Here in the US, sports are not just big fun but big business. Maybe that’s no big surprise, but if you break down the numbers on number of games, price of tickets, and salaries of players, you start to see some interesting facts emerge. Facts like the NHL and NBA have similar game counts and attendance figures, but NHL tickets cost on average $10 more, but somehow bring in about $1B less a year in revenue.
All of this, and more, is visible in the new infographic on US Pro Sports Compared, after the break.
Sony has won the gig to shoot and show this year’s Wimbleton Tennis matches in 3D, with the finals to be shown in Theaters in glorious HD.
“High Definition 3D is… as close to the atmosphere and excitement of Centre Court as actually being there,” the head of Sony Europe, Fujio Nishida, enthused.
If you’re a tennis fan it sounds like a nice deal, similar to last year’s World Cup games. Not sure how well Tennis will stand up to 3D, as the camera is typically a wide shot standard. What will be the focus plane? The net? The near player? the far player? Guess we’ll find out.
I have to admit, I know very little of soccer and almost nothing of the World Cup Bid Process. I heard a while back that Sony/Japan was thrown out of the 2022 Bid, but now I hear they’re back. Of interest is the sheer manpower required of their entry, which discusses creation of over 400 special 3D stadiums around the world that will receive live streams (in 3D of course) of the World Cup games, creating a fully immersive 3D experience for people all around the world.
“I have to admit that the idea of this blows my mind away,” said Japan 2022 bid committee chief executive Kohzo Tashima.
“Three hundred and sixty million people could have a full stadium experience of matches; that’s over 100 times the number of spectators at the 1994 World Cup in the United States,” Tashima told FIFA’s executive committee as he pitched for the tournament.
The Japanese World Cup proposal also includes real-time translation machines and constant connection to handheld 3D video devices.
Combine the visuals with real-time language translation technology and mobile devices, and it looks like something straight out of BladeRunner. Sony, who’s partnered with Japan on the bid, is careful to note that this is fully achievable. With the rapid pace of technology, could we really have all of this in only 12 years? Watch the amazing bid entry below.
That’s right folks, NFL Football in high-resolution 3D. That is, if you’re one of the lucky few people who can get Verizon’s FiOS1 to the home, which is a disappointly smal number.
Produced by FiOS1, Verizon’s hyper-local news channel, the 3D game will air on channel 834 in the New York City area, including Long Island and Westchester and Rockland counties; Mercer County, N.J and the northern part of the state; Massachusetts; and Rhode Island. Coverage begins 15 minutes before game time at 6:45 p.m., with Verizon FiOS1 pre-game, half-time and post-game shows – all in 3D.
You’ll need a 3D TV Set and glasses, and suitable high-definitely set-top box for the decoding, but once you’ve got that you’re gold.
Twitter has finally analyzed the massive amount of twitter traffic collected during the 2010 World Cup, analyzing the various hashtags they created for individual teams and games. Their result: the above infographic cataloging how the traffic broke down during this record-shattering event.
To highlight how much Twitter has been pulsing with World Cup activity over the past month, our analytics and relevance teams put together the infographic above, charting fans’ use of hashflags (like #esp or #usa) during the tournament with a background of TPS over the same period.
* When you look at this graphic, think of it like a soundwave — the louder and more consistent the “sound,” the bigger the impact in all directions.
* Countries’ flags represent use of their hashflag. The size of the flag “waves” fluctuate with the frequency & consistency of tweets containing each country’s hashflag.
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