Sports

  • New fantasy sports app SportsHero raises $2.4M ahead of planned Australia IPO

    New fantasy sports app SportsHero raises $2.4M ahead of planned Australia IPO

    SportsHero is a new app that lets sports fans dabble in match predictions and show their skills off against friends and other game-watchers. The app is made by the team behind Singapore-based TradeHero, a virtual trading app backed by more than $10 million from investors, and it launched officially this week. Read More

  • This iPhone-only professional photographer is the future of sports photography

    This iPhone-only professional photographer is the future of sports photography

    Picture a professional sports photographer. What do you see? Someone in a beige vest hidden behind a giant, telescopic camera stationed in the back of an end zone? How about someone standing in a throng of spectators with only an iPhone 6s Plus in their hands and a battery pack in their pocket? No? Well meet Brad Mangin. Brad has been a professional sports photographer for over two… Read More

  • Halo is building a wearable to make athletes better, stronger, faster

    Halo is building a wearable to make athletes better, stronger, faster

    Halo Neuroscience wants to build a new category of wearable. Not for passively tracking human activity, as so many existing wearables are, but for actively and positively influencing physical abilities — or that’s the claim — using an existing neurostimulation technique called transcranial direct current stimulation. The team demoed their wearable on stage today, here at… Read More

  • Drone racing organization IDRA scores broadcast deal with ESPN

    Drone racing organization IDRA scores broadcast deal with ESPN

    Ever hear of first-person drone racing? If not, you’re in for a treat. This kinetic and exciting sport, or competition, whatever you want to call it, is growing fast and it looks like ESPN wants a piece. The sports network signed a deal with the International Drone Racing Association today that could help bring races to the mainstream. Read More

  • The Sacramento Kings just held the NBA’s first startup pitch competition

    The Sacramento Kings just held the NBA’s first startup pitch competition

    At a game on Tuesday night, the Sacramento Kings held the National Basketball League’s first ever pitch competition. Four local companies (narrowed down from 32 semi-finalists and about 100 applicants) pitched to the entire stadium, which voted on Twitter for the winner. QuickLegal, an on-demand legal advice service, won the competition and took home a $10,000 cash prize. But… Read More

  • Moneyball is dead. Long live Moneyball! Crunch Network

    Moneyball is dead. Long live Moneyball!

    While it seems the term has been around baseball forever, the concept of “moneyball” – coined to describe the Oakland Athletics’ approach to building competitive teams despite being hamstrung with one of the sport’s lowest payrolls – entered the popular lexicon with Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, in 2003 (followed by the… Read More

  • Apple strikes a deal with MLB to put iPads in dugouts

    Apple strikes a deal with MLB to put iPads in dugouts

    The MLB is taking a page from the NFL’s playbook and equipping teams with tablets to use during games for the 2016 season. But, instead of Microsoft Surface Tablets, the MLB has made a deal with Apple to provide all 30 MLB teams with iPad Pros to use. The iPads will give coaches the ability to get historical game statistics, pull up video from previous games, and even simulate… Read More

  • Under the hood of the NCAA bracket builder Crunch Network

    Under the hood of the NCAA bracket builder

    While the majority of fans might rely on their knowledge of the game, popular sports analysts, water cooler talk and a gut feeling, machine learning scientists are building a predictor tool to help the masses complete the ultimate bracket and win a few bucks from the office pool. Read More

  • How To Stream Super Bowl 50 This Sunday

    How To Stream Super Bowl 50 This Sunday

    So you decided to finally ditch your cable package this year. Great! But now the Super Bowl is rolling around and you’re wondering how you’re going to watch Cam Newton dab all afternoon? Luckily, we’ve put together a guide of all the ways you can stream the big game. CBS, the network that is broadcasting Super Bowl 50 this year, is streaming the game for free across a bevy… Read More

  • Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

    Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

    Possession wins trophies or, in this case, ad dollars. That’s why Snapchat stepped up its game late last year by quietly partnering with Stats.com. Now TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has rolled new Live Score geofilters at every NBA arena and some other matches. They let anyone attending overlay real-time updated score graphics atop their photos and videos. Just last week, Live… Read More

  • StatMuse Picks Up $10M For Its AI-Based, Graphic Search Engine For Sports Statistics

    StatMuse Picks Up $10M For Its AI-Based, Graphic Search Engine For Sports Statistics

