CGA’s Paul Burns Talks Importance of Advertising

Operators in Ontario’s regulated iGaming sector are patiently waiting for clarification on the new betting advertisements standards. Meanwhile, the President of the Canadian Gaming Association, Paul Burns, has recently discussed the importance of advertising in a regulated marketplace. He also believes that operators have been focused on playing by the rules since the sector’s launch.

In April 2022, the Heartland Province became the first Canadian jurisdiction to open up its internet gaming model for private operators. However this led to an influx of betting ads from brands, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario had no other choice but to put some restrictions on the marketing. Thus, banning the use of pro athletes and celebrities from those ads.

Standards are Vague, says Burns

In an interview, Mr. Burns noted that advertising is an important fragment in a regulated market, as it is a privilege for the operators. He believes that since the launch of the market, all of the licensed operators have tried to play by the provincial standards and does not think that any of the operators’ marketing has been aiming to attract minors.

He described the debate between legal operators and people concerned with the betting volume of sports wagering ads on TV as a very emotional one. As mentioned, previously, the AGCO agreed to limit ads in the province and resorted to banning celebrities from participating in such promotions. However, the new standards come into effect on February 28, 2024.

Under the new standards, active or retired athletes cannot be used in advertising, unless it is to promote responsible gambling. This also applies to cartoon figures, symbols, role models, social media influencers, celebrities or entertainers, who would likely be expected to appeal to minors. However, this language is vague, and operators were left wondering what classifies as that.

Mr. Burns also deems the new protocols as confusing, as he and CGA continue to work on gathering more input from the association’s members for the AGCO. He said the timing of the changes was based on emotion and response and that it was not based on a lot of facts. Lastly, he shared the ads have already started to cool off and the market will soon start to mature.

MPP Calls for Further Action

However, MPP Lisa Gretzky does not agree that the ban on celebrities in ads is enough and calls for further measures. Previously, four members of Ontario’s NDP, including Ms. Gretzky submitted private members bills for an outright ban on all iGaming ads. She is hopeful that the government realizes the importance of the legislation and reviews it in a second reading.

In addition to that, it has not been a smooth sail for some operators and suppliers in Ontario’s iGaming sector, as since launch AGCO has issued multiple fines. One of those was Apollo Entertainment’s alleged breaches related to several violations of responsible gambling protocols. The company was imposed a CA$100,000 monetary fine by the regulator.

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Son Heung-min changed the goal post after the penalty shootout against Saudi Arabia

South Korea entered overtime with Cho Kyu-sung’s miraculous header in the round of 16 of the Asian Cup at Education City Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, on the 31st.

The two teams, which failed to decide the winner in overtime, will advance to the quarterfinals through a penalty shootout. Wearing the captain’s armband, Son Heung-min went to the center circle and stood in front of the referee along with a Saudi player. It was time to decide the goalpost for the shootout and the team to kick first. However, a small scuffle arose during the process.

According to the Korea Football Association, the referee unilaterally decided to proceed with a penalty shootout at the left post based on the headquarters of the goalpost. As relay cameras were installed near the goalpost, the referee intended to proceed there for convenience. Coincidentally, the goalpost was filled with Saudi fans only.

Son immediately protested. They countered by tossing coins to decide the goal post according to the regulations. The referee had no choice but to accept Son’s demand to proceed according to the regulations.

As a result of the coin toss, the penalty shootout was decided as the goalpost where there were some Korean fans. Just behind the penalty shootout goal was a large red hanger called the “Korean Red Devil,” and Korean fans were also gathered.

Korean players were able to shoot a penalty shootout after seeing the cheering sound and banners of Korean fans. Son Heung-min, Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan), Cho Kyu-sung and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) successively scored a penalty shootout, while Cho Hyun-woo (Ulsan), who defended the goal, staged a “pre-show” twice.

The Korean national team, which has overcome its first challenge to win the Asian Cup in 64 years, will play in the quarterfinals against Australia at 12:30 a.m. on the 3rd at Al-Zanup Stadium in Alwakra, Qatar.

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[Asian Cup] He won the EPL scoring title without PK… Son Heung-min has no field goal yet

The South Korean national soccer team will play in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Australia at Al-Zanub Stadium in Al-Wakra, Qatar, on the 3rd.

