25 Apr 19
Welcome to the NEST

Every year around this time everyone immerses themselves in a mock draft from Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and/or Daniel Jeremiah. A great gig if you ask me, it got Mike Mayock a GM job and you can always be wrong. I’m not going to get into the technicalities of every single pick and trade. I […]

18 Apr 19
Reflexions Fitness athletics and lifestyle services

Attitude is an internal voice that either speaks positive or negative to any given situation. Each and everyone of us has an internal dialogue that shapes our thinking. Too often this self talk is negative. Negative self talk can not only affect our emotional well being but it can have an impact on our overall […]

18 Apr 19
Basketball Blog

Chris Hughes talks us through the idea and lowdown for the upcoming Rebound People’s Choice MVP Playoff Star… The idea behind the ‘People’s choice for MVP Playoff Performer’ Our previous MVP poll, won by Reading Rocket’s AJ Carr overall was a successful addition to the work we do on social media. From positive constructive feedback […]

17 Apr 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1643571-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1643571-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1643571-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1643571-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Vegas Golden Knights fans, from left, Rich Michalik, of Las Vegas, Jayne Post and her husband Eric Post, of Henderson, react to a goal in the second period of Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the San Jose Sharks during a watch party at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Wednesday April 10, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto Activities for kids at Market in the Alley Market in the Alley returns from noon-4 p.m. Sunday to The Alley across from Fergusons Downtown, 1031 E. Fremont St. The theme this month is “Wonder,” and will “celebrate the wonder of our young community members at the Future Makers workshops, kids booths and a kids mural.” There will also be an Easter egg hunt and Easter egg painting with representatives of The Shade Tree, a Las Vegas shelter for women. fergusonsdowntown.com Dress the little ones as superheroes Downtown Container Park will host Kids Camp from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday. This month’s theme is “Superhero Day,” and kids are invited to come in costume for Hulk smashing, games of agility, a Captain America shield toss and a hero-sized obstacle course. Admission is $10, including snacks and photos, and dressing up is optional. 707 Fremont St., downtowncontainerpark.com Catch Knights game on the big screen The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, 200 S. Third St., will host a watch party for Game 5 of the Vegas Golden Knights’ playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. The game will be on a giant LED screen with stadium sound. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free for all ages, with food and beverages available. dlvec.uvtix.com Wizards Week, and a party for adults Wizards Week is underway at the Discovery Children’s Museum, leading up to the 21-and-older Cosplay Ball this weekend. Through Saturday, the museum will offer special events for kids from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, grown-ups are invited to don costumes and capes from 7-9:30 p.m. for an evening of fun that will include a scavenger hunt, adult ice cream, make-your-own masks and painting by Josh Larkins. There will also be special appearances by Jiji Knight, Ashleigh Izienicki and Knee High Horror. Kids’ activities are free with museum admission, except a wand-making workshop, which is $6 general admission, $3 for museum members. Tickets for the adult event are $40 in advance ($20 for museum members) or $50 at the door, plus $5 for wand-making workshop. 360 Promenade Place, discoverykidslv.org Mob Museum presents panel At 7 p.m. Wednesday, The Mob Museum will present “White Boy Rick: The True Story of a Teenage Drug Dealer and FBI Informant.” Former drug kingpin Johnny Curry, journalist Scott Burnstein and FBI agents Herm Groman and Gregg Schwarz will lead a panel discussion about the case that inspired the 2018 film. It will be held in the historic courtroom of the museum, and is free with museum admission and for museum members. 300 Stewart Ave., themobmuseum.org Have an item for Downtown Lowdown? Contact Al Mancini at amancini@reviewjournal.com.
17 Apr 19
Archy news nety

Over the past three years at Arizona State, the Neal Keal Harry receiver has demonstrated his ability to turn heads by doing countless spectacular shows on Saturdays. Soon, he will have the chance to do them on Sunday. In most NFL simulation drafts, there appears to be a general agreement among NFL analysts that Harry […]

