Urban Meyer On Conference Strength: “I Don’t Know Anyone Else’s Schedule”

first_imgARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Among the most prominent college football talking points heading into week two was that of Ohio State’s weak remaining schedule. Michigan State is the only ranked team on the Buckeyes’ schedule, which many SEC coaches, including Bret Bielema and Dan Mullen, complained about. The weekend did not go well for those two; Mullen lost by two against LSU despite the Tigers failing to generate any kind of passing offense, while Bielema’s Razorbacks were embarrassed by Toledo.When asked about the complaints during his Monday press conference, Meyer said that he doesn’t pay attention to any other team’s schedule.Asked about strength of conferences, Urban Meyer: “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. … I don’t know how (people) know that.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 14, 2015Urban Meyer says he has no idea how the Big Ten is perceived right now. “I don’t know anyone’s schedule…I don’t care.”— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 14, 2015While conference pride plays a factor in college football, for the top teams in the country, that’s probably the correct approach.last_img read more

Auto dealership jobs not on the radar of millennials says survey

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian automobile dealers are launching a national recruiting campaign next month after a poll suggested that millennials aren’t keen to pursue careers in a sector that has seen vehicle sales reach a record high.“There’s a lot of young Canadians…(for whom) it’s not even on their radar,” said Catherine Fortin Lefaivre, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.She said research and anecdotal evidence suggests there’s a perception that auto dealerships is mainly about sales and parts.“The car dealership of 2018 is one that requires a lot more business people, a lot more marketing people, people with a background in innovation increasingly as the way cars are built is changing,” she said in an interview.Opportunities are also available in finance, IT and management roles at more than 3,200 car and truck dealerships across the country that employ 150,000 people.An Abacus Data survey released during the Montreal International Auto Show found that working in an auto dealership isn’t on the radar for 68 per cent of people aged 18 to 37.One quarter of the people surveyed said they have considered working in various capacities in an auto dealership, while seven per cent said they have worked in a dealership.Men were more interested in such careers than women.In addition to millennials, the association plans to target women, immigrants and veterans over the next three years.Light vehicle sales exceeded two million for the first time last year, pushing revenues to above $120 billion. Strong sales are expected to continue.The online survey of 2,000 millennials was conducted Dec. 22 to Jan. 8. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is considered accurate plus or minus 2.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Decrease in amputations from frostbite thanks to Fort St John Doctor

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of the region will soon receive a new way of treatment for frostbite thanks to a Dr. Jamie Wilkie.During Dr. Wilkie’s residency in Fort. St. John, he addressed a need for a better plan in dealing with frostbite in patients and recognized the use of a drug called iloprost can help by decreasing the number of amputations due to severe frostbite.“The literature for the use of iloprost in severe frostbite shows a significant decrease in the need for amputations,” says Dr. Wilkie. “The goal of this project is to improve access to the best evidence-based treatments for severe frostbite in Northern BC.” Dr. Wilkie, a recent graduate of the UBC Family Medicine residency program, chose the subject matter for his resident scholar project on the treatment of frostbite. By collaborating with Jessica Brecknock, Regional Medication Use Management Pharmacist, and Kendra Clary, Med Systems Pharmacy Technician, created a prepackaged treatment plan (order set) for use of the drug iloprost in severe frostbite cases.According to Northern Health, they approved this protocol, and it will be available for use this winter. Dr. Wilkie believes this is the first frostbite order set for iloprost in BC.Dr. Wilkie moved to Fort St. John in June 2017 and is said to be enjoying the North and all the outdoor opportunities that are available.“I previously lived and worked in Hay River [in the Northwest Territories], have dogsledded in the Yukon, and guided canoe trips in all three territories,” says Dr. Wilkie. “I have personally and professionally seen the impacts of frostbite and related exposure injuries.”last_img read more

