This is the Gold Coast’s real Hinterland haven

first_img483 The Panorama, Tallai. 483 The Panorama, Tallai.The Mesiano family moved closer to the beach in 2012 but have been managing the property as a luxury holiday rental in recent years.“The business is still running but we’ve stopped taking bookings,” Mr Mesiano said.“So, the next owner could develop it into a full-time venture as it’s quite substantial.”Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo are marketing the property under an expressions of interest campaign, which closes on November 26.Mr Guo said it was one of the best homes in the Hinterland. “It feels like one of those houses in Beverly Hills with a real wow factor,” he said. “It’s a very grand and private paradise.” 483 The Panorama, Tallai.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 483 The Panorama, Tallai. 483 The Panorama, Tallai.“It’s a place you don’t have to leave as the property has everything, but you’re only 20 minutes to the beach and ten minutes to the bottom of the hill where there’s great schools and Robina Town Centre.” The 1291sq m house has five bedrooms, multiple living and dining areas, a study, games room, and double garage with workshop spread across three floors.MORE: Beach vs Hinterland The main living areas are on the ground floor, most of which open onto a large terrace.The lounge room is a standout with a marble fireplace and 500kg feature marble wall piece.Four of the bedrooms are upstairs, including the main, all of which have their own balconies.A fifth bedroom is on the basement level and is self-contained with access to a kitchen, bathroom and two living areas. All three levels overlook the tennis court and coastline. 483 The Panorama, Tallai.THE term “Hinterland haven” is used liberally to describe luxury residences or character homes on the western side of the Gold Coast, but one property can confidently claim the title.This lavish mansion on a Tallai hilltop has everything a homeowner could want and more.With a tennis court, gym, sauna, multiple pools and spas, wet bar and wine cellar among its standout features, you will never need to leave the house.The home on The Panorama was built by Frank and Jenny Mesiano in 2001. MORE: Apartment sales at two-year high 483 The Panorama, Tallai.“We used an architect out of Melbourne, Ermin Smrekar, who built and finished the home in two years,” Mr Mesiano said.“It was to be our family home forever so low-maintenance and a timeless design were part of the brief to the architect. It was all about the lifestyle and raising a family.” It has plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the stunning vistas – arguably some of the best on the Gold Coast.It was these sweeping views that stretch from Stradbroke Island to Tweed Heads that drew the Mesianos to the 3ha block.“That’s why we ended up there, because of the views, and it’s very secluded, peaceful and safe,” he said.last_img read more

Funding Boost for Cedar Bayou Dredging Project

first_imgU.S. Congressman Brian Babin has released the following statement after the announcement by the Trump Administration that the Cedar Bayou Navigation District’s Channel Improvement Project has been allocated $32.125 million in the Army Corps Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan.These funds will be used to complete the dredging of Cedar Bayou in order to aid in flood mitigation and enhance the mobility of commerce along the federal channel.“The Cedar Bayou Navigation District has long been a critical channel serving the epicenter of America’s energy industry,” said Babin. “The benefits that will stem from this venture will greatly enhance the community as well as local businesses, even going as far as impacting America’s economy.”Covestro also voiced their support for the Cedar Bayou Navigation District.“The Cedar Bayou plays an important role in our supply chain, serving as a strategic passage between our largest North American production site and the Houston Ship Channel. The Bayou dredging project enables us to maximize our barge capacity, increasing our shipping efficiency and reducing overall barge traffic,” said Demetri Zervoudis, senior VP and site manager, Covestro Industrial Park Baytown.last_img read more

