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eSports; the New Sport

eSports, also known as electronic sports, e-sports or competitive video gaming, is a relatively new form of video game play. Simply put it is a multiplayer video game played usually by professionals and takes place in front of an audience or even with live feeds uploaded online. The types of games played can be anything from combat sports, soccer games or even first person shooter games. In recent years this form of sport has really taken off.

But is it truly a sport? Many people would argue that it is not, as there is no physicality involved. However, many others argue that eSports are simply sports of the mind and therefore should most certainly be classified as such. It seems fair in this progressively digital and technological age, that eSports be taken seriously as the new up and coming sporting activity. After all, there are literally millions of people who tune in to watch the competitions, root for their favourite players, and even place bets. In some cases attendance is higher than at more traditional physical sporting events.

Betting on eSport events has never been higher. With its easy access and simple set up, casinos are starting to follow this trend with a number of Las Vegas casinos adding eSports to their repertoires. Casinos are already large venues and they are more than capable of setting up the requirements to host some of the eSports big annual tournaments. Whilst eSporting events are taking place annually, currently there is no one single place to hold eSport events 365 days per year, and this is where, potentially, casinos can step in.

With eSports continually growing, games constantly being added to the repertoire and serious talks of eSports featuring in the Olympics as early as 2020, there seems to be little doubt that this is the next big thing.

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Most interesting types of motorsports

Formula 1

Formula 1 is the most popular form of single-seater car racing, and is held at many different venues all over the world. The most famous Formula 1 race is probably the Monaco Grand Prix, which involves races around the streets of the principality. Beginning in the spring, the Formula 1 World Championship is held every year.

NASCAR

NASCAR racing is the most popular motorsport in the US. Along with a variety of different types of stock car racing, such as the Sprint Cup Series and the Xfinity Series, there is also an event that features trucks – the Camping World Truck Series. Most US states have NASCAR venues, and with some also in Canada, there are about a hundred tracks in all that host NASCAR racing.

Speedway

Speedway is a motorcycle sport that involves races between four and six riders. On most occasions the races on an oval track will last four laps, though finals tend to be two laps longer. In the UK, speedway teams compete against each other, with the points accrued by each individual rider going towards their team’s overall points tally.

IndyCar

In the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar racing has one of the most famous races in the whole of auto racing. Unlike Formula 1, though, where most races take part on a track, 50% of IndyCar races take place on a track, and 50% on the road/street.

World Rally Championship

One of the most challenging of all auto racing events, the World Rally Championship features cars racing in a diverse range of conditions and on a diverse range of surfaces. Currently, there are thirteen different events, all over three days.

Motorcycle Grand Prix

There are three different classes in the Motorcycle Grand Prix – Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP, with the latter being the most important of the three. This road racing event for motorcycles involves the use of prototype bikes.

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What To Consider When Buying Sports Cars

There are many questions to ask and things to consider when considering the purchase of a sports car. This article looks at some of the most important things to think about before making your final choice.

Size

A sports car may be an attractive option, but how is it going to fit in with your lifestyle? It is no good purchasing a sporty two seater if there will regularly be four people in your vehicle. You may need to consider buying a car with compact rear seats.

Roof Type

There are two types of sports car, the coupe and the convertible. The convertible is very appealing, especially in a sunny climate, however it is worth remembering the downside of lower security and louder road noise when driving. A third possibility is to select a sports car that has a retractable solid roof, however it is important to remember the limited luggage space in these models.

Expense

Sports cars are expensive, not just to purchase, but to run and maintain as well. Servicing and repairs are much more costly than with less premium vehicles, road tax will be higher, and fuel consumption considerably more which leads to higher petrol bills.

Automatic or Manual Transmission

Automatic cars are incredibly easy to drive but cost considerably more when it comes to repairs. Manual cars can be a hassle when having to change gears, especially during city driving, but they are cheaper to purchase and maintain.

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How to Manage Your Racing Car Collection

Whether one is a fan of modern racing cars or enjoys classic models, a racing car collection can prove to be an interesting hobby as well as a lucrative investment. Still, properly managing these vehicles can be easier said than done. When planning to set up such a collection, there are some key variables that should always be addressed beforehand.

