Prozone and Pixellot Partner to Provide Most Advanced Real-Time Video Analysis Solutions to English Premier and other elite Football Clubs

Chicago, London, Tel Aviv – August 4, 2016 – Prozone Sports Ltd, a STATS company that has pioneered sports performance analysis since 1995, have partnered with Pixellot to provide automated video production technology to elite football clubs globally. Following seamless integration of the two cutting-edge technologies, the solution has already been approved by a number of clubs in the English Premier League and will be made available to other leagues throughout the 2016/17 season.

STATS LLC acquired Prozone in May 2015 to form the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company. Combining STATS SportVU® real-time player tracking technology with Prozone’s domain expertise in performance analysis and Pixellot’s panoramic video technology will provide coaching teams the ultimate analysis tool to visualize any action on the field both in real-time and post-match.

With Pixellot’s automated multi-camera system covering the entire playing field in 4K panoramic quality, coaches can now analyze specific players or action without being restricted to traditional broadcast camera outputs that focus only on the ball. Ultra-high definition 4K footage is delivered in real-time to the remote production suite where video coordinators can define and preset camera outputs and player cams, zoom into particular areas, create replays and cut game and player clips during the game for immediate analysis.

“The Pixellot production solution is redefining the way sports teams work with video,” said Ryan Paterson, STATS Managing Director, EMEA and APAC. “The feedback we receive from the Premier League clubs highlights the benefits of our visualized analysis suite for coaching teams, and we are already in discussions with other clubs, leagues and federations globally that are interested in this innovative technology.”

Alon Werber, CEO at Pixellot, adds: “Performance analysis is probably one of the main areas of transformation in sports these days. The combination of Prozone’s performance expertise, STATS SportVU real-time tracking and analysis capabilities, and our panoramic video solution enables coaches to evaluate players, teams and games, consistently and accurately as never before.”

The availability of high-quality video and performance data through a single interface can transform the way analysis is prepared and presented. This integrated solution enables coaches to enrich the desired video feed with telestration and captions, and to attach graphics to players for enhanced visual presentation.


STATS Strengthens International Football Coverage for Clubs and Media

LONDON – August 3, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has bolstered its football coverage in collaboration with Prozone Sports, which was acquired by STATS in May 2015. STATS now provides the most in-match data points live, while maintaining the highest level of accuracy, to clubs and media with its new Tier 6+ data.

STATS Tier 6+ data is supported by the newly appointed EMEA Research & Editorial team providing clubs and media with the most in depth and accurate football match coverage. Using STATS proficiency in live data collection and Prozone’s football subject matter expertise, Tier 6+ data allows team analysts to interact with live data through a variety of viewing platforms either through the STATS API or simple XML feeds.

Tier 6+ includes more than 2,700 separate events per game provided to teams live with a timestamp, position (x,y), and player/team involved for 16 leagues and competitions. Tier 6+ offers 30% more data points per match compared to the leading competitor.

Utilizing Tier 6+ data, STATS EMEA Research & Editorial Team provides media with insightful game notes before and after matches, custom built graphics for on-air or digital distribution, and support for live research questions.

“STATS advanced Tier 6+ data and EMEA-focused research and editorial services offer a wealth of data and coverage to international football clubs and media,” said Ryan Paterson, Managing Director of EMEA and APAC for STATS. “This provides STATS clients with access to the most comprehensive live data set on the market to enhance in-game analysis and improve next generation consumer engagement.”

STATS Tier 6+ data covers the top leagues in Argentina, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UK, and the international competitions of UEFA, FIFA and Olympics.


STATS Partners with Corinthians FC to Provide Advanced Performance Analysis Technology

CHICAGO – July 14, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, will provide Sport Club Corinthians Paulista with STATS SportVU player tracking technology and PROZONE3 analytics software to support enhanced performance analysis operations.

Based in São Paulo, Corinthians is one of the most successful clubs in the history of Brazilian soccer and has won the Campeonato Brasileiro on six occasions. With an estimated 30 million fans worldwide, Corinthians is the reigning Brazilian champion, won its first Copa Libertadores title in 2012 and its second FIFA Club World Cup in the same year.

“We are pleased to be working with STATS to further enhance our performance analysis operations,” said Gustavo Ferraz Herbetta, Head of Marketing at Corinthians. “Corinthians is one of the most progressive clubs in South America and this agreement will ensure our analysis department remains at the forefront of innovation in football.”

STATS SportVU is an optical player tracking system that tracks the positions of players and the ball 25 times per second to deliver a wealth of unique performance insights. SportVU enables coaches and analysts to make informed decisions with the most advanced football data available.

The PROZONE3 analysis platform is used by some of the biggest teams in the world to facilitate detailed technical, tactical and physical analysis. Providing a range of unique key performance indicators, PROZONE3 presents comprehensive insights to support each phase of the performance analysis cycle. Prozone, acquired by STATS in May 2015, has delivered industry-leading analysis technologies to football clubs worldwide since 1995.

