Scott Vermillion, Former American Soccer Pro, Had C.T.E.

Scott Vermillion, a former college star who played four seasons in M.L.S., died in 2020. He is the first American professional soccer player with a public case of C.T.E.

#chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #major-league-soccer, #mckee-ann, #scott-vermillion, #soccer, #united-states-soccer-federation, #university-of-virginia

Bad news for cable: A major sports league will stream exclusively on Apple TV

Major League Soccer is coming to Apple TV.

Enlarge / Major League Soccer is coming to Apple TV.

Today, Apple and Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that the Apple TV app will offer streaming video of every MLS match for the next 10 years.

Apple claims that viewers “around the world” can “watch all MLS, Leagues Cup, and select MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches in one place—without any local broadcast blackouts or the need for a traditional pay TV bundle.”

This will all be part of a “new MLS streaming service” that will become available in early 2023, with matches offered up through 2032. It will offer both live and on-demand video.

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#apple, #apple-tv, #cable-tv, #cord-cutting, #football, #major-league-soccer, #mls, #soccer, #sports, #streaming, #tech

NYCFC Played the Long Game to Reach MLS Cup

A team that once took the field behind big-name European imports embraced a new kind of star power en route to its first M.L.S. championship.

#major-league-soccer, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #new-york-city-football-club-soccer-team, #portland-timbers-soccer-team, #soccer

MLS and Liga MX Announce New Leagues Cup Tournament

The Leagues Cup, part of an effort to capitalize on global interest in the game, will likely raise new concerns about soccer players’ exhausting schedules.

#confederation-of-north-central-american-and-caribbean-association-football-concacaf, #garber-don, #liga-mx-soccer, #major-league-soccer, #soccer

Sport’s Post-9/11 Patriotism Seen as Unifier, and ‘Manipulation’

The jingoism at sporting events that temporarily surged during the Gulf War and roared back after Sept. 11 now often drives wedges, but sports leagues want it to stay.

#athletics-and-sports, #baseball, #engelbert-catherine, #kerr-steve, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #selig-bud, #september-11-2001, #silver-adam-1962, #terrorism, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016, #womens-national-basketball-assn

An M.L.S.-Liga MX Alliance: What’s the End Game?

Wednesday’s M.L.S. All-Star Game is the latest collaboration between the top leagues in the U.S. and Mexico. Owners and executives see profit in their partnership.

#garber-don, #liga-mx-soccer, #major-league-soccer, #santos-laguna-soccer-team, #soccer

Five Things to Know as M.L.S. Starts Its Season

A new team, a new star, new protocols, new stadiums and maybe a new winner await in a season that finally starts on Friday.

#austin-tex, #brenner, #major-league-soccer, #mcconaughey-matthew, #soccer

Teammates in Brooklyn, Rivals in M.L.S.

When Kevin Durant bought a stake in the Philadelphia Union last summer, he became the fourth member of the Nets with an ownership stake in Major League Soccer.

#brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #major-league-soccer, #parker-candace, #philadelphia-union-soccer-team, #soccer, #tsai-joseph-c

Columbus Beats Seattle to Win M.L.S. Cup

Lucas Zelarayán’s two goals carried the Crew over the Sounders in the stadium the team had almost abandoned three years ago.

#columbus-crew-soccer-team, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #garber-don, #major-league-soccer, #nagbe-darlington-1990, #seattle-sounders, #soccer

They Saved the Crew. Now It’s Playing in M.L.S. Cup.

Fan activism, public pressure and new owners kept the Columbus Crew in Ohio. On Saturday, the team will try to pay back its supporters by winning M.L.S. Cup on its home field.

#columbus-crew-soccer-team, #haslam-jimmy-iii, #major-league-soccer, #seattle-sounders, #soccer

As M.L.S. Playoffs Open, Black Players Press for Progress

In protests and meetings, Black players have pushed M.L.S. for better representation. Now, as the playoffs open, and with the league’s help, they are focused on follow through.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #garber-don, #major-league-soccer, #soccer, #united-states-womens-national-soccer-team

M.L.S. Layoffs Cut League’s Staff by 20 Percent

A combination of layoffs and the elimination of open positions is the latest sign of the coronavirus pandemic’s punishing financial effect on sports.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #major-league-soccer

Sports Came Back in 2020. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Aggressive coronavirus testing made the restart of professional sports possible, but the financial pain of empty arenas lingers and plans for next year are up in the air.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-mavericks, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #womens-national-basketball-assn

When Player Protests of the Kenosha Shooting Halted the Sports World

A walkout by pro athletes brought several sports to a halt on Wednesday night, and raised the volume on a conversation they were eager to have.