Conf Cup Qtrs 2nd leg: Enyimba in search of miracle of Conakry

first_img Loading… Horoya who also had Nigeria’s Bolaji Sarkin on parade then held their grounds to ensure that the tie ended in a draw. There is no doubt that the battle of Conakry will be tough for Enyimba as Horoya will be throwing in every arsenal in their armory into the game while riding on the back of home support. Some analysts believe only a miracle of Conakry can catapult the Nigerian side into the semifinals. In other first leg matches played last week, Pyramids of Egypt proved their quest for semifinal place with 3-0 victory against Zanaco in Lusaka, Hassania Agadir had a 5-0 cruise control against Al-Nasr in Cairo while Al Masry and RSB Berkane settled for a 2-2 draw. Read Also Man Utd wonderkid, Shoretire likened to Jay-Jay Okocha Interestingly Nigeria’s duo of Emeka Eze and Austin Amutu who were in action for Al Masry will equally be doubling effort as they attempt to turn the table away to RSB Berkane. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Confederation cup campaigners Enyimba will be searching for miracle when they file out against Horoya of Guinea in the second leg of the quarterfinals on Sunday. The peoples Elephant missed ample opportunity to make the second leg mere formality when they settled for a 1-1 draw at the Aba Township Stadium last Sunday. Although Enyimba showed signs of readiness to carry the day in the match, shooting into the lead as early as the 18th minute thanks to Augustine Oladapo, the two time Champions League winners however lost steam afterwards. Visiting Horoya who kept the fighting spirit on, got the much needed reward for their effort in the 71st minute to level up thanks to Boniface who converted a timely assist from teammate and Zimbabwean import Tafadzwa Kutinyu. Action from Enyimba versus Horoya at the Aba Township Stadium March 1st 2020Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?last_img read more

Cops take random drug test

first_imgPolicemen queue for drug testing at the crime laboratory of the Police Regional Office 6 in Camp Delgado, Iloilo City. Fifteen Police Commissioned Officers and 65 Police Non-Commissioned Officers were randomly picked to undergo drug testing on Feb. 3, 2020. The unannounced check wanted to ensure that no policeman engaged in illegal drug use. Results would be released soon. PHOTO BY PSSG DEPEDRO, PIO, PRO-6 This was the secondround of “surprise” random drug test for the year 2020. The first randomtesting was on Jan. 10 to 14, where the results released on Jan. 28 showed all ofthose tested were negative for illegal drugs, said Malong. It was administeredby the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 6 under Police Colonel Enrique Ancheta. Fifteen PoliceCommissioned Officers and 65 Police Non-Commissioned Officers were randomlypicked to undergo drug testing, said PoliceLieutenant Colonel, regional public information officer of the PRO-6. The drug testcomplied with the aggressive campaign against illegal drugs which wais part ofthe internal cleansing program of the Philippine National Police. The testing wasconducted at the crime laboratory. ILOILO City –Eighty police officers assigned in the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6)headquarters, Camp Delgado, were called for a “surprise” random drug testing onFeb. 3. The unannouncedcheck wanted to ensure that no policeman engaged in illegal drug use. “As promised, moreof this kind of test will be conducted,” said Police Brigadier General RenePamuspusan, regional police director./PNlast_img read more

Ambode Asks FIFA to Consider Lagos for Football Project

first_imgGboyega AkinsanmiLagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday received FIFA President, Mr. Gianni Infantino, urging the football association to consider Lagos as preferred location for football project.He received the FIFA president alongside the CAF President, Mr. Ahmed Ahmad, FIFA Secretary-General, Mr. Fatimah Diouf-Samora and, NFF President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick among others.At the reception, Ambode explained that the establishment of the project in Lagos would further boost football development in the continent.The governor said Lagos “has the potentials to host the project. Nigeria is very strong in youth soccer, urging that to further boost it, the global football association should site it project in Lagos. “And has you decides the location for the next FIFA projects, Lagos stands to welcome all your projects. We have the population, enthusiastic and tourism potentials to receive any of your project.”While expressing his delight at the selection of Lagos for the FIFA summit, Ambode said the summit would apparently boost the standard of the game in the country.“We are delighted that Lagos is considered as the second African city to host the summit aimed at discussing football development. It is very important to us because soccer is a major sport in the state and contributes to its developments.”Also at the meeting, Infantino said the summit would afford the body to discuss and decide new strategies to improve the game especially youth football.He said: “We are here to discuss with CAF and NFF few projects that will help improve standard of football in the country.“Also at the summit, we will be discussing strategies on how to improve the standard of youth and female football development. I know that Nigeria is a major force in the Africa,” he added.Infantino stated that the summit was a strategy developed by FIFA’s, to discuss with every stakeholder on solutions confronting the game globally.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Three-star quarterback Edouard verbally commits to Syracuse

