Bloomberg Sports is integrating with Windows Phone by Microsoft to develop Fantasy sports mobile apps and more. The “MLB Front Office” Draft Kit 2012 as well as the Front Office Trade Analyzer 2012 (live in April) for Windows Phone will be up first for fantasy baseball fans to use this season.
This exciting news out of Redmond that the Windows Phone now has a digital Fantasy App created together with the leader in sports data analytics, Bloomberg Sports, is sportsbiz that makes sense. Microsoft has big plans for Windows Phone and sports technology products is what Bloomberg Sports understands best. Bloomberg Sports and Windows Phone have teamed up to create cutting edge Systems and applications for sport which is a win-win for all users and fans.
Our family moved down the street from Microsoft in the mid-1970s. Back then many kids collected sports cards in order to check out statistics, my friends, brothers and I included. Fans also read the daily box scores, and analyzed stats and trades from the newspaper. The other go-to media source for sports news, stats and trends was weekly or monthly magazines that arrived by snail mail, sometimes weeks after it was originally mailed.
Oh, have times changed. The Internet is everywhere now, and it’s always on and super fast. Social Media was not around ten ago, now it’s perhaps our primary source for content of any nature. The ability to navigate sophisticated smartphones and tablets by our tech friendly youth is a thing of beauty.
I coach the Redmond High School lacrosse team and noticed that many of our players who have a parent working at Microsoft use Windows Phones and they operate them like it’s a simple toy. Microsoft is one of the world’s top technology companies and Bloomberg Sports is a Sports Technology pioneer, this corporate combo is hard for competitors to match up with.
From Official Press Release below:
“Microsoft’s Metro design paradigm, the Draft Kit and Trade Analyzer leverage this clean aesthetic and the unique, immersive experience developed by Microsoft to allow users to quickly manage their draft lists. Users can even pin Live Tiles for individual player cards to the phone’s Start Screen, a unique Windows Phone feature that provides a direct link to the player’s stats, projections, and news.
“Windows Phone is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of quality apps and games that take advantage of the phone’s unique features and design,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. “Bloomberg’s Fantasy Sports applications are great examples of the kind of rich applications that people will find on Windows Phone Marketplace to get the most out of their phone,” he continued.”
You see Sports Techie old schoolers, there really is no longer any need to carry around your baseball cards in order to interact with player stats and team news as we did just a few decades ago. Using the modern Windows Phone with the Bloomberg Sports applications allows you to add your favorite player’s picture, game data and news, to your Start Screen. I would add Chipper Jones, Matt Kemp and Felix Hernandez.
Understanding player projections and getting breaking news in real-time are both key components to winning fantasy sport leagues. Using the Bloomberg Sports applications covers these important needs and others such as a mobile draft list, perhaps the single most important tech tool you can use to help win your league title. Any and all of these competitive edge applications by Bloomberg Sports and now Microsoft, may help take your Fantasy baseball squad over the top and win you an AL or NL only, or mixed league, Championship.
Official Press Release:
BLOOMBERG sports announces THE CREATION OF FANTASY SPORTS TOOLS FOR WINDOWS PHONE
First Ever Fantasy App For Windows Phone Developed By The Leader In Sports Data Analytics
New York, April 4– Bloomberg Sports today announced plans to create the best of breed sports applications for fantasy — delivering both the “MLB Front Office” Draft Kit 2012 as well as the Front Office Trade Analyzer 2012 (live in April) for Windows Phone in time for the 2012 baseball season.
“We are very excited to be able to work with Microsoft on this new application,” Bill Squadron head of Bloomberg Sports said. “Our fantasy tools have become the standard by which all others are measured in the space, and this application built around the mobile platform created by with such an iconic technology brand further solidifies that position.”
Leveraging Microsoft’s unique Metro design paradigm, the Draft Kit and Trade Analyzer leverage this clean aesthetic and the unique, immersive experience developed by Microsoft to allow users to quickly manage their draft lists. Users can even pin Live Tiles for individual player cards to the phone’s Start Screen, a unique Windows Phone feature that provides a direct link to the player’s stats, projections, and news.
“Windows Phone is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of quality apps and games that take advantage of the phone’s unique features and design,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. “Bloomberg’s Fantasy Sports applications are great examples of the kind of rich applications that people will find on Windows Phone Marketplace to get the most out of their phone,” he continued.
These new features will further complement all the other existing elements in the Draft Kit and Trade Analyzer mobile applications, including the ability to sync with the major hosting sites from Yahoo!, ESPN.com, and CBSSports.com and get recommendations customized for every fantasy team and player.
Bloomberg’s Fantasy Draft product was the leading seller among paid mobile sports apps for most of the 2011 season, further proof that the Bloomberg sports analytic tools are quickly becoming the fantasy tool of choice amongst both avid and casual players.
Bloomberg Sports will also e developing a product for fantasy football for Windows Phone to be released in the early fall.
About Bloomberg Sports
Recently selected by The Sports Business Journal as a Finalist for “Best In Sports Technology” and already named as one of the “Most Innovative Companies in Sports” in 2011 by Fast Company Magazine, Bloomberg Sports takes the technology developed by Bloomberg, the leading global provider in data and analytics, and applies them to the vast data analysis opportunities in sports. Working with MLB.com and NFL.com since its launch in 2010, Bloomberg Sports fantasy products give fans the most powerful easy to use resources as they draft and manage their fantasy teams. Additionally, Bloomberg Sports provides a professional product that delivers Major League Baseball clubs with a secure, virtually unlimited set of analytical functions to assist them in personnel evaluation and game preparation and with a tablet application used by over 300 professional players. Bloomberg Sports has also created products customized for broadcast use, as well as professional tools for several professional baseball organizations in Latin America.
Bloomberg is the world’s most trusted source of information for financial professionals and businesses. Bloomberg combines innovative technology with unmatched analytic, data, news, display and distribution capabilities, to deliver critical information via the Bloomberg Professional service and multimedia platforms. Bloomberg’s media properties span television, radio, digital and print, making up one of the world’s largest news organizations with more than 2,300 news and multimedia professionals at 146 bureaus in 72 countries.
This collaboration is just the beginning of Microsoft and Bloomberg Sports teaming together to create additional sports technology products for the Windows Phone. A new football app for Windows Phone users is next so keep your cyber eye open for NFL news about that products evolution as the season approaches.
MLB Spring Training 2012 is winding down and opening day is finally upon us. Worldwide fantasy baseball players of all calibers can read more about Front Office in past Sports Techie blogs here: http://sportstechie.net/front-office-2012-is-an-upgrade/.
Here is to hoping that you all dominate your Major League Baseball Fantasy baseball leagues and drafts using mobile devices such as the Windows Phone and applications like Bloomberg Sports, as your techie allies this year.
Many thanks go to @JoeFav for the PR release and pictures.
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