Hey Sports Tech fans,
It’s been a weird week with Coronavirus hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Its effects have been felt in the sporting world with eSports tournaments cancelled, world indoor championships postponed for a year and the Chinese Super League starting date pushed back.
There was some positive news with eSports team FunPLus, winners of the League of Legends World Championships in 2019, donating $288,000 to help efforts to normalise the situation in Wuhan.
While the news might not be sports tech related, its impact on sports could be huge.
With the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, it might lead to some disruption there. The first cases of the virus were reported in Japan this week and while it’s far from an epidemic in Japan, measures will need to be put in place to ensure there is no disruption to the games.
The organizing committee have rubbished claims of a cancellation or postponement of the games this week, but the pressure might come on Olympic games qualifying events, some of which are due to be hosted in China.
For the Rio games, it was the Zika virus that overshadowed the games, with Rory McIlroy being one of the notable athletes who decided not to compete as a result of the virus.
Elsewhere, Penn National Gaming’s stock price soared by 12% on news of the 36% purchase of BarStool Sports, that we reported on earlier in the week.
French football launched a new website for its top two divisions as well as an OTT service called MyLigue that will show games and other content from the leagues.
Gary Vaynerchuck speaks about his investment in an eSports team.
Irish startup, Kitman Labs has acquired The Sports Office to boost its data tracking of athletes and claims to be the most capitalised company in the space.
After my piece last week on piracy in sports, the VP of DigiTurk, a subsidiary of BeIn sports in Turkey, claims that piracy is cost the company $84 million a year which sheds some light on the scale of the problem.
In a followup on the VaporFly “mechanical doping” video I posted on Wednesday, World Athletics have given the show the all clear for use in competition, so expect a lot of runners using them at the Tokyo Olympics and competing shoe brands launching their own versions of the shoe!
With the 6 Nations returning this weekend, SportsPro have a great piece on all the commercial deals, broadcast deals and the state of the game in each of the 6 nations competing. Come on Ireland :)
StartupBootCamp Melbourne are looking for sports tech and event tech startups for their upcoming accelerator program and are traveling the world to meet with potential startups. They will be in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia as well as a virtual event to speak with founders that are interested in taking part.
Have a great sporting weekend.