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The Minnesota Vikings are joining counterparts in Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association to enter the sports tech accelerator space with entities that provide sports tech startups with the crucial resources they need to succeed.

Word of the Vikings' "accelerator," which could spark a trend in the league, is designed to meld sports tech and funding to bring innovation and advancements to America's game in crucial areas ranging from health and safety to wireless communications, apps and analytics.

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The performances of Yahoo and Twitter, along with the need to enrich online TV services' with live sports should open the floodgates to broader scale streaming of NFL games next year, if the league can keep its growing list of partners happy.

The success of Twitter's streaming of a live NFL game internationally has set the table for broadcasters, sports content right holders and live streamers looking to add sports and reach a broader audience of young age groups and international audiences for their advertisers.

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When it comes to live streaming sports games to fans' viewing devices, content delivery networks (CDN) may not get a second chance to make a solid first impression.

But with live and on-demand streaming options for sports fans launching on a weekly basis, it's becoming clear that CDN operators are evolving from a best effort to best experience focus, measuring quality instead of traffic delivered.

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