AEG & Superfly Are Working On A New Festival In Colorado

first_imgColorado music fans may have a new exciting festival on the way, according to a report in the Denver Post. Promoters AEG and festival producers Superfly are currently in talks with city and state representatives to make this happen, with scouts eyeing two locations in Denver and a third potential spot in an “undisclosed Colorado city.”Superfly is perhaps best known for their work on Bonnaroo, curating super jams and other unique musical experiences for the fans to enjoy. With someone like AEG supporting the event, this new festival is certainly poised to become one of the biggest in the nation.AEG’s David Erlich cited Outside Lands as an example of their overall goal, something that ornately curates music, food, drink and more for a complete experience. Denver Parks and Recreation staff have already begun meeting with their counterparts in San Francisco to get a better understanding of how Outside Lands work, as well. If all goes to plan, this could be set up by 2018.Let’s hope this new festival happens for all of our Colorado music lovers![Photo from Firefly Music Festival]last_img read more

Old Fogy Golf

first_imgI probably will get a lot of grief for this title, but this what a lot of my friends call their weekly golf excursions. Batesville has a large group that either travels to North Branch on Mondays or some other local course and plays a good round of golf. After golf I think they spend a little time at the 19th hole. Unless you do not like to be with people, this is a great way to enjoy your retirement years. First of all, you get to shoot the **** (or something like that) and second, there are many ways to set up a sporting proposition that adds just a little more interest to the game. Most of them play for nickels and dimes, so even if your golf is a bit lacking in skill, you won’t lose the car on a game. It also is a great way to exercise–especially when you leave the golf cart in the shed and walk 9 or 18 holes. Most of the local courses have special rates at least one day of the week or have some kind of senior discount as well. The weekly games become bragging rights at breakfast the next morning, and this is another way to spend those retirement years away from the TV set or rocking chair. Another thing nice is that most of the guys are very flexible in each others’ skill levels so that all feel pretty much at home. There are all kinds of ways to handicap a round and keep it fun and fair. After all, most of these guys play golf for fun and most weren’t on “the tour” before they retired. If you enjoy golf and like to play with a group, just go to one of these courses, usually on Monday morning, and join in. I am sure you will enjoy it.last_img read more

Scientific Games recruits tech-pro Doug Albregts as new Group Gaming lead

first_img Share Submit Scientific Games confirms Michael Eklund as inbound Group CFO  May 22, 2020 Share Scientific Games expands SGI debt placement to $550m  June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Scientific Games records $198m loss as COVID swamps casino and lottery performance July 24, 2020 Related Articles Doug AlbregtsNasdaq-listed industry technology group, Scientific Games Corporation (SGC), continues its executive management restructure, confirming the appointment of Doug Albregts as Executive Vice President (EVP) & Group Chief Executive Officer of SGC’s Gaming Division.A mass-market US technology veteran, Albregts joins SGC’s executive team from Japanese multi-national firm Sharp Electronics, where he most recently served as Chief Executive of its North American division (2016-2018).The executive appointment, sees Albregts replace Derik Mooberry as SGC Gaming CEO. The gambling technology group details that Mooberry will continue to serve the company as EVP of Strategic Projects.Incoming SGC Group CEO Barry Cottle welcomed the appointment of Albregts“Given Scientific Games’ diverse range of industry-leading products and services, we are very excited that we will be bringing Doug’s deep experience managing a wide range of high-tech businesses and driving innovation across product lines to lead the gaming division. Doug’s proven success at top-notch global technology companies will help us lead the industry in innovation and enable us to execute our growth strategies. I also want to acknowledge Derik Mooberry for his service and leadership at our company and within our industry. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with him,”Taking leadership of SGC Gaming, Albregts will be tasked with the overall performance of the firm’s land-based gaming units, which consists of the core gambling assets of Bally, Bally Technologies, WMS Gaming, Shuffle Master and Scientific Games.“I am excited to join Scientific Games as Barry Cottle becomes the new CEO and all SG is poised to continue to lead the industry. My passion for driving innovation, promoting operational excellence and executive leadership skills, and experience developing cutting-edge commercial technology will enable me to hit the ground running, executing our growth strategies and continuing our momentum as a Company. I look forward to meeting our customers, understanding players’ needs, expanding in new and growing markets and driving growth for our customers and shareholders,” said Doug Albregts.last_img read more

