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

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.

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theScore Partners with STATS for $100K Team Tourney Challenge

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.



 

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

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.

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wTVision partners with STATS to provide the official statistics of Africa Cup of Nations

LISBON, PORTUGAL – February 4, 2017 – wTVision is the official statistics provider for the Total Africa Cup of Nations, currently underway in Gabon with the final scheduled to take place on February 5. The match statistics of the biennial African football competition are being collected through FootballStats CG, wTVision’s software application that gathers, manages and compares football data, including player and team performance data through STATS SportVU® tracking system.

This comprehensive work comprises data gathering and management, detailed statistical reports, including tracking data for the official web match center of the competition, support to football commentators and the official graphics for the matches in Port Gentil and Oyem (two of the four host cities). After previous successful collaborations, wTVision renewed its partnership with STATS to deliver the best statistical experience during this high-profile continental tournament.

wTVision deployed a team comprised by 15 experienced professionals to Gabon, four of them dedicated to the operation of STATS SportVU tracking system. “In an operational structure this size and in a competition as important as CAN 2017, the tracking data is fundamental to provide a state-of-the-art broadcast to the audience and is an invaluable support to the professionals covering the competition,” states Alexandre Guedes, wTVision’s Project Manager for the African tournament.

Roy Clements, STATS Sales Director added, “wTVision are considered to be one of the best global broadcast graphic support companies and STATS are extremely proud to once again partner with them in delivering a best-in- class service for the fans and media following the tournament.”

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STATS Fantasy Projections Ranked #1 by FantasyPros for Second Consecutive Season

Chicago – January 19, 2017 – STATS, the world’s leading sports data and technology company, has been ranked #1 for the accuracy of its NFL weekly projections by FantasyPros for the second consecutive year.

FantasyPros’ annual accuracy contest is conducted on behalf of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). STATS projections for the NFL were ranked highest for the 2016 and 2015 seasons, as well as placing second in the 2014 accuracy standings. STATS has been the overall leader for the last four 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 2015 and 2014 season. STATS was also recognized at the FSTA’s annual winter conference in Las Vegas, 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 proud to have the highest velocity and accuracy of our fantasy projections and data, which is why we analyze every statistic and variable in our projections models,” said Sean Koerner, Director of Predictive Analytics at STATS. “It is an honor to be recognized as having the most accurate football and baseball fantasy projections over each of the last two seasons.”

STATS prediction modeling that has been perfected by Koerner and the STATS Data Science team powers the 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 in predicting outcomes in sports including winning the Grand Prize research paper at the 10th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Conference.

Meet the STATS fantasy team at the FSTA Winter Conference in Nashville from January 23-24 to discuss the biggest topics and trends impacting the industry.

STATS FCS Awards

Briscoe Wins STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, Schult Takes Home Buchanan as NFL Stars Fete FCS Athletes at STATS Awards Banquet

Frisco, Texas – Jan. 19, 2017 – The stars came out in full force on the eve of the FCS national title game as football legends like Jerry Rice presented the subdivision’s annual honors – including Jarrett Payton, the son of Walter, giving away the illustrious STATS FCS Walter Payton Award to Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe – at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet.

The event marked the 30th anniversary of the Payton Award, known as the Heisman Trophy of the FCS, as well as the 30th year of the Eddie Robinson Award for the FCS’ coach of the year, also taken home by a Bearkat – K.C. Keeler. Grambling alum and Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams stood in for his former mentor in handing the hardware to the Sam Houston State coach, who led his team to an undefeated (11-0) regular season.

Briscoe set an FCS single-season record with 57 touchdown passes and was the subdivision’s regular-season leader in passing yards (4,096) and passing rating (187.0) while sitting out the fourth quarter of seven games as his Bearkats often overwhelmed the competition. Briscoe beat out Eastern Washington’s dynamic duo of Cooper Kupp – last year’s Payton winner who added another 1,700 yards and 17 TDs to bolster his case as the FCS’ best wide receiver of all time – and Gage Gubrud, who exploded onto the scene in his first year as a starter with an FCS-record 5,160 passing yards by the time the postseason ended.

The STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award, presented by two-time Buchanan winner and former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro linebacker Dexter Coakley, was won by Northern Illinois’ Karter Schult. The defensive end led Division I with 17 sacks and tied for second with a school-record 24 tackles for loss. Sam Houston State was denied the major awards trifecta with Bearkats defensive end P.J. Hall coming in second, while Missouri State linebacker Dylan Cole came in third.

In the first award of the night handed out, Rice gave away his eponymous honor, reflecting the FCS’ top freshman, to Duquesne running back A.J. Hines. Hines ran for a frosh-high 1,291 yards and 13 scores to lead the Dukes to an 8-3 mark.

The STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award went to Eastern Kentucky quarterback Tyler Swafford. Swafford, who holds a 4.0 GPA, was recently named a George J. Mitchell Scholar, a prestigious honor that will see him spend the next year working on a postgraduate degree in Dublin. He plans to pursue a career as an international human rights attorney. Quentin Burrell – the great-grandson of Eddie and Doris Robinson, a former Notre Dame defensive back and current Grambling assistant – presented the award.

The banquet, which had over 150 people in attendance, was hosted by Gary Reasons, the former New York Giants linebacker and Northwestern State alum who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

STATS took over the presentation of the Payton, Robinson, Buchanan and Rice awards this year, inheriting them from Mickey Charles, the former CEO of The Sports Network. Charles was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his three decades of work bringing attention to the FCS.

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STATS, Snapchat Continue Partnership to Create Richer Experience for More Sports Fans

CHICAGO – November 30, 2016 – STATS, the world’s leading sports data and technology company, announced today its expanded partnership with Snapchat to provide additional differentiated data points for more leagues around the world.

Last year, Snapchat launched dynamic scoreboard Geofilters – a variation of the location-based art overlays Snapchatters add to their photo and video Snaps – which feature live sports scores. These dynamic Geofilters powered by STATS were available at select major sporting events and stadiums to allow Snapchatters to add real-time score updates to their Snaps to better express the excitement of the game with their Snapchat community.

Snapchatters will now have the ability to share data and statistics that go beyond the score during live sporting events for more than 30 leagues including NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA Football and EPL.

“Knowing how successful our partnership with Snapchat has been to this point, we are eager to see how users of the popular communication app will engage with the additional differentiated data,” said Greg Kirkorsky, Executive Vice President, Sales for STATS. “Snapchat has given us the unique opportunity to see how fans interact with our sports data directly.”

STATS is the Official Data Source of MLBAM and several of the new features were on display for the World Series featuring the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Snapchatters were able to overlay several new data points such as Pitch Count, Men on Base and Outs in addition to the live score and inning.

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STATS Takes Over Payton, Buchanan, Robinson, Rice Awards, Announces FCS Banquet Date

CHICAGO – Nov. 3, 2016 – STATS, the world’s leading sports data and technology company, announced an agreement today that will allow it to hand out a quartet of legacy NCAA Football Championship Series (FCS) awards tied to some of the biggest names in the subdivision’s history.

Just prior to the FCS postseason concluding in January, STATS will present:

  • • The FCS Walter Payton Award, given to the FCS’ offensive player of the year;
  • • The FCS Buck Buchanan Award, given to its defensive player of the year;
  • • The FCS Eddie Robinson Award, given to its coach of the year; and
  • • The FCS Jerry Rice Award, given to its freshman of the year.

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. Since then, names of future NFL stars like Steve McNair, Brian Westbrook and Tony Romo have been called up to accept the hardware. Last season, Cooper Kupp – who became the FCS’ all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns this season – was the winner. The Robinson Award also began in 1987.

“I’ve always considered the storylines of the FCS to be just as important as the rest of Division I college football,” said Charles. “And lacking a Heisman of their own, what better choice than in the name of a football legend, Walter Payton? I am pleased to pass on three decades’ worth of history to STATS for custodianship and expansion at this time.”

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. Those awards join the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award, created one year ago to honor the wife of Eddie Robinson and her service to community and academics.

These awards will be presented to the winning athletes during the end-of-season banquet that will take place Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 – the night before the FCS championship game in Frisco, Texas – at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Convention Center. Last January, almost 200 attendees representing a cross-section of FCS roles came together for STATS’ inaugural awards ceremony.

The Buchanan Award goes back to 1995 and includes such notable alums as Dexter Coakley and Jared Allen, while the Rice Award was created in 2011.

“Coming from an FCS school, I’m proud to lend my name to such a distinction, and to help STATS expand its national coverage initiative,” said Rice, a Mississippi Valley State graduate who is almost universally recognized as the greatest wide receiver of all time and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010.

Prior to last season, 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.

In addition, STATS created a dedicated FCS website – www.fcs.football – featuring breaking news, real-time scores and other unique content that combined the strengths of STATS’ data, editorial and product expertise. Launched prior to the 2015 season,  the site has accumulated close to two million page views over the past 12 months.

“We laid down a strong coverage foundation last season and, in the process, developed incredible relationships with the schools and the conferences,” said Brian Orefice, STATS’ Director of News. “But we want to ride that momentum into even better content and broader exposure. Thanks to Mickey, inheriting these awards and all they represent can only help us achieve those goals as we try to maintain the legacy of the FCS’ rich past while pushing forward toward its promising future.”

