L.A. Chargers’ Russell Okung Wants You To Be Able To Buy A Home

Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Russell Okung wants to help democratize home buying. That’s why he became an angel investor in Loftium, a new company that provides prospective homeowners with money towards their down payment in exchange for a cut of their income from a very familiar housing-related company — Airbnb. “For most, the idea…

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Why Ryan Howard’s Venture Capital Firm Invested In Esports

Esports seem to be all the rage in Philadelphia these days. The Philadelphia 76ers are invested in Team Dignitas and recently welcomed an esports training startup to the inaugural class of its innovation lab. The Flyers, owned by Comcast, took a stake in a Philly team of the new, city-based Overwatch League. And on Wednesday, venture…

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Take Augmented Reality Pics With Bayern Munich’s Robben And Neuer

It’s getting easier to find and meet athletes these days thanks to athlete-centric platforms like Instagram, Facebook Live and Snapchat. But for those who might be half a world away from their favorite teams and players, German football club Bayern Munich has a solution that takes advantage of a different type of technology. Bayern Munich…

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Sparta Science Brings Injury Reduction Tech To University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is about to gain a significant competitive advantage over its Ivy League peers, but not in a way most would expect. Instead of becoming better or more athletic, they’ll simply be much healthier. That’s because Penn recently signed a three-year exclusivity deal with Sparta Science, an injury management technology company, it…

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Facebook Messenger Bot Plays Trivia With MLB Fans

Which player had the most RBI in 2015? Facebook Messenger wants to see if you know the answer. A new Messenger bot, announced last month, will engage MLB fans in trivia via the popular Facebook chat service. The bot is one of several created by major sports leagues and teams aiming to drive engagement with…

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PSV Eindhoven First In World To Use New Portable Ultrasound

PSV Eindhoven, one of the Netherlands’ premier soccer clubs, is no stranger to experimenting with new technologies. They’ve taken part in athlete cognitive training and, in 2015, became the first team in the Netherlands to play under LED lighting. And now they’ll be able to diagnose injuries to their athletes as soon as they occur. On…

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Broncos, Eagles, Texans Among NFL Teams To Enable AR Face Painting

Denver Broncos fans have plenty of reason to cheer this season. Their team is 3-1, and sports pundits laud their star-laden defense led by Von Miller. The franchise is also one of three — the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans are the others — to partner with mobile developer Yinzcam and digital agency Float Hybrid…

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VenueNext Partners With Shared Access To Move Into European Stadiums

After gaining significant traction in a number of stadiums and arenas across the United States, VenueNext has set its eyes upon its next target: Europe. VenueNext, which integrates technologies such as mobile ticketing, mobile concessions and merchandise, content distribution, and other game-day conveniences, has partnered with Shared Access, a European shared wireless infrastructure company, it…

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Pac-12 Sports Available On The ‘YouTube Of China’ With Alibaba Deal

In a quest to have its content delivered around the world, the Pac-12 is reaching across the Pacific Ocean to China. The conference has announced that Pac-12 Networks content will now be distributed across linear and digital channels by Alibaba through 2024. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the extended partnership is the availability of…

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