It’s not exactly a surprise to see the NHL taking the plunge into the internet of things, especially since it’s one of the world’s biggest sports leagues.
The NHL is spending big money to buy the rights to the internet’s hottest asset, the flattery of fans, and the latest data analytics are helping the league to understand the importance of analytics in sports.
But the NHL’s foray into the arena of the internet is just one of several new moves the league is making to capitalize on the new wave of technology and bring the game closer to the fans.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league’s first goal is to bring fans to games in a way that makes them feel as if they’re in the arena.
It will also have more video games, more live broadcasts, and more social media platforms.
Bettman described the new investments as a way for the league “to make sure the fans are involved in the game.”
For Bettman, the stakes are high.
Bettmans goal of bringing fans closer to hockey is a core component of his vision for the NHL.
The league has long tried to appeal to fans through the arena experience and the fan experience is key to attracting new fans to the game.
The new investments are a way to make sure that the fans feel as though they’re inside the arena, as well as the fans themselves.
The first of those investments will involve a new suite of devices the league says will help it understand fans’ behavior and their expectations for the game and the league.
It’ll be called the NHL Mobile App and the app will allow fans to see their team’s score, stats, standings, schedule, and schedule alerts from a mobile device.
Bettmen said the goal is for the app to become “a gateway to the experience.”
He described the NHLMobile app as a “digital version of the scoreboard” that would allow fans “to see their favorite players, players in particular, and other key information.”
He said the NHL has partnered with the sports analytics company Opta Sports and the NBA’s Advanced Analytics Research Center to make the app.
The app will be free to download, and it will allow people to access stats, team standings, and team schedules through the NHL app, which will be available on all smartphones.
Bettmann said the new app will help the league improve the overall experience for fans.
“We’ve invested a lot in the social aspect of our product, so the app is a way we can communicate with fans in a very personal way,” he said.
The team’s first foray into live sports will involve the 2017-18 season.
The Bettmans decision to buy a stake in the Edmonton Oilers and buy the majority stake in their new television rights will bring the team’s broadcast rights to $6 billion a year for 10 years.
Betters plan to use the revenue from those deals to build an arena that will allow the Oilers to play in a larger stadium, build a new arena and bring an NHL team to the state of Texas.
He also wants the new arena to attract the NHL to Texas, a move that will create a new revenue stream for the city of Edmonton.
Betts ownership stake will help bring the Oilers’ new arena back to life, and Bettmans plan is to turn the team into a television and commercial success, one that is profitable and can pay for itself in the long run.
He’s hoping to use his new ownership stake to bring an NBA team to Texas as well.
The owners plan to keep the ownership stake for a few years, but Bettmans said he hopes to use it to build a franchise in Dallas, where he would like to build the Dallas Stars.
The deal includes a new TV deal that will help fund an NHL expansion team and a TV deal with NBC, which is building a new network for the Dallas market.
Betties plan to make money from the new TV and commercial deals and also from the arena investment.
Bettors also announced that the NHL will sell a minority stake in a Dallas-based company, Wieden+Kennedy.
The company, which has a minority interest in the Dallas Cowboys, is also the owner of the NHL Dallas Stars, which are currently playing in Dallas.
The Wiedens have been building up ownership stakes in NHL arenas for the last five years.
It was reported earlier this year that Bettman has been interested in buying out the majority of the Wiedening family, including the team, which had been owned by the Wiesens since 1989.