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Sports Tech Live

All your Sports Tech news in one place, covering topics like AR/VR, Data Analytics, eSports, Live Streaming, Sports Betting, Wearables, etc.

Hey Sports Tech Fans,
What a hectic week!
Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp going down feels like weeks ago, but it only happened on Monday!
Newcastle have finally been sold to a Saudi back consortium after 14 years of Mike Ashley ownership. The ultimate goal is to surely elevate the club to be among Europe’s elite ala Manchester City and PSG in years gone by.
It has taken a long time to get over the line, in part due to the ongoing issue between Qatar-based BeIN sports, who own Middle East rights to the Premier League and Saudi-based BeoutQ which was illegally rebroadcasting BeIN feeds to users in Saudi Arabia.
Well all of that has now been resolved and Newcastle have new owners.
It remains to be seen whether financial rules will allow Newcastle to receive significant cash injections or if this will have to be a more measured approach over a longer time period.
I mentioned Facebook going down earlier but that was only a minor blip compared to what has happened over at Twitch.
Tweets surfaced on Tuesday that everything had been leaked and by everything I mean EVERYTHING.
It was only a matter of hours before sites popped up showing you what the top 100 streamers have made in the last 2 years!
Later on, as the massive folder of files was poured over by journalists and those interested in gaming and Twitch it became clear that all the source code was included in the leak.
All of the source code for Twitch with a history of changes from its inception in 2011 after pivoting from Justin.tv
The source code included a competitor to Steam which is the biggest marketplace for PC games.
It is unclear at this point whether passwords and emails were leaked but it’s wise to change them if you have a Twitch account.
Twitch did email all users to say that their stream keys have been changed.
Twitch still has a massive lead in the game streaming space over YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming but this was sure to have sent shockwaves through the community and to the top streamers who have had all of their earnings reported out in the open.
These earnings have been confirmed by a number of people featuring on the list.
Some have taken it in their stride as it has become a meme but others might not be so happy and might see future earnings from the platform impacted as a result.
A big revelation was that a Dungeons and Dragons channel is the top earner, grossing $9.6 million in the almost 2 year period included in the leaks.
Have a great sporting weekend,
Will

Streaming Wars
PlayersTV Continues Global Expansion with Rakuten TV, YouTube TV, Philo and Local Now as New Distribution Partners
Utah Jazz and Zoom join forces to live stream Jazz open practice - Utah Business
NBA replaces Ziggo with ESPN as Netherlands broadcasting partner - Insider Sport
Buccaneers-Patriots Match Is NBC’s Second Most-Watched ‘Sunday Night Football’ Game Ever
LiveNow partners with Eleven Sport to offer pay-per-view access to LaLiga and Serie A matches in Belgium
Etisalat, Starzplay to air ICC T20 World Cup in MENA |
Tender process launched in Mena for media rights to Arab Cup 2021
Eleven acquires AFC rights in 6 new markets |
Amazon Prime Video Announces Upcoming NFL Thursday Night Football Programming Beginning This Week | Cord Cutters News
Formula E season 7 races to record-breaking global audiences | Ratings/Measurement | News | Rapid TV News
Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka to go head-to-head in latest version of ‘The Match’
Gambling
MGM will seek control of BetMGM in negotiations with DraftKings and Entain, MGM CEO says | Fortune
Exclusive: Football Index owners spent £15m of customers' money on global expansion plan as company collapsed
Fubo Gaming signs first NBA partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers
Genius Sports, PointsBet Expand Partnership with Official Sportsbook Data and Fan Engagement Solutions
PGA Tour Extends PointsBet Sports Partnership, Introduces F2P Game - GamblingNews
MLB Will Produce Betting-Focused ALDS Stream Sponsored by BetMGM
DraftKings to open new office in southwest Las Vegas | Las Vegas Review-Journal
esports & Gaming
Twitch confirms data breach as million-dollar payouts to games streamers leak online | Science & Tech News | Sky News
Twitch leak: 10 biggest revelations from the unprecedented data breach
Content
Netflix’s ‘Bad Sport’ Probes Sports’ Wildest Scandals, from Drug Trafficking to Horse Murder
Apple TV+ shares teaser for Kevin Durant basketball show 'Swagger' | iMore
Ted Lasso: Premier League agrees £500,000 licensing deal with hit TV show - The Athletic
Deals
Newcastle takeover: Winning PR battle just the start as owners worth £700bn seek to emulate Man City success | Football News | Sky Sports
Leaders Group, Parent Company of Sports Business Journal, Agrees to Acquire SportTechie
Saracens set for major investment after agreeing takeover deal · The42
Alembic Raises $5.2M in Funding
Venture-backed FloSports acquires HockeyTech | Venture Capital Journal
With acquisition, Durham startup Teamworks aims to be 'comprehensive operating system' for elite athletes | WRAL TechWire
Crypto
NFT startup Dapper Labs acquires virtual influencer startup Brud – TechCrunch
Women in Sport
FIFA joins forces on ground-breaking female player health and performance study
NCAA to Use 'March Madness' Branding to Promote Women's Basketball Tournament - Bloomberg
‘This guy has a pattern’: Amid institutional failure, former NWSL players accuse prominent coach of sexual coercion – The Athletic
UEFA and European women's leagues join forces to criticise World Cup plans
Partnerships
London, Boston, NY, Chicago Marathons sign up technology company iFit | SportBusiness
WTA collaborates with KPMG to unveil new health & safety connect app
NBA extends long-term American Express partnership - SportsPro
Two Circles appointed by Eredivisie to drive d2c growth | SportBusiness
Hardware & Wearables
Amazon's healthcare ambitions have a new target: your home
Startups
SportsTech Belgium Summit - SportsTech Belgium
Iker Casillas’ Sportboost startup accelerator gets La Liga backing - SportsPro
Data
AI
Sportsbox AI to Launch 3D Golf on Monday, Delivers Slo-Mo Biomechanics to Smartphones
AR/VR
MLB Postseason 2021: Turner Sports Tackles National League With New AR-Heavy Set, In-Game Graphic Animations
Collectibles
The Player-Led Venture That Turned Trading Cards Upside Down - WSJ
Appointments
EBU - Wildemann appointed new Head of Football at Eurovision Sport
Facebook
Facebook’s Apps Went Down. The World Saw How Much It Runs on Them. - The New York Times
Whistleblower: Facebook chose profit over public safety
Covid 19
Sources: Nets' Kyrie Irving could lose millions according to NBA, NBPA agreement on salary reduction for unvaccinated players
Best of the Rest
Inside the Nike Sport Research Lab LeBron James Innovation Center - Nike News
18 NBA Veterans Arrested in $4 Million Health Insurance Fraud Scheme – NBC New York
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