Ali’s memorial goes national

Ali’s memorial goes national

ESPN announced that it would carry Muhammad Ali’s memorial service on Friday, bumping its coverage of the opening match for the UEFA European Football Championship, featuring France/Romania, to ESPN2. Ali’s memorial service from Louisville will see the likes of President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel deliver eulogies during the service, which will take […]

The NBA’s 2 billion barrier

NBPA's tech play (NBA Facebook)

The NBA became the first organization to surpass two billion loops on Vine, according to Twitter, with the milestone coming six months after the league hit one billion loops in December. The most-looped Vine to date during the 2016 NBA Playoffs is the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant embracing […]

FOX’s VR foursome

FOX's VR foursome

FOX Sports officially detailed its tech plans for the US Open with an “expanded offering of in-broadcast innovations and enhancements designed to maximize the viewing experience.” This year’s telecast will now include four full holes in virtual reality, the continued use of aerial drones for course-mapping, tee box shot tracers, radio-frequency fairway rangefinders, microphones in […]

Olympic Channel’s first moves

Olympic Channel’s first moves (IOC)

The upcoming Olympic Channel locked in its slew of agreements for its launch later this year, inking deals with 27 International Sports Federations to provide content for the platform. The channel will offer fans live sports events, news and athlete stories, as well as historical Olympic footage and official films from the IOC’s archives with […]

Facebook’s gaming Blizzard

Facebook’s gaming Blizzard (Facebook)

Blizzard Entertainment announced plans to work with Facebook to offer gamers around the world with “new ways to connect and share their gaming experiences, while bringing more high-demand entertainment content to Facebook’s global platform.” Their collaboration begins later this month with the integration of Facebook Login in Blizzard’s PC games, allowing players to sign up […]

FOX Sports’ ace in the hole

FOX's VR foursome

After announcing last week that it had locked in 34 patents for its production technology with another 70-plus applications pending, FOX Sports Lab is now leveraging its innovations to evolve coverage of the US Open, set to tee off on June 13 from Oakmont. Included in its production coverage this year will be its Red […]

Media elite honor Ali

Media elite honor Ali (Facebook)

The death of Muhammad Ali saw an outpouring of tributes across the sports media spectrum. His passing prompted tears among many pundits who described his lasting impact on boxing, sports and entertainment. · In a statement, HBO Sports noted that “Ali’s charisma, grace, and genius transcended all races, religions, nationalities, and generations. His spirit will […]

Samsung takes a shot at 360

Samsung takes a shot at 360 (Samsung)

Samsung is stepping up its ads for the NBA Finals, with the company and league partnering with Twitter to offer fans exclusive 360-degree video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the Cavaliers/Warriors series. The ads will feature the new Samsung Gear 360 cameras before and after games showcasing pregame warm-ups and shooting, hallway entrances, captain meetings and […]

The IOC’s tiger beat

The IOC's Tiger beat (IOC)

The IOC approved the new mascot for the PyeongChang Winter Games in 2018, unveiling a white tiger, which is “closely associated with Korean mythology and culture” and serving as a symbol of trust, strength and protection. Named Soohorang, “Sooho,” means the Korean word for “protection” while “Rang” derives from the Korean word “ho-rang-i”, which means […]

The Pro Bowl’s new ride

NFL revisits Orlando (Facebook)

The NFL made the future of the Pro Bowl official, announcing an overhaul of the annual game that will take place in Orlando beginning in 2017. The announcement was made at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, which will serve as the site of the AFC-NFC team practices and host […]

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