Perfect forecast for Arkansas Spring Nationals at Batesville

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ark. – You couldn’t ask for better weather for this weekend’s Arkansas Spring Nationals at Batesville Motor Speedway.IMCA Modifieds run for $1,500 to win and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berths Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24. Both features pay $1,000 to the runner-up. Mini­mum start money is $150, non-qualifiers earn “B” money and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Cen­tral Region, Arkansas State and track points will be awarded.The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. each night.Spectator admission is $10 for adults and free for kids ages 14 and under. Pit passes are $30.An open practice will be from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Pit passes that evening are $20.Overnight accommodations are available by calling the Ramada Inn at 870 698-1800 or the Holiday Inn Express at 870 698-2700.Additional information about Arkansas Spring Nationals is available by calling 870 251-0011, at the website or by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

Andy Wright – Sky Bet – The increasing influence of player props

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Team and players statistics are playing an increasingly integral role within the global sports wagering sphere, with the changing role of fans and the rising need for a deeper level of data seemingly having a direct knock-on effect.With a major change being undertaken in recent years, sports analytics firm Opta are one of the driving forces behind sports data going from being a relatively niche offering, to being widely available and utilised across various broadcasts and in media outlets.One such example is Sky Betting and Gaming (SB&G), with the firm striving to offer player style betting markets both pre-match and in-play.Andy Wright, Head of Sports at SB&G, has been addressing what drove this decision, processes involved and the overall product offering: “At Sky, like everyone else, we are trying to find exciting innovative markets that will appeal to the younger audience, and really step away from the homogenised betting product, that I think, football particularly, has fallen into the trap of.“I think over the last few years we have all moved away from that, and really player props was always the next step, we needed the mainstream media to really get involved here, the likes of Opta and Sky Sports, we had conversations with them probably 18 months ago, trying to understand what they were going to do to continue with the success of Monday Night Football.“I think with the rise of that available data and putting it into people’s minds, in the narrative of a sporting event, then customers will start to be interested in the product.“All these new ideas will only really stick if customers actually want them, we as operators can put ideas in front of customers but really they need to be driving these things forward, with request a bets and the like.“Really it was a combination of mainstream media picking these things up, us having the spectrum of data to be able to price them, by offering them in play and being able to offer these more short term markets.”“We are trying to find exciting innovative markets that will appeal to the younger audience”Before adding what customer reaction has been like through the early stages, and when the realisation came that this was something that could work: “Around this time last year we had a semi-launch night at a pub in Leeds, when this was at a conceptual stage.“It was Barcelona vs Juventus in the Champions League and actually the penny dropped, I was a bit cynical previous to the night, because we gave a load of free bets and beers away and everyone was getting all excited.“But whenever anything happened in that game, whether it be (Leonardo) Bonucci making a tackle or whoever would make a pass, and there’s a cheer from one corner of the pub or the next corner of the pub, we started to think ‘hang on, there’s something in this.’“So, we sort of ran with it from there really. “More recently customers are interested, a certain type of customer are interested, and you can’t hide away from the fact we have had plenty of negative sentiment around it.“There’s been a couple of high profile examples of their being a cross, but in the customer’s eyes because they have £200 on it they think it was a shot on target, but it wasn’t a shot it was an attempted cross.“So again, lots of learning can come from this, I think between Sky Bet and Opta we have to work through a few operational issues, I think OptaJoe got a bit of a kicking on twitter from some unhappy Sky Bet customers.“So there’s appetite, but its baby steps with this.”The nature of offering such markets would always require a process of ironing out the kinks and dealing with disgruntled punters, with points of view about whether something was a cross or shot being heightened when there’s money riding on it.Wright is quick to point to complete transparency with customers regarding such issues, being upfront with terms and conditions and explaining that ultimately any decision made by Opta is final.“That’s the challenge in itself, that these markets aren’t mature, and there’s loads of data available”With plenty of challenges and opportunities encapsulated what is the future from a product point of view? What markets should be offered in the future? And how are customers engaged, to ensure that they have all relevant data available to make an educated bet? Wright addressed these varying issues: “It is about content, it is about customers being able to see that (Mohamed) Salah had X number of shots on target for the last seven weeks running, why is this 6/1 or 4/1?“And hopefully that will just introduce it to more and more customers. “From a marketing point of view, we have had more success with some of the markets we are offering compared to others, we thought offsides was going to be incredibly popular when we first went live with it, but it actually just turned out to be a terrible price. “But that’s the challenge in itself, that these markets aren’t mature, and there’s loads of data available but teaching traders an algorithm about which parts of that big data are important can become very difficult, and there’s a lot of back testing going on.“But with regards to new markets, I think that the World Cup will be of interest, where we will have certain matches that will have players people will recognise, but not perhaps teams that people recognise, and therefore these kinds of player props can take more of a starring role in that.”Wright was speaking alongside Shane Gannon, SVP of Perform Betting, and Duncan Alexander, Opta Chief Analyst, at the recent Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge. Forming part of the Betting on Innovation track, their panel was titled ‘Opta and Sky Bet’s blueprint for player props perfection.’last_img read more

