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Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin that rely on blockchain technology are changing the way fans and sports teams interact. (Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP Images)

How Blockchain is Changing Sports

For sports fans unfamiliar with the term, “blockchain” may sound like some new football strategy instead of what it is: An encrypted computer network technology used for keeping records on—and thereby verifying—transactions involving cryptocurrency or other items of value. Fans, however, are finding that the technology is popping up increasingly in football and other sports. […]

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JetPack Aviation demonstrated its capabilities at several Red Bull Air Races in 2018, including a race staged in Budapest. Photograph: Mark Somay/Red Bull Content Pool

Jetpack Racing League Preps for Takeoff

Jetpacks are a technology that always seems to be in the future. But that future seems to be getting a little closer. Soon, you may be able to attend a race as a fan—or host one as a venue—in the JetPack Racing League. That, at least, is the plan conceived by David Mayman, CEO of […]

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The Stadium Game

Older generations of sports fans have been mostly content with simply attending an event and enjoying the action. But anyone attuned to the next generation of sports fans can predict the future of the live-event experience: It will be interactive, likely in ways that seem unimaginable today. Alex Hertel, co-founder and CEO of Xperiel, is not […]

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Courting Tennis Players

One of the biggest challenges in sports is keeping participation growing at the grass-roots level. This is especially true of long-established sports like tennis. While the retro appeal of tennis whites at a private club is celebrated each year at Wimbledon, many people—especially younger people—are not drawn to that experience. But they are drawn to […]

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Data Dive

As NCAA sports have burgeoned into a billion-dollar business, the collegiate association has lagged behind other organizations when it comes to managing and distributing data and statistics. In a world where fans display a seemingly unending appetite for information, this can hamper growth. In May, the NCAA announced a bold foray into digital stats by […]

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Safety Check

Anyone who has seen ice hockey players smashing into the boards at 25 miles per hour has likely cringed and wondered, “How do they skate away from that?” Hockey insiders have the same concerns, judging by an impromptu conversation between David Morehouse and Jerry MacCleary at a Pittsburgh Penguins game earlier this year. Morehouse, president […]

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