The Verge: Facebook will begin live-streaming college basketball games. “Facebook is steadily building out content to get viewers to watch things on its site. Back in May, the company streamed several MLB games, and now it’s following up on that with live streams of college basketball, via Engadget. To do that, Facebook is partnering with Stadium, a sports live-streaming site, in order to stream 47 college basketball games through Facebook Watch.”
New-to-me: a database of statues of sports figures around the world. From the About page: “The Sporting Statues Project records and researches statues of sportsmen and women around the world. Since 2010 we have published academic papers and magazine articles, and collected information on over 600 statues.” The site has a number of different sections, including one for statues of baseball players in the US.
USA Today: Personal info on nearly 1,200 NFL players and agents exposed in NFLPA database leak. “Colin Kaepernick was among 1,133 players and agents whose personal information was exposed due to a misconfigured online database operated by the NFL Players Association, according to an internet security company.”
Bloomberg: YouTube Seeks Web-TV Boost Via World Series Sponsorship. “Google’s YouTube has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the 2017 World Series, the first national advertising campaign for the company’s cable-like video offering since its March debut. YouTube will run commercials for YouTube TV during the fall classic, which will air on Fox in late October, as well as ads across Major League Baseball’s websites, apps and stadiums, the company said Tuesday in a statement. “
Yahoo Finance: Inside the $14 billion business of football: Announcing Yahoo Finance’s new podcast. “As another NFL season kicks off, the king of American sports leagues is dealing with an increasing amount of negative noise: rising concerns over head injuries; more players protesting during the national anthem; and continued off-the-field disciplinary issues. But it’s difficult to make the case that American football is going away any time soon. The NFL is looking at $14 billion in estimated revenue this year. The league not only eclipses its NBA, MLB, and NHL peers in financial size, it also dominates the news cycle all year round, in-season or out.”
CNET: Facebook loses bid to stream Indian cricket tournament tourney. “The social network took a swing at a five-year, $610 million deal for local streaming rights to the Indian Premier League, NDTV reported. Facebook’s hopes were dashed, however, by 21st Century Fox’s Star India unit, which bid $2.55 billion for both digital and TV rights worldwide.”
PetaPixel: I Just Had 20,000 Slides Returned from Sports Illustrated. “Here we are in 2017 and I am glad my obsession with keeping stuff carried over into my photography. This maniacal attitude combined with great advice I received early on from mentors like Neil Leifer taught me to fight like hell to keep my copyright and retain ownership and control of my images. In the old days, this meant my chromes — my 35mm color transparencies. There is nothing like a properly exposed, sharp, color slide viewed on a light table through a Schneider loupe. These magical squares are valuable, that’s why clients always tried to keep them.”