The Johan Cruijff Arena Monitors Turf Health Via 15 Underground Sensors

The Netherlands’ flagship soccer stadium, the Johan Cruijff Arena, uses 15 sensors embedded in its field to monitor the soil quality, temperature, and moisture of the turf. Now the Royal Dutch Football Association—the KNVB—is investigating whether to expand the high-tech turf management protocol to other pro clubs in the country. Turf sensor. (Courtesy of the Johan…

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NBA League Pass Now Offers 10-Minute Segments for 99 Cents

Starting on Saturday, Mar. 16, basketball fans in the U.S. will be able purchase 10 minutes of access to NBA League Pass for just 99 cents. This new microtransaction option provides for 10 minutes of real time—not game time—access to all live and archived games for viewers using the NBA app or NBA.com. A clear…

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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Durant Discusses Tech in Upcoming Episode of ‘The Boardroom’

Technology is a major topic in the fourth episode of “The Boardroom,” the sports business docuseries starring Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. The six-part project airing on subscription streaming service ESPN+ examines different facets of the modern athletic enterprise. This episode, which is scheduled to premier on Friday, examines how media and technology for training…

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NFHS Network, Pixellot Aim to Stream One Million High School Sports Events per Year

PlayOn! Sports and Pixellot have extended their partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations that could lead to more than one million live high school sporting events streamed per year. The parties began working together in 2017 with the distribution of 1,500 Pixellot robotic camera systems. These are guided by artificial intelligence to stream games…

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March Madness Live Updates Focus Experience Around User’s Bracket

The NCAA basketball tournament’s digital hub, March Madness Live, is expanding its reach and offerings this year to center the experience around a user’s own bracket. The app will add integration with Android TV and Oculus Go, increasing the number of supported platforms to 17, and fans will be able to pull up their personal…

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FloSports Adds FC Cincinnati as Second MLS Club After Shaky D.C. United Debut

MLS expansion franchise FC Cincinnati has partnered with subscription service FloSports on a multi-year agreement to be its exclusive regional streaming partner. This follows the first broadcast deal between an MLS club (D.C. United) and FloSports, whose Sunday debut was beset by technical difficulties. Fans in the Cincinnati designated market area (DMA) will have the…

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Teenage Basketball Player Develops Reaction Training App

Before graduating last June from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., Chris Ozgo was a four-year starter at point guard who set school records for assists in a game (16), season (169), and career (403). With visions of playing in college, he sought out a private trainer and worked out early in the morning and late…

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NBA China, Alibaba Announce Content, Commerce Partnership

NBA content will be available on Alibaba platforms for the first time under terms of an expanded partnership announced on Thursday in Beijing. Alibaba is creating an NBA Section on its commerce platforms to deliver customized merchandise and content. Tencent has exclusive rights to stream live NBA games, including League Pass, but Alibaba will show…

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Details Interest in Fox RSNs

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred explained the rationale behind the league’s interest in acquiring a package of former Fox-owned regional sports networks in his most expansive comments to date. While appearing at last week’s SportTechie State of the Industry conference, Manfred explained that Fox had been a good partner with similarly aligned objectives and that MLB…

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