Storage

Storage will be a primary concern. All vehicles should be placed within an environment that is maintained at a constant temperature and that has low levels of humidity. This will help to extend the longevity of the cars while issues such as rust and tyre rot can be mitigated. Also, the area itself must be secured from prying eyes and even a potential burglary.

Moving the Vehicles

Whether rotating tyres or performing oil changes, the cars will need to be moved from time. One of the best ways to safely accomplish this is to employ a portable car mover. These are safe and easy to use. These devices will also help to protect the undercarriage of a vehicle (this is a concern when using a standard jack).

Insurance

Insurance is an overlooked concern that needs to be taken quite seriously. However, it should be mentioned here that normal policies tend not to cover a racing car collection. The user will instead require special packages. This will depend upon the make and model of vehicle. For a larger collection, a “fleet” plan could be possible; offering the potential benefit of lower monthly premiums.

Valuation

Any racing car collection is a very real financial investment. It is always wise to have all of the vehicles appraised from time to time. Depending upon the car market and the current economic situation, prices may fluctuate substantially. Knowing how much an entire collection is worth will provide clarity in terms of any future sales (or even an additional purchase).

These are some of the tops tips for properly managing a racing car collection. Over time, this can be just as much of a lifestyle as it is a hobby.

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Choosing the right motorsport for you

Motorsports have to be one of the exciting past times that modern sport has to offer. Even just watched on TV, the thrill of high powered, high octane racing which pits the nerve and skill of drivers against each other over a wide variety of tracks and courses is something that will get your pulse running. Seeing an event live, with the smell of gasoline in your nose and the noise of the engines roaring past, will make you a convert for life.

Types of Motorsport

With all the thrills and spills awaiting you, the only choice you need to make is which motorsport to follow:

  • Formula 1 – this is by far and away the biggest motorsport on the planet. It covers 5 continents and has drivers from all over the world. The 16 race season runs from March to November and now includes some night time races out in Dubai, as well as the iconic tracks in Monaco and Argentina. This is for you if you like high speed racing and lots of interesting technical touches in the pit lanes.
  • Formula E – a new concept and potential rival to Formula 1, Formula E is a 10 race format just for electric cars. It’s designed to push technology forward in the field as well as providing a more level playing field for racers. You can also help influence the outcome of the race by giving racers a Fan Boost through social media following.
  • Rallying – if you like your races a bit more dirty and death defying, then rallying will be your sport. Rather than racing laps around a circuit, rallying is all about pitting the driver against a time trial course over rough terrain. The sheer skill involved to keep the car on the road is worth watching alone.
  • Moto GP – some people aren’t interested in car racing and prefer the all out insanity that is Moto GP, where motorcycles race round 12 tracks in different countries. The one thing to watch out for is the dangerously low angles at which the riders make the corners which can often turn into dramatic slides and crashes.

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Ways to make a living off sports

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Playing Sports

Playing a sport at a fairly high level is the most obvious way of making a living through sports. Some sports, though, are easier to make a living at than others. Tens of thousands of soccer players around the world can earn a living wage and more at professional and semi-professional level. However, for any tennis player outside the world top 300, then making a living becomes very difficult. Tennis players at this level also aren’t sheltered by being in a team environment, so will have to sort out many of their arrangements themselves. Another individual sport, golf, can offer an opportunity through becoming a professional at a local club. This can also act as a stepping stone to a more lucrative career playing tournaments.

Off-Field Careers

Some sports lovers will become successful managers and coaches without having played any sport to a high level. Whereas, for jobs in administration and physiotherapy, great sports knowledge isn’t a necessity though it helps. For anyone working in a sporting environment having a positive outlook is important, and this applies to people who aren’t participants. No team or individual will always be successful and, as a result, an upbeat personality will be valued during the difficult times.

Writing And Commentating

Writing and commentating are other ways of making a living from a sport that you love. Whether it’s becoming a journalist, a blogger, or writing books, there are plenty of avenues open to anyone who is knowledgeable, and who can write well about a sport. The internet has really opened up many possibilities, as it’s easy to set up a blog, website, or self publish your own books. Commentating on TV or radio is another alternative, for those with the skill of describing a sport in an knowledgeable and entertaining way. It will be helpful to have a personable manner, too, as a gift for interviewing people will often be a requirement for sports commentators.

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