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• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

• According to Bob Ley, ‘As of October 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my Outside the Lines duties on ESPN. The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while.’ Per ESPN: 'We completely support Bob’s decision and look forward to his return April 1.’

• Serena Williams will star in marketing for American Express relating to the U.S. Open to support new services such as the AmEx Band (contactless payment wristband) and an interactive tennis experience Super Rally, as well as the AmEx Fan Experience at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

• The planned move of MLS’ Columbus Crew club to Austin, Texas, received a major boost on Wednesday when the Austin City Council approved a deal to build a soccer stadium. Backers said the  venue could be ready for the 2020 MLS season.

• Walk This Way: Aerosmith has unveiled plans for headlining residency in Las Vegas, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. The first show is scheduled for April 6, 2019 in Park Theater, located in MGM Resorts International’s new Park MGM on the Vegas Strip. The residency is being promoted by Live Nation. There currently are18 dates scheduled for April-June-July 2019.

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IOC Takes Steps To Bring eSports, eGamers Closer To Olympic Competition Reality

By Barry Janoff

October 28, 2017: The International Olympic Committee moved steps closer to, but remained cautious about, adding eSports to future Games, stating that the category is “showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic,” and already has the “involvement of various Olympic movement stakeholders.”

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity . . . the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports,” the IOC said today (Oct. 28) during an Olympic Summit meeting held at its headquarters in Lausanne.

The meeting came with about 100 days to go until the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea (Feb. 9-25) and 1,000 days to go until the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo (July 24-Aug. 9).

Any addition of eSports and eGames likely would not get approval until the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

eSports will for the first time will be part of the medal events at the 2022 Asian Games via an alliance between the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports, the eSports division of China-based e-commerce firm Alibaba Group.

Alibaba Group is a top tier partner with the IOC, as is Intel, which has significant investments in the eSports category.

Among those attending the Olympic Summit meeting were IOC president Thomas Bach, U.S. Olympic Committee president Lawrence Probst; IOC vice-presidents Yu Zaiqing, Juan Antonio Samaranch, U─čur Erdener, and Anita DeFranz; and various heads of international federations and national Olympic committees.

Under discussion were “a number of topics which are important to the future of the Olympic Movement,” including the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, protection of “clean athletes,  pre-Games testing and eSports.

According to the IOC, attendees at the Summit agreed that "eSports" are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, ‘The content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values.

“A further requirement for recognition by the IOC must be the existence of an organization guaranteeing compliance with the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement (anti-doping, betting, manipulation, etc.).”

The Summit asked the IOC together with the Global Association of Sports Federations “in a dialogue with the gaming industry and players to explore this area further and to come back to the Olympic Movement stakeholders in due course.”

eSports is expected to be a $700 million category this year and nearly triple to $1.5 billion by 2020, according to NewZoo, San Francisco, which is among the leading eSports research and consulting firms in the world.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, players prepare and train with an intensity . . . comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

“eSsports is not only growing exponentially as a new independent business and industry, it is also accelerating the convergence of various established industries,”  Peter Warman, CEO for NewZoo, wrote in an eSports report.

“For brands, media, and entertainment companies, eSports provides a chance to capitalize on the favorite pastime of digital natives and millennials: playing games and watching game content. With the arrival of live-streams and events, gaming has entered the realm of broadcasters and media that can now apply their advertising business model to a market previously out of reach for them,” according to Warman.

Regarding the 2018 Winter Games, the Olympic Summit participants “expressed their full support for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.”

The Summit also applauded the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for all the progress in the technical preparations for the Games.

“The safety and security of the athletes are of course the top priority for everyone in the Olympic Movement, and this was highlighted again by the Olympic Summit. The IOC will continue to monitor the situation in cooperation with governments, NOCs and International Federations (IFs).”

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