Brazilian Leonardo Neiva is yet to officially take up duties as head coach at the western Jamaica Premier League outfit Montego Bay United Football Club because he is yet to receive a work permit.This is a month after the announcement that the South American would have officially taken over as the new coach, following the departure of American Timothy Hankinson in November.Orville Powell, MoBay United’s owner, said Neiva’s paperwork is being processed and he hopes that it will be very soon.”The coach came here for us to really look at him. He didn’t come with a work permit as we did not know we would have wanted him. The authorities came by and we told them what it was all about and they told us to do the right thing, so we are doing the right thing,” Powell explained.”We have made the application now. All the documents are in order. We just have to wait until the approval, which is solely dependent on the Ministry [of Labour]. But it’s the [Christmas] season now, and we are mindful of how the holidays can slow a process, so we just have to wait and see how long,” he continued.In the live televised game on Monday night, MoBay United played away at Harbour View and the Brazilian was seen taking notes and even barking instructions to players from the sidelines until he was spoken to by one of the match officials at half-time.He was not seen after the break, but Powell thought his presence should be of no concern to the match officials.”I don’t know why the official should be concerned with him. He is not on the match card; there is no documentation that he is a part of the system. He is a spectator, so I don’t know why an official would want to say something to him,” Powell said.”But we have to be mindful because we blundered with him coming here. We overjumped the procedure, so we just have to correct that because we had the cart in front of the horse.”We are not blaming anybody. It’s our responsibility, and we just have to make it right,” he continued.Meanwhile, the team sits atop of the standings with 33 points from 18 games, the same as Portmore United, who have an inferior goal difference.”We really appreciate where we are, but we think we could have done better. It is not an easy league and the teams are coming at us, so we have to do a whole heap to maintain ourselves at the top.”
LEADING BATSMAN LONDON (CMC): Marquee West Indies women’s players Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin are among 18 overseas players set to highlight the inaugural Women’s Super League bowling off here this summer. Both players played key roles earlier this month in helping to fire the Caribbean side to their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title, with a win over three-times defending champions Australia Women a fortnight ago. Jamaican Taylor, the Windies captain, has signed on for Western Storm, while Dottin, a Barbadian, will play for Lancashire Thunder. The six teams – also comprising Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Stars, Southern Vipers and Yorkshire Diamonds – will do battle in the Twenty20 campaign under a round robin format from July 30 to August 14, with the final set for August 21. Taylor is one of the leading batsmen in the women’s game in both shorter formats, and was voted Player of the tournament in the recent T20 World Cup for her 246 runs an average of 40. She will line up alongside South African Lizelle Lee and New Zealander Rachel Priest, with top England players Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson all included. General manager Lisa Pagett said Taylor would be an asset to Storm. “We are really excited to have Rachel, Stafanie and Lizelle playing for Western Storm this summer,” Pagett said. “They are exciting cricketers and potential match winners in their own right. To have players of this calibre playing alongside Anya, Fran and Heather makes for a really exciting Western Storm line-up.” Dottin, meanwhile, will arrive with quite a reputation. She was the first woman to score a T20 hundred – off just 38 deliveries – back in 2010 and was also excellent with both bat and ball in the recent World Cup. Both Taylor and Dottin also played in the Women’s Big Bash League last December.
