Knowledge About Sports Games

1. Establishment of sports games

In March 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, who later became the first prime minister of India, held the Asian Relations Conference in New Delhia meeting with a prospect to bring the possibility of Asian Games under the attention of participating countries. Before the conference, Guru Dutt Sondhi, who was the member of the International Olympic Committee for India, encouraged Yadavindra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala and the then-president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), to communicate with meeting attendees to establish the Asian Games Federation. The proposal was not acknowledged by some representatives and the rest, who approved, refused to make any commitment.

In July 1947, the IOA, which initially was advocating the organisation of Games, retracted its patronage for unknown reasons. Sondhi found an alternative; rather than organising a multi-sport event, for which he needed an approval of the IOA, he opted for a single event championship titled the Asian Athletic Championshipsa track and field event. Sondhi, who was also the president of the Amateur Athletic Federation of India (AAFI) (now Athletics Federation of India), received the consent of federation in February 1948. Yadavindra, on the request of Sondhi, became the president of the organising committee for the Championship, and Sondhi took the position of chairman. In early July, formal invitations were sent to various Asian countries, backed by the letter from the AAFI. But the response was not positive as there was a scheduling conflict with the 1948 Summer Olympics, which were scheduled from 29 July.

Meeting in LondonDuring the 1948 Olympic Games, Sondhi held a meeting on 8 August 1948, at Mount Royal Hotel in London. Invitations were sent to all the Asian National Olympic Committees present in London at that time. Chief Managers of Korea, China, Philippines, Singapore, Burma, Ceylon, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria were called for the meeting, but only representatives from Burma, Ceylon, China, India, Philippines, and Korea attended. Sondhi made two proposals: first, to organise an Asian Athletic Championship in February 1949 in New Delhi, and second, to establish the Asian Games Federation, based on the IOC model. Founder of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation and first Filipino member of the International Olympic Committee Jorge B. Vargas stoutly backed the second proposal, and the first proposal was accepted by the attendees with an amendment. For the further development of the federation, a decision was made to conduct a meeting during the Championship in New Delhi in February 1949, and a sub-committee, consisting representatives from four nations, was appointed to draft the constitution and ordinances of the federation.

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2. Origin of sports games

The first Intercalated Games had been scheduled by the IOC in 1901 as part of a new schedule, where every four years, in between the internationally organised games, there would be intermediate games held in Athens. This was a compromise: After the successful games of Athens 1896 the Greeks suggested they could organize the games every four years. Since they had the venues, and had proven to be able to hold well-organised games, they received quite a bit of support. However, Pierre de Coubertin did not like this at all, he had intended the first games to be in Paris in 1900 and had no intention of losing not only the premire for Paris but the games as well. Thus the second games became the Paris 1900 games.

When these games turned out not very successful and were overshadowed by the Exposition Universelle, the IOC supported the Greek idea by granting them a second series of quadrennial games, in between the first series. All of the games would be International Olympic Games; the difference was that only half of them would follow De Coubertin's idea of organising them in different countries to make the Olympic Movement more international, while the other half would follow the Greeks' idea of a permanent home with the Greek NOC as experienced organisers. This was a departure of the ancient schedule, but it was expected that if the ancient Greeks could keep a four-year schedule, the modern Olympic Movement could keep a two-year schedule. As 1902 was now too close, and Greece was experiencing internal difficulties, the 2nd Olympic Games in Athens were scheduled for 1906.

As the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri were overshadowed by the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and as a result met with a fate similar to that of Paris 1900, the Olympic Movement was not in good shape. It desperately needed to recapture the spirit of Athens 1896. It also needed to do so quickly, as to all those who did not participate in St. Louis, Rome 1908 meant an 8-year gap. By that time there would not be much goodwill left for the Games. And on top of that, Rome was planning an Exhibition. The Athens games being just around the corner must have seemed like a lifeline. De Coubertin still disliked the idea, and did not do anything more than his function required him to. But the IOC as a whole gave the Greek NOC full support for the organisation.

