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Sports Tech - Issue #21

Hi Sports Tech Fans, It was an interesting week in the world of sports. Adidas lost its battle to pro
Issue #21  •  June 21  •  view online
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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,
It was an interesting week in the world of sports.
Adidas lost its battle to protect its iconic 3 stripe design in the EU. It is a major loss for the sportswear giant. They will likely appeal against the ruling but it could be a major setback for the German company as they fight likely incoming competitors to use the mark and similar marks.
Facebook is launching its own crypto currency with 27 partners as it looks to lock users into an ecosystem compete with its own currency. It will be usable in WhatsApp & Messenger. It shows sports how they need to engage with fans who are life long fans and likely open to using a currency for their team.
DAZN’s revenue is up 950% year on year as it expands its offering of sports around the world on the ‘Netflix model’. It beat out ESPN in terms of monthly revenue from the App stores last month and looks set to continue to grow as the demand for sports shows not sign of letting up, whilst the band of cord cutters and cord nevers continues to grow.
HTC is launching its latest version of its VR device, the Vive, as Youtube launches AR for its creators which could be the biggest change to the platform since they introduced algorithms to suggest new videos for viewers.
The UFC continue its charge on creating and owning its own content and in house production with a new Las Vegas production unit that will host multiple different sports events including UFC and eSports.
Bebo is back in the news as Twitch has acquired the platform that has pivoted to an eSports tournament organising platform. It seems like an age ago that it was sold for $850 million as a genuine competitor to Facebook but it got it horribly wrong when it came to scale. But Michael Birch bought it back for $1 million and sought to create a new product from its ashes.
More of the usual topics below on eSports, gambling, livestreaming, etc.
The video of the the week is on Tottenham Hotspurs’ new ground and the technology involved to make it a leading stadium in the world through its partnership with HP Enterprise as well as other technology providers. It is the second last story below.
The Podcast of the week comes from Paul Martino of Bullpen Capital. They recently launched a new podcast sharing lessons they have learned from their friend and mentor Bill Campbell. This week Ben Horowitz join Paul to discuss all things innovation. It is the last story below.
Have a great weekend.
Will

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Adidas loses EU bid to extend three-stripe trademark - Reuters

How Facebook’s Libra is a sign of sport’s growing need to engage: At Large - SportsPro Media

HTC launches eye-tracking Vive Pro Eye in US for $1,599 - CNET

YouTube rolls out augmented reality, virtual try-ons for makeup brands, influencers | AdAge

UFC opens multi-million-dollar Las Vegas production house - SportsPro Media

Amazon’s Twitch acquired social networking platform Bebo for up to $25M to bolster its esports efforts – TechCrunch

Snapchat Renews Two Originals From Vertical Networks, Overtime (Exclusive) - Tubefilter

Networks Dunked $656M During March Madness - Broadcasting & Cable

FIFA 19 esports series scores 61m total global views - SportsPro Media

Activision Blizzard's esports marketing chief: We want brands to help us build Overwatch League

DAZN app nets 950% year-on-year revenue growth - SportsPro Media

What Is Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi All About, and Why Should You Care? | Vanity Fair

EXCHANGE PLACE, N.J., June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – PointsBet, a premier global sportsbook operator, today announced the pricing of its initial global public…

Why a billion people will watch when India, Pakistan play | ESPNcricinfo.com

Analyzing the ‘Kawhi Effect’ on New Balance – WWD

Venus Williams Partners With NBC's 'Shop With Golf' To Bring Clothing Line EleVen To Golfers

‘The Players’ Tribune,’ American Family Insurance Extend Partnership For 2 Video Series - 06/18/2019

U.S. Open: How the Fox drone gets those amazing shots at Pebble Beach

Clint Frazier Is Shaking Up the MLB By Turning His Sneakers Into Cleats | Complex

Sources: Cubs considering sportsbook at Wrigley

Sports Illustrated’s media ops are getting a new operator

The Women's World Cup shows all major sports should be free on TV | WIRED UK

Facebook announces new global agency roster and diversity push | Campaign US

Raptors Owners in Line for ‘Big Jump’ in Revenue, Ex-CEO Says - Bloomberg

O.J. Simpson Addresses Twitter Followers: "I Can Set the Record Straight" | Hollywood Reporter

Helly Hansen to get smart textile boost from Myant | Apparel Industry News | just-style

HYPE Capital is the Lead Investor alongside BILD in the Fan Engagement and Monetization Startup Tokabot | Fintech Finance

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern, Former ESPN EVP of Digital Media John Kosner Join WSC Sports in Advisory Roles

Liberty Defense uses 3D radar imaging and AI to detect concealed weapons | VentureBeat

Dignitas partners with Esports Entertainment Group - Esports Insider

Overtime Sports: Digital network aims to capture young fans | SI.com

SoulCycle to Launch Station on SiriusXM, Bring Playlists to Pandora (EXCLUSIVE)

SendtoNews is the biggest sports video service you’ve never heard of | The Star

Comcast integrates eye-control technology into X1 Sport - SportsPro Media

Foot Locker hacks World Cup with gender flipped logo backing female football refs | The Drum

NHL announces partnership with Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative | NHL.com

NBA to launch virtual sports betting game

Ex-Disney CEO Michael Eisner Sees NFL, NBA Fleeing Broadcast TV - Bloomberg

Best Buy will dedicate store space to 'smart' gym equipment

‘Ninja’ Blevins Will Launch Graphic Novel Series This Year – Deadline

Here are 7 reasons why states are embracing in-stadium sports betting – The Athletic

Seeking new stadium, Las Vegas Lights FC eyes MLS | Pro Soccer USA

NFLPA OneTeam Collective and ByteCubed Labs Join Forces to Revolutionize the Fan Experience

Mexico's TV Azteca, Allied Esports plan digital channel to show video games - Reuters

ESPN launches an esports event series, starting with 'Apex Legends'

Technology Takes the Field: Tottenham Hotspur's Innovative New Stadium – Bloomberg VIDEO

No Bull: Life-Changing Conversations with Bill Campbell - Innovate or Become Irrelevant | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts

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