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

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

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 12/04/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 12/04/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 12/04/2018

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!

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 05/04/2018

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! [https://ww ...

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 05/04/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 05/04/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 05/04/2018

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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Formula 1 Launch F1 TV - Personalized Live GP Subscription Service

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 05/04/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 01/03/2018

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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SuperBowl LII Becomes Global Showcase For Sports Technology

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 08/02/2018

From the half-time shows to the social media storm and road-shows that surround it, [the Super Bowl] has long been the [wheel house of the advertising world] and an example of how the U.S marry [elite sport and entertainment] better than anybody else in the world. The [Super Bowl LII] will not just go down as one of the great g ...

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