Loading… Lionel Messi is expected to send a new burofax to Barcelona confirming he will not be attending pre-season training, as he begins all-out warfare with the club. According to RAC1 and El Periodico, Messi has realised Barca won’t accept negotiations, so is going all-out to break away from the club where he spent his entire career. It is an unfortunate ending to this decades-long relationship, but if Messi is able to ascertain the clause in his contract allows him to leave for free, then Juventus, Inter, PSG, and favourites Manchester City are in the running. He had been expected tomorrow for medical tests, the precursor to pre-season training, but it’s reported he will now send a burofax warning he will not becoming. The legal battle is now inevitable, as Messi had tried to meet with President Josep Maria Bartomeu for talks to work out a solution to the impasse. The response he received was that Barcelona were only interested in talking to him about extending his current contract and nothing else.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like Now7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them With both parties taking a hard-line stance, the situation is getting increasingly ugly. Manchester City remain the absolute favourites due to Pep Guardiola’s presence, and indeed the coach was spotted in Barcelona this weekend. read also:JUST-IN: Guardiola in Barcelona for Messi talks However, L’Equipe and AS both state that Juventus are very much in the running with their dream of uniting Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo. Inter seem to be focusing on other targets for now, while Paris Saint-Germain are another candidate. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
(REUTERS) – Sports fans and players across the world, frustrated by cancelled matches because of the coronavirus epidemic, are turning to e-sports, with professional real-world athletes joining virtual game tournaments of football, auto racing and basketball.“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in viewership for e-sports broadcasts,” said Todd Sitrin, senior vice-president of Electronic Arts Inc.’s Competitive Gaming Division, adding that the maker of battle-royale sensation ‘Apex Legends’ saw an increase of two to three times its normal viewership in the first quarter of 2020.“All the traditional sports have suspended their seasons and their broadcasts, so what we’ve seen is that fans are really searching for a way to get their sports fix,” Sitrin said.E-sports tournaments are largely available on game streaming platforms like Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Facebook Gaming and Mixer and are also broadcast on TV channels including ESPN and Fox Sports.Online streaming platforms recorded a 43% jump in viewership to nearly 495 million hours in the week starting March 29, compared to the week at the beginning of 2020, according to analytics firm Stream Hatchet.Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch, which dominates the market for game streaming, recorded a nearly 60% jump in viewership in March with over 1,300 million hours watched, compared to a year earlier, according to Superdata, a Nielsen company.Besides online streaming platforms, viewership across TV broadcasts of tournaments has also seen a significant increase from January to March.The March 29 race at the Texas Motor Speedway in the eNASCAR iRacing series, a popular simulation racing game, is the most viewed e-sports event ever on linear television as of March 30, according to Nielsen Sports.Simulation racing games in e-sports provides an opportunity for professional drivers who are stuck home missing the competition and camaraderie on the tracks, said Steve Hood, president at Motorsport Games.But sports fans are hungry for any competitive action. Last week, ESPN said here it would broadcast League of Legends’ 2020 Championship Series Spring Split Playoffs, highlighting the online multi-player battle game and venturing beyond traditionally broadcasted sports like NBA, FIFA and NASCAR’s iRacing.The move to League of Legends shows a real paradigm shift, said Charles Conroy, vice-president of gaming at The Switch, a live video production firm.“They’re no longer just pandering to normal sports fans and giving them a replacement (for live sports),” he said. “They’re actually showing true hardcore e-sports.”Riot Games’ League of Legends is the most-watched game on Twitch in the first quarter of 2020, according to Superdata.
Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was the featured speaker of the 13th annual Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguished Lecture in the Davidson Executive Conference Center Wednesday night. Titled “From Valley Boy to First Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles,” Garcetti discussed the role of his mixed heritage growing up, how Judaism can be an effective medium for activism and his position as the first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles.