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Tech companies and the global rise of e-sports

Don Basile Crunch Network Contributor Don Basile is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with more than 20 years of executive experience in technology, healthcare and telecommunications. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network The latest sports phenomenon sweeping the globe wasn’t represented at the Olympic Games in Rio; it doesn’t require an intense physical training regimen or even traditional sports equipment. We’re …

Serena Williams on police killings of black Americans: "I won’t be silent"

The world’s greatest living tennis player wrote something on Facebook today about police killings of unarmed black Americans. Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he’s black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safteyfirst. In the distance I saw cop on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if …

Gametime raises $20 million to sell last-minute, textable tickets to sporting events and concerts

Gametime has raised $20 million in venture funding for an app that allows people to find and buy tickets to a nearby concert or sporting event at the last minute, and even up to a half-hour after a game begins. Evolution Media Partners led Gametime’s Series B round, joined by GV, Stanford’s StartX Fund, Accel Partners, Casey Wasserman and Jeff Mallett. The funding brings Gametime’s …

Two million people streamed the NFL on Twitter last night and loved it

The NFL just released numbers on last night’s debut of NFL’s Thursday Night Football on Twitter, and they are pretty damn good. More than 2M people watched the game on Twitter, compared to 48M who watched it on TV. The average user also spent 22 minutes watching on Twitter, compared to 25 minutes watching on TV (which is the only stat that is almost identical). …

UNH will spend $1M of librarian's bequest on a football scoreboard

Robert Morin worked for 50 years as a cataloger at the University of New Hampshire library (he was also a UNH alum); he was thrifty, ate microwave dinners and drove a 1992 Plymouth, and saved $4M, which he gave to the university as an unrestricted gift, and so the university is giving $100K to the library he worked in and $1M to the football …

A kid held up a sign with his Venmo ID on ESPN and thousands of people sent him money

Each Saturday during the college football season ESPN hosts College GameDay, an pre-game show with a bunch of football experts and hundreds of screaming college kids in the background. Today one of those screaming college kids was Sam Crowder, a student who brilliantly decided to hold up a sign with his Venmo username asking his mom to send him beer money. Cue the Internet, and instead …

Football is definitely back because Twitter now has an emoji for every NFL team

As if Twitter’s deal to stream NFL Thursday Night Football didn’t convince you that the social network was going all-in on the NFL, maybe this will. Twitter announced today (a day before tomorrow’s NFL season opener) that they made a custom hashtag emoji for every NFL team. There is also a #TNF hashtag for Thursday Night Football that shows the NFL logo on a helmet. Like …

Sex Skateboards is the Latest UK Skate Brand You Should Know

From the land of Palace comes the latest skate brand that should be on your radar. Headed up by artist and skater Louis Slater, “Sex Skateboards is skateboarding and everything you don’t know about skateboarding,” according to the little press information we were able to find out about the brand. Like the sport itself, Sex infuses its products with that indefinable independent element that has made …

Paralympian archer with no arms demonstrates technique

Matt Stutzman was born without arms, but that has not stopped him from becoming an excellent archer. It’s amazing to watch him do everyday tasks like drive and answer his smartphone, too. Matt competes professionally for the U.S. Paralympic Archery Team and even set the Guinness World Record for longest accurate shot in archery. This Real Sports profile goes even deeper into his …

Animation of every Olympic 100m dash winner racing one another

Since 1896, the 100m dash remains the best thing at Olympic track & field apart from the weapons-throwing events. Usain Bolt dominates now, but would he have dominated then? Yes, of course he would have: by several seconds! (Not included: Ben Johnson’s steroid-fueled 9.79s win at the ’88 Games, for which he was disqualified. Bolt beat it in 2008 and 2012’s race, and other athletes …