Premier League could be declared null and void, warns West Ham chief

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – West Ham United vice-chairman Karen Brady says hopes of re-starting the Premier League in three weeks are “dreamland” and believes this season could be declared null and void.England’s top-flight soccer league, like the rest of world sport, finds itself in unprecedented peace-time territory as it attempts to react to the coronavirus pandemic which has infected nearly 800 people so far in Britain.The Premier League moved to shut down until at least April 4 on Friday, joining top leagues in Spain, Italy, Germany and France where fixtures have also been suspended.With no certainty as to when things will return to normal, it has left the 20 clubs in limbo, with Liverpool tantalisingly close to a first title in 30 years and several clubs – including West Ham – in the thick of a relegation battle. “The Premier League hopes that an interlude of three weeks from today will enable it to restart but that may well be dreamland,” Brady said in her column in The Sun.“There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the English Football League (EFL) as well as the Premier League will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead.”Brady says cancelling the Euro 2020 championships could allow more time for the Premier League season to be completed. West Ham, like most teams in the Premier League, have nine games remaining, which even if the suspension is limited to three weeks presents a huge challenge with the season originally scheduled to finish on May 17. There are also FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League matches to factor in.Premier League chiefs and the clubs will meet to discuss the options next week. They are not numerous, though.Stopping the season and declaring the current standings as final would be hugely controversial. While few would begrudge Liverpool a first title in 30 years – they are 25 points ahead of their nearest rivals – the relegation places are too close to call. Six points separate bottom club Norwich City from West Ham who are in 16th spot, two places above the drop zone.Likewise, nothing is yet decided in the second-tier Championship’s promotion race.“So, what if the league cannot be finished?” Brady says. “As games in both the Premier League and Football League are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void. “Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?“A huge blow to Liverpool who might be robbed of their first title in 30 years!” ,Brighton and Hove Albion’s chief executive Paul Barber said the decision to suspend the league was the only option.  “Our priority is to play out the remainder of the season but we have to be realistic in that we do not know where this virus is heading,” he told BB Sport.last_img read more

Despite blowout loss last week, Syracuse women’s basketball stays in Top 25

first_img Published on December 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Despite a 105-84 blowout loss to Texas A&M last week, Syracuse (9-4) remains in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the eighth consecutive week of the season. The Orange on Monday afternoon dropped six spots to No. 25 from No. 19 in the Week 8 poll.SU had won five straight games each by at least 11 points, outscoring opponents by an average of 32.8 points over the streak. Last Tuesday, SU smoked Old Dominion 92-66 in the Florida Sunshine Classic behind 20-point performances from both Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes. Last Wednesday, however, four players combined to score more than SU did as a whole and the Aggies made 34 free throws in their 105-84 triumph.Peterson still leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. She’s averaging 22.9 points per game after scoring 27 points against ODU and a season-high 34 points in the loss to Texas A&M.Seven ACC teams are ranked: No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 7 Florida State, No. 8 Louisville, No. 11 Miami, No. 15 Duke, No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Syracuse. Four-time defending national champion Connecticut held the top spot.Syracuse opens conference play on Thursday at No. 8 Louisville.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

What is the purpose of a Contract

first_imgWhile this may seem basic, it is something that I often discuss with clients. If you think about it, IT contracts are arguably more important than contracts in other industries. In most industries, the buyer purchases a tangible product they then own, or generally knows what type of services they will receive. However, in the IT world it is not that simple (most companies contacting a Boston Venture Capital firm already know this). As the buyer in the IT world does not ‘own‘ the product and often is unsure of exactly the type of service they will receive, I suggest that the contract is more important in this context and can be very helpful to the selling process.Let me explain further.1. The contract should explain/support the business model of the seller, and be 100% consistent with that model.2.The contract should set the right expectations, so that the customer knows what they will and will not receive, and what the seller will and will not provide.3. The buyer should be able to read and hopefully understand most of the contract without going to their attorney.4. The contract should of course address what happens if things go wrong, but I suggest that is not the main purpose of the contract (see 1-3 above for main purpose).I realize this is a very simple take, but that is really the point. Any company looking for investors or venture funding should take a look at their contracts and figure out their purpose. Remember, contracts are too important to be left to the lawyers!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more