STATS Named Official Data Provider for the BIG3

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CHICAGO– April 23, 2018 –Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced a two-year contract to become the official data provider for the BIG3, the professional 3-on-3 basketball league featuring a host of former NBA stars.

STATS will collect in-game data and provide live updates for the 2018 and 2019 BIG3 seasons through its up-to-the-second data feeds, which Northwestern University have validated as the fastest and most accurate in the industry. The BIG3, co-founded by producer, actor and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, is entering its second season after successfully debuting the league in 2017.

“STATS is proud to be the official data provider for the BIG3 and we look forward to beginning our new partnership with the unique professional basketball league,” said Richard Henderson, Chief Revenue Office at STATS. “BIG3 rosters are littered with former NBA All-Stars, and STATS’ unmatched data will help put the league in front of even more fans around the country.”

STATS will collect and distribute BIG3 data throughout the 10-week season from June 22-Aug. 24. BIG3 games are played every Friday night, with each of the league’s eight teams playing from the same venue. Regular-season games will be played at NBA arenas in Houston, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Miami, Toronto, Boston and Atlanta, with the playoffs being held in Dallas, culminating in the championship game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Games will be broadcast to a national audience, with six sets of games appearing on FS1 and four showing on FOX. Fans also can stream games through the FOX Sports GO app.  Tickets for all 10 cities are on sale, and can be purchased at BIG3.com.

“We look forward to working with STATS during the 2018 BIG3 season,” said BIG3 Co-Founder and Co-CEO Jeff Kwatinetz. “The league is built of elite basketball superstars with record-breaking careers, and STATS will produce high-quality data enabling our fans to track those players as they continue to evolve their game and excel in this new professional three-on-three format.”

STATS Names Ryan Paterson Chief Global Officer

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CHICAGO/CAPE TOWN– April 18, 2018 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, has announced the elevation of Ryan Paterson to Chief Global Officer. Ryan most recently served as the Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions for STATS.

In the newly formed role, Ryan will oversee all of STATS’ operations outside the U.S., which includes offices operating in EMEA, APAC and Latin America. Ryan will be responsible for managing and directing STATS’ international strategy, overseeing the development of global products, building and managing partner relationships, and growing the STATS brand worldwide.

“Ryan has made a name for himself in the international sports industry and has been an integral part of STATS’ international business,” said Carl Mergele, Chief Executive Officer at STATS. “Whether navigating new league deals, or overseeing successful data operations for countless international sporting events, Ryan has been a trusted name at STATS and throughout sports. STATS is committed to our partners around the world, and I couldn’t think of someone more deserving of this important new role.”

Sharing his time between Cape Town, South Africa and London, England, Ryan joined STATS through the acquisition of Prozone Sports Ltd in 2015. Since joining STATS, Ryan has been responsible for the management of commercial operations, business development and strategy throughout STATS’ global offices. He has played an integral part in growing STATS’ international presence, including partnerships to make STATS the official data provider for the National Rugby League (NRL), Belgium Jupiler Pro League, 2017 Rugby League World Cup, Chinese Super League (CSL) and the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP). Ryan also uses his vast industry knowledge and experience to support early stage technology and data businesses in Africa and other developing markets.

“STATS has tremendous talent in our international offices producing industry-leading work on behalf of our clients,” said Paterson. “I look forward to working with the best minds in the business and continuing to cement STATS in the global marketplace.”

STATS Inks Deal Exceeding $10 Million with Major Global Telecommunications Conglomerate

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CHICAGO– April 11, 2018 –Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced a new deal to provide data and research support for a major global broadcast and telecommunications conglomerate for four years and more than $10 million.

The deal serves as an extension and expansion of a long-standing relationship between the corporation and STATS to provide global sports coverage for its customers through STATS’ industry-leading data feeds. As part of the new agreement, STATS research and data will support the client’s broadcasts of some of the world’s largest sporting events, as well as regional and local sports coverage. All major North American and international sports will be covered in the agreement, including MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and EPL. In addition, STATS data will support hosted and mobile sports solutions across the company’s platforms.

