Vail Resorts is trying something different on its ski slopes this winter. The resort has updated its EpicMix smartphone app to offer its crowdsourced, real-time wait times for ski lifts. The app will collect data from the RFID-enabled season passes skiers carry at the resort. It’s one of the most ambitious efforts yet to bring Waze-style crowdsourced location data into the sports and vacation spheres.
Rob Albericci saw his son Austin’s Little League baseball team struggle to recruit enough kids to fill a roster, and the rising demands of Austin’s football team, the growing pressure for kids to focus on a single sport, to specialize even before they hit puberty. Continue reading… “Struggling to hook kids, baseball risks losing fans to other sports”
RFID tags can be found inside the uniforms of NFL players.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips are usually used as security tags on clothes in stores, but this year they can also be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. As the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions descended upon London this weekend, accompanying them were executives from Zebra Technologies, the company behind the RFID-based motion tracking system that the league is implementing this season. (Video)
Auburn University’s track weaves throughout the gym.
When Louisiana State University was designing its new $58 million recreation center, recently, it was partly looking at besting its Southeastern Conference rival, Auburn University, whose new $52.5 million facility opened last August.
Drones allow the filmmaker to get much closer to his subject.
At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, drones were used to film ski and snowboarding events. But the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for sports photography is far from a passing gimmick. In fact, you should expect more and more athletic events to be filmed by drone. (Videos)
Who needs to go to the game with such great photos?
Paul Campos offers the interesting observation that the inflation-adjusted price of tickets to live sports events has been rising for decades while the quality-adjusted price of watching said sports events at home has been falling.
Futurist Thomas Frey: Recently I returned from a trip to Seoul, Korea where I was asked to speak at the Global Sports Marketing Forum on the “future of sports.” This event was part of a series being planned to draw attention to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.
Wearing a cloud computer like Google Glass on your face can be important for capturing moments in life from a first-person perspective. Now the WNBA, the female division of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has decided to deploy its own version first-person camera to referees for live games.
It’s impossible to set the “right ticket prices” months in advance of an individual ballgame.
On Opening Days across the country organists are again playing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at the baseball stadiums. But there is another game being played in box office backrooms. Seventeen out of the 30 Major League teams were using some form of dynamic pricing last year. dynamic pricing is the concept of raising and lowering prices in accordance with demand — to price ballpark tickets. This year, the practice seems likely to grow.
Fauja Singh is not your average great-great grandfather. Singh has completed nine 26-mile marathons since taking up long-distance running just over ten years ago.
Kevin Durant’s closely guarded attempts happen all over the court.
SportVU technology was originally developed to track missiles. Now, the systems hang from the catwalks of 10 NBA arenas, tiny webcams that silently track each player as they shoot, pass, and run across the court, recording each and every move 25 times a second. SportVU can tell you not just Kevin Durant’s shooting average, but his shooting average after dribbling one vs. two times, or his shooting average with a defender three feet away vs. five feet away. SportVU can actually consider both factors at once, plus take into account who passed him the ball, how many minutes he’d been on the court, and how many miles he’d run that game already.
A simple swab of the inside cheek will tell if your child will be a future sports star.
Is your kid the next LeBron James, Peyton Manning or Albert Pujols? A Colorado company claims it can find out through DNA testing.