first_imgA three-star quarterback, Edouard initially committed to Miami (Fla.), but pulled his verbal on Sept. 1. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Edouard ultimately chose SU instead of offers from Penn State, Arizona, Tennessee and Nebraska, among other schools.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEdouard’s verbal commitment further establishes Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald’s recruiting prowess in the area. Edouard is the fourth Florida native to commit to the Orange since McDonald joined the staff last January.Edouard becomes the 16th player in SU’s Class of 2014 and the second quarterback, joining two-star recruit A.J. Long. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Alin Edouard has verbally committed to Syracuse, according to a tweet from Hialeah (Fla.) High School teammate A’lique Terry on  Sunday night.Alin Edouard has Committed to Syracuse University @ALLEN_EDWARD2 #TBREDFAM #Salute— A’lique Terry (@105_Quai) October 21, 2013 Published on October 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Klitschko Retires, No Rematch with Joshua

first_imgFormer heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing – ruling out a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua.The Ukrainian, 41, was knocked out in the 11th round by current champion Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April.Joshua, 27, had hoped Klitschko would sign his rematch clause for a proposed fight in Las Vegas on November 11.“I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko.The two-time former champion, who held the unified title from 2006-2015 before losing to Joshua’s fellow Briton Tyson Fury, ends his career with a record of 64 wins and five defeats. “I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career,” he added.Joshua must now face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev before December 2 or risk being stripped of his IBF belt. Bulgarian Pulev, 36, has a record of 25 wins and one defeat, which came to Klitschko in 2014.Klitschko won Olympic super-heavyweight gold at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, before turning professional later that year.He built an unbeaten 24-0 record before losing to American Ross Puritty in 1998 in his only fight to take place in his native Ukraine.After claiming the WBO belt with victory over American Chris Byrd in 2000, Klitschko was upset by South Africa’s Corrie Sanders and American Lamon Brewster in 2003 and 2004 respectively.He then went 11 years unbeaten, until losing the WBA, IBF and WBO titles to Fury in November 2015.The Germany-based fighter announced his retirement on a video posted on his website, with so many people trying to access it that the server crashed.In his video statement, Klitschko said: “Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey in sport. It was the best choice of a profession I could have made. Because of this choice I have travelled the world, learned new languages, created business, built intellectual properties, helped people in need.“At some point in our lives we need to switch our careers and get ourselves ready for the next chapter – obviously I am not an exception to this.“I am expecting and hoping my next career, which I have already been planning and working on for some years, will be at least as successful as the previous one, if not more successful.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

CARICOM warns of the impact of climate change on the region

first_imgBUDAPEST, Romania, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque says climate change remains an ‘existential threat’ to the development of the Caribbean.Addressing an international conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters, LaRocque said that “it has been recorded that between 2000 and 2017, member states of our Community suffered at least seven major disasters in which damage ranged from 33 to 226 per cent of the affected country’s gross domestic product (GDP)”.LaRocque made reference to the 2017 experience where the estimated cost of reconstruction after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria was put at five billion US dollars.Prediction of more intense, frequent storms “For us therefore, especially with the prediction of more intense and frequent storms, seeking to build resilience against that phenomenon is urgent,” he told the conference that is also being attended by several CARICOM foreign ministers.Romania, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is using the conference for debate and exchange of good practices regarding resilience to natural disasters, and to identify and develop cooperation models between States in order to reduce the effects of global warming.Need access to fundingLaRocque, in highlighting the factors required to build the necessary resilience, stressed the importance of having access to concessional development financing well in advance of a disaster.But he bemoaned the fact that CARICOM countries, because of being labelled middle-income countries, cannot access this type of financing, since the principal criterion used is GDP per capita.“From our perspective, there is urgent need for the international community and international financial institutions to change the criteria for access to concessional development financing by middle-income Small island Developing States (SIDS).“Substantial weight must be accorded to our vulnerability in this regard. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) has begun looking at the issue. We need the support of all OECD members,” the CARICOM Secretary General told the Conference.He also made reference to the ongoing threat to the region’s financial services sector from what he described as the ‘unwarranted labelling of some of our economies as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions by the EU”.LaRocque said that financial services sector is a significant contributor to public finances in many CARICOM states and a source of funding for building resilience.On Tuesday, the EU listed six Caribbean countries in a new list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions which the Europe said was based on an “an intense process of analysis and dialogue steered by the Commission”.LARocque told the meeting here that the EU blacklisting ‘amounts to an attack on our economies,” and  acknowledged Romania’s understanding of CARICOM’s concerns with regards to the EU’s actions and processes and its assistance in bringing them to the attention of the appropriate EU authorities.last_img read more

