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Hey Sports Tech Fans, The Toronto Raptors are NBA Champions. They overcame the Golden State Warriors
Issue #20  •  June 15  •  view online
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Hey Sports Tech Fans,
The Toronto Raptors are NBA Champions. They overcame the Golden State Warriors who were going for a 3 in a row and an impressive 4 in 5 years. But the Drake jinx is over after a slew of selfies with sports stars from other teams and sports resulting in that team losing high profile games, the Toronto Raptors are the first Canadian team to win the NBA Championship!
In news this week, adults in the US are now spending more time on their mobile devices than watching TV. It has been coming ever since the iPhone came out but it’s still a shock to see mobile coming out on top and likely to extend its lead in the coming years. It sets up OTT and interactive broadcast platforms for a huge potential market as this is how people are consuming now and demand more than passive viewing experiences.
La Liga were caught using their app to spy on illegal streams and have been fined for doing so. This is a very interesting story as the app allowed the league to use the location services and mic to identify bars who are streaming games illegally. La Liga will appeal the fine but it is bad for PR a league who are looking to earn new fans around the world.
On the topic of illegal streams the heavy weight fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz, which saw a huge upset with Ruiz becoming the first Mexican heavy weight champion of the world, was streamed illegally 13 million times! It was a great fight and well worth checking out the highlights as boxing seems to be on a bit of a resurgence in the past 12 months after falling behind the UFC in terms of attention.
The US Open teed off yesterday and the technology available and on show for viewers is a sign of things to come for golf and other sports. Fox Sports’ broadcast will showcase TrackMan which is a hardware device placed on the tee box and will give stats on swing speed, ball speed, smash factor, carry distance among others. It is sport stat nerds dream to have this information in near real time. There will be more AR on show as well as more drones to give stunning views of the Pebble Beach course. Wifi 6 will also be available for people at the course which boasts speeds upto 10 times faster than regular standard.
The Majors always tee up a great offering but as a sports tech nerd like myself I think it is a much watch as this not only impacts this tournament and golf, but can be the showcase of things to come across multiple sports.
The other news this week covers the usual topics we have seen in 2019, eSports, betting, social eCommerce, streaming among others.
Techstars Sports Tech accelerator announced their first cohort of companies this week. You can find the story below.
The podcast of the week is from 99% Invisible, a design focused podcast which is a weekly listen for me as it covers all things design and offers a fascinating insight. This week they cover the Toronto Raptors and their unconventional entry into the NBA with a Barney style jersey and a team name chosen due to the popularity of Jurassic Park in the mid 90s. It is the bottom story below.
Have a great weekend,
Will

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For the first time ever, US consumers will spend more time using their mobile devices than they will spend watching TV, with smartphone use dominating that time spent.

La Liga fined €250k for using its app to catch illegal soccer streams

Wi-Fi 6 gets US Open trial at Pebble Beach - SportsPro Media

Comcast Scion Tucker Roberts Leads the Company Into E-Sports - Bloomberg

Fox Sports unveils mouth-watering new tech for the 2019 U.S. Open

Fortnite emerges as a social media platform for Gen Z | AdAge

NBA Finals Shopping Deal A Slam Dunk For Instagram

76ers, Devils owners Harris Blitzer acquire esports' Clutch Gaming for reported $30 million | PhillyVoice

Anthony Joshua’s shock Andy Ruiz defeat clocks 13m illegal streams - SportsPro Media

Mavs’ Mark Cuban says Lakers star LeBron James’ absence doesn’t ‘impact the ratings at all’, suggests adjusting game times

Boosted by extra subscribers and quality matches, including ones with Serena Williams and Madison Keys, Tennis Channel has seen French Open ratings growth.

The NY Online Sports Betting Bill Has A Chance? Senate Sponsor Says Vote Likely Next Week

The Drake Effect: Brilliant Brand Ambassador or Annoying NBA Superfan? | Fortune

Bleacher Report is on track to grow 50% this year, hit $200m in revenue - Digiday

Sports media: Sports Illustrated sells its rights, not its soul - Chicago Sun-Times

The Athletic plots UK expansion with a team of 55 - Digiday

How Riley Morrison’s Under Armour Letter Created Real Change – Footwear News

Oakland's A’s Access Hopes to Solve MLB’s Attendance Problem

Major League Soccer, once shunned by the international football community, is gaining respect thanks to its steady growth in popularity and new stadium projects, commissioner Don Garber said. The MLS got off to a rough start following its debut season in 1996, bleeding money in its early years as it

The powerful future of Yankees broadcasting is quietly taking shape

ESPN and Fox Ante Up for Sports-Betting Jackpot - WSJ

‘Twitter’s not competing for major sports rights,’ says global partnerships lead - SportsPro Media

The Rise and Fall of the Professional Sports Bettor - The Ringer

McDonald's loses millions in free french fries due to Raptors' success

TikTok prepares to court advertisers after brands see viral success

Meet the Money Whisperer to the Super-Rich N.B.A. Elite - The New York Times

Amazon to show Leeds United's unforgettable season in fly-on-the-wall documentary series - Leeds Live

Salesforce is buying data visualization company Tableau for $15.7B in all-stock deal – TechCrunch

NBC eyes huge ad sales night as Bruins force a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 | AdAge

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, Assaf Swissa Launch Coast Productions With Showtime Injury Recovery Docu ‘100%’

Bryan Goldberg Would Like to Buy Your Dying Online Media Property - Bloomberg

Toronto Raptors See Success With Unorthodox Marketing Structure

The Art Of NBA Sideline Reporting, As Told By The Best In The Business

Nike taps new digital chief | Retail Dive

How Fox's 25 seasons of covering the NFL changed the game

Miller Lite's new Bluetooth-enabled can doubles as a game controller | Marketing Dive

Q&A: Bill Simmons’ The Ringer Thrives by Ignoring Facebook and Betting Big on Podcasts – Adweek

Warriors among leaders in hiring women execs, but ‘still a lot of work to be done’ - SFChronicle.com

Why the NBA and the Fashion Industry Are Connected - NBA Fashion Style Concrete Runway Outfit

'Every Game You Like Is Built on the Backs of Workers.' Video Game Creators Are Burned Out and Desperate for Change

New York City's vibrant esports scene convinced this multimillion dollar team to launch a new organization dedicated to its local gaming culture

Intel and IOC discuss esports Olympics inclusion - SportsPro Media

Rakuten to launch sports streaming channel – Digital TV Europe

Golden State Warriors add Chase Center to Ticketmaster deal - SportsPro Media

Facebook renews ‘Ball In the Family’ for fifth season

NFL, Verizon announce mobile gaming challenge - NFL.com

Headspace, one of the world’s leading meditation and mindfulness apps, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced today the launch of “Performance Mindset”, the first co-branded category to ever appear in the Headspace app.  
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DAZN nets late ‘€1.5m’ Spanish Copa America rights deal - SportsPro Media

Uefa’s Craig Hepburn is still learning digital lessons as bids to take European soccer forward - SportsPro Media

Amazon to stream all Premier League games acquired in UK rights deal: Top Story - SportsPro Media

Uefa announces Bundesliga offer as free OTT platform goes live - SportsPro Media


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