Last Friday night, in the middle of a stellar second set at Mansfield, MA’s Xfinity Center, Phish‘s PA blew out, causing the band to have to leave the stage mid-song until the technical issues were fixed. After a brief pause, the sound team was able to route the audio through alternate equipment and the show went on.Despite Sound Troubles, Phish Shines A ‘Light’ On Mansfield [Recap/Setlist/Gallery]However, they were unable to route the sound from the alternate equipment to the lawn speakers for the remainder of the show, causing many lawn ticket holders to complain that the rest of the second set and encore was virtually inaudible from the GA section. Ever-conscious of making sure their fans are taken care of, the band announced in a Facebook post that all Mansfield lawn ticket holders will be sent code vouchers for a free future webcast. You can see the post below: Thanks, Phish!
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Over the past decade, credit unions have revved up mortgage lending and quadrupled market share, according to The New York Times.These gains have been powered largely by low-rate refinancing. But to gain speed, mortgage departments must power their engines with a different fuel: purchase home loans.As rates rise and housing sales continue to rebound, five best practices can help build purchase loan volume by delivering on the expectations of homebuyers and key gatekeepers in real estate.1. Determine what homebuyers wantOne way Altra Federal Credit Union, Onalaska, Wis., has become a top mortgage lender in western Wisconsin, commanding a 27% share, is tailoring its products and services to its market.When millennials participating in a focus group said they didn’t have time for two-hour home-buying seminars and wanted to be kept better informed during loan processing, Altra Federal responded. continue reading »
The Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition has announced that their annual conference that highlights restoration efforts and needs across the Great Lakes will be back in Buffalo, NY, in October 2017.The 13th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference will be held October 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency at Fountain Plaza.Since 2010, the conference has been hosted by Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Chicago and Sandusky.Organizers said that the conference attracts more than 350 people from around the Great Lakes to talk about issues affecting its waters.The annual Great Lakes conference consists of presentations and field trips on a range of regional topics.Last year’s event in Sandusky, Ohio, included presentations about toxic algae, Flint’s water crisis and re-use of dredged lake sediment among others.[mappress mapid=”24000″]
Brothers Joe and Danny Varello walked up to the faceoff X with the score knotted and less than 10 seconds remaining. The elder, Navy’s Joe, edged his younger brother on the clamp and swam free off his attempt at defense around the 40-yard line.“Our decision on that face off was to set our guys back,” Joe said. “And if I could push the ball forward, to try and make a play.”The senior faceoff specialist then moved the ball over to Jeff Durden. The long-stick midfielder bobbled the pass. The ball lay loose on the turf. Joe scooped it off the bounce, his younger brother trailing behind him. The elder brother rifled a shot to the top left of the cage past SU goalkeeper Dom Madonna.With less than a second remaining, Joe emphatically fist pumped into the air before welcoming his teammates around him to celebrate the game-winning goal. Danny’s head hung, slowly walking away form a deflated SU team. Published on April 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Joe Varello’s final face-off win and subsequent goal were the deciding factors in a back and forth game for No. 9 Syracuse (7-5, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) against No. 14 Navy (9-4, 7-1 Patriot) in a 13-12 Midshipmen victory. The last time SU and Navy played was in the 2004 National Championship, with SU winning by one goal. Fourteen years later, the back and forth continued. Syracuse narrowly won the groundball battle by three, while Navy bested SU by two shots. The Midshipmen turned the ball over twice more than SU. Stephen Rehfuss posted seven points to Navy’s Jack Ray’s six. But in the end it was the matchup that had been hyped all week, brother against brother, that decided the game. Joe won 16 faceoffs to Danny’s 11.“To come here in the Carrier Dome, get behind a couple of goals and win it, especially at the end like they did, my hat’s off to the them,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “And Joe did a terrific job at the end and to get rewarded with a goal, he’ll probably remember that for a long time.”The brothers split the first two faceoffs of the game but Navy scored twice while Syracuse struggled to finish. Midway through the first quarter, Rehfuss snagged a loose ball and threaded a pass 20 yards toward the cage and SU attack Nate Solomon. On the doorstep, with no one but the Navy goalkeeper to beat, Solomon was stuffed. Navy retained possession.The next time SU had the ball, Rehfuss fed Bomberry in the middle of Navy’s zone defense. The shot clung off the crossbar. SU snatched the ball once more and this time, Rehfuss’ feed didn’t go to waste. As the redshirt sophomore attack ran away from the cage along the hash marks, he fed to the other pair of dashes, where Bomberry streaked toward the cage. He caught and shot the pass all at once for Syracuse’s first goal.Navy led for much of the first half, with Joe and Danny drawing a near stalemate at the faceoff X (SU entered the half leading 7-6 in draws). Syracuse rattled off three-straight goals to close the second frame out, one directly off a Danny faceoff win, and two more off assists from Rehfuss.In the second half, momentum swung, repeatedly. First, Navy recaptured a multi-goal lead with a sweep from Greyson Torain in which the junior midfielder ran from the left hash marks all the way through the right side of Syracuse’s defense before scoring on the run. Then, Ray picked up a shot off the back of the SU net and swung around the crease for a tuck-in finish.Then, everything went SU’s way. Rehfuss scored along the right-side wing from one knee on a sidearm shot. Solomon fed Curry from the X for a spot-shot goal. And a Rehfuss feed, which he admitted postgame was intended for Brendan Bomberry, found the stick of David Lipka for Syracuse’s first lead of the game.“It looked like the third quarter the tide turned,” Navy head coach Rick Sowell said. “They went ahead but we kept fighting back and then they’d go ahead, probably didn’t look great when we were down two but then we fought back to tie it, then they go up again, just back and forth.”With about a minute remaining in the game and the score back even, Tucker Dordevic rang along the left hash mark with a defender beside him. As Dordevic quickened his steps, the Navy defender struggled to keep pace. When Dordevic slammed both feet into the ground, initiating his roll dodge, the Navy defender continued past the SU midfielder. Out of the spin and with newfound separation, Dordevic cranked a low screamer past Navy’s goalkeeper for what would have been his second game-winning goal of the season.But after gaining possession on the ensuing faceoff, SU couldn’t hold onto the ball. Rehfuss was jumped down low and coughed up possession. Down at the other end, Ray had a step on his defender in the heart of the SU defense. He caught a feed from John Salcedo and scored with less than 10 seconds left. Then, Joe Varello beat his younger brother Danny, and eventually the Syracuse Orange.“I was just out there trying to put forth the best effort for my team and I looked at this as Navy versus Syracuse,” Joe said. “And then once that final whistle blew, he was back to being my brother again. But for the 60 minutes during the game, I tried to look at Danny as just No. 42 on Syracuse.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
