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Welcome to the first Sports Tech reading list!
On the weekend with the Super Bowl and the rugby 6 Nations kicking off, it’s only fitting that we kick off this reading list.
There was some big news this week in the world of sports tech, a $115 million sports tech fund, live steaming seeing explosive growth, eSports making more waves with a 25,000 square foot dedicated arena in Hong Kong, Dwyane Wade investing in amateur sports OTT and the Rams selling a years worth of merch in 10 days and US gambling laws gaining a head of steam in 10 states.
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Silicon Valley venture capital (VC) firm Sapphire Ventures has formally launched a new $115 million fund focused on sports technology startups. Though the fund is called Sapphire Sport, it will actually extend into the “media and entertainment industries,” as well, according to a press release.
After New Jersey’s Supreme Court victory last year, any state that wishes can legalize sports betting. ESPN have a great state by state tracker which shows the progress of each state, with a brief run down of where they are.
Best known for its virtual reality videos of live events, NextVR today announced a partnership with the NHL to deliver 3D highlights from the hockey league’s “marquee events.” According to NextVR, the post-game highlights will include everything from matchups and goals to big hits, using stereoscopic VR footage that lets viewers feel like they’re in the arena.
Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Tampa Bay Rays have become the first major North American sports team to go cashless at their home stadium. Fans carrying cash only will be able to exchange money for gift cards.
The innovative, fan-controlled, live play-calling game, today announced that its second series will begin in February 2019. Its four-game series will be played at the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily’s Place, adjacent to TIAA Bank Field – home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl berth has been good news for its merchandise business, with the team ringing up about $3.5 million in online sales in the 10 days after they clinched a spot in the big game.