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William Hill Expands Sports Betting Operations in USA

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 09/08/2018

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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OTT Platforms offer American Fans of European Soccer separate streaming options

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 09/08/2018

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

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 30/07/2018

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

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 12/04/2018

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

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 07/03/2018

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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The Next Frontier in Fan Engagement? Blockchain Technology Offers Exciting Opportunities for Fans to “Acquire” Experiences

By Luke James, Director, Sports Innovation Network 01/03/2018

With the news that [FC Bari] has agreed to become the [first Italian club] to join the [London Football Exchange] to access the loyal fan engagement and equity solutions scheme it is further [evidence of how blockchain technology presents a rising wave which will enable fan engagement on an unprecedented level.] The LFE Excha ...

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Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit Returns To London - May 22/23rd - First Wave of Speakers Announced

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 08/02/2018

Following the huge success of the San Francisco leg the Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit returns to London on May 22/23rd. With both fan engagement and performance streams there are huge opportunities to delve deep into the latest trends across [human performance, brand and commercial engagement, digital strategy and ...

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Every Angle Matters - How sports content is being produced is changing, benefitting both coaches and fans

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 24/01/2018

At its Media Day this year, Clemson University’s top-ranked football team demonstrated a superior solution to typical social media livestreaming. The media team coupled existing professional video camera equipment with a SlingStudio to deliver a broadcast quality multi-camera stream of engaging player interviews to fans via Face ...

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WHOOP and NFLPA Revolutionizing Player Data Ownership and Fan Engagement

By Dermot Kelly, Director, Sports Innovation Network 09/01/2018

Imagine turning on the TV on Sunday afternoon to watch an NFL game and knowing exactly how ready your favourite team’s quarterback is to perform. Following [a groundbreaking deal] between the NFL Players Association and the human performance company WHOOP, we may not be too far away from seeing that happen. In 2017, WHOOP ...

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Tottenham Hotspur Combine Storytelling With Immersive Tech To Revisit History

By Luke James, Director, Sports Innovation Network 21/12/2017

Tottenham Hotspur pride themselves on being one of the most progressive, forward thinking and clubs in European football, with innovation at the heart of their strategy. Plying their trade at Wembley this season whilst their new state of the art stadium is being completed they decided to explore means by which they could conn ...

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What The Disney/ 21st Century Fox Deal Means For Sports’ Fans

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 21/12/2017

How audiences consume content is evolving. The traditional “set-menu” approach where broadcasters deliver the same broadcast to all is changing to a scenario whereby consumers pick and choose the content they watch, and critically how, where and when they wish to watch it. This is bespoke and tailored but also critically c ...

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Fan Experience: Immersive & Measurable

By Morgan Drake, CEO, Fanboard 08/08/2017

As part of the continual dialogue both in the lead up to the [World Virtual/Augmented Sports Innovation Summit] and thereafter we are speaking with some of the most influential and disruptive players in the sports and technology space. ...

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The Connected Athlete: The Role Data Science Plays In Athlete Management

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 05/06/2017

The role of technology in elite sports performance continues to grow exponentially. Wearable tech, immersive reality, and video replay are just a few examples where technology is taking an increasingly dominant role in what is an incredibly exciting time for the entire elite sporting ecosystem. Intel have recently invested ...

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Jan Van Loon, Arsenal’s Head of Individual Player Development Interview

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 05/06/2017

[1) How is performance profiling being used to determine a player's 'coach-ability'?] “Hi Bobby, what would you like to become in the future?” “A Professional football player Sir,” says Bobby. “Do you want to become Sanchez or Ozil?” “Just Bobby Sir,” says Bobby!! People change constantly whether or not they ...

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Do English Clubs ‘Fail to Prepare Their Young Players’?

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 24/01/2017

Do English Clubs ‘Fail to Prepare Their Young Players’? [Pep Guardiola’s] comment last Friday that the Premier League Clubs should introduce [‘B’ teams], irrelevant of City’s recent poor run of form, was in fact incredibly thought-provoking. ...

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