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Hey Sports Tech Fans, Another bumper week as the Rugby World Cup kicked off in Japan. The podcast wil
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Hey Sports Tech Fans,
Another bumper week as the Rugby World Cup kicked off in Japan.
The podcast will be coming out on Fridays again after a failed experiment to publish it on Mondays.
The first of our interviews for the podcast will drop next week to coincide with the first NFL game in the UK’s new home for American Football, the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium. I sat down with Jamie King from the NFLUK and had a great chat on the future of the sport in the UK and in international markets as well as discussing the major trends we have been discussing here since the start of the year.
Episode 7 is out now and you can find this and the future interview series here:
https://open.spotify.com/show/5Y4GO4HON4E2JTodXcP5a5?si=47ANiQzeR76rNuPTmTHRfw
Have a great sporting weekend,
Will

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Streaming Wars
Comcast Adds DAZN Sports-Streaming Service to Xfinity Flex, Sets Launch on X1

Former ESPN Chief Skipper on the Future of Cable Sports and Role of Streaming — The Information

NFL Ratings: Thursday Night Football Returns Strong For Fox & NFL – Deadline

WGN’s final Wrigley Field broadcast appropriately includes tributes, memories, and a Cubs loss

Unconcerned by blackouts, Sinclair CEO sees growing sports arm fueling ad growth | The Drum

Gambling
NFL 2019: RedZone broadcast deal with Tabcorp a landmark one, expert says

NFL makes DraftKings first official daily fantasy partner - NFL.com

'Mattress Mack' - The man who wants to bet $10 million on the Astros

Ex-NFL Doctor’s New Career: Helping Gamblers Analyze Injuries - Bloomberg

'It's About Gambling, All of It': How the NBA's Sports Betting Interests Propelled a Key Rule Change | The Action Network

eSports
Esports group Dignitas raises $30 million and forms parent company New Meta Entertainment | VentureBeat

Faze Clan announces partnership with Manchester City - The Verge

UCF Takes Its Unique and Colorful Digital Content Personality Onto Twitch

Content
TikTok will revitalise the Super Bowl, but not as a sporting event | The Drum

The Chicago Bulls enlist their mascot for TikTok - Digiday

MGM Moving Into Sports Entertainment, Feature Docs & True Crime After Promoting Barry Poznick

ESPN Inks Facebook Deal to Bring Exclusive Shows and Content to Watch Service

FC Barcelona Joins Facebook’s Fan Subscription Service

Liverpool and Turner extend B/R Live content deal - SportsPro Media

Partnerships

Exclusive: New Balance and Liverpool head to High Court in battle over kit deal – The Athletic

PGA TOUR and GameOn Technology collaborate to bring TOUR content to chat platforms

Wisehockey and KHL sign a league-wide contract – smart pucks and chips are used in KHL every day - Wisehockey

San Francisco 49ers Embark on Journey to Building an 8K Ecosystem in Partnership with Foxconn Industrial Internet

LA Clippers name Honey as training centre sponsor - SportsPro Media

Data Analytics
Teams Must Monitor Player Workload at the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup

The Next Frontier in Tennis: There Are (Data) Points to Be Won Everywhere

Marketing
Bleacher Report Creates In-House Marketing Agency Playmaker – Adweek

Snapchat is becoming an outlet for video ad budgets - Digiday

Amazon’s Twitch Puts on Fresh Coat of Paint, Launches First Brand-Marketing Campaign

Yahoo’s new logo waves goodbye to the old internet

Spike Lee's new line of Yankees hats is specifically designed to troll the rest of the country

eCommerce/Retail
An NBA arena is opening an Amazon Go-style store where fans can grab beer and food in under 30 seconds — and never wait in line

Sidney Crosby leads all NHL players in eBay merchandise sales | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Go Behind the Scenes of the RHUDE x PUMA Collaboration With Rhuigi Villaseñor

Hardware
How Los Angeles Football Club uses technology to score with fans—and foil scalpers

Buffalo Bills taking extreme measures against rowdy fans

Startups
The Athletic is worth $300 million, but can it become a billion dollar company?

Deals
West Hollywood Rowing Fitness Studio Lines Up Investors Kevin Hart, Russell Westbrook (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

BallerTV Buys FieldVision | FinSMEs

Ryan Howard: A big piece to the future of SeventySix Capital

VARCIS unveils Asia’s first sports technology investment entity - Australasian Leisure Management

Crypto
Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: NBA can't stop my contract demands

Long Reads
The real story behind the birth of Chase Center: Warriors President Rick Welts tells all - SFChronicle.com

The Renegade Executives of Houston Who Shook Up Sports Management - WSJ

“We Could Say Anything to Each Other”: Bob Iger Remembers Steve Jobs, the Pixar Drama, and the Apple Merger That Wasn’t

ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen Advanced the Ball on Covering All Sports--Except One

Women in Sport
The NFL Team Run by Women - WSJ

Q&A: Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer get ready for second season calling Amazon’s NFL games – GeekWire

Best of the Rest
Roc Nation Sports sets up soccer-focused international division - SportsPro Media

WADA Gives Russia Three Weeks to Explain Missing Doping Data - The New York Times

Operation Puerto: Spanish legal system 'thwarted' anti-doping investigation - BBC Sport

Beyond Endorsing: How Veggie Burgers Became the NBA's New Gatorade

Brooklyn has updated its famous black-and-white court with shades of gray.
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Rockin' renovation: FieldHouse’s 22 meeting and event spaces could bring more and larger private gatherings

Dallas Mavericks to offset corporate travel carbon emissions - SportsPro Media

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