MLL Reacquires Media Broadcast Rights, Drops 3 Teams, Seeks New Owners

Major League Lacrosse wants brand exposure and economic growth for the 2019 MLL season and beyond through the execution of strategic plans centered on expanding into calculated markets. The newest good news is the MLL reacquired their media rights back and voted in the ‘one team, one owner’ structure. The bad news is contraction of the league as part of a broader plan to restructure into Eastern and Western conferences also happened today. This resulted in devastating news for the dedicated lax communities that supported the Florida Launch, Ohio Machine and Charlotte Hounds, and no, this is not an April Fool’s joke...

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Barebones 2019 DCSD Special Olympics Track and Field Has No Room For Budget Cut

I attended 2019 DeKalb County School District Special Olympics, Track and Field event at Hallford Stadium today because my 5-year son was a willing and happy participant along with his mates at Coralwood School, a real God-send of an inclusive, K-3 through kindergarten, public elementary school.  Kellan is on the autism spectrum therefore he and I ran in the assisted 50-yard dash together taking second place in our closely contested heat and fourth place in the baseball/softball throw! Three virtual cheers for Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Atlanta

2019 DeKalb County School District Special Olympics

To be honest, the event today was not one where you would say tons of money was being spent to operate it...

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New numberFire March Madness Helper Promo Code

numberFire March Madness Promo Code

numberFire March Madness Promotion 2019

College basketball is peaking right now with Conference Championship week beginning today like the ACC Tournament up in New York. Which is then followed by the mighty March Madness tournament itself, nationwide. Sports tech is a large part of March Madness and nowhere is it more important than at numberFire, the next generation sports analytics platform.  As a numberFire affiliate, the Sports Techie community blog has March Madness fever at the perfect time to get back into the game...

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MLL New Logo Rebrand

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) continued their brand upgrade via a complete rebrand launched today. MLL conducted research and collected insightful feedback from constituents in order to study the data and formulate a business game-plan for now and the future of the professional outdoor lax league. The new Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) is coming this year and this fact pushed the MLL to step up their branding efforts in 2019. Management is delivering this time through a new web site, new brand logo and a new draft logo, plus the addition of a new player imager. Original content will be designed with an aim towards targeting their growing GenZ following...

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Skyhook Foundation Benefits Via Goldin Auctions Winter Auction

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was my favorite player before Magic Johnson, now it’s LeBron James and Keven Durant. Who is next to carry on the legacy? It might indeed be one of the Skyhook Foundation kids that will benefit in the near future from Kareem’s decision to sell his memorabilia consisting of four NBA Championship rings, All-Star rings, MVP trophies and more, for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Kids of Kareem’s community benefit from the cause by the auction’s ability to leverage his great legacy within the game to help fund Abdul-Jabbar’s Foundation. Jabbar’s 247-lot netted nearly $3 million of the $6 million in sales at the record setting GOLDIN AUCTIONS 2019 WINTER AUCTION...

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Social Soccer: The Top 20

Here’s a fascinating soccer league table that might surprise you. The biggest clubs in the world are revealed and ranked in this infographic that reveals how many social media followers each has right now.  And it’s yet another El Clásico at the top with Barcelona and Real Madrid neck-and-neck.  Six teams from the Premier League (EPL) unsurprisingly feature in the top 20 and it’s Manchester United who is the biggest of these by some stretch.  The marketing of top soccer clubs is so important to their income and sustainability and, in particular, the sales of merchandise to a global fan base. The Sports Techie community blog loves football social media!

Check this social league table periodically and you will see that this is a new style “live” infographic that actually updates hourly...

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BodyBio Makes PC Brain Supplement

BodyBio PC

CTE Awareness Day (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) happened on January 30 before Super Bowl LIII. Most of the Sports Techie community blog followers and readers had no idea this was so because neither did I. The recent Bob Costas interview on ESPN’s Outside The Lines show about NBC Sports pulling him as host of SB53 because of his public statements regarding the sport of football and violence which in many cases manifests as brain related just heated up this real-life and sometimes terrible death topic.  It is exciting to know CTE prevention is being done with equipment and game rules. The fact is, medical professionals are also transforming lifestyles, performances and longevity using diet and supplementation. In this case, over the last four decades, BodyBio has be...

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MLL Commissioner Talks Draft, Media Rights, Moneyball, Stadiums, Gambling and PLL

Major League Lacrosse Commissioner Sandy Brown (left)

Major League Lacrosse is in the good hands of Commissioner Alexander “Sandy” Brown. The Sports Techie community blog welcomed the opportunity to chat with Sandy today about the state of the league. The upcoming MLL 2019 Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade on March 9 is hosted by the NASCAR Hall-of-Fame in what the Commish calls, “a great weekend of lacrosse.” The excitement of drafting in Charlotte, N.C. during March for the first time coupled with the new Crown Lacrosse Classic is creating a buzz throughout the southeast and beyond...

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GOLFPASS Launches Behind NBC Sports and Rory McIIroy

Get to the heart of your game with GOLFPASS, a vibrant community surrounding the great game of golf.  NBC Sports Group and pro golfer Rory McIIroy set out to do just that thorough the launch of GOLFPASS, a new digital subscription aiming to reach all the devices golfers and golf fans use with original content, benefits, insights and industry trends of your favorite sport. Much like the Golf Channel was founded by Arnold Palmer almost 25 years ago, GOLFPASS wants to impact the sport, elevate your game and showcase a lifestyle shared by millions around the world while enabling a living legacy for founder McIIroy...

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The Year Of The Gamer Is 2019

2019 Is The Year Of The Gamer

The Sports Techie community blog covers both gaming and traditional sports as if they are one. Data shows 65% of households own a device that is used to play video games. The popularity of gaming is growing, and it’s being fueled by strong business financials that have helped it become more mainstream than ever before. With these stats as a backdrop, here are a few trends to watch for in esports this year.

A Growing Awareness

Major multimedia companies like Disney and Comcast have already made large investments into esports. Expect more traditional media conglomerates to follow suit in 2019. The buy-in of traditional media outlets should help esports to become a bigger story outside of the niche circles it has grown up in...

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