But City’s ruthless finishing wasn’t the main talking point in east London as VAR made a first major impact on a Premier League match.The Video Assistant Referee technology is being used in the Premier League for the first time this season after featuring in the FA and League Cups in England last term.The system was given quite a workout at the London Stadium, with several decisions reviewed, including City’s Jesus having a goal disallowed for offside against Sterling, while Aguero was able to score a retaken penalty after his initial saved spot-kick featured West Ham encroachment.There was also VAR approval for Sterling’s second goal and an early West Ham penalty appeal was turned down by the system.The offside decision against Sterling was extremely close and Guardiola disagreed with the call, insisting the constant interventions are only worth the hassle if they are always right.“Only what I wish is that VAR doesn’t make mistakes please. When it’s offside it’s offside, when it’s a penalty it’s a penalty,” he told reporters.“Rules are rules, no problem. But I will be upset if it’s something that is right and it’s disallowed. Then it will be not good.“The only thing I’m concerned is when VAR makes a mistake. It happened quite often in the past, then it is better for the referee to make decision.”Guardiola has already experienced the agony of VAR overturning a key decision when Sterling had what would have been a last-gasp Champions League winner against Tottenham ruled out for offside last season.Since then, the Spaniard has joined the rest of his Premier League managerial counterparts for a VAR demonstration in London.He remains hopeful the system will prove to be fairer in the long-term, even if it needs to be quicker to make decisions after both teams had returned to their kick-off positions before Jesus’s goal was eventually disallowed.– ‘Mentally strong’ –“After what happened against Tottenham in the quarter-finals last season, we were there, 60,000 people jumping with joy, then one second later we lost because it was offside. Now I’m used to these situations,” he said.“We had a managers’ meeting in London last week and they showed us how VAR will work with all the cameras and angles.“I think it will be fairer. Maybe it will be quicker in the future.“You have to be mentally strong when VAR is not on our side. You think at 3-0 the game is almost over but at 2-0, it’s completely different.“It is going to change the dynamic not just for the team but for the spectators. It will be a good lesson for our future.”Regardless of the latest VAR issues, Guardiola was content with the way City recovered from a lethargic first 15 minutes to put West Ham to the sword.It was the ideal response from the champions after title rivals Liverpool crushed Norwich 4-1 in their season opener on Friday.“Perfect start? It terms of the result yes, in terms of the performance no. In the first half we were sloppy with our passes,” Guardiola said.“We didn’t have the rhythm but that is normal in the first game. In the second half we settled down.”Sterling stole the show with a display of lethal finishing that convinced Guardiola the England winger could thrive as a central striker.“For me a striker would be an incredible position for him. I know the quality of the player, the consistency,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The big screen informs the crowd that the VAR is checking Manchester City’s third goal at West Ham © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Pep Guardiola says VAR will only be worthwhile if decisions taken by the controversial system are always correct after Manchester City’s 5-0 win at West Ham was interrupted by several replay reviews.Guardiola’s side kicked off their Premier League title defence with a confident display as Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick and goals from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero demolished the Hammers.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers will continue to track across the state today, and we still should see about 80% of Ohio pick up rain from this frontal passage. The rains today will likely be a little more gentle than the thunderstorms that worked into western and NW parts of the state yesterday. Everything should be winding down and get out of here by sunset tonight. Drier weather is coming back over the state starting tomorrow, as skies start to truly clear. Look for Wednesday to have a mix of clouds and sun, and even though we are transitioning to a different air mass behind the cold front, we still can’t completely rule out a couple of renegade sprinkles or showers. Temperatures also stay a bit cooler tomorrow with the nearby cloud cover, particularly in the east.Full sunshine is back Thursday, and we then see sunny, dry weather dominating through the rest of the week and weekend. Next week starts in the same fashion, and in fact, we may not see our next good threat of rain until next Wednesday the 7th.Showers and thunderstorms work through next Wednesday and Thursday, the 7th and 8th with good coverage. We expect .1”-.5” rains combined over the 2-day period with 80% coverage. The map at right shows rains for the entire 10-day period…which basically today’s showers combined with next week’s event. We do start to dry out again Thursday afternoon, heading into the extended period.For the extended 11-16 day window, we are dry to start for Friday and Saturday. We have to keep an eye out for a few showers or thunderstorms bringing up to .3” to 50% of the state overnight next Saturday night into Sunday the 11th. But then we are partly sunny and mostly dry for Monday the 12th through the end of the extended period on the 14th, with only a few pop up showers giving no more than 30% coverage any of those days. There is not a well-organized system in the cards for the end of the extended forecast period.
