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  • September 09, 2019 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Connect Fishing League announces three new online tournaments that will be held the month of October.  Anglers may participate in all three as each targets different species.   In addition to the Monthly Bass series that started in August, CFL will host and administer their first tournaments targeting Walleye and Crappie.   The online tournaments will last the entire month of October allowing anglers to compete at times and locations that are convienient to them.   The tournaments will utilize the ConnectScale Bluetooth Scale to determine weight and the ConnectScale Tournament Software to provide real time live leaderboards.   The events are weight based but participants must also submit length verification photos with a unique tournament ID Code to help with scoring and catch verification. Anglers must be a CFL Member to compete.  Registration for the events are open until September 30th at 6PM.



  • July 29, 2019 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    BRANDON PAYKAMIAN • JUL 29, 2019 AT 12:22 PM

    When hosting large fishing tournaments, it’s important to consider their potential environmental impact on lakes and rivers.  

    “When you have all these tournaments on these lakes, it puts a lot of stress on the fish, especially if you have a high number of tournaments,” Connect Outdoors CEO and President Ben Arnold said. “So you have all these fishermen on the same spot, and it can put stress on them because what the traditional tournaments are doing is they’re putting the fish in the live well, removing them from their spots and then taking them to the weigh-in location.” 

    With this in mind, Arnold’s East Tennessee State University-affiliated fishing tech company recently announced a partnership with Tennessee Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) Nation to fundraise and contribute to the organization's conservation efforts and tournaments.

    Connect Outdoors will sponsor 13 high school BASS fishing tournaments across the state with 1,800 anglers participating using their ConnectScale technology, which is essentially a “smart fishing scale” that combines wireless technology and a mobile application to digitally record catch data. 

    Arnold said this allows anglers to “catch the fish and release them to the water right there.” 

    “It’s really just better for the fish overall,” Arnold said. “All of this ties together to help automate the catch-logging process.” 

    Connect Outdoors’ Vice President of Tournament Operations Scott Morris said the company hopes their efforts will promote mindful fishing at BASS competitions. 

    “While they’re doing a regular BASS Nation event, BASS Nation has agreed to let the participants use our scales and do fundraising events on top of what they’re doing,” he said.

    “The fundraising aspect is going to be based on what they catch,” he later added. “Let’s say they catch 10 fish that weigh 10 pounds. The donation will come off the poundage of fish.” 

    Morris said Connect Outdoors and BASS both “have a passion for the conservation of fish,” and added that ConnectScale’s software allows fishers to minimize their impact on aquatic ecosystems.

    Morris said releasing the fish immediately helps keep the gene pool in the area stable.

    “We’re saying, ‘Hey, there’s an alternative,’” he said. “It’s a different way to manage fishing.”

    For more information, visit connectscale.com. 


    LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE

  • July 29, 2019 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    ON JULY 28 TH, 2019 BY TOM BALLARD

    By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

    “I had been growing it slow . . . organically,” says Ben Arnold, the Northeast Tennessee Entrepreneur who developed the ConnectScale device in late 2014 as a better way for fishermen to weigh and track their catch data, whether for personal use or as a part of a fishing tournament.

    The device uses Bluetooth technology, connected to a traditional fishing scale, to quickly log the weight of the catch. After several years of development, the company began selling the ConnectScale in late 2015.

    Recently, Arnold has turned what had been an evening and weekend sideline business that was slowly gaining traction into a true ramp-up effort. In the process, he’s added two key colleagues, rebranded the company, expanded its focus somewhat, and shifted its corporate structure.

    The new name – Connect Outdoors – better reflects the broadened focus of the company. While the ConnectScale device is still a key component – Arnold has sold 5,000 of them thus far, he says the start-up is positioning itself as a Software-as-a-Service online platform that connects individuals to the outdoors through the use of data, technology and unique experiences.

    The expanded focus and the other actions helped land Arnold a slot as one of 10 finalists for the next Stadia Ventures accelerator program. As noted in this recent teknovation.biz article, he will compete with the other finalists tomorrow and Wednesday (July 30 and 31) in Frisco, TX. Start-ups selected for the accelerator received a combination of up to a $100,000 in equity investment, intensive mentoring, and connections to the top sports and esports business executives in the country.

    To help accelerate the company’s growth, Arnold has added John Cannon, a well-known Northeast Tennessee Entrepreneur, as Chief Operating Officer and Scott Morris of Nashville as Vice President of Tournament Operations, a key focus of the expanded operation.

