Status quo is not an option: An interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Upon meeting Gary Vaynerchuk in person for the first time at this year’s Financial Brand Forum, I was immediately struck by his energy, enthusiasm and gratitude. Having followed Gary on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other channels, this wasn’t a complete surprise, but you need to see him in person to realize that his level of engagement and passion for what he does and communicates is no act for social media. He is a huge believer in the value of hard work, testing new ideas, helping others succeed and disrupting oneself.He is also a social marketing machine, continuously on his smartphone, generating a never-ending barrage of great content of video, audio, and blog material every day. At the Financial Brand Forum, he even had his personal videographer with him, capturing every moment of the day for future distribution. Despite his amazingly busy schedule, however, he never is too busy to engage with one of his fans — who, like me, are somewhat awestruck by his message and presence. He is genuine, grateful for his followers, and never turns down a request for a selfie.Gary’s opening keynote presentation at this year’s Financial Brand Forum was direct, insightful and without compromise. His message of using social media marketing to improve results in an increasingly digital world was well received by the audience in excess of 2,000. His ability to combine his personal story with industry insights and humor was entertaining as well as educational. While not being hesitant to call out marketers in the audience for being late in the use of social media marketing, he provided inspiration that it is not too late to get on the bandwagon. continue reading »last_img read more

Extra Innings: I haven’t boarded the ‘fire Helton’ train quite yet

first_imgIf I had a nickel every time I was asked, ‘When is [head coach Clay] Helton going to get fired?’ I would have a lot of nickels. The question is almost never “will” Helton get fired, and for a while, I was confused why USC fans and alumni were so trigger-happy. I have spent the better part of 20 years as a Detroit sports fan. I have seen really bad teams (I’m looking at you, 2008 Lions), I have seen poor coaching and I have seen frustrated fans. We have had our fair share of horrendous coaches as well.There is a major difference between USC and the abysmal teams I grew up supporting: USC fans can’t handle losing. USC has a winning culture. There are a lot of fair-weather fans and that’s a problem.I completely understand the desire for fans to call for Helton’s firing. He is the figurehead of this loaded team, and he has a wealth of talent at his fingertips. USC has the potential to be the best team in the Pac-12 and compete with the likes of Michigan and Texas, but you have to step back for a second and look at everything Helton has had to deal with in 2018.For one, he has a true freshman quarterback in JT Daniels; while I recognize Helton and his staff should have brought him up to speed, inexperience is still a factor. The second thing is the injuries. The roster looks almost nothing like it did at the beginning of the season. The Trojans have lost so many impact players. Senior captain linebackers Cam Smith and Porter Gustin have missed significant time this season due to injuries, yet I must applaud the coaching staff and players for filling in those spots.Then there’s the safety position. I don’t think I have ever seen a team lose so many players in a single position. Sophomore Bubba Bolden was supposed to start this season, but he was removed from the team following an incident. Then fill-in redshirt freshman Isaiah Pola-Mao suffered a shoulder injury, which was followed up by senior Marvell Tell missing time. This string of events was recently capped off with the loss of freshman Talonoa Hufanga for the season due to a broken collarbone.But the loss of players doesn’t stop with the linebackers and safeties. Senior cornerback Iman Marshall will miss time following a couple lower leg injuries, and redshirt freshman cornerback Greg Johnson may miss time with a shoulder injury.Even in this time of peril, the defense has remained the most solid component of USC’s play. Game after game, the defense holds USC’s inconsistent offense in the game for as long as possible. As of now, I am not on the “fire Helton” train. I think it’s imperative to give him more time. I don’t think we have seen him demonstrate his coaching ability yet, and that takes time.Before coming to USC, I was a Michigan fan. In a lot of ways, the Trojans are similar to the Wolverines. Both schools have a rich football history with die-hard fans and alumni. Both schools have a fantastic football culture encapsulated by massive, historic stadiums. Michigan has been a football powerhouse for many decades, and the fans really do not like losing. The school fostered some of the NFL’s best athletes in Tom Brady, Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard. But the Wolverines were down in the dumps in the Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke eras. In walked Jim Harbaugh in 2015 and he was touted as the savior of Michigan football, and although the team vastly improved, the lofty results fans had hoped for didn’t show, especially last season. Four seasons in, Harbaugh has elevated the Wolverines into College Football Playoff picture.But coaching a football team takes time. Helton is still a fresh head coach; he has only been at the helm of USC since 2015 and has had to deal with many obstacles.The Trojans’ final two Pac-12 matchups will serve as a litmus test for how Helton can band this broken team together, but by no means should they serve as grounds for his firing. The sample size is not big enough for Athletic Director Lynn Swann to pull the plug on Helton, not to mention the high-profile bowl game finishes of the last two seasons. One season should not define Helton’s coaching ability — especially one full of injuries, young talent and coaching changes.The Detroit Red Wings taught me love, the Detroit Lions taught me pain and I am hoping that Helton and the Trojans can teach me patience.Sam Arslanian is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

CAS dismiss KS Skënderbeu’s appeal

first_img English football suspension extended until 30 April  March 19, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 A decision made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal made by KS Skënderbeu of the Albanian Superliga.The dismissal comes after the football club disputed accusations of match fixing, however UEFA has now been cleared to implement its sanctions on the Albanian outfit.A statement released by CAS confirmed the decision: “On the basis of the evidence available, the CAS Panel found to its comfortable satisfaction that KS Skënderbeu was responsible for match-fixing activities and concluded that the sanctions imposed in the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) decision were proportionate and justified. Accordingly, it dismissed the appeal and confirmed the Challenged Decision.”As a result, KS Skënderbeu will serve a ten year suspension from all UEFA club competitions.Ardjan Takaj, current club president, defended himself and the club, stating: “I have never been involved, directly or indirectly, in any activities aiming to manipulate the outcome of the match, neither [have] persons related to me. A 10-year sentence is in practice a capital punishment.”Prior to UEFA’s involvement, the Albanian Football Association had already stripped the club of their 2015/16 league title and deducted 12 points in 2016/17 due to match fixing at a national level.The decision has further confirmed the reliability of UEFA’s betting fraud detection system (BFDS) in identifying abnormal betting patterns on matches played by clubs at European and domestic levels.As well as a ban across UEFA competitions, KS Skënderbeu has also been demanded to pay a €1m fine. Share UEFA plans ‘Lisbon Final Eight’ to conclude 2019/2020 Champions League  June 16, 2020last_img read more