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chuckatkinson
15-Apr-2020, 06:24 AM
Who wants to help me develop a Virtual Seat app. Sort of like a Zoom for sports. With the prospect of no live sporting events in the very near future worldwide this is the app for it. I've been thinking about this app for several years specifically for my team, Dallas Cowboys, because I think Jerry Jones is one of smartest owners in American Football. And is a money grubber as well which is perfect. The Dallas Cowboys (and my "real" football team, Manchester United) have a world-wide fan base in the 100's of millions. While their respective stadium have seating capacity of 100k and 76k. Imagine virtual seats 100 fold those numbers.

The idea is to sell "virtual seats" in the stadium on a per-game or season ticket basis. You get a private live-stream of the game on your device. BTW this would work for ANY sport and provide the club owners the missing revenue for empty venues. The other side is some way to provide the venue side so the teams can experience the fans virtual attendance.

Yeah you might say there are already broadcast rights sold for this, but the virtual seat provides guaranteed access to the game, not subject to whether it's available via the squirrely blackout and availability rules of the broadcasters. This might be when professional sports adopts a different revenue model either alongside or replacing the traditional broadcast rights and butts in seats model.

starzen
15-Apr-2020, 07:02 AM
technically not that hard but the issue is licensing of course. good luck with the NFL on that one.

And yes the broadcast rights will play into this as well as they have contracts with the broadcasters that will not allow things like that.

some of this already exists for some sports for a long time btw. My daughter for example watches figure skating events like that.

chuckatkinson
15-Apr-2020, 07:27 AM
I think the sports leagues are going to have to change their revenue model with the loss of ticket sales and $10 glass of beer and $25 nachos.

It's across all sports worldwide. A sport team owner like Jerry Jones would see $$$ in his eyes at the prospect of selling 25m seats at his 100k seat stadium.

Chip Casanave
15-Apr-2020, 07:29 AM
Thanks for kicking things off Chuck! Clearly you understand the goals of the Hangout! :cool:

starzen
15-Apr-2020, 08:13 AM
if you look into the details ticket sales as well as concessions are a very minor source of income compared to TV deals.

With social distancing they will probably start making more money on TV deals which is their major source of income.
And thats where the problem comes in. What you are proposing is in direct competition with where they make their major income.

now this is for the NFL for example. Of course other sports are different and that is also why other sports already have these things in place.
I know figure skating has it in place. My daughter has a subscription for it. Soccer also has things like this in place for years.