DETROIT – Baseball is, by nature, a superstitious game. On a losing streak? Change everything. On a winning streak? Change nothing.With the way Oakland’s offense performed in its series-opening win over the Tigers on Thursday, hanging up 17 runs on 16 hits, it’s a surprise that the A’s would have even wanted to leave the ballpark.Even so, with three left-handed pitchers on the horizon to close out the series, manager Bob Melvin expects some shuffling with the A’s lineup over the next three …
President Nelson Mandela, wearing areplica of the captain’s jersey, handsvictorious Springbok captain FrancoisPienaar the William Webb Ellis trophywhen the national team became worldchampions for the first time in 1995.(Image: Rugby World Cup)Devoted Blue Bulls rugby fans in Soweto.(Image: Tarryn Harbour)MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf JacksonSARU media manager+27 82 739 7733RELATED ARTICLES• Rugby World Cup: back the Boks• Drive to stamp out doping in SA sport• Bright future for FNB stadium• New drive to spark local sports frenzy• SA becomes business tourism hubChris WaldburgerSouth Africa is a global leader in sports tourism, but this industry can be further maximised through greater marketing efforts and the alignment of sporting events with business tourism.Whilst many purists out there consider the term ‘professional sport’ an oxymoron, there is simply no getting away from the fact that modern sport is big business.With the advent of new media and technology, the public’s demand to watch and experience high-level sporting events has inexorably led to the rise of sport as a multi-faceted billion-dollar (and even more rands) industry.Sport as business has become one of the core features of our new global village and there is no turning back. The main question now is whether such demand can be utilised and streamed for the good of business, and indeed society.It must be remembered, however, that such a question is ultimately a mere afterthought to the exhilaration of supporting one’s national team in a packed stadium, with friends in tow. It is this very human experience, along with the media, that has made the sports industry what it is today.Tourism opportunitiesThe best example of this partnership between human experience and business is the 2009 British and Irish Lions rugby tour of South Africa. Described by rugby experts as ‘rugby’s last great adventure’, a Lions tour is undoubtedly a hardcore rugby fan’s dream.Tourists followed the team from one place to another, creating a rock ‘n roll atmosphere, with the old-world charm of the team and the unique series format ensuring that the sporting experience was unforgettable. The tour seemed amateur in the romantic sense of the word, yet it was a hugely successful money spinner.From a tourism perspective, the tour was neatly translated into opportunity. It has been estimated that the event pumped R1.5-billion (US$221-million) into the South African economy – a miniature and non-bureaucratic stimulus during a recession that went straight to the service sector of our economy.Our rugby administrators were quick to point out their part in this happy state of affairs:“A Lions tour ranks only behind the Rugby World Cup in terms of its scale and appeal,” said Andy Marinos, the then-managing director of the South African Rugby Union.“Such a tour places significant demands on a rugby union and its members, but also brings many benefits, one of the most profound being the economic impact it has on the host nation.”He added: “Preparing, hosting and moving around large numbers of rugby fans is a complex exercise but the most pleasing aspect is that a large number of overseas visitors had an outstanding experience in South Africa.”Investing in human and natural capitalSouth Africa has invested in its natural capital – its magnificent coastline, game reserves, mountains, and bush – and created a tourism trade that is one of the brightest lights in its development offensive. But another field waiting to be maximised is our human and social capital – which finds a unique nexus in the global sport of rugby.When fans from abroad watch South African teams play, and perhaps more importantly, when those fans support these teams, they are immediately drawn to the country as the nation’s mythology and narrative is on display.Take South Africa’s sporting colours and emblems – the green and gold, the Springbok, and the symbols associated with the 1995 World Cup. These have become part of global sporting iconography, and at the same time they are associated with the start of South Africa’s democracy.South Africans’ familiarity with sport has forged a kind of fellowship with fans abroad and creates a common language with which to share experiences. This language can precede a mutually beneficial trade.Various organisations make use of this connection through the operation of travel companies gathered around sporting events. These companies cater for rugby, Formula 1 or even equestrian fans, and provide travel packages for events that take place in South Africa or overseas.Added to the business of tour operation, sport offers opportunities for corporate marketing, combined with corporate hospitality and client-community building. All major stadiums cater for corporate or private suites, and such suites offer an alternative to the tired cliché of conducting business on the golf course.They also have the advantage of being more universal in appeal and less time-consuming. With the obvious attraction of doing business alongside the South African sporting experience, it is clear that there are many more opportunities awaiting discovery.Expert sporting hostsSouth Africa has proven time and again that, despite weaknesses in certain logistical areas of our economy, we are practiced experts in hosting sporting events.This strength can be increasingly exploited, just as sport through media becomes a more expansive and universal pastime (just think of the constant growth of Super Rugby, and the current experiment of staging southern hemisphere rugby matches in cities like London and Hong Kong).It has often been said that investment in South Africa will only follow a local buzz, or wave of investment. The same is true of tourism. What South Africans enjoy, creates a desire and market for international tourists to come and enjoy the same things with us. And one of the greatest experiences in South Africa is the chance to sit inside a full stadium and watch a game.This was again demonstrated when the Pretoria-based Bulls rugby team moved their headquarters to Soweto in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Because their home ground, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, was under the control of Fifa by the time their Super 14 semi-final against the New Zealand Crusaders was due, they decided to take the game to the township.It was a popular move. Streams of supporters ventured into Soweto to watch the game at the packed Orlando Stadium and the local bars. All of a sudden Soweto became an enjoyable day outing for thousands of white South Africans who might otherwise have never gone there.Not only did sport once again prove to be a great nation builder as it was when we won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, but it also guaranteed a rip-roaring good time, and increased trade for local patrons.
