Where are the killer mobile sports sites?


Okay, on a break from the regular mobile, business, and other mumbo jumbo, it’s time to talk about one of my other passions, sports. Okay I did slip mobile in there but it’s tough to get off track sometimes.

Truth is, I haven’t seen much out there. Even ESPN’s mass market mobile offering via the web is pedestrian at best. So far the best network quality mobile experience I’ve seen for sports is on the Verizon LG Voyager. The pre-installed ESPN MVP application is great, the UI is fantastic and the video? Top notch thanks to 3G networks. But you have to be a Verizon customer with a specific Brew headset to benefit. I get it, that’s your differentiator as a business competitor to lure more customers in your direction. But what about a carrier independent rich mobile destination? If one of the networks (or anyone for that matter) can pull it off and push it through a mobile browser or widget-base thus avoiding all the licensing fees to carriers, it’ll change the game completely. Of course it’s just a matter of time until the technology allows for this but this could be a big opportunity for an independent to enter the game in a new channel. Just think of ESPN or CNN when cable was a fledgling business and look at them now.

And speaking of sports, I have to mention my Galway football club.This is my first year of retirement and it’s been tough to walk away. At times this summer, I’m fine with sitting it out with a cold Magners in my hand, screaming, shouting, being the club-man. But the Brett Farve part of me wants to get back out there and bust some heads. Of course I’m not getting any younger and I did have a pretty bad injury at the end of last year. To give you an idea of the roughness of gaelic football, the video below would sum it up as a typical game out in Canton.

On second thought, I’m still retired. 😉


Nokia and Qualcomm put down their dukes, walk away


The fight between Nokia and Qualcomm ended before it started. The two sides said they have agreed to drop all legal complaints against each other in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. This effectively ended a costly legal fray for both sides, negatively affecting both parties current and long term business.

Who really wins here? Qualcomm’s stock price went through the roof today so you could argue that they did. But Nokia will benefit from the lower license cost (at half a billion mobile handsets per year, every cent counts) not to mention that carriers, U.S. ones in particular, can put this behind them in choosing which manufacturers to partner with.