STATS Named “Best Data Provider” by Fantasy Sports Trade Association

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CHICAGO (February 14, 2018) – STATS, the world leader in sports data and intelligence, has been awarded “Best Data Provider” by the Fantasy Trade Association (FSTA), as part of the 2017 Industry Awards presented at the FSTA Winter Conference in Los Angeles.

The award specifically recognized the STATS Predictive Modeling and Data Science teams, which power the award-winning fantasy projections and win probabilities in fan engagement solutions for fantasy platforms, second-screen experiences, brand activations and more. Last month, FantasyPros ranked STATS NFL fantasy projections No. 1 for the third consecutive year, in addition to being ranked the most accurate fantasy baseball projections for the 2015 and 2016 season.

“This award is a testament to all the hard work we put in at STATS to provide the best data, which is powered by the back-end analysis and predictive models that we are constantly improving,” said Sean Koerner, Director of Predictive Analytics at STATS. “With fantasy sports continuing to grow in popularity, the need for fast, accurate data is a priority and I am proud to see that STATS continues to be the top provider.”

Said Paul Charchian, FSTA President: “We’re proud of the FSTA member companies who are recognized by their industry peers for their excellence.”

STATS prediction modeling has been perfected by Koerner and the STATS Data Science team, which has been recognized for their work in predicting outcomes in sports, including Sloan MIT Best Research Paper in 2016 and runner-up in 2017. This year STATS has four papers in the Research Paper Track for the 2018 MIT Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference Best Paper Award.

For more information about STATS’ award winning fantasy work, visit the Fantasy Player Projections Page.

STATS and Resonant Sports Become Team Performance Partners of Club América

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CHICAGO/MEXICO CITY (February 9, 2018) – Today, STATS, the world leader in sports data and intelligence, and Resonant Sports announced a new partnership with Club América to become their team performance partner and to install STATS SportVU®, an in-stadium camera installation for enhanced player tracking, in Club América’s Estadio Azteca.

Club América is one of the most successful teams in Mexican football’s Liga MX, the top professional league in the country, winning a record seven CONCACAF Champions Cup/Champions League titles, two Copa Interamericana Cups and one CONCACAF Giants Cup. The team plays at Estadio Azteca, an 87,000-capacity stadium located in Mexico City.

STATS SportVU—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 installation will offer Club América advanced analytics to measure and analyze player performance and fitness, as well as team formations and tactics.

“Club América has been a dominating force throughout Liga MX, and it is important that they continue to implement new resources and analytics to measure and improve team and player performance throughout their Apertura and Clausura seasons,” said Richard Henderson, Chief Revenue Officer at STATS. “With the power of STATS SportVU, the team and players will have stronger tools to analyze and prepare for matches. We are thrilled to offer this service through our strong partnership with Resonant Sports, which will implement STATS SportVU data through their team performance solutions for Club América.”

Club América views the move as the latest step in an effort to stay ahead of the competition.

“Thanks to this partnership with STATS, we have access to multiple tools that will allow us to have more and better information to make decisions pre, post and during matches,” said Mauricio Culebro, Operational President of Club América. “We are convinced that the use of analytics in football is fundamental, and we will work together with STATS to develop new tools that allow us to have a new competitive advantage.”

Resonant Sports partners with brands, media companies, football clubs and federations to provide digital services for team performance and fan experience in Latin America.

“América is a legendary team, and we are eager to work with them to use STATS’ software and data to contribute to their team performance decisions. We are convinced that technology is now indispensable to win championships, and a fundamental competitive tool for the coaching team,” said Gonzalo Cilley, Resonant Sports founder and CEO.

Installation of the STATS SportVU camera system is already underway and will soon provide world-class data as the team competes in the LigaMX Clausura and the CONCACAF Champions League 2018.

STATS Announces Carl Mergele as Chief Executive Officer

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CHICAGO– January 17, 2018 – Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced the hiring of seasoned software executive, Carl Mergele as Chief Executive Officer.

Mergele has extensive experience leading and growing software companies, providing world class products and excellent customer service across a number of sectors. In November 2016, Mergele was a software executive of publicly traded NYSE-company Lexmark International, Inc. which was sold to a consortium of private equity investors for $3.6 billion, following a number of software acquisitions in the preceding four years. In addition to leading software companies as CEO, including Vista-owned companies, Mergele has served as a board member to nearly two-dozen corporate entities.

Mergele will oversee the company’s next phase of growth, empowering STATS’ customers—the most innovative and successful sports teams, leagues, and brands—with the best data, intelligence and technology, giving them an edge over their competition.

“I am thrilled to be joining the STATS team. My commitment as CEO is to focus on providing the best products and service to our customers,” said Mergele. “STATS has the best and broadest sports data and insights in the world, and we will continue to improve and expand our offerings to guarantee our customers have the tools and knowledge they depend on.”