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A controversy erupted during elections to the office of the President in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Monday when a Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA got into an altercation with the legislators of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ( GJM) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).TMC MLA Paresh Pal took a swipe at the GJM MLAs saying that after setting the hills on fire they have come to Kolkata to vote. Rohit Sharma, the GJM MLA from Kurseong dared the Trinamool MLA to come to the hills and make the statement.After BJP MLA and State president Dilip Ghosh intervened, Mr Pal directed his ire towards him.“It is because of him, Dilip Ghosh that the hills are on fire…You are being spared because of the mercy of Mamata di, otherwise we would have taught you a lesson,” Mr Pal, who represent Beleghata Assembly segment in north Kolkata said.”We are aware of the fact that Darjeeling is on boil. But we are colleagues and we should have mutual respect for each other. Shouting and accusing shows the mentality,” GJM MLA from Darjeeling Amar Singh Rai said.Dilip Ghosh said that such language was unimaginable, coming from a lawmaker.
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The fight over Wahoo has spanned decades in Cleveland.Every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians’ nickname, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race.Those dissenting voices have been met with fans devoted to preserving Chief Wahoo’s place in team history. The Indians’ resurgence in the mid-1990s helped spur a downtown renaissance in Cleveland.The NFL’s Washington Redskins have come under similar fire to change their logo and nickname but so far have resisted. Last year, a Supreme Court ruling in another case cleared the way for the Redskins to preserve the trademark on its logo. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ LATEST STORIES FILE – In this June 19, 2017 file photo, members of the Cleveland Indians wear uniforms featuring mascot Chief Wahoo as they stand on the field for the national anthem before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. The Cleveland Indians are taking the divisive Chief Wahoo logo off their jerseys and caps, starting in 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)CLEVELAND — Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Cleveland Indians’ uniform next year.The polarizing mascot is coming off the team’s jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo’s presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist.ADVERTISEMENT “Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”Under growing pressure to eliminate Chief Wahoo, the club has been transitioning away from the logo in recent years. The Indians introduced a block “C″ insignia on some of their caps and have removed signs with the Wahoo logo in and around Progressive Field, the team’s downtown ballpark.National criticism and scrutiny about the Indians’ allegiance to Chief Wahoo grew in 2016, when the Indians made the World Series and Manfred expressed his desire to have the team eradicate the symbol. Earlier in that postseason, a lawsuit was filed while the club was playing in Toronto to have the logo and team name banned from appearing on Canadian TV. That court case was dismissed by a judge.The Indians’ bid to host the 2019 All-Star Game, which it was ultimately awarded, further heightened debate over Wahoo.“We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion,” Dolan said. “While we recognize many of our fans have a long-standing attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.”ADVERTISEMENT Abueva finally shows up at Gilas practice John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Associated Press was informed of the decision before an official announcement was planned for Monday by Major League Baseball.After lengthy discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are taking the extraordinary step of shelving the big-toothed, smiling, red-faced caricature, which has been used in used in various expressions by the team since 1947.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the American League team will continue to wear the Wahoo logo on its uniform sleeves and caps in 2018, and the club will still sell merchandise featuring the mascot in Northeast Ohio. The team must maintain a retail presence so that MLB and the Indians can keep ownership of the trademark.“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” Manfred said in a statement. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.