of Van Buren, Arkansas, Misty Buchanon of Wichita; one son Terry Stamm of Wellington; three brothers; Tom Reed of South Haven, Larry Reed of Anthony, Jim Reed of Arkansas City; two sisters Ruth Mark of Attica, and Mary Lou Mort of Arkansas City; seven grandsons, four granddaughters, and three great-grandsons.A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Goodel Cemetery, Drury.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.info Arrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell.last_img read more


first_imgShane Wallace of Wallace Media interviewing Minister Richard Bruton at the Station House Hotel this morningMore than 60 new high-end jobs will be created at Letterkenny’s new €4.5M Science Park at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The LYIT campus where the new Science Park will be based.Details of the investment were announced this morning by Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton, who is visiting the county.Minister Bruton is in Letterkenny today to launch the Action Plan for Jobs Business Forum from 8am this morning. Commenting on today’s job announcement, Deputy Joe McHugh TD, “I am delighted at today’s announcement that there will be 60 new jobs being created at the Science Park building. This Government made a commitment to invest in this North West cross-border project between Letterkenny and Derry and today’s job announcement, along with the original €4.5m commitment is a further demonstration of that commitment.“I am also very pleased that Minister Bruton can be with us in Letterkenny today for this announcement, and also to promote the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs Business Forum. Since 2011, there have been an additional 600 IDA – supported jobs created in Donegal and it is essential that we keep building on this momentum because unemployment is so prominent in the County.“I also welcome that site works have commenced on a 2,197 m2 ‘Advanced Office Building’ in Letterkenny Business Technology Park, to meet demands of new and existing FDI developments both in Letterkenny and the North West Region.”Minister Bruton said a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is supporting job-creation across all the regions of the country. “The border region was particularly badly hit by the employment collapse 2008-2010 with over 30,000 jobs lost, and in Donegal particularly more than 10,000 extra people joined the live register. In the past three years we have started to see some progress, with 2,000 people leaving the live register and 500 additional people employed in IDA companies in the county. Across the border region an extra 14,000 jobs have been created in the past year.“However we must do more, and that is why in the 2014 Action Plan we are putting in place measures like establishing Local Enterprise Offices in every country, advance IDA facilities in places like Letterkenny, and a competition to find the best young entrepreneur in every county.“Today’s announcement that, with support from my Department and the EU, a state of the art new 20,000 sq ft Science Park will be built at LYIT is a great lift. I am convinced that this will prove a huge boost for research and innovation in the border region and ultimately help turn good ideas into good jobs”. MORE THAN 60 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR LETTERKENNY SCIENCE PARK was last modified: May 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLetterkenny Science ParkMinister Richard Brutonlast_img read more