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Syracuse men’s, women’s lacrosse final four tickets now available

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Related Stories THEY’RE BACK: Syracuse pulls off furious comeback win against Yale to return to final four after longest absence since 1979Syracuse attack carries Orange into final four as Tumolo gets Carrier Dome farewellcenter_img Tickets are now available at the Carrier Dome Box Office and SUAthletics.com for the men’s and women’s 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships.The No. 1 Syracuse men’s team will play fourth-seeded Denver in the final four on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Tickets for the men’s championship are $110, plus a $7 order charge.The tickets include Saturday’s semifinal contests, the Division II and Division III championship games on Sunday, and the Division I title game on Monday afternoon. Seating priority is determined by 2011-12 Orange Club giving level, then by the date the order is received.The No. 4-seed Orange women’s team will face top-seeded Maryland in the national semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Villanova (Pa.) Stadium. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for youth, as well as a $7 order charge. The tickets are good for both national semifinal games on Friday evening and Sunday night’s national championship game.Ticket packages for both men’s and women’s championships will become available for pickup at the Carrier Dome Box Office at noon Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Maltese based Gamanza brings gamification angle to games provision

first_img Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Gamanza, a Malta based start up, has announced a new games aggregation platform, complete with gamification application and accompanying bonus engine, designed to enhance player lifetime values.Operators, who will have access to over 100 games, can use data from players activity on site and translate them to points, tokens or credits and levels of achievement, with each programme configurable to their own needs.All points or levels earned can be used in the ‘Reward Shop,’ where players purchase whatever system of bonuses is employed, including bonus money, free cash, free spins, free bets and specific Jackpot spins.The gamification application also features a multi-provider and multi-product tournament module, which offers multiple leaderboards for each tournament.In addition, it also works in tandem with the Gamanza bonus engine, with the bespoke application able to be deployed as a standalone or within an operator’s existing system.Magnus Lindberg, Gamanza Founder and Chief Executive, commented: “We know that gamification is incredibly important for player engagement, the appropriate rewards helps build brand loyalty and means the player stays with a site for longer and enjoys a better overall experience.”“Through our customisable and comprehensive gamification framework, we offer actionable insights that can then be exploited by operators.“We can tie together game, player and bonus action more clearly via gamification in a way that will enhance revenues.”Complementing its games provision, Gamanza also offers a plug in and play Lotto solution,  allowing players to bet on the winning numbers on 20 of the world’s largest lotteries, featuring regular jackpots of over €100m.In addition the platform also provides a real money betting application, making it possible for players to make real money bets alongside social betting activity. The product also comes with social betting features, including custom leagues, leaderboards and prize pools, ensuring winners get both the bragging rights and a monetary reward.The application is also integrated into the gamification and bonus applications, meaning even more tools are available to ensure operators have the best chance of acquiring and retaining players. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020last_img read more

For Kyler Murray, baseball question will be among toughest challenges in NFL Draft process

