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Poised for Pandemic, SloCoach Makes Move in United States

On the surface, it would appear that SloCoach would be one of those companies that must have formed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. An online coaching tool where athletes can upload videos of themselves practicing their sports—with professional or Olympic-level athletes or coaches returning a video critique—seems to be tailor-made for the new […]

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How Artificial Intelligence Has Helped College Stadiums

As the world navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic, collegiate athletics programs are taking proactive measures to lower the number of game-day challenges, and are preparing to come out the other side of the pandemic with momentum. Guest services personnel are getting bombarded with new questions and requests, making it hard to keep up with the […]

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Gambling Part of New Sports Venue Frontier, Panelists Say

Nearly every day, there is a new partnership between a professional sports team and a gambling company — and sometimes the partnership even includes a college. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on legalized sports gambling, each election day brings a new state that will allow gambling within state lines. For any team […]

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The Evolution of Esports Venues

When Esports Stadium Arlington opened in 2018 in Texas, it marked the dawn of a new era for esports and live events. The first esports-specific venue at a municipally owned building—a renovation of the city’s convention center—it marked a landmark in the evolution of esports and the facilities that could support live esports events. Before […]

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Levi’s Stadium, Home of San Francisco 49ers, Going Cashless

The San Francisco 49ers have announced that Levi’s Stadium will be a cashless payment venue whenever fans are able to return to watch NFL action in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers also used the announcement to promote a multi-year partnership extension with Visa, making the move to only accept card or mobile payments for concessions, […]

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Tech Companies Focused on Contactless Fan Experience

However and whenever sports fans are allowed back into venues, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many of the new technologies that were already in planning and development to make the experience more frictionless than ever before. Gone — at least for now and perhaps for good — are the days when paper tickets were exchanged […]

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Micro Events and Web Episodes:
How One Event Organizer Repositioned His Business

Twenty years ago, Micah Desforges launched Ripper Skateboards, a project that began as a passion play of sorts for the Montreal native who was a skateboarder and action sports enthusiast. Over the course of a decade, the brand grew in popularity, generating a social media following that still boasts nearly 70,000 followers on Facebook even though […]

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USTA Partners with Zoom for Virtual U.S. Open Events

In an unusual year with no spectators at the U.S. Open, the United States Tennis Association has announced a partnership with Zoom Video Communications to provide virtual experiences during the tournament, including VIP virtual hospitality events and a celebrity fundraising drive. The U.S. Open will be staged August 31 – September 13 at the Billie […]

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3 Companies Preparing for the Return of Spectators

So much of the sports-event industry’s return to action from the COVID-19 pandemic has been focused, as a first step, on making sure the competitors are able to perform without the risk of catching the coronavirus. But just as important is how crowds will be able to become part of the scenery again — first […]

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