SportsEvents Magazine

JUN 2018

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Page 12 of 67 June 2018 13 t SPORTS Talk Tech Tools Below are tech tools recently introduced to the world of sports. Know of a cool tool or gadget? E-mail us at For Improved Performance Upper Hand for Sports Training and Analysis t t Pixellot Introduces AI, Sports Highlight Reels Upper Hand Software is designed for sports organizations. Each package provides tools to simplify how coaches, trainers and sport professionals conduct business. The cloud-based mobile platform houses tools such as online scheduling and event registration, point-of-sale, and automated marketing to help with administrative tasks while focusing more on athlete development. The company says the suite of tools saves users about 200 minutes each week with registration, scheduling, financials and customer support. The product is said to be the industry's first business intelligence reporting solution that houses easy-to- use video analysis platforms on mobile devices. Upper hand is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. It's also accessible from a desktop browser. Users pay a subscription that ranges from $69 to $199 per month. n More information: Pixellot has added the capability to create highlight reels automatically from its unmanned camera system to allow college and club leagues the opportunity to stream highlights to viewers, coaches and players immediately after a live broadcast through The company said as video consumption through mobile devices increases, fans searching for video highlights has grown 90 percent over the past year. The ability to automatically condense longer games into short highlight reels allows teams to actively promote sporting events across any channel to monetize content. Pixellot systems are used in high schools, on municipal fields, semi-professional courts and professional arenas around the world. The highlight generation works in fully automatic mode, in real-time and on the original video, without supporting metadata, such as play-by-play commentary or scoring statistics by using AI, Deep Learning, and computer vision algorithms that understand the dynamics of the game. The system can also rate the importance of each highlight to pick and compile the most exciting plays into a condensed game clip . n More information: difficult economic times. The MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL and NCAA all issued statements calling for regulatory guidelines to protect the integrity of the games. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented with other justices, including Justice Sonia So- tomayor and Justice Stephen Breyer, criticizing the majority for taking too broad a stroke in its opinion. In a tweet, Christie wrote, "A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens wanted sports gambling and the federal Gov't had no right to tell them no. The Su- preme Court agrees with us to- day. I am proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ." His Tweet was posted May 14, 2018, under Governor Christie @GovChristie. Eighteen states sided with New Jersey in the case stating concerns that the sporting leagues, if backed by Congress, could compel all branches of government to maintain and enforce repealed state laws. States such as Delaware announced in a May 17 press release that full-scale sports betting could take place in the state within a month, citing the Supreme Court's decision to permit the state to activate a 2009 law that was never im- plemented. Mississippi, where casino gambling is already legal, could authorize sports betting within months of the decision under language of a 2017 fantasy sports bill. Most states have some language or bills to regulate and limit sports betting on profes- sional sports. In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy is discussing the possibility of legalizing sports betting with state leaders and tribes that manage the state's casino gambling industry to ensure any changes would not affect their business. Tribes have certain rights to conduct business to help them achieve their goals of self-determination and enhance the quality of life of native people. n

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