Calum Chambers reveals what Mikel Arteta told Arsenal players in dressing room before Everton match

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Dec 2019 2:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Calum Chambers reveals what Mikel Arteta told Arsenal players in dressing room before Everton match Advertisement Chambers played a central role as Arsenal recorded a clean sheet (Picture: Getty)‘Everyone can be proud of their performance. Still there’s things we can work on but it’s good start for us.’On the clean sheet, he added: ‘This is important for us [the defence] it’s been something we’ve been working hard on. I’m pleased to get a clean sheet today.‘I’d like to think so it’s a promising group we got to work hard, build on this performance, work on the training ground and keep going.’MORE: Mikel Arteta’s stern message to Per Mertesacker and Arsenal coaches after appointmentMORE: Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointmentMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Ljungberg reflects on Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Everton, teases ArtetaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:35FullscreenLjungberg reflects on Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Everton, teases Artetahttps://metro.co.uk/video/ljungberg-reflects-arsenals-0-0-draw-everton-teases-arteta-2075034/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal recorded only their third clean sheet in the Premier League this season and Chambers – who was named Man of the Match – was happy with how the Gunners performed.He continued: ‘A clean sheet away from home at a place like this is never easy. I think we put in a great shift today. It was a young team out there and everyone put in 100% effort. Arteta was in the stands to watch his side claim a point at Goodison Park (Picture: Getty)Arsenal mustered just two shots on target but Arteta had tried to fire them up pre-match, with defender Calum Chambers revealing that he gave a speech prior to kick off.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about Arteta’s dressing room visit, and what he said, Chambers told BT Sport: ‘He just wants us to be brave, take responsibility and work hard for each other. Those were the messages from him.‘I feel we did that today and now there is more, there is a lot more, we can work on, his philosophy and the things he wants to bring to the team. I’m sure we’ll be working on that this week.’ Advertisement The new Gunners boss went into the dressing room prior to kick-off (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta visited the away dressing room prior to Saturday’s goalless draw with Everton and issued a rallying cry to his players.The Spaniard, who is taking his first steps in management, was officially appointed as the permanent successor to Unai Emery on Friday, though interim boss Freddie Ljungberg took charge of the team one last time at Goodison Park.Everton themselves announced Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment shortly before the game, with both new bosses in the stands to watch what turned out to be a very dull 0-0 contest.last_img read more

Premier League TV schedule: Fixtures on BBC, Sky, BT Sport and Amazon

first_imgAdvertisement The Premier League returns on June 17 (Credits: EPA)The Premier League is now less than two weeks away from a return and the provisional fixtures for the first three rounds of matches have been released.We knew that things would get back underway on June 17 as Aston Villa host Sheffield United and Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad.We now know that there will be a huge clash between Tottenham and Manchester United in north London just two days later on Friday night.The TV details are now confirmed up until July 2 and the first live game on the BBC will be Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace at 7.45pm on Saturday June 20.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAmazon don’t get their first live game until Monday June 29 when Crystal Palace host Burnley. Advertisement Comment All matches will be played behind closed doors and broadcast on TV, with the top-flight clubs agreeing to the use of neutral venues if necessary.MORE: Premier League restart: Provisional fixtures revealed for Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and ArsenalMORE: How Timo Werner stats compare to Chelsea’s current forwards this seasonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jun 2020 8:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Premier League TV schedule: Fixtures on BBC, Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Premier League provisional fixtures and TV schedule Wednesday, June 17Aston Villa v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Manchester City v Arsenal 8pm (Sky)Friday, June 19Norwich v Southampton 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v Manchester United 8pm (Sky)Saturday, June 20Watford v Leicester 12.30pm (BT)Brighton v Arsenal 3pm (BT)West Ham v Wolves 5.30pm (Sky)Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm (BBC)Sunday, June 21Newcastle v Sheffield United 2pm (Sky)Aston Villa v Chelsea 4.30pm (Sky)Everton v Liverpool 7pm (Sky)Monday, June 22Manchester City v Burnley 8pm (Sky)Tuesday, June 23Southampton v Arsenal 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v West Ham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, June 24Manchester United v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Newcastle v Aston Villa 6pm (Sky)Norwich v Everton 6pm (BBC)Liverpool v Crystal Palace 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, June 25Burnley v Watford 6pm (Sky)Leicester v Brighton 6pm (Sky)Chelsea v Manchester City 8.15pm (BT)Wolves v Bournemouth 8.15pm (BT)Saturday, June 27FA Cup QF: Sheffield United v Arsenal 5pm (BT)FA CUP QF: Norwich v Manchester United 8.15pm (BBC)Sunday, June 28Aston Villa v Wolves 12pm (BT)FA Cup QF: Leicester v Chelsea 2.30pm (BT)Watford v Southampton 4.30pm (Sky)FA Cup QF: Newcastle v Manchester City 6pm (BT)Monday June, 29Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm (Amazon)Tuesday June, 30Brighton v Manchester United 6pm (Sky)Sheffield United v Tottenham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, July 1Bournemouth v Newcastle 6pm (Sky)Everton v Leicester 6pm (Sky)West Ham v Chelsea 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, July 2Arsenal v Norwich 6pm (BT)Manchester City v Liverpool 8.15pm (Sky)last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Senator J. Barry Stout and Former Representative Robert “Bob” Belfanti

