STATS Announces the Opening of New Regional Headquarters in Limerick, Ireland and the Hiring of Gráinne Barry as Regional Operations Director

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CHICAGO, LIMERICK – October 3, 2017 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, today announced the opening of a new office in Limerick, Ireland which will serve as its regional headquarters overseeing European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) operations. In addition, the company announced the hiring of Irish sports technology pioneer Gráinne Barry to run the new office and drive growth and development in Ireland and greater EMEA. This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Coined the “City of Sport”, Limerick was a natural choice for a central European hub for the sport data and technology company. By choosing Limerick, STATS will tap into the best the progressive city has to offer—from collaborative education partnerships with the three local institutions to the ever-expanding technology and science clusters that are transforming the city. As the headquarters of EMEA operations, Limerick will serve as a hub for all aspects of STATS’ business to deliver live sports data and intelligence solutions to the 800 teams, leagues, brands, technology and media partners STATS services.

“Over recent years, STATS has forged several major partnerships and acquisitions in the region, including Prozone Sports in 2015, which has led to accelerating growth in the EMEA market.,” said Kenneth Fuchs, CEO of STATS. “With the opening of our Limerick office and regional headquarters and the hire of Gráinne Barry, we will be strongly positioned to offer and expand our diverse and leading set of team and media products throughout the region. Our Limerick location will also help develop the next generation of sports technology products thanks to the expanding talent and resources in the market.”

Welcoming the new project by STATS, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said, “I am delighted to welcome this new investment which brings more than 100 high quality jobs to Limerick. It follows a significant number of other recent Information & Communications Technology (ICT) projects which have been attracted to Limerick. My department has been driving the Government’s ambition to locate high value technology jobs to the regions and this project exemplifies that policy. The Mid West Region now has a growing cluster of strong ICT companies, and businesses like STATS, who are world leaders in a growing area, are especially welcome to invest there. I wish them every success in the years ahead “.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This investment shows how combined strengths and synergies can be harnessed in regional locations to attract investment –  in this case Limerick’s strong sporting environment and facilities and the technology cluster located here. The establishment of its headquarters for regional operations in Limerick by this world leader in sports data and intelligence, creating 100 jobs, is great news for the city, county and Mid-West Region and I wish STATS every success.”

Gráinne Barry, who joins as Regional Operations Director – EMEA and head of STATS’ new regional headquarters in Limerick, is a co-founder of SportsTech Ireland. Barry is well renowned in the technology sector in Ireland, with a strong background in technology, data and software solutions. Barry will continue to be actively involved in SportsTech Ireland to support and grow the development of sports technology companies in Ireland.

“STATS is one of the most innovative companies at the intersection of sports data and technology—two of my passion points—and I am thrilled to join their team as they begin their operations in Ireland,” said Barry. “With a regional headquarters in Limerick, we will be located in a city energized by some of the best minds in tech and sport, where we can better service our clients and have a new location to unite functions that are core to our business.”

STATS will setup a temporary office in the city as they look for a permanent location. Upon opening of a permanent office, STATS will build its presence in Limerick to 30 full-time employees by the end of 2018, with 100 more part-time staff members, making it the largest sports technology company in Ireland.

For more information on how to apply for open positions at STATS, visit https://www.stats.com/careers/. For updates on upcoming Limerick hiring opportunities, please email recruitireland@stats.com.

Deutsche Fußball-Bund and STATS Extend Partnership into 2019

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Deutsche Fußball-Bund (DFB), the German Football Association, has extended its contract with its partner STATS for objective match analysis and mobile tracking until September 2019. STATS has supported the DFB with analytics since 2006.

The partnership focuses on services and software solutions for professional support and development in football. These services are being used by the World Cup-holding German men’s national team, women’s national team, the U21 men’s national team and all national junior ladies and men’s teams. STATS provides trainers with valuable data from international games and during tournaments. The DFB is also benefiting from services such as STATS Portal, an online platform featuring diverse packages with event and tracking data, match reports and videos.