“We are delighted to be working with Corinthians to deliver advanced performance analysis solutions to one of the biggest clubs in world football,” said Pablo Sarinelli, Sales Manager LATAM for STATS. “The wealth of data Corinthians receives from STATS SportVU and PROZONE3 will help to inform the coaching process and bring technical and physical data into the decision-making process.”


Rishi Diwan Joins STATS as Vice President of Product Management

CHICAGO – June 23, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has added Rishi Diwan to its management team as Vice President of Product Management.

In his new role, Rishi will run all product management for STATS, managing its current broad portfolio of offerings to the world’s top technology and media companies, teams, leagues and all of our other partners.  Rishi will also be responsible for accelerating new market opportunities and creating new experiences leveraging STATS’ position as the leading data-driven sports product company. With Rishi’s extensive experience in strategy, design, and product management he will lead STATS’ growing product management team in developing the next generation products and services that will revolutionize the performance and experience of sports.

“Rishi’s appointment as Vice President of Product Management reflects our commitment to continue to deliver the most innovative technologies in sports,” said Darryl Lewis, Chief Technology Officer at STATS. “The depth of Rishi’s knowledge and experience will be vital to the development of exciting new products and services that STATS will deliver to the market in the future.”

Rishi’s appointment represents the latest addition to STATS’ expanding team of product and technology leaders. His hire follows the arrival of Patrick Lucey as Director of Data Science, who in March won the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Research Track Final for his paper on accurately predicting shot outcomes in tennis, as well as data scientists Jennifer Hobbs and Fangda Li.

“I’m thrilled to join STATS and the product team at such an exciting time for the company,” said Rishi. “STATS has been an iconic brand in sports for a long time with its unparalleled accuracy and depth of data. Together with recent investments in personnel, and the continued focus on innovation, STATS is primed to accelerate its position as the leader in sports technology.”

Rishi joins STATS with extensive sports and technology experience, having held senior management positions at SAP and Oracle, as well as recently founding his own performance management start-up.


STATS Provides Union Argentina de Rugby with Suite of Advanced Rugby Products

CHICAGO – June 21, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, will deliver innovative performance analysis solutions to the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR), the governing body for rugby union in Argentina.

As part of the agreement, STATS will provide UAR with its Gamelens™, Gameplan™ and Rugby Portal™ systems. Gamelens is an advanced self-coding platform that enables responsive live analysis, while Gameplan supports enhanced performance communication, and Rugby Portal presents a global video and reporting database. In combination, these platforms provide UAR with a full suite of analysis systems, improving the speed and depth of data available to its national teams as well as enhancing the communication of performance information.

“We are very proud to provide UAR with our rugby performance products and services,” said Fernando Martinez, Managing Director, Latin America for STATS. “UAR is going through one of the most successful periods in its history, particularly with the inclusion of Los Pumas in the Rugby Championship and the Jaguares in Super Rugby. We will work with UAR to deliver the best analysis solutions available, supporting Argentinian rugby as it continues to improve both domestically and globally.”

Ranked fifth in the IRB World Rankings, the Argentine national team, Los Pumas, reached the semi-final stage of the 2007 and 2015 Rugby World Cups, finishing third in 2007 and fourth in 2015. The Pumas 7s Team has also qualified for the Olympics this year where rugby will be represented for the first time since Athens 1896.

UAR will use STATS technology for all its elite national teams to enhance match preparation and performance review processes. This will give coaches, analysts and players access to a wide range of insights designed to deliver competitive advantage on the field.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the world leading sports analysis technology provider STATS,” said Greg Peters, UAR General Manager. “This area has become increasingly important in recent years as teams search for competitive advantage by utilizing technology, and STATS is at the forefront of advancements in analysis software systems, specifically for rugby.”


Prozone to Deliver Training to Elite AFC Coaches as Part of National Coaching Programme

Beijing, China – 17 June, 2016 – Prozone, a pioneer in sports performance analysis, will deliver elite license training to Asian coaches next week as part of a year-long national coaching programme organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Chinese Football Association (CFA).

Coordinated by the Technical Department of the CFA, the coaching programme is open to coaches from member associations of the AFC, Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs, and leading women’s teams in the region. Prozone, acquired by STATS LLC in May 2015, will deliver advanced coach education as a key part of the event which aims to further strengthen efforts being made in China to upskill coaches and deliver elite qualifications.

The summer programme will feature a session delivered by Tao Wang, Prozone’s General Manager for China, who will speak to coaches about data analysis, applied technologies and best practice case studies on Monday 20th June.

“Prozone has been working closely with the CFA and CSL since 2012 to enhance the understanding and application of elite performance analysis in Chinese football,” said Wang. “Prozone’s contribution to the coaching programme highlights our commitment to improving China’s football infrastructure and educating the next generation of elite coaches.”