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Senator J. Barry Stout and Former Representative Robert “Bob” Belfanti October 31, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags to fly at half-staff on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in Washington County to honor former Senator J. Barry Stout and at all commonwealth facilities in Northumberland County to honor former Representative Robert “Bob” Belfanti.Former Senator J. Barry Stout, 79, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016. He represented the 46th Senatorial District from 1977 to 2010 in the Pennsylvania Senate. Prior to being a member of the Senate, he represented the 48th Legislative District from 1971-1976 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.Former Representative Robert “Bob” Belfanti, 68, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016. He represented the 107th Legislative District from 1979 to 2010 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.Flags shall remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, November 4, 2016.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Are Kenyan men the most faithful in Africa? Research says they…

first_imgAccording to the report titled State Of The World’s Fathers produced by MenCare, African men are among the most likely in the world to father children with more than one woman.Kenyan men are the least likely to have children with more than one woman, Kenya is over-taken by countries like Uganda and Nigeria, whose men Kenyan women prefer for their trust and care, as well as Ethiopia to emerge bottom on the list of countries in Africa with a high number of promiscuous men out of the 25 African countries surveyed.The report also looks at the role of fathers as caregivers. Although men might want to be more involved in raising children and in domestic tasks, there is often a lot of resistance and stigma, the 2015 reports says.Most African countries have some form of official paternity leave, where Kenya is one of Africa’s best on this front, mandating two weeks of paid paternity leave.In 29 countries in Africa, it is just 1-6 days. Tunisia gives one day paternity leave, South Africa and Tanzania give three days, while Ethiopia gives five days of unpaid leave “in the event of exceptional or serious events.”This is the first time a global status report on fatherhood has been published. The State of the World’s Mothers has been published since 1999 and State of the World’s Children has been published since 1996.last_img read more

June 10, 2017 Police Blotter

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Ronaldo is going nowhere, says Juve Director

first_imgJuventus sporting director, Fabio Paratici, strongly believes Cristiano Ronaldo will line up with them next season. It’s been suggested Ronaldo will seek a move away this summer after losing confidence in their Champions League prospects. But Paratici declared last night: “Cristiano is super convinced to stay. He is very well with us.”Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Best Geek Movies Of All TimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired ForTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDoors Opening, Strange Noises Coming From The Attiс: Who’s There?The Best Cars Of All TimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… center_img read also:Ronaldo waves off Serie A, Europe records for Juventus win On Paulo Dybala, he added: We are talking about Paulo frequently with his entourage. We are on the same line of finding the best solution for the renewal. “Paulo must stay with us, he is a very important player and he can still give a lot at Juve in the coming years.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Lady Trojans Get Hat Trick Against Lady Knights

first_imgEC Volleyball traveled to South Dearborn last night. All three teams won in straight sets to open conference play 1-0.  Varsity won with the scores of 25-21, 25-8, & 25-15.   EC at South Dearborn 8-23-19After a very slow start, the girls stepped it up from behind the service line and began executing. We have spent a lot of time on serving precisely in practice and once they started pushing with their serve, everything else fell into place. Junior Allison Huismann led the charge with 95% serving and a team, season, and career high, 8 aces.  ‘I was impressed with the way they rebounded from a slow start. They could have went through the motions knowing they didn’t play well in the first set, but still managed to squeak by with a win. But they didn’t and instead pushed themselves and each other to be better.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker. Also, props to South Dearborn on major improvement in one season. They were a completely different team and are definitely on the right path. Coach Rose is doing a great job helping turn the program around and it showed last night.  Varsity is now 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in the EIAC.     Next up: Southport on Saturday.   Thursday night, ECVB JV defeated South Dearborn 25-13 and 25-23. The victory over the Madi Knights has now made the Lady Trojans 2-0 on the season.  ‘At the JV level, there are many adjustments teams must make due to some players being swing players to Varsity. As for Thursday night that was the case for ECVB JV. I was impressed by our play Thursday for majority of the girls are only freshmen and they made the needed adjustment to pull of a solid win. We were very aggressive behind the serving line and at the net and I feel that is what pulled us away at times. South Dearborn pushed the girls out of their comfort zone for when SD began to creep back in the girls had to keep battling to finish both sets. Still many areas for growth, but that comes with play and experience.’ Trojans Coach Josefa Andres.Next up, Southport tourney. ECVB Freshmen defeated South Dearborn in two sets with the scores of 25-15 and 25-16. This was the first match for this Freshmen group and they played very well together. All the girls had the opportunity to prove themselves for some of them played in both the Freshmen and JV matches. They are a very outgoing group of girls who push ahead of any competitor when they remember the importance of communication and how well they do when they focus on the little things.ECVB Freshmen are now 1-0.last_img read more

