Innovation

Fundamentals: Angela Ruggiero on Innovation in Sports

  • Angela Ruggiero — CEO/Co-Founder of the Sports Innovation Lab — joins Fundamentals on Tuesday, May 19th.
  • The episode will begin promptly at 12pm (noon) ET and will stream live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On Tuesday May 19th, we will be joined by Angela Ruggiero, CEO/Co-Founder of the Sports Innovation Lab and a four-time Olympian who is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. More about Angela Ruggiero…(extended bio courtesy Sports Innovation Lab) Angela Ruggiero is a leading figure in the global sports world, having served as an elite athlete, […]

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Friday Five: R/GA’s Kyle Bunch

  • Bunch leads R/GA Ventures’ sports innovation partnerships with properties like adidas, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fox Sports, Levy Restaurants, MLB, MLS, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and UEFA.
  • "It’s a totally different landscape - it is that moment when the cable goes out for a day, and you pick up that old comic book, and all of a sudden, even when the cable is back, you say I’m going to keep reading this," he said.

As vice president and managing director of the Global Sports Venture Studio at R/GA Ventures, Kyle Bunch is tasked with helping partners like Adidas, MLB, MLS, and the Los Angeles Dodgers find new ways to improve the future of the athlete and fan experience through technology and innovation. However, there has been no moment in the history of the modern sports business that has made it harder to predict what that future looks like due to the complete shuttering of […]

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Q&A: Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman

  • The Big East has started initiatives in esports, mental health and more under Ackerman’s leadership.
  • Ackerman, co-chair of the NCAA’s working group on NIL, said the ultimate decision “will change the college landscape, no matter what happens, forever.”

Big East commissioner Val Ackerman is a jack of all trades. She’s been a college student athlete and then a professional basketball player. She was an NBA lawyer turned executive. She was the late David Stern’s right hand woman and then the founding President of the WNBA. She has served as the President of USA Basketball and worked with FIBA, the U.S. Soccer Federation and NYU. She’s been on countless boards and committees, from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics […]

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Gx Development Shows Gatorade’s Commitment Beyond Thirst Quencher

  • Still the dominant sports drink, Gatorade is focused on growing other business segments as well.
  • Athlete personalization and technology are at the forefront of Gatorade's innovation.

Xavi Cortadellas, Gatorade’s head of innovation and design, jokes his job is often thought of as just changing drink colors.  But what it truly entails is the development of products ranging from energy chews and protein powders to digital platforms. It’s all part of Gatorade’s plan to push further into technology and athlete personalization, and taking those innovations from the professional level to weekend warriors as a way to maintain its status as the dominant sports drink. “[It’s] everything we’re […]

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Why the Mountain West Doesn’t Mind Being a Guinea Pig

As the Mountain West enters its 20th season, the conference is fully embracing its role as a guinea pig for the rest of the NCAA.   The conference was the first to launch a 24/7 linear TV network, The Mountain West Sports Network, in 2006, a year before the Big Ten Network. It was also the first conference to sign with Precision Timing Systems in 2003 and work with DVSports basketball instant replay system, and the first conference to broadcast on […]

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Counter Logic Gaming Continuing Growth Under MSG With New Streaming Studio

When Madison Square Garden Co. acquired a controlling stake in Counter Logic Gaming in July 2017, the massive sports and entertainment company aimed to leverage its expertise in traditional stick and ball sports business into the world of esports. In these last two years, that has come to life in a variety of ways for the esports organization, ranging from new and more deeply integrated sponsorships to player health and wellness upgrades that put CLG athletes more in line with […]

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