FIBA Women’s EuroBasket: Top 5 Players

first_imgThe FIBA Women’s EuroBasket All-Star Five of Temi Fagbenle, Astou Ndour, Marta Xargay, Sonja Petrovic and Sandrine Gruda will quite rightly receive all the plaudits from FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, but there are players behind their respective country’s successes that sometimes go overlooked. While the games might have ended in Serbia after a successful tournament, there are players whose performances will be remembered, even if they are not mentioned by the history books in the same way as the aforementioned talents. During her early years in the British program, the team need Joey Leedham-Warner to be a scorer.  She is perfectly able, and helped the likes of CCC Polkowice to a Polish league title last season while scoring 9 points per game with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Even at EuroBasket this year, she managed 11 points per game, but her worth comes from being the “whatever-it-takes” leader that this British unit needs.The roster sometimes struggled against taller teams and Leedham-Warner took on point guard duties in some line-ups. As a consequence, she averaged 4.7 assists during the tournament and always she out-bodied some of the scariest rebounders in EuroBasket tonfinish in the top 10 in rebounding at 7.7 per game.It was her heart that earned Leedham-Warner a place with this selection team. When her team was looking deflated during a frustrating second-half blowout in the bronze medal game against France, the British captain came off the bench and shouted “come on” while stepping on to the court and got her teammates to pick up their heads and go down fighting. Diving on the floor for loose balls, getting steals that led to fast-break layups, beating out bigger players for rebounds, Leedham-Warner showed exactly the kind of heart that helped her nation rise beyond expectations. Forward: Jelena Brooks – Serbia The good-stats-bad-team players sometimes go overlooked in basketball culture, but when someone puts up the great numbers that Alina Iagupova managed for Ukraine – not a terrible team but in a difficult group comprising Spain, Britain and Latvia – you have to take notice. In the first of her country’s three games in the opening round, Iagupova poured in 38 points against the elite defensive unit of Spain – a team that kept Russia’s Maria Vadeeva to 6 points in the quarterfinals. But it’s not just scoring. In the game against Latvia, Iagupova scored 28, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 7 assists in a tough loss. She followed this up with 21 and 7 against Britain to finish with averages of 29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists as well as 3.3 steals. It’s a shame we couldn’t see more of Ukraine, but EuroLeague fans can see her in Turkey with Cukurova Basketbol where she led the team in scoring and assists last season. Point guard: Olivia Epoupa – France Small she may be, but she be fierce. Olivia Epoupa refused to be overlooked despite her diminutive stature at EuroBasket. Standing at just 5’5, the French point guard was almost always the shortest player on the court, but she made up for it in speed, strength and leaping ability – often out-jumping opposition centers and even her own elite rebounding teammate Sandrine Gruda.Her physicality helped a young France team compete further in the tournament than some had previously expected, and while she struggled during the final against an elite Spanish defense that had likely scouted her, the 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in Serbia will have put the 25-year-old on the map for bigger contracts and maybe in stronger leagues – especially for those WNBA fans and scouts who tuned in to France’s games to watch Bria Hartley and Marine Johannes of the New York Liberty. Center: Emma Meesseman – Belgium While the concerns of Serbia going into the camp as the host nation ahead of EuroBasket were well known, the heart the team played with during the final stages is something to be marvelled at.Just three months after giving birth, somehow Jelena Brooks managed to get herself back into shape and on the floor at a major international tournament. Her teammate Ana Dabovic often gets the most love during pre-game introductions and Sonja Petrovic might have earned a spot in FIBA’s All-Star Five for the tournament, but the strength Brooks showed in returning to the team to put her body on the line and help lead Serbia to a bronze medal will be remembered for a long time in their home country.Her numbers aren’t gaudy – 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game – but the good coaching rotations of Marina Maljkovic meant that her top three scorers could keep the team chugging away throughout the game with key support from some unexpected players who hadn’t been with the program for several years but had stepped up due to injury replacement.center_img The ever-dependable Emma Meesseman just finds ways to win. This Belgium program that was built around Ann Wauters 20 years ago is being handed over to the Washington Mystics’ forward/center, and as a result it has achieved two unprecedented achievements in consecutive years at different international tournaments.She gives her all to her country. Seeing her after games looks like a mixed martial arts fighter after going the distance. There are scratches, bruises and chunks of her body left on the floor.While she led the Belgian Cats in points and rebounds at EuroBasket, her willingness to work within a system makes her a valuable asset for a team that (aside from Julie Allemand) has an array of middle-tier talent – any one of whom can step up in any game or situation. By the end of the game, Meesseman has referred to her teammates and let the offense develop, and while she might have had a post-up here and there, you are often surprised to look up at the scoreboard and see 20 points and 9 rebounds, plus a handful of assists, blocks and a steal or two. Yet it happens, nearly every night. It also means she is the perfect player to slot in next to some players that need the ball in their hands on her WNBA team.Her importance to the team showed in no greater example than against France when she fouled out. The restrictive French defense turned to all its efforts to stopping Allemand, and with no other elite offensive threat on the floor, Belgium struggled in overtime. Against Hungary, Meesseman struggled in the first half but managed to turn the screws on defense to nearly shut out Belgium’s opponents in the second quarter. Meesseman played a big role and despite missing several easy shots under the rim, she found a way to win – just like she always does. Shooting guard: Joey Leedham-Warner – Great Britain Forward: Alina Iagupova – Ukrainelast_img read more