Oculus and HTC See Very Different VR Futures

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Two diverging strategies are emerging in virtual reality, leaving the industry's most popular platforms to take very different positions. Facebook's Oculus platform continues to bet on the consumer market with the Rift S and upcoming wireless Quest headset, which starts at $400. HTC  on the other hand, is firmly in the enterprise camp with Vive Pro Eye and the wireless Focus Plus, which can cost as much as $1,400. The two strategies will leave the companies in very different segments of the market, from both a price and performance standpoint. Those choices could determine what kind of headset becomes the leading platform in the industry.

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With a penchant for producing cutting edge, press worthy and off the cuff events, INK Entertainment takes the event production craft to the next level. Through stunning, thought provoking production and décor, INK redefines the traditional standards of event management. With access to the most acclaimed vendors in catering, design, floral, talent and entertainment, we can customize any one of our spacious and luxurious venues to cater to the needs of our clients. Bringing years of experience and knowledge to the process, our event professionals offer a turnkey service. From conception to execution, INK ensures that your guests will leave with a memorable experience.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

Article | June 14, 2021

Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Article | February 14, 2022

Apple is continuing to investigate headsets like its "AR Glasses," as part of its exploration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems. One such headset in future may utilize sensors that can detect angular rotation, such as that experienced when the device is placed on a user's head or removed. "[It] may be beneficial for the VR headset to be able to detect when a head-worn device (e.g., headset, eyeglasses, headphones, etc.) is being removed from the user's head, is being placed on the user's head, or both," says Apple in US Patent No. 10,557,724, "Angle detection of a rotating system using a single magnet and multiple hall sensors."

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Game On: These Entertainment Stocks Hit New Levels

Article | June 21, 2021

Some Chinese entertainment stocks listed in the U.S. got a boost last week after the People Bank of China (PBOC) said it would pump $173 billion into the economy. Since news of the report from Beijing hit the street, one of the biggest gainers was Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) NetEase, a partner of California-based Blizzard Entertainment in China, traded as low as $317.48 per American depositary share within the last couple of weeks, and soared as high as $347.95 apiece last week. NetEase rolled out its international presence in recent years in Japan and North America, lowering its China dependency.

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The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

Article | February 10, 2020

Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-generation machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to the 4K/HDR-capable machines of today, and that divide will grow even larger once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future? More than once console makers have tried to break new ground, by focusing on functionality beyond gaming, but for the most part those attempts have failed. Nintendo has found the most success with specialized hardware that still focuses on games first, while Sony and Microsoft have seemingly understood that building powerful general purpose machines that are akin to PCs is their best and safest bet.

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With a penchant for producing cutting edge, press worthy and off the cuff events, INK Entertainment takes the event production craft to the next level. Through stunning, thought provoking production and décor, INK redefines the traditional standards of event management. With access to the most acclaimed vendors in catering, design, floral, talent and entertainment, we can customize any one of our spacious and luxurious venues to cater to the needs of our clients. Bringing years of experience and knowledge to the process, our event professionals offer a turnkey service. From conception to execution, INK ensures that your guests will leave with a memorable experience.

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World Cinema Inc. Enters Agreement to Acquire Hospitality WiFi LLC

