STATS, Automated Insights to Present Ground Breaking Content on Automation

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CHICAGO – March 3, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, and Automated Insights, the software company reinventing the way professionals write using data, will participate in a panel session on automated sports analysis at the South by Southwest (SXSW) SXsports® conference in March.

Entitled The Automated Future of Sports Analysis and hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin on March 12th, the panel session will feature Darryl Lewis, STATS’ Chief Technology Officer, and Joe Procopio, Chief Product Officer at Automated Insights. The panel will deliver a series of insights into the development of automated technologies and discuss what it means for the future of the sports industry, specifically examining the ways in which automation impacts athlete monitoring, officiating, gaming, and the development of sports content.

“As technology advances and we are able to access more and more data, the opportunity to automate and advance historically manual processes is becoming a reality,” said Lewis. “The impact this can have on the way fans consume sports content and the way coaches and players analyze data to improve performance is the next frontier and we look forward to shaping the role that automation can play in this exciting field.”

Hosted annually in Austin, the SXSW conferences and festivals are a launching pad for fresh discussions and original content across music, film, and emerging technology. SXsports is a three-day sports Convergence Track that forms a major part of SXSW and is designed to tackle the future of sports, embracing the very latest technologies and innovations.

STATS LLC and Prozone Team with European Broadcast Development to Bring Advanced Performance Data to Serie A TIM

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CHICAGO and LONDON – February 22, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, and Prozone, a pioneer of sports performance analysis, announced a partnership with European Broadcast Development (EBD) to bring advanced performance data to the clubs and media partners of Serie A TIM, the highest tier of Italian football.

STATS’ partnership with EBD, a leader in sport services and audio visual content production, will see the broadcast and media partners of Serie A TIM gain access to a broad set of dynamic in-game presentations, comprehensive statistics and coaching tools through SportVU player tracking technology. SportVU utilizes optical tracking technology to collect positioning data for the ball and players in real-time. This live information is translated into enhanced data graphics for a richer viewing experience including team and player possession, player run comparisons, and player heat maps.

SportVU’s player and ball tracking information will be integrated into EBD’s broadcast graphic enrichment tools and utilized by Serie A TIM’s broadcast and media partners. These dramatic viewing enhancements will create new and interactive advertising platforms for sponsors.

“SportVU and EBD will enhance the viewing experience for fans of Serie A TIM,” said Federico Winer, Director of Business Development, Europe at STATS. “Innovative graphics, 3D simulations, player perspective visuals, 360 degree views and side-by-side comparisons are ready-made for broadcast graphics and match trackers for web and mobile.”

Prozone, purchased by STATS in May 2015, will focus on the delivery of data and performance insights to Lega Serie A product and to the clubs. Ensuring the delivery of technical and physical data from every Serie A TIM game, Prozone will provide clubs with physical reports and access to its MATCHVIEWER, and KINETIC platforms to enable detailed analysis across the complete training and matchday cycle.

“Prozone’s advanced solutions will enable Serie A TIM teams to access a wealth of Performance data,” said Antoine David, Prozone’s General Manager for Southern Europe. “Delivering advanced performance information, the data provided by our solutions will support a more objective approach to team and player analysis, giving coaches and sports scientists the ability to monitor all aspects of the team and player performance.”

In addition, Prozone and EBD will design benchmarking reports, based on the needs of each club, highlighting the key physical trends from Serie A TIM to support detailed longitudinal analysis, with all information being stored on EBD’s central database.

“EBD has teamed with STATS in order to establish a powerful strategic partnership,” said Matteo Brambilla, Strategy & New Business Director at European Broadcast Development. “Working together, our mission is to create innovative viewing and analysis experiences for Serie A TIM across a range of digital platforms. EBD looks forward to delivering unique media services to drive, through this partnership, the development of broadcast experiences in the Italian football production. Thanks to these services, Lega Serie A elevates to the top European’s League level of technology and sport related services for the production and data analysis”

STATS LLC Partners With ClassX to Integrate Tracking and Event Data

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CHICAGO – January 29, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, has partnered with ClassX, a renowned developer of high-performance software and complex systems for the management of broadcast graphics based in Italy.

STATS will provide live tracking and event data for soccer, which ClassX will integrate into its solutions and make available to Italian broadcasters. The integration will be presented to representatives of all major Italian broadcasters at the ClassX Broadcast Meeting at its headquarters in Calcinaia, Italy on February 1.

“STATS is delighted to partner with ClassX to bring industry-leading statistical content to broadcast through innovative graphical engines,” said Federico Winer, Business Development Director for STATS Europe. “This deal will benefit both fans and broadcasters. Fans will get new perspectives on sporting action, while TV producers will have access to a turnkey solution that will enable them to deploy real-time information without depending on time-consuming graphical queues.”

“From our first contact with STATS we have been enthused by the opportunity to integrate live tracking data with our powerful graphics engines,” said Giovanni Pallesi, ClassX CEO. “The integration will result in exceptional real-time graphical representations of complex data streams for instant deployment in broadcast.”

STATS LLC and NBA to Make STATS SportVU® Player Tracking Data Available to More Fans Than Ever Before

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CHICAGO and NEW YORK – January 19, 2015 – The NBA and STATS LLC today announced an expansion of their long-standing partnership that will provide media outlets around the world with an opportunity to use much of the same STATS SportVU Player Tracking data used by NBA teams for scouting, player development and training.

As the Official Player Tracking Partner of the NBA, STATS SportVU data will now be used by ESPN, NBA on TNT, and Bleacher Report. The data will also be made available to other media outlets around the globe to provide fans with more insight into lineups, substitutions, and play calling, as well as analysis on player and team performance including shooting, passing, and rebounding. Previously, the NBA’s SportVU data was only available to NBA teams and through NBA Digital assets.

The NBA began using STATS SportVU in 2009 and in 2013 became the first U.S. professional sports league to use player tracking for every game.

STATS SportVU – a system of six high-resolution cameras and STATS’ leading-edge computer vision technology – will continue to be used in-arena by all 30 NBA teams during games to track and measure the movements of all players and the ball on the court. The system provides real-time and innovative statistics based around speed, distance, player separation, and ball possession for comprehensive analysis of players and teams.

“We look forward to taking our partnership with the NBA to the next level by making STATS SportVU data available to media outlets around the world,” said Jordan Rosen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships at STATS. “By making available a robust set of innovative data, we can provide a more sophisticated level of analytics to NBA fans across a rapidly growing number of platforms.”

“This expanded partnership with STATS will give fans new opportunities to access SportVU’s groundbreaking statistical information across numerous media outlets, allowing them to deepen their understanding of our game,” said NBA Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology Steve Hellmuth.

Throughout the year, NBA TV, NBA.com and the NBA App will continue to use STATS SportVU player tracking data to deliver the most comprehensive statistical breakdown of every game. The NBA and STATS originally partnered in 2006.

STATS Fantasy Games Nominated for FSTA Awards

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Chicago – January 15, 2016 –STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, is proud to have been nominated in three categories in the final ballot for the 2016 Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) Awards.

STATS’ National Fantasy Baseball Championship was nominated in the Best Fantasy Sports Contest and Best Fantasy Sports Live Event categories, while the Buffalo Wild Wings fantasy football game was named as a finalist in the Best Fantasy Sports Contest and Best Full-Season Fantasy Games.

STATS is the industry leader for fantasy sports game management and the only vertically integrated provider of both sports statistics and fantasy game development. As an official source and distribution partner for major leagues around the world, STATS is relied upon by major providers when the most timely and accurate sports data will do to power fantasy games.

Founded in 1998, the FSTA represents the fantasy sports industry and has a membership of over 300 companies. The FSTA compiles demographic surveys of the fantasy sports market, providing demographic data and research to its members.

The award winners will be announced during a ceremony on January 20 as part of 2016 FSTA Winter Conference in Dallas, Texas.