STATS analysts are assigned to different DFB teams and have been supporting the DFB training staffs for many years. Because of the close cooperation between STATS analysts and coaching staffs, the analysts are also integrated into further internal training such as specialist meetings.

“The cooperation with STATS has proven its value,” said DBF-Sports director Horst Hrubesch. “Especially in working with our teams and players, we have benefitted from the findings of the STATS specialists for more than 10 years. We always jointly wanted to contribute to the sporting success of our DFB teams. We look forward to our further cooperation.”

STATS Selected as Official Data Supplier for 2017 Rugby League World Cup

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CHICAGO, SYDNEY – October 2, 2017 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, has been selected as the Official Data Supplier for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The partnership will include STATS suite of products for Rugby League analysis, reporting and data services before, during and after men’s and women’s international league matches.

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC2017) will be hosted in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from 27 October to 2 December 2017 and features 14 men’s and 6 women’s teams from 16 competing countries. As the official data provider, STATS will offer a full range of Rugby League performance analysis solutions, including STATS Gamelens™, STATS Rugby League Pro and more, as well as API data services for media providers of RLWC2017.

Throughout the competition, STATS data will fuel the Rugby League World Cup 2017 website, as well as content for fantasy and media providers. The men’s and women’s teams competing will also receive STATS Rugby League Pro, with match reports and comprehensive breakdown of all games.

“STATS performance data has been powering Rugby League and club competitions worldwide and we are excited to showcase these capabilities for men’s and women’s international league at the Rugby League World Cup,” said Richard Henderson, Chief Revenue Officer at STATS. “Our team is constantly evolving our Rugby League data platform to go beyond traditional data analytics and we are thrilled to showcase this on the international stage.”

Following the conclusion of the men’s and women’s competitions, STATS will provide a comprehensive tournament report for the Rugby League World Cup and its partners.

“RLWC2017 is delighted to be partnering with STATS, a global leader in sports intelligence and data,” said Rohan Sawyer, General Manager of Commercial & Marketing for Rugby League World Cup & Women’s World Cup 2017. “STATS will provide the teams with facts and accurate data as well as drive fan engagement through the RLWC website and mobile app.”

For more information on STATS Rugby League performance analysis visit: https://www.stats.com/rugby-league/

Belgium Jupiler Pro League Selects STATS as Official Tracking and Performance Data Provider

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LONDON – September 5, 2017 – STATS, the global leader in sports data and intelligence, has been chosen for the next three years to be the Official Tracking and Performance Data Provider for the Belgium Jupiler Pro League.

STATS will provide the league and its clubs with player tracking data through STATS SportVU and athlete monitoring insights via STATS Dynamix™, plus the industry’s highest detail of match coverage with STATS Tier 6+™ Event Data. STATS also will manage data collection, postgame certification and distribution of the official league statistics to the Jupiler Pro League’s media partners.

“We are very happy that after the Multimedia day organised last season by the Pro League, a collaboration between the Belgium Federation (URBSFA), The Pro League, All the Belgium Clubs and STATS has been signed,” said Pierre François, CEO of the Jupiler Pro League. “The collaboration with STATS, which has been ongoing since the first match of the season, has helped the Pro League Belgium clubs to progress in the management of their technical data and also the video capture and tracking of their games.”

Jupiler Pro League teams will benefit from the wealth of data STATS collects this season through SportVU and Tier 6+ event data. STATS SportVU, an optical player tracking system that tracks the positions of players and the ball 25 times per second, delivers an abundance of unique performance data. STATS SportVU enables coaches and analysts to make informed decisions with the most advanced football tracking data available. As part of the continued investment to advance team performance solutions, STATS recently commissioned a 12-month independent study to validate SportVU alongside other tracking systems to set a gold standard for tracking technology in team performance.

