A competition has been announced for 460 jobs in the Plitvice Lakes National Park for the 2019 tourist season. The Service for the Protection, Maintenance, Preservation, Promotion and Use of the National Park is looking for a total of 42 workers in the positions of carpenters, masons, auxiliary workers for the maintenance of paths and bridges, professional gardeners, lawnworkers and cleaners in the Park. The deadline for applications is eight days, ending on February 7. You can find out more information about jobs and the documents required to apply HERE. The reception, information management, visitor transport and internal transport service is looking for 100 workers in the positions of tourist guides, receptionists, informants, parking guards, ship commanders and assistants, bus drivers, B and C categories and tractors, and vehicle cleaners. The hotel and catering branch is looking for as many as 268 executors in numerous positions, such as receptionists, luggage carriers, waiters, cashiers, chefs, pastry chefs, maids, handymen and the like. Also, 22 salespeople are wanted for jobs in markets, souvenir shops and outdoor ice cream sales. Employment contracts are concluded for an indefinite period of time, and the probationary period lasts one month – from March 01 to July 01, and no later than October 31 this year. Firefighters, security guards, IT specialists, electricians, carpenters and accounting officers are also wanted.
Football players for private universities at the highest level — including Syracuse — are employees, the National Labor Relations Board reportedly stated this week. Inside Higher Education first reported the news.The decision doesn’t force any of the 17 private universities in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision to pay its players, according to a memo obtained by Inside Higher Ed and sent by NLRB’s general counsel, Richard Griffin. But it does protect those players’ rights to campaign as employees under the National Labor Relations Act, including the ability to ask for pay without fear of retaliation.“Representation for the players is a great thing,” said Sean Hickey, a former Orange offensive lineman now with the Minnesota Vikings. “I’ve been in those locker rooms. I’ve seen this industry, professional and college, and it’s very cut-throat. Syracuse protects the rights of the students and all, but it’s a business and coaches would always say, ‘This is your job. This is your job. This is your job.’ Well then it should be protected as such.”SU Athletics was not immediately available for comment.The memo chips away further at the enamel of the NCAA’s concept of amateurism. In October 2016, the NLRB ruled that private institutions have no right to limit its athletes’ use of social media and that they were employees. The NCAA issued a statement in response, according to the Los Angeles Times, rejecting that its athletes are employees.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This will be fought tooth and nail by the NCAA and most institutions to protect themselves from having to pay money,” former SU punter Rob Long said in a text message to The Daily Orange.In August 2015, the NLRB declined to exert jurisdiction in a case where Northwestern football players petitioned for the right to become a union, effectively denying the right to unionize and collectively bargain. Griffin’s memo does not affect that ruling, nor allow athletes to collectively bargain, according to Inside Higher Ed.Hickey approached the issue evenly. He had written a paper on the topic for a class in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and said he understood the difficult position the NCAA remains in when it comes to full out paying athletes. At the same time, only football, basketball and men’s lacrosse provide team revenue for Syracuse’s athletic department and all other sports are funding net-negatives. But Hickey still believes the money is out there.“Even if you don’t fully pay the player,” Hickey said, “the player should still have representation about how their life is built.”Syracuse went to two bowl games when Hickey played for the Orange and he said, in that case, football players were afforded about 20 days off all year between the season, pre-season and workouts.“We’re going to be here that much all year and we’re not considered employees?” Hickey said. “I thought that was extreme. … I knew kids that couldn’t go home for emergencies because you’re in-season. It was tough to go home. We’re not employees? They treated us well at Syracuse, but it’s not a perfect system.”The long-term impact of this decision is clouded. Griffin had been appointed by former president Barack Obama and his term ends in this November. President Donald Trump will appoint the NLRB’s next general counsel. The board will flip from majority Democrat to Republican, according to The New York Times, and “the remade body is expected to be less sympathetic to organized labor.”“It always comes down to money at the end of the day,” Long said. “Schools and the NCAA aren’t going to part with their healthy bank accounts.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2017 at 12:53 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR
Submit Most elements of the eSports industry are in complete contrast to the Olympic Charter (notably ‘peace through sport’ and ‘healthy body image’ (see our analysis in the WP of 21/04/17). Without material changes to games titles, elite competitions, a globalized set of rules and integrity measures, and athlete development programmes, or indeed the entire Olympic Charter, it will struggle to be considered a ‘sport’ within the context if the Olympic Games. This is unlikely to bother pro eSports players however, as the commercialized nature of competitions ensures enormous prizemoney – a likely greater incentive than a medal and brief national glory.UK/International: sports rights – dividing the cakeEleven Sports is reportedly reviewing its UK rights portfolio since it has failed to secure redistribution rights for Serie A and La Liga football, while a UFC deal (due to start next month) has also collapsed because of similar redistribution problems – management has blamed (at least in part) “rampant piracy” (alongside the lack of carriage agreements) in the UK-Ireland market. A third point we would add is the extent to which a basic subscription model gets stretched outside the top tier of (usually domestic) sports content beyond (usually only a handful of) dedicated fans. Related Articles However, there are inevitably a few important caveats. First, November is seasonally the busiest sporting month for US sports – over-indexing the average by 1.6x; December – March are relatively more muted (March Madness notwithstanding), followed by a Spring – Summer lull. Second, market shares have some way to normalise, but Resorts (DraftKings, Stars) has gapped down another 11pts, demonstrating that first mover advantage is nice to have but not the be all and end all (even this early). Finally, excluding the New York servicing racetracks, casino landbased revenue has proved extremely patchy, with most generating less than US$1m revenue per month and two having loss-making months so far: the majority of landbased sportsbetting across the US is likely to be much more of a customer service than a material profit centre – certainly for the foreseeable future, in our view.Australia: horseracing – no more secrets, agents..Racing New South Wales has made the decision to extend the scope of its rules on prohibition of betting and the passing on information to include jockey’s agents from the 1st March 2019. A jockey’s agent has the responsibility of booking rides for their clients, and most rely on their network of owners and trainers and knowledge of yards in order to do this so the majority are party to a great deal of inside information – and could potentially have an unfair advantage over normal betting customers. Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column.New Zealand: NZRB – the trouble with monopolies? It is positive for the potential growth and regulation of the gaming and eSports industries that government is taking an active interest in its future. Over recent years the focus on eSports has been the commercial opportunities causing inflated growth, leading to a lag in regulatory development both in competitive gaming and also leisure. The recent scrutiny over loot boxes and the use of in-game items for gambling has brought this to a head and encouraged a closer look by regulators and law makers (indeed at the latest and last EU-sponsored meeting of European regulators, this was raised as the #1 regulatory concern).International: eSports – no Olympic dream just yetThe recent Olympic Summit, held to discuss matters relating to the administration of the Olympic Games, new policies and the future and development of the games, also looked at the potential for eSports inclusion within the Olympic Movement. It was decided that a combination of the commercial nature of the gaming industry and the incompatibility of some games with the Olympic values would exclude its inclusion at this stage. The summit also advised other sports events organisers within the Olympic Movement to respect this decision. Another reason why monopolies tend to look ‘weak’ is that their starting point is landbased, where monopoly is easy to enforce. Channel shift therefore causes a structural loss of market share, with retail losses almost certainly outweighing online growth in rapidly maturing markets. However, focussing on these headline numbers tends to miss a key point – monopolies are still capable of being very strong online in operational terms: monopolies have #1 market share in online gambling (ex lottery) in: Australia, Nez Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland – that is an impressive roster of highly competitive and mature (from a consumer perspective) markets. This is a welcome move by the BHA (including borrowing some basic best