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IBM Watson bring cognitive computing to fantasy football

Thor Olavsrud | Aug. 14, 2015
Edge Up Sports is teaming up with IBM to create a new app powered by Watson that provides a one-stop shop for fantasy football managers to glean insight from NFL players' social media interactions, weather reports, injury histories, analyst write ups, news stories and more.

"Edge Up grabs vast amounts of available NFL data, and with the help of Watson, team general managers are able to make informed decisions and adjustments to their fantasy football roster picks," Tabakh says. "By leveraging Watson technologies, we're excited to be able to transform the way fantasy football is played, and provide a platform that is assisting team owners with the necessary analysis and insights that could increase their chances in winning their league."

Watson likes to play, too

"The purpose of opening up IBM Watson capabilities to our ecosystem partners via an open developer platform is to accelerate creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, and Edge Up Sports is a perfect example," adds Lauri Saft, vice president, IBM Watson. "IBM and its partners are driving innovation across industries with Watson, and while it has been applied to very serious societal challenges such as cancer care, Watson can also be applied in fun ways to improve fan experience in the sports and entertainment world."

In an effort to build an involved community around the app, Edge Up has launched a Kickstarter campaign intended to raise $35,000 for continued product development while giving contributors -- the founding team as Edge Up dubs them -- early access to the app and a role in shaping the product.

"Kickstarter is a great forum," Tabakh says. "It's a little younger and it's an active community. Really what we're hoping and looking to do with the campaign is to connect with a very strong founding user group and give them a way to participate in the process. Your life is already automated everywhere else, why not fantasy football?"


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