Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events. “Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 have been detected following football events in the United States, and games have the potential to become ‘superspreader’ events. Because the National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made the decision to play their games amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Georgia Tech and Boston Medical Center have extended their artificial intelligence–based COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool to incorporate NFL and NCAA football games. The model can help public officials and team owners in their decision-making regarding in-person attendance.”
Bronx Times: NCAA coaches start social media campaign to unite against COVID-19. “On April 15, New York’s 44 Division I men’s and women’s basketball coaches united under the banner of TEAM NEW YORK, designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Over the coming weeks, each of the coaches has committed to using his or her platform to coordinate sharing messages that will encourage proper action to stop the spread of the virus.”
The Ringer: ‘NCAA Football’ Is Still Alive, Because One Online Community Won’t Let the Game Die. “EA Sports stopped issuing new versions of its beloved college football title in 2013. But you can still play the video game with updated rosters—thanks to the tireless efforts of an unlikely group of caretakers.”
PR Newswire: Knight Commission Unveils New College Sports Financial Database (PRESS RELEASE). “In an effort to inject more financial transparency into college sports, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has unveiled a revamped and innovative College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database. The new resource provides unprecedented access to athletics revenues, expenses, and debt as well as institution-wide academic spending for more than 220 public NCAA Division I colleges and universities dating back to 2005.”
Tubefilter: After Losing NCAA Scholarship Due To YouTube Channel, Donald De La Haye Gets A Win In Court. “A court case concerning an under-explored area of YouTube law is heating up. A Florida judge has denied the University of Central Florida (UCF)’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Donald De La Haye, who lost his football scholarship at UCF after making ad revenue from videos he posted to his YouTube channel.”
Variety: NCAA March Madness: Twitter to Live-Stream Final Four Weekend ‘Watch Parties’. “What’s the next best thing to live-streaming actual 2018 NCAA March Madness Final Four games? For Twitter, it’s hosting a live video and chat hub with video commentary and real-time tweets for hoops fans to follow during the men’s college basketball championship.”
Marketing Land: Bing rolls out ‘Sportscaster’ Messenger bot for March Madness. “Just in time for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Bing has launched a ‘Sportscaster’ Messenger bot to help fans stay updated on their favorite teams, players and game schedules.”
CNET: Twitter, Turner and CBS Sports launch NCAA pregame show. “Twitter is teaming up with Turner Sports and CBS Sports to stream a 30-minute pregame show focusing on college basketball fans’ take on the NCAA Tournament on the social network. The show, NCAA March Madness Now, will begin on Thursday and Friday on Twitter featuring game predictions, celebrity tweets, fan polls and office pools.”
I don’t follow sports very much, but my Google Alerts have just lit up with news about a change in rules for social media and college recruiting. “Traditionally, coaches have been able to follow and private message recruits on social media. But because it was always against NCAA rules to publicize a recruit before signing (as in, a coach cannot publicize the school’s recruitment of the player), coaches could not share or ‘like’ a recruit’s posts. They had to pretend, online, that players didn’t exist. That’s all changed.”
One of the things about living in North Carolina is that the NCAA Tournament is a Big Deal (not to me personally, but.) If you’re following the basketball, check out this article about how teams are using Facebook Live during the tourney. “Eighteen of the 64 teams competing in this year’s men’s college basketball tournament broadcast on Facebook Live this week, joining a widening publisher pool that has already absorbed news outlets, Major League Baseball teams and the Denver Broncos. With interest in the sport at its highest point in the season, these teams are providing fans a glimpse into the lives of players before and after their games.”
NCAA tourney fan? Bing’s got your back. “Together with the NCAA, Bing is creating the NCAA® March Madness® bracket experience. Bing Predicts’ intelligent machine learning technology will analyze social and search signals, NCAA statistical data to help fans build a smarter bracket. The Bing bracket provides intelligent match-up predictions, analysis and additional features that can help newcomers and diehard hoops fans alike make sense of the over nine quintillion possible outcomes for all 67 tournament games.” As always, I’m rooting for the Chicago Cubs.
Bing has launched a Web site predicting whether your favorite NCAA basketball team will make it to March Madness. I tested three teams: NCSU (maybe), Campbell University (No), and University of Richmond (No). PROVE ‘EM WRONG, FIGHTING CAMELS AND FIGHTING SPIDERS!
“The Bing Predicts team takes a look at historical statistics to see which factors contribute to strong teams who make the tournament either automatically or as an at-large bid. The Bing team then built their own power index model, updated daily, which takes in factors ranging from each team’s strength of schedule, opponents’ win/lose record, and even detailed statistical analysis regarding their on-court tendencies such as ball control, rebounding and field-goal percentage. Then, Bing Predicts adds web activity and social sentiment to tune the strengths, capturing real-time information like injuries and line-up changes.”
Facebook is now offering profile frames of college football teams in case you’re into that sort of thing. Problem is they’re only featuring eight teams. Seriously? Apparently other NCAA teams are eligible, but they have to partner up with Facebook or something. Here’s a picture of what my profile picture looks like with me as a Nebraska supporter. (Sorry, I know zero about college football.)