Wilson Launches Wilson X, Smart Connected Football and App


Wilson Sporting Goods, supplier of the of the official football of the National Football League, announced the launch of its Wilson X Connected Football.

The Wilson X Connected Football is a completely new football experience designed to bring professional football fans closer to the game than ever before so they too can enjoy the heart thumping, pure adrenaline moments of an NFL game, all while holding a real football in their hands.  The Wilson X Connected Football is now available for pre-order at www.wilsonfootball.com/x. The smart football launches nationwide on September 8.

“Our Wilson X Connected Football marries the best in digital technology with the top performing football in the world to create an immersive gaming experience for fans that was not possible before,” said Bob Thurman, Vice President of Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson. “By embedding a state-of-the-art, undetectable sensor in a football that connects to a cool app on a fan’s mobile device, every fan can become their favorite NFL team’s quarterback and create their own virtual stadium anywhere, anytime they want to play.”

The Wilson X Connected Football retails for $199.99. The ball is offered in both Official and Junior sizes. The football comes with a free wrist coach, similar to those used by NFL quarterbacks, which has been designed to hold a player’s phone on their non-throwing arm, so there is no restriction in passing and enjoying the Wilson X Connected Football experience. The Wilson X Connected Football companion app is free and will be ready for download from the Apple Store and via Google Play onSeptember 8.



Key to the Wilson X Connected Football is a tiny, undetectable sensor that is embedded in an actual Wilson football. The sensor, which connects via Bluetooth to the Wilson X Connected Football app on any mobile device, tracks a fan’s throw distance, velocity, spiral efficiency, spin rate, and if the football was caught or dropped. Players also receive their very own quarterback ranking score.

Once in the app, fans can create their own male or female NFL quarterback avatar, selecting from any of the League’s 32 teams. Through five exciting game modes, including QB Warm Up, Elimination, Precision, Game Time and Final Drive, a rich audio experience, and a deep set of never before seen stats, fans will feel the rush of being their team’s quarterback, and the mastermind behind those big game moments – all while the clock is counting, their opponents are plotting, and the fans are cheering.

At the end of each game or session, players have access to game and performance analytics. Further, Wilson X Connected Football players can see how they rank against other users around the globe or amongst their friends, share stats with family and friends via social media, unlock trophies, and challenge friendly rivals to face-offs for ultimate bragging rights.

With the Wilson X Connected Football the stadium is always ready – whether at a tailgate, in the backyard, at the beach or in the park – and open for play. The football’s sensor contains a low-power battery that has been engineered to last for more than 500 hours of connected play, or approximately 200,000 passes.

Wilson Labs began working in the connected football space several years ago as part of the Company’s long-standing partnership with the NFL. The Wilson X Football is the second connected product from Wilson Labs that uses the latest technology and gamification to offer fans and athletes a fundamentally new sports experience. Wilson introduced the Wilson X Connected Basketball in September 2015.


To learn more about the Wilson X Connected Football, visit www.wilsonfootball.com/x.

More coverage:

Wired: http://www.wired.com/2016/08/wilson-just-made-smartest-football-time

Techcrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/08/wilson-x-football/

Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/8/12401636/wilson-x-connected-smart-football-app-stats



Prince Singing in the Rain | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show


Prince singing in the rain. Perhaps one of the greatest performances in Super Bowl history by one of music’s most talented artists ever and it was during halftime of Super Bowl XLI in Miami between the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts on February 4, 2007.

Amazon and NFL Films Create “All or Nothing” Series

Amazon has drafted NFL Films to create its new series All or Nothing, offering fans “a glimpse into the week-to-week drama that unfolds within the lives of players, coaches and owners of an NFL franchise during the course of the regular season.” The series will debut exclusively on Amazon Video with the inaugural season spotlighting the 2015 Arizona Cardinals later this summer. Overall, eight hour-long episodes will be produced.


“All or Nothing will deliver the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at America’s most popular sports and entertainment media property the NFL’s regular season and we couldn’t have asked for a better franchise for our inaugural season than the Arizona Cardinals,” said Jordan Levin, Chief Content Officer, NFL Media. ”We’re thrilled to team up with Amazon on this new series, providing fans even more ways to engage with award-winning NFL programming over a variety of digital channels.”

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:


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.

The Rise of Levi’s Stadium, Host of Super Bowl 50

With the matchup set for Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, soon people will refer to Levi’s Stadium as where the Super Bowl was hosted back in 2016.

It wasn’t that long ago Levi’s Stadium was brand new…opening just two football seasons ago in 2014.

We look back at the timelapse rise tech savvy 1.9 million square foot stadium built in the heart of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, California and home to the San Francisco 49ers.

Levi’s® Stadium Facts:

• April 19, 2012: Construction crews broke ground for new Levi’s® Stadium

• July 17, 2014: Levi’s® Stadium opened

• Estimated construction cost: $1.2 billion

• Capacity: 68,500 (expandable to 75,000+)

• Record attendance: 79,976 (for WrestleMania on March 29, 2015)


• Named Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal (May 2015) and Venue of the Year by The Stadium Business Awards in Barcelona, Spain (June 2015)

• February 7, 2016: Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s® Stadium Unique Levi’s® Stadium Features: • Two-thirds of seats are in lower deck • Suite tower with 8,500 club seats and 165 luxury suites

• First NFL stadium to achieve LEED Gold certification

• 27,000 square foot living roof with 40 different types of vegetation

• Three solar pedestrian bridges connecting main parking area to stadium

• Massive 48’ x 20’ video scoreboard

Other Events:

• San Francisco 49ers Museum Other Major Events Hosted at Levi’s® Stadium:

• WWE WrestleMania 31 • 2015 NHL Stadium Series (Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks)

• International Champions Cup soccer match (FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United)

• Concerts by One Direction, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, and The Grateful Dead

• PAC-12 football championship games

San Francisco 49ers Tackle Drone Safety for FAA

Drones are increasingly providing stunning images and views for sports, fans, teams and venues, but they also pose a risk over crowds as technology for drones races ahead of technology for safety.

San Francisco 49ers and the FAA have teamed up for a public service announcement about drone safety, featuring Eric Reid, the defensive safety for the 49ers.

Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers, will host Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, so as drones become more common, it’s important for fans and users to understand what is safe.