Influence of Coronavirus Break on the Physical and Mental Condition of Professional Athletes

When is a Player Match Fit?

When the normal flow in sports is interrupted, as is the case during the coronavirus pandemic, the consequences are always big because the continuity in work, as one of the most important things in sports training, is disturbed. The Sports Techie community blog is carefully observing the reopening of professional sport leagues such as the Bundesliga, English Premier League and La Liga across Europe, while here in the United States, the UFC, NASCAR and golf have already conducted live sports events with the NBA, MLB and NHL unveiling contingency plans for opening should COVID-19 continue to trend towards relatively safe playing conditions for participants.

After a break of more than two mon...

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Project 2020 By Topps Includes Mike Trout, Derek Jeter, Roberto Clemente, and Ken Griffey Jr.

Topps Project 2020 Mike Trout 2011, by Ben Baller

Project 2020 by Topps Company has sold in excess of 200,000 cards with Mike Trout and Deter Jeter leading the on-demand trading cards available for a limited time. Topps has been in the card business for 70 years and decided to showcase “Project 2020” by commissioning 20 select artists with the task of re-imagining 20 different cards (400 total in the set), issued two per weekday starting with opening day in March. The Sports Techie community blog is excited to share the news that three Mike Trout and three Derek Jeter cards lead the “Project 2020” cards sold to date...

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Matchroom Live Sports Platform Streaming Available Free Via StreamAMG OTT

Matchroom Live multi-sport OTT platform launches

Matchroom Live powered by StreamAMG is now available for streaming of live and on-demand sports during a time when many sport fans are home because of coronavirus. By downloading the OTT sports tech platform, 12 sports become instantly free to stream for fans of boxing, darts and fishing, as well as championship snooker played on a larger pool table than billiards, and more. The Sports Techie community blog has been a long-standing supporter of StreamAMG and watched them evolve their streaming and video technology into a future-proof platform...

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Twitch: All Esports Tournaments Now in One Place

The Twitch page, simply titled “Esports” is a meeting place for all the events going on in the world of virtual sports.

In response to skyrocketing viewership that exceeded 3 billion hours in Q1 2020, Twitch launched a directory for the easy navigation of live esports tournaments. The page, simply titled “Esports” is a meeting place for all the events going on in the world of virtual sports. This directory is a savior for those who love esports and who miss traditional sports and need a replacement. Many of the Sports Techie community blog readers and followers are gamers before these Q1 numbers were compiled but will after COVID-19 forced more people inside, many more of you have caught the gaming bug. The Q2 eSports numbers will crush 3 billion by perhaps double the amount becaus...

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Qualtrics Offers Free Solutions For COVID-19 Return To Work And Back To Business

Qaultrics XM – Return to Work/Back to Business Study

Qualtrics is an experience data (X-data) company that designs global enterprise research software that offers automated analytics to 75%+ of the Fortune 100, and to 11,000+ global brands and sports organizations. Owned by SAP who are experts in operational data (O-data), the combination of X+O enables optimized management because they build experience management programs such as Customer Experience Management (CXM). Today they announced the launch of free solutions that enable businesses to understand how to best help their employees go back to work and get back to some type of normalcy after COVID-19 stay at home restrictions eased this past week around the nation...

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NASCAR COVID-19 No Fan Racing At Darlington Raceway And Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Is Back Despite COVID-19

NASCAR COVID-19 no fan racing begins at the Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17 in a made-for-TV National Cup Series Race across Fox Networks, the first of seven races in an 11-day span. Primetime may never be the same for NASCAR and their fans as midweek races are on the schedule in an attempt to return to some kind of societal normalcy through live sports events as the pandemic rolls on worldwide. Coronavirus restrictions are easing across parts of the United States despite the warnings of health experts...

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DraftKings Pure Sports Tech Play As Nasdaq Ticker Symbol DKNG

SPAC: Insight into DraftKings’ Listing

Does DKNG mean anything to you? It should because it is DraftKings new Nasdaq Stock Exchange officially listed ticker symbol as they went public last Friday, April 24 at a valuation of more than $6 billion. The digital sports entertainment company was founded in 2012 as a daily fantasy sports play based on sports performance. Today, they are perhaps the leading online sport betting, fantasy sports and online gaming operator in the United States. You might be asking why they went public at a time when live sports events are almost nonexistent because of the coronavirus shutdown but the answer is easy to understand. The legalization of sports betting in 2018 by the U.S...

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Quality Sports Tech Options For Active Older Adults

There are plenty of athletic activities accessible to older adults, and technology is ready to help

Fewer than 35 percent of American adults ages 65 to 74 are physically active, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Exercise is one of the best things we can do for our bodies, especially as we grow older. Muscle loss because of age begins after 30 and is called sarcopenia with men losing on average 30% of muscle mass throughout their life but that can be prevented through weight bearing exercises. Diving for baseballs, jumping over hurdles or lifting a person over your head might not be possible past a certain age, but there are plenty of athletic activities accessible to older adults, and technology is ready to help...

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Should the Human Element Be Removed from VAR?

“Baldomero Toledo checks VAR – Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City” by SounderBruce (CC BY-SA 4.0)

When Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was introduced to the English Premier League and other European soccer leagues, few could have predicted how controversial it would become. It was meant to spell the end of contentious decisions, but if anything, it has exacerbated the situation and dulled the match-going experience. The Sports Techie community blog has been a supporter of VAR since before its inception in the EPL and understands how it used today is not how it will be used in the future because most all technology systems are improved with tweaks. VAR is no different...

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Virtual NFL Draft 2020 Mostly Good And Some Bad Sports Tech

You could get away with calling this the Microsoft and Disney NFL Draft rather than saying NFL Draft presented by Wilson Football, the actual presenting sponsor.

The 2020 virtual NFL draft starts tomorrow online bringing with it, good and bad sports tech. The best of the good is the fact that this is streaming live sports content. Is the draft considered an actual live sport? That is debatable but since coronavirus has shut down most non-essential businesses at least until this Friday here in Georgia and other states, the National Football League decided to hold their draft over the web weeks ago using Microsoft Teams collaboration as the key technology component...

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