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Top games and sporting events this month: May 2021

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Alex Bregman leads the bases after a home run | Courtesy of the Houston Astros

Swing for the fences and grab a seat (or watch from home) at these games and sporting events taking place across Houston in May 2021.

This month brings the final home games of the Houston Dash and Rockets, while the ‘Stros and Dynamo continue to roll into their first seasons. Plus, the UFC returns to Toyota Center for a marquee title shot.

We’ve rounded up the main highlights of this month’s sports calendar, but you can read more about the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 11 sports games and events this month: May 2021

  • Houston Dynamo FC versus Los Angeles FC at BBVA Stadium | Saturday May 1 – Dynamo continues to roll into its third game of the season, hosting an LAFC team with championship aspirations. Tickets range from $48 to over $180, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 2:30 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center | Saturday May 1 – Battling to make the playoffs, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors will travel to Houston for a Western Conference matchup. Tickets range from $43 to over $450, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace.6:30 p.m.
  • Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns at BBVA Stadium | Sunday May 2 – The Dash will close out the group stage of the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup, facing top-flight Portland Thorns FC. Tickets start at $10. 6:30 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks at Toyota Center | Sunday May 2 – The New York Knicks, who will make the playoffs, will stop in Houston for a game that will see plenty of young talent on display. Tickets range from $23 to over $350, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers at Toyota Center | Wednesday May 5 – Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons arrive in Houston to face the Rockets in one of the final home games of the season. Tickets range from $35 to over $600, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park | From Friday 7 May to Sunday 9 May – George Springer returns to Houston with his new ball club, the Toronto Blue Jays, for a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The weekend giveaways include an Altuve ALCS MVP bobblehead, a replica 2019 AL Champions ring, and a Mother’s Day face mask available Sunday afternoon. Hours vary.
  • Houston Dynamo FC versus Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Stadium | Wednesday May 12 – Swing by BBVA Stadium for a weekday kickoff featuring Dynamo and rivals Kansas City. Tickets range from $28 to over $100, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:30 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers at Toyota Center | Friday May 14 – The Rockets’ final home game of the season is coming up and the visiting Clippers, led by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, will make a rocky start to a tumultuous year. Tickets range from $29 to over $450, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. 8 p.m.
  • UFC 262 at Toyota Center | Saturday May 15 – Ranked contenders fight for the vacant UFC World Lightweight Championship belt when No. 3 Charles Oliveira and No. 4 Michael Chandler head to the downtown octagon. Tickets range from $200 to over $6,000, but you can find cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. 5:30 p.m.
  • Houston SaberCats vs. Old Glory DC at Aveva Stadium | Saturday May 22 – The SaberCats have an opportunity to climb the standings when they take on mediocre Old Glory DC, who have struggled to get off to a good start this season. Tickets start at $15; $8 for 8 to 15 year olds. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park | Tuesday May 25 and Wednesday May 26 – Circle this one on your calendar as the Dodgers come to town for a contentious two-game series in what has become an intense rivalry. Tickets range from around $15 to over $175, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. Hours vary.
Christian Wood defended by the Los Angeles Clippers | Photo: Robert Seale; courtesy of the Houston Rockets

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Online sporting event tickets will hit $22.1 billion in revenue, jumping 131% in one year – Reuters

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Although COVID-19 has all but devastated the ticketing industry, causing thousands of canceled matches and empty stadiums around the world, the pandemic has also accelerated the transition to mobile ticketing and a cashless stadium experience and the stages.

According to data presented on 123scommese.it, online sports event ticket sales are expected to reach $22.1 billion in revenue in 2021, a 131% year-on-year jump.

Revenues $1 billion higher than pre-COVID-19

The online sale of sporting event tickets has grown significantly in recent years, although it remains the smallest segment of the event ticket market.

In 2017, the entire segment generated nearly $17.4 billion in revenue, the Statista survey reveals. Over the next two years, that figure rose to $21.3 billion. However, with thousands of sporting events canceled and postponed amid the lockdown, online ticket sales fell 55% year-on-year to $9.6 billion in 2020.

