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Sports Tech Live - Issue #174

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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,
Apple acquiring the NFL Sunday ticket rumours seem to be picking up pace as it has trundled on for months now.
The report below suggests that the price could be as high as $2.5 billion per year.
DirecTV have the rights until the end of the 2022 season so no need to report the new deal any time soon but this would be a major move in the streaming wars of live sports.
There is also a story below about Netflix entering live sports as they search for new revenue channels as the number of subscribers decreases for the first time ever.
Infinite Reality are set to acquire ReKTGlobal for $470 million!
ReKT Global have a number of parts to its business including; esports team franchises, marketing and partnership services, talent management, and technology products.
We are likely to see a lot of M&A activity in the esports and metaverse industries as the industries mature and companies look for synergies in the space to build a bigger and better offer to fans.
Have a great sporting weekend,
Will

Streaming Wars
Apple likely to acquire NFL Sunday Ticket following 2022 season for huge sum - Sports Illustrated
Eleven Poland secures rights for Pro League Belgian football to 2024/25 season
BIG3 RETURNS TO CBS THIS SUMMER WITH 12 WEEKS OF FIREBALL3 – BIG3
Blum: The Angels’ embarrassing telecasts show why in-person broadcasting is necessary - The Athletic
‘The momentum continues’ as Prime becomes streaming home of Seattle Storm - Insider Sport
Warner Bros. Discovery Aims to Become Aggressive ‘Global Operator’ in Wide World of Sports
Next Edition of Turner’s The Match To Be Battle of NFL MVPs
Sports Betting
DAZN, Pragmatic Group Develop New ‘DAZN BET’ Brand for Next Year’s Soccer Season
'I was 30 years too early': Pete Rose opens up about MLB's new gambling stance
888 Hires US Head, Sets Launch Date For Next SI Sportsbook
DAZN Targets Ontario Sports Betting Q3 Launch With New Sportsbook
Handle At NJ Sportsbooks Still Growing Despite NY Launch
Pennsylvania Sportsbooks Top $1 Billion In Gross Revenue - Legal Sports Report
Fanatics wants to be a $100 billion company – here's how it plans to get there
esports & Gaming
ReKTGlobal to be acquired by Metaverse company Infinite Reality for $470m - Esports Insider
Global Esports Federation Names IMG Strategic Partner | licenseglobal.com
French President Wishes to Host TI, CS:GO Majors and LoL Worlds Alongside Olympics in 2024
Former Manchester United star Chicharito signs with Complexity | GINX Esports TV
Esports projected to generate $1.38bn in 2022 - Gaming Industry 24/7
OverActive Media reports $15.4M net loss in 2021 | Hitmarker
Content
NBA's Golden State Warriors step into movies, music and events with a new entertainment division
Legacy media has disrupted Netflix. The consequence may be mutually assured destruction
Social & Marketing
Yahoo Sports’ Owner Apollo Global Interested in Financing Twitter Buyout
How the Phoenix Suns built a championship brand—off the court
How a Brazilian soccer team is marketing to U.S. fans—and what it means for global sports branding
The Detroit Pistons Didn’t Make the Playoffs But They're Winning Off the Court
Deals
ReKTGlobal to be acquired by Metaverse company Infinite Reality for $470m - Esports Insider
Cricket NFT Platform Rario Raises $120 Million in Series A Funding Led By Dream Sports | Technology News
Better Collective acquires FUTBIN and related domains for €105m - Esports Insider
Sports Video Tech Company Trace Closes $47M Funding Round
Video-editing platform VideoVerse raises $46.8 million, expands globally | Business Insider India
Serena Williams’ New VC Fund Invests Seven Figures in Endorsement Firm – Sportico.com
"Be ready": Why investors are worried our pandemic boom is about to end
Crypto
Crypto: Dallas Cowboys, Blockchain.com form first ever NFL-crypto platform partnership
156 - Will Sports NFTs Survive? - The First Mint :: NFT Podcast | Podcast on Spotify
Tokens From Manchester City to PSG Prove Disappointing - Bloomberg
Alexandre Dreyfus
As we are continuing to invest in the US, to create a global network of the best sports properties, we are excited to add 13 NFL teams. We aim to offer a full range of digital assets & fan features in the future. @socios x @chiliz $CHZ
https://t.co/OAdpXV4zNK
Metaverse
NFL Pro Era - Official Announcement Trailer | Meta Quest Showcase
NFL Pro Era - Official Announcement Trailer | Meta Quest Showcase
Google teams up with NBA to create 'Pixel Arena' virtual experience
Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury to Launch Boxing NFT That Includes Ringside Tickets To His Final Match
The metaverse space race will be visible from Wall Street | VentureBeat
Behind Mark Zuckerberg big plans for AR glasses - The Verge
Women in Sport
The ‘Wonderful Monster’ of College Softball - WSJ
Billie Jean King Enterprises, Elysian Park Ventures, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and R/GA Ventures to Launch First Venture Studio Focused on Women and Sports
The Female Soccer Players Challenging France’s Hijab Ban - The New York Times
Student Athletes
NBC Sports NIL program includes Notre Dame | Ad Age
Borussia Dortmund’s International Academies Partner With Coaching Education App
Duke Soccer Players to Have NIL Options Through Boosta's Interactive Training Tools
Hardware & Wearables
SPEE3D showcases "world’s fastest" metal 3D printing technology at Formula 1 Australian GP - 3D Printing Industry
USFL's drones & helmet cam draw mixed reactions in debut
Minute Maid Park will be home to MLB's first Amazon Just Walk Out store
Sports
Icons Series Announces Inaugural USA Event Featuring Biggest Names in Sports at Liberty National Golf Club June 30-July 1 | Business Wire
The Pros And Cons Of Golf's Move To Digital | Golf Monthly
Pitch clock shaving 20 minutes off minor league games while scoring nearly same; stage set for MLB introduction in 2023
UCF football team is trading jersey numbers for QR codes - The Verge
Startups
Inside Autograph, Tom Brady's NFT startup
Sustainability
NHL Picks Student Winners of Earth Day Science Fair
ESKOOTR CHAMPIONSHIP™ ANNOUNCES CARBON NEUTRALITY FROM INCEPTION ON EARTH DAY 2022 | eSkootrChampionship
Partnerships
Jordan Spieth extends Under Armour partnership until 2029 | GolfMagic
Microsoft and XBOX to Become New Partners of the Atlanta Hawks | Atlanta Hawks
Scuderia AlphaTauri Partners with RapidAPI to Improve Performance and Digital Integration | Business Wire
NASCAR Signs Multi-Year LiveLike Extension to Boost Gamification Within App
San Diego Padres first MLB team to reach uniform ad deal for 2023, with Motorola
Best of the Rest
Popchew, SnapBack Sports Create New Virtual Concept | QSR magazine
Austin Whole Foods unveils pay-by-palm service for grocery shoppers | Fox Business
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