TechGraphs News Roundup: 8/14/2015

And heat and humidity wave has swept the American Middle West this week, and my primary laptop is not particularly happy about it. Nevertheless, let’s beat the heat by catching up on some of the sports-tech stories we here at TechGraphs found interesting this week.

I talked about MLB Advanced Media’s plans after their deal with the NHL, and it appears as if the other shoe has dropped as MLBAM has officially been spun off as its own entity — BAM Tech.

Colt’s quarterback Andrew Luck integrated (auto-play warning) virtual reality into his offseason training. It seems as if Stanford ties can help in all sorts of ways.

Speaking of nerdiness and football, the Denver Broncos are bringing their head of analytics up in the coach’s booth this year, where he will help the staff with on-the-fly analysis. If it brings down the amount of punting in the NFL, I’m all for it.

And when a team decides to go for it, there’s a good chance you’ll hear about it on Twitter this season. The NFL has teamed up with the social media giant to bring more news and highlights into people’s Twitter feeds. Yay?

I’ll be attending the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday, but don’t expect me to post any pictures of it. I mean, I probably wouldn’t anyway, but it appears as if the PGA is cracking down on un-credentialed photogs at their tournaments.

In esports news, the League of Legends Championship Tournament is featuring a woman for the first time. The worlds of sports and technology haven’t always been the most diverse, so it’s nice to see some, albeit gradual, change.

While we’re talking about gaming tournaments, it sounds like Blizzard might be making a push into that world.

That’s all for this week. Have a good weekend. Be excellent to each other.

David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.

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