Data from Statista shows that the overall market is set to experience a strong recovery this year, with ticket sales revenue up nearly $1 billion from 2019. The following years are expected to see an increase in ticket sales. demand for tickets to online sporting events, with growing revenues. another 40% to over $31 billion by 2024.

Statistics also show that the average revenue per user has increased significantly over the years, mainly due to the general increase in ticket prices. Average revenue per user has jumped nearly 30% over the past four years, from $67.20 billion in 2017 to $87.23 billion in 2021. This figure is expected to continue growing and reach nearly 99 $ in 2024.

The United States will generate 45% of revenues in 2021

The Statista survey found that the number of people buying tickets to sporting events online grew at a slower rate. Between 2017 and 2019, the number of users of this segment of the ticket market increased from 258.5 million to 279.4 million. After plunging almost 60% year-on-year to 114.5 million in 2020, the number of users is expected to hit 254.4 million this year, down 20.9 million from before the pandemic. Over the next three years, this figure is expected to reach 313 million.

Geographically, the United States is the world’s largest market for the online sale of sporting event tickets. In 2021, American sports fans are expected to spend more than $10 billion on online tickets, or 45% of total revenue this year. The UK ranked second with $1.4 billion in revenue this year. China, Japan and Canada follow with $1.2 billion, $858 million and $833 million, respectively.

Bally Sports app now available, replacing Fox Sports Go on streaming players and mobile devices – The Streamable

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The Bally Sports app and new website, intended to replace Fox Sports GO, weren’t quite ready to launch on March 31 – when Fox Sports became Bally Sports. After launching their new website last week, the Bally Sports app is now available on mobile and connected TV devices like Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV. It’s coming to Roku, but it’s still being rolled out.

The app is more feature-rich than just a place to stream games live. You can track scores, stats, standings, and news. Plus, it features video game previews and game highlights from teams playing on Bally Sports’ RSNs.

If you have access to Bally Sports’ RSNs through your cable, satellite, or streaming provider, currently limited to AT&T TV, you can authenticate to access your team’s live games. There are no breakdowns, which means you can watch the games whether you’re in your home region or on the road. The new video player also includes a TV guide, as well as the ability to watch past games and shows on demand.

You can also create a Bally Sports account, which will allow you to follow your favorite teams so that you only follow the ones that interest you. The site will also be personalized according to the teams in your local market. In the future, it is expected that your account can be used for free bets and interactive games.

To access it, Fox Sports GO customers will automatically get the update – or you can download it manually from the various app or channel stores.

What devices are supported by the Bally Sports app?

The Bally Sports app is available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox, PlayStation, LG Smart TV, iOS, Android and your browser

Does the Bally Sports app offer a direct-to-consumer sales service?

At this time, as long as you have access to Bally Sports’ RSNs, there is no direct consumer service. Bally’s and Sinclair have discussed the idea of ​​a direct-to-consumer service that is slated to launch in 2022.

Although Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV no longer offer RSN Bally Sports, you can still access it with an AT&T TV Choice plan subscription.

Much like the website, the Bally Sports app, which was in development with Deltatre, provides access to live games available on RSN Bally Sports, including those on Bally Sports Extra their overflow channel. To access it, you will need to sign in with your TV Everywhere credentials for your cable, streaming, and satellite provider.

The company plans to expand the app to include free games, real-time stats, and highlights throughout the game.

At the 23rd Annual Needham Growth Conference, Sinclair Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Lucy A. Rutishauser described the app as “a world-class sports app, to replace the Fox Sports Go app. The” viewing experience will be much better, it will be improved, personalized, interactive, it will have new features, new capabilities, new content around sport, sports betting, super fan… free to play (betting), rewards, community , gamification, statistics.