This is a guest piece by Justin M. JacobsonJustin M. Jacobson, Jacobson FirmIn addition to the legal considerations we addressed in part one of this piece, there are some other protections that an esports organisation should be aware of. We will now briefly explore some of those matters below.Intellectual Property Protections – CopyrightsIn addition to potential trademark protection for an organisation’s name, there are benefits to filing a copyright application for a particular logo as well as registering any other created content. While it is established that a copyright is automatically obtained in a work upon completion of the original work of authorship when it is fixed in a tangible medium of expression; a formal registration of the materials with the U.S. Copyright Office within three months of public release provides additional valuable benefits to the work’s owner. Registering a copyright is also a relatively inexpensive procedure. Some of these benefits include that the ownership of the work now becomes a matter of public record and is available for search within the U.S. Copyright Office. This makes it easy to search and verify the ownership and extent of an existing, copyrighted work. Registration permits an individual to quickly find and contact the creator in the event that the individual desires to use or license the copyrighted material.“There are benefits to filing a copyright application for a particular logo as well as registering any other created content”Additionally, in order to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit when the owner believes that one of their works has been infringed upon, the work must be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office prior to instituting a lawsuit. A valid registration certificate constitutes prima facie evidence of valid copyright ownership in the work after five years. Also, if the owner has filed for registration prior to the infringement or within three months of publication of the work, the author may be entitled to recover actual damages incurred, statutory damages as well as attorney’s fees spent in pursuing the matter. These fees can even exceed the actual damages suffered by the copyright owner.Registering a copyright is an easy and inexpensive procedure. Once the work is registered and the certification is issued, the benefits of the registration are retroactive to the original filing date of these elements. It is also important that if any third-party created or otherwise assisted in the creation of the logo or any other finished work, such as a graphic designer, that the individual assigns or otherwise licenses any rights that they have in the work to the organisation. This is typically effectuated by some sort of “work for hire” agreement or other assignment.“To best protect the organisation, the use of formalised written contracts for any of its employees and any other team personnel, including any gamers, coaches, assistance, analysts, graphic designers, is prudent”Overall, these intellectual property protections are beneficial in pursuing any imposter or confusingly similar organisations as well as pursuing any third-party selling counterfeit goods or otherwise tarnishing the team’s reputation.Contractual ObligationsIn order for a team to function properly, they require the proper infrastructure and personnel. To best protect the organisation, the use of formalised written contracts for any of its employees and any other team personnel, including any gamers, coaches, assistance, analysts, graphic designers, is prudent. The agreement typically outlines the salary or other compensation to the personnel as well as lists the individual’s obligations to the organisation. This could include a set number of streaming hours a player must adhere to, a set number of tournaments a coach must attend or any other listed requirements that the team wants to ensure are properly adhered to. For example, Blizzard’s new Overwatch League mandates the execution of standard written contracts with set salaries for all competing gamers.An organisation should also be aware of the requirements and existence of an agreement with any sponsor. For instance, a recent sponsorship agreement was entered between League of Legends’ team, Flyquest and Snickers. The arrangement requires Flyquest to ensure that the Snickers product is present at the “FlyQuest team house and at fan activations” as well as obligating the team to create a series of custom “branded” content pieces. While the exact number of monthly or weekly custom content pieces to be created as part of the partnership was not openly disclosed, such information would be clearly outlined in such writing. It is prudent for a team to ensure that all their “deliverables” to a brand are clearly outlined in some formal writing. With an explicit formal writing, the team can easily understand what is required of them, e.g. how many sponsored social media posts they must provide a month, and the brand is aware of what they are receiving in exchange for its sponsorship. This also helps by confirming the details of the sponsorship, including how much and if any product is included, and if so, which product.Furthermore, entering into a formalised writing, such as an investment agreement, for any potential investor or third-party owner is practical. The drafting of such an agreement outlines the organisation and the investor’s rights and duties, including listing the investment amount and how it is recouped. This is essential to the proper administration of the organisation; as without it, there could be confusion as to what the investor’s rights are in the team as a result of their investment.There are many legal and business considerations for professional esports organisations. While it is not mandatory for a team to adhere to these suggestions, the potential issues that the lack of proper rights in a team’s name or contractual obligations could be the difference between a successful venture and an unsuccessful one.This article is not intended as legal or business advice, as an attorney or other professional specializing in the field should be consulted.© 2018 The Jacobson Firm, P.C.