CMC – JAMAICAN businessman and former cricket executive, Chris Dehring, believes Cricket West Indies’ delay in renewing its broadcast rights deal will prove a stumbling block when they eventually approach a market reeling from the fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic.CWI’s rights deal expired last December and CWI are yet to conclude negotiations on a new long-term deal, despite entering the market a year ago.Dehring, a former leading marketing executive with the regional governing body, said the chaos created by COVID-19 had created such a high level of uncertainty that CWI would find great difficulty negotiating deals in coming months.“Right now, not having a television agreement, I think you’re much worse off than having a television agreement,” said Dehring, a key figure in helping the Caribbean deliver the 2007 Cricket World Cup when he served as chief executive of the organising committee.“It is much easier to try and negotiate or fight off somebody trying to reduce it on you versus now having to go into the market where there’s so much uncertainty.“First of all, to get people to come to the table is going to be difficult, even if you have the greatest deal on the table – whether it’s England coming here or India coming here and you want to sell back television rights into those markets – the challenge is everybody is so uncertain, nobody wants to move.“You have oil being sold at minus-40 dollars a barrel – imagine that. So this is not the time to be out of contract so they (CWI) really had bad luck there or bad planning.”Only recently, CWI president Ricky Skerritt said the absence of a broadcast deal had contributed to the organisation’s lean finances and left it badly disadvantaged.Also, the former St Kitts and Nevis cabinet minister conceded CWI had only begun negotiations around the time he assumed office last year March, which had been a less than ideal situation for the board.“We’ve not had enough time in the market and to make it worse, the market has become very, very uncertain,” Skerritt said in a recent interview.“So revenues which under normal circumstances we would have already begun collecting from broadcast rights, we have not done as yet.”Dehring, co-chief executive of Ready TV in Jamaica, contended that timing was always key when negotiating rights deals, especially since the market often suffered from unforeseen shocks which could impact the worth of the deal.“I have not been in the television rights sales in the international market in a while but there are certain experiences that I had and lessons that were taught, one of which I totally lucked out on,” the Jamaican told the Mason and Guest cricket radio show here.“It was hailed as a brilliant deal but to be brutally frank it was so lucky because of the circumstances.“When we (West Indies Cricket Board) did that rights deal with Sky back in 1998, we went early to the market mainly because we were in a dire financial situation. We were desperate, we wanted to conclude some things fast to get some funding up front.”He continued: “About six months after we signed that deal we had the ‘dot.com’ bubble bursting and all of a sudden, television rights for sports was depressed because a lot of what had been fueling television rights was advertising by all these ‘dot.coms’ that had come to the fore.“So timing is something you can luck into or you can plan it.”The cash-strapped CWI faces an uncertain period especially with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted cricket worldwide and already forced the postponement of the three-Test tour of England scheduled for June.Further, money-spinning visits from New Zealand and South Africa between July and August are both now in jeopardy, with the pandemic showing no sign of abating.
