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"Sports Tech & Money: Immersive Tech" comes to SF this November

The Sports Innovation Immersive Technology week in San Francisco this November (12-14) will be holding a "Sports Tech & Money" day with a specific focus upon immersive technologies.

Held on November 12th this is an opportunity for VCs and senior leagues and broadcasters to meet and hear from some of the most innovative start- ...

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James Carwana, Head of Intel Sports & Vice President Intel Capital to Open Immersive Tech in Sports & Entertainment Summit

James Carwana, Vice President at Intel Capital and General Manager of the Intel Sports organization at Intel Corporation will open the Immersive Tech in Sports & Entertainment Summit returning to San Francisco this November (13-14). James will be talking about the "Immersive Future" and the commercial, investment and tech ...

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WWE Live Virtual Reality First: The next step in the rise of "Sports Most Innovative Company"

Last year, WWE generated $801 million in revenue, its highest revenue in company history and a 10% increase over 2016. The rise of the WWE is an incredible story, not least because the company is not afraid to embrace innovation. From moving away from their PPV (Pay-Per-View) model to a subscription model with WWE Network, the o ...

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Blockchain Mobile Ticketing Successfully Used in UEFA Super Cup

UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), the governing body for football in Europe, has announced that it sold all of the tickets for last month's Super Cup Final between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid via a mobile app connected to the blockchain.

The successful trial of a blockchain-enabled mobile ticketing ...

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William Hill Expands Sports Betting Operations in USA

William Hill, the London-listed bookmaker, has announced a major US expansion this week by signing sports betting agreements with eleven casinos in Mississippi and one in West Virginia, as well as partaking in advanced talks with operators in fourteen other states.

The Mississippi casinos are expected to go live by the ...

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NFL Players Association Invests in Crypto Start-Up

The multi-billion dollar Sports & Entertainment industry is increasingly regarded as a considerable area of potential opportunity and growth for cryptocurrencies. As such, it is no surprise to hear that The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has sealed its support and made an important investment in a cryptocurrency start-up call ...

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OTT Platforms offer American Fans of European Soccer separate streaming options

ESPN has followed in the footsteps of Turner Sports by signing the rights for major European soccer events for their Over-The-Top (OTT) live streaming platforms.

The top division of Italian Club Football, Serie A, has secured numerous deals which will give fans around the world access to stream every game from the start if ...

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CBS Sports Introduce New Broadcast Technology for PGA Tour Including a First for 4D in Golf

CBS Sports have introduced their biggest technology push in US golf broadcast history in a drive to maximize the fan experience by delivering, amongst other things, immersive replays and putt prediction. This week marks the 28th consecutive PGA Championship for CBS however it will be the first to combine innovations such as 4D r ...

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VR helping broadcasters increase audience engagement for the European Championships

With the European Championships kicking off this week, the Virtual Reality App The European Championships Lounge has been launched. This app will offer fans immersive coverage of the multi-sport event, including over 50 hours of VR content using 180 and 360 cameras at Germany’s Olympic Stadium

Combining virtual and augmen ...

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C-Suite Leaders From Hi-Tech, Sports and Industry Drive Hi-Tech in Sports at Invitation Only Meet in SF Ahead of Rugby World Cup Sevens

The Sports Innovation Network was delighted to be work with World Rugby and Capgemini in creating the World Rugby Innovation Summit as part of the Capgemini Tech Exchanges Week in the run in to the San Francisco Rugby World Cup Sevens.

With leaders involved including Pablo Sanchez, CEO Wealth Management at HSBC, Arjun ...

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Security Technology to Take Centre Stage in US Sports Betting

On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of New Jersey's case to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), thereby paving the way towards legalizing online sports betting in the U.S.

It comes as no surprise that sports gambling is big business. In 2017, Nevad ...

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Major League Baseball agrees Blockchain Partnership in monumental move for the Sports Industry

Major League Baseball has sought to create another first for the sports market by agreeing a partnership to develop the first blockchain game based on a global sports league.
MLB has partnered with Los Angeles-based game studio Lucid Sight in the venture, which will lead to MLB Crypto Baseball, the first-ever game compris ...

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Fan360 Platform Rewards Fans Using Blockchain Technology

The sports industry is always on and has a continual stream of content with fans across the globe. As such it lends itself so well to emerging new technologies and in particular in the field fan engagement.
Enter Fan360, a global platform for sports fans, that enables them to consolidate whatever interests them about any spor ...