    “We want to revolutionize the way fishing tournaments are managed,” Arnold says, noting that there are thousands of tournaments annually and 20 to 25 million competitive anglers in the U.S. alone.

    For those unfamiliar with fishing tournaments – we certainly are, Arnold explained that competitors are judged on the best five fish they caught at the weigh-in. “It (the process) is frequently catch, then weigh, and finally release,” Arnold says.

    Unlike a professional golf tournament or most other sporting events, there is no “live” scoreboard that informs fans and the competitors of current rankings or scores. Connect Outdoors intends to change that fact.

    “With our technology, the competitors can weigh their catch right there and feed the results to a live leaderboard,” Arnold explains. “It is a much better method for hosting these events.”

    That’s where Morris will focus, working with fishing clubs and communities to create what Arnold describes as “economic drivers” for localities. The company held a “soft launch” of the tournament management product at the “Battle of Chickamauga Classic” in late April in Dayton, TN.

    More recently Connect Outdoors announced a partnership with the Mount Juliet Fishing Club, the state’s largest such high school group. Under the agreement, Connect Outdoors will help the club with fundraising, boat captain coordination, a parental and audience watch program, and student bio-resumes. In exchange, the club will provide product feedback as well as providing visuals for Connect Outdoors’ social media efforts.

    The first event in that partnership was held July 20 at the Lone Branch Access Area in Mount Juliet.

    In addition, Connect Outdoors announced last week a partnership with with Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation in which the former will sponsor 13 tournaments across the state to help the organization with its fundraising efforts. About 1800 anglers are expected to participate in those events.

    “It’s been a fun journey as we’ve plugged away and worked on taking it to the next level,” Arnold says. Now, with the changes and staffing additions, he’s ready to ramp-up fast.



    Original Article Link ->  
    https://www.teknovation.biz/arnold-describes-evolution-of-connect-outdoors-as-he-heads-to-texas-for-stadia-ventures-competition/

  • July 22, 2019 11:05 AM | Anonymous


    Congratulations to Mount Juliet Fishing Team for raising $690.62 for the first ever ConnectScale high school fundraiser!

    Haydon Fox and Kyson Brown- 23.10
    Brady Duncan and Mason Huddleston- 16.82

    Overall winner: weight + scale sales
    1st: Duncan-Huddleston
    2nd: Fox-Brown

    Both Teams win a trip donated by Coach Garry Mason to Bethel University that includes a campus tour and lunch with the Coach, plus a fishing trip with a Bethel Student Athlete.

    Kudos to Coach Gary Redic and Coach Mitch Fox for their love and passion and all of the parents and friends that donated and helped.

    Also, a big thank you to Coach Garry Mason for the donation of the winners prize package!

    Any High School fishing Teams interested in hosting events, please contact us!

  • July 22, 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    ConnectScale to Provide Tournament Platform for the 2019-2020 Season

     

    Johnson City, TN - July 22 - Scott Morris, Connect Outdoors VP of Tournament Operations announces a partnership with Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation to help the organization with their fundraising efforts and to contribute to the organizations conservation efforts.  Connect Outdoors will sponsor 13 tournaments across the state with 1800 anglers participating.

    Captain Jake Davis, Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Director and Assistant State Director Tennessee B.A.S.S. High School and Youth programs said, “We are extremely excited to join forces with Connect Outdoors for the 2019-2020 Season.  I believe this partnership will help advance the overall health of our Tennessee Fisheries and the sport of Bass Fishing.”

    Morris added, “The Connect Outdoors Platform includes the Connect Fishing League (CFL) and ConnectScale.  We are very excited about the partnership with the TN B.A.S.S. Nation High school and Jr.High Tournament Trails. The leadership provided by Jake and his team have taken these programs to the very top nationally. I've know Jake for several years. His integrity and love for the kids drive him to excellence and we feel our CFL Fundraising Program will change the way high school programs raise money.  We appreciate TN B.A.S.S Nations passion, conservation and love for the student athletes.”

    For more information on Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation visit, https://sctnbassnation.com/.

    Connect Scale is a member of the ETSU Innovation Lab. For more information on Connect Outdoors and ConnectScale, visit http://GoConnectOutdoors.comhttp://ConnectScale.com, or http://ConnectScale.app.
     

  • July 11, 2019 7:55 AM | Anonymous

    By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

    Connect Outdoors, known as ConnectScale when we posted this teknovation.biz articlein May 2017, has been selected by Stadia Ventures as a finalist for the organization’s accelerator program.