Balkoff! Dodgers beat Texas Rangers 1-0 on a balk

first_imgKela flinched his hands maybe an inch ‑ an illegal balk ‑ and Hernandez was awarded home plate to cap an otherwise uneventful 1-0 Dodgers win.Kela might have flinched his hands less than an inch, but home plate umpire Marvin Hudson saw it right away.“It was so noticeable,” Bundy said, “whoever we had left in the stands saw it too.”It was the Dodgers’ sixth walk-off win this year. They had not won on a balk in their final plate appearance since May 31, 2010 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.The San Francisco Giants will visit Dodger Stadium for three games beginning today. The Dodgers’ offensive problems are hardly behind them; they scored only six runs in four games against the Rangers that were not the result of balks. Sometimes, like in the ninth inning Thursday, it’s better to be lucky than good. Grandal and Andre Ethier walked to lead off the inning, but Alberto Callaspo grounded into a double play. The next batter, Jimmy Rollins, was behind in the count 1-2 when Hernandez (who was pinch-running for Grandal) made his move.“The younger someone is, probably the higher chance it’ll work,” Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said. “I’m not shocked to see it work.”Greinke did not factor into the decision, but he allowed the Dodgers to win in spite of their malaise at the plate by throwing seven scoreless innings.Greinke allowed four hits, walked none and struck out eight batters, yet still has not won a game since May 5. His 44-day drought between wins is the longest he’s endured as a Dodger ‑ longer even than the time around his recovery from a broken clavicle in April 2013.Even if Greinke starts in turn five days from now and beats the Chicago Cubs, he will have extended the streak to 49 days between wins. The 31-year-old right-hander hasn’t had a longer winless drought as a starting pitcher since 2005.“I don’t really think about that,” Greinke said. “Things will take care of themselves.”Greinke has been an excellent pitcher in the meantime. He has a 1.99 ERA since his last win. In 14 starts this season, he’s allowed 20 runs (19 were earned).The Dodgers had their chances to score.Singles by Ethier and Rollins gave the Dodgers runners on first and third base with one out in the seventh inning. Justin Turner pinch hit for Greinke but flew out, and Joc Pederson lined out to center field to end the inning.Callaspo led off the fifth inning with an infield single and Pederson walked with two outs. That inning ended when Yasiel Puig smoked a hard line drive that hung in the air long enough for center fielder Leonys Martin.Puig hit a stand-up triple into the right field corner in the first inning, but a groundout by Adrian Gonzalez and a line-drive out by Howie Kendrick ended the Dodgers’ first chance of the evening.Rangers starter Anthony Ranaudo allowed five hits, four singles and the triple by Puig. Don Mattingly decided he had to do something about the Dodgers’ putrid hitting. So, he he held a team meeting before Thursday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The meeting was short, the message simple ‑ “just what we needed to do to win,” catcher Yasmani Grandal said. Who knows, maybe it will sink in over time.Nine scoreless innings later, Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy decided it was time to do something else.Kiké Hernandez was standing on third base with two outs. A rookie right-hander, Keone Kela, was on the mound for Texas. Bundy told Hernandez, “as soon as he comes set, break home,” and Hernandez obeyed.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

