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BigTeams hires Walker, raises funds for national expansion

04 / 21 / 14

BigTeams, a Northern Virginia-based provider of website and software solutions for high school athletic programs, has hired industry veteran Clay Walker as its chief executive officer and recently closed a venture capital funding round aimed at fueling a major national expansion. ...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

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NFL warms up to variable pricing

The NFL could have 10 or more teams using variable ticket pricing in some fashion for the 2014 season, said Brian Lafemina, league senior vice president of club business development, further evidence of the league’s embrace this offseason of more advanced pricing strategies. The Detroit Lio ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

Sportvision: We’ll remain MLBAM partner

Chicago-based Sportvision Inc. has received a direct challenge from MLB Advanced Media’s new effort to develop a player tracking system in conjunction with TrackMan A/S and ChyronHego Corp. But Sportvision thinks it will survive the new arrival and remain a long-term partner of baseball’ ...

Tags: Media

Bay area teams lead the way

The San Francisco Giants have the third-largest total social media following in baseball, trailing only the twin economic titans of the league, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. A fan can follow the Giants via active feeds on Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest, and the club last year op ...

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Crowdfunding raises the stakes

Mike Crowley, chief executive of Ohio-based InfoMotion Sports Technologies, had seed money for his company. But what he needed was a little extra cash to bring his new, sensor-embedded basketball to market, and more importantly, a more dynamic way to tell his story. Enter Kickstarter, a ...

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SI adding features to 50th Swimsuit

The golden anniversary of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition is fueling a 12 percent jump in revenue for the magazine’s iconic franchise, extending a recent wave of growth. Specific financial figures were not disclosed, but this year marks the fifth consecutive year of growth in Sw ...

Tags: Media

Comcast's X1 gets Sochi streaming

Comcast is expanding its X1 interactive video platform to allow its subscribers to see NBC Sports’ online streaming coverage of the Sochi Olympics on televisions. NBC Sports is streaming every event in Sochi live, a first for the Winter Olympics and expanding on what it did two years ago in ...

Tags: Olympics, Media

Fox keeping SB live stream simple

Fox Sports will not be showing alternate camera angles such as the popular “All-22” view during its live stream of Super Bowl XLVIII because of contractual ties between the NFL and technology partner Microsoft Corp. League and network officials confirmed that Fox Sports will not be re ...

Tags: Media, Super Bowl

Padres’ system combines fan touch points

The San Diego Padres are ramping up efforts to understand fan behavior and habits. The team is introducing a radio frequency identification system that will combine ticketing, concessions, its fan loyalty program and in-game entertainment. Like the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays, the Pad ...

Tags: Franchises

Yahoo’s ‘Loops’ raising rights issues

Leagues and TV networks are questioning the legality of a new feature on Yahoo Sports’ mobile app that curates game highlights in near real-time. The feature, “Loops,” was launched at the beginning of the year and allows users to create in-game GIFs (graphics interchange format ...

Tags: Media, Leagues and Governing Bodies

Big boost for MLBAM's business

MLB Advanced Media’s acquisition of streaming video deals with Sony and World Wrestling Entertainment, each announced last week at the International Consumer Electronics Show, represents the biggest boost to its non-baseball business since it began streaming ESPN3 nearly four years ago. Bas ...

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