    Ben Arnold, Founder of the Northeast Tennessee-based start-up, received word earlier this week that his company is one of 10 invited to Frisco, TX to pitch to more than 125 corporate executives. The event, set for July 30 and 31, will be judged by senior executives from companies like Alibaba, American Cancer Society, Asia Sports Tech, Big 12 Conference, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Complexity Gaming, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Envy Gaming, Formula E, Gamestop, Gatorade, Hawk-Eye Innovation, Houston Rockets, IBM (Esports), LA Lakers, Learfield IMG, Legends, LPGA, Manchester City/Sapphire, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Miami Heat, MLB, NBA, NFL, Ocatgon, Orlando Magic, Pepsi Co, Populous, Sacramento Kings, Sony, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, Tagboard, Topgolf, Twitch, Vegas Golden Knights, Wasserman, and WorldGaming.

    “We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to pitch to Stadia’s network of investors and industry professionals,” Arnold told us. “To be selected as a top 10 finalist in a global competition is a great honor and gives me confidence that others see value in what we are creating at Connect Outdoors.”

    The rebranded company is focused on growing the market established by itsConnectScale product while also offering an online tournament platform and fundraising opportunities for high school fishing programs.

    On its webpage, Stadia Ventures describes itself as “the global Sports Innovation Hub for entrepreneurs, industry partners and investors. We create an ecosystem for sports and esports innovation growth by leveraging our team’s core strengths: education, investment, network, and industry expertise.”

    The accelerator helps established sports and esports start-ups get to the next level through a combination of up to a $100,000 in equity investment, intensive mentoring, and connections to the top sports & esports business executives in the country. There are two rounds of evaluation for the Stadia Accelerator cohort.

    • First, applications are reviewed by Stadia partners and advisors.
    • Next, the application and feedback from the initial judges are reviewed by the Stadia Capital Investment Committee, a group of the most experienced entrepreneurs, sports and esports business executives and investors who are themselves invested into the Stadia Capital fund.
    • Finally, a select group of founders will be invited to pitch their businesses to the Investment Committee which is the end of July event in Frisco. Decisions are made shortly thereafter.

    “We submitted information as part of their due diligence process and our leadership team met with their team a few weeks ago via video conference for a 45-minute Q&A session,” Arnold said.

    In an upcoming article on teknovation.biz, we will describe Arnold’s plans for the expanded and rebranded company.

    The post Connect Outdoors one of 10 finalists for next Stadia Ventures acceleratorappeared first on Teknovation.

  • July 10, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Johnson City, TN - July 10 - W. Scott Morris, Connect Outdoors VP of Tournament Operations announces a partnership with Tennessee’s largest high school fishing club, Mount Juliet Fishing Club.  Connect Outdoors will help the club with fundraising, boat captain coordination, a parental and audience watch platform and student bio-resumes. In exchange the club will provide product feedback and will create pictures and videos for the company’s social media efforts.

    "I am very excited to kick-off what I believe to be a transformation in fundraising for high school bass fishing teams,” said Morris.  “Our Connect Fishing League fundraising platform allows individual high school team anglers to become very involved by using our ConnectScale and CFL phone application. Each high school bass team has the ability to set a fundraising criteria allocated to their demographics. Mount Juliet Fishing Club has decided supporters will donate $1 per pound of bass caught per Team. These funds will help off-set cost and encourage participation. Finally all the donors, coaches, grandparents. Moms and Dads will have the ability to watch a real-time fundraising leaderboard on-line”.

    The first fundraising event will be July 20, 2019 5:30am-12noon CST at the Lone Branch Access Area Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

    "I am very excited to be a part of the all new ConnectScale program.  This is one of the most innovative platforms for fundraising that I have seen in my many years in the outdoors industry.  Keeping kids on the water.” said Garry Mason, Head Coach for the Bethel University Bass Team and Founder Legends of the Outdoors.

    "The Mt Juliet Fishing team is proud to announce this partnership with ConnectScale and we are looking forward to the opportunity to use and share the benefits of this product and all it has to offer. Plus we have the added benefit of ConnectScale helping us with our fundraising needs. It’s a win win for our team.  Thank you ConnectScale for this opportunity,” said Coach Gary Redic.
     

    For more information on Connect Outdoors and ConnectScale, visit http://GoConnectOutdoors.comhttp://ConnectScale.com, or http://ConnectScale.app 

     
  • June 19, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Johnson City, TN – June 19 – W. Scott Morris, Connect Outdoors VP of Tournament Operations announces outdoor legend and Bethel University head fishing coach Garry Mason will join Connect Outdoors to help build the Connect Outdoors high school fishing program and tournament fishing platform and will advise the company on product development.