Visitors to National Library Metcalfe Hall can now learn about lives of

first_imgKolkata: Visitors to the National Library of India and the Metcalfe Hall here can now acquaint themselves with the inspiring lives of four Bengali icons — Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose and Syama Prasad Mookerjee — and the sights and sounds of the City of Joy. The newly opened experiential museum “Icons of Nationalism: From the Soil of Bengal” in the National Library at Alipore celebrates the essence of Bengali nationalism and Bengal’s icons who dedicated their lives to India’s freedom from the colonial rule. The museum has been set up by the Union Culture ministry. The museum, equipped with reciprocal installations like interactive walls, immersive projections, touchscreen panels and audio-visual installations, is an attempt to inspire the youth. One can visit the museum between 10 am and 6 pm. “While the flame of nationalism was ignited all over the country, Bengal was the main theatre of the struggle for freedom from the British imperialism. The soil of Bengal nurtured many nationalists and certain personalities became the flag bearers of freedom, and thus the ‘Icons of Nationalism’. “Whether through their pen, paintings, music or actions, they often charted a path for the independence movement,” the developing companies Tagbin and Expression said. At the digital museum, on view is archival material like original letters written by these personalities, literature, newspaper clippings, documents and archival footage, Tagbin said. The materials have been sourced from the National Archives of India, the Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML), Bankim Sangrahashala and the Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, among others. The Metcalfe Hall at the crossing of Hare Street and Strand Road is also hosting an experiential exhibition titled “Ami Kolkata” (I am Kolkata), which sheds light on Kolkata as the city of stories, surprises, memories, cultures, celebrations, influences and confluences. Each aspect is detailed out as a zone. The exhibition contains a 70-feet hand-painted walkway with traditional “alpana” showcasing Kolkata’s iconic scenes, old photographs, posters, advertisements, signboards and other memorabilia. A selection of vintage prints and paintings on the bond between the Hooghly river and the city’s contemporary scenes, inspired by traditional Patachitra art, are also on view. In the “City of Celebration” zone, a traditional Durga idol building scene and installations of a Bengali wedding can be viewed. A gallery of paintings, music, cinema, dance, theatre, visual culture and literary art also await visitors as well. The last zone presents soundscapes from streets, an ever-present backdrop to the life in the city. Both the exhibition and the museum were opened by the West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday.last_img read more

India US agree to build six nuclear power plants

first_imgWashington DC: The US has agreed to build six atomic power plants in India to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation and expressed its strong support to India’s early membership in the NSG.The two countries said this in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue, co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Andrea Thompson, the US under secretary of state for arms control and international security, on Wednesday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India,” the joint statement said, without giving details of the sites. India and the US signed a historic agreement to cooperate in civil nuclear energy sector in October 2008. The deal gave a fillip to bilateral ties, which have been on an upswing since. A major aspect of the deal was the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), that gave a special waiver to India enabling it to sign cooperation agreements with a dozen countries. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedPost-waiver, India signed civil nuclear cooperation agreements with the US, France, Russia, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Sri Lanka, the UK, Japan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and South Korea.On Wednesday, the United States also reaffirmed its strong support to India’s early membership in the 48-member the NSG. China has blocked India’s pending membership to the elite grouping that seeks to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on a wide range of global security and non-proliferation challenges and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors.last_img read more

LS polls AAP to launch second phase of campaigning on Apr 10

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will launch its second phase of campaigning for the upcoming general election on April 10 with an aim to reach out to 35 lakh people, including the working-class population, and tell them about the importance of full statehood to Delhi.Delhi minister and senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the booth-level workers of the party would go to people, instead of calling them to jan sabhas. “In the first phase, we held jan sabhas with people, now we will go to the people, including the working class, and tell them about the importance of full statehood,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRai added that the campaigning would be held in three phases and the second phase would start from April 10. “We will be engaging 13,814 booth heads and train them over the next two days to convey the message of the importance of full statehood to the people,” he said. The AAP leader said the third phase of campaigning would be launched after the candidates file their nominations. Rai claimed that his party’s first phase of campaigning had pushed the BJP on the “back foot”. “The BJP, which had thought it would have a walkover in Delhi, is now confused about which candidates should be fielded,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, he also said if the Congress is confident of winning in Punjab without an alliance, his party is also capable of winning all the seats in Delhi on its own. Questioning Congress leader Randeep Surjewala’s statement where he said his party was not in talks with the AAP or any other party for an alliance in Haryana and Punjab, Rai asked whether the Congress has forgotten about its loss in the bypolls in Jind. “I do not understand why Congress is so self-obsessed. It appears that it is in a state of maha-confusion,” he said. Rai said AAP took the decision of contesting on 35 seats in different states, keeping in mind that “it can contribute in defeating the BJP. You can win in Punjab but what about Haryana. The Congress is ready to lose but not form an alliance in Haryana,” he said. “Even people in Haryana are saying that if JJP-AAP and Congress stand together then BJP cannot win and can lose all 10 seats,” he added.last_img read more

