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Sky and BT could show football for FREE if fans are banned over coronavirus

Sky and BT could show football for FREE if fans are banned over coronavirus

first_imgSKY and BT could be asked to show football matches for FREE if the Premier League bans fans from going to games due to coronavirus.The Times claims broadcasters will be urged to continue screening events even if they are played in empty stadiums so supporters who had intended to go will still be able to watch.2 Liverpool’s first-ever Premier League crown may be won in an empty venue with fans forced to watch on TVCredit: AFP or licensorsThe report adds that the subscription TV channels attending a meeting with football, tennis, cricket and rugby officials on Monday believe there could be a request to make matches free-to-air.Yet if such a ban on large gatherings is implemented, it could have the reverse effect with sports fans still watching games together in venues such as pubs.Elsewhere in the emergency conference, the Premier League have drawn up contingency plans if the coronavirus continues to spread.There have been 164 cases of the deadly bug in the UK and over 100,000 around the world.Coronavirus has continued to have a huge impact on sporting events across Europe with matches in Serie A postponed or being played behind closed doors.Italy’s Six Nations fixtures against Ireland and England will be played later in the year while the Chinese Grand Prix and the UAE cycling tour have also been suspended.The Premier League have already announced that players will not be allowed to shake hands before kick-off as is tradition.And SunSport revealed on Tuesday how Prem chiefs have sent letters to all 20 sides warning of the possibility of no fans in grounds to ensure the season is completed, with Newcastle manager Steve Bruce admitting such a situation is “inevitable.”Should England follow Italy by playing four rounds of games without fans, ticket refunds and loss of matchday revenue will see clubs  lose  a  combined  £25m every weekend wiped out.Clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal rake in more than £4m from home games — while even the smaller top-flight sides collect a million. Premier League BAN players from shaking hands before games amid coronavirus fears Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticCancelling matches in Europe and the FA Cup over the coming weeks would add further losses, reaching a potential £100m deficit a month.Meanwhile, Scotland Women’s Six Nations clash with France in Glasgow today is off after a home player contracted the virus.She is being treated in a healthcare facility, while seven other players and staff are self-isolating.Jurgen Klopp says celebrities opinions are pointless when asked about coronaviruslast_img read more