    “I’ve been fortunate to know Garry for several years. Innovator, Pioneer, Visionary, Integrity and Conservationist for the outdoors are allocated to Garry. He is the “Pat Summitt-John Wooden” of College Bass Fishing. I’m excited and humbled that Garry’s vision of our Connect Outdoors platform including our ConnectScale tournaments and fundraising matches our vision. His endorsement and consultation will take us to the next level.  Bethel University is the dominant force in collegiate fishing, a program Garry built.  We are delighted to have such an innovator in the outdoors world join our team”, said Morris.  Just this year Bethel University won the National Championship of Collegiate Bass Fishing for the second year in a row, the first time a champion has ever repeated.

    Mason will help the company develop the Connect Outdoors Tournament Trail, provide assistance implementing and running operations of the Membership Organization, and provide assistance in acquiring High School and College customers for the Tournament Platform.

    “I like working with innovative companies.  The ConnectScale, tournament platform, and the company’s vision for future products compliments my view of intelligent use of technology in fishing.  As the Bethel University Bass Fishing Coach, I am very proud that ConnectScale and its parent company Connect Outdoors chose our program to be their premier College Bass Fishing Team. This is a huge honor for our program and a great opportunity for our team and our students. I can’t thank you enough”, said Mason.

    In addition to being a head fishing coach and founder of the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, Mason is the Executive Director for Northwest Tennessee Tourism, he has been featured in many outdoor publications and television programs across the country.  

    Connect Scale is a member of the ETSU Innovation Lab.  For more information on Connect Outdoors and ConnectScale, visit http://GoConnectOutdoors.comhttp://ConnectScale.com, or http://ConnectScale.app

    For more information on Garry Mason, visit http://www.bethelathletics.com/coach/19/24 and to read about this year’s Bethel championship, visit https://www.bethelu.edu/news/posts/06-10-2019
  • June 10, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Johnson City, TN – June 10 – W. Scott Morris, Connect Outdoors VP of Tournament Operations announces a partnership with Tennessee’s largest high school fishing club, Mount Juliet Fishing Club.  Connect Outdoors will help the club with fundraising, boat captain coordination, a parental and audience watch platform and student bio-resumes. In exchange the club will provide product feedback and will create pictures and videos for the company’s social media efforts.

    “We are truly excited to partner with Mount Juliet Fishing Club. The need for a repeatable fishing fundraising platform will change the way high school fishing teams raise money. Our ConnectTrak allows families the opportunity to view real-time results. Captains can coordinate catch logs and use the database for future events.  And student athletes have the ability to build a fishing resume with their actual catch logs and tournament stats. The Connect Scale application is the foundation for juniors and seniors in high school programs development”, said Morris.

    “The Mt Juliet Fishing team is proud to announce this partnership with ConnectScale and we are looking forward to the opportunity to use and share the benefits of this product and all it has to offer. Plus we have the added benefit of ConnectScale helping us with our fundraising needs. It’s a win-win for our team.  Thank you ConnectScale for this opportunity,” said Coach Gary Redic.

    For more information on Connect Outdoors and ConnectScale, visit http://GoConnectOutdoors.comhttp://ConnectScale.com, or http://ConnectScale.app

  • June 03, 2019 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    Johnson City, TN – June 3 – Connect Outdoors, Inc. announces the addition of W. Scott Morris as its new Vice President of Tournament Operations.  Connect Outdoors recently launched a real time fishing tournament platform at the Battle of Chick in Dayton, Tennessee.  Under Morris’ leadership, Connect Outdoors will be expanding its tournament services that will include a Team format and updated tournament director platform. Morris is a lifelong angler, lifetime BASS member and frequent fishing tournament participant, Morris sees great potential for the http://ConnectScale.app service. Fish are caught on the lake, weighed with the ConnectScale, authenticated with a photo, and recorded on the live real time leaderboard.  Anglers on the lake can see immediately if their recent catch is the winner, or just a bit too small.

    “I am honored to join Connect Outdoors family. I truly believe our Team will modify and drive the fishing tournament industry, We have an opportunity to work in liaison with incredible manufactures, tournament trails, coaches, teams and wonderful advocates of the outdoor industry with the end goal of using technology and conservation to showcase, grow and preserve our sport.”

    For more information on Connect Outdoors and ConnectScale, visit:

    https://GoConnectOutdoors.comhttps://ConnectScale.com, orhttps://ConnectScale.app

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