ESPN announced that it is shutting down the Grantland website. We this move the network is ending the publication that has found a devoted following for its variety and longform writing.

In a public statement, ESPN said “After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact”.

The move separating the network from Grantland comes after an acrimonious suspension of Grantland’s founder Bill Simmons for his tirade against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Simmons is now working on new projects for HBO.

ESPN praised Simmons along with its numerous writers ‘n editors: ““Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are grateful to those who made it so. Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.”

It is not that long ago that Bill Simmons accused ESPN as what he called as being “in the back” with the NFL, pointing out the 15.2 billion contract that the NFL has with ESPN to broadcast Monday Night Football. He moreover implied that the network tried to deliberately undermine the site, saying that they “weren’t trying to make us succeed”.

If you own a sports store (or any type of retail store matter), whether it’s an online store or a brick and mortar store, chances are you will know about the hassles that come with processing your invoices. From all the tasks in the office, the invoicing can often take up the most time.

What is the more puzzling is that the invoicing process hasn’t really seen any major improvements in the last decades, that is until the advent of what is called electronic invoicing.

e-invoicingIf you ask me, electronic invoicing may well be one of the greatest improvements in terms of various business tasks along with other things such as email or the shift from retail businesses to online.

The good thing about e-invoice is that it is rather easy to implement without the requirement for any major changes in your process. The main difference here is that you will send and receive your invoices over the Internet as opposed to postal mail.

In the same way as with email and fax, electronic invoicing can help save you considerable time. Depending on the size of the business, e-invoice may even save you do need for dedicated staff and in some cases the operation of a mail room.

Electronic invoicing only helps to process your invoices a lot faster, whether you are the sender or the recipient. If you have a high volume of invoices on a regular basis is can also help you significantly on mailing costs. In addition to the time and cost savings, the e-invoice also helps to minimize problems with lost mail that can happen once in awhile.

Today, you can find several electronic invoice service providers such as CloudTrade. Those companies serve as a middleman between you and your supplier. What you do is that you send your invoice to the provider. The electronic invoice service provider converts invoice for you and sends it to your recipient in digital format.

I can recommend that you look into electronic invoicing if not done so already. It may well help you to save considerable time and money in your business.

Tiger WoodsAccording to Tiger Woods, the venue for this month U.S. Open is “very challenging “. Woods inspected the venue after several officials from the USGA said that  Chambers Bay would require “extensive homework”.

He visited the site this Monday and Tuesday on his way to the Memorial tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

In a public statement, Woods said: “When Mike (Davis) says something like that, you got to pay attention to it, because he’s an extremely bright man and we got out there and it was like, ‘Oh, my God, there’s so many different options here’. It’s very challenging in the sense that Mike has so many options that he can present us as challenges off the tees or into the greens. There are so many different numbers that you have to know off the tees and how that’s going to play.”

His comments can be an indication of what players have to expect at this year’s Open: USGA executive director Mike Davies said that those who will only get a couple of practice rounds will likely have no chance of winning.

stadium-seatingIf one is thinking about sports stadiums or whatever random sporting event, lavish luxury and comfort while attending those events is certainly not the first thing which comes to mind.

In fact, the majority of sports stadiums in the UK still has seating that is anything but comfortable.

If you’re fortunate enough to get a seat at all, that is…

Now, increasingly more organizers of major sporting events and owners of stadiums and sporting halls are looking into how they could spice up their interior and exterior seating.

The main reason for this is obviously to keep current visitor numbers high but also to attract new ones. Movie theatres and similar venues in the UK and the US are applying this strategy successfully for a while already.

It is obvious that more comfortable ergonomic stadium seating might motivate the one or the other spectator to come back more often, something which may not necessarily be the case when the visitor can hardly bear two hours sitting their bums on a chair that causes them a lot of pain.

Then again, exchanging and replacing an entire stadium’s seating for new, ergonomic seats and chairs is certainly not something every small town sports club can afford. Here it makes sense when the club owners calculate the expected returns versus the required investment.

If you are interested in a good ergonomic chair you can find more to read at Workers and Workstations.

drones at sports eventsUnauthorized drones seen at increasingly more major sporting events are now prompting  concerns amongst numerous safety experts.

As if the large crowds and tailgating parties in our stadiums are not enough we are now witnessing another danger in the form of rogue drones this can appear anywhere out of the blue.

The FAA is now investigating a number of incidents where drones equipped with cameras violated airspace restrictions in particular at major United States sporting events. The problem is in particular evident when there are NFL football games but drones are now also increasingly seen all across the UK and other European countries.

A campus police spokesman from the University of Wisconsin in Madison to the press: “those drones are an absolute safety concern. You never know what might be carried along with something like that”.

What do you think? Do you think that drones are a safety concern when you are visiting a ball game? Let us know!