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If Communities Self-Finance Sports Stadiums, Why Not Their Own Fiber Broadband Networks?

If Communities Self-Finance Sports Stadiums, Why Not Their Own Fiber Broadband Networks? | Sports Entrepreneurship - Pugh - 4457779 | Scoop.it

Which is more important:

 

1.Spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to finance sports facilities, stadiums, and “incentive packages” to attract and keep major sports franchises calling your city home;

 

2.Building quality digital infrastructure that will deliver 21st century broadband service at affordable prices for every local citizen that wants the service.

 

Here in western New York, the city of Buffalo — the third poorest city in the nation with 28 percent of its residents living in poverty and suffering chronically high unemployment — is about to the recipient of a one billion dollar bailout courtesy of the state government (a/k/a taxpayers). That, even as some in the city are howling that the promised tens-to-hundreds of millions in promised renovation funding for the Ralph Wilson (Buffalo Bills) Stadium is apparently not included.

 

While hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are readily available to finance sports stadiums, getting privately financed bonds for public broadband is somehow the real crime in states like North and South Carolina. North Carolina already has legislation in place that virtually assures broadband service is under the control of the state’s largest phone and cable companies, or it simply is not provided at all. Evidently in a battle over worthwhile public spending, financing a reported $260 million for Charlotte, N.C.’s Time Warner Cable Arena remains a higher priority than making sure the people of North Carolina have decent broadband service.

 

South Carolina this week is considering extending a similar courtesy to companies like AT&T and Time Warner Cable. They need better broadband even more than their neighbors to the north.

 

Happily, broadband advocate Craig Settles has found a way for broadband lovers to have their cake and eat it too.

...but none for this?

 

Why not construct public, non-profit broadband networks by selling ownership shares to the general public?

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Another article about the Internet being used by fans at stadiums.  I thought it was important to include another piece on the subject.

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Fancred: The Social Network That Enables Fans to Share and Discover Sports ... - Social Times (blog)

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Fancred: The Social Network That Enables Fans to Share and Discover Sports ...
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Sports fans are a fast growing social media demographic.

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With thousands of sports bloggers and tweeters out there, it is difficult to understand what to read and what should be ignored.  Fancred is a great idea because it lets other fans give posts credence over others.  What is a good read, and what should be avoided.  A great entrepreneurial idea, where Fancred does not do much other than rank content.  Great idea.

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How Social Media Has Helped My Forward Sports and Nutrition Business

How Social Media Has Helped My Forward Sports and Nutrition Business | Sports Entrepreneurship - Pugh - 4457779 | Scoop.it
Lily Jones Social Media Agency posed the question to me of “How social media has helped my business?” To answer that honestly I would have to say “A lot!

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I think that a lot of the information in this article is good advice for any sports entrepreneur.  A small Takwendo club benefitted greatly from the use of Facebook Marketing.  This just goes to show you that there are numerous avenues that can be used to promote any business online; even those in the sports industry that might have a narrow niche market.

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IBM signs new deal with Waratahs and introduce predictive analytic technology | Sports Business Insider

IBM signs new deal with Waratahs and introduce predictive analytic technology | Sports Business Insider | Sports Entrepreneurship - Pugh - 4457779 | Scoop.it
Sports Business Insider is the leading, independent source of news, analysis, opinion and events on the business side of sport.
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I really feel that this is the next frontier for professional and top level collegiate sports.  Analytics and statistics are going to be very important for teams moving forward.  Baseball was probably the first start to embrace the use of statistics, as depicted by the movie "Moneyball".  This article is about the new technology that an Australian soccer team has secured with IBM.  Basketball is a sport that has really embraced the new use of statistics as they are able to see how a defense rotates in certain situations, and compare that with strategic goals.  

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Don’t have time for fantasy sports? Lock gives you a quick fantasy fix on your iPhone

Don’t have time for fantasy sports? Lock gives you a quick fantasy fix on your iPhone | Sports Entrepreneurship - Pugh - 4457779 | Scoop.it
LockWhile gamers have Dungeons & Dragons, sports fans have fantasy sports. But not everyone can make the time to participate in a fantasy sports league for an entire season.

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Fantasy Sports are such a huge source of excitement for sports fans.  It is a great way to interact with fans and friends in a league that is friendly; or not so friendly for that matter.  There are quite a few different entrepreneurial options for leagues.  Fantasy leagues that offer a weekly season are more and more popular.

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MA: Patriots Deploy Stadium Wi-Fi to Compete With the Comforts of Home | NetworkWorld.com

MA: Patriots Deploy Stadium Wi-Fi to Compete With the Comforts of Home | NetworkWorld.com | Sports Entrepreneurship - Pugh - 4457779 | Scoop.it

Nothing can replace watching a sports game at the local stadium--except for HD TVs, warm living rooms and nearby snacks. A recent ESPN poll found that 41 percent of fans would rather watch a game at home than at a stadium.

 

"You have your own bathroom, the fridge is 10 feet away and the cost of a big-screen TV is less than it ever was," says Fred Kirsch, publisher and VP of content at the New England Patriots football franchise. "Those are really hard to compete with."