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2nd Annual Immersive Technology in Sports & Entertainment Summit - Save The Date

Following the huge success of the Inaugural launch in SF last year the Immersive Technology in Sports & Entertainment Summit 2018 returns to the Bay Area later this year on November 13/14.

Designed specifically for senior executives and leaders across sports, blue chip tech, start-ups, media companies and Venture Capit ...

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Africa Successfully Launch 5G Broadcast and create Huge Opportunity for Immersive Technologies

5G has long been lauded as the answer to enabling effective immersive and virtual experiences. The Vodocam Durban horserace has been the first instance in Africa where 5G has enabled a live sport broadcast in Virtual Reality.

The first VR experience showcased the high speed and low latency capabilities of 5G and used 4K video ...

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Israel Realises Potential in Sports Technology Innovation & Colosseum Lead The Way

Last Wednesday the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange was opened by Oren Simanian, CEO & Founder at Colosseum Sport alongside a host of senior figures and legends of Israeli Sports.

The grand opening led to an incredible day as Israeli leaders in government, technology and venture capital mobilised to realise the potential for ...

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McLaren Announce VR Partnership With HTC

HTC will be teaming with the McLaren Formula One team for new VR content, hardware and esports to make McLaren more immersive for its 100 million fans worldwide.
McLaren and HTC will be launching a special edition McLaren-branded HTC Vive headset, and will also be joining forces to create new immersive VR and augmented reality ...

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Innovation Leaders Launches in London

Innovation Leaders is the exclusive community for senior Sports, Entertainment, Media & Technology Executives.

An invitation-only community, Innovation Leaders launched last week with a private meeting at the Ivy. Designed to bring different parts of the ecosystem together to discuss key issues in a closed setting it is the c ...

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(5) #SportsdataLondon Proves Huge Success

The 3rd Annual UK Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit ran last week at the Grange in Tower Bridge. The most ambitious London instalment to date the Summit proved a huge success with over 500 attendees, fan engagement and performance streams and technology innovation workshops.

Thank you to all attending and involved and ...

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Blockchain Technology holds the Key to Sports Gambling in the US

By some accounts, illegal gambling in the United States amounts to $150 billion a year.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and legalization of sports gambling it would appear the stage is set for Blockchain Technology, the 21st century cyber based ledger to take centre stage in this space.

Even before the high court r ...

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Paddy Power Acquires FanDuel in move to Lead US Sports Betting Market

As we step into the Brave New World of the newly legalised US sports betting market we are likely to see a series of mergers and acquisitions as companies vie for position.

Irish bookmaking giant Paddy Power Betfair Plc has acquired the privately held FanDuel website in a deal that now values the companies’ combined operation ...

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World VR/AR in Sports & Entertainment Summit Returns to SF in November

According to SuperData Augmented and Mixed Reality revenue is expected to more than double to $3.2 billion this year, and may exceed VR by 2021. Increased optionality across mobile devices is a key factor behind this increase and the sports and entertainment markets are both driving the rising demand and revenues.
The World Vi ...

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Sky Sports Introduce A.I. Chat Bot To Increase Broadcast Engagement Strategy

Digital TV Research predicts that global OTT TV and video revenue will reach $64.8 billion globally by 2021 while there will be as many as 383m Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) subscribers. ...

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Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit, London – Sold Out!

The 3rd Annual Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series continues to grow with over 150 speakers, 3 separate streams (Fan Engagement, Sports Performance, Technology Innovation) and 500 attendees registered for the London leg this week. Held in the City of London at the Grange in Tower Bridge the summit brings together s ...

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FC Bayern Munich Continue To Innovate for US Growth with ESPN Partnership

FC Bayern are perhaps not be as immediately recognisable in the US when compared with fellow European heavyweights such as Real Madrid or Manchester United but they are certainly proving one of the innovative and progressive when it comes to US growth strategy.
Following what in our opinion was an inspired move to enter th ...

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Fulfilling Horse Racing’s global digital potential – the Launch of World Horse Racing

The Sports Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit is proud to announce the global launch of World Horse Racing, a ground-breaking new media company dedicated to telling the story of international thoroughbred horse racing.

World Horse Racing will give fans exclusive access to the thrills, glamour and culture of one of ...

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Esports Athlete Has Higher Social Interaction Than Any ‘Traditional’ Sports Star

The athlete that drives the most social media interactions is not who you might think.

Immediate thoughts might be football genius’ Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, NFL quarterback Tom Brady or NBA legend LeBron James.

In fact it is a 26 year old Esports athlete called Tyler Blevins, better known by his online name, ...