Coaches who successfully complete the programme will gain valuable knowledge of specialised physical coaching, best practices, and applied performance analysis as China continues to upscale its coach education processes and wider football infrastructure.


Prozone to Provide Elite Analysis Technology for Connected 5-a-Side Pitch at Nice Euro 2016 Fan Zone

LONDON – 16 June, 2016 – Prozone Sports, a pioneer of performance analysis in sport, will support the delivery of a connected 5-a-side pitch at the official Euro 2016 fan zone in Nice. Starting on Saturday 18 June, fans can find out if they can sprint as fast as Bale or are as fit as Kanté.

Prozone, acquired by STATS LLC in May 2015, will implement athlete monitoring technology to record fitness statistics and give fans the opportunity to compare themselves to the pros.

The unique venture was launched by the French State Secretary for Sports and the Mayor of Nice during a press conference in the city last month. The project will see Prozone work with Soccer Park, a leading 5-a-side franchise, and MyCoach, a coaching app for amateur and youth players, to bring an elite sports experience to football fans in Nice.

“Prozone’s involvement with the connected pitch will give Euro 2016 fans the chance to have their performance monitored like elite players,” said Antoine David, Prozone General Manager for Southern Europe. “As a global leader in the delivery of performance analysis technology, Prozone’s athlete monitoring solutions are used by clubs around the world to deliver competitive advantage on the field. This project represents a unique opportunity for fans to experience an elite level of analysis during one of the biggest tournaments in world football.”

Prozone will collect and share the data using its elite athlete monitoring system, designed to optimise the performance of professional players. This technology will be made available to fans during Euro 2016, with 5-a-side players given reports highlighting their key performance indicators. This will enable fans to review their own physical outputs and access the level of insight available to the stars of the tournament.


STATS LLC to Power Sportle Web and Mobile Applications with Comprehensive Data Feeds

CHICAGO, IL – June 14, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has partnered with Sportle.tv, a leading live sports streaming website, to deliver in-depth data feeds for nine sports and more than 30 competitions worldwide. Sportle.tv provides users with a one stop shop for online streaming and is enhancing the fan experience by delivering STATS data to better engage viewers with the action.

STATS’ industry-leading data feeds – such as schedules, live standings and game results – will be used to power Sportle’s web and mobile applications, keeping fans engaged with the latest information as they stream their favorite sports online.

“We are pleased to be working with Sportle to engage their users with in-depth statistical content designed to enhance the sports viewing experience,” said Federico Winer, STATS Sales Director, EMEA. “STATS delivers the most innovative sports data in the industry and the speed and reliability of our services supports the delivery of optimal sports content experiences.”

An increasing number of fans around the world are turning to online streaming for their sports viewing experiences. Streaming allows sports fans to watch live games, no matter where they are, and makes available far more games and matches than what is currently available on television.  It also provides the promise of a more social and integrated viewing experience.

“Sportle.tv connects fans with all live sports streams available to them across the globe,” said Pedro Duarte, Head of International, Sportle. “We simplify, personalize and enhance the way fans discover and consume online sporting events, becoming the first live sports events platform and marketplace in the world. Having a robust and reliable data set to incorporate into Sportle.tv is critical, so it was clear to us that we needed to partner with STATS.”


STATS LLC Partners with Czech Startup Fantasy Sport a.s. Solutions

CHICAGO – June 10, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has partnered with Fantasy Sport a.s., a Czech Republic-based fantasy sports startup, to deliver basketball, baseball, football and soccer data feeds for 13 competitions worldwide. This data will power Funtasysport.cz, a new website from Fantasy Sport a.s., and other innovative fantasy sports solutions. STATS will also provide its award-winning fantasy projections for the NBA, NFL, NHL and European soccer.

STATS’ data feeds and fantasy projections will be used to support the delivery of immersive fantasy sports experiences, providing Fantasy Sport’s users with multiple layers of statistical content and the depth of information required to make informed lineup selections.

“STATS provides the most reliable and up-to-date sports content to fantasy providers,” said Federico Winer, STATS Sales Director, EMEA. “As an official source and distribution partner for major leagues around the world, STATS delivers the most timely and accurate data in the industry. Our rich data is combined with advanced analytics engines to provide internationally recognized fantasy projections that enrich user experiences with multiple layers of information.”

With over 25 years of experience in fantasy sports game management and integration, STATS is uniquely qualified to support and power the creation of innovative, captivating and dynamic fantasy services.

“The aim of Funtasysport.cz is to become the daily fantasy market leader in Europe,” said Denis Forbrich, CMO of Fantasy Sport a.s. “In order to achieve this it is crucial to load our product with the best data and projections feed available to provide the fastest and most reliable data to our users. We are proud to join forces with STATS, the global leader in this sports technology, and look forward to seeing our customers benefit from the agreement.”