World Cinema, Inc. | June 28, 2022

World Cinema, Inc. (“WCI”), a leader in deploying and serving property technology for over forty years, announced it has entered an agreement to acquire Ohio-based Hospitality WiFi LLC, a global leader in delivering Internet Protocol-based wired and wireless networking experiences to the hospitality industry. The combination creates the most customer-centric, well-rounded, and qualified technology services partner for brands, owners, and managers in the institutional real estate industry. Hospitality WiFi was formed over 21 years ago to satisfy the then-emerging need for hotels to add Wi-Fi connectivity to their guest experiences. Growing to over 2,800 properties on over 5 continents, they have been instrumental in satisfying the growing needs of guest connectivity. The two companies share the commitment to delivering customer-centric solutions. The promise of both companies is to deliver every time, with no exceptions. The combination is a catalyst to deliver convergence of in-room entertainment, seamless wireless networking experiences, and transformative connected applications like digital signage, smart building, and common area video intelligence services. By maintaining cost leadership and high levels of customer satisfaction, this partnership can increase financial returns for clients by improving top-line occupancy and RevPAR and increasing income by adding operating efficiencies. “A real attraction to Hospitality WiFi is the team and their attitude towards their customers. It’s the same culture that has allowed World Cinema to deliver substantial organic growth and success over the past four decades. This is the beginning of a powerful combination which will deliver benefits to our clients and create opportunities for the employees and loyal partners of each company. We are excited to build the future of property technology together.” -Tommy Fatjo, President of World Cinema, Jason Szuch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hospitality WiFi, said, When I founded Hospitality WiFi in 2001, we had a vision to be the number one choice of hotel owners and brands. I’m so proud Hospitality WiFi is joining World Cinema, a company that is known for its long successful track record of delivering hospitality technology services to some of the largest properties and enterprises in the U.S. I’m looking forward to taking our customers to the next level with the combination of our two companies. About World Cinema, Inc. World Cinema, Inc. (WCI) is a trusted provider of video, advanced connectivity and professional services to properties and enterprises across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the US Virgin Islands. With a dedication to customer service, WCI is leading the way in delivering innovative technology solutions that enhance the resident, guest, and staff experience. From managed services to digital transformation, WCI is a single point of contact for all a property’s technology needs. Founded in 1974, WCI is a privately held company headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company serves over 7,000 properties with nearly 900,000 rooms under management. For more information, visit www.wcitv.com About Hospitality WiFi Hospitality WiFi (HWF) has been providing guest WiFi and other services since 2001. With the goal of offering a better guest experience for hospitality properties, MDUs, restaurants, offices, and other locations on multiple continents, HWF designs, installs, and supports wired and wireless networks, including site surveys, equipment selection and purchase, installation, and ongoing maintenance and management. HWF’s expertise with converged networks enables simplified management and an improved customer experience, with services including:

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Connexa Sports Partners with Prairie Trail Sports Complex, a New State-of-the-Art Sports Facility in Iowa

Connexa | June 27, 2022

Connexa Sports Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: CNXA) (www.connexasports.com) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, PlaySight Interactive (www.playsight.com) is partnering with Prairie Trail Sports Complex (www.prairietrailsc.com), set to open Fall 2022 in Ankeny, Iowa. Prairie Trail SC is the newest multisport complex to bring PlaySight’s industry-standard live streaming and performance video platform to its facilities, including four basketball courts and four volleyball courts, joining industry leaders such as LakePoint Sports and IMG Academy who trust Connexa Sports for their sports video technology needs. “We felt that PlaySight provided the best quality of stream amongst the companies we researched. We also felt the cost structure gave us the greatest control of how we offered it to our fans.” PlaySight recently announced an expanded partnership with IMG Academy and works with other similar facilities across the country that attract elite youth sports, both local and travel. Our goal is to provide an experience that will encourage parents and athletes to demand that their coaches and club directors participate in as many tournaments and activities at our facility as possible. Live streaming and game video archives are essential to that experience, and we feel that PlaySight is the right company for us.” -David Lane, Owner and Program Director at Prairie Trail,opted to go with PlaySight over other sports video platforms on the market. Driving a better playing, coaching and fan experience was key to the decision behind adding PlaySight for Prairie Trail. “Multiple camera angles, motion tracking technology, an on-demand video library of games, and an easy-to-follow dashboard will provide our athletes and fans with a great pre-game, in-game, and post-game experience,” continued Lane. With youth sports and travel tourism coming back in a big way this summer, facilities are looking for ways to enhance the value offering to parents who attend in-person, and family members who want to follow along from home. “With parents having multiple kids in multiple sports and multiple venues on a weekend, having PlaySight at our facility provides parents the ability to be a part of everyone’s weeknight and weekend activities. Family and friends across the country can join in on the experience as well,” said Facility Director Brady Randall. Through PlaySight, Connexa Sports provides the video technology and live streaming capabilities for many multi-sport facilities, collegiate athletic departments, and pro teams, leagues, federations, academies, and facilities all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of athletes, coaches and fans trust it daily for automated production live stream broadcasts, multi-angle video recording, performance analysis, content monetization and much more. Since inception in 2015, PlaySight’s technology has become the standard for high-quality sports video throughout the industry. About Connexa Sports Technologies: Connexa Sports a leading connected sports company delivering products, technologies, and services across the ‘Watch, Play, Learn’ commercial and subscription-as-a-service activities in sports. Digital disruption is restructuring how sports are enjoyed, consumed, and monetized, and Connexa Sports is well positioned to capitalize on this with its portfolio of brands: Slinger, PlaySight Interactive, Gameface.AI and Foundation Tennis.