Men’s Tennis: Badgers fall to Princeton before dominating Green Bay, IUPUI in tournament

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-1) suffered their first loss of the season to Princeton (4-1) before bouncing back Saturday, winning a doubleheader against Green Bay (1-2) and IUPUI (1-5). The Princeton Tigers came out strong Jan. 31 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Despite the undefeated Badger duo Jesper Freimuth and Leonard Soha thrashing Justin Barki and Thomas Bosancic 6–3, Princeton ultimately took the doubles point.The singles score didn’t look much better for the Badgers — Princeton chalked up five more points — but there are some tales numbers can’t tell. Wisconsin’s Gabriel Huber made Karl Poling fight for his win, forcing their set to a third game tie-breaker before falling. Wisconsin’s Robert Krill then stopped what otherwise would’ve been a Princeton sweep, demolishing Bill Duo 6–4, 6–4—a welcome salve for the Badgers first loss of the season as Princeton won 6–1.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin falls to Minnesota in first round of Big Ten tournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (10-12, 4-7 Big Ten) fell in the first round of the Big Ten Read…If Friday belonged to Princeton, Saturday was all for Wisconsin. Soha and Freimuth opened the Feb. 1 doubleheader by destroying Green Bay’s Teddy Razafindratsima and Kentaro Mizushima 6–1. Chase Colton and Jared Pratt clinched the Badgers doubles point when they dispatched George Botha and Dipin Wadhwa 6–4. Singles play continued the fireworks as sophomore Martim Vilela won his singles debut 7–6, 6–2 against Razafindratsima as Huber, Colton and Krill all won their games without dropping a set.The Badgers used IUPUI’s weird trident logo as a fork Saturday night, eating their opponents alive 7–0. Soha and Freimuth tacked another win onto their doubles record (5-0) by handily beating IUPUI’s Reed Plunkett and Michael Koch 6–0. Colton and Pratt gave the Badgers the doubles point when they defeated Nicholas Moody and Alex Jochim 6–2. Daniel Nuzhny initiated the Badger’s singles sweep by beating Reed Plunkett 6–0, 6–0. Colton, Huber, Soha, Krill and Robin Parts racked up five more points, all beating their opponents in consecutive sets.The Badgers have their next match Thursday Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. They will take on their in-state rivals —Marquette — at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.last_img read more