In its bid to promote the traditional version of the game in the age of slam bang Twenty20 cricket, the ICC is contemplating of introducing a Test league from where top four teams would qualify for a quadrennial play-off event to begin in 2013.Apart from the Test play-off, the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC), which assembled here for a two-day meeting that concluded today, also recommended an ODI league from next year.”The Future Tours Programme should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches. The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off. The play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such play-off in 2013,” the ICC said in a statement.”The FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion. This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup,” it said.The CEC also recommended that the game’s governing body should consider a 10-team format for ICC’s flagship event, the Cricket World Cup, from 2015 and 16-team format for the men’s World Twenty20 from 2012.The committee also recommended the introduction of Twenty20 International rankings.”I am really excited by what the CEC has proposed.Restructuring international cricket is a significant strategic challenge and one that must be dealt with. I am grateful to the CEC and its working group for making such far-reaching proposals to tackle this important issue,” ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said.advertisement”Achieving balance and unanimous agreement is not easy but it is a very important piece of work that requires a strategic response,” he said.
Shipla Shetty has a stake in Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan Royals, winners of Season 1 didn’t know until four months before Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 4 whether they would be playing. They’ve added sponsors this year, their tally swelling to 18. Last year’s runners-up, Mumbai Indians, have similarly added four big-ticket,Shipla Shetty has a stake in Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan Royals, winners of Season 1 didn’t know until four months before Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 4 whether they would be playing. They’ve added sponsors this year, their tally swelling to 18. Last year’s runners-up, Mumbai Indians, have similarly added four big-ticket sponsors, ensuring their profits outstrip last year’s Rs 7 crore. Even newbie Pune Warriors, owned by Subroto Roy Sahara, the most expensive team in IPL at a cost of $373 million, has managed to put together an A-list of 15 sponsors with TVS as the lead sponsor.Mumbai Indians’ Nita Ambani with son AnantWelcome to the Indian Paisa League. There are more matches (74 compared to 60 last year), higher TRPS (7.14 compared to 5.9 last year for the opening game) and even higher tv revenue (an expected Rs 1,000 crore compared to Rs 700 crore last year.) Everyone is a winner. Even the losers. Despite an average performance, Kings XI Punjab made an operating profit of Rs 29 crore in 2010, while the down-at-heel Kolkata Knight Riders made Rs 5.6 crore in 2010. Shah Rukh Khan co-owns Kolkata Knight RidersBarely a week after a 45-day energy sapping International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, IPL 4 underlines that the cricket economy is alive and well. Almost everything, from the scorecard to the sight screens, is up for sale. If ESPN-Star Sports has made close to Rs 940 crore from the just- concluded ICC World Cup (it spent $2 billion on the 10-year icc broadcasting rights), showing once again that if India wins, advertisers, sponsors, broadcasters and marketers go home with big grins, IPL’s official broadcaster, SET MAX has raised the spot ad rates to a record level. A 10-second ad-spot on the channel during the league stages will cost Rs 8.5 lakh-nearly double what it cost last season. “Ad slot rates have gone up by over 25 per cent. We are yet to decide the packages for the semi-final,” said Rohit Gupta, president, Multi Screen Media, the company that runs SET MAX. According to media buyers, the channel has still kept around 20 per cent of unsold inventory where the rates can cross the Rs 11 lakh mark for 10 seconds in the final.advertisementClick here to EnlargeCelebrities, cheerleaders, cricket. It’s a heady cocktail of sports. New revenue streams opened up by Lalit Modi last year have added ballast to the bottomline-IPL’s two-year deal with Google for live telecast of the event on YouTube for $7 million, a blimp