January Recap: $661M Raised In Sports Tech. 80% Came from Metaverse/NFT Startups. Adidas Bets on AR Contact Lenses. AO & Serena Bet on NFT Space.

Dear Colleague, We had another busy month of January in the world of elite sports. 2022 is off to a great start. In the world of soccer, the MLS has reportedly entered an exclusive negotiating agreement with billionaires Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris to bring the league’s 30th team to [...]

Upside Chat: Dr Ron Dick, Duquesne University, Ex NBA/NCAA exec, on the NIL, the NCAA & Sports Betting, the MLB lockout, the Djokovic Visa Saga.

This week we had the honor to interview again Dr. Ron Dick, associate professor of sports marketing at Duquesne University in the school of business. Ron also worked for 20 years in sports, including 15 years in the NBA with the Sixers and the Nets, and then four [...]

Upside Chat with Top Sports Performance Execs (NBA, NHL, MLS) on Load Management, Mental Health, Technologies.

This week we had the honor to interview a group of sports performance experts. Marco Nunez, former head athletic trainer for the LA Lakers (NBA). Pierre Barrieu, Director of high performance at Toronto FC (MLS) and FIFA High Performance Expert. Alexi Pianosi, Strength and conditioning coach for the [...]

Upside: AMS Ecosystem Analysis: Key Trends, Vendors and Recommendations to Teams

AMS vendors market analysis: Key Players, Trends, Recommendations to Pro Teams AMS systems, also known as Athlete Management Systems, have become one of the most common types of technologies used by pro teams today. With 20+ AMS vendors out there the space has become extremely competitive and fragmented over the [...]

Upside Chat: Mohammad Ali Abbaspour, CEO, Sponixtech, Leading Immersive Replay Sports and Virtual Advertising Startup

  This week we had the honor to interview Mohammad Ali Abbaspour, CEO of Sponixtech, a leading sports-tech startup that build technologies for clubs, leagues and broadcasters, to enhance the fan experience and monetize content for right-holders. Here is a video illustrating Sponixtech’s immersive replay and virtual advertising [...]

Upside Video Chat: Satoshi Ochi, Head of Strength and Conditioning Coach at the USTA

Sports organization profiled: USTA National Training Center Headquarters Location: Orlando, FL (USA) Background: 2017 was the year USTA National Campus in Orlando was built. The USTA Player Development unit has been created to identify and develop the next generation of American champions by surrounding the top junior players and young [...]

Upside Chat: Jesse Richman, 7 Times World Champion in Pro Kite Surfing, on Technologies & NFTs/Metaverse.

This week we had the honor to interview Jesse Richman, a 7 times world champion and 2 times king of the air in pro kite surfing. Jesse lives in Maui, Hawaii. Here is a video on Jesse Richman when he won King of Air 2020. Video: Jesse Richman. [...]

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