With the NFL regular season rapidly approaching, the buzz around fantasy football is everywhere. On today’s show, our team looks at the strategies behind fantasy and dissects how it both reflects and distorts the game.The English Premier League has formally kicked off with familiar faces leading the pack. Reigning back-to-back champion Manchester City leads in our model. Liverpool, which fell just 1 point short of the title last season, is again slated for second place. We’ll discuss what to expect this season and which teams might shake up the top of the table.To wrap, Neil explores the Orioles’ unexpected win this weekend over the Astros and other historic baseball upsets in our Rabbit Hole of the Week.What we’re looking at this week:We still have not recovered from Simone Biles’s record-breaking, history-making, mind-blowing performance at the USA Gymnastics National Championships.If you’re looking to spice up your fantasy football league this year, here are some creative ideas from The Ringer.Make sure to read our guide to the 2019-20 English Premier League title race.Club Soccer Predictions are up!Is this the worst throw in baseball history? More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 24, 2018, Texas – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis was the guest speaker at the Austin Technology Council/Texas Association of Business forum, Austin, Texas, on Monday, January 22, 2018. The Prime Minister and delegation are currently visiting Texas to identify foreign investment and business opportunities.The delegation attending with Prime Minister are: The Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Senator the Hon. James Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama; Cornelius Smith, Non-Resident Ambassador-Designate for Central American States; Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister. Also, His Excellency Sidney Collie, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, Linda Mackey, Consul General; Lynden Rose, Honorary Consul, Houston, Texas who joined delegation in Austin, Texas; Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media, Terry Archer/Protocol Officer, Miami; and Kirk Bastian, Aide to the Prime Minister.Release: BIS Related Items: [Photos/Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media] Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Photo CaptionsHeader: Senator Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama (left) Prime Minister Minnis; Jeff Moseley CEO, Texas Association of Business; and Lynden Rose, Honorary Consul, Houston, Texas.Insert: Prime Minister Minnis Addresses the Business Forum
Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Google employees staged a worldwide walkout nearly six months ago. James Martin/CNET Google on Thursday said it’s rolling out a new way for its employees to report issues of harassment and discrimination. The search giant said it created a dedicated site for raising those concerns, instead of multiple disparate channels. That site is available only for the search giant’s full-time employees, but the company said a similar site for contractors and temp workers will be available in June. “A big part of my job is to listen to ideas that Googlers have and take feedback on ways we can improve our workplace,” Melonie Parker, Google’s newly appointed diversity chief, wrote in a blog post. “We won’t implement every idea that our employees (or the outside world) raise, but we always listen, and we consider constructive feedback.”Google also announced a number of other updates it’s making to its HR policies. For example, after a four-month pilot, the search giant is expanding a program that lets people who report harassment and discrimination bring a colleague with them for moral support during internal investigations. The company also released its policy guidelines around discrimination, sexual harassment and workplace conduct. Internally, the company said, it published a report that details employee-related misconduct investigations, including cases of harassment and retaliation.The policy updates come nearly six months after a major protest at Google that made international headlines. In November, roughly 20,000 Googlers walked out of the company’s offices worldwide to protest its handling of sexual assault allegations directed at key executives. Several of the changes announced Thursday, like the program that lets workers bring a colleague to workplace investigations, were direct responses to demands made by protest organizers. Post a comment Tags Google Alphabet Inc.
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Lionsgate claims the top spot in spending with “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”Ads placed for the action thriller had an estimated media value of $5.09 million through Sunday for 543 national ad airings on 28 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from April 29 through May 5. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Lionsgate prioritized spend across networks including NBC, ABC and Adult Swim, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, “The Voice” and “Family Guy.”Just behind “John Wick” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “A Dog’s Journey,” which saw 841 national ad airings across 35 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.47 million. Impressions: 288,538,456Attention Score: 93.82Attention Index: 111National Airings: 841Networks: 35Most Spend On: ABC, TNTCreative Versions: 11Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.77MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 01/31/19 Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades $5.09M – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Popular on Variety Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv $4.14M – The Hustle Impressions: 302,385,687Attention Score: 93.93Attention Index: 113National Airings: 710Networks: 23Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 18Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.56MStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)Started Airing: 04/07/19 $4.47M – A Dog’s Journey Impressions: 228,765,498Attention Score: 93.12Attention Index: 101National Airings: 625Networks: 37Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 25Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $13.29MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 10/11/18 Will Smith on the Challenges of Taking on Robin Williams’ Genie for ‘Aladdin’ Impressions: 225,756,824Attention Score: 89.95Attention Index: 69National Airings: 543Networks: 28Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 11Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.98MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 01/20/19 Notably, “The Hustle” has the best iSpot Attention Index (113) in the ranking, getting 13% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Impressions: 327,724,465Attention Score: 93.27Attention Index: 103National Airings: 908Networks: 26Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 21Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $22.85MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 03/12/19 TV ad placements for Walt Disney Pictures’ “Aladdin” (EMV: $4.36 million), MGM’s “The Hustle” ($4.14 million) and Lionsgate’s “Long Shot” ($3.74 million) round out the chart. Related $3.74M – Long Shot $4.36M – Aladdin 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 04/29/2019 and 05/05/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology.