Posted by alex in 343-482-3733, MOBILE, STADIUM on 04-28-11 No Comments
Wi-Fi may finally be coming to a ballpark near you.
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. Â That means these services aren’t just offering Internet access for your tablet or smartphone, but Â also offer replay, real-time stats and the ability to order food right to your seats.
“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.
Posted by Seth in GENERAL on 04-27-11 833-505-3704
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.
Posted by Jonathan in 2498045846 on 04-27-11 No Comments
Man, 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 Â 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 Â 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 Â really is not that cool.
Posted by Jonathan in (337) 462-8996 on 04-26-11 (850) 905-2611
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.
Posted by Dan in 838-203-8569 on 04-26-11 1 Comment
The Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini and the golf club stalwart Callaway have decided to share their R&D and make a brand new golf club.Â Lamborghini has longÂ 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 Â 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.
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Episode 71: The NFL For President!
Dan breaks down the body blow online poker just took from regulators. Blum talks up the new book about what the NFL has to teach capitalism. Seth hates yet another video game. And finally ESPN on your iPad. (25.3 mb, 25.4 minutes)
Episode 70: “Are You Ready to Rumble?”
MLB TV’s online service is legitimately cool. The Masters will be a non-event online. Tiger Woods plays with crappy equipment andÂ Blum compares betting on Wrestlemania to trading corn futures.
Episode 69: “A Podcast Unlike Any Other”
The organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar seek to bend nature to their will with artificial clouds. Blum gloats over the NCAA Selection Committee’s epic seeding failures. Blackberry “Super” Apps underwhelm and Dan takes a crack at the new Masters video game.
Episode 68: “Revenge of the Nerds”
Seth and Blum mix it up with MIT over sports data. Dan reviews EA’s Fight Night Champion (virtual boxing is better than the real thing). Amar’e Stoudemire’s goggles get explained and the guys tour some physical fitness web sites. All that, plus, the week in review.
Episode 67: “Follow the Bouncing Blum”
Dan’s on the injured reserve this week, so Blum’s flying solo (with an assist from Seth the Tech Nihilist). In this episode: Seth breaks down March Madness On Demand, Blum wonders what gives with the crap-tastic apps that are dominating college athletics, a look into the NFL’s financial picture, plus the week in review at [...]
Episode 66: “It’s Hockey Night Tonight!”
It’s all hockey all the time for this week’s episode. Dan and Blum look at the cross-border battle between the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic as well as the Buffalo Sabres ownership change. Dan and Seth the Tech Nihilist reminisce about the classic NHL video games. Plus, how did a trade between the Stars and [...]
Episode 65: “Take This Job and Shove It”
Blum pitches his wild-eyed plan for NFL players to use social media to circumvent ownership. Seth the Tech-Nihilist gives his report on the new MLB.Com. Dan reviews NHL ‘11 (it’s awesome) and digs into some racing tech at Daytona.
Episode 64: “Jets Fans are Damaged Individuals”
As Blum gloats, Dan lets the Jets know they can go straight to hell. Also, the best televisions for your Super Bowl party; Dan discovers Broadcast HD; Blum shares his illicit passion for wooden baseball bats; PLUS, the best sports e-books for your e-reader.
Episode 63: “Jerry Rice Pulls a Boner”
Blum, fresh back from the 2011 CES, riffs on all things sports tech in Vegas. Dan breaks down best sports apps now that the iPhone is coming to Verizon. We give 3D TVs the once over since ESPN 3D is going 24/7. And finally, Dan sifts through the ashes that has become Jerry Rice’s career. [...]
Episode 62: “Tear the Roof off the Sucker!”
Dan and Blum sing backup to Parliament and hash out the weird Metrodome collapse. “The Big Chill” outdoor hockey game at the University of Michigan not only sold out, but also featured a pre-game physics lesson. Air Jordan still rules the the U.S. sports landscape and Blum geeks out on Clippers big man Blake Griffin, [...]