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Connect Partnership Group Acquires Chicago-Based HARLON to Expand Sports, Music and Immersive Entertainment Offerings Nationwide

HARLON | June 24, 2022

Connect Partnership Group, a Dallas-based sports and entertainment agency, announced the strategic acquisition of HARLON, a full-service sponsorship sales agency that specializes in representing rights holders across sports, music, and entertainment. The acquisition will expand Connect’s growing portfolio of property sales clients, including the addition of immersive entertainment experiences to the company’s suite of offerings.The announcement comes on the heels of the XFL selecting Connect as its sponsorship sales agency to enhance and execute the League's corporate partnership strategy. As part of the acquisition, HARLON founder and industry veteran Scott Howard will join Connect as Executive Vice President of Property Sales out of the company’s Chicago office, bringing along HARLON’s exciting portfolio of immersive entertainment and music clients. For years I’ve admired the impressive work the Connect Partnership Group team has done, and I could not be more excited to step in and be a part of the company during an incredible period of growth,” Howard said. “I look forward to working alongside the Connect team and growing our business to provide the very best services for our clients. HARLON has been one of the Midwest’s most-respected emerging sales and marketing agencies, trusted by properties such as the Mempho Music Festival and Lighthouse Immersive, the powerhouse that created the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. To date, the attraction has sold more than 5 million tickets across 20 markets in North America in less than two years and is one of Ticketmaster’s best-selling exhibitions in history. Connect Adds Sales Veterans In addition to the acquisition, Connect announced the addition of three new members to the sales and consulting teams, all with extensive partnership sales and consulting experience with some of the country’s leading sports and real estate properties. Kristin Harwood joins Connect as Senior Director of Sales in Connect's Property Sales Division. Harwood spent more than five years managing partnership sales with the Seattle Mariners organization before assuming corporate partnership roles with the Dallas Stars, the XFL’s Dallas Renegades and Premier Partnerships. Joining Harwood as Senior Director of Sales in Connect’s Property Sales Division is Matt Castellan, who will be headquartered in New York and will focus on Connect’s representation of Hudson Yards’ sponsorship rights. Castellan most recently oversaw sponsorship sales for the Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership in New York City, and has extensive marketing and sales experience from past roles with Stanton & Company, Citi Bike, the 2016 Chicago Olympic City Bid and the 2012 NYC Olympic City Bid. Price Johnson, who spent the last six years leading Topgolf’s Global Partnerships sales team, is joining Connect’s Consulting Division as a Special Projects Consultant to assist with its rapid national growth. Mr. Johnson brings over 25 years of combined sales, marketing and operational experience to Connect, including nearly 10 years in the software and communications industries, which aligns well with the Consulting Division’s growing roster of industry-leading technology companies. “The past year has been one of incredible momentum for Connect, our team and our clients, and by adding HARLON and a powerhouse of experienced sales members to our team will only accelerate our ongoing scaling efforts, help secure more key wins for clients, and further position Connect as a leader in the sports and entertainment industry,Connect is now bigger and more established than we ever have been, and we’re just getting started.” -Connect co-founder Danielle Shuff. Last Fall, Connect rebranded to reflect its rapid growth in areas beyond its formidable Partnership Sales and Strategy division, most notably its Consulting division, which has secured a unique niche in the industry by providing an outsourced business development team to companies that desire to sell their product or solution to large public venues. To support the continued growth - with Connect expecting year-over-year revenue to double as it readies more client announcements and client transactions in the second half of the year - the company is actively hiring sales professionals and account managers, with immediate openings in Los Angeles. Since it was founded in 2015, Connect has been trusted by some of the most prestigious companies in the world, including the Dallas Stars, LA Chargers, Chicago Cubs, XFL, Related Companies, Circuit of The Americas, VIRGIN FEST, IBM, Nokia, American Tower, and CommScope, amongst others. For more information about Connect Partnership Group or to contact directly, visit ConnectWins.com. About Connect Partnership Group Connect Partnership Group is a strategic sales and consultancy agency that specializes in representing and selling sponsorships, naming rights and other media assets in sports and entertainment, while also providing an outsourced business development team to companies that sell products and services to the industry. Based in Dallas, Tex., Connect capitalizes on a combined 120 years of sports business experience selling and activating sponsorships, operating events, consulting on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, and creating strategic and mutually beneficial partnership opportunities for properties and brands around the world.