17 Apr 19
jen's ancestors

Worthington OhioSept. 7, 1956 Dear Dick & Dad:- I’m a little late getting this letter written, but better late than never. Ruth & I enjoyed Simon & Hazel’s visit here, they didn’t have any trouble finding the house or nothin. After we had our supper we all loaded into our wagon and toured the city […]

17 Apr 19
Brick's Picks

One of my favorite moments was a jazz party at Chuck Manning’s pad and there were all these cool nice people except for one table where I was sitting with Chris Conner, George Herms, Theo Saunders, Chuck and others and it was one of the most gloriously abrasive, insulting, mean spirited, sarcastic and anarchistic few […]

15 Apr 19
Wondering Belle's Blog

Thank you to Rory of aguycalledbloke.blog for tagging me for this post! I hope I do it justice. 😉 Attitude: A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995 ***** Happiness is an attitude. We […]

14 Apr 19

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie. Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age? My name is Steven Storrie. I’m 37, though it’s all relative. Fiona: Where are you from? I’m from a small town in the North East of […]

14 Apr 19

Title: The ChoosingSeries: The Hexator ChroniclesSeries Order: 1Author: KyliaFandom: Harry PotterGenre: Alternate Universe; Post-WarRelationship(s): Harry Potter/Hermione Granger; Draco MalfoyContent Rating: PG-13Warnings: Character bashing; ancient rituals; Arthurian tie-inSummary: Hogwarts re-opens after the war to some changes, students both new and old, and the return of an ancient courting rite.* Chapter One Harry frowned as he stared […]

09 Apr 19
College Football News

[jwplayer PkCtjTd4-boEY74VG] Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Arizona State season with what you need to know. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak – What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense – Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats – What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction – Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis – Arizona […]

09 Apr 19
Local Spins

There’s no better day than Saturday to start vinyl collecting — and reveling in local performances — as West Michigan once again joins the national Record Store Day celebration. Get the store schedules and details at Local Spins.

07 Apr 19
Ditch The Porn

I'll make a long story made short. Me, 21 y/o watches porn, it's hot. Plus, I learned a long time ago, at 18, that I wasn't going to find a guy who didn't use it so I might as well too. Met my husband, we get married. Things happen where I get injured delivering our […]

