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Riot Games reputation took a hit Monday when company founder and CEO Marc Tryndamere Merrill responded to a video post on Reddit that featured Team SoloMid owner Andy Dinh criticizing several of the companys decisions on the game and its esports program.Hopped into a thread re: Esports comp & patch timing: Marc Merrill (@MarcMerrill) August 22, 2016In the past, Riot Games communication and open dialogue via its public relations department were reasons for its good standing with the community. This, however, was a miss.Dinh, arguably the team owner most credited for spearheading the competitive scene, was notably upset in the video when asked about the timings of patches and the overall makeup of the Riots esports program. But Merrills response was less focused on the timing concerns and more pointed toward teams investments and priorities.Just in case someone didnt read Tryndameres original comment, here you have both side by side. Rulo Mercury (@RuloMercury) August 22, 2016Even with the edited version, Merrills words remained sharp. More concerning was the apparent disconnect in Merrills understanding that organizations with top LCS teams benefit more with investments that stem away from League of Legends. As evident to other team owners, like Mike Rufail of Team EnVyUs, the idea of branching out is a popular one:I think it should be noted that not all organizations in LCS benefit mostly from their LCS teams. A few native orgs seem to, however.- Mike Rufail (@hastr0) August 22, 2016Several key players and prominent personalities in the esports industry spoke up and provided their thoughts on the issue. The main critics pointed out that this was a public relations disaster, but that this subject has been brewing between Riot Games and team owners for quite some time. As for the defendants, its a wait-and-see approach; dont criticize everything when it comes out.Some responses were notably pointed.Lets be clear: LoL doesnt make teams money in the post-VC world. Merrill is vomiting a line told to him by the Riot eSports department.- MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) August 23, 2016RIOT is the one company that always had the vision to make it a spectator sport that will last decades. Not so sure about that one anymore.- Marcel Feldkamp (@MarcelFeldkamp) August 22, 2016Riot now has an opinion on where you spend the money you make from LoL. Imagine letting someone talk to you like that.- Thorin (@Thooorin) August 22, 2016Others were more tempered.Its going to be interesting to see what comes our of the current discussion between Riot and some team owners. A lot to learn.- Carlos - ocelote (@CarlosR) August 23, 2016We complain when executives dont tell us what they think, and then we complain when they tell us what they think and we disagree ;[- Kwanghee Woo (@SaintSnorlax) August 22, 2016Really sad the way Merrill framed Regi in his comment. Youre talking about someone who helped build your game into a popular esport.- Empyre (@NaserAlNaqi) August 22, 2016And some offered solutions or alternative takes and responses.If Riot wants teams to invest in LoL alone, they need to open more revenue streams. Teams arent making millions on LoL. They could though.- Bryce Blum (@esportslaw) August 22, 2016Also, this whole thing is a case study in why Riot has only ever gotten more careful about what they say and how and when they say it.- Skyen (@TBSkyen) August 22, 2016Riot has a history of locking those involved in LoL esports into a closed ecosystem to keep them reliant and unaware of their real value.- CLG Lazarus (@RisenLazarus) August 23, 2016Of course, everyone is waiting on Reginalds take on everything.Thought about the situation. I have a lot to say..... I will be sharing my thoughts at 10am PST.- Andy Dinh (@TSMReginald) August 23, 2016Response to MarcRead:— Andy Dinh (@TSMReginald) August 23, 2016 Miles Bridges Jersey . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. 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Real Madrid needed a late goal by substitute Jese Rodriguez to earn a 3-2 victory at Valencia to stay in third place and three points behind its title rivals. Its the second week of the new womens Super League. Southern Vipers are playing Yorkshire Diamonds at the Ageas Bowl and the game is finely poised, with Diamonds 32 for 2 after seven overs, chasing 119. Vipers captain Charlotte Edwards, unsure where to turn, brings a 21-year-old left-arm spinner called Linsey Smith into the attack.Her first over is a wicket-maiden. Two overs later she removes Alex Blackwell with a brilliant head-high reflex catch. She finishes with 4 for 10, the best figures by any spinner in the entire tournament.Smith has never worn an England shirt, probably never hoped to wear one. She was not even named in the original Vipers squad; there is no handy profile of her to be found. ESPNcricinfo still has her down as a medium-pacer, although she switched to spin a while ago. The BBC commentators are baffled.Another day, another Vipers game, and an ECB employee - who shall remain nameless - wanders into the press box. After watching the oppositions innings, he turns to me and says: Who is that keeper, and why isnt she playing for England?That keeper is 22-year-old Carla Rudd, who was dropped from the Academy last year and is now fighting to remain in England contention.The Womens Cricket Super League was designed for players like Smith and Rudd.****Bridging the gap has been the Super Leagues catchphrase ever since its conception in June last year. This is the game-changer, said Clare Connor at the tournament announcement, for as many talented cricketers to be the best they can be; to drive a high-performance culture. Edwards agreed: Weve been crying out for this for a number of years, to bridge that gap between international cricket and county cricket.To understand that gap, it is important to be aware of the current domestic structure of womens cricket in England. It is entirely amateur: no money to be made by players; none available for paid coaches, none for support staff. The womens County Championship is played on Sundays (because players have jobs or studies during the week), on club pitches that are often not of the best quality. Some of these players barely train during the off season. Indoor net sessions are expensive when you dont have a ground to call your own. Its hard to see this as a sustainable model to create the England players of the future.Vipers coach