Connect with the SportsTech and SportsBiz Communities During Super Bowl 50 Week in SF

 

Super Bowl 50 is on track to be the most tech-savvy sports event in history and will be played at Levi’s Stadium, the most tech-savvy stadium in the world.

Many amazing sportstech startups and sportsbiz professionals are involved with Super Bowl 50 in a variety of ways, so we want to give everyone an opportunity to also connect with each other during this historic week for the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Join us Wednesday, February 3rd from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the rooftop lounge of Jones (map) for a mixer event with a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

We’ve invited friends from sports and tech startups, investors and VC’s, sponsors, partners, athletes, NFL, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, 50 Fund, our local Bay Area professional and college sports organizations and more, so everyone is welcome to attend.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and include a hosted bar until 7pm.

Please register at our Eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sportstech-big-game-mixer-tickets-21107413843

And, even if you can’t make it, please join our SF Meetup group for future events, join our worldwide newsletter or follow us on Twitter @sportscolab.

If you’re interested to sponsor or if you are a startup that wants to be featured at the event, please email us at info@sportscolab.com.

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ESPN Blends Winter and Summer Events for X Games Olso

ESPN announced that it has licensed X Games Oslo, set for Feb. 24-28 in the Norwegian capital, in partnership with local broadcaster TV2, event production company SAHR Concepts and the Oslo city government. The five-day event will include snowboarding, skiing and skateboarding events – the first X Games event to include both summer and winter sports in the same city – along with a major music act yet to be identified.

USA Wins World Cup 2015 As Girls Soccer Keeps Growing and Growing

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USA won the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Vancouver with an awesome 5-2 victory over Japan, led by a goal spree by Carli Lloyd.

While the United States is buzzing over their first World Cup victory since 1999, much has changed since then.

Back in 1999, there was no Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr or Snapchat.

Most blogs didn’t exist (Blogger was a baby just getting started and WordPress launched in 2003).

The iPhone launched in 2007.

As hard as it might be to imagine a world that existed without social media, today’s smartphones, tablets and tech everywhere, soccer for girls has been on the rise even before the explosion of internet and social media.

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However, given the fragmented attention span, the consistent growth of girls playing soccer is even more remarkable.

Other sports have the same access to technology.  Unlike many sports such as basketball, football, baseball and hockey, there hasn’t been the same broadcast exposure to soccer in the US, let alone women’s soccer.

Even the attention of the World Cup has been separated every four years.

Girls playing soccer in high school has simply grown organically, or to put in today’s social media terms, virally.

Those playing the game are growing the fan base every year.

There are two fascinating YouTube videos for this World Cup Final that illustrate the power and passion of fans that’s fueling soccer in the US.

The first, a video leading to the World Cup Final between USA and Japan, was created by a fan.  Not a television network with a staff of editors.

The second video is at a watch party in Kansas City at the end of the World Cup Final, where the excitement isn’t just fans watching the game, but watching fans watch the game.

Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s National Team and US Soccer, looks like you’re just getting warmed up.

Jaguar Uses Wearables and Sensors to Measure Fan Engagement at Wimbledon 2015

  

Jaguar, the official car of Wimbledon, has launched its #FeelWimbledon campaign, using sensors to analyse the range of emotions that fans go through at the tennis tournament.

As part of the fan experience, selected members of the Wimbledon crowd will be provided with biometric wristbands, measuring heart rate and movement, while in-ground sensors will monitor the energy around the courts and global sentiment on social media will also be analysed.

Every day during Wimbledon, tennis fans can access live updates of the mood and crowd emotions by visiting www.feelwimbledon.co.uk.

Former British number one Tim Henman, who now sits on the committee at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club said: “There’s no other tournament like Wimbledon and the experience gets better each year.

“The drama, passion and excitement, shared by both players and fans alike, is what makes Wimbledon the number one tennis tournament in the world, and it’s great to see Jaguar celebrating these unique qualities as part of their #FeelWimbledon campaign.”

Laura Schwab, UK marketing director at Jaguar Land Rover, commented: “Wimbledon evokes lots of emotions and captures our imaginations in so many different ways, so we’re very excited to celebrate what makes Wimbledon so special through our #FeelWimbledon campaign.”

As part of the new partnership, Jaguar Land Rover will supply 170 vehicles to support tournament operations.

An estimated half-million spectators are expected to attend Wimbledon.

Schwab added: “With 500,000 people attending Wimbledon this year, it provides Jaguar with incredible exposure in London, and a fantastic platform to showcase our products, especially the Jaguar XE.”

China’s Skateboarding Revolution

via Vice Sports:

Skateboarding on the streets in the U.S. is tough. Cops bust you, people yell at you for being on their property and old guys certainly aren’t pumped to see you skate. In China, it’s different. For over a decade now, pro skaters have been traveling across the globe to visit China for its lax attitude on skateboarding and it’s ever-expanding array of new skate spots. With this influx of pros from the West comes a burgeoning skate culture among Chinese youth. We travelled to Shenzhen, a staple in the international skate scene, to explore China’s role in the present and future of skating.