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Japanese LED basketball court steals the show at B league season opener

Japanese LED basketball court steals the show at B league season opener

In the US, a basketball court is always made of wooden planks that are painted with the correct lines and markings and then waxed to a high sheen. In Japan, they do things very different for at least one of the courts where the B league will play games. Unlike practice courts made from LED screens that were used in the past, this time out the LED court at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium was used for an actual game.

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You can watch the Drone Racing League on ESPN starting next month

You can watch the Drone Racing League on ESPN starting next month

Televised sports have come to include a lot different things in the last few years. Some time ago it started with televised poker tournaments, and these days competitive video games are getting their time in light with many networks investing in eSports. It appears the next big activity is going to be professional drone racing, as ESPN has announced a new broadcasting deal with the Drone Racing League (yes, that's already a thing).

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Amazon said to be negotiating streaming rights for live sports

Amazon said to be negotiating streaming rights for live sports

As Amazon has already become a major player in the streaming video market, it's now looking to move beyond just offering TV shows, movies, and original series. A new report from Bloomberg says the company want to challenge broadcast TV by offering coverage of live sporting events, including soccer, golf, tennis, and auto racing. The paper's anonymous sources say Amazon has begun talks into acquiring the licenses needed to stream such events.

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49ers team with Amazon Prime Now for tailgating goods

49ers team with Amazon Prime Now for tailgating goods

The San Francisco 49ers have teamed up with Amazon to make tailgating a little more convenient. Under this partnership, 49ers fans at Levi’s Stadium will be able to order “essentials” using Amazon Prime Now and have those items delivered straight to their parking spot in certain parking lots. This is said to be the first service of its kind, and it'll be available to those located in the Blue/Green/Red Lots 1 — the area where, says the 49ers, most of the tailgating at that stadium happen.

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FOX Sports Go app arrives on Roku

FOX Sports Go app arrives on Roku

Following its arrival on Apple TV on August 26, FOX Sports has announced the availability of FOX Sports Go on Roku devices, saying it is now available on both the set-top-boxes and Roku smart TVs. FOX Sports Go provides access to FOX Sports' “full slate” programming, which amounts to more than 3,000 live events plus access to original content and studio content. All of this depends, though, on whether you have a pay-TV subscription already.

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Wilson X Connected Football goes up for preorder

Wilson X Connected Football goes up for preorder

The Wilson X Connected Football introduced earlier this year is now available for pre-order with shipping being scheduled to start September 8. Those who preorder the smart football will also receive a copy of Madden 17 for free, with versions being available for both the PS4 and Xbox One. The football contains Bluetooth connectivity and a bunch of sensors, and joins Wilson's existing Wilson X Connected Basketball.

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These Nike sunglasses cost more than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

These Nike sunglasses cost more than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

These days, expensive headgear is becoming more and more common. There are two consumer virtual reality headsets, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, available for prices of $600 and $800, respectively. That's already a steep buy, and it doesn't include the high-end gaming PC required to run the devices. But now here's Nike debuting a pair of sunglasses that cost a jaw-dropping $1,200. Are they capable of VR or augmented reality features? Nope. They're just sunglasses. Really, really expensive sunglasses.

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Sling TV will offer NFL Network and NFL RedZone soon

Sling TV will offer NFL Network and NFL RedZone soon

Before this year’s football season kicks off, Sling TV will add both NFL Network and NFL RedZone to its livestreaming TV service. The company hasn’t announced whether these offerings will be available as standalone add-ons or in certain packages, though a statement from it suggests that NFL Network may be more readily available while RedZone will be a separate option for subscribers.

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Canon sets up shop at Rio Olympics to assist photographers

Canon sets up shop at Rio Olympics to assist photographers

Having been at a large number of international events where photography was involved, I can tell you - when you need help, it's very, very nice to have help. Canon has announced that they've brought their service and support crew (Canon Professional Services) to Brazil to assist with photographers' professional imaging equipment. They'll be repairing equipment, providing technical support, and loaning out big professional camera and gigantic zoom lenses, as well.

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BBC will broadcast Rio Olympics in 360-degree video

BBC will broadcast Rio Olympics in 360-degree video

Olympics fans looking forward to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio take note: the BBC has announced it's launching a service that will allow viewers to watch a large portion of the event in 360-degree video. And you don't need an expensive VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive either; any unit compatible with an iPhone or Android device will suffice, giving you the opportunity to watch as many as 100 hours of sports coverage as if you were there.

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Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Soccer, or football depending on where you live in the world, is a big deal for huge numbers of fans around the world. The catch is that fans of Premiere League soccer matches inside the US and some other countries have very little access to these games. That is changing with Facebook getting into the live streaming realm for Premiere League matches.

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IOFIT smart golf shoes launch on Kickstarter

IOFIT smart golf shoes launch on Kickstarter

IOFIT, a Samsung spinoff, has launched its previously unveiled smart golf shoes, doing so on Kickstarter where it aims to raise $30,000 in funds. The shoes, as we’ve detailed in the past, use smart technology to determine the force put on specific parts of the soles, as well as the overall balance of the golfer who is wearing them. This data is available on a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet, allowing the player to immediately see their own data, compare it to the data of other golfers, and more.

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