MLB Research Determines Reduced Drag Boosted Home Run Surge

Major League Baseball concluded that reduced aerodynamic drag of the baseballs has contributed to a league-wide spike in home runs since the second half of the 2015 season. In other words, the physical properties of the balls themselves appear to have changed, reducing air resistance and allowing a ball to “carry” farther. A team of 10 academics…

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Intel’s Volumetric Video Could Redefine Sports Broadcasts

Inside an unassuming building near Los Angeles International Airport is a 25,000-square-foot soundstage. At the center of that space sits a dome of cameras and lights, pointing down from the ceiling. This is Intel Studios, which houses the world’s largest volumetric video studio. And this could be the future of sports broadcasting. Digital pictures, moving or…

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Former Disney Chairman Eisner Is Bullish on Streaming Tech

As chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner oversaw the acquisition of ABC/ESPN. He then started an investment firm, Tornante Company, whose portfolio includes an independent digital video studio, Vuguru. Last year, he purchased Portsmouth FC, an English soccer club. Through this variety of experiences, Eisner has become immersed in sports broadcasting…

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MLB’s Manfred Discusses Betting for First Time Since SCOTUS Decision

In his first public comments since the Supreme Court paved the way for states to legalize sports betting, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred renewed calls for a so-called “integrity fee,” a slice of the sportsbooks’ handle from all money wagered on games, although he lessened the league’s prior demand for one percent. During a panel at the Leaders…

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Brazil’s Top Soccer League Will Stream Live on YouTube

Brazil’s top league, the Brasileiro, will become the first domestic soccer league to stream games live on YouTube. The Google-owned video platform reportedly will broadcast 110 live matches in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A on a dedicated YouTube channel to 27 territories in Europe, Asia and Oceania. The agreement was brokered by third-party Spanish producer…

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