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McLaren Announce VR Partnership With HTC

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 01/06/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 01/06/2018

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

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 01/06/2018

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 Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 01/06/2018

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

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 01/06/2018

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

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 01/06/2018

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

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 01/06/2018

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!

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 21/05/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 21/05/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 21/05/2018

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

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 21/05/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 21/05/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 10/05/2018

[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!

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 10/05/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 10/05/2018

[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’

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 10/05/2018

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

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 10/05/2018

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

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 10/05/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 10/05/2018

The [National Basketball Association] and [Intel Capita]l 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!

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 25/04/2018

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

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 25/04/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 25/04/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 25/04/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 25/04/2018

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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