On the face of it, when the whistle blows at the Montego Bay Sports Complex this afternoon at 4 p.m., or whenever, signalling the start of the 2016 Red Stripe Premier League final, promoted team and multiple champions Portmore United should start as favourites. The team, which originated in the parish of Clarendon under the name Hazard before changing base to Portmore in St. Catherine but now straddles both parishes, has been the most consistent this season. That consistency saw them crowned ‘League’ champions as they ended the regular season with the most points and were duly rewarded with the $1m bonus. Additionally, Portmore United have owned Montego Bay United (MBU) on the three occasions that they have met this season. In their match, which marked their return to top-tier football, they defeated Montego Bay United 2-0, with Montego Bay resident Ricardo Morris responsible for one of them. That was followed up with a 1-0 win at the Juici field, courtesy of a Cleon Price strike. Morris was again on the score sheet along with Tramaine Stewart and Mark Alves as Portmore United left Montego Bay with a 3-1 win in the last meeting. QUALITY TEAM Even with the evidence, which is helped by the depth of their available squad, Portmore United coach Jeffrey Hewitt will not accept the favourites’ tag. “To me, MoBay will be starting favourites. This is their third consecutive final and that shows that they are very consistent. They are quality team and their record speaks to that, so no one can take anything away from them,” said Hewitt who was a part of Portmore United’s coaching staff when they won in 2008 and 2012. “Despite that, we are confident in our abilities and what we can do. Yes, we have beaten them in the three matches that we have played so far, but the past does not matter now. What matters is what we do on the day,” added Hewitt. According to the man who distinguished himself at Garvey Maceo, the Portmore United unit is so focused right now that nothing will distract them. Not even the protest action by MBU, which has seen them boycott a number of promotional events leading up to today’s big day and them threatening not to show up for the 4 p.m. start. “We are so focused that we are not entertaining any thoughts of them turning up or not. We are preparing for a 4 p.m. game and we will be showing up for that. “Tomorrow’s game, we are anticipating, will be a very competitive one. It is a final and our players know what is at stake and we have to go out there and compete,” he added. VERY OPEN While the Portmore United camp has been very open, the Montego Bay United camp has not so much as entertained a call or interview request from the media in relation to today’s game. The Sunday Gleaner, however, managed to speak with someone close to the camp. “My players are ready for the game. They have not been distracted by what is going on, and they will be showing,” the source said. “This is the third final that the team has been in, the past three years, and this is important to us. The first year, we won; last year, we came second; and this year, we are going out to win again. “Even if it is nine players, we are going to play them. No team can beat Montego Bay United four times in a season,” the source added. In addition to the record going against them, Montego Bay United have the offfield distractions which could spill over on the field going against them. Add to that the absence of two of their most potent players – Owayne Gordon, the season’s leading scorer to a loan deal, and Dino Williams to an injury. Allan Ottey is the only one available of that pacy and skilful trio. A lot will depend on the former schoolboy star who shone alongside Portmore’s Morris for St James High. Injury kept him out for chunks of the season, but he will have to lead the forward line with support from Cory Hylton. Goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is a player with a lot to prove as he is a former Portmore United player and conceded three goals in the last match. Losing again will not sit well with him. If he reports in inspired form as he has been on occasion, he could lift his teammates. With almost everything stacked against them, this could be the motivation the Montego Bay United players need to pull off the improbable victory.
The media have a number of effects on sports, some of which have been very positive. For example, the media have: • Brought more sponsors to sports • Awakened public interest in sports so that people either play or watch sports more often • Made some sports performers rich and famous • Allow coaches and performers to study techniques on video and improve performance • Educate and inform about sports through documentaries, coaching programmes and discussion of current issues • Paid broadcast rights to sports governing bodies which are used to develop the sports. The media have also had some negative effects on sports. For example: • Some major sports get wide coverage, while others find it hard to get coverage in the media and minor sports find it hard to attract sponsorship. • Live television coverage often means smaller crowds at the game venue. An event may lose money as a result. • Sports personalities may find their private life in the spotlight. The influence of the media on sports, especially television, is very powerful. We can tell how important sports is to our culture by the amount of time and space the media devotes to it. Newspapers, television (terrestrial, cable and satellite), radio, magazines, films and the Internet are all forms of media. All of them devote a great deal of time and space to reporting, discussing and analysing sports. The impact the media has on sport began in the late 19th century, when newspaper first started reporting on games and events. Later at the beginning of the 20th century, radio began to broadcast live, whereas thousands of people attend a football match, the same match broadcast on radio could reach millions. In the 1980s, television turned many sports into entertainment packages, giving them a more glamorous image to attract viewers. In the 1990s, satellite and cable television transformed sports into a global phenomenon. Sports events can now be watched from anywhere in the world, live in your home. The audience that enjoys sports through the media is larger than the number of people who take part, and the opportunities for sponsors to advertise their product are increasing. Advertisers and sponsors back sports because of the exposure they get in the media. Television and radio allow individuals to experience live coverage of matches and sport discussion programmes, where people talk about events and performers. Newspapers carry reports of matches and events, comments and sports news. Sports magazine are also a growing area of the sport media. They concentrate on specific sports and sport personalities. Events presented by the media have been ‘packaged’. They decide what to put in and what to leave out and what point of view to take, for example, in TV sports the camera operators and video editors decide which shots you see and from which angle. The producers decide who should be interviewed. What is presented is often more exciting than the actual event. This is credited to closeup shots, slow-motion replays, dramatic commentary and interviews. In all of the media the way an event is package depends on the time, space and money available. But it also depends on the aim of the media, which might be to: • Entertain • Inform • Educate • Hype an event • Attract attention • Please the sponsors • Express a particular point of view The media have turned sportsmen and sportswomen into celebrities. Top performers became household names. As a result, they attract attention from sponsors and advertisers. For example, the media attention given to Lionel Messi in football and Usain Bolt in track and field athletics have made them into household names. POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE MEDIA