sponsorship with MRF for Rs 15 crore for 24 matches, strategic timeouts sponsored by Maxx Mobile for a year for Rs 17-20 crore and theatrical rights sold for Rs 330 crore-a whole new world of opportunity was unlocked. How many of them come a cropper in the post-Modi dispensation will be known as the new season unfolds.From a purely Return on Investment (RoI) perspective, the enterprise values of each of the original eight IPL teams has more than trebled. The winning bid price for the two new IPL teams, Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers, was $373 million and $333 million respectively. Compare this with $111 million, the winning price for Mumbai Indians, the costliest team in 2007. Now here is how it works to the detriment of the new teams. Rajasthan Royals, which bid the lowest at $67 million, has to pay a franchise fee of $6.7 million per year while Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers have to pay $37.3 million and $33.3 million respectively annually. In order to make profits, the entry cost has to be minimum and revenues maximum.Click here to EnlargeResearch by IIFL, an equity broking and consulting firm, points out that the most profitable franchises will earn Rs 108 crore, spend Rs 65 crore, thus making a profit of Rs 43 crore while the least profitable will earn Rs 114 crore and spend Rs 95 crore, making a profit of Rs 18 crore. For the most profitable franchise, central broadcasting revenues will be Rs 67.5 crore, central sponsorship revenues will be Rs 10.8 crore, team sponsorship will be Rs 15 crore, gate receipts Rs 10 crore, in stadia advertising Rs 2.5 crore, merchandise sales Rs 2 crore, and prize money Rs 1 crore. The costs will vary dramatically as the ones coughing up large franchise fees will take the biggest hit. Ditto for players’ salaries. Other heads like stadium fee (Rs 50 lakh for every match), travel and stay cost, and team promotions are more or less the same for all the franchises.The real big change is the big number-central broadcasting and central sponsorship on the revenue side. The eight original franchises will now have to share this with two new entrants. Will powerful franchise owners such as Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallya, Shah Rukh Khan and even N. Srinivasan, who is also secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, let their share of the central pool of Rs 67.5 crore plus Rs 10.8 crore remain the same? The IPL also continues to be a significant contributor to the bottomline for the listed companies-as much as 5 to 10 per cent of profits for GMR, United Spirits, India Cements and Deccan Chronicle.advertisementClick here to EnlargeLast year’s controversies, have, however, eroded the brand value of IPL by $460 million from $4.13 billion in 2010 to $3.67 billion in 2011, according to a Brand Finance report. According to Brand Finance, the brand value of Mumbai Indians is $57.13 million, followed by Chennai Super Kings with $55.37 million. The Vijay Mallya-owned franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, is at third position with a brand value of $47.58 million. Shah Rukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders’ consistent non-performance on the field for three seasons has seen the value remain unchanged. Kolkata Knight Riders’ brand value is $46.05 million, just a minor increase of $50,000 million over last year. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab-the two most controversy-scarred teams-are valued the lowest. “As costs like players’ wages rise, the early commercial success of IPL will be tested. The honeymoon is well and truly over,” says Brand Finance India Managing Director M. Unni Krishnan. Not surprisingly, co-owner of Kings XI Punjab Mohit Burman says cryptically, “It is looking very bad, we will lose Rs 20 crore this year.” Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers, according to Brand Finance, are in a state of flux and seem to have lost their balance in key areas of cricketing excellence, while Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab have to set their house in order to arrest erosion in their brand values.Click here to EnlargeAt different points in time, franchise owners have contemplated selling out-Delhi Daredevils owned by GMR, Rajasthan Royals owned by Emerging Media have both appointed advisors for a possible stake sale in the past while Kings XI Punjab nearly hawked the franchise to private equity firm ISIS Equity Partners. Will Season 4 bring them luck?