Gophers Football Launches VR App To Up Their Game

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“FusionSports, a leading digital marketing agency that creates virtual reality (VR) experiences for sports brands, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football program (led by Head Coach Tracy Claeys) have partnered to create cinematic VR content to enhance their recruiting efforts. The content will be featured in a custom mobile application launching this fall) custom designed for the football program.

VR has been consistently touted as the next medium for storytelling in multiple industries, but its many uses for sports are crystal clear. Sports are highly dynamic and action-packed, with a multitude of elements that make VR a natural method for effectively capturing on- and off-field experiences to foster a whole new level of engagement.”

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LeagueSafe Bought By SportsHub

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screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-7-47-39-am“MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 21, 2016 — In a move that greatly enhances its position as a full-spectrum provider of fantasy sports products and services, SportsHub Technologies, LLC announced today that it has acquired LeagueSafe, LLC, a Minnesota-based company that offers fantasy players the most trusted online payment solution for collecting and protecting fantasy dues.”

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Local Sports Tech Startup TeamGenius Is Gaining Ground

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teamgenius_logo_website-239x65Minnesota SaaS startup TeamGenius is gaining ground in the youth sports tryout and player development market since launching in July.

At the top level, most importantly — 30 paying customers are now using the product now,  pushing them swiftly in the direction of positive cash flow.

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Sportradar Plays The Numbers Game

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screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-7-55-59-pmby Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

“It’s conventional wisdom that international expansion, multibillion-dollar broadcast contracts and lucrative new stadia are changing the face of pro sports. But none of these are more than a bunt single compared with the home run that is the data revolution. Sports is proving to be the ultimate numbers game, and a local group [Sportradar] is leading the revolution from Minneapolis.”

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SportsEngine Buys Athletics Fundraising Platform RallyMe

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SportsEngine announced today that it has acquired RallyMe, the leading platform for sports fundraising in the nation. Fundraising has been a staple in youth sports for generations. As costs for youth sports participation continue to rise, the need to help programs, teams, and athletes fundraise has never been more critical.”

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SportRadar Scores $250m Deal With The NBA

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By Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-10-06-15-am“Sportradar has inked an extensive deal with the National Basketball Association, which locks it in as the official provider of basketball-related statistics for the NBA, WNA and the NBA Development League.

The partnership, announced Thursday, will allow the sports data company—which holds its U.S. headquarters in Minneapolis—to sell proprietary statistics from basketball games to a variety of companies, ranging from Coca-Cola to ESPN. Although Sportradar and the NBA have not disclosed the cost of the deal, Bloomberg news agency recently reported it was worth $250 million according to “people familiar with the negotiations.”

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Vikings Owners Back Israeli Sports Tech Venture WSC Sports

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By Gedalyah Reback, Geektime

“Israeli startup WSC Sports announced today a $12 million Series B funding round led by Intel Capital and new investors including the philanthropist Wilf Family (owners of the Minnesota Vikings), Cleveland Cavaliers’ principle owner Dan Gilbert and the Guggenheim Baseball Management which owns the Los Angeles Dodgers. The round brings their total haul to $16 million.”

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Will UBERFAN Score a Million?

uberfanMinneapolis sports tech startup Uberfan is seeking to raise $1m of equity financing, according to this recent SEC disclosure.

Uberfan first emerged back in 2012 as a social media platform for baseball fans, with similar ambitions of raising $750k at the time. A year later, they arrived as a baseball app for iOS with $800k in backing and a partnership with SportsData.

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Coaches Are Clamoring For MatBoss’ Wrestling App

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p1vHbYKO_400x400By Jayson Hron

Wrestling was an imprecise sport in my neighborhood; mattresses were dragged into the living room and all the scrappy local kids would arrive ready to perform diving elbow drops off the sofa.

Real wrestling, like the kind displayed during the Rio Olympics, is highly precise and filled with technical point-scoring maneuvers. It can take hours for coaches to evaluate those maneuvers, score matches and track statistics for the team — time better spent teaching and refining athletes’ technique.

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