Black Stars players to appear before World Cup Commission

first_imgChairman of the 2014 World Cup Presidential Commission of Inquiry has said the Black Stars players are not exempted from appearing before it and that players will be invited to appear once it is deemed necessary.The three-member commission were sworn in by Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga on Monday to begin their work of probing into issues leading to Ghana’s disastrous campaign at the 2014 World Cup.The commission constituted by President John Mahama, has amongst its terms of reference, investigating “the preparations of the Ghana Black Stars for the tournament and lapses which might have caused the early exit of the team from the tournament and the management of the Black Stars team and events in their camp during the tournament.”Many suggested that players be included in the gathering of vital information in the commission’s work despite the fact that most of them are foreign-based. The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Senyo Dzamfe, has now confirmed that players will be called upon to provide evidence once the need for their appearance becomes necessary. Other members of the commission are lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning and Kofi Anokye Owusu Darko.The commission is expected to conclude its work and make recommendations within 30-days.last_img read more

Lakers notes: Robert Sacre playing bigger role, no longer Mr. Irrelevant

first_img“That non-guarantee is overwhelming a little bit,” Sacre said. “But the Lakers knew what they wanted. They’re happy with me and I’m happy being with this organization.”It’s still a challenge considering Sacre has sat on the bench for 15 games because of D’Antoni’s preference to have a stretch forward. Sacre posted only two points on four shot attempts in five minutes against Toronto.“He has to go with the mindset to bring us energy and run the floor,” D’Antoni said. “He’s done that and done it well. But there’s a lot of people that have that role so we go back and forth at times to his detriment.”The Lakers also like Sacre’s team-first mindset, which he partly credits toward Nash.“He’s one of the hardest working guys even though he’s older than most people,” Sacre said of Nash, who turns 40 in February. “He’s always in the gym working his game, trying to improve and get better himself. I try to mimic my game after that.”Heavy roleJodie Meeks has remained in high spirits all season, and why shouldn’t he? He’s played for at least 40 minutes for the past eight games, because of long-term injuries to the Lakers’ backcourt.“It’s fun. I’m not complaining,” said Meeks, who posted 11 points in the Lakers’ win over Toronto. “I’ve been on the other side of that with not playing at all.”Meeks has managed such a role partly after reducing his sugar intake and lowering his body fat percentage from nine to six percent. He has also averaged a career-high 14.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting, with D’Antoni attributing it to improved outside shooting, drives to the basket and defense.“Sometimes last year I didn’t see the game as well,” Meeks said. “I wasn’t playing many minutes understandably since I was behind Kobe [Bryant] and he was healthy. This year, I’m getting more of a feel of things I can do.” The Lakers are, too.“He got us right through customs easily,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni joked.The Lakers like Sacre beyond travel conveniences. After being tabbed Mr Irrelevant as the 60th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Sacre has assumed a more relevant role with the Lakers, averaging 4.6 points and 3.4 rebounds through 14.2 minutes both as a reserve (18 games) and starter (eight).“I look at it as a blessing in disguise,” Sacre said of his draft standing. “It kept me hungry and kept me on my toes in getting better.”The Lakers sensed enough in Sacre’s improvement this offseason on his post moves, pick-and-roll execution and defense to sign him to a three-year extension worth $2.6 million, with the first two seasons guaranteed. TORONTO — A swarm of Canadian journalists hovered around his locker, latching onto every word he spoke.Steve Nash making a return to a country where he’s served as a living inspiration for all Canadian basketball players and the national team’s current general manager?Nope. Nash is training in Vancouver to heal the nerve issues in his back. Instead, Lakers backup center Robert Sacre took over ambassador duties.“I don’t think of it as that,” Sacre said before the Lakers’ 112-106 win Sunday over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. “But I’m very proud to say that I represent Canada.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more