Method and apparatus for interactive participation at a live entertainment event

  • US 7,587,214 B2
  • Filed: 03/20/2007
  • Issued: 09/08/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for enabling interactive participation at a live entertainment event at a live event venue and attended by a plurality of persons at said venue, at least a portion of said persons being participants employing a wireless interactive device having capability (i) to receive and transmit messages, (ii) accept input via a user input interface, and (iii) output messages to a user output interface,the method comprising the steps of:

  • providing a wireless communication system for transmitting and receiving messages with said interactive device;

    enrolling a plurality of said persons as said participants;

    querying said participants to place a wager related to said live entertainment event with said wager being entered by said participants through said user input interface and transmitted by said interactive device;

    receiving said wagers entered by said participants;

    transferring said wagers to a central processor;

    disseminating at least one promotional message to said participants through said user output interface of said interactive device;

    said dissemination comprising a promotional message server in data communication with said wireless communication system, said promotional message server providing said at least one promotional message from a plurality of messages stored in said promotional message server to said wireless interactive device through said wireless communications system,according to the outcome of said live entertainment event, processing said wagers into results using said central processor and announcing said results to said participants.

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