Sports information gathering and broadcasting system

  • US 10,270,552 B1
  • Filed: 06/26/2017
  • Issued: 04/23/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/13/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system of gathering, processing, and distributing information of a golf tournament over a wireless network, comprising:

  • a first portable device configured to be carried by a spotter of the golf tournament, the spotter having special permitted access to a golf course of the golf tournament and to participants of the golf tournament, the first portable device including a map of the golf course, the first portable device being configured to receive input data from the spotter regarding status of a selected player'"'"'s golf ball during the golf tournament in real time after the golf ball has been hit by the selected player on a current hole of the selected player, the first portable device being configured to present information regarding the location and distance of the selected player'"'"'s ball relative to the map of the golf course in real time after the ball has been hit by the selected player, the input data including information pertaining to the lie and the condition of the golf ball being tracked by the spotter and the selected player'"'"'s strokes as they occur, the first portable device being configured to distribute the input data over the wireless network in real time during the golf tournament;

    a second portable device carried by a user viewing the golf tournament to receive distributed input data over the wireless network, and to selectively display current statistics pertaining to the selected hole and graphical representations of the distributed input data according to an input from the user, the second portable device being configured to display pre-programmed information provided to the second portable device including endorsement information of manufacturers of equipment used by the respective participants of the golf tournament; and

    a production module configured to receive distributed input data over the wireless network simultaneously from a plurality of spotters covering various players of the golf tournament, the production module being configured to display distributed input data so as to selectively distribute at least a portion of the distributed input data to an external television network based on characteristics of displayed input data, the production module having a processing module connected between the production module and the wireless network, the processing module being configured to receive data requests over the wireless network simultaneously from a plurality of second portable devices and to distribute requested data to each second portable device over the wireless network based on received data requests from each second portable device, respectively.

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