Report: The Dodgers are the world’s eighth most ‘tech savvy’ sports franchise.

The website today released its list of the 25 most tech-savvy sports franchises in the world. The Dodgers rank eighth, behind only the Atlanta Braves among MLB teams.

From senior writer Mark J. Burns:

In late 2015, the Dodgers wrapped up the inaugural iteration of its accelerator program in partnership with digital marketing firm, R/GA Ventures. The first-of-its-kind initiative brought 10 startups and early-stage companies together for a three-month training camp in Playa Vista, Calif., with the team providing each company $120,000 in exchange for up to six percent ownership, depending if the company had released a product or secured other funding. The Dodgers Accelerator with R/GA culminated with the companies giving their Demo Day pitches to industry executives, media and investors. One of the startups Kinduct Technologies, which just raised $9 million in Series A funding, is now a client of the Dodgers.
Program 1.0 was such a success that the Dodgers completed their second installment last month as five early-stage companies were brought together for another session. The program has sparked other franchises — such as the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys — to launch similar technology accelerators and innovation hubs.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.