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Sports Tech Live - #72 The rise of esports and virtual sports, Olympics postponed until 2021, Sports reaction to the pandemic

Hey Sports Tech Fans, 18 stories this week that I have tried to keep CoronaVirus free, but with the s
Issue #72  •  March 27  •  view online
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Hey Sports Tech Fans,
18 stories this week that I have tried to keep CoronaVirus free, but with the sporting world in a tail spin in these socially distant times, it is great to see some of the innovation taking place.
I watched the F1 virtual grand prix last week and despite a few technical setbacks in getting started, it was a great event. Almost 400k viewers tuned in on Sunday.
The week before the #nottheAUSGP virtual race was broadcast by Veloce esports and Lando Noris the McClaren driver taking part in it smashed the Twitch record for most concurrent viewers with over 70,000 viewers!
La Liga ran a football tournament that featured the players with over 1 million views being racked up.
Other stories below include deals for the Ironman Group, as well as them turning their Ironman race virtual and Steve Ballmer has just splashed $400 million on a home for his LA Clippers!
Have a great virtual sporting weekend!
Will

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Streaming Wars
Streaming service fuboTV to merge with virtual entertainment technology company, FaceBank – TechCrunch

Washington’s Wizards, Caps Featured in Simulated Games - Broadcasting & Cable

Gambling
March Sadness In Atlantic City: A Walk On The Boardwalk After Casinos Close

eSports
La Liga draws more than a million viewers for FIFA 20 esports tournament - SportsPro Media

IRONMAN Goes Virtual with new Club and Racing Series | Industry News | Tri247.com

Coronavirus: The sports turning to gaming during lockdown - BBC News

Content
YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth | WIRED

The Athletic offers new users a free 90-day trial during the coronavirus crisis

With Live Games Sidelined, Here’s What Sports Fans Want to Watch - Morning Consult

Marketing & Social
Nike is harnessing its brand power for a coronavirus PSA. More brands should follow

Without Live Sports, Marketers Want Athletes to Fill Airtime – Adweek

NBCUniversal “Actively Working” With Advertisers To Navigate Olympics Delay: $1.25B In Ad Sales At Risk – Deadline

Facebook braces for pandemic ad spend dip | The Drum

Deals
Wanda to sell Ironman to Advance Publications in $730m deal | SportBusiness

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer buys the Forum for $400 million in cash

Olympics
Tokyo 2020: The 48 hours that rocked the Olympics - CNN

Best of the Rest
The Zoom for Basketball: HomeCourt Makes Its Product Free for Users to Keep Playing at Home

TikTok donates $3M to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures – TechCrunch
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