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

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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).

STATS, Equibase Announce Launch of STATS True Odds™

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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.

STATS Unveils New Global Brand Identity

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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/.

STATS LLC, Equibase Announce New Interactive Handicapping Product for Horseplayers

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STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, and Equibase Company, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database, today announced the launch of a new interactive past performance product called STATS Race Lens.

“By leveraging the comprehensive historical database from Equibase and our predictive algorithms for Major League Baseball, the National Football League and other major sports, we have developed a truly unique and innovative handicapping product for horse racing in STATS Race Lens,” said STATS Chief Technology Officer Darryl Lewis.

STATS Race Lens includes four key features: advance search and custom handicapping angles, the ability to back-test handicapping theories, customized past performance data with conditional formatting, and STATS proprietary predictive modeling.

“STATS Race Lens will provide handicappers with more data, deeper insights and the ability to create angles and test their theories – all within an attractive and easy-to-use interface,” said Equibase President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Wilson. “This is the first result of our strategic partnership with STATS, and we look forward to developing additional services for horseplayers in the near future.”

STATS Race Lens is available for purchase at equibase.com, trackmaster.com and at TVG’s handicapping store at tvg.com with special introductory pricing options available through Labor Day, Sept. 5. More information about STATS Race Lens is available at stats.com/racelens.

Ligue de Football Professionnel Selects STATS as Official Data and Tracking Provider

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CHICAGO, PARIS – August 10th, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has been chosen to be the Official Data and Tracking Provider of the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), the governing body of professional football in France.

The deal will see STATS provide official football data & statistics and live player tracking data captured with the STATS SportVU® optical tracking system to the LFP, its professional clubs, and its media and broadcast partners starting with the 2016-17 season. STATS will manage data collection, post-game certification and distribution of the official statistics as the LFP looks to elevate the role of performance data in French football, both in the professional and media markets.

“The development of statistics is now an essential point for match analysis and player performances evaluation,” said Mathieu Ficot, LFP Director of Economic Development. “This new agreement signed with STATS will enable the LFP to deliver new services for clubs and official broadcasters in France and all around the world. Finally, this will enhance fans experience in stadium, on TV, and digital channels.”

As the Official Data and Tracking Provider, STATS will provide in-depth statistics and digital solutions to the LFP and its media partners. These solutions will include LeagueDatabaseTM, a tool for tracking team and player performance over the course of a season, LiveMonitorTM, in-depth reports, infographic engine, and a range of statistical widgets available for the clubs. These services will be supported by the STATS EMEA Research & Editorial Team to deliver in-depth information to the LFP’s media partners, enhancing coverage of French football and creating immersive digital experiences for fans.

Tracking data will be delivered to the LFP using STATS SportVU, the world’s leading player tracking technology. STATS SportVU delivers next-generation sports statistics using real-time positioning information, creating sophisticated data streams to provide key performance insights to teams and fans.

The partnership between STATS and the LFP will also see the teams of Ligue 1 receive a range of innovative products and services to support enhanced analysis operations. The 20 Ligue 1 clubs will be given access to the DynamixTM athlete monitoring platform, LiveMonitor for in-game analysis, and bespoke fitness reports on demand as well as the SportVU data.

“As one of the top leagues in Europe, the Ligue de Football Professionnel understands the need to provide enhanced in-game analysis to its clubs and next generation data to fans for consumer engagement through the league’s media channels and partners,” said Ryan Paterson, Managing Director of EMEA and APAC for STATS. “Utilizing STATS SportVU and our premier football data and our EMEA Research & Editorial Team, STATS looks forward to partnering with the LFP to improve all elements of the League experience.”

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”