Wrestling Tom Ryan eyes more dual meet emphasis in NCAA

Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan addresses his team after the Buckeyes’ practice on Oct. 20. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterThe television outside of Tom Ryan’s office is often set to ESPN. Inevitably, he walks by a lot of College Football Playoff talk on the sports network. And every time he hears it, he can only think of one thing — a college wrestling playoff. This idea has been more than a thought in the mind of Ohio State’s wrestling coach. Ryan has pushed for a stand-alone, dual-meet championship tournament in the NCAA, among other things. He’s even a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force committee, which is dedicated to developing a long-term plan for NCAA wrestling. The Blue Ribbon Task Force includes members such as North Carolina State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs Oliver Luck and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. The task force was formed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. “We’ve got some big dogs involved,” Ryan said. “And they all like the sport and they all see the value in wanting to move in this direction. And because they’re involved now, things can happen.”There is currently a proposal, unanimously approved by the committee, in the works that would change college wrestling to a one-semester sport that starts during December and would end about six weeks later than usual with a dual-meet tournament. The current individual championships would stay in March. The NCAA has yet to sign off on the proposal. Ryan’s reasoning for the change stems from the idea that dual meets are more fan-friendly than longer individual tournaments. He wants to attract more interest in his sport. “I think it’s spectator-friendly,” Ryan said. “An hour and a half, an hour and 45 minutes is way better than three days in a gym, or tournaments two days in a gym. I think it’s substantially more team-oriented. I think team sports are sports that our culture follows. I think it’s important for the sport of wrestling that we value the team aspect as much as the superstar aspect.”Ohio State has experience balancing individual success with team success. The Buckeyes won a team national championship in 2015 and their current roster is home to former individual national champions and an Olympic champion in heavyweight Kyle Snyder. Ryan said the proposed changes would place importance on more wrestlers in his program, due to the fact that dual-meet wins and losses would count more in preparation for a dual-meet tournament. “I think it would add more value to more people,” Ryan said. “Because, right now if you lose a dual meet, it doesn’t hurt your chance to win the national tournament. And because of that, you’re hesitant to put all your guys in when they may be banged up or not. So, because of that, it brings less value to your guys in the room.”Ryan said most of the opposition that the proposal faces involves the timing and scheduling of the hypothetical events. He said there also are differing viewpoints on how teams would be chosen for a dual-meet tournament and how many teams would be involved. The ability of wrestlers to maintain their peak performance for an entire season is also up for discussion. Redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello seemed to be all for the proposed changes. He placed value on the ability of dual meets to attract new, casual fans to the sport. “I think it’s important to make it more of a team sport and easier to follow,” Tomasello said. “If you don’t really know wrestling that well, it’s tough to follow how people get points at national tournaments.” Ryan said wrestling is one of the few collegiate sports that actually succeeds as a business model with ticket sales, and that gives the NCAA incentive to retool the sport and maximize profit. A dual meet at the Schottenstein Center between Ohio State and Penn State drew an attendance of 15,338 just last season. Ryan drew a comparison to Ohio State football fans tuning in to Saturday’s game between Penn State and Michigan because of a vested interest in the sport and the outcome of the game. That type of heightened interest is what he desires for the sport of wrestling. “We don’t have that in wrestling,” Ryan said. “And we need it. And until we get it, we’ll continue to be a sport that’s kind of status quo instead of one that’s thriving.” read more