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3. Former Teams of sports games

The Buffalo Bisons of the International Association for Professional Base Ball Players in 1878, and later from 1887 to 1888.

The Buffalo Bisons of the National League from 1879 to 1885.

The Buffalo Bisons of the International League from 1886 to 1970.

The Buffalo Bisons of the Players' League in 1890.

The Buffalo Germans of the Amateur Athletic Association from 1895 to 1925.

The Buffalo Blues of the Federal League of from 1914 to 1915.

The Tonawanda Kardex Lumbermen of the New York Pro Football League and National Football League from 1916 to 1921.

The Buffalo franchise of the New York Pro Football League and National Football League from 1918 to 1929.

The Buffalo Bisons of the American Basketball League from 1925 to 1926.

The Buffalo Bisons of the International Hockey League from 1928 to 1936.

The Buffalo Majors of the American Hockey Association from 1930 to 1932.

The Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League from 1940 to 1970.

The Buffalo Bisons of the National Basketball League in 1946.

The Buffalo Bills of the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949.

The Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League from 1951 to 1955.

The Buffalo White Eagles of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League in 1962.

The Buffalo Braves of the National Basketball Association from 1970 to 1978.

The Toronto-Buffalo Royals of World TeamTennis in 1974.

The Buffalo Norsemen of the North American Hockey League from 1975 to 1976.

The Buffalo Blazers of the Canadian National Soccer League from 1976 to 1980.

The Buffalo Stallions of the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1979 to 1984.

The Buffalo Storm of the United Soccer League in 1984.

The Buffalo Blizzard of the National Professional Soccer League from 1992 to 2001.

The Buffalo Stampede of Roller Hockey International from 1994 to 1995.

The Buffalo FFillies of the USL W-League from 1996 to 1998.

The Buffalo Wings of Roller Hockey International and Major League Roller Hockey from 1997 to 1999.

The Buffalo Nighthawks of the Ladies Professional Baseball League in 1998.

The Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League from 1999 to 2003.

The Buffalo Sharks of the American Basketball Association from 2005 to 2008.

The Queen City FC of the National Premier Soccer League from 2007 to 2008.

The Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer from 2008 to 2018.

The Buffalo City FC of the National Premier Soccer League in 2009.

The Buffalo 716ers of the Premier Basketball League and American Basketball Association from 2013 to 2016.

The Buffalo Blitz of American Indoor Football and Can-Am Indoor Football League from 2015 to 2017.

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4. Raidel Acea of sports games

Raidel Acea Morales (born 21 October 1990) is a Cuban-born track and field athlete who competes for Portugal in the 400 metres and 800 metres events. The 2009 Pan American junior champion over 800m, he won the bronze medal in the event at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Born and raised in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos, Acea began taking part in athletics at the age of ten and started out as a 400m runner. As he grew older, he began running in the 800m as well upon the advice of the coaches at his local high performance sports centre. His first successes came at the age of eighteen in the 2009 season. After placing third at the Rafael Fortn Memorial he claimed the 800m silver medal at the 2009 ALBA Games. He ran an 800m best of 1:46.68 minutes for third at the Barrientos Memorial in May then ran a 400m personal best of 46.19seconds the following month. His season ended on a high as he won the 800m title for Cuba at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.

In 2010, Acea faltered in his first year as a senior athlete. He managed third over 800m at both the Barrientos meet and the Olimpiada del Deporte Cubano, but did not improve in his performances. Acea judged that he needed the season to adjust to the higher senior level. He made his senior breakthrough the very next season, starting with an 800m win at the Copa Cuba national championships, where he was also second over 400m. A duel between Acea and his more senior rival Andy Gonzlez proved to be a highlight of the Barrientos Memorial, and it was the younger Cuban who won and set a personal best of 1:45.62minutes. He won medals at the 2011 ALBA Games, claiming the 800m title and taking a silver medal with Cuba's 4400 metres relay team. He was chosen to represent Cuba at the 2011 Pan American Games and while his older compatriot Gonzlez won the 800m title, Acea earned the bronze medal with his sprint finish. He reached the podium for a second time at the event as part of Cuba's 4 400 m relay squad: Noel Ruz, Acea, Omar Cisneros and William Collazo dipped under three minutes to win the relay gold.