“We are thrilled to extend and expand this relationship with one of the biggest broadcast and telecommunications conglomerates in the world,” said Carl Mergele, Chief Executive Officer at STATS. “STATS had an exceptional first quarter, bringing in big dollars from multiple Fortune 100 companies. This partnership is an exciting start to our second quarter, and we look forward to using this momentum to continue strengthening our offerings, while providing world-class services and solutions to our customers.”

The deal marks the fifth major new contract for STATS in the past four months, having previously announced the signing of four Fortune 100 companies to multi-year contracts totaling more than $60 million.

STATS Announces Mike Perez as New Chief Operating Officer

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CHICAGO– April 2, 2018 –STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, bolstered its executive roster with the introduction of Mike Perez as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Perez joins STATS from the Tidewater Group, a management consulting firm he founded in Washington, D.C., focused on developing operational strategies for Fortune 500 companies and government contractors. For over 20 years, Perez has a proven record of developing strategies and business operations in previous roles as Chief Development Officer of Whitney Bradley and Brown, Senior Vice President of Tiburon, and Senior Vice President of SIGBA.

“Mike’s experience as a results-oriented, growth-focused executive will be an asset in helping STATS build upon its reputation as the leading sports technology company in the world,” said Carl Mergele, Chief Executive Officer at STATS. “His passion for problem solving and performance improvement will immediately help drive business results.”

Perez received Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and public relations from the University of Washington prior to his extensive leadership experience across multiple software and service organizations. He has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as “Entrepreneur of the Year,” as well as being featured in Washington Business Journal for “Executive of the Year” and “Forty Under 40.”

“I am honored to join STATS and work with some of the most brilliant minds the sports technology industry has to offer,” said Perez, who will work out of STATS’ global headquarters in Chicago. “STATS already has a sterling reputation, and my goal is to help expand its footprint in the industry and build upon the standards it already has set.”

STATS to Sponsor 6th Annual Asian Coaches Mixer at the Final Four with Best Coach Award

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CHICAGO– March 28, 2018 – Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced a new partnership with the Asian Coaches Association (ACA) to sponsor this year’s Asian Coaches Mixer at the Final Four through the presentation of the first-ever “STATS SportVU Asian Coach of the Year Award.”

Founded in 2012, the ACA provides networking, support and career development for NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA (Divisions I and II), junior college and high school coaches of Asian descent. Now in its sixth year, the Asian Coaches Mixer at the Final Four brings together some of the top Asian American coaches in the country for networking and meetings. This year, STATS will sponsor the meeting by presenting the first ever “STATS SportVU Asian Coach of the Year Award.”

“STATS is honored to support all of the hardworking coaches of Asian ethnicity and heritage who are influencing countless student athletes across the country,” said Vernon O’Donnell, Senior Vice President of Data Operations and Collections at STATS. “While the STATS SportVU Asian Coach of the Year Award recognizes one individual, we are proud to support all Asian American coaches across the country.”

The Asian Coaches Mixer at the Final Four will take place on Friday, March 30 in the San Antonio Convention Center. ACA officials will conduct voting for the award finalist.

“The ACA continues to grow and we are thrilled to bring STATS on board to support the Final Four Coaches Mixer with the first ever STATS SportVU Asian Coach of the Year Award,” said Mike Magpayo, President of the ACA and Director of Operations for the University of San Francisco Men’s Basketball Team. “STATS is not only a great partner for the ACA, but a great partner for college basketball with superior data collections and advanced player tracking through products like STATS SportVU.”

Installed in venues across the country, STATS SportVU provides optical tracking data through an independent camera installation that extracts and processes coordinates of players and the ball. Recently validated through a STATS-commissioned independent study by the Technical University of Munich, STATS SportVU is available for soccer and basketball.

Royal Spanish Football Federation Partners with STATS to Provide Tracking Data for Spain National Team

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CHICAGO/BARCELONA– March 22, 2018 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, has partnered with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (Real Federación Española de Fútbol, RFEF) to provide fitness, tactical and technical data for Spain’s remaining pre-World Cup matches using STATS SportVU Pro.