We’ve heard that it’s almost done (i.e. weeks, not months), but not quite ready yet. In the meantime, streamers will be able to continue using the Fox Sports GO app until the Bally Sports app is available. Once published, Fox Sports GO customers will automatically see the update on various platforms.

Which teams are available in the Bally Sports app?

Bally Sports Regional Sports Networks broadcasts local programming from 14 MLB teams, 17 NBA teams and 13 NHL teams.

Major Sporting Events in Houston: April 26-May 2, 2021

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Houston Rockets point guard John Wall | Photo: Noah Graham; Courtesy of the Houston Rockets

Grab a seat (or watch from home) at these must-see games and sporting events around Houston from Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2, 2021.

This week, catch the NBA’s top talent strolling through Toyota Center, watch Dynamo and Dash take to the court, and put down roots on the Astros in a four-game home series.

Want to know more about the sports happening around H-Town? Find more games and live sports throughout the month in the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 6 Sports Games and Events in Houston This Week

  • Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park | From Monday 26 April to Thursday 29 April – After losing key players for the first part of the season, the Astros will be looking to get back on their way to winning this four-game home series against the Angels. Tickets range from around $15 to over $175, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.; Thursday at 1:10 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks at Toyota Center | Thursday April 29 – Back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Milwaukee Bucks to Houston for a tough game. Tickets range from $23 to over $400, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Dynamo FC versus Los Angeles FC at BBVA Stadium | Saturday May 1 – Dynamo continues to roll into its third game of the season, hosting an LAFC team with championship aspirations. Tickets range from $48 to over $180, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 2:30 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center | Saturday May 1 – Battling to make the playoffs, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors will travel to Houston for a Western Conference matchup. Tickets range from $43 to over $450, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. 6:30 p.m.
  • Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns at BBVA Stadium | Sunday May 2 – The Dash will close out the group stage of the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup, facing top-flight Portland Thorns FC. Tickets start at $10. 6:30 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks at Toyota Center | Sunday May 2 – The New York Knicks, who will make the playoffs, will stop in Houston for a game that will see plenty of young talent on display. Tickets range from $23 to over $350, but you can find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. 7 p.m.

Social distancing and COVID-19

As we enter the vaccination phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts are still advising that we still have some way to go before we achieve herd immunity and can safely resume pre-pandemic activities. . In the meantime, you can stay vigilant to protect yourself from the coronavirus by continuing to wear face masks in public spaces, practicing social distancing of at least six feet, limiting contact with surfaces, and using disinfectant frequently. for hands or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

While the Governor of Texas lifted mandatory mask orders and capacity limits, most businesses still require face masks to enter and enforce reduced capacity. Familiarize yourself in advance with the policies of your destination and please observe their public safety measures.

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Hunting, GoWild gun sports app sees increase in ammo scams

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Crooks are increasingly targeting people looking to buy ammunition and other gun accessories as ammo is scarce and the market is flooded with first-time gun buyers, according to the forum. hunting and shooting sport GoWild.

GoWild, a social media platform created for outdoor sports and shooting enthusiasts, warned its community earlier this month: “Scammers are targeting your ammo purchases.”

Brad Luttrell, co-founder of GoWild, told FOX Business he believes scammers are finding new opportunities among the 8.4 million people who first bought guns last year.

“If you’re a con artist, that’s a great ploy, isn’t it? Because you’ve got 8.4 million new people who aren’t loyal,” Luttrell told FOX Business when he was reached by phone. “They don’t know what an ammunition store should look like. And they’ve never shopped online before.”

AMERICAN HANDHELD AND LONG ARMS IMPORTS UP 60% IN 2020: ANALYSTS

To make matters worse, reports point to ammunition shortages amid record gun sales over the past year, according to Luttrell and the Monthly Gun Sales Reports.

A hunter shoots during a shotgun and rifle sighting and test shooting in a safe environment for the upcoming deer hunting season at the Illinois State Police Range in Joliet, Illinois, November 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Jeff Haynes / Reuters)

“We kind of recognize that all of these things come together,” he continued.