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5. Awards of sports games

Comics awardsFrom 19702005, the festival presented the Yellow Kid Awardde named in honor of Richard F. Outcault's seminal comic strip character The Yellow Kid in such categories as Best Cartoonist, Best Illustrator, Best Newcomer, Best Foreign Artist, and Lifetime Achievement. Yellow Kid Awards were also presented to publishers, both domestic and foreign.

The festival also (since 1967) presents a special award called the Gran Guinigi Awardit (named after Lucca's Guinigi Tower).

Yellow Kid Award recipients1970: Johnny Hart, for Best Cartoonist of the Year first time this award was given to an American cartoonist

1971: Mauricio de Sousa, for Best Cartoonist of the Year. His work, the first edition of Monica's Gang, also won Best Publication.

1972:

Herg, for "una vita per il cartooning" (lifetime award)

Tintin magazine, for Best Publication

1973: Guido Buzzelli, for Best Illustrator and Author

1974: Vaughn Bod

1975:

Jean Giraud, for Best Foreign Artist

Dan O'Neill

Frank Hampson, declared Prestigioso Maestro and the best writer and artist of strip cartoons since the end of the Second World War

1977: Fred

1978:

Bobby London, Best Artist-Writer

Milo Manara

Carlos Trillo, for Best International Author

1980:

Didier Coms, for Best Foreign Artist

Jean Giraud, for Best Foreign Author

Frank Margerin

1982: Art Spiegelman, for Best Foreign Author

1983:

Gilbert Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez

1984: Strip Art Features, for Best Foreign Comics Publisher

1986: Bill Sienkiewicz, for "bridging the gap between American and European artistic sensibilities"

1990:

Neil Gaiman

Massimo Rotundo, for Best Italian Comics Artist

Leonardo Ortolani, for Best Newcomer

1993:

John Byrne

Franois Boucq

Frank Thomas

Ollie Johnston

1998: Paul Gillon

1999: Jeff Smith, Best AuthorGran Guinigi recipients1969: Hugo Pratt, for Una ballata del mare salato

1975: Dan O'Neill for The Penny-Ante Republican

1978: Carlos Trillo

1986: Bill Sienkiewicz

1990: Massimo Rotundo

2001: Aldo Di Gennaro

2005: Grazia Nidasio

2006: Gino D'Antonio

2007: Sergio Toppi

2008: Vittorio Giardino

2009: Robert Crumb

2010: Jir Taniguchi

2011: Enrique Breccia

2012: Hermann Huppen

2013: Silver (Guido Silvestri)

2014: Gipi

2015: Alfredo Castelli

2016: Albert Uderzo

2017: Jos Muoz

2018: Leiji Matsumoto

2019: Chris Claremont

Games awards1999: Murat CELEBI's skirmish miniature game CONFRONTATION, for Best of Show.

2002: Emiliano Sciarra's Wild West-themed card game Bang!, for Best of Show

2003: Sine Requie, for Best Italian Game

2004: Helena Bulaja's Prie iz davnine ("Croatian Tales of Long Ago"), for Best Multimedia Award

2010:

7 Wonders, for Best Card Game

Eden: the Deceit, Side Award for Best Game Mechanics

2011:

Vincent Baker's Apocalypse World, for RPG of the Year

Twilight Struggle, for Best of Show in Boardgame for Experts

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While Compass can't gain rights to any NCAA Tournament games, they announced that they signed a contract with the Big Ten Conference to be the exclusive radio provider of the first and second rounds of the Big Ten Tournament in 2010 and all tournament games beginning in 2011. In 2011, Compass Media Sports increased their coverage of the Big Ten conference by inking a multi-year deal to broadcast the Big Ten Championship game, meaning the Big Ten Basketball Tournament and Big Ten Championship game will be on the same radio affiliates nationwide and at . Major League baseball coverageIn April 2012, Compass announced an agreement with Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to air 25 games out-of-market throughout the team's 2012 season. Chris Carrino and Steve Quis were named as play-by-play announcers for the broadcasts, with Steve Phillips and Darryl Hamilton to serve as analysts. For the 2013 season, Compass acquired rights to select Tampa Bay Rays home games to increase their MLB coverage. Compass has not syndicated MLB games since the 2013 season ------ Los Angeles Kings of sports games Jiggs McDonald was the Kings' original play-by-play announcer, serving from their inception in 1967 to 1972, when he left to join the newly-established then-Atlanta Flames (now the Calgary Flames). It was in 1972 that Miller submitted a tape to Kings founder and owner Jack Kent Cooke, who was also the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. While Cooke said to him "You're going to be my choice", Cooke instead decided to hire long-time San Francisco Bay Area announcer Roy Storey to fill the void left by McDonald. When Storey left the team after one season, the Kings turned their attention back to Miller, who was then hired in 1973, and served as their play-by-play announcer until his retirement in 2017. Miller's broadcast partners have included Dan Avey, Rich Marotta, Pete Weber, the current radio voice of the Nashville Predators, current Kings radio voice Nick Nickson and former Kings right wing Jim Fox. He called games on both television and radio until 1990, when the Kings stopped simulcasting and Miller went exclusively to television. Due to the NHL's exclusive national broadcast contract with NBC that prevented local television announcers to call playoff games beyond the first round, Miller and Fox were not allowed to call the Kings' Stanley Cup Finals games on television. But due to their overwhelming popularity among fans, Kings management had Miller and Fox record their call of the potential clinching games for later distribution. As a result, when the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2012, Miller told the story of the franchise up to that point when he said: This is for you, Kings fans, wherever you may be. All the frustration and disappointment of the past is gone. The 45-year drought is over! The Los Angeles Kings are indeed the kings of the National Hockey League. They are the 2012 Stanley Cup champions! The countdown is on3, 2, 1, it's over!Miller later recalled that he'd written out his final call in advance, and saved it so he could keep from stumbling over the words out of excitement. With the Kings having locked up the game and the Cup with an outburst of three goals on a five-minute power play in the first period, many fans sitting below the press box exchanged high fives with Miller and Fox during the final minutes. Two years later, Miller called Alec Martinez' overtime goal, which gave the Kings their second Stanley Cup. Here on the left side, Martinez over to Clifford. Right side, shot from there. The save, the rebound, SCORE! Kings win the Cup! The Kings, Martinez getting the rebound. The Kings have won the Stanley Cup! The Kings, in the longest game in their history, win it, 3-2! As the celebration got underway, Miller added a postscript which began, "Royalty reigns again in the National Hockey League!" He later recalled that he had been saving it for the Cup-clinching game, as he had in 2012. Miller's first book, Tales From the Los Angeles Kings, was published in October 2006. Miller's second book, Tales From The Los Angeles Kings Locker Room: A Collection Of The Greatest Kings Stories Ever Told, was published in April 2013. On March 2, 2017, due to health reasons, Miller announced his retirement as the team's television play-by-play announcer, a position he held for 44 years, and at the time of the announcement, having called 3,351 Kings games,. His retirement became effective after the final two regular season games of the Kings' 2016-17 season, a home game against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 8, 2017, and a road game against the Anaheim Ducks on April 9, 2017. On September 12th, 2017, the Kings announced that Bob Miller would remain with the Kings organization as an ambassador and continue to contribute to the team on a part-time basis which includes being the MC for the Kings Legends Nights. Other appearancesHe has performed voice over and on-camera work for television shows and movies in scenes which included a hockey announcer. Among his credits are an episode of Cheers and the films Rollerball, Miracle on Ice, The Mighty Ducks, and D2: The Mighty Ducks. Nationally, he has worked for ESPN, ABC and FOX. He also called some games for FX during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
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