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World Cinema Inc. Enters Agreement to Acquire Hospitality WiFi LLC

World Cinema, Inc. | June 28, 2022

World Cinema, Inc. (“WCI”), a leader in deploying and serving property technology for over forty years, announced it has entered an agreement to acquire Ohio-based Hospitality WiFi LLC, a global leader in delivering Internet Protocol-based wired and wireless networking experiences to the hospitality industry. The combination creates the most customer-centric, well-rounded, and qualified technology services partner for brands, owners, and managers in the institutional real estate industry. Hospitality WiFi was formed over 21 years ago to satisfy the then-emerging need for hotels to add Wi-Fi connectivity to their guest experiences. Growing to over 2,800 properties on over 5 continents, they have been instrumental in satisfying the growing needs of guest connectivity. The two companies share the commitment to delivering customer-centric solutions. The promise of both companies is to deliver every time, with no exceptions. The combination is a catalyst to deliver convergence of in-room entertainment, seamless wireless networking experiences, and transformative connected applications like digital signage, smart building, and common area video intelligence services. By maintaining cost leadership and high levels of customer satisfaction, this partnership can increase financial returns for clients by improving top-line occupancy and RevPAR and increasing income by adding operating efficiencies. “A real attraction to Hospitality WiFi is the team and their attitude towards their customers. It’s the same culture that has allowed World Cinema to deliver substantial organic growth and success over the past four decades. This is the beginning of a powerful combination which will deliver benefits to our clients and create opportunities for the employees and loyal partners of each company. We are excited to build the future of property technology together.” -Tommy Fatjo, President of World Cinema, Jason Szuch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hospitality WiFi, said, When I founded Hospitality WiFi in 2001, we had a vision to be the number one choice of hotel owners and brands. I’m so proud Hospitality WiFi is joining World Cinema, a company that is known for its long successful track record of delivering hospitality technology services to some of the largest properties and enterprises in the U.S. I’m looking forward to taking our customers to the next level with the combination of our two companies. About World Cinema, Inc. World Cinema, Inc. (WCI) is a trusted provider of video, advanced connectivity and professional services to properties and enterprises across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the US Virgin Islands. With a dedication to customer service, WCI is leading the way in delivering innovative technology solutions that enhance the resident, guest, and staff experience. From managed services to digital transformation, WCI is a single point of contact for all a property’s technology needs. Founded in 1974, WCI is a privately held company headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company serves over 7,000 properties with nearly 900,000 rooms under management. For more information, visit www.wcitv.com About Hospitality WiFi Hospitality WiFi (HWF) has been providing guest WiFi and other services since 2001. With the goal of offering a better guest experience for hospitality properties, MDUs, restaurants, offices, and other locations on multiple continents, HWF designs, installs, and supports wired and wireless networks, including site surveys, equipment selection and purchase, installation, and ongoing maintenance and management. HWF’s expertise with converged networks enables simplified management and an improved customer experience, with services including:

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Connexa Sports Partners with Prairie Trail Sports Complex, a New State-of-the-Art Sports Facility in Iowa

Connexa | June 27, 2022

Connexa Sports Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: CNXA) (www.connexasports.com) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, PlaySight Interactive (www.playsight.com) is partnering with Prairie Trail Sports Complex (www.prairietrailsc.com), set to open Fall 2022 in Ankeny, Iowa. Prairie Trail SC is the newest multisport complex to bring PlaySight’s industry-standard live streaming and performance video platform to its facilities, including four basketball courts and four volleyball courts, joining industry leaders such as LakePoint Sports and IMG Academy who trust Connexa Sports for their sports video technology needs. “We felt that PlaySight provided the best quality of stream amongst the companies we researched. We also felt the cost structure gave us the greatest control of how we offered it to our fans.” PlaySight recently announced an expanded partnership with IMG Academy and works with other similar facilities across the country that attract elite youth sports, both local and travel. Our goal is to provide an experience that will encourage parents and athletes to demand that their coaches and club directors participate in as many tournaments and activities at our facility as possible. Live streaming and game video archives are essential to that experience, and we feel that PlaySight is the right company for us.” -David Lane, Owner and Program Director at Prairie Trail,opted to go with PlaySight over other sports video platforms on the market. Driving a better playing, coaching and fan experience was key to the decision behind adding PlaySight for Prairie Trail. “Multiple camera angles, motion tracking technology, an on-demand video library of games, and an easy-to-follow dashboard will provide our athletes and fans with a great pre-game, in-game, and post-game experience,” continued Lane. With youth sports and travel tourism coming back in a big way this summer, facilities are looking for ways to enhance the value offering to parents who attend in-person, and family members who want to follow along from home. “With parents having multiple kids in multiple sports and multiple venues on a weekend, having PlaySight at our facility provides parents the ability to be a part of everyone’s weeknight and weekend activities. Family and friends across the country can join in on the experience as well,” said Facility Director Brady Randall. Through PlaySight, Connexa Sports provides the video technology and live streaming capabilities for many multi-sport facilities, collegiate athletic departments, and pro teams, leagues, federations, academies, and facilities all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of athletes, coaches and fans trust it daily for automated production live stream broadcasts, multi-angle video recording, performance analysis, content monetization and much more. Since inception in 2015, PlaySight’s technology has become the standard for high-quality sports video throughout the industry. About Connexa Sports Technologies: Connexa Sports a leading connected sports company delivering products, technologies, and services across the ‘Watch, Play, Learn’ commercial and subscription-as-a-service activities in sports. Digital disruption is restructuring how sports are enjoyed, consumed, and monetized, and Connexa Sports is well positioned to capitalize on this with its portfolio of brands: Slinger, PlaySight Interactive, Gameface.AI and Foundation Tennis.