STATS Fantasy Football Projections Ranked No. 1 by FantasyPros for Third Consecutive Season

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CHICAGO– January 3, 2018 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, has been named FantasyPros’ 2017 Most Accurate Fantasy Football Experts, receiving the recognition for the third consecutive year.

STATS projections for the NFL were ranked highest for the past three seasons—a feat not yet achieved in the history of the contest—as well as placing second in the 2014 accuracy standings. STATS has been the overall leader for the last six years combined.

In addition to ranking tops for football, STATS was also ranked by FantasyPros to have the most accurate fantasy baseball projections for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. STATS has previously been recognized at the FSTA’s annual winter conference, winning awards for the accuracy of its football and baseball projections in a head-to-head competition among more than 100 industry leaders.

“At STATS, we are constantly improving our process and predictive models to produce the highest velocity and accuracy for our fantasy projections and data, taking into account all scenarios that could change the makeup of a team and player’s performance,” said Sean Koerner, Director of Predictive Analytics at STATS. “Winning for the third consecutive season is a real honor and validates all of the hard work we put in each season to improve our algorithms to create the most accurate fantasy projections in the world.”

This year, STATS received first-place honors by a wide margin, as the accuracy gap between first and second place was even larger than the gap between second and 24th place. STATS predictions managed to finish No. 1 out of 111 experts at grading wide receivers, No. 2 for quarterbacks and No. 9 for running backs, with defense/special teams also receiving a No. 1 ranking, despite not being counted in the overall rankings.

“Our goal is to promote the best fantasy sites and experts by giving them a level playing field that objectively answers the question: How good is your advice?” said David Kim, co-founder of FantasyPros. “The average fantasy football player is inundated with a never-ending supply of unfiltered information and advice. FantasyPros rates this information so players can get the advice they want from the pros they trust.”

For more information on STATS’ award-winning predictive analytics, visit the STATS Player Projection page. STATS will be back in the 2018 FantasyPros Most Accurate Fantasy Football Experts competition to attempt a fourth-straight win.

DFS Player Uses STATS’ Fantasy Projections to Win DraftKings Millionaire Maker Contest

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CHICAGO (December 11, 2017) – Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced a valued client won DraftKings Millionaire Maker contest with help from STATS’ award-winning fantasy sports projections.

The client built his winning lineup of NFL players referencing STATS’ proprietary Application Programming Interface (API) projections model and received a $1 million prize from DraftKings, a giant in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry. STATS’ API projected one particular game to feature plenty of passing offense, while most other industry experts predicted differently. Using what is known in DFS as a “game stack,” the STATS client played five participants in that contest to propel him toward the cash prize.

STATS is the winner of FantasyPros’ Most Accurate Weekly NFL Projections Award for the past two seasons, and currently holds the No. 1 position for 2017. Last season, STATS’ projections also led to a substantial payout in the Millionaire Maker contest, as a STATS client cashed four separate entries for a total of $107,500 and narrowly missed winning the $1 million.

“We are thrilled our projection model has helped clients experience an enormous amount of success in DFS games,” said Sean Koerner, STATS Director of Predictive Analytics. “What makes weekly projection methodology so sound is how we break down performance data, injuries and news reports to offer the most accurate predictions for our fantasy platforms.”

NFL weekly projections are only a sliver of STATS’ offerings through its API model. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) ranked STATS as having the most accurate MLB season-long projections in 2014, and FantasyPros named STATS the most accurate for its season-long projections in 2015 and ’16, beating out thousands of industry insiders around the country in each instance. STATS’ API projections model also includes detailed and constantly updated daily rankings for the NBA and NHL using similar data and analysis used with the NFL and MLB.

“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,” said Koerner.

For more information on STATS Fantasy Player Projections for the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL, visit: www.stats.com/player-projections/

STATS Hires Troy Anderson as Chief of Product and Technology Officer

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CHICAGO (December 4, 2017) – Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced the hiring of Troy Anderson as the Chief of Product and Technology Officer.

In the role, Anderson will oversee product management and development, managing the current product set as well as upcoming portfolio offerings to the company’s clients including the world’s top technology and media companies, and dozens of world championship teams and leagues across the sports industry.

Anderson will also be responsible for prioritizing and accelerating new market opportunities and enhancing current offerings, a key priority at STATS. With Troy’s extensive experience as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Product Officer (CPO) at previous Software as a Service (SaaS) and data companies, as well as being a former NCAA Division I athlete, he comes equipped to lead STATS’ growing product management team in developing the next generation of products and services that will revolutionize the performance and experience of sports.

“Troy’s impressive background, his experience developing product solutions for some of world’s biggest companies, as well as his own prior success as an elite athlete, make him a unique fit for us here at STATS,” said Kenneth Fuchs, CEO. “His passion for building and being part of exceptional teams is centered entirely on delivering great experiences to our partners – and STATS and sports fans everywhere will benefit from that leadership.”

Anderson’s appointment as Chief Product and Technology Officer reflects the commitment STATS has made to aggressively bolster new product planning and development, including several new and updated products that will be released over the next 12 months, while continually improving the quality of current product offerings.

“With my background at SaaS and data companies, and a deep passion for sports, I am really excited to join Ken and the team at STATS,” said Anderson. “I am so impressed with the team here and their commitment to quality. Across-the-board, the spirit of STATS and Vista Equity Partners is to ensure that we over deliver for our long-standing clients, while also remaining ahead-of-the-curve, setting the bar for our exciting industry. I’m already truly inspired and look forward to all of the great things we will build together.”

STATS Commissions Unprecedented Third-Party Study of Athlete-Tracking Technology

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LONDON – November 29, 2017 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, commissioned the Technical University of Munich (TUM) for an unparalleled 12-month independent study in an effort to create a global standard for accuracy among athlete-tracking systems.

As part of the continued investment to advance team performance solutions, STATS set out to create a new standard of accuracy for STATS SportVU®, which delivers an abundance of unique performance data through optical tracking of player positioning. For the first time, tracking systems were tested against the sub-centimetre precision of gold-standard technologies in a stadium environment with sport-specific exercises to diagnose and compensate for systematic errors.

Taking a proactive approach, STATS’ first step was a multi-technology study conducted by a testing party at the forefront of sports science. Dr. Martin Lames, TUM’s Chair of Training Science and Computer Science in Sports, conducted accuracy assessments of the SportVU tracking solution, as well as a global-positioning system and a local-positioning technology.

“This study has set new standards for reliability testing of position detection in sports, including new methods of data processing,” said Dr. Lames. “We introduced a gold standard with sub-centimetre accuracy in a 30×30 measurement volume, with all relevant technologies compared. A spectrum of exercises were analysed, from straight running to 5v5, to depict the strengths and weaknesses of the different systems in detail.”

The new tracking data captured by the gold-standard technologies allows STATS to bring SportVU even closer to perfection and validates the technology against the best technologies available.

“Football teams have had to trust accuracy claims of athlete-tracking systems from providers with little more than their word,” said STATS award-winning Director of Data Science Patrick Lucey. “We’ve invested in providing the empirical evidence that not only eases client concerns, but also equips us with ground-truth data in order to move forward in a way others can’t. Plain and simple, it needed to happen, and I’m happy we’ve been on the front foot.”

How STATS’ tracking data is produced, filtered and calculated will now be more precise and uniform for customers around the world, allowing for the effortless comparison of players’ physical outputs and league averages.

STATS to Honor Four Outstanding FCS Players and One Head Coach at Annual Gala

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CHICAGO – November 27, 2017 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, announced today that it will once again hand out five awards at its annual FCS awards banquet in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 5 – the night before the subdivision’s national championship game at nearby Toyota Stadium.

The 24-team playoff field will be down to two finalists deep in the heart of Texas, but before the FCS’ best team is crowned, its standout players will be honored at a gala event at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Convention Center. Last January, 150 attendees representing a cross-section of FCS roles came together at STATS’ second awards ceremony.

The five awards to be presented are:

  • The STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, given to the FCS’ offensive player of the year;
  • The STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award, given to its defensive player of the year;
  • The STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award, given to its coach of the year;
  • The STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award, given to its freshman of the year; and
  • The STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the student-athlete who excels not only on the field and in the classroom, but in the community and beyond

“STATS is once again thrilled to honor the best and brightest of the FCS, past and present,” said Brian Orefice, the company’s director of news and data production. “It’s an annual highlight to meet these student-athletes and continue to uphold the legacy of these incredible award namesakes.”

A year ago, the banquet was highlighted by the attendance of luminaries like Jerry Rice, Jarrett Payton, Doug Williams, Gary Reasons and Dexter Coakley, and had footage shot by ESPN for use on its title-game telecast.

Founded by Mickey Charles of The Sports Network, the annual honors date back to 1987, when the Payton Award was presented to running back Kenny Gamble of Colgate and the Eddie Robinson Award went to Mark Duffner of Holy Cross. Since then, names of future NFL stars like Steve McNair, Brian Westbrook and Tony Romo have been called up to accept the Payton Award, which is often referred to as the “Heisman of the FCS.” Last season, Sam Houston State’s Jeremiah Briscoe won the award after setting an FCS record with 57 touchdown passes.

The Buchanan Award goes back to 1995 and includes such notable alums as Coakley and Jared Allen, while the Rice Award was created in 2011. The Doris Robinson Award was introduced two years ago to honor the service to community and academics of the legendary Grambling State coach’s wife.

The same national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers, and other dignitaries who select the STATS FCS Top 25 poll – numbering over 150 voters – will choose the winners.