“Following the recommendation of our national coach, M. Roberto Martinez, the Jupiler Pro League clubs have decided for a complete consolidation of our information between the 16 clubs and their use by the technical staff of the Belgium Federation,” said François. “The Belgium Federation (URBSFA) is fully supporting this agreement and is convinced this is only a first step.”

Last year, STATS introduced Tier 6+ Event Data for football matches. Tier 6+ includes more than 2,700 separate events per game, which are provided to teams live with a timestamp, position (x,y), and player/team involved. Jupiler Pro League teams can utilize the live data through a variety of viewing platforms through the STATS API or XML feeds.

“We are honoured to establish this strategic partnership with the Jupiler Pro League to enhance the match analysis and player performance evaluation for all of its clubs,” said Kenneth Fuchs, CEO of STATS. “STATS is committed to continually investing in ways to support our world-class football partners though our advanced data capture products like SportVU and our data science-generated innovations to help our clients stay ahead of the game. Now, with access to millions of meaningful data points, we are confident that the Belgium Jupiler Pro League teams will greatly benefit and will be equipped to perform at their peak potential.”

STATS Top-Ranked Fantasy Football Projections Released Ahead of the 2017 NFL Season

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CHICAGO – August 18, 2017 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, has released its 2017 Fantasy Football Projections for fantasy football leagues. STATS weekly projections for the NFL have been ranked No. 1 by FantasyPros for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and second for the 2014 season.

The 2017 Fantasy Football Projections are designed for standard fantasy football leagues and analyze every statistic and variable in a comprehensive projection model.

“This has been a special time for us after winning the FantasyPros expert fantasy football accuracy contests in back-to-back seasons,” said Sean Koerner, Director of Predictive Analytics at STATS. “At STATS we pride ourselves on creating an industry-leading methodology for data analysis that has led to the highest velocity and accuracy of our fantasy projections and data.”

FantasyPros’ annual accuracy contest is conducted on behalf of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). STATS has been the overall NFL leader for the last four years combined, as well as ranking first in fantasy baseball projections for the past three seasons.

STATS’ projection model has been perfected by Koerner and the STATS Data Science Team, powering award-winning fantasy projections and win probabilities in fan-engagement solutions for fantasy platforms, second-screen experiences, brand activations and more. The STATS Data Science Team, led by Director of Data Science Patrick Lucey, has been recognized for their work predicting outcomes in sports, including winning the Grand Prize research paper at the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Conference and finishing second in 2017.

“While we are excited to release our pre-season fantasy football predictions, these are obviously extremely volatile,” said Koerner. “What makes weekly projection methodology so sound is how we break down week-to-week performance data, injuries, and news reports to offer the most accurate predictions for our fantasy platforms.”

For a more in-depth understanding of Koerner’s findings, visit the STATS blog for 2017 Position Tiers series ranking quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defense.

STATS Announces FCS Preseason All-American Team

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CHICAGO – July 31, 2017 – The offensive fireworks in the FCS were impressive last year, but they could be brighter and louder in 2017.

It will be an arduous task to stop the offensive skill-position players on the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team that was announced Monday – perhaps even for the defensive players on the three-team, 97-player squad.

All 13 conferences and 55 schools had selections. The Missouri Valley Football Conference had the most with 17, followed by CAA Football (14), the Big Sky (11), and the Ohio Valley and Southland (10 each). South Dakota State led with six individual selections, while North Dakota State and Sam Houston State had five apiece and 2016 FCS champion James Madison had four.

Quarterbacks Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State and Gage Gubrud of Eastern Washington highlight the list, along with Fordham running back Chase Edmonds and South Dakota State’s dynamic receiving duo of tight end Dallas Goedert and wide receiver Jake Wieneke.

The record-setting ability on offense is particularly impressive. Briscoe, who won the 2016 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award as the national offensive player of the year, passed for 57 touchdowns, a single-season record in the division, as well as 4,602 yards. He was so good that Gubrud and his FCS-record 5,160 passing yards were rendered to the second team.

