Vidal: “Inter, I’m coming!”

Last Inter: sink for Vidal in the coming weeks. As reported by Sport in Spain, the deal still seems possible.

After closing the blow Barella, in fact, the Nerazzurri will try to bring Arturo Vidal to Milan. Negotiations will start only after the sale of Radja Naingolan. The Warrior, was indicated by Antonio Conte as the ideal reinforcement in midfield. Arriving in Barcelona for 18 million euros, the salary price of former Juventus, which currently exceeds 10 million euros, is frightening. Good performances in the season finale in La Liga and during the Copa America have increased its value. In fact, Vidal was included by Sport in the 11th ideal of the South American competition.

With him another possible reinforcement of the Nerazzurri. Even Dani Alves, in fact, had been indicated by Antonio Conte as a suitable player for his game. However, right now, much of Inter’s incoming market depends on the sales of Nainggolan and Icardi.

Intel and IOC in talks over esports Olympics inclusion

As reported by multiple sources, Intel is currently in talks with the IOC over esports inclusion in the Olympics. The International Olympics Committee has shown interest in including esports as a medal event in the event. Subsequently, Intel is trying to work with them on a partnership, though nothing is confirmed yet. Additionally, IOC president Thomas Bach has stated that they will not allow any video games that include violence at the Olympics. While it is probably far away, this is an important step towards finally admitting esports’ equality to traditional sports.

However, the Olympics won’t be the first traditional sports tournament to host an esports event. This year’s Asian Games will have esports appear as a demonstration. Furthermore, esports will make a full appearance at a multi-sport tournament in China three years from now.

Intel and the IOC have already partnered for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. There, Intel held an Intel Extreme Masters to showcase esports as a possible future sports event. Even more, Intel stated that they currently don’t have an opinion on esports’ inclusion in the games. However, they are always open for a partnership and are actively helping the IOC understand esports’ potential.

The never-ending debate: do esports have a place in the Olympics?

While not certain, the inclusion of esports in the Olympics would likely bring a lot of public backlash. As you might know, many people still consider video games a waste of time. The lack of physicality involved with esports also adds to their arguments. While it is true esports are less physical than most traditional sports, there are some exceptions. The public will simply have to change their perception.

If we compare esports to traditional sports, there actually are quite a few similarities. Teams in both train in complex professional ecosystems. They have their own training facilities, coaches, analysts, and even nutritionists. Athletes in both train multiple hours a day and have to take care of their physical and mental health to perform at the highest level.

Looking at finance, esports isn’t close to the bigger traditional sports when it comes to revenue. However, it’s a rapidly growing industry, and the payments, tournament awards, and sponsorships grow every day. Apart from that, the involvement of prominent traditional sports athletes like Michael Jordan, Rick Fox, and Christian Fuchs only shows that even traditional athletes support the esports industry and see its potential.

Lastly, some traditional sports teams even have their own sports teams. Good examples of that are the Golden State Warriors, who own the Golden Guardians League of Legends team, and the Houston Rockets, who are part owners of Clutch Gaming. While it was less obvious a few years back, esports is starting to make its case as a legit sport, and I personally believe it is only a matter of time before it gets included in the Olympics.

Do you think esports deserve to be a part of the Olympics? Let us know in the comments below.

Intel and IOC in talks over esports Olympics inclusion

Wolves don’t match Grizzlies’ offer for Jones

The Minnesota Timberwolves have declined to match the three-year, $28 million offer sheet restricted free agent Tyus Jones agreed to with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this week.

“We sincerely thank Tyus for his contributions on the court and Tyus and the entire Jones family for their genuine impact on the Twin Cities community,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said in a statement Tuesday night. “We wish them nothing but the best in Memphis.”

Minnesota had two days to match the Grizzlies’ offer sheet. Among the reasons for not doing so, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: The Timberwolves are pursuing max salary-cap space in 2020 free agency.

Memphis, meanwhile, is using most of a $9.3 million midlevel exception on Jones, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

With the Grizzlies, the 23-year-old point guard will get a chance to develop behind No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant. De’Anthony Melton, 21, could be a viable third point guard in time.

The 23-year-old Jones averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 assists for the Timberwolves during the 2018-19 season.

Jones was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was traded to the Timberwolves for two second-round picks. During his career in Minnesota, he has averaged 5.1 points and 3.3 assists.