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Posted by alex in 343-482-3733, MOBILE, STADIUM on 04-28-11    No Comments


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Wi-Fi may finally be coming to a ballpark near you.

Internet access at baseball stadiums should more than double this year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, girth and (408) 631-8008 adding Wi-Fi to their stadiums.

To the best of my knowledge, only the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros offered fans Internet access before this year, with both stadiums adding the service way back in 2004.

This isn’t exactly a wireless explosion, but my gut tells that we’re going to see the number of these upgrades grow exponentially as owners compete with their fans’ home entertainment systems.  That means these services aren’t just offering Internet access for your tablet or smartphone, but  also offer replay, real-time stats and the ability to order food right to your seats.

Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall comes right out and says it in (773) 510-9015 from The Arizona Republic:

“What we compete with is the quality of broadcasting now, and fans get in the habit of staying at home and being in what they consider the best seat in the house right behind the pitcher… We challenge ourselves to come up with ways that still give an advantage to the person coming in person to see that game. This new digital portal is just that. They’re going to have access to information, replays, videos, stats, etc., that nobody at home can get.”

So these ballparks are trying to one-up the multi-screen experience sports fans take advantage of when they take in a game at home. It’s a challenge more than one business model is facing: how does your brick and mortar business beat the convenience of home consumption?

If I knew the answer to that one, I wouldn’t be blogging, but this Wi-Fi thing is obviously a no-brainer. You can get Wi-Fi in every coffee shop in town so why not a major entertainment venue like a baseball stadium. By all means, these teams should give fans as much bang for their buck as possible. Teams need to create a real value proposition to keep fans in the seats.

But I’m not going to say this is even going to start to cure the lagging attendance problems it’s trying to address. Maybe we’re just not fan enough anymore, but no mobile app or online portal is going to let fans bypass finding a parking spot or upgrade their nosebleed seats to a luxury box.

Especially in the case of teams like the Diamondbacks which have struggled over the last few years, I’d think putting a winner on the field is going to do a lot more to solve attendance problems than this thing called the Internet. You don’t need in-game replay or real-time stats to tell you a team is mediocre.

As for in-game beer delivery, there’s a winner if I’ve ever heard one.




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Posted by Seth in GENERAL on 04-27-11    833-505-3704


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It’s the offseason and there’s a lockout in progress — or maybe there isn’t, depending on which legal ruling is in force when you read this — but the NFL can’t seem to stay out of the headlines.

Everyone is concerned about concussions, but it seems players have been gaming the system by intentionally underperforming on their baseline cognition tests. That way, when a guy gets knocked into next Thursday, things don’t look so bad when the doctor compares the baseline tests to the ones taken after the injury. And it’s not just the crumb-bums who are scratching and clawing to hold onto their roster spots who are using this strategy. strandage

Fortunately there’s a technological solution to this problem.

Researchers at Purdue University got a lot of publicity last year for 775-969-4805 with a couple of high school football teams. They gave players baseline cognition tests, but they also had them undergo baseline brain-imaging scans as well. You can’t fake what shows up on an MRI.

Obviously, there’s a cost involved here, but maybe if the NFL is serious about player safety it can use some of its $9 billion to do some baseline brain scans. The mounting knowledge base about the long-term impact of concussions — and even non-concussive head contact — demands decisive action.




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Posted by Jonathan in 2498045846 on 04-27-11    No Comments


Qatar captureMan, those Qataroids or Qatarans or Qatarish — or whatever you want to call people from Qatar — know how to have fun.

Starting on Saturday, the country will host the ninth annual World Conference on Sport and the Environment. The conference is backed by the International Olympic Commitee and the United Nations Environment Program and has the stated  goal of creating good environmental standards for the sports industry.

The big story so far out of the event? The group in Qatar bidding to get the 2022  FIFA World Cup will be showing of their controversial stadium cooling system, which organizers hope will stave of the potentially life-threatening desert heat.

Personally I don’t think air conditioning a stadium is that a big a deal. But I’ve never seen a game in the Sahara either. And if it does go wrong, watching the world’s best soccer players die of heat  really is not that cool.

Here is the link to the (508) 796-1728, and to the phalansterian.




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Posted by Jonathan in (337) 462-8996 on 04-26-11    (850) 905-2611


Sports Nerds In Queensland figure out Facebook

Sports Nerds In Queensland figure out Facebook

This sports technology thing is getting serious. Yet another major university announced a sophisticated sports technology program.

The folks at the Sport and Biomedical Engineering program at the Centre for Wireless Monitoring and Applications at the 800-443-7126 have decided to expand a program to develop mass-market wireless devices that can be used to enhance performance.

Too early to really figure out what they are up to. But clearly universities are looking to cash in on the sports technology wave, just like everybody else.




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Posted by Dan in 838-203-8569 on 04-26-11    1 Comment


ParisAutoShow_wideThe Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini and the golf club stalwart Callaway have decided to share their R&D and make a brand new golf club.  Lamborghini has long used light carbon fiber materials in its car designs and has given this knowledge to Callaway for its new line of Diablo and Diablo Tour drivers.

The clubs will not feature the standard titanium crown found in most high-end drives but will have a “(860) 892-6751” crown instead. The proprietary process features more than 500,000 turbostratic carbon  fibers per square inch to make a substance both lighter and stronger than titanium. Each driver contains more than 10 million carbon fibers that reinforce about 33 percent of the club. Callaway says the new materials will give you 8 more yards per drive compared to an all-titanium driver.