Edmonds led the FCS in rushing yards per game (163.5), finishing with 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns on 257 carries. He has 5,285 career rushing yards entering his senior season, which puts him on pace to surpass former Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson’s FCS all-time rushing record of 6,559 yards.

Goedert and Wieneke combined for 170 receptions, 2,609 yards and 27 touchdown catches last season. They caught passes from Taryn Christion, who lands on the third team. He’s joined there by Samford’s record-setter Devlin Hodges, who finished last season behind Gubrud and Briscoe with 4,088 yards and 36 touchdown passes.

The three offensive, defensive and special teams squads included 37 players who earned STATS All-America honors after the 2016 season. For more FCS coverage, head to FCS.football.

2017 STATS FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, 6-3, 220, Sam Houston State

RB – Chase Edmonds, senior, 5-9, 210, Fordham

RB – Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, junior, 5-9, 199, Albany

FB – Joe Protheroe, senior, 6-0, 225, Cal Poly

WR – Justin Watson, senior, 6-3, 210, Penn

WR – Jake Wieneke, senior, 6-4, 215, South Dakota State

TE – Dallas Goedert, senior, 6-5, 250, South Dakota State

OL – Justin Lea, senior, 6-4, 290, Jacksonville State

OL – Jacob Ohnesorge, senior, 6-3, 285, South Dakota State

OL – Brandon Parker, senior, 6-7, 299, North Carolina A&T

OL – Timon Parris, senior, 6-5, 310, Stony Brook

OL – Aaron Stinnie, senior, 6-5, 290, James Madison

DEFENSE

DL – Pat Afriyie, senior, 6-2, 235, Colgate

DL – Anthony Ellis, senior, 6-1, 245, Charleston Southern

DL – P.J. Hall, senior, 6-1, 280, Sam Houston State

DL – Darius Jackson, senior, 6-3, 237, Jacksonville State

LB – Nick DeLuca, senior, 6-3, 248, North Dakota State

LB – Darius Leonard, senior, 6-3, 220, South Carolina State

LB – Christian Rozeboom, sophomore, 6-2, 220, South Dakota State

LB – Brett Taylor, senior, 6-2, 230, Western Illinois

DB – Mike Basile, senior, 6-1, 200, Monmouth

DB – Marlon Bridges, sophomore, 6-1, 210, Jacksonville State

DB – Cole Reyes, senior, 6-2, 215, North Dakota

DB – Rob Rolle, senior, 6-0, 190, Villanova

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Lane Clark, senior, 5-11, 170, Tennessee State

P – Ian Berryman, junior, 6-0, 205, Western Carolina

LS – James Fisher, senior, 6-2, 216, North Dakota State

KR – John Santiago, junior, 5-9, 180, North Dakota

PR – Khris Gardin, senior, 5-7, 165, North Carolina A&T

AP – John Lovett, senior, 6-3, 225, Princeton

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Gage Gubrud, junior, 6-2, 195, Eastern Washington

