Mary McDonald is the Homer C. Rice Chair of Sports and Society in the School of History, Technology and Society. Her research focuses on the cultural studies of sport including representations of gender, race, class and sexuality.
The Atlanta Braves recently announced naming rights with SunTrust Bank for the new stadium in Cobb County. The new SunTrust Park led Architecture Professor Benjamin Flowers to question what happened to the promise of a new, exciting sports destination.
Months ago the Braves (it seems increasingly curious to use the modifier Atlanta) announced plans to move to the suburbs. Last week the team doubled-down on a new suburban identity, announcing naming rights with SunTrust Bank. The team will in 2017 begin playing in SunTrust Park, a field whose name that to anyone except perhaps a banking regulator is nearly entirely placeless.
Georgia’s financial technology companies produce more than $34 billion in revenues annually, placing the state third behind New York and California. The state’s FinTech sector is set to cement its position as the global leader in payments processing, said Christine Ries, a professor in the School of Economics. Her comments are included in a new report from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).
Georgia financial technical companies and the companies that support them must tap into big data to spur growth.
We know that payments processing is the linchpin of global trade, and the data science impact on payments is already igniting dramatic expansions of trade and prosperity in many sectors.