STATS Fantasy Projections Ranked #1 by FantasyPros

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Chicago – January 15, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, has been ranked #1 for the accuracy of its NFL weekly projections by FantasyPros.

FantasyPros’ annual accuracy contest is conducted on behalf of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) and is designed to aggregate projections from across the web to make it easier for players to access the best predictive analytics. STATS’ projections for the NFL were ranked highest for 2015 weekly accuracy as well as being the overall leader for the last three years combined.

In 2015, 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.

“STATS always strives for the highest levels of detail regarding its predictive analytics operations,” said Sean Koerner, Director of Predictive Analytics at STATS. “With the wealth of data we have access to there isn’t a statistic or variable that we do not consider when constructing our models.

In addition to its fantasy projections, STATS run the industry’s leading high-stakes fantasy contests, the National Fantasy Football Championship, National Fantasy Baseball Championship and National Fantasy Basketball Championship, which offers the industry’s largest prizes.

STATS Predicts Germany as Favourite to Win Euro 2016

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London – December 13, 2015 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, projects Germany as the favourite to win Euro 2016. STATS’ full Euro 2016 projections, along with graphics, are available to download at http://www.statsinsights.com/euro2016/.

Each national team received a distinctive STATS rating following the conclusion of the qualification stage. Following the draw, each match of the tournament was simulated more than 10,000 times in order to provide an accurate projection for every potential outcome of the European Championship.

Ahead of the draw, the STATS tournament projections have World Champions Germany as favourites to win Euro 2016, with hosts France second and reigning European Champions Spain in third.

“The European Championship is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and we take pride in providing the most accurate projections to football fans,” said Ryan Paterson, STATS’s Managing Director for EMEA, and APAC. “By thoroughly analysing each match, our simulations eliminate ambiguity and provide an accurate projection as a result of its large sample size.”

With over 30 years’ experience and worldwide coverage of more than 500 leagues and competitions, STATS is renowned for the collection of detailed tracking, technical, and tactical football data and providing world leading sports insights. Delivering tournament projections, data feeds, hosted solutions and second screen experiences, STATS has a wide range of solutions to support broadcasters and digital media companies with their coverage of the European Championship next summer.

STATS and Danish Superliga Enter Tracking Deal with Viasat and SBS Discovery

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Chicago, IL – November 26, 2015 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, will become the first provider of live tracking data for all Danish Superliga games after agreeing a multi-season deal with leading Scandinavian broadcasters Viasat and SBS Discovery.

STATS’ SportVU® technology will elevate the level of performance analysis in the top tier of Danish football by making Superliga data available across the media and pro markets. Connecting broadcasters, teams and fans with in-depth performance information, STATS’ tracking data will be delivered via a range of innovative digital platforms.

“Viasat chose STATS because of the easy-to-use SportVU® system, the breadth of available data for journalists and the integration with our graphics engine,” said Max Andersen, Sports Director at TV3 Sport. “Viasat is now looking forward to evolving the fan experience with SportVU®’s accurate data, visual effects and web service integration.”

The tracking data collected by the SportVU® system will be made available to Superliga clubs via the elite analytical systems of Prozone, the performance analysis company recently acquired by STATS. Presenting a range of unique technical and physical metrics, Prozone’s professional football products contextualize raw data to deliver unique performance insights.

STATS will also work closely with Superliga.dk to engage fans with detailed team and player data, delivering an immersive analysis experience across multiple markets and platforms.

“Our agreement with Viasat and SBS represents the first example of STATS’ industry leading SportVU® tracking technology working hand-in-hand with Prozone’s performance analysis solutions,” said Ryan Paterson, Managing Director of Prozone. “We see this convergence of media and pro services as key to our differentiated offering for progressive league and broadcast partners.”

STATS LLC and FSTATS Announce Global Partnership in Sports Analysis

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Chicago, IL – November 23, 2015 – STATS LLC, the world leading sports technology, data and content company, entered into an exclusive partnership with FSTATS, Turkey’s first football statistical analysis company, for distribution of STATS’ media and gambling products within Turkey.