RFEF serves at the governing body of football in Spain, including the Spanish men’s national team, women’s national team, youth national team, as well as Spain’s national futsal team. In addition, RFEF administers the competition committee of the Campeonato Nacional de Liga: the Primera División and the Segunda División.

STATS SportVU Pro—which was recently validated through a STATS-commissioned independent study by the Technical University of Munich—delivers tracking through an independent camera installation that extracts and processes coordinates of players and the ball. Backed by STATS’ award-winning data science team and engineers, the Spanish national team will have advanced analytics to measure and analyze player performance and fitness, and team formations and strategy.

“As Spain prepares for a tough grouping in the upcoming World Cup, it is important they have the resources and analytics in place to measure team and player performance,” said Richard Henderson, Chief Revenue Officer at STATS. “STATS SportVU Pro has revolutionized the way teams and players prepare and analyze their matches, and we are thrilled to partner with RFEF to bring new context to a talented Spanish squad.”

STATS SportVU will be used in Spain’s two upcoming pre-World Cup matches, including a 23 March vs. Germany and a 27 March match against Argentina. In the lead-up to World Cup selection, RFEF and Spain have used STATS SportVU for team and player evaluation in five previous matches, including; Spain vs. Colombia (7 July 2017), Spain vs. Albania (6 October 2017), Israel vs. Spain (9 October 2017), Spain vs. Costa Rica (11 November 2017), and Russia vs. Spain (14 November 2017).

“Thanks to STATS SportVU tracking, we are provided with reliable fitness data, which helps us to better understand how players physically performed during the competition,” said Oscar Caro, physical coach of the Spanish national team. “It´s really convenient—the fact that both fitness and technical data are sent to us less than 24 hours post-match.”

For more information on STATS SportVU and player tracking visit: https://www.stats.com/sportvu-football/

STATS Secures Over $60 Million in Multi-Year Deals in Past 90 Days with Four Fortune 100 Companies

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CHICAGO– March 16, 2018 –Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced the signing of four Fortune 100 companies to multi-year contracts totaling more than $60 million.

The signings came over a three-month period and highlight a strong start to 2018 for STATS, signing top sports and technology companies for long-term, mutually-beneficial deals. The new agreements include the renewal of multiple STATS products and services, including the industry’s fastest, most accurate data feeds, as validated by a Northwestern study. Each new signing also includes multiple add-ons for new and upcoming products and services produced by STATS.

“This rush of new signings showcases the value STATS provides to the top companies, teams and leagues around the world,” said Carl Mergele, Chief Executive Officer at STATS. “While many of our competitors have been investing in costly marketing initiatives, STATS has remained committed to our focus of investing in the products and services that will make our clients stronger. We are 100 percent committed to continuing to lead the industry with our technologies, powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, to deliver best-in-class sports data and software to our current and future digital media, fantasy, gaming, broadcast and team performance partners.”

The new deals come on the heels of other achievements for STATS in 2018. In February, STATS’ artificial intelligence and data science team was named runner-up for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference research competition—the third year in a row STATS has been awarded a first or second place finish. Overall, four of this year’s 20 finalists at the MIT Sloan Sport Analytics Conference were authored by STATS, showcasing STATS’ commitment to the research and technology that will drive the industry forward. In January, STATS was also named “Best Data Provider” by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and most accurate fantasy football projections by FantasyPros for the third year in a row.

ESPN Expands Its Partnership with STATS to Provide Live Optical Tracking for ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament

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CHICAGO– March 8, 2018 –ESPN expanded its relationship with STATS, the leader in sports data and intelligence, to receive STATS SportVU® real-time optical tracking to support ESPN’s coverage of the New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Taking place from March 6-10, 2018, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament features five of the top 25 teams in the country (per Mar. 5 AP rankings), with more ACC teams likely to be selected for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

“This is a truly exciting time, not only for the extension of this relationship, but because this type of live player tracking in a broadcast has never been done,” said Carl Mergele, Chief Executive Officer at STATS. “Using a powerful collaboration between STATS and ESPN, we will now be able to provide ESPN and its viewers with optical tracking statistics that have never been shared live before.”

