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System and method for network enabling scoreboard systems for real-time status feeds

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202070D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 69K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that uses commonly available computer hardware and a specialized adapter to enable real-time status feeds for heterogeneous scoreboard systems. The system then broadcasts the feeds to subscribers via radio or television signals or over the Internet.

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System and method for network enabling scoreboard systems for real -time status feeds

The number of non-televised middle school, high school, college, and city recreation league sporting events that occur in a given year far exceeds the number of professional sports events that are shown on television. It is very common for these non-professional sporting events to take place at times that are not extremely convenient for parents/friends to watch or attend the events. Typically the parents/friends of players in these non-professional events are more interested in the progress of these events than they are in professional sporting events that can be viewed during more convenient viewing times. The problem is that people are not able to track the sporting events in which they are most interested because they occur at non-convenient times and are rarely broadcast on the radio, TV, or the Internet.

For non-professional sporting events, there is typically an individual that is dedicated to keeping an electronic scoreboard updated with the correct score. Because of this, there is generally an accurate and extremely current status of the game that is being maintained and displayed on a digital scoreboard. This information is only accessible or visible for those individuals who are physically attending the local event. There is currently no production scoreboard system that automatically transmits the scoring updates for rebroadcast, making updates immediately available to remote parties. In addition, most schools and city parks and recreation departments do not have the budget to replace their current scoreboard systems, even if new network enabled scoreboard systems are ever developed and available for purchase.

A cost-effective system and method to broadcast real-time scores of local or non-professional sporting events is needed.

The disclosed invention is a system that uses commonly available computer hardware along with a specialized adapter to enable real-time status feeds for heterogeneous scoreboard systems. An example/proposed architecture...