• Heisman Candidates Campaign on Social Media

    by Nicole Auerbach November 2015

    Baker Mayfield loves video games, but not exactly the same way other college athletes love video games. He loves them so much he once considered quitting football and becoming a professional video gamer, an anecdote uncovered in a story published in October on Oklahoma's athletics website. The story included complementary multimedia elements, from a video to infographics on gaming and a pixelated, 8-bit version of Mayfield in a Sooners uniform. At first, it remained just a drawing. Then, Oklahoma's digital media department came up with an idea based on a YouTube video of Mayfield dancing that went viral over the summer. Thus, #ShakeNBake GIF 1.0 included a dancing video game character Mayfield. The real Mayfield has postponed his gamer career in favor of a football career. And since GIF 1.0, he has became the most efficient passer in the country (he ranks first in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a 180.7 rating) and one of the most productive quarterbacks (he ranks 14th with 322.9 yards of total offense a game).

  • A Student's Online Rap Threatening Coaches Not Protected Speech

    by John T. Wolohan and Louise Chouinard November 2015

    Of all the freedoms Americans possess, perhaps none are more cherished than those stated in the First Amendment.

  • Opinion: Are Fantasy Sports a Display of Skill?

    by Jim Camden November 2015

    Even if you don't keep track of professional sports enough to care which quarterback threw for the best ratio of touchdowns to interceptions, or some comparable metric for baseball or basketball, it's pretty hard to miss the ballooning of the fantasy sports business. After all, the ads for companies FanDuel and DraftKings have become so prevalent on major league sports broadcasts that they are crowding out commercials for beer and pharmaceuticals.

  • Opinion: Viewing Sports in Virtual Reality Needs Work

    by Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News November 2015

    I took a step into the virtual future of sports recently. I'm glad I got to look around, but it didn't take long before I was ready to high-tail it back to the real world. The Golden State Warriors season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans became the first ever sporting event to be live streamed in virtual reality video to the public. In a small room in the bowels of Oracle Arena, some fellow journalists and I took turns using the Samsung Gear VR headset to watch the Warriors' pre-game championship ring ceremony and then the contest itself.

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    by AB Editors November 2015

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  • NBA Announces Game Stream Purchase Plan

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    On Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced a new service that will provide fans with one-game access to stream NBA League Pass games live, via Facebook and Twitter.

  • Legislators Targeting Daily Fantasy Sports

    by Dara Kam; News Service of Florida October 2015

    Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner is exploring what the state can do to shut down daily fantasy sports, even as federal prosecutors are probing the online industry.

  • HS Boosters Win Legal Battle Over Football Website

    by Mark Gokavi October 2015

    There will now be just one Centerville High School football website after the operator of decided to turn over the site to the Centerville Quarterback Club.

  • Nevada Regulators Shut Down FanDuel, DraftKings

    by From news service reports October 2015

    A notice issued by the Gaming Control Board said the sites must stop offering their contests to Nevada residents immediately, and until they are granted a gambling license.

  • Broncos Unveil Twitter-Powered Vending Machine

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    Social media continues to wind it’s way into the sports world, and teams are using social to take fan engagement efforts to a new level. Generating social mentions is valuable, and teams are driving presence online is of increasing importance to teams.