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August 26, 2003

ISWI Amends Launch Schedule for SportXction

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The News Review:

* FA prepare to tighten bond with Eriksson
* North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classified…
* ESPN.com – MLB – Top 10 Expos’ destinations
* ISWI Amends Launch Schedule for SportXction
* Pires: I’ll end my career at Arsenal
* Soccer News of Thursday, 21 August 2003
* Setting the ball rolling
* Soccer News of Tuesday, 26 August 2003
* Aigner’s optimism for the new season
* ‘Sky Bet Live’ launch delayed
* BOPA Daily News Archive

FA prepare to tighten bond with Eriksson
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 22, 2003
All eventualities are being covered. Eriksson’s £3. 5 million a year deal runs until the World Cup in Germany in 2006, but there has been relentless speculation that he will bow out the moment England’s interest in Euro 2004 ends. The former Lazio, Sampdoria and Benfica coach is known to miss the day-to-day involvement of club management and has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea. Eriksson has told people within the FA that he regrets the photographs of him entering the London home of Roman Abramovich, the new Chelsea owner. Eriksson’s future will be clarified at the FA meeting; he will first be asked exactly.

North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classified…
NorthJersey.com – Aug 21, 2003
They thought by co-hosting the Cup – even more outlandish, they wanted to make it an unheard-of five-country affair, with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela – Peru would earn an automatic invitation. To call the idea a pipe dream is being generous. But now, fresh off Wednesday’s impressive and fight-marred victory over a much more prestigious Mexican team, Peru could use this win as a building block toward qualifying for a Cup – the one in 2006. Peru had style – especially creative midfielder Roberto Palacios, who notched two assists – and they had grace – Rafael Garcia’s header off a set play will make a highlight reel, somewhere ? while Mexico had neither… They thought by co-hosting the Cup – even more outlandish, they wanted to make it an unheard-of five-country affair, with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela – Peru would earn an automatic invitation. To call the idea a pipe dream is being generous. But now, fresh off Wednesday’s impressive and fight-marred victory over a much more prestigious Mexican team, Peru could use this win as a building block toward qualifying for a Cup – the one in 2006. Peru had style – especially creative midfielder Roberto Palacios, who notched two assists – and they had grace – Rafael Garcia’s header off a set play will make a highlight reel, somewhere ? while Mexico had neither. Mexico, long recognized for The Matador, Luis Hernandez, and flashy goalie Jorge Campos, tried in vain to act its way back into the game. Repeatedly, the Mexicans dove and tried to draw the attention of the referee. Their continual faux injuries in part led to the bizarre altercation in the 70th minute.

ESPN.com – MLB – Top 10 Expos’ destinations
ESPN – Aug 21, 2003
Weaknesses: Lost two franchises. Possible territorial rights lawsuit from Orioles owner Peter Angelos. Survey says: You can bet Walter Johnson’s World Series ring that this will be the Expos’ new home. North JerseyScore: 55. On the one hand, Jerseyites live to get out of New York’s shadow. On the other hand, half of their professional sports teams have New York in their names.

ISWI Amends Launch Schedule for SportXction
Casino City Times – Aug 22, 2003
As Sky Bet is the biggest player in the UK interactive TV betting market, we believe we will set new standards for interactive gaming and look forward to deploying our services with them. In addition, we are encouraged by the underlying fundamentals in the market we have targeted. Datamonitor predicts that iTV gambling revenues in the UK will grow from $116 million this year to $633 million by 2006, representing an annual growth rate of more than 53%. ”
GIG has already developed cricket (both one day and five day), golf, tennis, football (now shown weekly in the UK), baseball and basketball versions of SportXction(TM) with other sports, including rugby, snooker and darts planned to follow later this year. Additional sports, such as automobile racing and fixed price horse racing are now in the planning stage. In addition to the recent launch of the new SportXction(TM) multi-sided product, GIG is already well advanced in its plans to launch its new rugby service for the Rugby World Cup in October this year. The Rugby World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar in 2003 and will be held over 7 weeks, with 48 Test matches, and an estimated television audience of around 4 billion… Additional sports, such as automobile racing and fixed price horse racing are now in the planning stage. In addition to the recent launch of the new SportXction(TM) multi-sided product, GIG is already well advanced in its plans to launch its new rugby service for the Rugby World Cup in October this year. The Rugby World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar in 2003 and will be held over 7 weeks, with 48 Test matches, and an estimated television audience of around 4 billion.

Pires: I’ll end my career at Arsenal
go.com – Aug 22, 2003
‘I love it here and that is why I was so pleased to settle the contract. Now I can concentrate on playing – and that could be longer than the new contract. ‘The World Cup winner is not sure if he will still be up to the demands of top-flight football in 2006. ‘Whether I stay on or not depends on what shape I am in at the time,’ added Pires. ‘But if I’m still able to play at the highest level, then why not? We will have to wait and see. ‘ And Pires said that if he cannot play for Arsenal, he may retire. ‘I am not sure I could play at a club which doesn’t have the same status as Arsenal and the same expectations,’ he said.