RB – Corey Avery, senior, 5-10, 190, Sam Houston State

RB – Detrez Newsome, senior, 5-10, 210, Western Carolina

FB – Anthony Manzo-Lewis, senior, 6-2, 245, Albany

WR – Emmanuel Butler, senior, 6-3, 210, Northern Arizona

WR – Kamron Lewis, junior, 6-4, 195, Saint Francis

WR – Troy Pelletier, senior, 6-3, 205, Lehigh

TE – Andrew Vollert, senior, 6-5, 245, Weber State

OL – Daniel Cooney, junior, 6-8, 315, San Diego

OL – Ben Huss, senior, 6-2, 307, Duquesne

OL – Jacob Judd, senior, 6-3, 300, Western Illinois

OL – Stockton Mallet, senior, 6-3, 307, Central Arkansas

OL – Skyler Phillips, senior, 6-2, 322, Idaho State

DEFENSE

DL – Andrew Ankrah, senior, 6-4, 234, James Madison

DL – Miles Brown, junior, 6-1, 310, Wofford

DL – Kurt Holuba, senior, 6-4, 270, Princeton

DL – Greg Menard, senior, 6-2, 239, North Dakota State

DL – Ebenezer Ogundeko, senior, 6-3, 255, Tennessee State

LB – Solomon Brown, junior, 6-1, 220, Charleston Southern

LB – Garrett Dolan, senior, 6-2, 240, Houston Baptist

LB – Jared Farley, senior, 5-11, 221, Northern Iowa

LB – Shaheed Salmon, senior, 6-1, 226, Samford

DB – Tre Dempsey, senior, 5-10, 179, North Dakota State

DB – Kahlid Hagens, senior, 6-3, 200, UT Martin

DB – Davontae Harris, senior, 6-0, 200, Illinois State

DB – Tremon Smith, senior, 6-0, 186, Central Arkansas

DB – Kailik Williams, senior, 5-11, 185, The Citadel

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Griffin Trau, junior, 5-8, 180, Richmond

P – Keith Wrzuszczak, senior, 5-11, 202, Eastern Kentucky

LS – Hunter Winstead, senior, 6-0, 240, Liberty

KR – Shane Simpson, sophomore, 5-9, 185, Towson

PR – Londell Lee, senior, 6-2, 210, UT Martin

AP – Harold Cooper, senior, 5-9, 183, Rhode Island

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Taryn Christion, junior, 6-2, 215, South Dakota State

QB – Devlin Hodges, junior, 6-1, 213, Samford

RB – Dom Bragalone, junior, 5-11, 215, Lehig

RB – Anthony Philyaw, senior, 6-1, 205, Howard

RB – Deontez Thompson, sophomore, 6-0, 200, Richmond

FB – Kane Louscher, senior, 6-2, 245, South Dakota State

WR – Yedidiah Louis, senior, 5-8, 187, Sam Houston State

WR – Patrick Smith, senior, 6-0, 190, Tennessee State

TE – Jonathan Kloosterman, senior, 6-3, 245, James Madison

OL – Frank Cirone, senior, 6-3, 280, Charleston Southern

OL – Jamil Demby, senior, 6-5, 310, Maine

OL – Chris Durant, senior, 6-4, 310, William & Mary

OL – Justin Spencer, senior, 6-5, 305, Youngstown State

OL – Tyler Tezeno, senior, 6-4, 317, Sam Houston State

DEFENSE

DL – Abdullah Anderson, senior, 6-4, 295, Bucknell

DL – Keontre Anderson, senior, 6-3, 240, Jackson State

DL – Jonathan Petersen, senior, 6-1, 230, San Diego

DL – Jay-Tee Tiuli, senior, 6-4, 315, Eastern Washington

DL – Juwan Wells, junior, 6-2, 255, Liberty

LB – Mac Bignell, senior, 6-1, 205, Montana State

LB – George Odum, senior, 6-2, 190, Central Arkansas

LB – Chad Meredith, senior, 6-4, 244, Southeast Missouri

LB – Dale Warren, junior, 6-0, 215, Chattanooga

DB – Raven Greene, senior, 6-0, 200, James Madison

DB – Robbie Grimsley, junior, 6-0, 183, North Dakota State

DB – Danny Johnson, senior, 5-10, 195, Southern

DB – Taron Johnson, senior, 6-0, 180, Weber State

DB – Omari Williams, senior, 6-1, 190, Samford

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Alex Probert, sophomore, 5-9, 170, Liberty