Hunters started stockpiling ammunition earlier than usual because, as Luttrell explained, “people are now afraid that they will not find ammunition to hunt.”

“When something is scarce, you feel like you have to stock up on it,” Luttrell continued. “So it all feeds on itself and unfortunately these scammers have acknowledged that this panic buying is happening. And really, it’s just ripe for what’s going on because it’s a high dollar value item. “

OVER 23M FIREARMS SOLD, OVER 21M FIREARMS CONTROLS CARRIED OUT IN 2020

GoWild recently saw “a record number of gun scammers focusing on gun accessories,” according to an April 6 press release from the company.

Zack Grimes, co-founder and chairman of GoWild, reiterated much of Luttrell’s concerns in a statement at the time, writing: “With arms sales at an all-time high and ammunition in limited supply, crooks see a rich opportunity. “

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“Buying ammunition online is safe if you work with a reputable and known company – I do it all the time. But these scammers take advantage of millions of new gun owners and even some gun owners. longtime fire, ”Grimes said.

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The crooks appear to be operating from outside the country and using fake business names, as well as “creating fake logos, addresses and websites to impersonate legitimate businesses,” the press release said.

Luttrell told FOX Business that he personally reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at least two scam sites he found. The ATF did not respond to FOX Business requests for comment and information regarding ammunition and gun scams.

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GoWild asks users to be wary of offers that sound too good to be true and suggests not to move the conversation to another social media platform. He encourages members of his community to take a break when asked to pay for products using payment apps, such as Venmo, Zelle or CashApp, and users to dig deeper into the history of payment. company and website security metrics.

HalaPlay, the Fantasy Sports app owned by Nazara, plans to increase INR by 18 Cr

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According to a file, the company’s board of directors has given its approval in principle to HalaPlay, a subsidiary of Nazara, to raise funds from identified investors.

In a separate development, Nazara purchased an additional 1.40% stake worth INR 96.16 lakh in its subsidiary Absolute Sports Private Limited (ASPL), which operates Sportskeeda.com

Following the transaction, Nazara’s stake in Sportskeeda increased from 63.90% to 65.30%

HalaPlay, the fantasy sports platform owned by Nazara Technologies, plans to raise over 18 Cr INR, according to the listed company’s filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange.

According to deposit, the company’s board of directors has given its agreement in principle to HalaPlay, a subsidiary of Nazara, to raise funds from identified investors, whose names were not disclosed in the file.

“After the completion of said transaction, the Company’s (Nazara) stake in HalaPlay will be diluted from 74.02% to 64.70%, on a fully diluted basis. In addition, there is no change in the management and control of HalaPlay upon completion of the aforementioned transaction, ”the file read.

Nazara did not respond to Inc42 questions about the names of the investors who supported HalaPlay during its last funding round.

Nazara buys more shares in Sportskeeda

In the same file, it is revealed that Nazara purchased an additional 1.40% stake worth INR 96.16 lakh in its subsidiary Absolute Sports Private Limited (ASPL), which operates the sports news site Sportskeeda .com. Following the transaction, Nazara’s stake in ASPL increased from 63.90% to 65.30%.

Meanwhile, Nazara, a publicly traded Indian gaming company, recorded an 84% year-over-year (YoY) increase in its consolidated revenue, which stood at INR 454.2 Cr for the fiscal year. 2020-21 (FY21).

The gamified learning segment saw 820% revenue growth from INR 19.1 Cr in FY20 to INR 175.8 Cr in FY21. Likewise, esports revenue more than doubled to 170.1 Cr INR in FY21, compared to 84.2 Cr INR in the previous fiscal year.

Revenues from freemium, telecom subscriptions and real money games were 19.5 Cr INR, 74.9 Cr INR and 13.9 Cr INR respectively in fiscal year 21.