#basketball, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes, #womens-national-basketball-assn

What Live Sports Are Missing Without Fans in the Stadiums

While live sports are back, spectators are not in most cases. We asked readers what they were missing as fans in the stands.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #washington-nationals

The Bubble’s Best TV Innovation Deserves a Longer Look

When Major League Soccer began airing video review discussions in real time, it gave fans a rare glimpse inside its games’ biggest calls. More sports should try it.

#garber-don, #instant-replay-sports, #major-league-soccer, #officiating-sports, #soccer, #webb-howard-1971

We Know Little About David Silva. That’s How He Wanted It.

The glowing testimonies to the Manchester City playmaker as he departs the Premier League have focused on his play, not his personality. That was by design.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #english-premier-league, #lampard-frank, #major-league-soccer, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #silva-david-1986, #soccer

‘Bubbles’ Are Working. But How Long Can Sports Stay Inside?

The restricted, campuslike environments used by soccer and pro basketball have proved (mostly) impervious to the coronavirus. But not every league fits inside one.

#baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #espn-wide-world-of-sports-complex, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #quarantines, #soccer, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Fathers, Sons and Soccer: Reflections on the Family Business

Erling Haaland, Gio Reyna, Marcus Thuram and their famous fathers discuss lineage, legacy and the weight of carrying a famous name on the back of your jersey.

#borussia-dortmund-soccer-team, #claudio-reyna, #german-bundesliga, #giovanni-reyna, #haaland-erling-braut, #major-league-soccer, #marcus-thuram, #soccer

A Lot of Athletes Seem to Have the Coronavirus. Here Are Some Reasons.

The rate of positive test results released by a few leagues seems higher than that of the general population. But there are explanations for that.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #major-league-soccer, #national-basketball-assn, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #orlando-fla, #soccer, #tests-medical

As Major League Soccer Expands, Teams Are Getting New Homes

Seven teams are building privately financed stadiums, a departure from the billions of public dollars spent on new arenas in other sports leagues.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #columbus-crew-soccer-team, #inter-miami-soccer-team, #major-league-soccer, #real-estate-commercial, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas

Sports Are Returning. Virus Cases Are Rising. How Many Is Too Many?

Leagues are setting up bubbles and writing safety protocols, but as long as the coronavirus continues to surge across the country, their seasons remain at risk.

#athletics-and-sports, #baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #florida, #football, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #soccer

Florida Is a Popular Site for Pro Leagues. It’s Also a Virus Hot Spot.

When the N.B.A., M.L.S. and the W.N.B.A. resume their seasons in Florida, where virus cases are rising, all will trust in new health protocols and hope players abide by them.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #major-league-soccer, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #womens-national-basketball-assn

BTS label Big Hit Entertainment inks broad partnership with streaming tech company Kiswe

The town of New Providence, N.J. may seem like an unlikely home for a company that’s just inked a new deal with Big Hit Entertainment (the label behind the global K-pop supergroup BTS) and raised tens of millions of dollars from some of the largest venture capital firms in the United States, but Kiswe Mobile is proof that valuable startups can come from anywhere.

Founded in 2013 and led by chief executive, Mike Schabel, Kiswe Mobile is now extending its relationship with Big Hit from a one-time show in early December to an agreement that will extend well beyond the next BTS gig in what the two companies described as a “global partnership”.

Schabel declined to disclose any terms of the partnership agreement but said that it was more than a simple business contract between the two entities.

For the past seven years Kiswe has worked with some of the biggest sports and entertainment leagues in the U.S., including the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer and the Professional Golf Association on streaming live events. In recent years the company has added eSports  to its roster — and live events including that December BTS show.

