# # # # # Burlington Police Chief Michael E. Schirling will testify Wednesday before the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the invitation of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Leahy, who chairs the panel, scheduled the hearing to explore Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies. Leahy has made state and local law enforcement issues a priority for the Judiciary Committee this Congress. He dedicated the first hearing of the 111th Congress to examining the needs of state and local law enforcement. In 2008, Leahy twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear testimony about community efforts to address crime.Chief Schirling will offer testimony about the Burlington Police Department s success in developing and enhancing community policing through partnership and problem solving. Police departments across the country are facing cutbacks in resources and funding during difficult economic times, and are increasingly looking to local business and community organizations to help identify and implement innovative strategies to address violence and crime.The hearing will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 3, at 2:15 p.m., in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. A live webcast will be available online. Source: Leahy’s office. WASHINGTON (Tuesday, March 2)
A new report cites that Premier League football clubs Arsenal F.C., Crystal Palace F.C., and Swansea City A.F.C. are all in talks with Riot Games regarding franchise spots in 2019’s renovated EU LCS.It was revealed in March that the EU LCS would follow in the footsteps of the NA LCS in introducing franchising with buy-ins coming in at anywhere from 8,000,000 euros (£6,997,307.20) for teams already in the league and 10,500,000 euros (£9,183,965.70) for those who are looking to get involved.The same report has speculated that Schalke 04 Esports may be well out of the EU LCS when 2019 comes around due to the sheer expense of being involved once franchising is implemented. Interestingly, the report states – but doesn’t identify – other teams will voluntarily drop out from the competition also. This, of course, would make way for companies with those funds that perhaps had been waiting for the right moment to enter esports; we’re referring to the aforementioned football clubs.It’s worth noting that all three of the teams – Arsenal, Crystal Palace, and Swansea City – already have pre-existing ties to esports in one way or another. Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke co-owns the Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Gladiators, Swansea City co-owner Steve Kaplan is a minority owner of Immortals, and Crystal Palace’s owners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer acquired Team Dignitas in 2016.Esports Insider says: It doesn’t surprise us at all – if the reports are true – that football clubs are looking to get involved with the EU LCS, especially with the amount of American sports clubs that entered the NA LCS when franchising was implemented over there. We’re interested to see if other traditional sports clubs outside of football are interested in acquiring a spot, too.