AAF’s Charlie Ebersol: ‘We wouldn’t be doing this’ if we thought it would fail

first_imgEverbody knows spring football leagues are doomed when they try to compete with the mighty NFL. Everybody, that is, except Alliance of American Football (AAF) co-founder Charlie Ebersol.The new eight-team spring football league co-founded by Ebersol and former NFL/ESPN front office insider Bill Polian is off to a strong start through Week 5. CE: You know, I’m very superstitious. I wake up every morning trying to figure out how we continue to succeed. I will say what Tom Dundon said. He does not start businesses A) to bail or B) to sell. So his expectation in coming in and putting in the kind of money he put in is that we are not only committed to but we are expecting to be here in seven, 10, 15 years. I’m pretty confident based on what we’ve built that’s going to be the case. The short answer to your question is yes. The long answer is we wouldn’t be doing this if we thought (this wouldn’t last). Room to improve at 5-0? Steve Spurrier and the Apollos have high expectations.📰 | https://t.co/Q5xs7spaGZ pic.twitter.com/I8uPub6GwU— The Alliance (@TheAAF) March 11, 2019SN: Did Colin Kaepernick really want $20 million to play in the AAF?CE: We don’t want to comment on the specifics of the conversations, but I will tell you that we think the world of Colin. He’s an exceptional player. Certainly a very strong advocate. But ultimately our league is about being a league of opportunity. Players want to get back to the NFL. They come in. We pay every player the same amount of money. We give every player the same opportunity to get back to the NFL. We’re thrilled when they get back to the NFL. We want to do that. Any player that wants to do that as part of our system, we put all the systems in place to give them the best chance ever to go succeed in the NFL. MORE: AAF Power Rankings for Week 6The sports media world and Madison Avenue sat up and took notice when TV ratings for the AAF’s broadcast debut on CBS equaled that of an NBA game telecast on ABC. With NFL castoffs such as Trent Richardson and Steve Spurrier finding a second life, the quality of play has been good in a league where players only earn $75,000 a season.The AAF has even drawn raves from NFL insiders such as Rich Eisen of NFL Network for injecting more tranparency into instant replay calls. There are signs that the NFL may allow its younger players to get more on-field experience by playing in the AAF, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.Americans love a comeback story. Rather than trying to compete with the NFL, Ebersol is smartly positioning the AAF as a second-chance league that gives NFL washouts, near-misses and hopefuls another crack at redemption. On the other hand, the news that NHL owner Tom Dundon made a big money investment in the AAF shortly after the league’s Feb. 9 kickoff raised plenty of eyebrows. David Glenn of The Athletic reported that the new league was in danger of missing payroll. Ebersol counters that it was an extraordinary large investment by an investor who’s committed to the future of the league. The 36-year old Ebersol is the son of legendary NBC Sports guru Dick Ebersol and actress Susan Saint James. While still a college student at Notre Dame in 2004, a badly burned Ebersol dragged his unconscious father from the wreckage of a plane crash that tragically killed his younger brother Teddy and two others.MORE: Full AAF 2019 schedule, TV channels, rostersThe documentary filmmaker went on to direct ESPN’s “This Was the XFL” about his father and WME boss Vince McMahon’s failed attempt to create a spring football league in 2001.So is AAF already in jeopardy? Was Dundon’s $250 milllion a cash infusion or a bailout? And will the billionaire investor’s deep pockets ensure years of future solvency for the lean and mean startup? Especially once McMahon’s reborn XFL kicks off in 2020?Sporting News recently talked with Ebersol about the past, present and future of the AAF. Responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.SPORTING NEWS: The AAF has kicked off to mostly positive reviews. Your thoughts so far?CHARLIE EBERSOL: The football is pretty good. I’m pretty excited about that. Ultimately, quality of football is always the primary focus. I would argue Bill Polian has done an extraordinary job of delivering on his promise. We’re pretty happy with it. … One of the things that we always wanted to say is, ultimately, could you create a game that really felt like the NFL? Or people right on the cusp of the NFL?SN: Isn’t that what doomed the original XFL back in 2001? When you got past the cheeleaders, and the catchy “He Hate Me” player nicknames, the product on the field stunk.CE: You’re 100 percent right. … Ultimately, good football markets itself. So we haven’t had to go out into the marketplace and spend millions of dollars to tell people about our league — because as soon as people saw the football they started marketing it for us. One of the things we’re really hyper-focused on is letting the people be the drivers of the excitement. That has paid off for us.SN: Let me play devil’s advocate. No spring football league has survived — ever. Not the XFL in 2001, not the USFL in the ’80s, not the World Football League in the ’70s. Bruce Jenkins of the San Franciso Chronicle wrote that the AAF is “doomed to failure.” Your response?CE: (Laughs). Hey, listen, everyone who’s tried to do this before has failed. Bill Polian and I did not go into this business thinking this was going to be sunshine and rainbows. We had a healthy amount of skepticism, even ourselves, about what would happen. Ultimately, having (new chairman) Tom Dundon get involved … I tell people my favorite thing he’s ever said to me is when he first called me. He said, “I’ve been watching you for a while. I know you’re a tech start-up. And you’re trying to do all this other stuff. But let me ask you a question. Do you want to keep raising money in Series A and Series B and Series C? Or do you want to just raise Series Infinity right now — and be funded for life?” I said, “I’ve never heard of Series Infinity — but I’m in. Show me where to sign.” I was like, “You don’t mind if I trademark that and start selling it on T-shirts?”