Media & Technology: Sports Media
- Opinion: Driverless Cars Could Be NFL Game-Changer
by Thom Loverro September 2016
Television ratings are down in the NFL, and though it won't affect the league's revenue — the existing deals the league has with the networks are set through 2022 — officials are concerned about the slight decreases across the board. After all, the NFL is a TV show. Live gates become less and less important as attendance at NFL games continues to drop, and home experience – big screen HD televisions, no parking or crowd issues – becomes a better option.
- NFL Games Finally Online, But Access Will Cost Fans
by Telegram & Gazette September 2016
For the first time, every single NFL game will be streamed live this season. But watching them all won’t be easy. In general, it’s great that the NFL and its television networks are finally taking this step. Last year, most games televised on CBS weren’t streamed at all. Things are much simpler this season: All games will be streamed live, regardless of the network. But it’s still tricky to figure out where to find them online, and in many cases you’ll need pricey cable or satellite TV subscriptions to actually watch them.
- Virtual Reality Still Lags Behind TV Olympics Coverage
by Telegram & Gazette August 2016
If you want to glimpse the future of sports broadcasting, you can check out the Rio Olympics in virtual reality. But if you really want to immerse yourself in the competition, just turn on the TV. NBC, BBC and other Olympic networks around the world are offering the opening and closing ceremonies and selected events in VR, giving viewers a 360-degree perspective — that is, the ability to look up, down and all around — when they wear special headsets. It’s a first in Olympics broadcasting, and NBC itself admits that its more than 100 hours of VR coverage is experimental. It’s good that television networks are getting a head start on figuring out what works with the new technology. Watching the Olympics in VR can occasionally transport you, giving you the sense of actually being there in Rio. But those moments are still too few and far between.
- Aerial Camera Collapse Causes Injuries at Olympics
by Alan Gomez August 2016
Seven people suffered minor injuries Monday when an aerial camera and its cables fell 65 feet at Olympic Park. Flavio Oliveira was getting out of a handball match with his nephew when he heard the wires come crashing to the ground. He said the cable whipped against two girls, hitting one in the neck.
- Olympics Can Inspire People to Be More Active
by Jennifer Graham August 2016
An analysis of sports participation after the 2008 Games showed an increase in people taking up popular Olympic sports such as swimming, running and gymnastics the next year. And in one recent survey, nearly 70 percent of parents said they are inspired to become more active after watching athletic competitions.
- HS Conference to Stream Sports Via Internet
by Dave Kane August 2016
It might not be up there with the Big Ten or SEC networks, at least not yet. But Sangamo Conference athletics will have a lot more visibility on the Internet during the upcoming school year. Adam Eucker, athletic director at Williamsville High School, said almost all Sangamo Conference football, volleyball and boys and girls basketball games can be seen live for a fee during the 2016-17 school year through the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Network. Eucker said the Sangamo is the first high school conference in the country to offer an across-the-board viewing package on the NFHS Network.
- U.S. Handball Hopes Games Bring New Athletes to Sport
by Martin Rogers August 2016
This is a public service announcement aimed at any college basketball player, soccer goalkeeper, lacrosse player, football recruit (skill positions preferred), water polo junkie, wrestler or women's softball exponent. If you're watching the Rio Olympics and wish you were taking part but your current career path makes that unlikely, there might be an answer for you. There is only one sport in the program that doesn't have any U.S. representation at these Games, and it might just offer the best opportunity for would-be Olympians riding their couches and watching the action.
- Are TV Partners Manipulating Conference Realignment?
by Scott D. Pierce August 2016
Maybe no one at ESPN or Fox has issued -- or is issuing -- direct orders to anyone at the ACC, Big Ten or Big 12. But ESPN and Fox are certainly making their wishes known. Making it clear that they would prefer School A to School B. Two schools to four sc
- North Dakota State Rescinds Restrictive Media Policy
by Tu-Uyen Tran August 2016
North Dakota State University athletics' controversial rules that would have limited access for media outlets that didn't have a deal with the university will be rescinded, the university said Tuesday.
- Big 12 Expansion Plans Irk League's TV Partners
by Jeff Call August 2016
The Sports Business Journal reported that ESPN and Fox Sports, the league's television partners, aren't happy with the Big 12's potential expansion plans.