Jeers for a Babe

Jeers for a Babe

first_imgWith Ash Rai Bachchan’s pregnancy gobbling front page headlines, Bollywood producers are in a brand new fix. This glorious news, unfortunately, didn’t sit with filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who has to shelve his ambitious Ash-starrer Heroine, which was due to be wrapped up in August and released later in the year.Didn’t Ash know about her pregnancy? Shouldn’t she have come clean about it to the producer and director? Hasn’t this news caused heartburn, embarrassment and loss of funds to the production house?Ash is reputed to be a transparent, committed and responsible professional. So how and why did this happen? Searching, uncomfortable, but critical questions that the Bollywood industry must address. Presently it is playing out in the shape of: Should there be a no-pregnancy clause for young, married — or in-a-relationship heroines in their contract?Opinion is divided, both within the industry and among the public-at-large. Tons of heroines have worked in this industry and hardly ever has there been such a problem. Earlier, most heroines only married after their “heroinescene” was over. If and when they returned — Nutan, Rakhee, Sharmila, Moushumi, Rati Agnihotri, Waheeda — they transitioned into the safer zone of the mature Bhabi, Maa, Nani character roles. Even today, this tradition continues, but with Ash’s pregnancy, alarm bells have suddenly started ringing.Movie-making is a hugely expensive business with investments running into millions of dollars and this jolt, midway could spell doom for the producer and untold frustration for the director. “Maybe,” says young Delhi housewife Shukla Das,“but does that mean that such a life-transforming moment in a woman’s life be monitored by some stupid, opportunistic, tunnel-viewed sharks riding solely on vested interest? Rubbish!”Both Mahesh Bhatt and Ekta Kapoor agree. Head honchos of production houses, they argue that pregnancy is a birthright of every woman and no one has any right to shove an instruction manual in their hands. But theater artiste Monica Sharma is not so sure: “I’d like to see one of the female leads, who’s completed almost the whole film, suddenly confess her state to any of these producers … and their reaction. It’s easy to tread the high moral ground, but there are practical aspects to be seen. Both are reputed dramabaaz, perpetually seeking attention through statements that shock and surprise.”Producer Vipul Shah sees the big picture and believes, that lead heroes and heroines should be bound by contract, ensuring that no loss is incurred by the producers in any circumstances.There are other voices at play. “It has long been established that unfavourable treatment due to pregnancy is a form of gender discrimination,” says Ketan Gupta of Legaleye Associates. “As per the constitution, discrimination on the basis of gender can invite legal action. However, this is subject to contractual terms and conditions agreed by both parties.”Adds Advocate Rahul V.: “Generally in the glamor world, contracts stipulate that they can be terminated if the model/actor gets pregnant during the course of an assignment and is not deemed fit to deliver as per the requirements of her role. Most contracts also have a clause where the actor/model is supposed to be paid a certain compensation for the time invested in the project before it is terminated.”In this particular case, there is no contract between Ash and the production house, but she has shot for the film and wants to complete it. The filmmaker, however, is not relenting. There is a huge pro-Ash wave in the public domain.Sheila Vaz, of Indore, is of the opinion that being at the center of the media attention and constant speculation is bad enough. “Madhur B may or may not have been the best person to confide in during the waiting and confirmation period. What if she’d told him, he spilled the beans and she miscarried?”Says Maya Tandon from Toronto: “I don’t consider Ash’s pronouncement to be unprofessional at all. She needed to wait before she was pucca. She is in her mid-30’s and it’s a critical decision … C’mon give her a break!” Explodes yet another Ash fan, from Mumbai. “It’s all Madhur’s fault for being so damned unprofessional. Why couldn’t he finish the film off in the scheduled 45 days, then everything would be in place? All this hue n’ cry reflects the fact that Bollywood is so bloody sexist!”The final hit comes from Mala Mukherjee of London. “Madhur calls himself a champion of female-oriented films — what a load of bull! UTV and Madhur seem to be treating pregnancy as a disability.”Both sides are at fault believes, says Pooja Khanna of Detroit: “So, hey, can’t they call a truce and work out a solution?”Hollywood has run into similar situations in the past. In 1996, Hollywood actress Hunter Tylo was cast in Melrose Place. However, she was fired by the Producer Aaron Spelling prior to filming when she announced she was pregnant. The actress sued Spelling on grounds of discrimination and won $4.8 million from a Los Angeles jury. Penelope Cruz became pregnant during work on the Pirates of the Caribbean. What happened? Nothing. The director worked around it. No big deal.Can we expect the same in Bollywood? Ash is reportedly upset about stories asserting a loss of $10 million to the studio as a result of her pregnancy and the leaking of her private information by the production house.Subhash Ghai is one producer who actually had worked in a clause in his contract with Madhuri Dixit — who was rumored to be in a relationship with Sanjay Dutt — during the making of Khalnayak. It was stated that she could not get married or pregnant while inviting the whole wide, zonked-out world to guess choli ke peechhe kya hai! Smart cookie, huh?The last words, however, belongs to the filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala: “I have never made any contract till date with any of my actors. Big deal! Why declare grandly that film production is a risky business if we can’t take risks?”Touche. Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) throws for a touchdown as Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun (91) closes in during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6-3.It’s the statistic that has been the most relevant in Arizona Cardinals circles since Carson Palmer broke his arm.The statistic is Drew Stanton’s record as a starter for the Cardinals, in case you hadn’t come across it yet.Winning is winning, but what’s the breakdown of those games specifically?We will give you the inside track on how Stanton performed in those games, by the numbers.8The first stat to start with is the eight games Stanton started for the Cardinals in 2014 when Palmer was dealing with arm and knee injuries. Stanton picked up five of his six wins in that stretch. 19 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 14In those five of eight games that Stanton won in 2014, the most points the Cardinals defense allowed was 14. They did so, in fact, in three of those five games, with the other games being a 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions and a 12-6 win against the then St. Louis Rams. His sixth win in 2016 against the San Francisco 49ers was a 33-21 Cardinals victory, but Stanton went 11-for-28, while a 157-yard, two touchdown performance from David Johnson carried Arizona to a win that week.3In those three games Stanton lost, the defense allowed over 14 points in all of them.6The 2017 Cardinals have allowed more than 14 points in six of their seven games.1In those six wins, Stanton only produced enough touchdowns himself to beat the opponent once. In that aforementioned 14-6 Lions win, Stanton threw for 306 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.4The Cardinals had four return touchdowns in the eight games Stanton started in 2014.270The Cardinals are averaging 270 passing yards per game in 2017. Stanton threw for at least 270 yards twice in his nine starts, and in both outings, Stanton threw two interceptions.61.4Palmer’s completion percentage this season is 61.4 percent. Stanton has reached that mark twice in the nine outings, going 24-of-39 (61.5 percent) in Atlanta and 21-of-32 (65.6 percent) against Detroit. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more