West Genesee running back Howard becomes 1st member of Class of 2014 to commit to Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Naesean Howard, a running back from West Genesee High School in Camillus, committed to Syracuse on Saturday, Scout.com reported.Howard is the first member in the Class of 2014 to commit to the Orange.The 5-foot-11, 185-lb. Howard is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. His only other offer so far was from Buffalo, according to Scout.comHoward rushed for 1,486 yards on 172 carries this past season for West Genesee. He scored 23 touchdowns.He’s also played on the other side of the ball at safety.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Lagos Marathon Holds Today, 100, 000 Athletes Battle for $50,000

first_imgA total of 100, 000 athletes from 27 countries including Nigeria will be participating in the second edition of Access Bank Lagos Marathon billed to hold from 7am to 2pm on February 11, 2017.64 elite athletes from 26 countries and 102 from Nigeria, as well as 30 special athletes will also be participating in the marathon scheduled to start from National Stadium in Surulere and terminate at Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island.Addressing a world press conference on Friday at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said adequate preparations have been put in place to ensure a successful event, assuring that the marathon had been designed to be bigger and better than the previous edition. Governor Ambode, who addressed the briefing alongside President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Mr Solomon Ogba; Acting President of International Association of Ultra runners, Mr Nadeem Khan; representatives of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and representatives of the sponsors of the event, said all the agencies of government participating in the event have been adequately mobilized, saying that Lagosians should expect the best.Speaking on the idea behind investing in the marathon, Governor Ambode, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Sports and Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Deji Tinubu, said the event was meant to showcase the excellence of Lagos to the world as well as encourage sporting activities among the people.He said: “We want to show the world that Lagos can be and Lagos can do what it is expected of it as a mega city; we want to show to the world the tourism potentials of Lagos; we want to show to the world that Lagos is safe; we want to show to the world that Lagos can be the choice destination for sports, tourism and entertainment and that is why we are doing this.”While appreciating all the sponsors that partnered with the State Government, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to note that many of the participating athletes have picked up their running kits, while top notch security and logistics arrangement have been put in place.  He also said that the Sole Administrators of the Local Government Areas of the routes of the marathon have also been adequately mobilized, while arrangement for entertainment and fun packs have also been perfected for those not participating in the marathon.In his remarks, AFN President, Ogba said as the biggest commercial city and very important city in Africa, the Lagos Marathon was designed to be among the top ten marathons in the world, saying that he was indeed happy with the commitment of the present administration in the State led by Governor Ambode towards the marathon.He said it was a common knowledge that over 10,000 people travel to Lagos per day with no intention of going back and with a lot of attendant pressure on public infrastructure, adding that it was good thing that the government considered the event.   Also, Head of Organizing Committee of the Marathon and Executive Director of Access Bank, Mr. Victor Otoko recalled the success of the last year edition, saying that necessary preparation has been perfected to make this year’s edition hugely successful.He said provisions have been made for a total of 29 water stations along the marathon routes with adequate security to ensure that only the marathoners get access it, while all the special athletes participating in the marathon would be given appearance fees.  Explaining how the Marathon came into being, Project Consultant, Mr Bukola Olopade said Governor Ambode deserved to be commended for his sportsmanship that made it easy for the maiden event to be possible having given approval after presentation on the event.“Let me specially thank Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for understanding the context of hosting the event just within two minutes of discussing why Lagos, considered to be the hub of business activities in Nigeria and 5th largest economy in Africa should host the marathon,” Olopade said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

InCrowd’s John O’Connor: Delivering betting-based engagement for fans and sports brands

first_img Since the end of the domestic football season, InCrowd has been working with Sky Sports to raise anticipation levels for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.  The fan marketing platform provider forged a successful partnership with the “multimedia colossus” to develop ‘Road to Moscow’, an interactive pre-tournament predictor game which saw 9% of those who played backing England to lift the World Cup.We caught up with John O’Connor, the company’s head of business development and sports betting, to discuss the future of mobile first-platforms, and why games like Sky Sports ‘Road to Moscow’ are a significant step in the right direction for InCrowd.SBC: John, can you give us a quick rundown of what InCrowd do?JOC: InCrowd has built its own proprietary native mobile app platform. The initial focus was football but we are now active in cricket, rugby union, rugby league and motor sport. InCrowd help rights holders understand their customer from both a transactional and behavioural viewpoint, and then use this information to deliver timely and relevant messages that drive engagement and enhance propensity to spend against the brand.     SBC: How can InCrowd apply its experience in app development and data analysis to lead the way in regard to mobile-first technology within the betting industry?JOC: Driving incremental revenue is a business fundamental for InCrowd. Having successfully launched mobile ticketing with our partner clubs, betting was an obvious “next product” to put in front of the audience we have developed.   ‘Road To Moscow’ is a key milestone for InCrowd and a statement of intention. After an initial focus on generating engagement and transactional revenues for rights holders and sports brands, ‘Road To Moscow’ sees us working with a multimedia colossus and with a tier one betting partner offering the transactional outlet.SBC: What sets ‘Road To Moscow’ apart from the games we are already seeing in the industry?JOC: The launch of ‘Road To Moscow’ is a step change from the free-to-play (FTP) games have been positioned as the universal panacea in the gaming industry, but there is a science to deployment – UX is vital, games must be intuitive and easy to play, engaging and entertaining with the ability to develop opinion and conversation. The post prediction environment is crucial, and the betting transaction is just one of the engagement options. Unilateral solutions won’t deliver but ‘Road To Moscow’ does on all of the above.SBC: What is the next step for InCrowd, based on the success of ‘Road To Moscow’?JOC: ‘Road to Moscow’ generated over 2.6 million predictions in three weeks. It’s a prime example of something that really works and engages users. InCrowd want to work with betting brands to help them deliver against sponsorship spend. We view betting as a similar opportunity to selling a ticket or a piece of merchandise. The engagement plays may be FTP games, but it could also be polls, voting on MOTM and goal/try/shot of the season. The Our League app, developed by InCrowd in partnership with the RFL, enables Sky Sports viewers of Super League to vote on MOTM via app/TV dual illumination – this provides engagement for the broadcast audience and provides another customer channel for the title sponsor Betfred.SBC: And what does the future look like for InCrowd?JOC: InCrowd will be looking to work with new sports, in new territories and with new brands over the next two years. Increasing ticketing and betting revenue will remain a focus for the sports in which we are already active.  InCrowd has always been focused on generating valuable fan data, but moving forward there is an increased focus on the visualisation and accessibility of this data for our partners. We are building sophisticated insights platforms with real time data that will become vital tools for stakeholders in sport to solve a number of commercial ambitions. It’s all about understanding sports fans, fan types and their behaviours to tailor the right messages and campaigns to the right people at the right time, and crucially with digital platforms that allow communication to take place on a segmented and personalised level. StumbleUpon Submit Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020last_img read more