Feb 24, 2017
I would argue that with Bill Schlough at the helm of technology implementation for the San Francisco Giants, I would never count them out when it comes to a run for the World Series Championship! His IT team has put into play a number of proprietary analytic tools that are credited for helping the team earn three world series trophies in five years. The MLB implementing a new tracking system in all 30 major ballparks, called Statcast, that can rank defensive powerhouses as well as star batters using cameras, radar, and sensors, may have leveled the playing field starting in 2015, but Bill always has a few technical tricks up his sleeve. Hear more of what he is measuring now and how his IT Team is helping players to improve performance in the 2017 season. Plus, he talks about improving the fan experience both in the stadium at home. Bill played a pioneering role in the world of HD video, mobile content, ticketing, and payment systems since starting with the SF Giants in 1999. And under his leadership, AT&T Park became the first sports facility to provide free Wi-Fi to all fans in 2004. Bill talks about the challenges he's faced in deploying access points throughout the stadium to get around the lack of penetration through people and cement, including the outcry when antennas were placed under stadium seats, and how he was able to overcome that and continue to roll out effective, seamless connectivity for all of the fans. Phil McKinney, CEO of CableLabs, the R&D arm for cable companies across America, joins Bill in talking about improving the couch experience for fans with the rollout of 4k in 2017. Phil explains why it's great that Bill and his team have waited to roll out cables to support 4k, because the next generation is already here. He talks about that and how that will impact the fan experience at-home in the last ten minutes.