The strategic partnership with STATS strengthens FSTATS’ market presence beyond football as sports technology and analytics continues to develop in Turkey. FSTATS’ agreement with STATS, will  provide it’s customers with access to data analysis and match centers for sports such as Formula 1, NFL, basketball, volleyball, cycling, tennis and more.

“Sports, both locally and internationally, is one of the most fundemental ways to unite people. As the industry continues to grow the need for cutting edge, in-depth data analysis is ever present,” said Mehmet Selcuk Ergin, founder and CEO of FSTATS. “In this regard, we attach great importance to the addition of STATS’ global expertise to FSTATS’ local proficiency.”

FSTATS, a subsidiary of Turkish information technology group Escort, transforms a player’s movements and actions on the field into numerical data and is able to share this data with it’s customers in real-time.

“We’re pleased to partner with FSTATS to provide Turkish sports enthusiasts a richer fan experience by providing comprehensive research, data, and insights from sports across the globe,” said Ryan Paterson, STATS’s Managing Director for EMEA, China and Australasia.

STATS to hold annual FCS awards banquet Jan. 8 in Frisco, announces Robinson family scholar/athlete honor

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Chicago, IL – November 13, 2015 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, announced today that it will hold its annual FCS awards banquet in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 8 – one night before the subdivision’s national championship game at nearby Toyota Stadium.

STATS, which purchased The Sports Network (TSN) in February, made a commitment to expand TSN’s trademark FCS coverage prior to the season, and has followed through with a preseason All-America team, regularly updated player Watch Lists and a weekly Top 25 media poll. In addition, fresh text, data and video content on its recently created destination website – www.fcs.football – has attracted nearly 400,000 page views over the past month.

The banquet will take place at the Embassy Suites Frisco Dallas Hotel Convention Center and feature the handing out of five awards: the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year; the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year; the STATS FCS Coach of the Year; the STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Year; and the STATS Doris & Eddie Robinson FCS Scholar/Athlete of the Year.

The ceremony will be emceed by Gary Reasons, an FCS football alumnus (Northwestern State) and member of the College Football Hall of Fame who went on to star at linebacker for the New York Giants during two Super Bowl-winning seasons.

“We couldn’t be happier with the way our decision to cover the FCS has turned out,” said Brian Orefice, STATS’ news director who has overseen the initiative along with longtime FCS beat writer Craig Haley and FCS operations director Phil Sokol – both of whom joined STATS following its TSN acquisition. “The leagues and schools have been incredible partners, and, by sheer luck, we entered the fray during one of the most dramatic years on the field ever. We hope this awards banquet can somehow come close to replicating the excitement of the season.”

With just three weeks until the start of the FCS playoffs, Jacksonville State has maintained the top spot in the STATS FCS Top 25 for the past eight weeks, but there’s been no shortage of parity since the season fittingly began with four-time defending champ North Dakota State being upset at Montana, 38-35. Individually, a trio of big-name quarterbacks – Villanova’s John Robertson, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz and James Madison’s Vad Lee – had premature ends to promising regular seasons, leaving the Offensive Player of the Year race wide open.

Voting will take place for the Offensive, Defensive, Freshman and Coaching honors between Nov. 23-27 – before the playoffs begin – by the same panel of 160 members who make up the weekly Top 25 voting. In addition to the freshman and coach recipients, three finalists apiece will be invited to Frisco for the announcement of the Offensive and Defensive awards.

The other honor to be handed out is associated with FCS royalty.

In conjunction with the family of Eddie Robinson, STATS has named its academic achievement award in fitting tribute to the longtime Grambling coach and his wife Doris, a former teacher and the renowned matriarch of Grambling athletics, who died in September at the age of 96. Eddie, of course, won 408 games at the school – the most ever for a football coach at the time of his 1997 retirement – before passing away 10 years later.

“The family of Doris and Coach Eddie Robinson is respectfully honored to have STATS name its academic achievement award in tribute to a couple who together emphasized higher education as an expected parallel with athletics,” said Eddie Robinson III, grandson of Grambling’s first family.