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Sports Tech Live - Issue #53

Hi Sports Tech Fans, You asked, well two of you did :) , so I listened. I will now be covering more d
Issue #53  •  December 18  •  view online
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Hi Sports Tech Fans,
You asked, well two of you did :) , so I listened.
I will now be covering more deal flow news stories in upcoming newsletters.
Some naturally bubble up to the surface in the news cycle but having a more robust section is a good idea long term.
This will give the investors, startups and those interested in this community a better understanding of the companies raising, how much and at what valuations.
There are a number of stories below in the deals section and there are some juicy ones there to check out.
Have a great sporting week!
Will
PS I hope el Classico (Barcelona v Real Madrid) will proceed as normal this evening after tensions have been raised since the game was first cancelled a few months back.

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Streaming Wars
Russian firm sues Twitch for $3 billion over illegal Premier League soccer streams

YouTube TV Will No Longer Stream Local Seattle Sounders Matches After Two-Year Partnership – The Streamable

Discovery Acquires Golf Channel Latin America, Adding 10M Pay-TV Subscribers – Deadline

DAZN halves cost of Brazilian subscription - SportsPro Media

DAZN, ESPN+ Finish The Year Swinging - Multichannel

Presidents Cup TV viewership soars for Golf Channel's drama-filled singles broadcast

TV Convergence Will Change Wealth Distribution for Athletes – Adweek

China/Ozil controversy
Mesut Ozil: Arsenal-Manchester City game removed from schedules by China state TV - BBC Sport

Something has to give with Ozil's Chinese cancellation - The Tip-Off - SportsPro Media

Gambling
Pechanga Resort Casino Named Founding Partner Of SoFi Stadium And Hollywood Park, Los Angeles Rams, And Los Angeles Chargers

eSports

European Tour claims golf first with new esports competition - SportsPro Media

SK Gaming 8 hours agoDeutsche Telekom Becomes Shareholder of SK Gaming Jens Wundenberg

2019 World Championship Hits Record Viewership – League of Legends

The esports stars and investors turning it into big business — Quartz

DreamHack restructures management, launches DreamHack Sports Games - Esports Insider

Top 10 Highest Esports Prize Pools in 2019 - Repeat.gg

NFL and Susan G. Komen Use Fortnite to Reach Online Gamers - Chief Marketer

Ultimate Rivals: The Rink hockey game debuts on Apple Arcade with celebrity athletes | VentureBeat

Content
The Work Diary of ESPN’s Mina Kimes (and Her Dog, Lenny) - The New York Times

WWE Launches on TikTok, Will Let Users Make Videos With Entrance Themes for Wrestling Stars

Partnerships
K League engages Sportradar in multi-year global media rights deal | SportBusiness

Back to the Bahamas: Elk Grove ready for second bowl game sponsorship

Marketing
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Instagram will finally fact-check posts — Quartz

Fox shakes up ad sales team as it leans into sports | AdAge

How HQ Trivia Got a Free Super Bowl Commercial (and Other Trivia About the Mobile Game Show)

Why Baseball Purists Are Not Happy With Nike’s Swoosh on MLB’s New Jerseys

Women in Sport
Rob Mitchell on the FA Player’s WSL strategy: ‘We’re breaking barriers’ - SportsPro Media

Retail/eCommerce
Uninterrupted Debuts Private Label Collection

Data
Mike Matheny’s Analytics Makeover: Why the Baseball Manager Went Back to School

Hardware/Wearables
Serie A tapping facial recognition in racism battle - SportsPro Media

AR/VR
Baltimore Ravens
We debuted a new mixed-reality feature tonight as part of the gameday fan experience. 😈 https://t.co/26SzvWIOEx
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Deals
iFit Secures $200M in Funding Led By Pamplona | FinSMEs

Charlotte gets MLS' 30th franchise for record $325 million

Game.tv Raises $25M in Funding | FinSMEs

Pixellot, a provider of AI-Automated sports production, has announced its acquisition of VidSwap, a sports video analysis and editing platform for multiple types of athletic events.

Mark Cuban Sells Sports-Technology Company to Dodgers Owners - Bloomberg

Bruin Sports Capital to acquire data agency Two Circles - SportsPro Media

NBA To Expand International Footprint With G League Franchise In Mexico City

Lagardère Sports valued at €110m in proposed H.I.G. Capital takeover | SportBusiness

Startups
Top Tech Sports Startups in UK | FinSMEs

Long Reads
2019 Was the Year We Learned the Baseball Was Lying to Us - The Ringer

NBC Sports President: 2020 Will Be "Uniquely Combustible" as Olympics, Conventions Collide | Hollywood Reporter

Best of the Rest
Caf wins case against Lagardere Sports over decision to scrap $1 billion deal - BBC Sport

Why the DOJ Is Investigating Live Nation: The Potential Acquisition of a 'Rival'

Tracy McGrady Is Launching An Advisory Program To Keep Young Athletes From Going Broke

Patriots suspend video producer involved in Bengals filming incident - The Boston Globe

Reports: NBPA, G League players discuss forming union - Reuters

As the Raiders Exit Oakland, Las Vegas and a $2 Billion Stadium Await - The New York Times

Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks to participate in basketball games at prisons — The Undefeated

Shaquille O'Neal bringing Shaq's Fun House party back to the Super Bowl

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