Technology

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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Demand For Virtual Training Apps Climbs in $19 Billion Youth Sports Space

  • Famer, an interactive sports coaching, training, and mentorship platform, has seen the usage of its app double almost every day since late last week.
  • Techne Futbol, a soccer training app developed by former USWNT player Yael Averbuch, has seen app usage up 30 times over the previous few days.

As practices, games, and travel have been canceled across the board for the foreseeable future at the youth sports level, applications on mobile platforms are emerging as the paramount replacement for the in-person elements of sports for children. “One week ago today in our world, things changed,” said Rich Abend, CEO of Famer, an interactive virtual coaching and training app that launched just one year ago. In just the past week, those companies dedicated to meeting the sports education, practice […]

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Office Hours: Peter Hutton on Facebook’s Next Step In Sports

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Powered by RedCircle Welcome to a new episode of Office Hours: a podcast where Front Office Sports CEO Adam White has a discussion with figures from throughout the sports industry centered around three basic questions. Those questions are “What’s on your mind today?”, “What are you excited about?”, and “Any big ideas or theories you want to share?” Peter Hutton is the current Director of Sports Partnerships at Facebook. Previously, he spent just over three years as the […]

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Michael Redd

Athletes Turn to Tech to Prolong Careers On And Off The Field

  • Athletes finding equity investment in various tech sectors a natural move.
  • New generation of team owners offer players tech industry and investment insight.

Technology continues to impact sports in a variety of ways, from prolonging careers on the field to impacting the way fans experience live events. Those advancements are also providing athletes new investment opportunities. For current professional athletes, former NBA guard Michael Redd said it’s important to realize their position can make it easy to meet essentially anyone and open doors that might not otherwise be open to them.  “Really the last five to seven years, athletes are thinking of themselves […]

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Allegiant Stadium Technology Critical To Fan Experience

  • The Raiders and Cox Business partnered to ensure Allegiant Stadium will be among the most connected NFL stadiums.
  • With modern fan behavior, new stadiums require state-of-the-art connectivity or risk backlash.

With new NFL stadiums set to open in two of the world’s foremost entertainment cities, technology will be paramount to their success. Both Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium and Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium are promising to deliver state-of-the-art technology integration to fans.  For the Raiders – who will officially become the Las Vegas Raiders later this spring – and the team’s fans, that can’t come soon enough. In Oakland, the team didn’t control its stadium, which lacked technological advancements, according to […]

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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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Mountain West ShotTracker

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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CFB Community Divided On How To Solve Attendance Woes

With baseball – both MiLB and MLB – adopting new ways to drive fan engagement at the ballpark, college football is aiming to solve this same problem. One season removed from the sport’s worst attendance record since 1996, college football is divided on how to address this issue. At Big Ten media day on July 19, Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald argued that cellphones are making spectators disinterested with the in-game experience. Even if they do attend, Fitzgerald claims their […]

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Leagues Continuing to Appreciate, Embrace AI

In 2019, it is impossible to avoid the ever-growing presence of artificial intelligence – in the workforce. In the media. And last, but certainly not least, sports. From professional baseball to the NBA to the NFL, three of America’s most prominent sports have made their interests in AI abundantly clear. Instead of shying away from the conversation, the trio are making deeper investments into a space where the future ramifications are still too unclear to predict. While professional sports push […]

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