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NHL tests puck and player tracking for broadcast and sports betting use

The NHL has tested real-time puck and player tracking in regular-season games for the first time and intends to have it in place across the league next season.

Microchips were added to players’ shoulder pads and fitted inside specially-designed pucks for two Las Vegas Golden Knights home games this week, against the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks.

The aim is to refine the logistics of using the technology in meaningful games and to show how the real-time statistics can be used on broadcasts and in betting applications. The NHL recently announced a sports-betting partnership with MGM Resorts International.

According to Bloomberg, the league asked six different tech companies to showcase possible uses for the data.

US and Canadian broadcasters will have access to the data for their broadcasts of All-Star Weekend on January 25-26 in San Jose.