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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 190                                                       
Friday, September 28, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “2006 to 2018, it's a few years in there. But it's certainly gotten bigger and bigger, and the atmosphere on that first tee is phenomenal. It's a very different experience playing home matches compared to away matches. Gleneagles was a very, very cool experience, and being on the first tee with Justin and playing away on Friday morning in front of the crowd was, yeah, something I will always remember. I think everyone is going to feel that first tee. That's normal for The Ryder Cup. And given the size and the setup we have here this week, which looks absolutely phenomenal, it's going to be something different, something special. So I expect everyone to feel a little bit of jelly in their legs walking down to their first tee.”

BRAIN TEASER: In the last Ryder Cup, the American won 17-11 at Hazeltine for their biggest Ryder Cup rout since 1981. For the first time since 1975, every American player contributed a point. Which player do you think contributed the most points for the red, white and blue in 2016?

MONEY ALWAYS TALKS: The Greg Norman Company has pumped some money into Spalk. A virtual sportscasting studio, Spalk’s proprietary Live Sync technology synchronizes live sports streams with multiple alternate remote commentaries from anywhere in the world. Norman participated alongside Stadia Ventures, Ice Angels, Sparkbox Ventures and others in a $1.5MM series seed round.

The potential appeal of Spalk’s business is that fans are able to choose a commentator for each game that suits their preferred language, style or bias, thus potentially driving fan engagement while increasing audience size and lowering production costs for content owners.

Spalk was a finalist in “Greg Norman’s Search for the Next Sports Entrepreneur” held at the University of Miami in March of 2017. Spalk, a New York City-based company with New Zealand origins, was the winner.

“As the world becomes increasingly more global, a one-size fits all approach to sports broadcasting is no longer relevant,” said Norman. “Demographically targeted commentary is a win-win for both fans and broadcasters and Spalk is leading the way. I am a firm believer in entrepreneurship and to have the opportunity to discover the ‘next best thing in sport’ and give a head start to the young entrepreneurs at Spalk is really special to me.”

Since it launched in 2017, Spalk says it has covered more than 5,000 live events for 100+ content partners who have seen up to a 70% increase in audience size. According to the company, the technology is already being used extensively by FIBA, the governing body for basketball, as well as World Rugby and several Division I college conferences in the U.S. The funding and new partnership will aid in Spalk’s North American growth and support introducing the technology in golf and other sports verticals, according to the company

“Mass personalization of live sports content opens up enormous revenue opportunities for leagues and broadcasters and we are excited to support Spalk as they disrupt this legacy industry,” said Brandon Janosky, Managing Partner at Stadia Ventures.

“By leveraging Spalk’s patented Virtual Commentary Studio, sports leagues and broadcasters no longer have to fly commentators to the stadium or studio to call games – they can do it from a laptop anywhere in the world,” said Ben Reynolds, CEO of Spalk. “We place high value on the right strategic partners and are thrilled to announce the support from Greg Norman and our other investors.”

WEB GEMS:

NO SILVER SPOON HERE: When Tony Finau joined his American team mates for dinner at the Versailles Palace this week he could have been excused for pinching himself to make sure it was not just a dream. Admiring the ornate decor while tucking into lobster and sipping expensive wine, it was perhaps the moment the 29-year-old realized just how far the boy swinging battered irons his father plucked from boot sales had travelled. On Friday he will make his debut in the Ryder Cup having been handed the 12th and final place on captain Jim Furyk’s team to tackle Europe at Le Golf National. “I’m extremely proud of where I am,” Finau, one of seven children born to Tongan and American Samoan parents, told reporters. “Basically (I came from) very humble beginnings.” READ MORE>>>

FAKE NEWS? Dustin Johnson clawing out of Paulina’s doghouse one photo at a time. READ MORE>>>

HANGOVER? Paul McGinley believes Thomas Bjorn must help Rory McIlroy recover from his Tour Championship hangover if Europe is to win back the trophy. The 2014 skipper believes it's crucial that McIlroy picks himself up after he failed to exert any pressure on Tiger Woods in the final round at East Lake on Sunday, slumping to a disappointing 74 to finish seventh. "There is going to be a hangover, no doubt about it," McGinley told Sky Sports. "This was really disappointing for Rory. “ READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “2006 to 2018, it's a few years in there. But it's certainly gotten bigger and bigger, and the atmosphere on that first tee is phenomenal. It's a very different experience playing home matches compared to away matches. Gleneagles was a very, very cool experience, and being on the first tee with Justin and playing away on Friday morning in front of the crowd was, yeah, something I will always remember. I think everyone is going to feel that first tee. That's normal for The Ryder Cup. And given the size and the setup we have here this week, which looks absolutely phenomenal, it's going to be something different, something special. So I expect everyone to feel a little bit of jelly in their legs walking down to their first tee.”--Henrik Stenson.

In the last Ryder Cup, the American won 17-11 at Hazeltine for their biggest Ryder Cup rout since 1981. For the first time since 1975, every American player contributed a point. Patrick Reed led the Americans with a 3-1-1 record, including a leadoff singles victory over Rory McIlroy.

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