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Sports Tech Live #75 - esports all the things! Microsoft and NBA broadcasting deal, DraftKings prepares to go public

Hey Sports Tech Fans, I will be hosting my second problem solving workshop for those in sports next T
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Hey Sports Tech Fans,
I will be hosting my second problem solving workshop for those in sports next Tuesday the 21st! Tickets are very limited https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/lightning-decision-jam-for-sports-clubs-leagues-media-startups-etc-tickets-101646198516.
So if your sport isn’t running an esports tournament of some sort right now, then you are miles behind the curve!
So far it seems to be leagues and organisations running things, but I would have expected a lot more teams to be running their own as well. Perhaps we will see that happen over the coming months.
A very interesting deal between the NBA and Microsoft which has the potential to really shake up the broadcasting landscape as Microsoft look to get in on the action of live sports.
It will essential see a “Twitchificaiton"of the NBA on Microsoft’s Azure platform. It will incorporate live stats, personalisation, AI, archive footage, record announcements on the fly thanks to the AI as well as fan engagement.
The deal will also include the NBA G League which has called Twitch its digital home, so Twitch will be losing that.
There is no mention yet of Mixer.com (Microsoft’s Twitch competitor) but I would expect them to carry games on that as well for extra reach and to legitamise the platform with sports fans.
Loads of other stories below.
Have a great sporting weekend,
Will
Online Workshop
Eventbrite - Will Martin presents Lightning Decision Jam for Sports Clubs, Leagues, Media, Startups etc. - Tuesday, 21 April 2020 - Find event and ticket information.

Streaming Wars
Microsoft Is Teaming Up With The NBA To Broadcast Games - GameSpot

Quibi Coming to TV, Says CEO | TV Technology

A Third of Cable Subscribers May Cancel if NFL Season is Postponed

Gambling
How NFL Draft Is Becoming First Overall Pick For Sports-Starved Betting Public

DraftKings Cleared to Go Public After Merger With Harry Sloan’s Diamond Eagle

Gentlemen, Start Your Consoles: NASCAR iRacing Betting Legal In Nevada, New Jersey

esports
Players Ntwrk unveils digital pop culture entertainment programs on Twitch | VentureBeat

Snoop Dogg, DeAndre Hopkins, Lil Yachty among celebs, NFL stars in ESPN Madden NFL 20 tournament

BMW partners with Cloud9, Fnatic, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, and T1

Formula E Partners With UNICEF For Esports COVID-19 Fundraiser - 04/16/2020

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joao Felix and Sergino Dest are among the 20 players set to take part in EA Sports’ FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup.
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'Chicharito' and Nani to headline MLS esports tournament

NASCAR Driver Kyle Larson Suspended After Using Racing Slur - The New York Times

Major League Baseball Players Lace Up eSports Season With Sony Interactive – Deadline

Phelan Gaming becomes Munster Rugby Gaming through partnership

On the heels of its NTWRK investment, FaZe Clan looks at global expansion despite pandemic – TechCrunch

Content
For ‘The Last Dance,’ Jason Hehir Went One-on-One With Michael Jordan | Vanity Fair

GolfPass Launching Comedy Series With Conor Moore - Broadcasting & Cable

Marketing & Social
ALL IN Challenge - Help eliminate food insecurity. Enter to Win the All In Challenge today

The clock is 'Tikking': How do brands excel on TikTok? | The Drum

Deals
Nifty Games raises $12 million to make mobile sports games starting with NFL Clash | VentureBeat

Vicis assets sold for $2.85M to Schutt investor, promising to revive failed startup’s helmet tech – GeekWire

Women in Sport
Women’s Soccer Was Having a Moment. Then the Clock Stopped. - The New York Times

Covid-19
Florida deemed WWE an “essential service,” opening the door for actual sports to return, too

Coronavirus: Dr. Fauci sees path for sports to comeback without fans

MLS Launches New Training Portal To Reach Players At Home

US is first country to start virtual drug tests on Olympic athletes like Katie Ledecky, Lilly King

5 games into its spring football season, the fledgling XFL declares bankruptcy. : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

Poll: 72 percent won’t go to games again without coronavirus vaccine

ESPN asking its top talent to take 15% pay cuts amid COVID-19 pandemic

Is a Pro Video Game Streamer the Most Coronavirus-Proof Job in the World? - The New York Times
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