The mood is not good. Korea narrowly secured a ticket to the quarterfinals by winning a penalty shootout in the round of 16 against Saudi Arabia after a 1-1 draw.

The team’s performance was not satisfactory. Until Cho Kyu-sung opened the scoring, Korea’s offense was frustrating. He attempted a whopping 22 shots, but the accuracy was so low that he only made eight effective shots.

Son cannot be free from responsibility. Starting as a front-line striker who is typical of 3-4-3 in the match against Saudi Arabia, Son failed to score another field goal despite playing full time.

It is not that he did not want to score a goal. Son Heung-min recorded eight shootings against Saudi Arabia. However, only two of them were recorded as shots on goal, leaving regret.

There are no goals in this tournament except for penalties. The penalty points in the last matches against Jordan and Malaysia were not enough to meet the expectations placed on Son Heung-min.

Son Heung-min is not originally a player who shines through penalties. In the last 21/22 season of the Premier League, he scored 23 goals without a penalty and became the top scorer.

It will not be easy to score a field goal in the match against Australia. Australia has only allowed one goal in four matches at this year’s event, showing off its strong defense.

There are not only negative factors. Son Heung-min remembers scoring against Australia in the 2015 Asian Cup. If he recalls that memory, it is worth looking forward to scoring.

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“My brothers gave me confidence,” says Lim after 3 consecutive blocked shots

KEPCO attacker Lim Sung-jin hugged the net post and lamented intensely after his quick opener was blocked by Andres Villena (registered name Villena) in the second set 15-16 against KB Insurance on Monday.

It was the third consecutive block for Lim, whose previous two attacks had also been blocked by Villena.

Fortunately, KEPCO took the second set and the match ended with a set score of 3-1 (25-23 25-22 15-25 25-22).

The hero of the match was Lim Sung-jin. He wasn’t intimidated by the blocking, scoring five points in the final four sets and boasting a 100% attack success rate.

It summarized the fact that he was once an introvert and lacked confidence, but is now the undisputed ace of the team.

Lim Sung-jin scored the most points (18) on the day, excluding foreign players from both teams.

“I should have been thinking rationally and calmly, but I was angry and hit him emotionally,” Lim recalled after the game, adding that it was the attacker’s mistake for the offense to lose a shutout like that.

“My brothers were like, ‘It’s in the past, let’s lighten up. Let’s lighten up,'” he said, adding that he was grateful that his brothers laughed and said, “I was able to get out of my emotions.

Behind Lim’s good play, not only on this day, but this season, is the teamwork of the Korean Warriors.

This season, Lim ranks 10th in points (309), 10th in attack percentage (50.38%), 6th in digs (0.228 per set), and 3rd in defense (4.848 per set).

“My brothers usually try to give me a lot of confidence,” Lim said. They tell me, ‘Don’t feel pressured, don’t be anxious, do what you want to do,'” he recalls, “but they also give me responsibility by saying, ‘Act like an ace.'”

“I really want to repay them for their trust in me,” he said, “When I joined, I felt like a puppet, just doing what I was told, but as I’ve gained more experience, I feel like I’ve gotten more freedom.”

The host next to him, Taith Dull (registered name Taith), also has strong feelings for Young Gun Lim.

“The responsibility should be on me, Shin Young-seok, Seo Jae-duk, and other experienced players,” he said. Sungjin just needs to work hard in his own way,” he said affectionately.



Houston could trade ultra-premium prospects to reach PO

Houston has a venomous appetite for playoffs.

The Athletic, a local U.S. media outlet, reported on the Houston Rockets’ trade market situation on January 1 (KST). According to the report, “Houston is looking to bolster its roster with a star player. They’re ready to trade prospects to do so.”

In other news, the Rockets’ only untradeable player is starting center Al-Farouq Sengoun. Sengun has developed into an All-Star caliber big man, averaging 21.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists this season, and is the spearhead of the Houston offense. Sen is the present, not the future, for the Rockets. The Rockets are right to not trade him.

He added that the prospects he’s reluctant to trade are Cam Whitmore, Amen Thompson, Tariq Eason, and Jabari Smith Jr. Whitmore and Thompson were selected in the 2023 NBA Draft and have been in the NBA for less than a year.

