The Asher Fulero Band Goes “Airborne” On New Live Album

first_imgSought after side man Asher Fulero is stepping out of the shadows and making his mark with a new band and a decidedly jammy sound. Having worked with dozens of artists in the studio and onstage Fulero has honed his keyboard skills to razor sharpness and it shows on his new live release, Airborne. Playing tunes from his band’s 2015 studio release, Catching Air, Fulero shows a dynamic sound and a deep commitment to musical exploration.Fans of his most visible current gig as part of the Emancipator live band will be pleased to hear elements of that sound present throughout the disc. To help celebrate the release, the band is releasing a series of videos from the show, all edited together by Fulero himself. “I taught myself Final Cut Pro and set out to edit all the footage together myself. I really enjoyed getting to learn another way to bring my music to the people,” said Fulero in a recent chat.Airborne (Live) was recorded at the venerable Goodfoot Pub & Lounge in Portland, Oregon, the band’s home base where their previous studio album was recorded. The show is a wild and exploratory take on the material, with each song well over ten minutes in length. ‘That’s what I love about the jam scene in articular, and why I wanted to form a jam project. Stretching things out, taking the time to find the magic in each piece, is extremely rewarding to me.”With the fourth video segment from the show launching this week and the album finally being made available to the public Asher is excited for fans to hear how the music translates to the stage.  Luckily, you can listen and watch for yourselves!Here’s a link to the songs from Airborne, filmed live at the Goodfoot. Enjoy!Check out the Asher Fulero Band’s Bandcamp page for new tracks and tunes including this latest release!last_img read more

NFL is now betting big on once-taboo gambling industry

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — It wasn’t that long ago that the NFL nixed Tony Romo’s fantasy football convention at a Nevada casino because of the league’s strict policy against having anything to do with sports betting. Now, the NFL is betting big on the once taboo industry, loosening its gambling policies just as the finishing touches were being made at Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders’ spiffy new home within earshot of the neon-soaked Las Vegas Strip.When the league voted in May to allow teams to sign sponsorship deals with gambling entities, the first team to place its bets was the Denver Broncos. NFL is now betting big on once-taboo gambling industry “No, we are not able to sort of participate in the actual betting volumes or revenue generated,” Freeman said. “No, this is a very classic sponsorship structure where they are paying a fee for assets that we will use to leverage their brands. So, no, there’s no share of any of the actual betting activity coming back to the team.”Just six years after nixing Romo’s fantasy football camp in Las Vegas, the NFL is all in on gambling in 2020.“The approach to the licensed sports betting has evolved as the league and teams entertain new fan engagement opportunities through commercial partnerships,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Associated Press. “What has not changed, however, is our relentless protection of the integrity of the game,” McCarthy added. “These new partnerships have no impact on the play on the field. We have continued to study the rapidly changing landscape and felt comfortable with clubs executing partnerships such as these.”Even with integrity measures in place, the league and gambling interests are linked like never before. “We’re all on a path to we don’t know exactly where but I’m as curious as anybody,” said NBC longtime play-by-play man Al Michaels. “I don’t know what the end game is here, I don’t know that anybody does. But I do think that it’s pretty fascinating that yesterday DraftKing announced that Michael Jordan is going to be part of their operation and on the board and the stock went up about 10%. “It’s a fascinating dynamic that’s developing right now and I wish I could predict what’s going to happen here but clearly everybody feels that they want a piece of the pie, of the gambling pie,” Michaels said. “People are interested in putting down a couple of shekels during the game or even inside the game, not just the end result and how many points will be scored and all of that. But this is a mystery. It’s a mystery right now. I don’t know where it goes. I do know the leagues are very excited to be a party to what could be a gigantic industry.”Michaels’ broadcast partner, Cris Collinsworth, is the majority owner of Pro Football Focus, a subscription-based analytics service founded in England in 2007 that studies and grades every player on every play in every game.“It’s kind of interesting. With PFF I have a lot of people who are from Europe that work here … they laugh at us with all of this because it’s been such a part of their culture for so long that you could bet on anything,” Collinsworth said. “And when they see the gnashing of teeth and everything that we’re going through in this transition period, they just find it very, very entertaining. Associated Press Freeman said the trio of deals with three very different gambling outfits is a result of the Broncos “bringing order to what was sort of a chaotic environment.”“Because in the clutter just taking any deal you can get, probably no one actually gets true value out of it. So, I think we got a very favorable response from all of the partners and they were thrilled that we were going to limit these and then work hard to craft space for all of them so we could deliver a real value for them,” Freeman said.No, the new gambling partnerships won’t make up for revenue lost during the coronavirus crisis, which has forced many teams, including Denver’s, to open the season without fans but with crowd noise pumped in instead.“It’s great that we were able to get these deals done. It’s material revenue for the organization,” Freeman said. “The reality is I think you know the other revenue (dips) we’re going to see this year will dwarf what probably we were able to do in this category.” Another no is this one: the Broncos won’t benefit from any bets from their fans. The Broncos capitalized on a confluence of events: Colorado’s new sports gambling law that was approved by voters and the league’s lifting of its ban on sportsbook advertising.During a pandemic when new sponsorship opportunities were nearly non-existent, the Broncos signed a trio of gambling sponsors: one with FanDuel Group that includes stadium signage; another with BetMGM that features a sports betting lounge at Empower Field and a sports betting app; and one with Betfred USA Sports, which launched a full sportsbook at Saratoga Casino Black Hawk, about 45 minutes away in the mountains.(Fans won’t actually be able to place wagers at the stadium betting lounges like they would at a sportsbook but will have to place their bets through an app, and the stadium signage won’t be showing up on broadcasts.)“There’s sports betting, there’s daily fantasy, there’s casinos, so there’s a lot of different aspects to these businesses,” said Mac Freeman, the Broncos’ chief commercial officer. “I think what you’ll find with us carving those first tracks through the field you’ll see other teams follow pretty quickly as states come on” board with sports gambling, Freeman said. September 4, 2020 “And for the rest of the world I guess this is just status quo, but it is very different for us.”___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Taylor, Gilchrist predict big pay cuts for Australia players