Using STATS SportVU cameras installed in the Barclays Center, STATS will collect real-time player tracking data and share it with ESPN to provide deeper, more meaningful stories for the broadcast.

“We look forward to working with STATS to quantify performance and provide insights in new ways for one of the biggest college basketball tournaments of the year,” said Jeff Bennett, Vice President of Stats & Information at ESPN.  “Every movement of the players and the ball will be captured and aid in our storytelling of this 14-game event.”

STATS SportVU—which was recently validated through a STATS-commissioned independent study by the Technical University of Munich—is available for soccer and basketball. It delivers tracking data through an independent camera installation that extracts and processes coordinates of players and the ball. Backed by STATS’ award-winning artificial intelligence and data science team and engineers, the installation will offer ESPN and their viewers advanced analytics to better measure and analyze player performance, as well as team formations and tactics.

“Through our work with ESPN, we have been able to develop new products and capabilities to tell deeper stories that fans want,” said Patrick Lucey, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at STATS. “We are thrilled to debut this capability on the big stage for the New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament.”

STATS and ESPN will consider wider use of STATS SportVU for future live broadcasts following the ACC Tournament partnership.

STATS Signs Multi-Year Agreement to Provide Sports Data Information for Microsoft

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CHICAGO– March 5, 2018 – Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced the renewal and expansion of its relationship with Microsoft to power live and in-season sports data, including access to STATS Widgets.

With the partnership extension, STATS will continue to provide Microsoft with coverage across North American and international sports. In addition, STATS will now provide STATS Widgets for MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA football and basketball, golf, tennis, auto racing and cricket.

STATS leads the industry with the fastest and most accurate data feeds, validated independently by Northwestern University, allowing Microsoft to engage with billions of sports fans around the world through live scoring, player statistics and game information.

“STATS is honored and excited to expand our work with Microsoft—one of the world’s most innovative and impactful companies—and to help them engage sports fans wherever they can be found,” said Carl Mergele, Chief Executive Officer at STATS. “We look forward to collaborating with Microsoft to discover new ways to deliver sports data and meaningful experiences across its platforms.”

The extension continues a longstanding relationship between STATS and Microsoft, where the two companies will continue collaborating on developing meaningful experiences and new offerings.  STATS’ award-winning data science team has been at the forefront of expanding the capabilities of sports data through AI and computer learning, which will serve as a basis for new ways for fans to more closely follow their favorite sports, teams and players.

STATS Hires Greg Valiquette as Vice President of International Sales

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CHICAGO– February 28, 2018 – Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced the hiring of Greg Valiquette as Vice President of International Sales.

Valiquette will work out of STATS’ London office leading teams across EMEA and APAC. He has spent the last 20 years in product and sales leadership roles for major broadcasters and telecommunications companies, and comes equipped with a strong understanding of the STATS business.

“Greg’s extensive background, along with his understanding of our products and international markets, made him a clear fit for this position,” said Richard Henderson, Chief Revenue Officer at STATS. “From London, Greg will serve a vital role in further building out our international business. I am excited to see where his passion and understanding of that market will lead us.”

Originally from Canada, Greg relocated to London in 2014 and has worked most recently in the Video Apps space, running sales for Massive Interactive and then Accedo. As part of his time at Massive and Accedo, Valiquette helped put together the DAZN sports streaming service with Perform Group, as well as major deals with Deutsche Telekom, BBC Worldwide and Mediaset, to name a few. Prior to moving to London, Valiquette was responsible for digital products for the Bell Media Group in Canada.

“I have long known and admired STATS and couldn’t be more thrilled to join the team,” said Valiquette. “With a large sales team located all over the world, I know I can plug in and immediately start delivering the world-class products and services STATS is known for.”