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Hey Sports Tech Fans,
An absolute bumper week this week in the world of sports tech. The rest of the world might be on holidays for the month of August but sports moves into its own at this time of year, with multiple sports and leagues starting their new seasons.
Last week we had the likes of the Premier League kicking off their new season, this week we have La Liga kicking off their weekend and for the first time in a decade Messi wont be starting the new season. With the move of Ronaldo to Juventus last year it will be even more surreal to see the weekends highlights with Messi also not featuring.
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Top stories this week on the streaming wars featuring la ligament, beIN sports, rugby pass, Disney, nbc. Our top gambling stories include interactive gambling in the nfl, Jim Cramer launching a fantasy sports subscription service, nfl partnering with sportradar. esports stories include Offset invests in FaZe clan, Kevin Garnett invests in Triumph, Celtic enter the call of duty league, twitch apologize to Ninja for porngate. Plus many more stories on the world of sports tech
Eric talks with Ed O’Bannon, a former professional basketball player whose landmark lawsuit forced a national conversation on whether the NCAA should pay college athletes. It’s a conversation with massive implications for the thousands of unpaid Black athletes whose work makes millions of dollars for their colleges. Strangely, all this started with a video game.
Check out Darren Rovell’s story about how the Washington Redskins and NBC Sports are partnering for the NFL’s first interactive, predictive-gaming live television presentation and what it says about the league’s stance on gambling.
The Maven completed its $16.8 million acquisition of financial news service The Street — and “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer has inked a new three-year production deal to continue with the site under the new owners.
When the Seattle Seahawks take on the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 3 this season, fans might want to predict how many touchdowns quarterback Russell Wilson will throw against his division rival on that day. The best way to do so could be through “Rams Pick’em,” a new mobile experience from the NFL team…
British betting companies and football clubs are “luring” hundreds of thousands of African children into an illegal gambling craze that Kenya’s government says is “destroying” their lives. Using techniques banned in the UK, the companies appeal to youngsters by using cartoon characters and free branded merchandise. At a British company’s betting shops in the Nairobi slums, The Sunday Times witnessed children as young as 14 gambling freely, in breach of Kenyan law.
Ninja, who recently left Twitch for an exclusive partnership with Microsoft’s Mixer, says his old platform is using only his account to promote other streamers, which allegedly resulted in a NSFW stream being promoted to more than 14 million followers.
You’re more likely to see a no-hitter than an ump call every pitch right for one team. One former official reflects on the obstacles that make perfection near impossible and talks about what the rise of robo umps could mean for the game.
Sleeper is looking to take on fantasy league apps from major players like ESPN and has amassed venture funding from Silicon Valley investors to take them down. The Bay Area startup is aiming to treat a fantasy football league more like a social platform than a loose jumble of league mechanics, distinguishing itself as a […]
Billionaire Joseph Tsai is on the verge of acquiring full control of the Nets for a staggering $2.35 billion, the highest dollar figure in the history of U.S. sports franchise sales. The Crossover on what it means for the NBA and its players.
BlackRock Inc’s new private equity fund Long Term Private Capital (LTPC) has completed its maiden investment, taking up an $875 million stake in Authentic Brands Group LLC, making it the largest investor in the U.S.-based entertainment company, the fund said on Sunday.
Foot Locker’s massive, new Power store in Manhattan marks the first time Nike has put its own technology into another retailer’s bricks-and-mortar shop. Foot Locker and Nike plan to collaborate more in stores.
What would the television market look like if the NFL couldn’t pool all of the league’s out-of-market games and sell them as a package? What if NFL teams competed against each other and made their own TV deals? These provocative questions will be moving forward in a court of law thanks to a potentially huge decision on Tuesday from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
HBO and four teams – Alabama, Arizona State, Penn State and Washington State – are in talks about a show similar to “Hard Knocks” that provides behind-the-scenes access to the programs, sources told ESPN.
As part of a new partnership, Roc Nation will advise on the selection of artists for NFL tentpole events, including the Super Bowl, as well as play a key role in the production and promotion of new music.
Snap today announced Spectacles 3, a redesigned version of its augmented reality sunglasses with a sleek new design and an added HD camera to create depth perception. The glasses, which the company has positioned as a limited release, represent Snap’s latest effort to build a new computing platform centered on the face. They will go on sale on Spectacles.com in November for $380.
With the NFL season just a few weeks away, executives at CBS say that the sport remains resilient to outside pressure, with advertisers still eager to reach the wide swath of viewers that tune in to live games each week.
Andrew Hawkins’s short-lived NFL career has led to numerous digital media opportunities, from hosting “SportsCenter” on Snapchat to leading new initiatives at the athlete-centric digital plaform Uninterrupted.
To kick off Women in Sport Week, Amy Brooks, the NBA’s president of TMBO and chief innovation officer, discusses the responsibility of being one of the highest-ranking female executives in North American sport, and why no idea is a bad idea when it comes