first_imgSYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Mark Taylor and wicket-keeping great Adam Gilchrist believepay cuts are inevitable for the country’s cricketers as the sport gears up to deal with the expected financialcrisis posed by the novel coronavirus.Cricket Australia (CA), the governing body of the sport, on Thursday announced plans to lay off almost 80% of itsstaff, putting them on 20% pay until June 30.Media reported on Saturday that CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has told staff a financial crisis was coming andthe organisation would not have been able to pay its bills at the end of August without layoffs.Gilchrist, who retired in 2008 after a glittering career spanning almost 12 years, said the players were next.“Without being aware of any numbers and the financial side of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if we go back a decade ortwo to the level of payment that players get. Even maybe further for a while,” Gilchrist told ABC Grandstand onSunday.“It’s going to get stripped back, right back. Support staff numbers have to get dragged back.“The revenue is going to go down significantly, 50% they are banking on at the moment and that’s an optimisticposition, I believe. The players will take a whack.”The spread of the coronavirus has forced countries to close their borders and impose lockdowns. It has haltedprofessional cricket, leaving most boards bracing for significant revenue falls.This year’s lucrative Indian Premier League, which offers big pay cheques for the players, has also beenpostponed indefinitely.“There will be haircuts, as we’ve seen from CA staff. Players will be next,” Taylor, a former member of the CAboard, said on the Nine Network.“I also suspect that Cricket Australia and the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association) have been working togetheron this. I hope they get their heads together and sort out a good solution for the near future.”Cricket Australia would hope to earn significant revenue later this year when the country hosts the men’s Twenty20 World Cupin October and November before India’s tour for a widely anticipated four-test series around the New Year.“Six months is a long time. It may not be long enough in this pandemic, but it might be long enough to get some cricketin October which may save Cricket Australia and the players from taking too big a haircut,” Taylor said.“Cricket Australia are trying to be proactive and making a move early to hopefully save some pain later.”last_img read more