Defending national champion James Madison has gone wire to wire as the nation’s No. 1 team this season in the STATS FCS Top 25, which has featured representatives from 10 of the subdivision’s 13 conferences. Aside from the Dukes holding steady at the top, parity has ruled. Nineteen teams have made an appearance in the poll’s top 10 at some point during 2017.

In 2015, STATS expanded an initiative to serve the FCS community with staples such as a pre- and postseason All-America team, weekly Top 25 poll, national players of the week, award watch lists and season-ending awards. The company’s dedicated FCS website – www.fcs.football – features breaking news, real-time scores and other content that combines the strengths of STATS’ data, editorial and product expertise. The site has attracted 225,000 unique users and more than two million page views thus far in 2017.

The FCS competes at the NCAA’s Division I level, and is home to 124 schools in 13 conferences across the country. Approximately 160 FCS players were on NFL rosters at the start of the 2017 season, including current stars like NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), David Johnson (Northern Iowa), Joe Flacco (Delaware), Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington), Adam Vinatieri (South Dakota State) and Cameron Brate (Harvard).

STATS to Support Managers Through Extended Commercial Partnership with the League Managers Association

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STATS and the League Managers Association (LMA) are delighted to announce the two-year renewal of a longstanding partnership. As an official commercial, technical and research partner, STATS will continue to offer access to world-leading data analytics software to managers and coaches.

The collaboration provides both STATS and the LMA with education and learning opportunities in high-impact game research, while accessing industry knowledge, harnessing elite sport insight, and continuing to position STATS as thought leaders and influencers in their field.

By connecting with LMA members, STATS will be able to share and get feedback on industry-leading products and cutting-edge technical assistance through in-person events and member-distributed materials. In addition, the partnership outlines one joint publication of collaborative research a year focusing on a key technical aspect of the game.

“We really value our longstanding relationship with the LMA and look forward to continued collaboration with members in developing products that help clubs process and analyse all the relevant data points available to them,” said Cormac Bourne, UK General Manager at STATS.

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “The LMA’s continued relationship with STATS – an industry-leading sports data and technology company – will allow our members to access in-depth information delivered in a concise and efficient manner. We are delighted to be working with a global business in STATS and value their ongoing support for all our members.”

For more information regarding this partnership, please contact Paul Hunt, STATS Business Development Manager – UK Performance, at paul.hunt@stats.com

To find out more about the LMA and their commercial partnership opportunities please visit www.leaguemanagers.com or contact Alex Smith, LMA Commercial Director, at alex.smith@leaguemanagers.com

Northwestern University Finds STATS Surpasses Competition in Synthesis of Speed and Accuracy

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CHICAGO – November 6, 2017 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, commissioned the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to provide the industry’s first independent measurement study of live sports data feed services.

With technology and media partners in mind and its own standing at stake, STATS invested in an extensive data feed evaluation alongside two competitors – one North America-based and one Europe-based. The focus of the study was to create industry standard measurements around quality tied to the two core market requirements: accuracy and speed.  STATS provides various tiers of data coverage for more than 600 leagues across 65-plus sports, and for the study Northwestern elected to focus on the NBA and English Premier League. Speed and accuracy were measured through 40 websites associated with one of the three providers from six locations across the globe.

STATS’ data feed reported the events of NBA games with 99.9 percent accuracy while competitors referred to in the study as P2 (93.3) and P3 (60.6) fell well short. For Premier League matches, the STATS data feed delivered 99.6 percent accuracy while P2 (66.5) and P3 (85.1) again reported far fewer events.

Given the comprehensive data media partners strive to provide fans across multiple points of access, it’s also imperative to deliver the data in as close to real-time as possible. While also delivering the highest level of accuracy, STATS’ reporting time for the Premier League was nearly twice as fast as P3. With Premier League results, STATS’ median end-to-end delay was 66.04 seconds. P3 clocked in nearly a minute later at 119.25. P2 was at 30.16, but with a drastically limited number of reported events, limiting the ability for customers to use the data effectively.

“Our technology and media customers rely on us to provide the fastest and most accurate in-game data,” said STATS CEO Kenneth Fuchs. “Until now there was no way of measuring how one provider’s assertions measure against another. Whether with our athlete-tracking solutions or data feeds, we’re making a continued point of investing in the objectively generated confirmation necessary to create industry standards and benchmarks. We’ve always prided ourselves on our quality at STATS – and now Northwestern’s  independent study has validated what our clients already know when they test us head-to-head – STATS has the best solution when looking for depth, breadth, speed and accuracy in sports data.”

Northwestern’s “What’s the Score?”: A First Look at Sports Data Feed Services provides a more in-depth look into the study. For more on STATS cloud-based processing solution STATS Now, refer to STATS Data Feeds: How They Measure Up.