    The business of sport revolves around stats — from those who use them to improve performance, through to enthusiasts who look at them for fun, or for more financial ends. Now a startup that helps make it easier for regular people to dig into and visualise sports stats has picked up some funding to grow. StatMuse, a startup out of San Francisco that currently lets you search for… Read More

  • Yahoo Renews Its Partnership With NBC Sports

    Yahoo Renews Its Partnership With NBC Sports

    Today, Yahoo announced that one of their crown jewels, its relationship with NBC Sports, has been renewed. In a post, Ian Weingarten, SVP, Corporate Development and Partnerships, said: We’ve renewed our partnership with NBC Sports Group, bringing even more content to Yahoo/NBC Sports viewers, including Premier League highlights, NBC Sports Regional Network team reports, and Golf Channel. Read More

  • SHOWTIME Boxing Steps Into The Virtual Reality Ring

    SHOWTIME Boxing Steps Into The Virtual Reality Ring

    These VR moments are really picking up steam, with sports leading the way. It seems like everyone and their uncle are racing to shoot 360 degree immersive video to show off virtual reality as a viable platform. The latest is SHOWTIME, and they’d like you to watch WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs fight Peter Quillin in VR…for free. Here’s how SHOWTIME sets up… Read More

  • Four Reasons Why Sports Startups Are Scoring Big Crunch Network

    Four Reasons Why Sports Startups Are Scoring Big

    When a professional sports team wins a title, it makes the front page of The New York Times. When Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, controversially may (or may not) have deflated some footballs during a crucial game against the Indianapolis Colts, it was reported by every news media and became a trending topic on Twitter. Sports are a major part of our culture, and its… Read More

  • Fancred Video Lets Every Sports Fan Be A Live Commentator

    Fancred Video Lets Every Sports Fan Be A Live Commentator

    Fancred, the social network for sports fans wants to move beyond pure social into media. Today it announced an update that lets fans post-Periscope style videos from the stadium or their couches. To this point, Fancred has been a social platform designed specifically for sports fans to talk about their favorite teams and share content like pictures from the sporting events or fan gatherings. Read More

  • CBS To Live Stream Select Regular Season NFL Games, Including For The First Time, The Thanksgiving Day Game

    CBS To Live Stream Select Regular Season NFL Games, Including For The First Time, The Thanksgiving Day Game

    Catering to a TV-viewing audience that increasingly watches on a variety of connected devices, including mobile phones and tablets, CBS has announced plans to live-stream coverage of two regular-season NFL games for the first time. In addition, the network will also live-stream four playoff games and Super Bowl 50 from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The streaming coverage… Read More

  • The PGA Tour Gets Its First Over-The-Top Subscription Service

    The PGA Tour Gets Its First Over-The-Top Subscription Service

    It’s been a good week for cord-cutting sports fans. Word has it that CBS will live stream the Super Bowl commercials for the first time. Disney is considering its options for making ESPN a standalone service (well…maybe five years from now.) And now, golf fans are getting a digital subscription service of their own, with the debut of the PGA TOUR LIVE’s new online and… Read More

  • NFL Teases A New Subscription Service For On-Demand Games, Will Support Apple TV

    NFL Teases A New Subscription Service For On-Demand Games, Will Support Apple TV

    The NFL is preparing to launch a new version of its Games Pass service, which will now include the ability to watch games on a wider selection of devices, including the Apple TV. According to information posted on the NFL website, the new Game Pass service will also replace Game Rewind, a paid service that previously offered all 256 NFL regular season games on-demand, after they air on television. Read More

  • Fans Can Create Albums For Favorite Teams In Fancred Update

    Fans Can Create Albums For Favorite Teams In Fancred Update

    Fancred, the social networking app for sports fans, released an update today that enables fans to set up detailed profile pages with an album for each team they support. Fancred will even pull related team material fans have posted on community and team pages into appropriate team albums automatically. Fancred aspires to be the LinkedIn of sports, but instead of tracking professional… Read More

  • RosterBot Launches Mobile Apps To Organize Little League And Pickup Games

    RosterBot Launches Mobile Apps To Organize Little League And Pickup Games

    Nearly six years after its debut in TechCrunch, and five months after raising $1 million in seed funding, the online organizational tool for little league and pickup games, RosterBot has launched a mobile app for iOS and Android. The company’s founders Ian Bell and Bret Hedican met in a pick-up hockey league and developed the service as an online tool to organize pick-up hockey games… Read More