04 Apr 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
LAS VEGAS — Matisse Thybulle had one more heist in him. Shortly after a victory over USC in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament, Washington’s defensive dynamo left T-Mobile Arena, walked across a crowded plaza (in uniform) and joined a live Pac-12 Networks broadcast. Thybulle pulled up a chair on the far right of the set, alongside guest Gary Payton, and proceeded to steal the show. Full of smiles and completely at ease, he discussed the win, his windmill dunk and moving within one steal of Payton’s conference record. “A lot of kids dream they’ll get to this place and not a lot of people really get there,’’ Thybulle said, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Payton. “To be here is mind-boggling. “How do you wrap your mind around sitting next to Gary Payton, looking at him like, you’re here, and I’m a couple steals away from breaking his record.” Payton laughed, analysts Richard Jefferson and Casey Jacobsen laughed, and the fans crowded around the set soaked it all in. It was exactly the type of spontaneous, engaging theatre that Pac-12 Networks president Mark Shuken envisioned when he decided to bring the men’s basketball studio show to Las Vegas for live broadcasts from the plaza outside T-Mobile. “That was way better anything we can do sitting back in San Francisco,’’ Shuken said, a short time later. Thybulle’s on-air appearance with Payton was a gift basket for the unofficial one-year anniversary of Shuken’s strategic shift in the Pac-12 Networks’ approach to covering the marquee sports. Beginning with the 2018 men’s tournament at T-Mobile, the networks have ramped up the number of on-site broadcasts tied to football and men’s basketball, effectively doubling-down on the money makers as a means of increasing fan affinity across every campus. “The next step is to be present for longer and to go deeper into the stories,” Shuken explained. “Our mission is to connect the fans — that’s something we staple to our foreheads.” Nowhere was the pivot more evident than in Shuken’s decision to take the football pregame show on the road. Each Saturday during the 2018 season, “The Pregame” appeared on a different campus for live broadcasts throughout the day as beefed-up shoulder programming around game telecasts. Invariably, the hosts were joined by famous alums or current coaches of the school hosting the broadcast. At Washington State, for example, former quarterback Drew Bledsoe talked football and mustaches. When ‘The Pregame’ went live from Stanford, Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett made an appearance. At Arizona State, basketball coach Bobby Hurley joined the set. Former Stanford quarterback Jim Plunkett joins the Pac-12 Networks’ pregame show hosts. Mike Hopkins did the same during a broadcast from Washington and discussed his relationship with football coach Chris Petersen, among a variety of topics. The on-site appearances were well received up and down the conference. “The biggest strength of the network is the talent, and the interest they take in promoting the schools,” Washington athletic director Jen Cohen told the Hotline. “They came in on a Friday, they interview, they look at the campus culture, they get alums on ‘The Pregame.’ It was like a recruiting video.” Promoting the universities generally and sports teams specifically is a core mission of the seven-year old networks, and  there’s no greater marketing tool than football. But for years, they seemed to treat football the same as the Olympic sports. In Dec. ’17, for example, the networks did not produce a studio show hooked to the inaugural early-signing period, when the majority of the recruiting classes were signed and sealed. Their peer networks in the SEC and Big Team, on the other hand, devoted hours of coverage to the recruiting event. The school voiced their opinions on the matter to Shuken, who had been on the job for just three months. Out of those discussions came an increased commitment to the major sports. “Since Mark’s arrival,’’ Cohen said, “there has been a real focus on adding value to the schools and listening to our challenges. “We have to put as many resources as we can into football. And we have to show it in a way that gets more eyeballs on it.” The eyeballs issue is a serious one. But to a large degree, it’s out of Shuken’s control: * The networks have distribution agreements with the likes of Comcast, Cox and DISH for several years to come. * Those contracts prevent football and men’s basketball from being shown direct-to-consumer on an Over-The-Top platform. * DirecTV and its owner, AT&T, are not interested in a carriage deal at the Pac-12’s asking price. * Pac-12 leadership (commissioner Larry Scott and the presidents/chancellors) rejected an offer by ESPN to take over distribution of the networks, believing the existing model better for the conference over the long haul. What’s left for Shuken to fortify, therefore, is engagement — spreading engagement, deepening engagement and measuring engagement. After all, fan affinity will be central to the negotiations for Pac-12 media rights in a few years, potentially impacting the number and size of the bids for the full array of content. “The ultimate objective is to elevate the value of our media rights between now and 2024,’’ Shuken said. (The football pivot worked, according to network officials, but quantifying success is tricky. There was a substantial percentage increase in audience for “The Pregame” and the average per-game unique viewers on TV Everywhere. However, the Hotline has chosen not to publish the percentages because the networks declined to provide the underlying audience numbers.) The unknown components to Shuken’s plan — and the Pac-12 is hardly alone in this regard — are the means of measuring engagement and the delivery methods for the content. The media landscape is evolving rapidly, but there’s no guarantee that will continue in linear fashion, that A will beget B will beget C. Advances in technology or fluctuations in consumer behavior could create a disruption that causes A to beget D. “The question is, how do you monetize? How do you quantify the value of anybody who clicks, or anybody who watches,” Shuken said. “The industry isn’t there yet. But it has to get there — not just with sports necessarily but the whole thing.” He mentioned the video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s viral routine, which has generated 40+ million Twitter views. “There has got to be some way to make that matter from a business perspective.” Shuken’s drive to deepen engagement isn’t finished. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5970642,5971937,5966333,5955230,5968229″] The next step: Turn the spring football games into an event. Or, as he put it: “How do you make that thing a thing?” That process depends on the coaches, who are wary of showing plays and formations that could be seen on the Pac-12 Networks telecast by future opponents. Fortunately for Shuken, Arizona State was first on the calendar. No coach is more progressive when it comes to media exposure and branding his program than Herm Edwards, who agreed to wear a microphone for the Sun Devils’ scrimmage. “We’re just getting started,” Shuken said. “There’s so much more we going to do that’s different. “The continued evolution of the content strategy is audience enhancement. And ultimately, we’ll have a model and a pattern to show.” Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will the newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe. 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