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How Pandemic Changed the Way We Watch Sports?

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It’s a tough time to be a sports fan, the Coronavirus has given humanity plenty of reasons to worry about over the past year and it’s even managed to take one of our favorite distractions away from us, Live Sports. It’s been over a year since we’ve watched live sports and unfortunately, it seems like it’s going to be that way for a while.

If you’re like me and you don’t know what to do with yourself, don’t hit the panic button just quite yet there are numerous creative ways technology is giving sports fanatics their fix despite the fact that practically all major sports have now been canceled.

We don’t have a way to consume every sport but we do have some new options for the major ones, the NBA season was postponed indefinitely on March 11th after the outbreak hit the league directly with Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell testing positive for the coronavirus. To keep fans entertained through teams across the league have been playing out their season through NBA 2k and streaming the simulations on Twitch also on a positive note when it comes to the NBA many people around the league are pitching in to help the hourly employees who were affected by the suspension of the season. 

The NBA had also announced that it made its NBA League Pass available for free back from April 22nd with this you can watch every game from this season and classic games throughout the years now when it comes to the NCAA tournament you may be out of luck on feeling the madness unless you plan on buying an old copy of NCAA basketball 2009.

In fact, you can even watch Kayo Sports outside Australia, even if you don’t live in Australia. All you need is a VPN service like ExpressVPN. You can also watch some great basketball movies on any of the popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. I recommend blue chips on Amazon Prime video or semi-pro and Space Jam on Netflix. Good news for all you combat sports fans out there MMA is still alive and kicking and yes that pun was thoroughly intended!

UFC Brazilian took place on March 14th behind closed doors and without fans UFC Fight Night 171 has been moved from London because of travel restrictions enacted by the US. Dana White has also announced that UFC events will continue to go on until government shutdowns are in place for now you can still watch people go at it in the Octagon on ESPN Plus.

If just watching it isn’t enough for you and you want to be a part of the action you can get a copy of UFC 3 and yes we do know that’s an older video game but we haven’t heard any more news on the long-awaited UFC 4 soccer.

It has taken a big hit due to the coronavirus and many leagues have shut downplay, but not all of them Liga Mexico is still having matches without fans and attendance, you can stream them on a number of platforms like ESPN, Deportes, and CBS sports.com.

The football clubs that aren’t playing in real life are still offering fans hope to see their favorite players on the pitch. Leeds United wasn’t able to play their championship game against Cardiff so they stream the simulation on FIFA 20, the broadcasts drew in 50,000 online viewers showing that people still want to see their favorite teams play no matter how!

The NHL season announced on March 12th that it was pausing the 2019-2020 season but similar to soccer, people are running out simulations of the entire season on NHL 20 to show that they still give a *uck, and if that doesn’t do it for you.

You can still turn to Netflix and watch some really great hockey movies like Miracle Goon and more Football wasn’t as affected by the coronavirus as other sports since this isn’t the season for it but the XFL an alternative to the NFL did have to suspend its season on March 12th, so in other words, you probably won’t be able to watch any actual live football games for a while.

However, if you still need to feel the grit of the gridiron there are plenty of football movies as well on streaming services. The NFL made its NFL game pass available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes every game from the past 11 seasons hard knocks and a football life and you can always build a dynasty on Madden.

Although many in-person events have been canceled due to coronavirus e-sports are actually saving the day for many sports enthusiasts professional athletes like Dale Earnhardt Jr. have been drawing hundreds of thousands to watch them play video games of their respective sport pro athletes are spending their time off playing video games so in at least some way we can still watch them play.

Young NBA star Luka Don cheek for the Dallas Mavericks is playing a lot of video games while his season is on hiatus and he even reached out on social media to try to figure out how to set up his own twitch stream Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans who has been an avid gamer for years and really a leading figure in meshing professional basketball and professional gaming.

He joked online, that now no one can make fun of him for being a video game nerd, the surge of professional athletes playing video games is not only good entertainment but we could see it sparking organize tournaments pro Am’s and even charity streams for this coronavirus pandemic US fans will have to get creative during this coronavirus pandemic.  

Hopefully by the time NFL and college football is back on we can pack the stadiums again to watch our favorite teams, but for now, E-sports is on the rise!  if you have any other ways to get your sports fix let us know!

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BINGOTON: PADDY POWER PRESENTS A DRAMA…WITH BALLS

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Mischievous betting brand Paddy Power presents an eyebrow raising ‘drama with balls’ after teaming up with creative agency Octagon for their latest ad campaign. 

“Bingoton” was formally rolled out in a fashion befitting the brand’s proverbial bingo debutante today (23rd September).  