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Connect Partnership Group Acquires Chicago-Based HARLON to Expand Sports, Music and Immersive Entertainment Offerings Nationwide

HARLON | June 24, 2022

Connect Partnership Group, a Dallas-based sports and entertainment agency, announced the strategic acquisition of HARLON, a full-service sponsorship sales agency that specializes in representing rights holders across sports, music, and entertainment. The acquisition will expand Connect’s growing portfolio of property sales clients, including the addition of immersive entertainment experiences to the company’s suite of offerings.The announcement comes on the heels of the XFL selecting Connect as its sponsorship sales agency to enhance and execute the League's corporate partnership strategy. As part of the acquisition, HARLON founder and industry veteran Scott Howard will join Connect as Executive Vice President of Property Sales out of the company’s Chicago office, bringing along HARLON’s exciting portfolio of immersive entertainment and music clients. For years I’ve admired the impressive work the Connect Partnership Group team has done, and I could not be more excited to step in and be a part of the company during an incredible period of growth,” Howard said. “I look forward to working alongside the Connect team and growing our business to provide the very best services for our clients. HARLON has been one of the Midwest’s most-respected emerging sales and marketing agencies, trusted by properties such as the Mempho Music Festival and Lighthouse Immersive, the powerhouse that created the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. To date, the attraction has sold more than 5 million tickets across 20 markets in North America in less than two years and is one of Ticketmaster’s best-selling exhibitions in history. Connect Adds Sales Veterans In addition to the acquisition, Connect announced the addition of three new members to the sales and consulting teams, all with extensive partnership sales and consulting experience with some of the country’s leading sports and real estate properties. Kristin Harwood joins Connect as Senior Director of Sales in Connect's Property Sales Division. Harwood spent more than five years managing partnership sales with the Seattle Mariners organization before assuming corporate partnership roles with the Dallas Stars, the XFL’s Dallas Renegades and Premier Partnerships. Joining Harwood as Senior Director of Sales in Connect’s Property Sales Division is Matt Castellan, who will be headquartered in New York and will focus on Connect’s representation of Hudson Yards’ sponsorship rights. Castellan most recently oversaw sponsorship sales for the Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership in New York City, and has extensive marketing and sales experience from past roles with Stanton & Company, Citi Bike, the 2016 Chicago Olympic City Bid and the 2012 NYC Olympic City Bid. Price Johnson, who spent the last six years leading Topgolf’s Global Partnerships sales team, is joining Connect’s Consulting Division as a Special Projects Consultant to assist with its rapid national growth. Mr. Johnson brings over 25 years of combined sales, marketing and operational experience to Connect, including nearly 10 years in the software and communications industries, which aligns well with the Consulting Division’s growing roster of industry-leading technology companies. “The past year has been one of incredible momentum for Connect, our team and our clients, and by adding HARLON and a powerhouse of experienced sales members to our team will only accelerate our ongoing scaling efforts, help secure more key wins for clients, and further position Connect as a leader in the sports and entertainment industry,Connect is now bigger and more established than we ever have been, and we’re just getting started.” -Connect co-founder Danielle Shuff. Last Fall, Connect rebranded to reflect its rapid growth in areas beyond its formidable Partnership Sales and Strategy division, most notably its Consulting division, which has secured a unique niche in the industry by providing an outsourced business development team to companies that desire to sell their product or solution to large public venues. To support the continued growth - with Connect expecting year-over-year revenue to double as it readies more client announcements and client transactions in the second half of the year - the company is actively hiring sales professionals and account managers, with immediate openings in Los Angeles. Since it was founded in 2015, Connect has been trusted by some of the most prestigious companies in the world, including the Dallas Stars, LA Chargers, Chicago Cubs, XFL, Related Companies, Circuit of The Americas, VIRGIN FEST, IBM, Nokia, American Tower, and CommScope, amongst others. For more information about Connect Partnership Group or to contact directly, visit ConnectWins.com. About Connect Partnership Group Connect Partnership Group is a strategic sales and consultancy agency that specializes in representing and selling sponsorships, naming rights and other media assets in sports and entertainment, while also providing an outsourced business development team to companies that sell products and services to the industry. Based in Dallas, Tex., Connect capitalizes on a combined 120 years of sports business experience selling and activating sponsorships, operating events, consulting on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, and creating strategic and mutually beneficial partnership opportunities for properties and brands around the world.

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