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Wheelings & Dealings: Strava Raises $18.5 Million in VC Funding as Fitness Industry Set for Rapid Growth
October 31, 2014 - According to Re/code, Strava has just raised $18.5 million in venture capital funding. The funds are to help the company become more of a factor internationally and lead the way as a social medium for endurance athletes. It also comes at a time when wearable fitness is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years.
Huawei Signs Agreement with Washington Redskins
October 29, 2014 - Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, recently announced that the company is now a multi-year team sponsor and "Official Technology Partner" for the Washington Redskins.
ZTE Expands Presence in US with More NBA Partnerships
October 29, 2014 - Smartphone manufacturer ZTE began its sponsorship with the Houston Rockets in October last year. Now, a little more than a year later, it has announced its official sponsorship with two more professional basketball teams - the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors.
Seattle Mariners Deploy Solar Panels at the Team's Arizona Training Facility
October 20, 2014 - One of the sunniest places in the United States is Arizona, and many of its cities claim more than 300 days of sunshine per year. While Phoenix averages 330 days, Scottsdale boasts an impressive 350 days, which makes it the ideal location for baseball teams to practice during their off-season. The Seattle Mariners make the trek every year to the team's Spring Training facility in Peoria, AZ. to avoid the notorious rains of the Northwest. The team also brought its environmental awareness from Seattle to its stadium in Peoria by installing a solar rooftop and carport system in partnership with Healthy Planet Partners (HPP), Kyocera Solar and Sky Engineering.
Despite Myriad Sports Streaming Services, Bundling Will Re-emerge
October 20, 2014 - The National Basketball Association and ESPN are planning a new online video service that would stream regular season games, apparently on an over-the-top basis, without requiring purchase of a linear video subscription.
Microsoft Trying To Educate NFL on Surface Tablet
October 17, 2014 - Earlier this month, the NFL had to crack down on players and coaches who were wearing the wrong brand of headphone. Now Microsoft has had to go out of its way to educate a few select NFL commentators when it comes to the Microsoft Surface. Microsoft paid a rather hefty $400 million fee in order to make the Surface the official tablet of the NFL. While the company hasn't had a problem with players or coaches using the iPad instead, it appears NFL announcers aren't quite sure what kinds of tablets are showing up on the sideline.

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