Founded by Vikash Mittersain and Nitish Mittersain in 2000, Nazara is a diverse gaming and sports media platform with a presence in India and global markets such as Africa and North America. The company specializes in interactive games, esports, and the gamified early learning ecosystem, and is well known for its variety of products, including the World Cricket Championship (WCC) and CarromClash (mobile games), Kiddopia (gamified early learning), Nodwin and Sportskeeda (esports and esports media, respectively) and Halaplay and Qunami (fantasy games and skill-based trivia).

Last month the company initial public offering (IPO) received a strong response with institutional and private investors.

Covid passports set to be tested at sporting events as part of bold bid for capacity crowds at Euro 2020

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Covid passports are set to be tested at sporting events as part of the government’s plans to boost attendance in time for Euro 2020 and sport’s big summer.

sports mail understands that officials are working on a “Covid certification” system, which will be used in the second phase of test events due to begin in late May or early June.

It will record whether a person has had a vaccine, an antibody test result to prove immunity, or a Covid test result to show they don’t have the virus.

Sporting bodies, including the Football Association and the England and Wales Cricket Board, said earlier this month it was ‘credible’ to reach capacity crowds by the end of June, if Covid passports were tested and introduced at sporting events.

Covid passports open the prospect of packed houses for sporting events after June 21

The inclusion of passports in the second phase of test events raises the exciting prospect of sold-out houses later this summer.

England take part in football at the Euros, face Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India in cricket, Silverstone will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix and without forgetting Wimbledon, the Open Golf and the final of the Betfred Rugby League Challenge Cup.

The Covid vaccination pilot program will begin after work on an updated NHS Covid app, which will show a person's coronavirus status.

The Covid vaccination pilot program will begin after work on an updated NHS Covid app, which will show a person’s coronavirus status.

And passports should guarantee full stadiums for the start of the next Premier League, EFL and rugby seasons, provided the virus remains firmly under control.

Major sporting bodies including football, rugby codes, motorsport, cricket and tennis wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition party leaders on April 8 urging them to urgently agree to test Covid passports in order to bring crowds back to capacity this summer.

Their letter was headlined: ‘Sport supports review of Covid certification (testing and vaccination) as a credible option to allow full venues from June 21’.

Memories of Euro 96 revived as crowds return to Wembley for Euro 2020

Euro 96 memories rekindled as crowds return to Wembley for Euro 2020

And he said: “Looking ahead to June 21, we support the government’s ambition to ensure the full return of fans, without restrictions where possible.”

“Necessarily, it will depend on the government agreeing that it is safe to reduce or drop social distancing requirements.”

He added: “We know that our stadiums can only be fully filled with an insurance process.

“This process must ensure that everyone can access the stadiums and must include provisions that would verify a negative Covid test or an antibody test or vaccination certification.”

There has been huge interest in Wimbledon after last year's event was canceled

There has been huge interest in Wimbledon after last year’s event was canceled

LIMITS FROM MAY 17

As part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, increasing numbers of spectators are allowed at events, provided infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths from Covid remain low and vaccination rates high.

From May 17, the covered rooms will be able to accommodate up to a maximum of 1,000 spectators, or half their capacity if this figure is lower.

For outdoor events, there will be a maximum of 4,000 fans allowed, or half a venue’s capacity (whichever is lower).

However, in larger stadiums, with a capacity of over 16,000, such as Wembley and Premier League football grounds, a maximum of 10,000 supporters will be allowed, or a quarter of the capacity (whichever is lower). ).

From June 21, it is hoped that all social distancing requirements can be lifted.

Prime Minister Johnson is desperate to see stadiums return to full capacity and despite opposition to the scheme, Covid passports are increasingly seen by the government as the only way to achieve this in the near future.

During a Number 10 press briefing on Tuesday, Johnson said Covid passports could be used in “hard to open” areas such as theaters, sports stadiums and nightclubs,

“What we’re looking at – what I think any responsible government would look at – is how we use people’s Covid status to open these things that are very difficult, and which have proven to be very difficult to open in the last year” , did he declare.