practice from other equine sports) and is timely considering the recent scrutiny on the use of the whip in racing and further welfare issues. With any sport there is the risk of injury, but the public reaction to animal injury is generally worse than that of athletes (logically enough given choice and consent) – particularly from the younger generation. If incidents can be minimalized, with more information and education provided to both fans and participants, potential bad press can be reduced and mitigated leading to a more accessible and popular ‘product’ for generations to come. Share TAB NZ announces new executive team to lead new racing era August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon UK: eSports and games – a dose of realityDCMS has launched a consultation into ‘Immersive and Addictive Technology’ with submissions required by the 14thJanuary 2019 (link here):(https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/immersive-technologies-inquiry-launch-17-19/). The inquiry will look at the current success of the games and eSports sector within the UK, as well as the more negative aspects associated with the industry – addiction, regulatory issues and the relationship between ‘gaming’ and gambling. Monopolies should not be dismissed therefore as a policy option or assumed to be a weak competitor. The former potentially reduces government returns and potentially increases social responsibility risks. The latter leads to a set of potentially very costly false assumptions about market dynamics (eg, that Australia is/was ‘ripe for the picking’, or that Swedish ‘reregulation’ will lead to strong .com growth, or that governments are bound to ditch monopolies over time and turn to offshore operators as ‘the answer’). Monopolies don’t always work; but when they do, they can be just as dynamic as many commercial operators and provide far greater benefits to wider stakeholders. UK: In Parliament – all together nowWith momentous affairs of state unfolding in Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster, this was a refreshingly quiet week for the politics of gambling.The year’s final set of DCMS oral questions (on Thursday) prompted a brief discussion of whether the Government’s announcement on the timing of stake reduction was linked to GVC’s £700m contingent payment to former shareholders in Ladbrokes Coral.Bob Blackman, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Harrow East asked Sports Minister, Mims Davies whether: “the shareholders of Ladbrokes, including UK pension companies and employees, should get that £700 million, or should the offshore gambling company GVC pocket it and use it for irresponsible gambling adverts?”Elsewhere, there were further manoeuvres from the Labour Party with three MPs asking a very simple (and simply identical) question on what steps the Government is taking to reduce gambling-related harm. This question was submitted to the DCMS by Labour MPs in England, Scotland and Wales – Paul Blomfield (Lab, Sheffield Central), Danielle Rowley (Lab, Midlothian) and Jessica Morden (Lab, Newport East).The guns of gambling policy debate will hopefully fall silent over Christmas – but Labour may well be preparing for an all-out assault in the New Year.UK: Integrity – Posh and BetsThose concerned about the cosy relationship between gambling and football loaded up with ammunition as the FA revealed that it had charged Barry Fry, the colourful director of football at Peterborough Football Club with misconduct linked to betting.Meanwhile, Celtic and Scotland forward, Leigh Griffiths is reported to have taken a break from the game in order to deal with a number of personal issues, including gambling problems.The fact that Griffiths, who wears a dafabet sponsored shirt when he plays for Celtic and last season picked up winners medals for the Ladbrokes Premiership and the William Hill Scottish Cup has problems with gambling is unlikely to aid the cause of an industry that had hoped that the voluntary whistle-to-whistle ban might draw a line under present policy concerns.UK: regulation – Barclays offers account blocking; now there’s a thoughtThis week’s announcement that Barclays Bank would make gambling blocks available for account holders was a welcome signal that the financial services sector was stepping up to its responsibilities for tackling gambling-related harm. Most importantly though, the BHA’s improvements demonstrate the extent to which changes are still largely basic common sense: this represents an opportunity to get ahead of the problem to us, if the industry proves sufficiently responsive to much-needed modernization. In this context the issue is probably worth putting starkly: the present generation of ‘great and good’ can choose to protect its comfortable status quo at the expense of current wider participants and future generations, or they can accept the need for change in ways few may find comfortable or even instinctively necessary. Cricket-fighting in China dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) but was banned during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Two men have been arrested in relation to the bust, although reports of involvement by a small wooden boy with a long nose appear unfounded…. US: sports betting – NJ November stats still more heat than light?New Jersey sportsbetting statistics revealed another encouraging month, this time on more normalised settled gross margins (6.0%). Overall settled revenue was US$19.8m, with a 68% online mix and now relatively low futures betting distortion (0.4% handle, still 6.6% revenue). On this basis NK sportsbetting has matured incredibly quickly: already reaching 40% of online revenue, roughly where many European markets are. Share New Zealand Racing Board’s results to July 2018 demonstrate continued progress online, with 20% growth in customers to 230,000 (nearly 5% of NZ’s population), including 78,000 first time bettors – driving mobile revenue growth of 30% (mobile customers +45%), and digital now being the primary channel by turnover (52% mix). Overall, NZRB generated NZ$360m (US$245m) of revenue (+4% LfL), with 74% coming from racing (fixed odds growth, tote decline – VIP Australia comingling driven), 16% from sports and 11% from gaming (machines only, 3-4% share). This allowed NZ$74m to be paid in duties and GST (20.6%), NZ$2.3m to problem gambling (0.6%), NZ$10m to sports other than racing and NZ$151m to racing – a total return of 66% revenue. Moreover, this progress was delivered against continued delays to the new online platform (OpenBet-PPB). It is unsurprising therefore that the CEO was moved to state “There is a persistent myth that NZRB is not performing but this simply is not true”.Monopolies tend to get a bad press. First, they have been losing favour in mainstream economic circles since Colbert (excluding Marxism, which we might just have to recognise as mainstream in the UK next year on our current political trajectory). Second, monopolies tend to create enemies among all those which are not holders – ie, most commercial businesses (an interesting question is whether they would say no if offered one…). Some monopolies also perform miserably in competitive circumstances – racing monopolies offering sports betting is a good case in point almost everywhere, but the UK Tote, Germany’s Oddset, Netherlands Tote (among others) have managed to lose whatever traction they had domestically in racing also. However, HKJC, PMU, ATG, Rikstoto, Tabcorp and NZRB demonstrate pretty clearly that some racing monopolies can hold their own against pretty fierce online competition (licensed or not) in their core product. The key differences here are quality of operations management and the depth of the monopoly, in our view (in that order). The obvious big benefit of monopolies is their ability to channel much higher rates of revenue into duties and equivalents than commercial enterprises. If monopolies can command strong market share (and we believe that NZRB has comfortably over 50% betting share in NZ), then this model works well. The problem is that most hard gamblers want choice (especially in sportsbetting) – even when the monopoly offers an effective product. This means that among those top 10% of customers which have over 10 accounts and represent c. 70%+ of revenue, a monopoly will be lucky to get 30% share – ie, a combined share ‘ceiling’ of only c. 50% (potentially higher in racing if pools are liquid and competitive fixed odds is provided). In other words, if a monopoly gets less than 50% market share (which is likely) and is paying less than 50% of revenue in tax equivalents (increasingly likely in more competitive digital environments), a commercial GGR tax of 25% would be economically more efficient. However, monopolies can also provide broader benefits such as a much clearer and accountable focus on issues such as domestic job creation and social responsibility. From an economic standpoint therefore, monopolies in gambling are neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad’, but efficient where products broadly lend themselves to monopoly and operational execution is strong; inefficient in structurally competitive environments and where operational execution is weak. From a policy standpoint, monopoly can be an effective channelling tool for ‘the many’ and some jurisdictions actively prefer this to engineering an entire commercial regime to effectively capture ‘the few’ (again, this is a policy choice, in our view, rather than necessarily ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – if taken actively and with full knowledge of the consequences). Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 UK: horseracing – safety firstThe BHA has published its review in to safety at the Cheltenham Festival following a higher than normal number of incidents. The review and recommendations include the trial use of safer hurdles, vet’s inspections for all runners, fewer starters in selected higher risk races, and course walks and coaching for amateur and less experienced jockeys. There will also be further consultation on fallers and post mortems are to be performed on equine fatalities in order to identify risks. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 The rules on those betting with ‘inside information’ or who could potentially affect the outcome is much stricter in the southern hemisphere and when combined with more conservative betting rules ensures a better public perception of the integrity of sports. While in the UK the BHA is implementing rules to ensure more transparency to betting customers (most recently the necessity to declare breathing operations), there is no prohibitive measure for trainers and those associated from betting (although they are not supposed to pass on inside information in a relatively uncodified way); jockeys are not allowed to bet. There is also a perceived right by some trainers and owners, that they should be allowed the advantage of inside information as a sort of compensation (hence in part the furore over declaring wind ops). This is clearly a dangerous path to tread from a regulatory, key stakeholder and public perception perspective, and perhaps demonstrates how far elements of racing have still to come to ensure consumer and stakeholder buy-in in the 21stCentury…China: regulation – just not cricketThe New York Post reports this week that authorities in China raided an underground ‘casino’ that had been organising cricket fighting. It seems that around $140,000 were bet on the bugs during the course of a week’s wagering. We should expect other banks to follow Barclays in what ought in theory to be a useful harm prevention measure (precisely because it puts the individual in control rather than disempowering him/her as some other measures do). It may also alleviate pressure on the Government and Commission to recommend a ban of credit cards for online gambling.UK: horseracing betting levy – what could primary legislation change?As expected, a second parliamentary committee criticised the creation of the Racing Authority via an Order, suggesting that primary legislation would be more appropriate, while the putative chairman of the Authority – former Sports Minister (and current Chairman of the BOA and Camelot) Sir Hugh Robertson indicated support for a continued Levy Board during his speech to racing stakeholders at the annual Gimcrack dinner in York. While much of the scrutiny has been procedural rather than substance, the ‘fiasco’ created does open up the possibility of considering the substance, in our view. We will blog on some of the detail in the new year, but for us the critical point is to ensure that the value transfer from betting to racing is designed to reflect the needs of betting within racing – otherwise productivity will continue to fall, betting will be incentivised to promote other products and the logic of the levy will in time be undermined. Allowing ‘racing’ (albeit with many stakeholders typically under-represented) to spend the money in any way ‘racing’ sees fit might work for the good of all stakeholderds (especially with a strong RA chairman – which Sir Hugh undoubtedly is) – but by taking out the independent element (albeit itself certainly in need of reform and a reframing of purpose), the current proposals make it less likely to, in our view. Interestingly, this is an issue a bruised and battered GB bookmaking industry, increasingly less sure footed both politically and in relation to racing, seems not to wish to tackle – this represents a dangerous and potentially very expensive abrogation of influence, in our view. For too long, gambling licensees alone have been expected to deal with excessive or harmful gambling behaviour while opportunities for the broader supply chain to play its part were ignored. It has taken the initiative of challenger banks (Starling and Monzo), together with the efforts of campaigners (notably Tony Franklin) and attention from the Gambling Commission to change this. This news reinforces two important trends, in our view. First, the explosion of OTT solutions and the rapid retrenchment of traditional media distributors is creating a highly uncertain market for ‘middle men’ to effectively price rights: owners of content and owners of eyeballs increasingly hold the power, but in a commercial environment often not yet settled or proven (for either side). Second, the “rampant piracy” in question is at least in part driven by betting, which has historically embraced streaming somewhat patchily (outside a few standout operators). As streaming becomes increasingly critical to overall media value, this rather louche approach to IP is likely to be increasingly resisted by powerful stakeholders with deep pockets, an appetite for litigation and much to lose. There is an extent to which this potential source of friction is being headed off in the US with sports partnerships (MGM-GVC leading the way, all major betting data distributors involved, even NFL considering options), but ironically increased exposure in the US could very well lead to increased scrutiny globally – the era of having ones cake and eating it looks increasingly under pressure…Global: M&A – summary– 888 bought out the remaining half of All American Poker Network (AAPN) for US$28m
WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endBrian Hill, RB, Falcons. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Devonta Freeman could miss “about” two weeks as he deals with a foot injury. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he’s “confident” Hill could handle the lead back job, and after 21 touches last week, it’s obvious he means it. Hill responded with 71 total yards and a score, and he’ll be an RB2 in Week 11 against Carolina’s poor run defense and a FLEX in a tough matchup against Tampa in Week 12. Week 11 features several notable committee backs in tough matchups, so there’s a good chance Hill is better than your current RB2 and certainly your FLEX.Check our full Week 11 waiver list for more waiver wire and free agent ideas, including a host of Week 11 streamer suggestions. MORE WEEK 11:Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSHill looks like the only player who’s worth a high waiver claim. He figures to be Atlanta’s starting RB for the next few games (including a highly favorable matchup next week against Carolina). You can make cases for other players depending on your team needs and position in the standings, but there are enough similar options that you should be able to find what you need in free agency and move up the claims order. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 11 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups and free agent adds for Week 11Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers. A ribs injury knocked Emmanuel Sanders out of Monday night’s game in the first quarter, and Samuel picked up the slack. He led the Niners in catches (8), targets (11), and yards (112). Samuel has always gotten a lot of snaps, but an early-season injury slowed him down and his production never matched his time on the field. With Sanders out, Samuel will be the 49ers No. 1 wide receiver, and he has even more upside as long as George Kittle is out, too. The 49ers like to use him in creative ways, and he has big-play upside every time he takes the field. The 49ers have a favorable matchup against the Cardinals next week, so Samuel will work as a WR3.WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPJacob Hollister, TE, Seahawks. Hollister was a nice story when he caught two touchdowns in Week 9, but fantasy owners have to take notice after he posted eight catches (10 targets), 62 yards, and a touchdown against the 49ers on Monday night. Clearly, Seattle has found its Will Dissly replacement. Hollister has now received 14 targets in his past two games, and while he’s mainly used on short passes, as long as he’s getting frequent targets and looks around the goal line, fantasy owners will take it, especially in PPR leagues. Seattle has a bye in Week 11, so you might not have to use a waiver claim on him this week, but he’s definitely worth a free agent add. MORE WEEK 11: Waiver pickups | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSRaheem Mostert, RB, 49ers. It was only a matter of time before Matt Breida got dinged up again, and sure enough, he played sparingly in the second half and overtime on Monday night after aggravating his ankle injury. Mostert filled in, totaling seven touches and 35 yards when Tevin Coleman needed a break. If Breida can’t go next week against Arizona, Mostert will be in line for around a dozen touches and have FLEX value. Last Sunday saw some big injuries, including Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper. The Seahawks-49ers game added to the carnage, with regular fantasy starters Emmanuel Sanders, Tyler Lockett, and Matt Breida all exiting early. Not every injury creates an obvious waiver wire opportunity, but these three do, at least indirectly. Deebo Samuel, Jacob Hollister, and Raheem Mostert all saw extra work because of the aforementioned absences and will be among the top Week 11 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds. Even if the actual waivers period is quiet in your league this week, you can bet there will be plenty of activity after waivers clear around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning in ESPN and Yahoo leagues leagues.Our full free agent list has plenty of streaming suggestions for the upcoming week, which features three notable fantasy offenses (Packers, Seahawks, Giants) and the Titans on bye. There are also more than a few injury replacements (Brian Hill, J.D. McKissic) and potential late-season breakouts (Derrius Guice, Nick Foles, Kalen Ballage, Darius Slayton). The QB, TE, and D/ST sleepers are at the end of the list. You can also check out our Week 11 kicker rankings if you need new kicker or just want to spice up your horrible life with some variety.