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Buddy Clark and C.J. Handron, co-founders of Diamond Kinetics. (GeekWire photo / Taylor Soper)

TAYLOR’S TAKE ON THE WEEK IN SPORTS TECH: Yo, Yinzers. I’m still having fun in Pittsburgh, and learning that this could be a hub for sports tech innovation.

This week I met with Diamond Kinetics, a hot startup here that helps baseball players better understand their swing.

That’s Buddy Clark and C.J. Handron, co-founders of Diamond Kinetics, in the photo above at their office. They work just a few blocks away from PNC Park and Heinz Field.

“I want to see this as one of those sports tech epicenters, because there isn’t really one,” Handron said.

Pittsburgh has the pieces. It’s a rabid sports town with three pro teams; there’s talent from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh (which just launched the Performance Innovation Tournament); and corporations that can provide support — Dick’s Sporting Goods, for example, is headquartered in the region.

Penguins CEO David Morehouse.

I also had a chance to attend another Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, where I met Penguins CEO David Morehouse, who took a fascinating, unconventional route to the Pens front office. We talked about how the team is working with Pitt researchers on ways to improve player performance. It was a good example of the collaboration that happens here in Pittsburgh — another ingredient that could make the Steel City a sports tech hub. More to come on this topic.

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Thanks for tuning in, everyone!  — Taylor Soper

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