On Monday, the Department of Health posted job advertisements on a possible Covid certification scheme, with applicants being asked to be ready to start by May 4.

The Prime Minister has set out a roadmap to bring spectators back to the events. Up to 10,000 fans, or 25% of stadium capacity, whichever is lower, will be allowed from May 17.

Johnson said he wanted full houses from June 21, subject to the outcome of test events and as long as the spread of Covid is under control, vaccinations are progressing well, there are a limited number of serious illnesses and new variants do not spread.

The first phase of the events research programme, which began last weekend with the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton at Wembley and the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield, is based on the social distancing and spectator testing for coronavirus.

Tickets sell out at cricket matches in England as hopes grow for the sport's summer

Tickets sell out at cricket matches in England as hopes grow for the sport’s summer

This will continue until May 15, when Wembley will host the FA Cup final in front of 21,000 fans.

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has said football will have lost £2billion since the start of the pandemic in match revenue and broadcast revenue.

In an interview last month, Masters said football’s goal was to return to full stadiums by the start of next season.

The Premier League signed a letter from all major UK sports, which called on politicians to support a major review of Covid passports as a way to achieve this.

“There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge until that can happen, but that’s our goal,” Masters said in March. “A return to full and vibrant stadiums, a return to the normal Premier League.

“We need to move from stage one to stage four of the roadmap and look at the national situation and work with the government to create the conditions for this to happen. We believe this is an achievable goal.

“The vaccination program is the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s the thing that changes everything, from being controlled by the virus to controlling it, and getting back to normal.

“If the vaccination program works the way the government wants, it will lead to the return of ticketed stadiums, theatres, cinemas and events in general.”

However, Premier League chief executive Bill Bush has warned that without Covid passports there will be limited and socially distanced crowds, no away fans and no food at games.

The lack of Covid passports for this event came as a surprise and with opposition parties and civil liberties groups raising concerns, it was thought the Prime Minister may have shown the red card to the scheme.

However, it now appears that the technology to support the test was not in place.

It is a sign of the government’s sense of urgency that the next second round of test events should use ‘Covid certification’ in paper form, if the NHS app is still in development.

All eyes will be on England in June and July with seven matches scheduled for Euro 2020 and there is the prospect of more if Ireland and Germany cannot stage their games due to Covid.

The Football Association has told organisers, UEFA, that the stadium will be able to accommodate 22,500 fans – 25% of its capacity – with the possibility of increasing to 45,000 spectators – half full – for the semi-finals and the final, which take place in July. 11.

The country’s major sporting bodies are desperate to see fans return to generate much-needed revenue after more than a year with almost no spectators.

In their letter to politicians, they argue that the passport should include testing for the virus as well as confirmation of immunity and commitment to a time-limited approach.

The letter addressed some of the politicians’ concerns and was intended to draw attention to the potential benefits of a viable program, if it can be achieved.

Labor leader Sir Keir has cast doubt on the use of Covid passports, describing the government’s plans as a “complete mess”, which his party is unable to support “in their current form”.

Liberal Democrat Ed Davey called passports “Covid ID cards” and described them as “illiberal” and “impractical”.

SNP Ian Blackford said ‘based on the information available there is no proposal before us that SNP MPs could support’.

And some 40 Tory MPs have made it clear they are against national vaccine passports, warning that introducing checks into everyday life would create a ‘two-tier’ nation.

But despite the opposition, the Prime Minister, who has previously expressed his desire for a full house at the Euro 2020 final, is pushing with a pilot who could still deliver crowds at capacity this summer.

