NCAA Softball Approves Bat Sensor Tech For In-Game Use

The NCAA Softball Rules Committee approved the use of swing-tracking bat sensors during games for the coming 2018 season, becoming the first major baseball or softball organization to approve the devices for competition. The data will not be accessible until after the games but will provide a new reference point for players and coaches. “The…

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CCP Games Unveils First Virtual Reality Sport, Sparc

NEW YORK — Retired outfielder Johnny Damon was back competing at Yankee Stadium on Friday, only this time he wasn’t wearing pinstripes on the ballfield but a Puma polo shirt and Playstation virtual-reality headset. His hands held glowing controllers, as he twisted, punched and gyrated in the middle of an upstairs conference room. Damon, the…

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MLB Fines Boston Red Sox In So-Called Apple Watch Scandal

Major League Baseball revealed the results of its investigation into the Boston Red Sox for the so-called Apple Watch sign-stealing scandal and counter-charge that the New York Yankees improperly used a television camera for the same purpose. The classic Friday afternoon news dump — commissioner Rob Manfred’s statement hit this reporter’s inbox at 4:32 p.m….

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NASCAR Cup Champions Explain How They Use Wearables, Analytics

NEW YORK — When Kevin Harvick first wore a Polar heart-rate monitor during a NASACR race a few years ago, he sent the data back to the company for help with the analysis. Their response: “Wow, this wasn’t really what we were expecting.” Few outside the sport understood the driver’s physical strain during a long…

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Amazon Prime Announces Michigan Football Docuseries

Building on the momentum of its Thursday Night Football NFL package this Fall, Amazon Prime announced a new foray into the sports world with plans for an exclusive-access documentary series of the Michigan football season. The behind-the-scenes look at the storied Ann Arbor program will be co-produced by the Big Ten Network and will be…

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Three Sports Takeaways From Apple’s Keynote Event

Apple’s first keynote event from the company’s new Steve Jobs Theater featured strong sports components throughout the presentation. Here are SportTechie’s top three takeaways: 1. Apple Watch While baseball’s Boston Red Sox inadvertently introduced the sports world to one illicit feature of the Apple Watch — sign stealing — the tech giant unveiled the Apple…

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Mizuno Introduces Smart Baseball With Internal Pitch-Tracking Tech

Mizuno, a leading Japanese sporting goods supplier, recently unveiled a smart baseball embedded with built-in sensors to provide velocity, spin rate and rotation axis of pitches that will be available for purchase in 2018. TrackMan, Rapsodo and Pitch F/X have provided such information with external solutions such as radars and optical tracking cameras — just…

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