Hudl Focus Offers Four-Lens Automation of Sports Video Capture

Leading amateur sports video and analysis platform Hudl has introduced a new smart camera that automatically records games and tracks the flow of action. The Hudl Focus uses a four-lens camera and can record even when not connected to a network. The machine can differentiate between fans and players and types of sports, turning on…

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Amazon’s NFL Thursday Night Football Viewership Up 47 Percent in 2018

Digital streaming of NFL Thursday Night Football more than doubled its total audience for last Thursday’s Steelers-Panthers game compared to 2017’s Week 10 Seahawks-Cardinals offering. Accounting for all digital platforms—Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL properties, Yahoo Sports, and Fox Sports—the average minute audience (AMA) for the Steelers’ 52-21 win over the Panthers was 782,000, an…

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Turner’s Tiger-Phil Golf PPV Will Feature Drones, MGM Betting Data

Turner Sports is introducing new technology and predictive data integrations for its pay-per-view coverage of the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million match play competition on Friday, Nov. 23 at Las Vegas’ Shadow Creek Golf Course. An algorithm incorporating ShotLink Intelligence and Shadow Creek’s terrain will forecast the probability of every shot’s outcome. At the conclusion…

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Tony Beltran Used Sports Science to Return From a Devastating Injury

SportTechie’s Athletes Voice series features the views and opinions of the athletes who use and are powered by technology. Recently, SportTechie talked to Tony Beltran about how technology aided his rehab from a serious knee injury. To be the first to hear each athlete’s insights, subscribe to the Athletes Voice newsletter. And visit the Athletes Voice page to read…

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PointsBet Adds Ex-Jets Star Darrelle Revis for New Jersey Launch

Australian sportsbook PointsBet has tabbed former New York Jets superstar Darrelle Revis to be the face of its digital platform in the U.S. PointsBet announced in July that it would enter the U.S. market in New Jersey. That product is expected to launch soon. Revis, a four-time first-team All-Pro cornerback, also played one season apiece…

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MGM GVC Interactive Partners With Sportradar on Sports Betting Data

Sportradar will be the exclusive provider of sports betting data to MGM GVC Interactive for the half-dozen leagues and federations for which it is the official provider: the NBA, the NFL, the NHL, NASCAR, FIFA, and UEFA. MGM Resorts partnered with U.K.-based betting platform GVC Holdings this summer on a joint venture in the U.S….

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When Regular People Inherit Famous Sports Phone Numbers

One morning two weeks ago, Giana Manzi woke up to a flurry of text messages buzzing her bedside. When she reached for her phone, she understood the commotion. “Well, Rocco got a new job,” she thought. Manzi and new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli have never met, so the barrage of alerts might seem odd. They…

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GameOn Launches Sports Betting Alternative for Casual Fans

Free sports gaming app GameOn recently launched in the U.S. to target casual fans by offering free-to-play games that are legal in all 50 states, but which still offer cash prizes. GameOn functions like a betting platform, only without a monetary stake from the user. Players are prompted to answer a few questions to predict…

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Facebook Still Experimenting to Find Place in Sports It Likes

Facebook’s sports broadcast rights budget is not unlimited. The company’s strategy is still experimental. Building communities, fostering connectivity, and offering optionality are the driving forces behind the foray into live sports. These were the key takeaways from SportTechie’s recent conversation with Peter Hutton, Facebook’s director of global live sports partnerships and programming. “It isn’t really…

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