Eason and Smith are both trusted players under head coach Ime Udoka. They are both long, defensive-minded forwards who fit the mold of modern basketball. There’s no reason to trade either player unless it’s for a high price.

There’s one player missing from that list. That’s Jaylen Green. Green was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. He was touted as the new face of Houston’s franchise after the departure of James Harden. Expectations were higher for Green than any of the prospects mentioned above.

Green showed promise last season, averaging 22.1 points per game, but his efficiency plummeted once Udoka was hired and the team started playing team basketball instead of individualized.

This season, Green averaged just 18.4 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Green’s weakness is his defense. Green’s defense has been a serious problem this season. When he’s on the court, opposing teams focus on him.

Udoka is known for his emphasis on defense. During his time with the Boston Celtics, he transformed them into one of the best defenses in the NBA and led them to the NBA Finals. Udoka’s style of basketball doesn’t mesh well with Green’s emphasis on scoring and weak defense.

Green is also in a different position now than he was when he joined the Rockets. When Green joined the Rockets, they had no one to count on. But now, the Rockets have the likes of Senegal, Smith, Eason, and Whitmore, as well as veterans like Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks.

That doesn’t make it easy to give up on Green. Green is one of the most valuable players in the NBA, capable of averaging over 20 points per game. His weaknesses on defense are obvious, but he’s still a young player (he was born in 2002) and has a lot of potential. If the Rockets were to trade Green and he explodes as a rookie, they would face a lot of criticism.

It’s clear that the Rockets will be on the trade market. The question is, who will it be?



Samsung CEO Lee Seung-hyun emphasizes one thing

Lee Seung-hyun is building Cheongju Samsung the right way, fast.

Cheongju Samsung was founded in 2021. It started without a single graduate student, but after steady efforts, it grew to 250 students. The growth has been rapid.

“I’ve been coaching kids in the metropolitan area for about 10 years,” Lee Seung-hyun, CEO of Cheongju Samsung, told us in a phone interview. We incorporated a play system to make basketball fun and easy for young children. We were able to reach children who lacked motor skills. Parents responded well,” he said.

“We are building the system systematically. We have classes from first grade to third grade. We have a varsity team, and we are participating in competitions. We also have skill classes. We have no plans to create a high school class, but adults are also learning to play basketball.”

Cheongju Samsung has spacious facilities. They have a 150-square-meter indoor court. The goals are not attached to the wall, but are 1.8 meters out, as is the norm. It’s safe. The floor level is also very high at 30 meters. “I’ve taught kids in many different facilities,” says Lee. Our facility is really good. The coaches are diverse. We have Mr. Ryu Jeong-seok and other coaches. We prefer coaches who are not athletes. They are all physical education majors. They also teach kids news sports like tee ball and flying disc. They can attract younger players.”

Every youth basketball classroom has its own philosophy. Lee emphasized “enjoyment.

“We don’t think too much about the philosophy of basketball. We actively communicate with the kids so that they can enjoy basketball. If an idol gets tired of playing basketball, we play soccer or dodgeball. We make sure they have fun during the whole class at Cheongju Samsung. When they go home after class, I give them a lot of compliments so that everyone is smiling,” he explains.

Lee’s basketball philosophy has also undergone trial and error. “When I first started the national team, I made them play the same tactics for the entire 20 minutes. They struggled a lot. I also expected results. They became more vocal,” he said, adding, “We had a lot of meetings with parents. I communicated a lot with them. If they were having fun, they would score one more goal in the tournament. I changed my training methods. The results may not be as good, but if they’re having fun, it’s okay. I pay more attention to the players’ education. I’m less stressed,” he said.

“I want them to have fun, but I also want them to be able to do basic dribbling and layups. We have monthly tests and video shoots. For the recreational class, the curriculum consists of physical balance training, ball handling and shooting, fun games, and 5-on-5 games. They incorporated games such as “Mugunghwa Flower Bloomed,” “Ice Bang,” and “Ear Run” into basic training that can be boring. We combined physical training with fun. The varsity class focuses on offensive tactics and pattern practice.”

Cheongju Samsung was runner-up in the 2023 i-League Secondary Division and third in the U10 Division. “We played in the I-League for the first time in 2023,” said Lee Seung-hyun. We finished second in the secondary division and third in the U10 division. The other divisions are still weak, but I tell the kids to do their best to win. If they lose the ball, I tell them to go back and get it. When you face a strong team, sometimes you give up. I encourage them that they can get it back, and that they can score one more goal.”