P – Jacob DeMaio, senior, 6-5, 205, Weber State

LS – Danny Garza, senior, 6-0, 230, Houston Baptist

KR – Deion Holliman, senior, 5-9, 188, Missouri State

PR – Terry Wallen, senior, 5-11, 182, Drake

AP – Justice Shelton-Mosley, junior, 5-10, 195, Harvard

STATS enables new levels of football analysis with its newest AI-powered solution

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LONDON – July 25, 2017 – STATS, the global leader in sports data and intelligence, has launched an innovative new product, STATS Edge. STATS Edge is a search and analytics application powered by artificial intelligence that enables football teams to instantly find video clips and analyse complex patterns in a game with more speed and accuracy than ever before. With the power of AI-driven analytics at their fingertips, analysts can instantly and effectively assess in detail a team’s strengths and weaknesses while focusing on various aspects of the game.

Drawing on STATS’ rich history in data collection and analysis, STATS Edge will utilise data from the Premier League, Championship, La Liga, Ligue de Football Professionnel, Serie A, Bundesliga, Qatar Stars League, Champions League and more. STATS Edge will initially be available in five languages.

STATS Edge unifies football data and video through an easy-to-use and intuitive user interface, developed in close partnership with top English, French and Spanish clubs through a design-thinking methodology. This allows everyone in the football club – from match analysts to the manager – to analyse, annotate and share insights on the same platform.

“It’s increasingly difficult for clubs to process and analyse all the relevant data points available and distil complex information into timely, accurate insight,” said Kenneth Fuchs, STATS’ CEO. “On top of that, traditional analytics don’t always speak the visual language of players and coaches. We’ve applied computer vision and artificial intelligence to bring new levels of context and efficiency to teams already using video for their match preparations. It’ll save them time, allow them to develop proprietary results, and help get them the information to make, share and track the best decisions.”

The STATS Edge search engine allows managers and analysts to use their football vocabulary within a search box to find relevant video clips in seconds across entire leagues or competitions, regardless of the complexity of their queries. They can link a multitude of events and playing styles to search, which allows the execution of more than 1,000 search combinations.

The ability to search across players, teams, styles, set plays and more using natural language is a substantial step forward in accessing complex tracking data in a simple interface. For example, STATS Edge lets users quickly find and retrieve all of a team’s counter attacks which led to goals, a player’s key events such as shots or crosses in the last five games, or passes into a custom defined zone on the pitch. This use of analytics also helps clubs assess the value of a transfer target in order to reach a fully informed decision before making an investment.

Once clips are identified, STATS’ proprietary Exemplar Search, built by its award-winning data science team, can instantly find clips of similar plays at the click of a button. By using AI algorithms, the platform reads the combination of player and ball trajectories as well as events in any clip to retrieve the respective Exemplar Search results.

STATS Edge further builds on the power of AI to provide exciting and intuitive analytical features, starting with set plays and transitions. By dynamically specifying a zone on the field and other variables, the manager and analyst instantly accesses in-depth analysis and all corresponding videos. For example, in set-play analysis of an opponent, one can identify target zones and link them to the most dangerous players and their shooting or goal efficiency. In transition analysis, one can analyse the key players involved, as well as their most typical behaviour after winning or losing the ball.

STATS Fantasy Baseball Projections Ranked No. 1 by FantasyPros for 2016 Season

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STATS fantasy projections topped the FantasyPros accuracy rankings again. FantasyPros ranked STATS fantasy baseball season long projections No. 1 for the 2016 MLB season. The honor marks the third consecutive year STATS ranked first in the study for fantasy baseball.

FantasyPros compared projections of 10 statistical sources to the season-ending results of 398 professional players. STATS finished in the top three in accuracy for eight of the ten sources.

“STATS methodology is built on analytical rigor and accuracy, allowing us to make balanced projections across a range of statistical categories for players at all career stages,” said Sean Koerner, STATS Director of Predictive Analytics. “We are thrilled to be at the top of this list yet again and look forward to seeing how our projections fare as the 2017 baseball season progresses.”