Founded by former President of Bell Labs, Jeong Kim, along with Wim Sweldens and Jimmy Lynn back in 2013, Kiswe Mobile offers a streaming service that has four different components that live entertainment needs to get back on track in the post-COVID era of social distancing.

The company’s technology offers a central production system for concert producers to process video and audio,  multi-camera and interactive viewing options for fans watching the show to communicate with the live performers and each other, and presenting it exclusively by either geo-location or through ticketing.

“This MOU opens the possibility for diversified innovation in the global market by combining Big Hit’s content planning know-how and Kiswe’s technology, said Big Hit chief executive Lenzo Yoon, in a statement.

Behind all of this technology are a number of high profile investors including New Enterprise Associates, the multi-billion venture capital firm based outside of Balitmore. Other investors include Revolution, the Washington, DC-based investment firm founded by Steve Case; Ted Leonsis, a co-founder of Revolution and the founder of Monumental Sports Group, and company founder Jeong Kim.

The company has raised well over $20 million in financing since its launch in 2013, but Schabel declined to disclose the total amount the company raised.

The Big Hit deal is meant to serve a precursor to the launch of a new BTS Concert and convention called “BANG BANG CON The Live” later this month.

That show is, itself, a prelude to more interactive events from Big Hit’s roster of talent powered by Kiswe Mobile.

Technologies like Kiswe’s are arriving at a time when live events need them the most. The recent Travis Scott Fortnite experience, and Marshmello’s earlier turn behind the virtual wheels of steel in Epic Games’ breakout hit are among a number of new technologies that are looking to bring at least some of the magic of shared experiences and entertainment to fans that are hungry for it.

Several startups are taking this moment to push interactive live experiences for audiences. They include the virtual concert design and distribution platform, WaveXR; the interactive streaming service, Caffeine, and development firms like Zoan, which created a virtual concert experience for Helsinki’s May Day celebrations that brought a crowd of 1 million.

Kiswe’s deal with Big Hit arguably taps into the biggest, and most rabid fo the music industry’s fanbases by reaching the members of the BTS Army.

As Schabel acknowledged in a statement, “Kiswe’s relationship with Big Hit Entertainment expands our huge global sports and media footprint into the music sector and allows Kiswe and Big Hit to explore new ventures in the industry.”

#bell-labs, #bts, #epic-games, #major-league-soccer, #marshmello, #national-basketball-association, #new-enterprise-associates, #revolution-ventures, #steel, #tc, #ted-leonsis, #travis-scott, #v

As Sports Begin Reopening, Athletes Weigh the Health Risks

Some must consider their own underlying health conditions that make them particularly susceptible to the coronavirus.

#athletics-and-sports, #baker-dusty, #baker-kathleen-1997, #baseball, #basketball, #coaches-and-managers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #immune-system, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #morris-jordan-1994, #nance-larry-jr, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantines, #soccer

Wild Ideas to Bring Back Sports Might Say More About Cities Than Leagues

MGM Resorts International, in hard-hit Las Vegas, has proposed audacious plans to the leagues to come back in a quarantined environment.

#casinos, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gambling, #las-vegas-nev, #major-league-soccer, #mandalay-bay-resort-and-casino, #mgm-resorts-international, #national-basketball-assn, #national-hockey-league, #quarantines, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Weil 96 keinen Platz hat? – USA-Gerüchte um Cherundolo

Weil Hannover 96 keinen Platz hat: USA-Gerüchte um Steven Cherundolo Kehrt Steven Cherundolo nach Amerika zurück? Der Hannover-Rekordspieler hofft auf einen Job bei 96 – aber da ist kein Platz frei.
Foto: picture alliance / dpa

#2-bundesliga, #cherundolo-steven, #fussball, #hannover-96, #hannover-regional-news, #hannover-regional-sport, #headlines, #kind-martin, #major-league-soccer, #regio-sport-hannover, #trainer, #usa, #zweite-bundesliga

M.L.S. Brings Chicharito Closer to Mexico. But Maybe Not Close Enough.

Javier Hernández’s decision to join the Los Angeles Galaxy was a coup for M.L.S., but back in his native Mexico, critics wondered why he hadn’t just come home.

#hernandez-javier-1988, #los-angeles-galaxy-soccer-team, #major-league-soccer, #soccer