Isaac Success: Writing a Success  Story  at Watford

first_imgIsaac Success only appeared in Nigeria’s first two matches at the 2013 FIFA U- 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates before injury condemned him to the bench for the rest of the competition. However, his potential was not lost to scouts and it came as no surprise when in November of the same year, Udinese of Italy requested for his signature. This season, he moved over to Watford in the English Premier League for a club record fee. Last weekend, Success came in from the bench to score his first goal for the club. He is hoping that his equaliser against Bournemouth could convince his coach for a first team start, reports Kunle AdewaleIsaac Success would have loved to crown his penultimate weekend performance in the Premier League with a first match for the Super Eagles during the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia, but this won’t happen. Success had a knock that made it difficult for him to walk and had since been replaced by Enugu Rangers’ Chisom Egbuchulam. In spite of not starting since the beginning of the season, Success insists he is not getting tired of the super-sub tag he gets at Vicarage Road, after scoring his first Watford goal only seven minutes into his latest appearance from the bench. His 65th-minute header earned the Hornets a point in their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth with Success again playing a significant role from the bench, five days after he had looked the brightest spark in a dismal performance for the Golden Boys at Burnley.The 20-year-old has always made a big impact each time he came on for the Hornets this season, and will have strengthened calls to receive a first start of the campaign when Watford next turn out at Middlesbrough after the international break.But Success is not worried about when he will finally see his name in Walter Mazzarri’s starting 11.He said: “I’m a Watford player and if I get a chance to play in any way, I have to help the team, even if it’s only two or three minutes. It’s not really a relief to score my first goal, it’s a goal for the team and me, but I’m happy about it. It’s not frustrating being a substitute, I’m just happy to be among the 18 players selected for the game. Every time I get to play, I just want to help the team. I just have to keep working hard and see what comes up.“I brought a lot of energy to the team when I came on, that’s what I’m about. As a striker, I’m ready to play anywhere in the forward line and it’s just up to the coach to give me the instruction where in particular I have to play.”Success replaced Ighalo in Mazzarri’s side last weekend, but after their respective performances at Burnley, it was somewhat of a surprise that the change was made shortly after half-time rather than in the starting 11.He said: “I have always looked up to him. He’s very calm, he told me how to be like that on the pitch. I’m not trying to take his place. Every player in the team deserves chances to get into the team and I just want to play. I don’t know if I’m taking someone’s position but he’s a good player. When I scored, the first thing I did was look at the bench and he was celebrating more than me, and I was really happy. He’s an African brother. He’s like a big brother to me.”Success received special praise from his Watford boss, Walter Mazzarri, after scoring his first goal for the club since joining from Udinese in the summer.Reacting to Success’ goal, Mazzarri described him as an excellent player, who believes he could improve. “He is an excellent player and he has showed it in the past, not only today, He can improve a lot in defensive parts, but he deserves it because every time he’s come on he’s showed he can help the team,” the Italian coach told the Watford official website.Rayo Vallecano coach, Paco Jemez, who will be pleased to see the back of Success in La Liga said: “He is a strong and powerful player, and that allows them to play a direct and incisive game in certain areas of the pitch. He has been creating a lot of danger and is one of their most important players.”Salva Ruiz, Success’ former teammate at Granada, indeed said he was “one of the strongest guys I’ve ever seen”.Nick Dorrington is a freelance football writer and the author of Scout’s Notebook, who has followed the burgeoning career of Success closely wrote: “He is still raw and needs to work on his end product in order to become more consistently decisive for his side, but if he can avoid off-field distractions and remain focused on his development, he looks to have all the attributes necessary to become a very useful top-level forward in the coming years.”While the former Nigerian junior international  is excited about life in England and playing alongside his countryman Odion Ighalo, he admits he left Granada with a heavy heart.“Today is a bittersweet day for me. I want to say goodbye to my colleagues and all employees of the club who have both supported me since I came to Granada, and this city that has given me everything,” he wrote in a farewell letter to the club’s supporters. “Heartfelt thanks to all who have been there, I feel if on occasion I have not given everything that was expected of me, but my intention has always been to give our best every day. Now I begin another professional stage that would not have been possible without my learning and development in the Granada.”Born in Benin, Success started his football career with local side, BJ Foundation Academy after which he left for Caitlin Fallows.In November 2013, Success agreed to a five-year deal with Udinese, being effective in January, for a €400,000 fee.  However, he was only granted a work permit in March of the following year, and immediately joined Granada, being assigned to the reserves in Segunda Division B. In July 2016, Success agreed a five-year deal with Watford in a record transfer fee, estimated around £12.5 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward …

first_imgShare Share Submit ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Regulus Partners begins the week by looking at the highly anticipated reopening of UK casinos and the law of numbers behind the rise in betting on esports.Betting on esports: the law of small numbersTucked away in the detail of the GB Gambling Commission’s latest (May) data on customer behaviour and revenue patterns during lockdown is a breakdown of revenue derived from betting on esports. We should caveat that when we get to this level of granularity, endemic data accuracy issues can be quite distortive. Nevertheless, the broader patterns stack up vs. what we were expecting (betting down c. 44% on 2019 stripping out the Cheltenham margin distortion starting point; slots up 15%; casino up 30%; Virtuals up 66%; poker up 107% and already easing back) that the esports betting figure looks methodologically credible. And so, drum roll please – esports betting was up 2,992% YoY in March and c. 3000% to May. 3000%: that is a figure to get excited about.Except that the March 2019 base was just £50k of revenue, implying annual run-rate of £0.6m or 0.03% of total sports betting in GB. The run-rate figure (for May) is now £4.6m: an annualised £55m and 4% of lockdown betting (including virtual). In GB at least esports has grown 3000% to become the niche size that many evangelists thought it was pre lockdown.There is no doubt that some markets have much stronger esports penetration: Everymatrix has published that it was seeing esports account for c. 50% of betting turnover in May and even c. 17% of betting turnover in June despite the resumption of some sports. This suggests that sports resumption has cannibalised c. 40% of the extraordinary esports volumes during the perfect storm of lockdown on consumers and the broad abeyance of physical sports. Even with this cannibalisation, esports in June for some operators/markets is still 1300% bigger than pre lockdown. However, this was also from a lower base (c. 1%) than the 5% oft quoted (due at least in part to Malta regulatory information that we believe to be significantly overstated due to operator misreporting, which has since been pulled).It would be fair to say that the UK is among the least friendly betting markets for esports (compared to CES Europe, East Asia) and that EveryMatrix would still also underperform in terms of scale and/or mix vs. the more successful esports specialists. However, even factoring this in we would stand by our estimates that esports betting was a c. US$140m market in 2019 (albeit a reasonably fast growth one), of which c. 70% was in Asia. That isn’t a lot to go around European operators and markets.Another key element to the recent boom in betting on esports is that it has been overwhelmingly led by sports titles rather than traditional fighting/strategy titles. These suggest high levels of substitution which are likely to be significantly eroded with the full return of sports (we have already seen this start in June figures). Further, this substitution has been made much easier by the level of sport engagement with esports during lockdown (giving fans an easy pathway and plenty of publicity to start betting) – even if this were to continue at similar levels (unlikely, though there will be some structural sports engagement gains), it would still be supplementary rather the main event now that sports have (largely) resumed.Betting on esports is undoubtedly an attractive niche for some operators when they get it right. However, recent data, even when aggressively spun, has shown the product’s pre-lockdown limitations and the likely substitution (vs. underlying adoption) nature of much of the growth. Betting on esports will also continue to grow and this will be given a structural accelerant by lockdown (not all of the gains will be cannibalised away, but we would expect c. 60-70% of them to be). However, if there is a useful statistic or triangulation in the latest disclosures, it is not the hype of 2992%, but the demonstration that betting on esports is still a very nascent product in most markets and is still very hard to get right. Operators hoping that simply to add it is to join in on the next wave of growth are likely to be very disappointed…UK: land based casinos – You Shall Go to the BallCasinos – for so long the Cinderellas of Britain’s gambling industry – have finally been given the go-ahead to reopen from the start of next month. The news will bring temporary relief to operators, who had been in danger of developing complexes having been initially carved out of the business rate relief and then shunted to the back of the queue for reopening.Delight at being permitted to rejoin the free world is likely to be tempered by the challenge of needing to operate sustainably under conditions of diminished capacity, heightened operational complexity and uncertain demand. There is also the risk that new found freedoms may be short-lived with the potential for localised or system-wide shut-downs. For now though, operators can at least take a first step down the road to recovery.UK: horse racing – remembering everything and learning nothing…British horseracing put its best foot forward as lockdown eased. Racing started on the first day possible and has been frequent enough to provide an attractive betting product; field sizes were typically approaching the imposed maximum of 12 (suiting both punters and bookmakers), and; the quality has been both excellent and highly accessible (on ITV). Betting customers have apparently engaged strongly, especially on the televised quality. The reopening has therefore provided a very valuable test on a number of levels to get the fixture list right based at least in part upon what customers want rather than what betting operators think they want or what horsemen and courses are inclined to provide.Covid-19 disruption is a big problem for racing even with a largely well-managed return and one that will have a long shadow even when ‘normality’ returns. Indeed, returning to the ‘normal’ of an overpopulated fixture list, a weak understanding of the betting customer (especially the remote customer), poor levels of managed engagement (especially for new customers and Class 1 racing – with a few notable exceptions), almost no levers that connect to optimising competitive field sizes (subtly different to larger field sizes: vide Ireland) and a weakened retail betting estate, would probably doom racing to decline even without the return of internecine squabbling. If racing divides into its vested interest camps and obsesses over money rather than the quality of its own product then it will cause its own destruction whether it tries to blame bookmakers, other stakeholders or acts of God. Now is the time to look at data, not opinion; focus on demand and productivity, not supply and subsidy; and (most critically) address governance and leadership rather than play at power struggles and self-interest (however well-meant these motives sometimes are).To thrive amid the economic and consumer dislocation of a post-Covid world, and indeed to survive the forthcoming gambling review, GB racing needs to show that it is different. After a promising start, recent spats do not bode well…_______________ Related Articles EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020last_img read more