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How the NFL uses Zebra Technologies’ RFID chips to track everything on the field but the ball

November 19th, 2014 at 7:30 pm » Comments Off

RFID tags can be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips are usually used as security tags on clothes in stores, but this year they can also be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. As the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions descended upon London this weekend, accompanying them were executives from Zebra […]

Here’s what the geography of NFL fandom looks like

September 9th, 2014 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

A map of Facebook fans of NFL teams across the United States In the first regular season NFL football game of the season last week, the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Green Bay Packers. One way of looking at that: The 46 players wearing Seattle Seahawks uniforms had a higher score than the 46 players in Green Bay […]

Take a look inside some of the most lavish college gyms in the U.S.

August 26th, 2014 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

Auburn University’s track weaves throughout the gym. When Louisiana State University was designing its new $58 million recreation center, recently,  it was partly looking at besting its Southeastern Conference rival, Auburn University, whose new $52.5 million facility opened last August.    

NFL players to wear RFID chips to track their movements on the field

August 8th, 2014 at 3:29 pm » Comments Off

The sensors will track the players on the field. Beginning this September, and for the first time ever 17 National Football League stadiums will employ radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to better track how players move on the field during games. The football league has partnered with Zebra Technologies to use its quarter-sized RFID sensors inside the shoulder pads […]

Robots replace cheering fans at Korean baseball games

August 1st, 2014 at 8:45 am » Comments Off

The creators hope the robots can lead chants by real fans too. A struggling Korean baseball team, the Hanwha Eagles, have invented a novel way to improve atmosphere at their matches – by bringing in a crowd of robot fans.    

Where do most college football players come from?

January 20th, 2014 at 2:34 pm » Comments Off

To find the right players, college football teams recruit players from all around the country. Now we can now see where most of the recruits come from.  

Will massive open televised sporting events (MOTSEs) disrupt the world of sports?

December 28th, 2013 at 9:05 am » Comments Off

Who needs to go to the game with such great photos? Paul Campos offers the interesting observation that the inflation-adjusted price of tickets to live sports events has been rising for decades while the quality-adjusted price of watching said sports events at home has been falling.    

Technology’s Threat to the Future of Sports – Part 1

December 12th, 2013 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Recently I returned from a trip to Seoul, Korea where I was asked to speak at the Global Sports Marketing Forum on the “future of sports.” This event was part of a series being planned to draw attention to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.    

WNBA referees debut live high-definition ‘Ref Cam’

June 14th, 2013 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

Wearing a cloud computer like Google Glass on your face can be important for capturing moments in life from a first-person perspective. Now the WNBA, the female division of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has decided to deploy its own version first-person camera to referees for live games.    

Pricing baseball seats like airline tickets

April 8th, 2013 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

It’s impossible to set the “right ticket prices” months in advance of an individual ballgame. On Opening Days across the country organists are again playing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at the baseball stadiums.  But there is another game being played in box office backrooms.  Seventeen out of the 30 Major League teams […]

World’s oldest marathon runner retires at 101 years old

February 27th, 2013 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

Fauja Singh is not your average great-great grandfather. Singh has completed nine 26-mile marathons since taking up long-distance running just over ten years ago.    

Social media is spoiling the Super Bowl ad surprises

January 15th, 2013 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

Super Bowl ad surprises ruined by social media. There is a growing feeling that marketers’ use of social media is ruining the surprise of Super Bowl ads. Last Super Bowl, just one memorable ad bucked this trend last Super Bowl–Chrysler’s offering with Clint Eastwood–while other firms such as Honda made similar versions available on YouTube and Facebook. […]

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