Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings Lead The Way For Sports In Cryptocurrency Solutions

  • Kings were the first NBA team to accept Bitcoin and cryptocurrency as payment.
  • The team has initiated a blockchain-based loyalty program.

The Sacramento Kings have been at the forefront of many technology trends in sports, especially when it comes to cryptocurrency and blockchain innovations. In 2014, the Kings became the first professional sports team to accept bitcoin as a payment option – and remain one of the few as others look toward ways to integrate blockchain technology in a worthwhile way. The team also mines cryptocurrency in its data center and earlier this year announced a new blockchain-powered rewards program with […]

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5G Sports Benefits

5G Providers Continue To Lean on Sports To Demonstrate Possibilities

  • Verizon’s 5G network will be in 10 NBA arenas throughout the season.
  • For now, 5G is largely limited by consumer devices.

Sports continues to be one of the industries showing the power of 5G, providing some of the best use cases for the next generation of connectivity. As major telecommunications firms AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile continue to deploy 5G coverage, they continue to tout sports venues as a perfect place to demonstrate the technology before it becomes ubiquitous. Verizon counts its latest deployments as three NBA arenas: Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena, San Francisco’s Chase Center, and Denver’s Pepsi Center. Madison […]

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Sacramento Kings Continuing Push To Remain NBA’s Tech Leader

  • The Sacramento Kings and Blockparty have partnered to create the NBA's first blockchain-powered rewards program.
  • Its "Call the Shots" rewards program is the latest example of the Kings' interests in blockchain, which dates back to 2014.

For the 2018-2019 NBA season, the Sacramento Kings finished with their best record since 2005 – at 39-43. While the team hasn’t made a playoff appearance since their 2005-postseason run, its executives are hell-bent on driving change through other means.  “From the first day that [co-owner Vivek Ranadivé] purchased the team [in 2013], he really wanted us to have innovation as part of our DNA,” Kings Chief Technology Officer Ryan Montoya said. “He started off with the big vision of […]

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Phil Horn Burger Patch

Ex-NBA Exec Finds New Career Path in Plant-Based Burger Patch

After more than a decade as a sports executive, Phil Horn thought he’d always work in the industry – at least until an entrepreneurial itch took hold. Now, the former Sacramento Kings senior vice president of sales and services has gone from selling tickets and sponsorships to plant-based burgers as he looks to build a vegan fast-food empire.  For Horn, the decision to leave his role in sports and dive head-first into the Burger Patch operation along with his wife, […]

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