The Future of Baseball Has Finally Arrived: Robot Umpires

During Wednesday night’s All-Star Game in the independent Atlantic League, a hitter who disagrees with a called strike won’t be able to turn toward the home plate umpire and argue with the source of his frustration. Instead, the arbiter of balls and strikes will be a square black box hanging from the roof of PeoplesBank…

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DashTag Turns an Apple Watch Into a Wearable Soccer Tracking Device

To develop a more accessible tracking technology for soccer players, the founding team at DashTag experimented with several types of wearable hardware before choosing an option many amateurs already own: an Apple watch. The free DashTag app, which will be released this fall, harnesses both the watch’s movement data and Apple’s augmented reality platform, ARKit,…

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NBA’s Hawks Partner With Orreco to Test Blood for Training

Irish sports performance company Orreco, which uses blood biomarkers and machine learning algorithms to customize athlete training regimens, has signed a multiyear agreement to work with the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks are reportedly the fourth NBA team to work with Orreco, joining the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers. Orreco also works…

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USWNT Analyzes England’s Data Ahead of World Cup Semifinal

Within three hours of the U.S. women’s national team defeating France in the World Cup quarterfinals last Friday, match data compiled by OptaPro was sent to a U.S. Soccer server, run through scripted models on the AWS cloud, and converted into an advanced analysis automatically deposited into coaches’ inboxes. That postgame autopsy offered insights on…

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DraftKings Launches Flash Bet as U.S. Market Embraces In-Play Wagering

DraftKings has launched a new live-wagering tool, Flash Bet, to facilitate in-play wagering at Wimbledon. The new feature is exclusive to tennis for now. Flash Bet replicates a ball’s movement back and forth across a court, adding details about each point. Each wager can be tracked within the app, and payouts are promised within seconds….

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The UFC’s Dana White Envisions Global Streaming Future

The UFC is in the first year of a rights deal with ESPN to broadcast fights on the network’s fledgling direct-to-consumer ESPN+ service and has built its own successful digital platform, UFC Fight Pass. Speaking at the Hashtag Sports conference in New York City on Tuesday, UFC president Dana White cited a record 4.3 million…

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SmartSpring Shoe Technology Seeks to Prevent Knee, Ankle Injuries

The recent leg injuries suffered by star athletes such as the Warriors’ Kevin Durant (torn Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL), and Duke’s Zion Williamson (knee sprain) have all occurred when their feet have pushed off against the hardwood of the basketball court. All three could perhaps have avoided those significant injuries through a commercial…

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Study Suggests VICIS Helmet May Have Reduced High School Football Concussions

An observational study of 21 high school football programs wearing the VICIS Zero1 helmet indicated a statistically significant reduction in concussions compared to two previous seasons in which players wore other makes of helmet. The University of Washington’s Dr. Fred Rivara, a pediatrician and epidemiologist whose pioneering work on bicycle helmets informed global standards, led…

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