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Hi Sports Tech Fans! A huge thanks to those who have completed the feedback form, in particular Max f
Issue #26  •  July 26  •  view online
Sports Tech Live
Sports Tech Live
All your Sports Tech news in one place, covering topics like AR/VR, Data Analytics, eSports, Live Streaming, Sports Betting, Wearables, etc.
Hi Sports Tech Fans!
A huge thanks to those who have completed the feedback form, in particular Max from SportsTrace.com who suggested segmenting the articles based on topic instead of ordering them based on my perceived level of importance. You asked, so I listened!
So from now on, the digest will be segmented into categories based on the news stories of the weeks, with some curation in each category.
Let me know what you think of this new change and please, if you haven’t already, take the 3 mins to get your own feedback in as it will greatly shape how the digest will evolve for the second half of 2019. https://willpmartin.typeform.com/to/pYp4Jr
The categories this week are Gambling, Streaming/Media, eSports, Wearables, Startups, Olympics, Partnerships, AI, Best of the Rest and the Video of the Week.
With the Tour de France ending this weekend, the video of the week is from Vox on the Tour de France.
Have a great sporting weekend.
Will

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Gambling
PGA Tour announces its first daily fantasy sports integration with DraftKings partnership - Golf Digest

Nasdaq Makes Bet on Sports Gambling - WSJ

FanDuel Brings Sports Betting To New York's Southern Tier, But Mobile Wagering Is Still Not On Menu

Josh Linforth of Genius Sports discusses how U.S. publishers can capitalize on the sports betting buzz sweeping the country.

Streaming/Media
Why the NFL and NCIS give CBS the edge in its DirecTV carriage fight | AdAge

Odell Beckham Jr. Launching Production Company, YouTube Channel With Wheelhouse (Exclusive)

AT&T has scheduled its big reveal of HBO Max details – presumably pricing, subscription features and a product demo – for October 29.
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Netflix has picked up basketball docu-series Basketball Or Nothing, about a Navajo Nation boys high school team, from PGA star Rickie Fowler. The series, with six parts, begins Aug. 2.

Will Big Ten Football Games Be Streamed Live On Fox Bet’s Sports Betting App?

There is a growing feeling that technology is keeping fans at home, but even those present at live matches seem obsessed with recording their own minimal involvement in the action

US Women's World Cup's Alex Morgan Looks to Launch Media Venture - Bloomberg

Sports media is going direct to consumer—and Copa90 wants to be the Glossier of soccer

Barstool's Rough N' Rowdy show suffers technical difficulties, then incurs booing at arena when fights were delayed to try and fix issues

YouTube Sees More Than 200,000 Peak Concurrent Viewers for First Exclusive MLB Broadcast

Plex is a company that sells media server software, which has two components: the piece of software that organizes media on your computer’s hard drive and the client-side program that lets you stream that content from wherever you are on just about any device. And all of the content is custom, tailored by the person running the server.

NBC Sports’ Tour de France Coverage Adds Augmented Reality, Live On-Bike POV Cameras

eSports

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment agrees to acquire Echo Fox's LCS slot for $30.25 million

Wiz Khalifa Partners With Pittsburgh Knights Esports Team – CBS Pittsburgh

Wearables
Using smart watches to monitor your heart could do more harm than good | New Scientist

Connected fitness: how Peloton is influencing the future of exercise - The Verge

Best Buy's new venture into connected workout equipment is showing that the future of fitness is inextricably linked to technology

Bioinspired wound dressing contracts in response to body heat, speeding up healing – Harvard Gazette

Startups

Olympics
Meet the robots Toyota is bringing to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – TechCrunch

NBCUniversal Projects More Than $1.2 Billion in Ads for 2020 Olympics – Variety

Partnerships
LAFC is making food and drink orders more convenient for fans at home games - Los Angeles Times

Golden State Warriors and Fanatics Announce Long-Term Omnichannel Retail Partnership | Golden State Warriors

Motherwell join Huddersfield Town in wearing sponsorless shirts as part of Paddy Power campaign

Yahoo’s Mets site is dead before it was ever alive

Barcelona join Real Madrid on TikTok - SportsPro Media

AI
Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI in new multiyear partnership – TechCrunch

AI to Advise NFL on What to Pay Players - WSJ

Best of the Rest
The Man Who Built The Retweet: “We Handed A Loaded Weapon To 4-Year-Olds”

Stan Smith Interview: The Man Who Became A Shoe

Foot Locker's Greenhouse to launch sneaker and streetwear collabs — Quartzy

How Adidas is using creative narratives to build brand equity

LeBron James’s Agent, Rich Paul, Starts a Sports Division at a Hollywood Firm - The New York Times

Is This Pro Lacrosse’s Moment? This Star Is Betting Everything on It - The New York Times

Even though MLS clubs cannot compete with the other US sports leagues in terms of income, soccer is seen as a growing market for wealthy athlete-investors

Video of the Week
Why the Tour de France is so brutal
Why the Tour de France is so brutal

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