The FCS competes at the NCAA’s Division I level, and is home to 125 schools in 13 conferences across the country. Approximately 150 FCS players are on NFL rosters annually, including current stars like Romo (Eastern Illinois), Joe Flacco (Delaware), Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), David Johnson (Northern Iowa), Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina) and Julius Thomas (Portland State).

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STATS, Equibase Announce Launch of STATS True Odds™

STATS, the world’s leading sports data and technology company, and Equibase Company, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database, today announced the launch of STATS True Odds™, an easy-to-use handicapping product that predicts how a race may unfold. True Odds is part of STATS Race Lens™, the interactive past performance tool released earlier this year, and is now being offered as a standalone product.

“STATS True Odds is great for Thoroughbred racing fans who are new to the game and also for more knowledgeable players who are looking for quick help in assessing a race and picking a winner,” said Equibase President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Wilson. “The easy access to True Odds from your phone makes it a handy resource from any location.”

STATS True Odds has been optimized for mobile devices and includes three key features as part of STATS’ proprietary predictive modeling: a data grid that includes relevant information that is sortable and designed to help make winning selections, a race projection diagram that projects the running of the race, and adjustable win factors that enable the user to change handicapping criteria that determine predicted win probabilities.

“STATS True Odds features a revolutionary algorithm we developed using dozens of racing factors that projects not only how a race may unfold, but also provides the user with a horse’s predicted odds of winning based upon our proprietary calculations,” said STATS Chief Technology Officer Darryl Lewis.

STATS True Odds is available for purchase at equibase.com, trackmaster.com and at TVG’s handicapping store at tvg.com. More information about STATS True Odds and STATS Race Lens is available at stats.com/racelens.

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STATS Unveils New Global Brand Identity

CHICAGO – September 27, 2016 – STATS launched a new brand identity representative of the company’s global presence and future growth in sports data and technology. Following a year of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, STATS is unifying its portfolio under the new STATS brand to best serve the world’s leading tech, media and sports organizations.

STATS, the leading sports data, technology and content company, TVTI, the leading provider of video technology for baseball and ice hockey, and Prozone Sports, a pioneer of performance analysis in professional sports, will all operate under the new STATS brand with a new logo and visual identity around the world. The new identity includes a bold redesign of the company’s iconic logo and refined core principles and values for all STATS employees across the globe.

Through the acquisition of Prozone and TVTI, STATS expanded its geographic reach and sports coverage, while advancing its player tracking and athlete performance analytics. Now STATS is positioned to serve media partners, professional teams and leagues, and brands like never before by combining STATS proficiency in live data collection and fan engagement solutions, with Prozone’s expertise in athlete tracking and team performance solutions.

“STATS is at an inflection in our history, building on our US leadership but also investing much more aggressively in new technologies and solutions for our partners and building a global business,” said Ken Fuchs, Chief Executive Officer of STATS. “More than 800 teams, leagues and companies trust STATS to power their sports platforms due to the longstanding focus on the depth, quality and speed of our products. Our new global brand represents not only the fact that STATS pioneered the sports data industry, but also represents where we are taking the future of sports data and technology.”

STATS provides sports data to its partners within seconds of the live action. Fueled by its core philosophy of Passion, Precision, and Velocity, STATS powers all aspects of sports partnering with the world’s biggest brands, media companies, teams and leagues.

Eight of the top 10 media companies in the world, sports leagues such as, Major League Baseball, 27 National Football League teams, Ligue de Football Professional, Serie A, Professional Golfers Association, National Rugby League, National Basketball Association and all 30 NBA teams, and the most popular fantasy games and tech companies such as FanDuel, DraftKings, Snapchat, Sportle and more have chosen STATS to be their official sports partner.

STATS leads in sports intelligence by delivering the highest quality and fastest feeds and products to media and technology partners around the world as well as hundreds of teams and leagues. STATS strengthened its football coverage for the 2016/17 football season by launching STATS Tier 6+TM data, STATS Live MonitorTM, STATS Post-Match Performance DataTM, and STATS EMEA Research & Editorial Team to provide enhanced data and editorial coverage for teams, leagues and media outlets.  STATS was recently recognized for its innovation with the highest award for best paper in 2016 at the MIT Sloan Sports Conference.

The new STATS logo and visual identity represent a dynamic brand impacting hundreds of sports leagues, media partners and millions of sports fans. The logo embodies the passion and excitement of the fans, the skill and precision of the teams, and the velocity with which the game is broadcast and delivered within seconds around the world.

To see the new STATS brand visit: http://stats.com/introduction/.