Summer of sport in England

Key events after June 21 – the first date when all restrictions can be lifted:

June 11-July 11: Football – Euro 2020 in various countries, including seven matches at Wembley

June 28-July 11: Tennis – Wimbledon

June 29, July 1 & 4: Cricket – England – Sri Lanka ODIs

July 8, 10 & 13: Cricket – England – Pakistan ODIs

13: Athletics – Diamond League: Anniversary Games at London Stadium

July 15-18: Golf – The Open at Royal St George’s

July 16, 18 & 20: Cricket – England – Pakistan T20s

July 17: Rugby League – Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

July 18: Formula 1 – British Grand Prix at Silverstone

August 4-September 14: Cricket – England v India, five Test rounds

September 27-October 1: Cricket – Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s

October 3: Athletics – London Marathon

October 9: Rugby League – Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford

TeamSnap youth sports app sold to Waud Capital

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Washington Wizards and Capitals fans get 15 (plus) seconds of fame as Monumental Sports renews Spectator app deal

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Monumental Sports & Entertainment and the 15 Seconds of Fame spectator app have extended their partnership to continue using an image recognition system at Capital One Arena during Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals home games.

Capital One Arena fans can upload a selfie to the 15SOF mobile app to receive video clips of their faces as they are captured by TV cameras or video panels in the stadium. Monumental initially partnered with 15SOF in 2017. The company also has deals with several NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL teams, as well as league-level deals with the NBA and MLB. which were extended in October.

“More than ever, fans want to uniquely show their team pride and share important memories on social media, and we believe 15SOF is the perfect platform to do so,” said Hunter Lochmann, director of marketing at MSE, in a press release.

15 Seconds of Fame plans to start broadcasting events in 2022 by “tying people’s seat tickets and their movement with our artificial intelligence,” co-founder Adam Resnick told SportTechie in October. The idea is for the app to send game streams or highlights to a fan’s phone on-site as soon as they leave their seating section to go to the concession stand or washroom, for example.

Disheartened boos as California reopens allow indoor sporting events and concerts

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As California slowly reopens from COVID-19-related shutdowns, new guidelines have been released ahead of the state again allowing seated live events and performances indoors.

Guiding lines specifically discourage members of the public from booing due to fears it increases the likelihood of coronavirus transmission, KTLA sister station KSEE/KGPE in Fresno reported.

Attendees will also be discouraged from shouting, singing, chanting and using noisemakers that need air, such as vuvuzelas.

The 17-page guidance document was released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health. It went into effect Thursday, when the state began allowing indoor concerts, sporting events and private gatherings. The plan to allow such events was announced about two weeks earlier.

In addition to noise-related guidelines, other state requirements are also in place, such as assigned seating to ensure a 6-foot separation between households, an advance ticket reservation requirement, and the California Viewer Release Only.

Capacity is limited during events based on the tier each county is at.

Full guidance can be viewed here.

Sportskeeda becomes the 2nd largest sports website in India

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This milestone is particularly significant given its timing, as it comes amid the plethora of issues facing the media industry.

Sportskeeda, one of India’s leading online sports platforms, recently announced that it was ranked number two in the Comscore sports website rankings in India. This milestone is particularly significant given its timing, as it comes amid the plethora of issues facing the media industry.

Digital sports media saw a sharp drop in consumption early last year, due to the cancellation of several major sporting events around the world. But Sportskeeda has still managed to multiply its audience and set new records and is now only Cricbuzz in India.

Sportskeeda recorded its highest ever readership at IPL 2020. The website recorded 102 million unique users and 1.8 billion ad impressions between September 19, 2020 and November 10, 2020.

In 2020, Sportskeeda also became the country’s leading esports news publisher, having expanded its coverage to several different segments. Additionally, the company has had considerable success with its new video formats; series like SK Live, SK Tales, Freehit and Rubaru as well as other short and snackable sports videos have received many positive reactions from users.

Speaking about this historic moment, Porush Jain, Founder and Managing Director of Sportskeeda, said:

“Sportskeeda had humble beginnings, and it’s heartbreaking to see that today we’re in second place in the Comscore rankings for sports websites in India. It’s a tough business and a tough market, but fans of sports have delivered their verdict. Credit goes to the strong team of creators and content managers who have been with us for over a decade now! The team is more motivated than ever and this next step will only be a source of extra motivation. We will continue to focus all of our energies on delivering the most entertaining content possible to hardcore sports fans.”

