DTC strategy swells UK and European profits

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Anthony Davis, Dwyane Wade land covers of ‘NBA 2K20’

first_imgIt’s rare for a player to appear on the cover of a video game series multiple times, but the new star of the Lakers has done just that within a span of only four years.Six-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis has been selected to appear on the cover of the Standard and Deluxe Editions of “NBA 2K20,” which releases on Sept. 6.MORE: LeBron James no longer single-best player according to ‘2K’Davis was also on the cover of “NBA 2K16,” although that was a year in which Stephen Curry and James Harden also had their own covers for the game. It was random as to which player consumers would receive on their purchased copy (an insert was included with the others so they could be switched out, however). It seems unlikely that the cover curse attributed to “NBA 2K” will afflict Davis and the Lakers. That curse has seen players such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving get traded or leave in free agency within a year after appearing on the cover.This year’s honor of representing the Legend Edition goes to Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. Despite an illustrious 16-year career, it’s the first time Wade has made the cover of an “NBA 2K” game. He was instead featured on the cover of the competition with “NBA Live 06.”The Standard Edition of “NBA 2K20” will be sold for $60, the Deluxe for $80, and the Legend for $100. Pre-orders will include additional Virtual Currency, cards for use in MyTeam Mode, and various extras for created MyPlayer characters.Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, is co-founder of the sports gaming site HitThePass.com, hosts the “Press Row Podcast” and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.last_img read more

Široki Wwin defeated Union Olimpija in Ljubljana with 85:82

first_imgBasketball players of Široki Wwin from Široki Brijeg defeated Union Olimpija from Ljubljana with 85:82 in 25th round of ABA League.Olimpija dominated in the first phase of the match and slowly they took a lead, and in the second quarter Olimpija had 17 points of advantage, but Široki managed to decrease to only 6 points.Olimpija was leading throughout the match, but in the last minutes of the match, Široki Wwin managed to score three points and the match ended with 72:72, and the overtime, Šakić scored 3 points for Široki Wwin for their victory of Union Olimpija.With this victory Široki Wwin will certainly stay in the ABA league.The most efficient player of Široki was Marko Šutalo with 18 points.last_img read more

Schools lined up for repairs

first_imgParker said his custodial staff has kept the school up to par, but some things can’t be fixed. “They’ve really helped us age gracefully.” At Newhall’s Placerita Junior High, adjacent to Hart High, Principal Mike Kuhlman said talks with architects have got his staff excited about change. But he boasts, too, that the 55-year-old campus doesn’t necessarily reveal its age. “We are very well-maintained,” Kuhlman said. Placerita underwent some renovation after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, but most of the work was to repair quake damage. In 2001, four buildings were remodeled. If the school board approves a recommendation for modernization, the six remaining buildings on campus will be renovated in three phases. Despite parent complaints about the eyesore gym at Placerita or the outdated science facilities, conditions don’t seem to incite the same feelings of frustration that arose at Hart High earlier this year when hundreds jammed school board meetings to demand repairs. Kuhlman said the key was to keep families updated through the Parent Advisory Committee and other avenues. Rob Gapper, a former Placerita principal, is now the district’s chief operations officer. Remodeling of the junior highs, he said, was able to be delayed because of good maintenance. “In both cases you have an outstanding head custodian and you have a commitment on the part of administration to make sure the campus is maintained.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But problems mounted because modernization funding ran short. Now 24 broken doors at Sierra Vista Junior High will be repaired as part of a modernization there, Principal Randy Parker said. “We’ve had three or four break-ins in the last year,” Parker said. It’s the first big renovation for the Canyon Country campus, built in 1963. Crews also will remodel 13 restrooms to bring them in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and with updated building and safety codes. Eventually, new floors will be laid in classrooms and the furniture replaced. SANTA CLARITA – The deteriorating facilities of Hart High School have received plenty of attention in recent months. But two junior highs in the same Hart Union High School District, one older and one nearly as old as flagship Hart High, also have been waiting for renovation dollars. Principals at both junior highs say diligent maintenance has kept their campuses decent over the years but these major renovations are still sorely needed. At Hart High, however, a major modernization was planned so routine maintenance lapsed, school officials said. Numerous work orders weren’t turned over to the district office because administrators expected smaller needs to be covered by the larger project. last_img read more

Spotify Lands Deal With Obamas to Produce Exclusive Podcasts

first_img Disney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify HubSpotify Simplifies Podcast, Music Navigation for Subscribers Stay on target The Obamas are throwing their hats into the podcast ring. The former first couple have signed a deal with Spotify to produce a series of podcasts exclusively for the streaming platform.The Spotify pact is similar to the Obamas’ multi-year production deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films.Under the multi-year deal between Spotify and Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas’ production company, Barack and Michelle Obama are set to develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts on a wide range of topics.“Lend their voices” means the former president and first lady will sometimes be heard on the new podcasts — but their primary role will be in the development and production phases.The agreement is with Higher Ground Audio, a new division of the Higher Ground production company, that will be working on the Obamas’ podcast projects..@Spotify and @BarackObama & @MichelleObama’s Higher Ground announce partnership to produce podcasts. https://t.co/gdge9i5L6z pic.twitter.com/yTf3O1JNzH— Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) June 6, 2019The podcasts produced by the Obamas will be exclusive to Spotify and will be distributed worldwide to the platform’s paid and ad-supported user base. The deal is seen as part of a broader push by Spotify to make a bigger splash in the podcasting space.“We’ve always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation,” President Obama said in a statement provided by Spotify. “It helps us build connections with each other and open ourselves up to new ideas. We’re excited about Higher Ground Audio because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, hopefully, bring us all a little closer together.”Neither Spotify or Higher Ground Productions disclosed details on specific podcast projects the Obamas may be planning. According to Spotify, the programming will encompass “a diverse slate of original podcasts.”“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world,” said Michelle Obama. “Our hope is that through compelling, inspirational storytelling, Higher Ground Audio will not only produce engaging podcasts, but help people connect emotionally and open up their minds — and their hearts.”During his time in the White House, President Obama has been known to create music playlists for the White House Spotify, including a playlist of his favorite songs for the summer.Spotify, a digital music service with millions of songs, has grown its paid subscriber rolls by 32 percent in the first quarter of 2019 — reaching 100 million Premium customers.The company has acquired several podcasting companies this year, including producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc. In March, Spotify also acquired Parcast, a scripted-entertainment podcast studio.Watch: Spotify Premium Now Has 100 Million Global UsersMore on Geek.com:Obamas’ Production Company Reveals Upcoming Netflix ContentExperimental Spotify Stations App Launches in USSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music Artistslast_img read more