Robben Thirtyfour is not too old

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben feels there are only “good or bad” things to being in his mid-thirties in professional footballThe 34 years old remains an integral member of the Bayern with three goals in 10 appearances this season.Therefore, Robben is refusing to read too much into his age and instead believes that both himself and fellow veteran winger Franck Ribery will remain imperative to Bayern.“Thirty-four is not too old, we have a personality and an opinion, there is not too old – there is only good or bad,” Robben told Kicker.The Dutchman also gave under-fire coach Niko Kovac his vote of confidence, despite Bayern’s recent struggles.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Bavarians have gone on a four-game winless run in all competitions, which has seen them slip from first to sixth place in the Bundesliga table.“He is ambitious and a winner, he is looking for ways to make us play better football again,” said Robben.“We do not have to change much.”Robben also gave his views on surprise German league leaders Borussia Dortmund’s title credentials.Bayern will travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Buffon I didnt join PSG for the money

first_imgItalian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has denied suggestions that he only joined Paris Saint-Germain for one last big chequeThe 40-year-old made the surprise switch to PSG in the summer from Juventus in order to continue his top-flight career.But there have been rumours going about suggesting that Buffon’s main reason for going to France was just for the money with nine of PSG’s players among the Ligue 1’s top 10 earners.The 2006 World Cup winner reportedly earns just under €5m a year at the Parc Des Princes.“There’s always a bit of envy, that’s human too,” Buffon told Corriere della Sera on those rumours.“The first rule is not to be conditioned by the judgements and ideas of others. I will never prostitute my ideals and dreams for money. If I was going to then I’d have done it long before now.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“Money is important, it’s a means to live better, but I’m not venal.“They thought I was a madman, or a statue only missing the pigeons. My enthusiasm makes me young though, and if I want to continue I can’t be like an old grandpa.“Sometimes I’m more ‘stupid’ than someone who is 20 and people don’t realise my age.“I’m very proud to be here, because to receive an offer from a club like this is a big satisfaction.“I always gave my best, I am sure I behaved well and life rewarded me with this bonus.”Buffon has made 13 appearances for PSG in all competitions this season.last_img read more

Report Arsenal extend Nacho Monreals contract

first_imgArsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract to June 2020 after activating a clause they had on his expiring dealThe Spanish full-back has been at Arsenal since January 2013 following his transfer from Malaga for a reported £8.5m.In that time, Monreal has managed 10 goals and 17 assists in 227 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners along with winning three FA Cups and Community Shields.With his contract running out this summer, manager Unai Emery expressed his wish to retain Monreal in the future.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Now ESPN reports that Arsenal have taken their option to renew Monreal’s expiring contract until the end of next season with talks over a longer-term deal to be put on hold for now.Although the futures of goalkeeper Petr Cech and injured striker Danny Welbeck remain in doubt as they enter the final six months of their contracts at Arsenal.Welsh star Aaron Ramsey is set to leave for nothing at the end of the season with Juventus recently confirming their interest in signing him.While Stephan Lichtsteiner, who only joined from Juventus last summer, is expected to remain with Arsenal having the option to extend his contract by another 12 months.last_img read more

Focus On Medias Great Realignment At the ACT III Conference

first_imgOxford, Mississippi—Magazine publishers from a broad cross section of the industry spent two days presenting their best practices and innovative ideas for an era of transition during the third annual ACT III conference at the University of Mississippi.Like at the AMC in San Francisco last week, the underlying theme of the event was whether print media’s best days are behind it. And if it is, the question was how long the decline will take, and how far down print will go. And like at the AMC, there was no broad agreement. In fact, said opening keynoter Sid Holt, executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors, no one really knows what form the business will take in the years ahead. And in the meantime, publishers described how they’re innovating and iterating to serve the changing needs of their communities.The conference, organized by Samir Husni, founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center here, featured an eclectic mix of speakers, from Rebecca Darwin, CEO of the acclaimed Garden & Gun, to Michael Capuzzo, publisher of Northern Pennsylvania’s Mountain Home, and author of the best-selling real-life shark thriller, “Close to Shore.” There were 145 attendees at the event, which also featured tours of the historic city and a visit to the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of blues music. Because it’s held in an academic setting, the event included students as attendees and sometimes participants, and many speakers geared their remarks to the next generation of journalists as well.Even as individual magazine operators and entrepreneurs told their own stories, the state of the industry was summed up in a presentation by Bob Sacks, the newsletter publisher and chronicler of the state of the magazine industry. “We’re in a period of what I call the great realignment,” Sacks said. “We’re going from being primarily print-revenue based to one that’s primarily digital. But for print, a loss of dominance does not equal death. There will be hundreds of billions of dollars to be made in the reading industry.”Sacks also urged publishers to reinvent themselves before someone else does, and from the tone of the presentations, the attendees and speakers at ACT III are busy doing just that.For example, in 2009, when it was in danger of being shut down, Garden & Gun set itself to developing new ways to connect, Darwin recalled. “I really always envisioned that this would be a national magazine that was about a region and a lifestyle,” she said. “But during that time, the four “P’s”—paper, printing, prepress and postal—kept coming. And at the same time the advertisers were paying late. So I got the staff together and said, ‘We have got to come up with something that will generate some revenue. We created a club. We came up with the membership levels ourselves. We came up with the names, and now we have a very loyal audience and the club is working well.”And Kevin P. Keefe, vice president of editorial at Kalmbach Publishing Co. described a variety of spinoff business lines in his company’s markets, which focus on railroading, model railroading and other enthusiast markets. Included in these products are track plans for modeling enthusiasts available for sale online, railroad maps that tell different stories about the industry, and DVD archives of back issues of print magazines. “These are the most profitable products we’ve ever produced,” Keefe said, crediting Sue Roman of Taunton Press for the idea. “It’s insane how popular they are.”Two speakers, Keefe and Jim Elliott, president of The James. G. Elliott Co., noted that apps have not played out as well as many publishers had hoped. “[The] Apple Newsstand hasn’t been quite the bonanza we were hoping for, but it still has been a positive,” Keefe said.Perhaps the most passionate speaker was Capuzzo, who summarized the true value of the industry: “It starts with the writer,” he said. “One of the things I wanted to talk about was content. At Mountain Home, we’ve suffered for something, and I hope this is it.”Paraphrasing Oxford native William Faulkner, Capuzzo said, “Journalism, at least on the newspaper side, has been a utopian venture, except they are aiming it at a tragic species.”Tony Silber is the general manager of FOLIO: Magazine.More on this topic Embrace Digital, IMAG Attendees Warned Bob Sacks Offers View of Industry at Circ Day LA Magazines Wrestle with Future Business Model At Association-Publishing and Printing Conference, Print Publishers Are Told to Change Their Focus FOLIO: Show Opens in Chicago Overheard at IMAGJust In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Anushka Sharma shares cryptic post after Rohit Sharma unfollowed Virat Kohli and

first_imgAnushka Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rohit SharmaInstagramAmid the rumours of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s fallout, Anushka Sharma has shared a cryptic post on Instagram which seems to be aimed at Rohit who has apparently unfollowed her on the photo-sharing platform.”A wise man once said nothing. Only truth can shake hands with silence in a mess of false appearances,” read Anushka Sharma’s post on Instagram.There were reports about a rift between Virat and Rohit after Team India failed to make it to the World Cup 2019 finals after getting defeated by New Zealand in the semi-finals.Both Virat and Rohit had a fabulous record in the World Cup 2019 till the top order batsmen came tumbling down under the blows of New Zealand bowlers.Though Virat and Rohit have never spoken about their rumoured tiff, it is being said that two groups have been formed within the Indian team wherein one supports Virat and the other supports Rohit.The Indian team management has claimed that there’s no such issue within the Indian team. But Rohit unfollowing both Virat and Anushka on Instagram has given enough fodder to gossip mongers.Take a look. Anushka SharmaInstagramlast_img read more

