iSportconnect EXCLUSIVES of the week – 25/30/2016

September 30, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: A new competition for European basketball

The European basketball scene could be about to change – for better or worse – with the latest addition to the market; the Basketball Champions League.

The introduction of the tournament has led to fierce divisions in European basketball. For many years, EuroLeague was basketball’s premier club tournament, a privately owned venture.
The Basketball Champions League is backed – with a 50% stake – by the world governing body, FIBA.
Now they are going head to head, on and off the court.
Read more HERE
Modern pentathletes use data for targeted fitness regimes

Data is playing an increased role in sport, both from a coaching and performance point of view – analysing players ability and fitness is all becoming more and more reliant on the data we are able to gather.
With quick turnaround time between competition and the next match or event around the corner, making sure athletes or players are at a safe level of fitness is imperative and now more easy to analyse.
Bill Gerrard, Data Analyst with AZ Alkmaar and Professor of Business and Sports Analytics at Leeds University, believes that individual tailoring for fitness training is the next step.

Read more HERE
The true reality of virtual reality

The sport industry is slowly moving towards its next technological leap – virtual reality.
The technology is still in its infancy – and many who have tried it, don’t see it as a game changer just get. But the message from the VR world was clear: you haven’t seen anything yet.
Philip Morrow, CEO of Retinize, a VR production company, explains how the technology is growing rapidly, and now they are ready to take the next big step.

Read his thoughts HERE

FEATURED PROFILE: Bill Pulver, CEO, Australian Rugby Union

It’s an interesting time to be a rugby fan with the sport – in Sevens form – involved in the Rio Olympic Games.
Regarded as a success in most quarters, rugby will be back in Tokyo but the future remains unclear.
iSportconnect sat down with Bill Pulver, CEO of Australia Rugby Union to discuss his career, Rio and more.

Read what he had to say HERE