Tivoli Gardens 2 Jamalco 0 Boys’ Town 0 UWI FC 0 Yesterday’s results LEG CRAMP “I had to leave the field because my leg was cramped up. I was just being cautious as I want to play in the next game,” Johnson told The Gleaner. “It is good to get a win for the team after the loss to UWI. The vibe in the camp is still up, so we will take it one game at a time. To be honest, I am getting older and want to leave on a high,” the 36-year-old said. When quizzed as to whether he still had the desire to play for the Reggae Boyz, he responded: “It is not on my mind as the focus is to win with Tivoli. However, if given a call, I will be there.” Coach of Tivoli Omar Edwards says it was good to rebound after the disappointing result against UWI – a 4-0 loss. “It was a good victory for us as we scored two beautiful goals. The team followed the game plan. Kudos to Teddy and Elton, who are both scoring goals for the team,” Edwards said. Jamalco’s Rayon Johnson was, of course, not pleased with the result. “The game was ugly, the field condition poor. Also the officiating was poor. We created chances, so the team just have to come again,” Johnson stated. Tivoli moved up to third position on 48 points, just three adrift of leaders UWI, who are on 51 points. Humble Lion are in second position on 49 points. However, Jamalco remained on 26 points in 10th position. Former Reggae Boy Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson continues to lead the way for Tivoli Gardens, scoring the early goal in their win against Jamalco to move his tally in the Red Stripe Premier League to 13 goals. Johnson opened the scoring when he converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute. Elton ‘Juice’ Thompson sealed the deal with a strike in the 82nd minute as Tivoli won 2-0 at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. It was the west Kingston-based club’s first clean sheet since the end of January and just their second win in five games. Tivoli ended the game with 10 players as their captain, Romaine Brakenridge, was handed a second yellow card and was ejected in the 90th minute by referee Oshane Nation. Johnson, who is a former Bolton Wanderers player, limped off the field midway the second half due to a leg cramp. However, he said the substitution was precautionary as he did not want to take any chance of causing further damage.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV’s performance looks set to worsen as a result of a Brexit-related economic slowdown and increased costs related to next year’s football World Cup, according to an analysis by Berenberg.According to analysts Sarah Simon and Alastair Reid, ITV is likely to face a continued deterioration in the media buyer outlook for the UK TV advertising market.Challenging the view that the broadcaster’s prospects for the second half of the year are stronger than the first four months, for which ITV management has predicted a 7% decline in advertising, Berenberg pointed to “the tough comparison with last year’s football-boosted ad market” as well as continued nervousness following the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.On the positive side, Berenberg noted that ITV’s management is reducing programming expenditure this year by about £25 million, helped by the lack of big sports events. However, next year ITV will be broadcasting the football world cup in partnership with the BBC, on the basis of a deal signed in 2014, “when the market was showing robust growth, and Brexit was not even a potential cloud in the sky”.Postulating that these rights were negotiated “for a higher price than those for the 2014 tournament in Brazil”, the analysts expect a significant increase in programming costs for ITV next year at a time when the ad market will still be undergoing negative growth.Finally, Berenberg’s analysts said they remained sceptical that ITV would be able to gain some cash through levying retransmission fees, despite changes in the offing that could enable it to do so in theory.While the forthcoming Digital Economy bill, set to pass by the summer, will lift the “must offer” status of the main ITV channel, meaning that ITV will be able to negotiate commercial terms with Virgin Media, the analysts point out that the channel is “distributed unencrypted via satellite and via DTT, which means that a simple USB DTT connector could allow Virgin consumers to continue watching ITV even if the cable operator will not pay to re-distribute the signal over its network”.Any deal with Sky on retransmission would meanwhile require separate European legislative moves, with further uncertainty surrounding this because of Brexit.