After a dominant 5-0 blowout victory over Toledo last Friday evening, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has moved onto the second round of the NCAA tournament and will be matching up against #1 seed South Carolina on Friday night.That game featured Grace Douglas’s first two goals of her season, as well as goals by Lauren Rice, Jordan McNeese, and Allie Winterfield. This was by far the Badgers most dominant performance of the season and one that has to have Wisconsin feeling good about their upset chances against South Carolina.Women’s soccer: Badgers dominate Hawkeyes in final road challengeThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team took down the University of Iowa 3-0 Saturday evening in what was the Read…They have now won 4 out of their past 5 games, with all of those victories being shutouts. The defense has been there all season for the Badgers, but only recently has the offense began to rise up. South Carolina is currently 16-2-1 on the season, including 8-0-1 at home, which is where this game will be played.Their only losses this year are against Wake Forest and Arkansas, which occurred in their first game of the SEC tournament. They are coming off a 3-0 victory over Alabama State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last week. They are led in scoring by Savannah McCaskill and Elexa Bahr with 7 and 8 goals, respectively.They have been impressive on both ends of the field this season and had no problem at all with SEC competition. They went 9-0-1 against the SEC and have pitched shutouts in 14 of their 19 games. This will be a tough challenge for the Badgers, who have had some struggles offensively this year.Women’s soccer: Northwestern hands Wisconsin surprising 2-0 lossThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (10-4-2, 4-3-2 Big Ten) was unable to put up any points Sunday against Read…They will likely need to play a strong defensive game and keep South Carolina from scoring if they want a decent chance at the upset. Goaltender Caitlyn Clem has been a huge presence for the Badgers all year long and this would be the perfect chance for her to come up big for Wisconsin in their biggest game of the season.This 2nd round game will happen on Friday evening at 5 p.m. in Columbia, South Carolina in a game that will decide each team’ postseason fate. It will be available to watch on the SEC Network. Tune in to watch the Badgers attempt to upset top-ranked South Carolina in a must-win match-up.
Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Sky Bet’s decision to close its affiliate hub has been the hot topic of the week in online betting and gaming and it’s one which will get great scrutiny at next week’s Betting on Sports Conference. The closure of Sky’s affiliate programme has the potential to send ripples throughout the industry on several levels, which is why the issue will be debated on a number of sessions across the event, held at Olympia Conference Centre from 12-15 September.Sky Betting & Gaming CEO Richard Flint is appearing on the panel on social responsibility – the main reason that Sky has given for closing its affiliate hub, but whether the decision needs to be followed up by other operators will be discussed in the 14:45 session entitled: “IMGL Masterclass: Regulation – Liability management: Why the buck doesn’t stop with operators”.Morten Ronde, CEO of Danish Online Gambling Association & Director of IMGL, Gaming Attorney at Saiber LLC Jeremy Kleiman, Clifton Davies Co-Founder David Clifton and Tal Itzhak Ron, Chairman and CEO of Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm will all be discussing where an operator’s line of liability lies. Clifton explained: “This seems to me an unfortunate but inevitable consequence of the principle behind the combined regulatory requirements of data protection legislation, advertising rules and Gambling Commission LCCP demands, namely that gambling operators must take responsibility for the misdemeanours of their affiliates. “Sky B&G appears to have decided that managing the compliance risks posed by its affiliates is too challenging a task and, with regulators adopting increasingly tough enforcement stances, one can’t help but wonder how many other operators will reach the same view.”Ronde added: “From an operator view it’s very unsatisfactory that the affiliates do not seem to have any responsibility or liability of their own. The authorities have chosen to go after the operators because they are easier to locate. We see the same pattern in Denmark.”Kleiman said a similar thing has happened in the US: “In an odd way, strong regulation in the US has had a similar effect, namely, killing off the affiliate business. Most affiliates do not want to undergo licensing, which is required in NJ depending on the compensation structure, for fear that their operations in other markets will be scrutinized by the regulator. And operators do not want the compliance obligation of policing their affiliates.”However many affiliates are not pleased with the way they are being portrayed. Lee-Ann Johnstone, CEO at Best Odds Marketing, is moderating a panel on super affiliates on day one of the conference. She commented: “This decision appears to quite reactive from Sky Bet, through it’s not the only option out there as operators do have other choices when it comes to managing affiliate performance against regulatory requirements.”Better Collective CEO Jesper Soegaard, Chief Affiliate Officer at Clever Advertising Group Marcos Oliveira, Bookies.com Managing Director Matthew Glazier and XL Media CEO Ory Weihs will be on that panel discussing the business landscape for affiliates. Glazier added: “Sky Bet’s decision to close their UK affiliate programme was seismic, leaving affiliate partners searching for answers. Some affiliates have been affected to the degree that their business has been decimated, while many are now left wondering whether other operators will follow suit or if Sky Bet have just been the lone wolf.”There will be a whole range of other issues debated on the Betting on Affiliates Track. The four-session agenda at #boscon2017 will cover selling your affiliate business and protecting revenues through diversification, along with an update on the most pressing issues for affiliates in today’s climate and predictions for the future amidst a period of consolidation.Gemma Boore, Associate at Mishcon de Reya LLP, is talking about ‘Speaking with a single voice’, an issue that she feels is particularly appropriate in the current climate.“The news that Sky Betting and Gaming has closed down its affiliate programme has caused shockwaves in the sector,” she said. “However, it is a timely reminder for affiliates who, if they want their industry to succeed, will need to ensure they continue not only to comply with existing regulations, but may also need to improve standards.”“Sky’s decision to close its programme on 28 days’ notice was in accordance with its contractual rights, which actually allow the operator to cancel the programme without notice. This is common practice in the industry and leaves affiliates at risk as their commercial partners can terminate agreements at any time and halt affiliates’ income streams. “In order to reduce the risk of losing valuable contracts in this way, affiliates will need to demonstrate their value by not only delivering on their promises to direct sufficient traffic, but also by doing so in a socially responsible way. If the future success of the sector is to be assured, affiliates need to work in harmony with operators.”A few tickets for the event are still available, and right now you can get a fantastic 25% Group Discount when buying 3 or more – get them HERE.Betting on Sports is organised by SBC Events, part of the SBC Global group of companies which works with industry leaders to develop the sports and sports betting industries. Services include news coverage, knowledge creation, marketing and product consultancy, conferences, seminars and industry awards. 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