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Blockchain to Super-Charge Esports Industry & Create Unique Platform for Sports Betting

As we begin to examine the repercussions of the U.S. Supreme Court action to break down Nevada’s monopoly on legal sports betting one of the more pertinent questions is the alleged size of the US sports betting market – $150 billion.

There are naturally varying opinions around this figure but the part that has so many exc ...

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London Remains an Attractive Hub for US Sports as MLB Announce 2019 Arrival

Major League Baseball has confirmed the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will meet in two regular season games at the London Stadium in June 2019.

Boston will be the home team for the games and will bring baseball to London at the 55,000 capacity former Olympic Stadium and home to Premier League football club West Ha ...

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Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit, London – 2 Weeks to go!

The 3rd Annual Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series continues to grow with over 150 speakers, 3 separate streams (Fan Engagement, Sports Performance, Technology Innovation) and over 500 attendees already registered for the London in just two weeks time! Held in the City of London at the Grange in Tower Bridge the ...

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Twitter Announce Advertising & Live-Content Partnership With Disney’s ESPN

Twitter shares are flying after the social-media company announced an advertising and live-content partnership with Disney's ESPN.

The partnership would put some of Disney's sports content on the Twitter platform. The specifics of the advertising revenue arrangement are not yet clear. Twitter and ESPN will roll out whic ...

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“Blockchain in Sports” - London & San Francisco ‘Discovery Sprints’

The Sports Innovation Network is holding “Blockchain in Sports” Discovery Sprints for its London & San Francisco Communities this summer. Connecting leading rights holders, leagues and start-ups together in a relaxed setting it’s a great opportunity to analyze some of the key tech trends and how these will impact the i ...

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Huge Opportunity in Sports & Entertainment as Head of Facebook Messenger to explore Blockchain at Facebook

This week, Facebook Messenger head David Marcus announced that he's leaving his current role to explore the use of blockchain technology within the company

"I'm setting up a small group to explore how to best leverage Blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch,"
This presents huge opportunities across multiple ver ...

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Digital & Social Strategy Key to NBA’s Global Fan Base

The NBA is one of the most successful sports leagues and brands when it comes to engaging audiences across the world.

We are delighted to have Brianne Ehrenkranz, Senior Marketing Director at the NBA join us later this month at our Sports Data & Fan Engagement Summit in London to discuss the NBA’s approach to ‘Fandom ...

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Intel Capital Increase Investments & Expand Partnership With NBA as Sports Tech Investments Continue to Rise

The National Basketball Association and Intel Capital are combining in a joint effort to fund innovative companies at the intersection of technology, sports and entertainment.

The new Emerging Technology Initiative will be a collaborative effort between the NBA and the Intel Capital group to identify challenges and oppor ...

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Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Summit, London – Just 4 Weeks to go!

The 3rd Annual Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series continues to grow with over 150 speakers, 3 separate streams (Fan Engagement, Sports Performance, Technology Innovation) and over 500 attendees already registered for the London leg next month. Held in the City of London at the Grange in Tower Bridge the summit bri ...

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Sports Innovation Network and SportTechie PRO Partner for Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit, London

As an added value for attending the Sports Performance Data & Fan Engagement Congress  in London on May 22/23, sign up for a SportTechie PRO membership using coupon code SINetwork_STPRO10 and receive 10% off the lifetime of any subscription.
SportTechie PRO provides unlimited access to SportTechie's unmatched coverage of ...

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NBA 2K League Signs Exclusive Live Broadcast Rights with Twitch

The multiyear deal will see Amazon owned social media streaming service Twitch gain exclusive live broadcast rights to all 200 games slated to be played this year.

The NBA hosted the inaugural draft of the NBA 2K League earlier this month at Madison Square Garden, in which 102 gamers were drafted from an initial qualifier t ...

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FC Bayern Munich Make Esports Play... In Basketball With NBA 2K Team

FC Bayern Munich have announced the formation of Bavaria Ballers Gaming, an esports division to sit within the club’s basketball group, FC Bayern Basketball, who will compete in Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K league.

It is no secret that FC Bayern have been planning to enter the esports space for some time as a part of their ...

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World Anti-Doping Agency to use A.I. to identify Doping Athletes

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has long been hamstrung by a lack of finances and resources in its ability to stay ahead of the curve and crack down on drug cheats.

Hoping to narrow the gap between dopers and testing methodology WADA have announced their plans to use A.I. systems to help flag suspected cheaters across al ...