“The clubs under the professional team are well run. I run the Samsung Little Thunders myself. I would like to see regular clubs actively participate in the youth level. We need more kids who love basketball,” he concluded.



Mourinho still popular, but ‘not sure’ about new nest egg outline

There’s a lot of speculation about the new destination of one of the most charismatic managers in European soccer, Jose Mourinho. Reports of his mid-season departure from Italian Serie A side AS Roma are everywhere. It’s no wonder, as he’s made a name for himself as a top manager since his youth. But where will Mourinho find a new home?

On Jan. 1 (ET), the English publication The Daily Mail cited a source familiar with European soccer as saying that Mourinho could be headed to Manchester United. “Mourinho’s move to United is still ‘unfinished business,'” the publication said, noting that “Mourinho would consider a return to the club if the opportunity arose.”

The Daily Mail noted that Mourinho’s ambition is to return to United. “It is felt that Mourinho has made it his mission to return to United,” it explained. However, the sobering reality is that “while Mourinho is keen on a quick return to management, it is unlikely to happen any time soon”.

Mourinho, who was sacked after AS Roma’s poor performance this season, has been linked with a return to Europe’s big leagues, including the EPL, as well as a move to the Saudi Arabian Professional League. Reports continue to emerge that Saudi clubs are wooing Mourinho with big bets. The positive outlook is that Mourinho will be able to manage the players in the Saudi league after his glory days at big clubs in Europe.

Mourinho rose to prominence with FC Porto after stints at Benfica and Leiria in Portugal. In 2004, he took over the reins of English Premier League (EPL) side Chelsea, and from 2008 to 2010, he managed Serie A side Inter Milan. He then took charge of Real Madrid in the Spanish Primera Liga from 2010 to 2013.

He returned to Chelsea in 2013 and managed them for two seasons before becoming the manager of Manchester United from 2016 to 2018. From 2019 to 2021, he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, working alongside Son Heung-min. In 2021, he moved back to Serie A to manage AS Roma, where he was sacked in January of this year. He has been linked with a number of big European clubs, including Manchester United, but no deal has been finalized.



Crisis-hit Korea Volleyball to hire new coach in March

The once world-class women’s team has lost 27 straight matches in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), while the men’s team has struggled even on the Asian stage. The Korean volleyball team is looking to turn things around with a new coach.

The Korea Volleyball Association announced on Monday that it is “openly recruiting new coaches for the men’s and women’s national volleyball teams.” Managers and coaches can apply as a team, and the application period is open until 6 p.m. on Aug. 28.

After reviewing the documents, the federation will conduct an interview evaluation by the Performance Improvement Committee and deliberations by the National Team Head Coach Selection Committee in March.

“Last year was a year of great disappointment for volleyball fans and volleyball players as the national team performed below expectations,” said Oh Han-nam at the 2024 General Assembly and 2024 Volleyball Night on March 31, according to the Korean Volleyball Association. “With the determination to start anew for the rebirth of Korean volleyball, we will appoint the best leaders to lead the men’s and women’s national teams in March.”

The women’s national team reached the quarterfinals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but after the retirements of Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life) and Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai E&C), the team was unable to successfully transition to a new generation and suffered a shocking 27-game losing streak in the VNL.

The situation is no different for men’s volleyball. At the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, the men’s team failed to even make it to the round of 12, finishing with a bronze medal for the first time in 61 years. As a result, both the men’s and women’s head coaches stepped down.

The federation is looking for a new head coach for the 2026 Asian Championships, which will qualify the team for the 2026 Asian Games in Aichi and Nagoya and the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The plan is to select a coach who will lead the national team by maximizing Korean characteristics and developing players who can win international competitions, as well as a coach who has extensive knowledge of international volleyball trends and can communicate with players.

Along with this, the organization will also try something else. “Throughout 2024, we will actively promote overseas training camps and international tournaments in Korea to accumulate experience and strengthen international competitiveness,” Oh said the day before. “We will also do our best to create an environment for the development of volleyball, such as activating school sports clubs to expand the youth base.”

The contract period for the newly selected coaches will be from the start of their national team coaching duties in 2024 to the end of the international tournament in 2026.

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