Media Notes: Yvonne Sampson To Join Channel Nine's Cricket Coverage
Australia's Channel Nine's male-dominated cricket team "will increase its female presence next summer, with the station bringing sports presenter Yvonne Sampson into the coverage." And, while Sampson will be hosting, rather than providing special comments during play, Nine Head of Sport Steve Crawley said that the cricket commentary team -- "long a male bastion -- would definitely have a woman providing ball-by-ball commentary in due course" (BRISBANE TIMES, 2/2). ... A "new app using crowdsourced insights into betting patterns has been launched for iPads." London-based technology firm BETFUZE "has developed the app as a tool for sports betting." Using the crowdsourced Twitter sentiment engine -- Sentimeter -- the app "helps better predict the outcome of sports bets by analysing the tweets of millions of sports fans in real-time" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 1/31). ... Spanish newspaper AS has "linked with the NBA to become the league's official Spanish web page." Fans will now "be able to access AS' official NBA page via NBA.es." The new website "will offer exclusive videos, recaps of all games, live stats, standings, news and more" (AS, 2/2).