President hosts doa mahfil on EideMiladunnabi

first_imgPresident hosts doa mahfil on Eid-e-Miladunnabi. Photo: PIDPresident M Abdul Hamid on Saturday hosted a Milad mahfil at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban after Zuhr prayers on the occasion of Holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the anniversary of the birth of prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SWM).Acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, diplomats of different Muslim countries, MPs, political leaders and high civil and military officials also attended the programme.Pesh Imam of Bangabhaban Jame Mosque Maulana Saiful Kabir conducted munajat after the milad mahfil.Special munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace and prosperity of the country, welfare of the people and greater unity of the Muslim Ummah across the world.last_img read more

Bengal CM remembers Swami Vivekananda on death anniversary

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today remembered Swami Vivekananda on his 116th death anniversary and urged the people to live up to the ideals the spiritual leader espoused. “On this day, the great philosopher, Swami Vivekananda attained Mahasamadhi. Remembering him on this solemn occasion. Let us strive to live up to the ideals he espoused, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Swami Vivekananda, who passed away on July 4 in 1902, played an important role in the spiritual enlightenment of the masses. He spread the Vedanta philosophy in the West and established the Ramakrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission to serve the poor. “He taught the world the true meaning of Hinduism: universal brotherhood,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Sportsmedia technology company Deltatre has agr

first_imgSports-media technology company, Deltatre, has agreed to buy OTT software firm Massive Interactive in a deal worth roughly US$127 million.Deltatre said that the combined company will be the “largest independent OTT solution provider in the world,” with the deal helping the company to expand into the entertainment industry and widen its geographic reach in the Asia Pacific region.Deltatre provides end-to-end OTT video delivery for sports services like ATP’s Tennis TV, NFL Game Pass Europe and Juventus Pass, while Massive’s user experience software underpins streaming services for clients like the BBC, Bell Media and Channel 5.The deal gives Deltatre valuable new UX capabilities. Massive will operate as a division of Deltatre, which at the close of the deal will have 18 offices worldwide and nearly 1,000 full-time staff.“This shift to OTT is accelerating throughout the world, and the ability to customise individual viewing experiences and create genuine consumer engagement is vital to the movement,” said Deltatre co-founder and CEO, Giampiero Rinaudo.“The acquisition strengthens our leadership positions and expands us both globally and into important growth areas. Massive is a brilliant company and a fine addition for Deltatre.”Massive co-founder and CEO Ron Downey described Deltatre as “the ideal partner” to help accelerate its global growth strategy, claiming the merged company will be “the leading B2B vendor for live and OTT video platforms globally.”“The integration of our targeted UX platform, Massive AXIS, with Deltatre’s robust product portfolio will combine to offer our customers a highly scalable, quick-to-market solution that drives engagement and increase the profitability of over-the-top video services.”Deltatre was founded in Italy in 1986 and now has 12 offices in Turin, London, Hamburg, Munich, Los Angeles, New York, Sandy Utah, Singapore, Mumbai, Paris, Geneva and Tokyo. Alongside OTT and live streaming, it offers a range of solutions including websites and apps, broadcast production services, and live and studio graphics playout.Bruin Sports Capital – an international media, sports, marketing and branded lifestyle company – acquired Deltatre in 2016. Bruin was founded a year earlier by former IMG Sports & Entertainment president and board member George Pyne.Commenting on the Massive deal, Pyne said it “adds another dimension to its [Deltatre’s] value proposition to the sports industry and expands the company into entertainment sector which will quickly see the value of Deltatre’s three decades of game-changing media innovation.”Massive was founded in 1996, is headquartered in London and has offices in New York, Sydney and Prague. Its clients include DAZN, Deutsche Telekom, Foxtel in Australia, Sky New Zealand and YouView in the UK.The Deltatre-Massive deal follows a number of acquisitions in the OTT technology space in recent years, the most high-profile of which have seen media companies buy and take technology providers in-house.Endeavor, the parent brand of companies including WME, IMG and UFC, agreed to buy NeuLion in March in a deal valued at roughly US$250 million (€200 million).Meanwhile, Disney agreed to pay US$1.58 billion (€1.34 billion) to up its stake in BAMTech to 75% last August. The video streaming technology firm is being used to underpin Disney’s push into direct-to-customer streaming services, including ESPN+ and its forthcoming Disney SVOD service.last_img read more