✌️ TD’s on the night for Trent Richardson! @aafiron | #MEMvsBHM pic.twitter.com/YZklJW7wfV— The Alliance (@TheAAF) February 10, 2019SN: How would you describe Dundon’s $250 million? A cash infusion? A bailout? What?CE: It was an extraordinary large investment. Let’s start there. If you take the conversation out of “startup football,” and you just use the word startup, this company has actually existed as an actual company for about 13 months. In 13 months we raised multiple hundreds of millions of dollars. Tom put a quarter billion dollars into the company. If you ask any startup in (Silicon) Valley, if you ask Uber or Lyft or Apple, any of these companies, that level of investment at this stage is extraordinary. From our perspective in the sports world, we’re used to hearing billions. But we started as a very small company 13 months ago. We’ve grown into a company where a very seasoned and intelligent and systematic investor like Tom was willing to write a quarter of a billion dollar check. It’s the only time in my life I’ve ever had to defend the viability of a company that had just received a quarter billion dollars.SN: What does a check for a quarter billion look like?CE: (Laughs) Tom showed up my house with this six-foot-wide check. It was Publisher’s Clearinghouse.SN: Bottom Line: What does $250 million buy you? Three, four, five years of operations?CE: It’s bigger than that. What Tom offers is not just capital. He offers infrastructure. Keep in mind that all of the serious people who’ve tried to do this before me had serious infrastructure behind them. The World League. NFL Europe. The XFL had NBC and the WWE. When we started this It was just Bill and I. Thirteen months ago Bill and I had one employee. Today we have over 1,100. Running a company with 1,100 employees, regardless of what they’re doing, takes a very specific set of skills. But the systems he’s able to put in, the procedures. It’s saving us tens of millions of dollars. So we have the ability to build a much better version of this company. As he describes it, we built the company up to adolescence. Now he’s matured us into an adult. … He has decades of corporate governance experience at building companies of this size and growing them. We feel pretty good.MORE: 10 AAF players who have made a case for the NFLSN: What role can legalized sports betting play in the success of the AAF?CE: Because of the success of Opening Weekend people have started to take certain things for granted. But think about how crazy that is. Thousands of people are betting on a game — and a league — that did not exist (last summer). And they’re betting on that. So right there, that’s great. Gambling is one of a handful of engagement tools that we feel very strongly about. One of the reasons we built our game the way we did is that football’s greatest value is that it’s the only four-quadrant piece of entertainment in the U.S. It’s the only thing where Mom, Dad, Billy and Sue all watch together at the same time. It’s crucial to us. … We offer all our materials to people who want to do gambling and want to have the ability to do gambling. But at the same time recognizing we have a unique advantage here, where we can give access to a sport that we already know people are excited about and want to be a part of in a unique and new way. I think that’s where we really excited.SN: Like the original XFL with the SkyCam that was later adopted by the NFL, you guys have been smart about technology. I love how you give TV viewers an inside look at instant replay decisions. It’s the kind of transparency we need more of in TV sports. Will technology be your killer app?CE: I jokingly told (AAF officiating consultants) Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino that they just wrote themselves out of jobs. The two of them, and Bill Polian, came together and said they have this great idea to do this. I said, “It’s a fantastic idea. But if the NFL ends up liking this, I don’t know how you get to keep your gig.” Ultimately, that’s the genius of what Bill Polian has created. He’s found the very best people who’ve done this. Look at my group. Every one of our head coaches has NFL experience. … Half of the referees that are in our league are currently in the official development program for the NFL.Everything around this league is about recreating and tapping into the NFL. Look, people keep saying the word developmental like’s it’s a dirty word. Developmental is a great word. We’re not just developmental for players. We see ourselves as developmental for coaches, for officials, for everybody involved in our league. We are doing something here to make the ecosystem of football