Soccer News of Thursday, 21 August 2003
ghanaweb.com – Aug 21, 2003
The FA chairman was reacting to the German’s threat to contest his dismissal by the Ghana Football Association at FIFA. Burkhard Ziese told the BBC he has given the GFA an ultimatum of 30 days to rectify certain issues concerning his dismissal or he will take the matter up at FIFA. It is not exactly clear what issues Burkhard wants settled by the FA but joyonline can confirm that the German will tell FIFA his dismissal is unlawful. He claims his contract was for the World Cup in 2006 and not the African Cup of Nations, a tournament he failed to qualify the Black Stars for… Burkhard Ziese told the BBC he has given the GFA an ultimatum of 30 days to rectify certain issues concerning his dismissal or he will take the matter up at FIFA. It is not exactly clear what issues Burkhard wants settled by the FA but joyonline can confirm that the German will tell FIFA his dismissal is unlawful. He claims his contract was for the World Cup in 2006 and not the African Cup of Nations, a tournament he failed to qualify the Black Stars for. Ziese also says the FA’s reasons for terminating his contract are ‘unacceptable. ’ The FA cites incompetence and non-performance among others as the reasons for dispensing with the services of Burkhard whose performance according to the GFA chairman Ben Koufie has highly been disappointing. Both the Black Stars and the Meteors won three matches out of a combined fifteen under the second spell of the German. Burkhard’s threat to go to FIFA is not an empty one.

Setting the ball rolling
Edinburgh Evening News – Aug 26, 2003
“Companies can use this to keep morale high after some pretty bad times in the current depressed market, to build a closer-knit team and to say thank-you to staff,” she says. “And we want to get people out of their suits and into their shorts and trainers and to get them to play together – most of all we insist they have some fun. Out to score World Cup placingRHONA SHEPHERD and her team-mates are currently gearing up for the European Championships and an attempt to gain a seeding for the 2006 Women’s World Cup. Women’s rugby was first played seriously in Britain in the late 70s, with early teams established through the student network. Until 1993, the governing body was the Women’s Rugby Football Union, which held overall responsibility for rugby in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, but then Scotland split from the parent organisation and has been governed by a sub-committee of the Scottish Rugby Union ever since. And the support of the SRU has seen the expansion of the game so that it is now played from Inverness to Peebles, and from the Isle of Mull to Dundee. The relationship between men’s and women’s rugby in Scotland is seen as being mutually profitable and the Scottish women enjoy access to the SRU for support and advice on how to develop the game… Out to score World Cup placingRHONA SHEPHERD and her team-mates are currently gearing up for the European Championships and an attempt to gain a seeding for the 2006 Women’s World Cup. Women’s rugby was first played seriously in Britain in the late 70s, with early teams established through the student network. Until 1993, the governing body was the Women’s Rugby Football Union, which held overall responsibility for rugby in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, but then Scotland split from the parent organisation and has been governed by a sub-committee of the Scottish Rugby Union ever since. And the support of the SRU has seen the expansion of the game so that it is now played from Inverness to Peebles, and from the Isle of Mull to Dundee. The relationship between men’s and women’s rugby in Scotland is seen as being mutually profitable and the Scottish women enjoy access to the SRU for support and advice on how to develop the game. Scotland was also the host nation for the 1994 Women’s World Cup after arrangements for it to take place in Holland fell through. In its first World Cup outing, the team performed superbly, beginning with a 51-0 victory over Russia and finishing by taking the Shield Final, beating Canada 11-5.

Soccer News of Tuesday, 26 August 2003
ghanaweb.com – Aug 26, 2003
00 that was paid monthly to Burkhard Ziese as salary, he is prepared to make a monumental concession on the issue of enticement fee. He said given the Briton’s pedigree, the FA simply can’t afford the enticement fee he may ask for. As a compromise, he would want the FA to commit itself to pay him a specific sum if he is able to take the Stars to the 2006 World Cup. Woodcock started his professional career with Nottingham Forest FC, for whom he played from 1974 – 1979. He won the Champions League and the League Cup Winners twice each with them. Apart from winning the English championship with them, he was voted Young Footballer of the Year, Young European Footballer of the Year and Division 1 Managers’ Player of the Year. When he joined FC Cologne in the German Bundesliga from 1979-1982, his transfer fee was an all-time highest in German football history.

Aigner’s optimism for the new season
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Aug 21, 2003
“The new season promises to be an exciting one for a number of reasons,” said the UEFA CEO in predicting continued success for UEFA’s premier club competition, the UEFA Champions League. Great competition”There is of course the new UEFA Champions League format, with just one group phase, followed immediately by direct knock-out matches,” Mr Aigner said. “In a TV world that is saturated with football, the sale of television rights for the 2003-2006 period has now been successfully completed, showing once again the strength of this great competition. Stable framework”UEFA was also pleased to hear this summer that the European Commission has formally accepted our approach to the central marketing of UEFA Champions League media rights, a decision which will help give European football the stable framework that it needs,” he added. Growing excitementThe UEFA Chief Executive also said that there was growing excitement about next summer’s UEFA EURO 2004™ final round in Portugal. “Excitement is also mounting in Portugal itself, where preparations for EURO 2004™ are making good progress,” he wrote.

‘Sky Bet Live’ launch delayed
Digital Spy – Aug 23, 2003
Now, the revised launch schedule will see a live betting service offered on the Internet, followed by a quarter-screen interactive TV application showing live odds information while a sporting event is underway. The quarter-screen and Internet site will work in tandem. Both will become available during the current football season. Barry Mindes, Chairman of GIG and its parent company, ISWI, explained: “We are very pleased to have agreed on an alternative deployment schedule with Sky Bet. The “Sky Bet Live” launch will proceed as previously committed, but delayed. As Sky Bet is the biggest player in the UK interactive TV betting market, we believe we will set new standards for interactive gaming and look forward to deploying our services with them… Datamonitor predicts that iTV gambling revenues in the UK will grow from US$116 million this year to US$633 million by 2006, representing an annual growth rate of more than 53%. “In addition to the ‘SportXction’ product, GIG is also testing a new application designed for rugby events. The company intends to get the service ready for the Rugby World Cup this October. Stay with Digital Spy for more details on this as we get them.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Aug 26, 2003
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