The No. 1 ranking continues a string of “Most Accurate” fantasy projection honors for STATS. STATS projections for the NFL were ranked highest for the 2016 and 2015 seasons, and are the overall leader for the last four seasons combined.

Bobby Sylvester, NBA and MLB Correspondent for FantasyPros, calls the achievement led by Koerner, Corey Schwartz and the STATS Data Science Team “extraordinary” in the world of sports projections. “This is his (Koerner) third consecutive season finishing #1 in this study. He has also finished first in our football accuracy competition out of over 130 competitors back to back years as well. In other words, he appears to know what he’s talking about when it comes to player predictions.”

For the full analysis and methodology of the 2016 Fantasy Baseball Accuracy Rankings, visit FantasyPros.

theScore Partners with STATS for $100K Team Tourney Challenge

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CHICAGO, March 13, 2017 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today opened bracket-picking for the $100K Team Tourney Challenge – the exciting new contest developed with STATS takes place during this month’s men’s college basketball championship tournament.

Available only on theScore app for iOS and Android, theScore $100K Team Tourney Challenge delivers the same bracket-picking fun users know and love from bracket contests, but allows friends to also team-up and take on other groups of fans. At the end of the 63-game tournament, the group of friends with the highest average score walks away with $100K, while there is also a $25K prize for the best overall individual bracket from the contest.

Entries for the contest opened last week, with bracket picking getting underway earlier today.

John Levy, CEO and Founder of theScore, said: “We’ve already been blown away by the response to theScore $100K Team Tourney Challenge and now fans can really get in the action by making their picks for a shot at the big prize. In addition to our new unique contest, fans can also use theScore app to stay on top of all the latest scores, stats, news and upsets throughout the entire tournament.”

Developed in partnership with STATS, the global leader in sports intelligence, theScore $100K Team Tourney Challenge layers a unique social element onto the tried-and-tested format of bracket-picking.

“theScore $100K Team Tourney Challenge is a great example of a media leader connecting with the authentic passion arising from exciting events like this,” said Richard Henderson, Chief Revenue Officer, STATS. “STATS is proud to partner with theScore to create the kind of shared but uniquely personalized fan experiences that drive true engagement.”

Play theScore $100K Team Tourney Challenge NOW by downloading theScore app from the App Store or Google Play. Terms and conditions will apply. Please review official contest rules before entering.



 

STATS Selected as Finalists in 2017 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Research Track

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CHICAGO – February 21, 2017 – STATS, the world’s leading sports data and technology company, announced today that it has been named a two-paper finalist in the 2017 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference research competition. Of the eight finalists, two research papers co-authored by STATS’ Director of Data Science Dr. Patrick Lucey are in the running for the research track grand prize.

The papers, entitled “Body Shots: Analyzing Shooting Styles in the NBA Using Body-Pose Attributes” and “Data-Driven Ghosting Using Deep Imitation Learning,” detail methods for applying powerful modern machine learning techniques to better understand how athletes interact with space and how this affects team performance. With these advanced techniques, professional teams can more fully quantify, analyze and compare team and individual behaviors than ever before, using unparalleled modeling capabilities to maximize the value of their data and projections.

“STATS has long been known as the leader in sports data and technology and this signals how swiftly we have extended our industry leadership in data science,” said Lucey. “We are thrilled that two of our trailblazing papers have been recognized as finalists at this year’s MIT competition, and we look forward to introducing this data and modeling system into our future products for football and basketball.”

STATS hopes to add to its accolades in the research and academic community at the 2017 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, one year after winning the top research paper at the 2016 conference, with the paper “The Thin Edge of the Wedge: Accurately Predicting Shot Outcomes in Tennis Using Style and Context Priors.”

Lucey will be a part of the teams presenting both papers at this year’s conference, taking place in Boston on March 3rd and 4th. An industry panel will select the final winner on the basis of the paper and the presentation at the 2017 Conference.