Comments CLEMSON, S.C.— After Syracuse’s 27-23 loss at Clemson, head coach Dino Babers didn’t say his team earned respect. He didn’t say that losing by four points to a team oddsmakers had favored by 25 proved anything. They don’t want superficial accolades. They want to win.“If we want to be winners, we can’t stay on this track,” Babers said. “2016, 2017, (if) we want 2018 to be different, then we need to act differently.”Babers may be right. In the grand scheme of Syracuse’s record, Saturday goes down as a loss. Syracuse is 4-1. There is no asterisk next to the loss for a valiant effort. But that doesn’t mean the Orange didn’t prove something.In 2018, Syracuse has bucked the trend of its first two years under Babers. The Orange started 4-0 for the first time since 1991. They beat Florida State for the second time in program history. The defense has forced more turnovers than it did in all of 2017. Syracuse received AP votes. And on Saturday in Death Valley, where Syracuse was less than a quarter away from defeating a top three team on the road, for the first time ever, SU once again didn’t appear like past teams.“Just looking around the locker room,” said four-year starting quarterback Eric Dungey, “It’s different.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the fourth quarter, Dungey swung his arms at the screaming Syracuse fans in one corner of Memorial Stadium. The rest of the more than 80,000 onlookers stood silent, pondering how Syracuse, a team which had won four games each of the last two seasons, could be leading by 10 in the game’s final frame.Moments earlier Dungey capped off a four-play, 10-yard drive with a rushing touchdown in which he leapt for the goal line, came down unsuccessfully and then burst through on a second effort for one of his two rushing touchdowns.The last time Syracuse played Clemson in Death Valley in 2016, the Orange lost 54-0, and Dungey didn’t finish the first half.“At the end of the day we should have some confidence moving forward,” Dungey said. “Especially if we can come down here to Death Valley, one of the toughest places to play in the nation, against one of the toughest teams, and you know we were right there with them today.”More than 80,000 fans were at Memorial Stadium on Saturday to see Clemson sneak by Syracuse. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerAgainst Clemson in 2016, the Orange didn’t cause a turnover. On Saturday, the Orange, which has turned the ball over on opponents at an unprecedented pace this season, forced three. One came just before Dungey’s second touchdown — a muffed punt from Amari Rodgers. Another came from a Trill Williams interception, and the third happened early in the game off a bobbled read option, which led to an SU field goal.Syracuse had more sacks against Clemson (4) than it averaged per game (3.25) through the first four games of the year. First it was Chris Slayton, who used a simple power push at his opposition’s shoulder to create the separation needed to drop Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.Later the pressure led Lawrence to scramble out of the pocket, where he was tripped by defensive linemen Josh Black and finished off by safety Evan Foster. Lawrence wouldn’t return from that hit. Instead, Chase Brice came in and on his second pass, felt the same pressure Lawrence had. On Brice’s second drop back, Kendall Coleman faked inside, before beating the left tackle outside and getting to the redshirt freshman quarterback.The last time Syracuse played at Death Valley, it didn’t record a sack.“This is just a better group than we had when we came down here the last time, when it comes to a mental standpoint and a physical standpoint,” Coleman said. “Probably a major part of that is the fact that we’ve playing together for so long, and we have that trust built into each other now.”Talia Trackim | Senior Design EditorWilliams’ interception, along with six solo tackles — more than one of which came along the line of scrimmage — from safety Andre Cisco, showed growth for the young secondary. On offense, Taj Harris caught three balls for 66 yards, including a 51-yard bomb where the freshman receiver bobbled the ball and nearly dropped it, before reeling it in.“Yeah, I feel like our freshman class is very ready to play,” Harris said. “You can see it since camp, all through summer we grinded and grinded and grinded, and we’re just waiting for our numbers to get called, really.”Syracuse entered the game averaging 1.75 sacks allowed per game. Against a Tiger group which features four potential first-round draft picks and averages four sacks per game, the Orange allowed one. And that sack didn’t come until Syracuse’s final drive with under a minute remaining.While none of the Tigers’ four preseason All-ACC defensive linemen registered a sack — leading to 250 yards passing on 26-41 throwing for Dungey — all but one of the linemen was in on a tackle for a loss as the Orange rushed for 68 yards. Clemson rushed for 293.And that’s what seemed to stick with SU’s players after the game. Redshirt senior offensive tackle Koda Martin acknowledged the offensive line had good moments. But the times they couldn’t stay on blocks bothered him more. Like his father-in-law, Martin preached focusing on Syracuse’s next game and having a “1-0 mentality.”And that’s fair. Syracuse, as a team, doesn’t have to celebrate a loss. It shouldn’t. In a narrow lens, this game is just another demerit to the season’s record.But take a step back. For the first time since 1991, SU’s first loss of the year came more than a third of the way into its season. Babers admitted after the game that his team is “moving in the right direction.” And even though Syracuse lost, season-long trends continued.That’s promising.Josh Schafer is the sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @Schafer_44. 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