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With 28 hours before they were set to play Towson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, seniors Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier were very candid about their mind-set going into the tournament. Being named the No. 2 seed was a shock, and the disrespect they felt was only going to act...
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As Napheesa Collier drove to the basket time and time again, one thing became very clear -- she wasnt going to let UConn lose. With Katie Lou Samuelson on the bench with an injury, Collier knew what was expected of her, and she delivered. She knocked down midrange jumpers, drew fouls and created...
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In many ways, hes a lot like other professional athletes. He spends countless hours honing his craft, jet-setting to far-flung venues to play in front of large, boisterous crowds. He signs autographs and takes selfies with admiring fans.But this is no conventional sportsman playing a conventional sport. This is Cormac Doolsta Dooley. Only 18 and not even out of high school yet, hes part of a growing industry once derided by some parents as a mindless waste of time that has quickly exploded into a global, lucrative profession: esports. Pot Will Get Passed, NJ Dems Say After Calling Off Vote Even if you win one $50,000 tournament, thats pretty much some peoples wages for a year. So there definitely is a lot of money to be made, Dooley said.A Spectator Spectacle Brew Wave Cinema: New Beer Can Also Develop Movie Film Competitive gaming has become so profitable in recent years that large media companies are getting in on the act. Comcast Spectacor announced Monday that it will build a dedicated esport stadium in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.The 3,500-seat, $50 million Fusion Arena will play host to local professional team Philadelphia Fusion already owned by Comcast Spectacor. Powerball Jackpot Now $750M After No Winning Ticket Drawn This will be the first ground-up esports facility in the western hemisphere, Spectacor Chief Business Officer Joe Marsh said.The 60,000 square-foot arena, slated to open in 2021, alsowill feature a training facility and represents another revenue stream in the ever-expanding competitive gaming ecosystem.For a city like Philadelphia, an arena will likely mean added revenue, said Robert Johnson, the chief marketing officer for N3rd Street Gamers, a Philadelphia-based company thats taking advantage of a hole in the still-developing esports market.Just for the amateur tournaments that N3rd Street hosts, both players and spectators travel from around the country, thereby boosting local economies, Johnson said.Last year, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn sold out more than 20,000 tickets for the grand finals of the Overwatch League, in which gamers compete in the popular Blizzard Entertainment game Overwatch.A professional venue in Philadelphia, according to Johnson, could attract a global audience.The exposure is to Philadelphia. They need to stay somewhere in hotels. They need to eat somewhere. So the economic impact is very, very high, I would believe, he said.A Billion-Dollar BetI made the switch over to N3rd Street Gamers a couple months ago knowing that the over double-digit growth year after year of competitive gaming, its not slowing down, Johnson said.Johnson spent years doing marketing for the NFL and NHL before making the switch to the competitive gaming world. He said the days of video games being perceived and derided as a hobby reserved for recluses playing alone in their basements are gone, replaced instead by an ecosystem thats churning out cash for those who know how to capitalize on it.Professional-level esports are predicted to generate $1.1 billion in 2019 through a combination of sponsorship and media rights deals, game publisher fees and advertising, merchandise and ticket sales, according to gaming research agency Newzoo. Thirty-seven percent or $409 million will be generated in North America alone, Newzoo predicts.Newzoos figures dont take into account the money that could be made outside of professional-level competitions. Other avenues also exist, including the monetization of non-competitive gaming through services like YouTube and Twitch, the latter of which was bought by Amazon for $970 million in 2014.Still, Newzoo notes, live streaming around non-organized competitive gaming is an exciting industry in itself, full of its own developments.Even Google has gotten in on the action. The company recently announced its intention to launch Google Stadia, a streaming service akin to Netflix but which would instead allow people to play games without needing a traditional console.The rise in competitive gaming has been spurred largely by changing, nonlinear media consumption habits from younger generations, Johnson said. The eyeballs are shifting to a different medium, and a lot of that is becoming video games.Newzoo predicts that this year, 453.8 million people will watch professional esports globally. By 2022, it expects that audience to balloon even further, to 645 million people. This has prompted traditional companies to shift their own eyeballs in the direction of esports.Fusion Arena is only the latest in a series of moves by Comcast to capitalize on competitive video gaming. In 2017, the media giant announced the creation of the Fusion, which competes in the Overwatch League.Last year, Disney announced a multiyear deal with Activision Blizzard to air the Overwatch League playoffs and finals on ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2 and Disney XD, bringing competitive video games to television screens.But though traditional media conglomerates are pouring big money into the industry, theres still a lot of room for others to take advantage of the changing landscape.N3rd Street Gamers niche, for example, is largely in player development.Unlike traditional sports, which began at the amateur level and gained popularity before players ever considered themselves professional, modern esports took the opposite route, Johnson said.With esports, it seems that it just went pro and then the infrastructure wasnt built to get people there, he said.N3rd Streets goal is to bridge that amateur-to-pro pipeline by eliminating barriers to entry for causal gamers.Gaming can be expensive. A lot of the high-end PCs, theyre thousands of dollars each, Johnson said.To help ease the financial burden, N3rd Street allows people to play at its Localhost Arena in Northern Liberties. Here, players not only have access to modern gaming equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford, but theyre also provided with opportunities for training bootcamps.Last year, the company also announced the creation of the National Championship Series, a series of amateur tournaments throughout the country that provides cash prizes and tracks player development through a points system.From Good to ProDooley was himself one of the beneficiaries of N3rd Streets work.Last year, he was a 17-year-old fan of the popular EA Sports franchise FIFA. The West Chester East High School student was good. He often beat his friends, but he wasnt a pro. Then came the Union Esports Open, in which Major League Soccer team Philadelphia Union worked with N3rd Street and Independence Blue Cross to host a tournament that would determine which player would represent the team at the eMLS Cup.I didnt really realize I was a top-level player until I won the Union tournament, where I beat a pro in the final who was one of the best in America, Dooley said.Following that win, he not only got signed by the Union, but managed to sway his previously unconvinced parents. Like many older non-gamers, they didnt quite understand what all the hype was about.They didnt like me playing that much. Even when Id be sick from school or something, sometimes my dad would just think I was faking and take the controllers because he didnt want me playing, Dooley recalled with a laugh.But then they saw the crowds and the prize money. Dooley was now able to come to his parents and say he wanted to quit his job as a bus boy making $5 an hour plus tips in order to play FIFA.Its been a whirlwind since.Now he gets flown to Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Paris and Bucharest. Hes pretty certain hell qualify for a tournament that takes him to Berlin. Today, hes competing for a triple-figure pot in London. Last week, a tournament win scored him $10,000.Not bad for a high schooler.It is completely surreal, Dooley said. When I look back at this time last year, I was working hard like most high school students, just at a restaurant or something, and now flip the scripts onto a year and Im making a good bit more money than what I was making there doing that.All that was born from one video game tournament.Niche Goes MainstreamEven excluding the win bonuses, players at these tournaments even at the amateur or semi-pro level can still benefit from the exposure to sponsors and even college scouts who might be watching in the crowd.This embrace of esports by institutions of higher learning to date, 135 accredited U.S. colleges are listed as being a part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports underscores another indication of esports staying power: it has permeated into everyday life, with no sign of stopping any time soon.Soccer superstar and French World Cup winner Antoine Greizmann has embraced the take the L celebration found in Fortnite. Lakers player Josh Hart has taken to the court in his own custom Fortnite shoes. Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has his own channel on Twitch.Some gamers have become transcendent millionaires. Last year, Tyler Ninja Blevins became the first professional esports player to grace the cover of ESPN Magazine.Its becoming mass-audience, its becoming more pop culture, Johnson said.These days, its no longer a question of whether or not competitive gaming can catch on in the mainstream. Increasingly, it is the mainstream.Disclosure:Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal, which owns this TV station.Photo Credit: Comcast Spectacor This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
The five-time Pro Bowler announced his decision after winning his third Super Bowl ring.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement.The Super Bowl champion did so in a post on Instagram Sunday night just before 6 p.m. Michael Avenatti Charged With Nike Extortion in NY, LA Fraud It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far, he said in the post.Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories and a huge cheers to the uncertain of whats next. Coaches, Others Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal The tight end suffered a number of injuries throughout his career and underwent at least six surgeries. In the 2018 season, he missed three games due to back and ankle injuries and was diagnosed with a concussion on Jan. 21.Gronkowski ends his career with three Super Bowl rings and 79 career touchdowns. He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl five times, named to the AP All Pro team four times and won the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year. He leads all NFL tight ends with career average of 68.4 receiving yards per game. Apple Announces Its Long-Awaited Streaming TV Service He played in 16 playoff games throughout his career, amassing 81 receptions, 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns.I look forward to honoring him in the near future as both a Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. As great of a player as he was, he is an even better person and ambassador of the game. Throughout his career, he made countless appearances in the community and there was no better remedy for hospital patients than a visit from Gronk.The last catch of his career was a 29-yard reception from quarterback Tom Brady in Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams. That set up Sony Michels game winning touchdown run. Gronkowski fought off double-coverage to haul it in. It was the last of six catches in the game.From his rookie year until his final season and through countless times in between, Rob was a major reason why we won games and championships, head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement.Rob will leave an indelible mark on the Patriots organization and the game as among the best, most complete players at his position to ever play.Thanks to his injury history, rumors surrounding Gronkowskis potential retirement were abundant. After the Patriots loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Gronkowski was asked by reporters if he was going to call it quits.I dont know how you heard about that, he responded.Gronkowski spent his entire career with New England. He was drafted 42nd overall in 2010 after two years at the University of Arizona in which he scored 16 touchdowns.Brady thanked his tight end with his own post on Instagram.The NFL was a better place with you in it, he said. But I have no doubt you will be a success in anything you do.Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
Sunday will be the 34th Marathon of Los Angeles, and this year will have a different touch, since a woman of Mayan origin will run in a very special way.The annual Southern California event will feature more than 25,000 runners from the United States and 63 other countries that will compete in the streets of Los Angeles. Among the participants is the Guatemalan Mara del Carmen Tun Cho, a woman of Mayan origin who runs with huaraches and traditional clothing. Passenger Spat Sends LA-Bound Flight Back to Hawaii Tun Cho does not train in the best scenarios in the world, nor in the best conditions, but wherever she does it, she does it with great humility and dedication because she is used to obstacles.Maria is 46 years old, she is the mother of six children and she says she started running to demand the rights of women, and that struggle led her to compete in several parts of her country. Last year she ran in Spain. Watch: Bald Eagles on Double Egg Duty in Mountains East of LA The brave woman says that she competes to carry the message of equality for the female sex, but that she would also like to win, although she knows that her poor diet puts her at a disadvantage with other runners.What I eat is nothing more than beans, tomatoes, chili, said Mara. Click Here or Email Your Photos to iseenbcla.com During a conversation with NBC 4 sister station Telemundo 52, Mara accepted two things: the first, to send a message in her language qeqchi to all the women and, the second, to test her speed with Telemundo 52s sports presenter, Sal Rodrguez.Marias trip to Los Angeles was achieved thanks to the collaboration of some Guatemalans in this city who wanted to reward their work.Mara said that this trip was the second time she got on a plane and that she felt a little afraid of that experience.
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