better. We do it by being the ultimate professional version. This is not a marketing stunt. This is not some opportunity for a college coach to figure out if they’ve got what it takes in the NFL. We’re saying to our players and everybody else: We want to get you back to the NFL. We’re going to give you the best path to do that.SN: Who are your early standouts?CE: Clearly, Steve Spurrier (head coach of the Orlando Apollos). He’s been fantastic. (Running back) Trent Richardson (of the Birmingham Iron) is one of those stories that I’m deeply excited about. He gave an interview a couple of days ago. I read it and called him. I said, “Trent, you almost had me in tears. You are the epitome of what we’re trying to do here, which is giving players the ability to rewrite their stories, start from scratch and do something different.” I hear him say how he never played football for himself before. He always did it for other people. Now he’s doing it for himself and the love of the game. That’s extraordinary. Obviously, (quarterback) Garrett Gilbert of Orlando is showing everybody why he should be playing in the NFL. I think that’s great. That’s what we’re trying to do. There’s players nobody is paying attention to. John Wolford is the starting quarterback of the Arizona Hotshots. Left a job in finance to take one last shot at football. He’s proven that it was worthwhile. Look, we want to graduate a huge amount of these guys to the NFL this year. And it looks like we’re going to.MORE: 2019 NFL free agents: Ranking top players by positionSN: How would you describe the relationship between you and the NFL?CE: Evolving. Obviously, we are on their network. We worked closely with them to create a contract that allows players to really move back to the NFL as we did with Josh Johnson. We work closely with them on our tech platform so that it matches up. Basically, everybody on my competition committee either currently serves or did serve on the NFL competition committee. We’re trying to create a symbiotic environment, where everybody within the system is getting the benefit of being in the NFL system. I think to a very large degree it’s been working.SN: Will both the AAF and XFL survive? Or will the weaker go under?CE: It’s impossible for me to talk about another business. What I know is I’m sitting in a place today that’s very different from where I sat at any point in time. I have a new chairman of the board in Tom Dundon who is committed to a very long-term business plan. Every business he’s walked into, he has not only succeeded but he has far surpassed expectations. When the guy was 20-something years old, he built a multibillion business. … So from my perspective, we are in a unique place to win. One thing that Bill Polian always says: If you put a team together that’s focused on themselves, and is focused on the team, you win the Super Bowl. If you put a team together that’s focused on the competition, you don’t make it to the playoffs.SN: What are your thoughts so far on TV ratings?CE: Well beyond what we ever thought. Looking at our ratings compared to other, well-established big leagues. … One of the differences between now and 17 years ago with my dad and Vince, for them to succeed, for them to justify spending tens of millions on marketing and $12 million on fireworks and all this other stuff, for them to justify that, they had to pop a massive rating and they had to maintain that rating. We’re the exact opposite. We did this entirely organically, entirely through word of mouth. And we had a phenomenal partner in CBS. Then going into Week 2, with the NFL Network and TNT, they gave us what their internal expectations were. When the ratings came out, they were flabbergasted. Again, this is organic. We’re doing no off-air marketing. So people are finding this on their own. Over a million people per game are engaging with the app. We had 3.5 million people on our platform, watching the video and playing the game. Those are professional league numbers. Not a developmental or a minor league engagement. That’s more viewers than most pro sports do on TV. And we’re doing it on iPhones.SN: Are any new corporate sponsors coming in?CE: You’re going to see a lot of new commercials (and sponsors). One of them is At Home. It’s funny, we picked our eight markets based on a lot of different factors. We firmly believed we didn’t want to be in the big eight markets. Because we wanted to give people something they would want to be part of Day One. You don’t go to New York because you don’t want to compete with the Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, Nets, etc. But also from a brand perspective you want to be in a situation where brands are really connecting with the audience. So the CEO of At Home came to the Opening Night game in San Antonio. Feeling that energy, and seeing who our demographic was, he came back to us. So we’ve got an exciting deal there. There’s a handful of other sponsors that you’ll start to see throughout the game. But we will not increase the amount of commercial time. … We’ll still be able to deliver a 2 1/2-hour game because of how we structured the ads. We don’t want the fans to pay for our success by costing them more time. We actually build it around our existing infrastructure. So no matter how successful we are, we will protect our fans’ experience.MORE: Odell Beckham Jr. gives Browns a killer offenseSN: Bottom Line: Will AAF be here in 5 years?last_img read more