Nick Denning, who had been the coach of Berkshire Women for several years prior to his appointment with Vipers, is well placed to compare the womens county set-up with that of the Super League: Professionalism is the main difference. We get our strength and conditioning coach, we get our physio, we get all these extra coaches, we get great facilities at the Ageas Bowl. You cannot replicate that in an amateur environment.Vipers Georgia Adams put it more succinctly: Its another level. This is where the ECBs £3 million worth of investment has gone. This is money well spent. This is the start of bridging the gap.It is not just about facilities. Connor has repeatedly said that the aspiration is for the Super League to provide a level of cricket that is semi-professional. And professionalisation is partly about pressure: how you handle it, what you do with it, whether it makes or breaks you in a match situation. The Super League provides that pressure.It has a different feel to county cricket. The stakes are higher - prize money and match fees - and the crowds are far, far bigger. For Adams, playing in front of 2240 spectators during the first Vipers game at the Ageas Bowl was an incredible experience: Looking out and seeing so many people, its completely new to me. Ive never played anything quite like this. Its brilliant.Some players thrived under the spotlight. Adams made 41 in that first game at the Ageas Bowl. Loughborough Lightnings young allrounder Paige Scholfield followed her lead in Lightnings very first home game, against Lancashire Thunder, entering the fray at 88 for 7, with her team chasing 165. The third delivery she faced was cut for four; England seamer Kate Cross was quickly dispatched for four boundaries in an over; and then there was a glorious six off Deandra Dottin. Eventually Scholfield was bowled, and Thunder won by six runs. It could have been a lot more.Scholfield admitted to being nervous walking out to bat in front of the 600-strong crowd. But, she said, the womenns game is growing, so I guess weve got to get used to it if we want to play at that higher level.dddddddddddd And its nice to have the home crowd behind you. For me I was nervous at the start, but then once we got going, it was a good backing behind us, and it almost builds your confidence really.Other players struggle to deal with the pressure. In Bristol against Western Storm, Surrey Stars lost a game they looked certain to win, thanks to a poor performance in the field: leaked runs and dropped chances. Just at the end, said captain Nat Sciver as she reflected on the defeat, when we needed a bit of composure, we put down a couple of catches. This has been a really good standard of tournament. It really shows what the step up is and for some of the county girls it is a little bit different. It is definitely a learning curve.But she promised to have a chat with the team and let them know that a bit of composure and calm can help, and in their very next game Stars pulled off three run-outs - the best a neat piece of work from 20-year-old Cordelia Griffith at short fine leg. The players were learning, game by game, what it meant to step up and deliver.They also learned from their team-mates - the six international players (three England, three overseas) in each of the squads. Sharing knowledge became another Super League catchphrase - as exemplified in several of the opening partnerships across the tournament.There was Adams, promoted to open with Suzie Bates at the last minute following an injury to Edwards. Adams paid tribute to Bates after the game: Her knowledge of the game and of the bowlers that we were facing - it just helped so much to keep me calm, keep me level out there… Suzie guided me through that innings.There was 18-year-old Bryony Smith, who looked in no way out of her depth alongside opening partner Tammy Beaumont as she played classical drives and cheeky ramp shots, taking on bowlers left and right, including the ferocious Katherine Brunt. Being around some of the girls here is just amazing, she said, after making 31 at The Oval. It gives you something to aim for.And then there was Emma Lamb, also 18, who opened in every game for Lancashire Thunder alongside her captain, New Zealander Amy Satterthwaite, and who - with scores of 25, 26, 34, 27 and 10, all at a strike rate of over 100 - was the only non-international player to feature among the top ten group-stage run scorers. To see the young ones like her blossom in this tournament has been really great, said Satterthwaite. Bryony Smith played similarly for Surrey and thats just what England will want to see from those players.These players were asked to shine among the worlds best. Those who managed it surely are the stars of the future.****I spoke to Linsey Smith after her 4 for 10 for Vipers. She seemed shell-shocked, perhaps unable to quite believe that she was the story of the day. I might just have been the first journalist to ever ask her for an interview.I wont be the last. Suddenly everyone knew her name. A review of the inaugural Super League is not complete without a mention of Smith. When she came on to bowl on Finals Day, everyone sat up, knowing that this was a player who could make things happen. It was the kind of scrutiny that some of these players had never experienced before, but which, as the womens game grows, they will need to learn to deal with.Smith seemed to be handling it just fine, thanks. I feel amazing, she said. Its a massive honour to be part of the Vipers, with such a huge variety of players at such different levels, and some world-class players. To get out there on a big stage like this is great.The Ageas Bowl, she says, is her new favourite cricket ground.****Some Super League players will grow into international cricket. Others will not. But all have had an opportunity never before on offer to English domestic female cricketers.For Smith, nothing has ostensibly changed: she went back to county cricket last weekend, and is headed back to university in September. But everything has changed, too. As a player, she said, it has helped me get better and better. Its a huge opportunity.That is the power of Super League. That is bridging the gap. Wholesale NFL Hoodies Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Black Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap NFL T-shirts Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Discount NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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