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Spanish Giants Real Madrid Launch the First VR-Powered Multi-device Application in Pro Sports

Real Madrid have announced the launch of a virtual reality app, the move which makes it the first professional sports club around the world to embrace VR-powered multi-device application.

The app, available for free for iOS and Android devices, will connect fans in real time, granting them the ability to communicate wit ...

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Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series – Early Bird Ends Tomorrow!

The 3rd Annual Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series continues to grow with over 150 speakers, 3 separate streams and 500 attendees already registered for the London leg next month. Held in the City of London at the Grange in Tower Bridge our Early Bird Tickets end this Friday so don’t miss out on the opportunity ...

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Samsung NEXT & MC Saatchi Join Faculty As Immersive Tech in Sports & Entertainment Summit Hits London

Commercial strategy and execution is essential to the development of Immersive and new technologies. The Immersive Technology In Sports & Entertainment Summit creates an environment whereby leaders from across the technology, broadcast, sports and entertainment space can speak openly and honestly to facilitate cross-learning, ...

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LA Billionaire Closes In On $500 Million D.C United Deal As MLS Value Continues To Grow

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is close to a deal to invest in Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, an agreement that would value the club at a league-record $500 million, according to reports.

This emerges as D.C United’s new soccer-only stadium is set to open and further highlights the development, growth and commercial pote ...

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Mystery Consortium Reported to Offer FIFA $25 Billion for Control of Two Tournaments

A fund of investors from the Middle East and Asia are apparently keen to table a $25 billion investment to buy an expanded version of FIFA’s Club World Cup in addition to the rights to a proposed global league for teams.

Such an agreement would be unprecedented as FIFA has never sold control of its events to the highest bidde ...

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Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series – Highlights From San Francisco!

The Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series continues to grow with over 150 speakers, 3 separate streams and 500 attendees already registered for the London leg next month. As the Early Bird ends next Friday it is a great opportunity to be a part of the fastest growing sports technology summit in Europe!

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Two Weeks To Go Until Immersive Tech in Sports & Entertainment Summit Hits London

Commercial strategy and execution is essential to the development of Immersive and new technologies. The Immersive Technology In Sports & Entertainment Summit creates an environment whereby leaders from across the technology, broadcast, sports and entertainment space can speak openly and honestly to facilitate cross-learning, ...

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Immersive Content Key As Formula One & Netflix Team Up to Create Original Docu-Series

As the Sports OTT content arms race continues to gather speed, racing giant F1 and OTT behemoth Netflix join forces to create an original docu-series to air in 2019.

This Netflix original series will be the first to truly immerse the audience inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1
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Microsoft to lead “Innovation Lab” At London Performance Data & Fan Engagement Congress

Playing, spectating and managing sports has evolved at an incredible rate, while technology, allows fans to interact with their favourite teams/players like never before.
 
Social media and digitalization has enabled new opportunities for small clubs to connect with their fans, and the true democratization of technology for s ...

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YouTube TV To Become the First-Ever Presenting Sponsor of The NBA Finals

Google’s Youtube is making a strong play in the OTT space with another promotional pact that sees YouTube TV and the NBA agreed to a deal that will see Youtube TV become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the NBA finals.

The move comes after Google has inked several sports partnerships for Youtube TV in recent months, ...

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Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series - Over 250 Registered Since Launch Last Week!

It has been an incredible week for the Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Summit with some incredible new speakers added and over 250 registrations in the week since launching. With the Early Bird ending this Friday it is a great opportunity to be a part of the fastest growing sports summit in Europe!

Following the huge ...

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Formula 1 Launch F1 TV - Personalized Live GP Subscription Service

Formula One have made the biggest investment in their digital transformation to date with the launch of F1 TV, launching early in the World Championship season.

As OTT and the linear-digital broadcast evolution shows no sign of abating F1 TV promises to bring fans unique feeds and multi-level personalization for between ...

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NASCAR Focus on Building the Digital Brands of their Drivers

Like all leading sports rights holders globally, NASCAR is working hard to find a more effective way to create and deliver digital content to its consumers.

The power of social media influencers has accelerated beyond belief over the past through years with the likes of Snap and Instagram bringing access to the inner lives ...

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eSports Global Economy Sees 38% Rise to Reach $905 Million in 2018

Newzoo, the global leader in esports, games, and mobile intelligence, last week announced the release of its 2018 Global Esports Market Report. (http://bit.ly/2tcYv7y)

In the coming year, the global Esports Economy will grow to $905.6 million, a year-on-year growth of 38%. The majority of this, 77%, will be generated dire ...

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