Written and art directed by Jonny Watson, Dan Harrison and Neil Richardson of Octagon UK, and directed by Jim Gilchrist of Outsider, the 30-second TVC will get its first showing on ITV this evening during Coronation Street.  

The commercial takes viewers back to the early 19th century, with Miss Bingoton and her lady-in-waiting assessing a selection of ‘gentlemen callers’, cleverly creating a humorous parallel with the perils of modern-day dating.  

According to Josh Green, Executive Director at Octagon, this was the ideal comical conduit to convey the Paddy Power Bingoproposition:  

“In the simplest terms, bingo is drama with balls. That’s how the idea of Bingoton was born.” 

Tom Muldowney, Head of Gaming Marketing with Paddy Power adds:   

“We wanted to make a ballsy ad and Miss Bingoton felt like the perfect leading lady to convey our ‘more chances’ message. That’s with the exception of the Suitor who sent her (Charles) Dickens pix. He remains on the cutting room floor.”    

The advert opens with stunning views of high society types gathering at the palatial grounds of Bingoton Manor. Centre stage is Miss Bingoton, who is joined by her lady-in-waiting and Master of Ceremonies, all of whom eagerly anticipate a parade of potential suitors for her viewing pleasure.   

Suitor Number 10 gets the (bingo) balls rolling. But he’s quickly dismissed by Miss Bingoton who instructs her footmen to “swipe left” on her behalf.   

  Suitor Number 3 is quickly dispatched in an equally decisive manner, having been judged by Miss B to be “catfishing again” after she takes in his dated and unrecognizable profile painting.  

Trying his luck next is Suitor Number 66, a handsome gentleman from Essex who only has eyes for his own reflection.   

“The only way is EXIT,” she giggles under her breath to her lady-in-waiting.  

Paddy Power’s latest campaign comes with all the easter eggs punters have come to expect from the mischievous brand, who manages to marry drama (and balls) to make it a perfect match.   

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Turbo Mode in the Game ‘Mines’ is On – Fasten the Seat Belts

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Classics are eternal, but classics with new improvements are captivating. One of the first
Turbo games has undergone visual and functional changes and has transformed into one
more game Turbo Mines.

The Head of Product at Turbo Games says:

“Visually, this is the successor to the super hit of our classic Mines. We are a young
progressive team that improves our product regularly, but not just observes what works
well. There is no limit to perfection, especially when you can change quickly and
qualitatively to open an even wider potential of Turbo hit.”

What does it mean for the players?

The rules remain the same as in Mines, but some additional features modify the perception
of the interface and the game pace.

Firstly, it is possible to change the game field size: to 3*3, 5*5, 7*7, and 9*9. Such
modification gives a player a chance to work on their strategy and choose the risk rate. So
to say, every round can be absolutely different from all points of view.

Secondly, those players who enjoy speed can experience it in Turbo Mines too. Such a
function enables a player to choose the same pattern for opening the blocks for many
rounds in a row. If a player sticks to the strategy that they believe in, they will win for sure
because dripping water wears away a stone not with its strength but with its constancy.
But there is no need to wait, do it in Turbo mode with Turbo Mines.

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Four Teams Advance to CS:GO Female Tournament at IESF WE Championships

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) concluded a groundbreaking competition for the Female Feature Division CS:GO qualifiers, which saw Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, and Argentina move forward to secure their spot at the World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia. The qualifiers were hosted online by IESF, and the finals tournament in Bali will feature a $50,000 total prize pool. Poland and Argentina came out on top of their respective region’s qualifiers.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “IESF is privileged to be able to host its first-ever Female Feature Division CS:GO tournament, a significant step forward for the world of Esports. This event is promoting inclusivity and providing female gamers equal opportunities to succeed on Esports’ biggest stage. IESF is committed to advancing and supporting the role of women in Esports through initiatives like this and our current partnerships with Women in Games and GIRLGAMER Esports Festival. “

IESF Marketing Manager Ana Karakolevska added: “Congratulations to the four female teams for giving us one of the most exciting qualifiers yet, and securing their spot at the first-ever CS:GO World Esports Tournament. IESF is proud to be making advancements in shaping the future of gaming for the entire World Esports Family. We can’t wait to see these skilled teams compete in Bali.”

World-leading Esports club Natus Vincere (NAVI) represented Poland in the qualifiers and will bring some of the world’s best Esports players to Bali to compete for the ultimate prize. The 14th WE Championships will take place from December 1 to 12 with Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, or Argentina looking to be crowned the first female CS:GO tournament winners.

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