 

But the Patriots are hoping to do just that by rolling out free Wi-Fi at Gillette Stadium this season to give fans a more connected experience at the team's eight home games. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell endorsed this idea in May, saying every NFL stadium should have high-speed Wi-Fi for its fans.

 

The Patriots' stadium used to rely on cellphone networks for mobile traffic, but that approach couldn't handle the large number of photo uploads and status updates fans transmitted during games.

 

After piloting Wi-Fi in 2012, the team and networking vendor Enterasys are rolling it out in full for the upcoming 2013-14 football season. The network will have 360 access points and enough bandwidth to handle at least 16,000 concurrent users.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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A very interesting topic now that we are in the 21st century, and the Internet does not seem to be going anywhere.  There is considerable downside to going to a sporting event.  There is travel time, parking cost, the ticket cost, food, etc.  It is much cheaper and much more hassle free to simply stay home and watch the game.  Having wi-fi at games is something that should have been done awhile ago honestly.  I am glad that teams are finally taking it seriously.  It is another reason to go to the game, as opposed to stay home.

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The legendary America Football player Joe Montana has visited China

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From the message of sales manager from newfashionjerseys.com, Joe Montana who is the American Professional Football League Ambassadors and NFL legendary players has recently arrived in Beijing. And, he has attended the promotional campaign in this city where is the economic and political center of China. In this campaign, he has met with most Chinese fans for America Football. This should be the good news for the America Football related merchandise in China.

As the famous football legend sports of company IMG, Joe Montana had ever led Discount fashion jerseys the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl for about four times. He had opened a new time for him in NFL and he was the only person who won three times of Super Bowl MVP players. In 2000 he had enter into the NFL Hall of Fame. In this promotional activity in China, this famous America Football player has visited Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou and participated in activities of the media and fans. Through watching the NFL game with fans in China, he will deepen and promote the America Football in hearts of fans in China.

The famous online seller for NFL Discount fashion jerseys which website is newfashionjerseys.com has also dispatched people to this activity. This dispatched people have got useful news. In order to better promote the development of America Football in Chinese, IMG China chairman Zhu Adam, Joe Montana and his agent, IMG senior vice president Alan Zucker has met with the NFL general manager of China whose name is Yang Ruiqi. During their meeting, they have discussed the American football¡¯s development in China and both sides agreed on the in-depth cooperation for the development of America Football in China.

Alan Zucker who is the Joe Montana's agent and the senior vice president of IMG said:" China is the world's second largest economy and it is also a greater sporting nation. In this country, the America football is becoming more and more popular for youngsters. So, we want to have good cooperation with China¡¯s fans.¡±  Joe Montana has received warmly welcome in the visit in China. He has met with a lot of enthusiastic fans and the fans¡¯ enthusiastic allowed him to see the enormous potential of America Football in China. It is not only about the sport itself but also about the related business about this sport.

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This "article" is difficult to read.  It is basically an advertisement for the website that sells NFL jerseys.  The importance though cannot be undersold.  American football is gaining traction globally and that opens up a lot of options for entrepreneurs wanting to take the risk of partnering up with retired players.  An autograph deal can be sorted out and the merchandise sold overseas.  There are many different options that the saavy risk taker could be looking for when it comes to selling autographs.

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Big West Builds Its Own Production Truck to Feed Digital Demand | Sports Video Group

Big West Builds Its Own Production Truck to Feed Digital Demand | Sports Video Group | Sports Entrepreneurship - Pugh - 4457779 | Scoop.it
Innovation can come from places that you least expect. In the world of live sports remote production, the latest development in truck technology is coming out of Irvine, CA. Just over a month ago, the Big West Conference launched its own mobile-production vehicle, one that will help it produce content for live digital distribution for up to 50 events over the remainder of the academic year.

 

“It’s great for us to be able to tell our story,” says Steve Chen, digital content/new media director at the Big West. “As great as our TV partners are, this is very different in that I’m working with a producer that’s going to be covering the Big West day in and day out. Everything is more tightly integrated in the office, and being around our staff that knows our teams is tremendous.”

 

Built on an IP transmission model, the truck is designed around a proof-of-concept that fits a complete high-definition production solution into a 23-ft. Mercedes Sprinter van.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Television deals have increased dramatically for all sports.  It is great to see that the Big West is able to capitalize on this as well.  A smaller conference when comapred with the Pac-12 for example, the conference is able to develop its own production truck to generate content that it controls itself and can monetize anyway that it chooses.

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Major League Gaming Launches Its Own Premium E-Sports Network, MLG.TV

Major League Gaming Launches Its Own Premium E-Sports Network, MLG.TV | Sports Entrepreneurship - Pugh - 4457779 | Scoop.it

 E-sports programmer Major League Gaming has spent the last decade building an audience of video game enthusiasts, through events in which gamers go head-to-head with each other.


Via Thomas Faltin
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This is a really interesting venture.  Video games have become wildly popular over the last couple of decades since the days of Atari.  Now with the Internet, it is possible for gamers to play games against each other.  MLG.TV is a network that shows these games online for the whole world to see.  It has resulted in leagues and contests for various games including sports games.  What a great idea!

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