Sportskeeda’s commitment to generating quality content and putting its users first at every stage has been instrumental in its phenomenal growth over the past few years. The company looks set to build on its momentum and become the ultimate platform for sports fans.

Sportskeeda becomes 2nd largest sports site in India: Comscore report

By Sports website

Sportskeeda recently announced that it has claimed second place in Comscore’s sports website ranking in India. This step is especially important given its timing, as it comes amid the plethora of issues facing the media industry.

Digital sports media saw a sharp drop in consumption at the start of last year, due to the cancellation of several major sporting events around the world. But Sportskeeda has still managed to multiply its audience and set new records and is now only surpassed by Cricbuzz in India.

Sportskeeda recorded its highest readership ever at IPL 2020. The website recorded 102 million unique users and 1.8 billion ad impressions between September 19, 2020 and November 10, 2020.

In 2020, Sportskeeda also became the leading publisher of esports news in the country, after expanding its coverage to several different segments. In addition, the company has seen considerable success with its new video formats; series such as SK Live, SK Tales, Freehit and Rubaru, as well as other short-lived sports snack videos, have received a lot of positive feedback from users.

Speaking about this historic moment, Porush Jain, Founder and CEO of Sportskeeda, said: “Sportskeeda had humble beginnings, and it is overwhelming to see that today we are in second place in the Comscore ranking of sports websites in India. It’s a tough business and a tough market, but sports fans have delivered their verdict. Credit goes to the strong team of content creators and managers who have been with us for over a decade now! The team is more motivated than ever, and this new step will only be a source of additional motivation. We will continue to focus all of our energies on serving the most entertaining content possible for hardcore sports fans. “

Sportskeeda’s commitment to generating quality content and putting its users first at every step has been at the heart of its phenomenal growth over the past few years. The company looks set to build on its momentum and become the ultimate platform for sports fans.

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New Bally Sports app, replacing Fox Sports Go, won’t be ready for opening day 2021

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The Bally Sports app, which was supposed to replace Fox Sports GO, isn’t quite ready yet. While Fox Sports’ RSNs officially became Bally Sports yesterday, the new app that was due to launch in conjunction with the rebranding on March 31 was nowhere to be found.

We’ve heard that it’s almost done (i.e. weeks, not months), but not quite ready yet. In the meantime, streamers will be able to continue using the Fox Sports GO app until the Bally Sports app is available. Once published, Fox Sports GO customers will automatically see the update on various platforms.

Does the Bally Sports app offer a direct-to-consumer sales service?

At this time, as long as you have access to former Fox Sports RSNs, you don’t need to sign up for anything else. Bally’s and Sinclair have discussed the idea of ​​a direct-to-consumer service that is slated to launch in 2022.

Although Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV no longer offer RSN Fox Sports (now Bally Sports), you can still access it with an AT&T TV Choice plan subscription.

The Bally Sports app, which has been ongoing with Deltatre, will offer access to all live games available on RSN Bally Sports, including those on their Bally Sports Extra overflow channel. To access it, you will need to sign in with your TV Everywhere credentials for your cable, streaming, and satellite provider.

The company plans to expand the app to include free games, real-time stats, and highlights throughout the game.

At the 23rd Annual Needham Growth Conference, Sinclair Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Lucy A. Rutishauser described the app as “a world-class sports app, to replace the Fox Sports Go app. The” viewing experience will be much better, it will be improved, personalized, interactive, it will have new features, new capabilities, new content around sport, sports betting, super fan… free to play (betting), rewards, community , gamification, statistics.

What devices are supported by the Bally Sports app?

Once launched, the Bally Sports app will be available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox, PlayStation, LG Smart TV, iOS, Android and your browser.

Which teams are available in the Bally Sports app?

Bally Sports Regional Sports Networks broadcasts local programming from 14 MLB teams, 17 NBA teams and 13 NHL teams.