Kids Dominate MLB’s Virtual Reality Home Run Derby

As Nationals star Bryce Harper took the MLB’s 2018 Home Run Derby in dramatic fashion at his home ballpark Monday night, kids were dominating the league’s first-ever virtual reality derby. Four children (all under the age of 12) reached the semifinals of the competition, outlasting the 3,000 people of all ages who competed as part of…

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FanDuel Opens First Sports Betting Retail Location Near Metlife Stadium

FanDuel opened its first retail location for sports betting this weekend at a horse track in New Jersey. The fantasy sports company, and now bookmaker, officially opened shop at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, a stone’s throw away from MetLife Stadium where the NFL’s Giants and Jets play. The retail location, which comes…

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Sportradar, AmTote Partner on Turnkey U.S. Sports Betting Service

Sportradar has announced yet another U.S. partnership in the realm of sports gambling, further expand its presence in America. In the same week that the European sports data giant announced that it was selling a minority stake to North American investors, the company also announced that it has entered into an agreement with bet-processing firm AmTote. That…

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Clear Strikes Deal to Expand Biometric Ticketing Deal Through MLB

Clear, a privately-held biometric ticketing company that expedites check-ins at sports arenas and airports, has inked a multi-year deal with Major League Baseball and the league’s ticketing partner Tickets.com.  The deal makes Clear the official biometric identity and ticketing partner of the MLB, paving the way for biometrics, rather than paper or mobile tickets, to…

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Nike Meshes Digital, Physical Worlds in New Live Concept Store

Nike is bringing some features of its mobile app to life in a new Los Angeles concept store that can adapt to consumers’ changing tastes and demands in real time. Nike Chief Digital Officer Adam Sussman said the interactive Nike by Melrose store, which officially opened its doors on Thursday, is the first of what…

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MiLB, ISM Connect to Bring LCD Smart Screens to Ballparks

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) is increasing its tech-savvy offering with yet another technology partnership. The organization is teaming up with venue smart screen maker ISM Connect to bring interactive high-definition LCD screens to a handful of ballparks. The new multi-year partnership will also see the development of a league-wide advertising network.  MiLB plans to deploy…

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Samsung, theScore Bring Live Scores to Galaxy Devices via Bixby

TheScore, a resource for real-time sports scores, news and stats, is partnering with South Korea-based Samsung Electronics to offer personalized live scores and breaking news through the Bixby Home assistant on Galaxy devices. The deal covers World Cup soccer, and will include future NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and English Premier League games. Fans can select…

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Where VCs Are Placing Their Bets in the Sports Tech Industry

SportTechie attended several major sports technology and analytics conferences in the first half of 2018, including the San Francisco 49ers’ Innovation and Business Strategy Conference in May and Hashtag Sports in June. While venture capitalists tended to have varying opinions regarding the investment landscape, a few key themes consistently popped up: esports, gambling and streaming—all rapidly-evolving…

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