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.

STATS Names Casey Wasserman to Board of Directors

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CHICAGO (October 23, 2017) –STATS, the global leader in sports data and intelligence, announced today that it has named Casey Wasserman as its newest Board Director.

Casey Wasserman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wasserman, a leading sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties and talent on a global basis. He is also the Chairman of the LA2028 Olympics, a position held since 2014 when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Wasserman to head the city’s now successful Olympic host efforts.

“Casey is one of the most admired and respected executives across sports, entertainment, marketing and media and he and the Wasserman team will serve as exceptional counsel for STATS,” said STATS CEO Kenneth Fuchs. “We share a common drive to find new ways for fans to get closer to the game, to help athletes and teams excel, and to support brands in telling their stories through sports.”

Wasserman also serves as President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, which funds in the areas of education, arts and culture, service and global initiatives. He is a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including The Jules Stein Institute, The LBJ Presidential Library and The Motion Picture Fund. Wasserman also serves on the board of directors at Activision and the digital media company, Vox Media. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and resides in Los Angeles.

“Data and understanding it is revolutionizing every industry – and sports, media and advertising are all seeing the accelerating impact of that shift. STATS is at the center of that movement, specifically as a leader in driving new insights and opportunities in sports.  Joining Ken’s board allows us to all benefit from the knowledge and expertise our businesses can share in this new and important industry,” said Wasserman.

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/