first_imgIn choosing football over baseball for his immediate career path, Kyler Murray claims to be following his heart, saying, “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB.”Sounds good. And I think Murray is making the right call in taking the easier path to on-field and financial success. But NFL teams will want to hear the 21-year-old, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma say it in person when he is interviewed at the NFL Combine. GMs will still have concerns about the money factor, as they know it is part of Murray’s decision considering the opportunity he has as a likely first-round draft pick who could easily jump into the top 10. That equates to a lot more money than the amount he would have received from minor league pay in the Oakland A’s farm system for his first couple seasons, even with the $4.66 million signing bonus, of which he had to return all but $210,000.As a comparison, QB Josh Rosen (No. 10 overall selection by Arizona last year) received a $10.9 million signing bonus and $17.6 million guaranteed over four years under his rookie deal. Like Rosen, Murray will have a chance to earn a $30 million-plus-per-year contract by his fourth season if he proves to be a franchise QB. He also is sure to gain significant endorsement income as a high-profile QB in America’s No. 1 sports league in terms of fan interest.In Major League Baseball, though, it’s rare for a star player to be paid huge money until he’s been around for five or six years (with the free agency level at six years). Mike Trout is the anomaly as a star player who got paid his megadeal after just a couple seasons. The norm is Mookie Betts, who was paid $10.5 million last year as MVP in his seventh pro season (with three years in the minors), and he’s still two years away from free agency. For all these reasons, Murray will be among the most interesting players this draft season in terms of teams wanting to get to know him better. And it will be fun to see him face the questions.I expect him to do it with confidence, knowing he has a bright future ahead in the sport he says he loves.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. MORE: Best, worst fits for Murray in NFL DraftMurray’s answer to the baseball question will be scrutinized, as each GM and coach will formulate his own opinion on Murray’s commitment to football. His potential to fallback on baseball makes GMs and coaches a little nervous, thinking he could skip an offseason program at some point to scratch his baseball itch. NFL teams do not want divided attention in their players, especially the starting QB.With so much at stake for NFL teams in terms of money, salary cap space and draft capital, that’s the way it works.In my current work with an NFL agent group, I do interview prep with our soon-to-be rookies so they are trained on how to answer tough questions (along with Wonderlic prep). I tell our players they have to stay patient and be personable during the interview grind at the Combine, Pro Day and on pre-draft visits to team facilities.If I were working with Murray, I would emphasize how he needs to be prepared to answer the baseball question for teams who want to be sure there won’t be an about-face a couple years down the line as the physical difference in the two sports becomes more obvious, or the desire to play both sports returns. Above all, I would insist that Murray be honest in his answers to GMs, player personnel directors, scouts and coaches. They all know he is being tutored on how to answer questions, and they can easily spot when a player is not speaking the truth.MOCK DRAFT: Murray not a top-10 pick … yetMurray will go through a grueling couple days at the Combine with physical testing and on-field drills to the extent he participates. I would recommend Murray do all he can to showcase his speed, agility and passing skills. (Although in my NFL team management days, I always relied more on how a player performed in actual games than his Combine measurables.)I also would want Murray to be upfront about the obvious financial incentive to come in the NFL, and that he understands the year-round commitment required to keep learning and improving at his craft. Another subject that will stir questioning for Murray is his lack of height (5-10). Even with the success of Super Bowl-winning QBs Drew Brees (6-0) and Russell Wilson (5-11), most GMs and coaches prefer their QBs to be of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning stature (6-4 or taller) so they can stand tall in the pocket.But smart personnel people understand there is no blueprint for a successful QB’s size, and what a QB like Murray gives up in height can be a gain in mobility and playmaking ability. Astute coaches can design offenses around the skill set of players such as Murray.I watched the barely-six-foot-tall Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton take the Vikings to the Super Bowl in my first year with the team, so I’ve never been overly concerned with a QB’s height. Neither were two Hall of Famers in GM Jim Finks and coach Bud Grant, who acquired Tarkenton from the Giants in a blockbuster trade in 1972. They saw Tarkenton use his quickness, elusiveness and smarts to lead Minnesota to three Super Bowls.Today, the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes at 6-3 is not the biggest QB, but he is the reigning MVP and the most exciting player in the game today. Browns QB Baker Mayfield, last year’s top draft pick, looks like the real deal at 6-1.MORE: Can Murray go No. 1 overall in draft?A third subject Murray must be ready to address is his relative lack of experience. He started only one full season in college, but it was spectacular — a 12-2 record in leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff, 39 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions, plus 12 rushing touchdowns.Other recent high draft picks such as Mitchell Trubisky (No. 2 overall in 2017) have had to fight off the same knock. Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, another player being touted as potentially the first QB selected this year, will have to answer the same questions.Then Murray will be asked about the old argument that no defense is being played in the Big 12 conference. All he has to do is toss Mahomes back as an answer. The former Texas Tech QB is doing just fine against the big boys in the NFL.MORE: Odds on teams taking Murray in draftlast_img read more